Worth getting out of bed for
The staff at C/O the Maidstone vow to arrange ‘anything’ for their guests; here at Smith we suspect you’ll want for nothing during your stay. Don blazers and boaters and head out to the hotel’s immaculately manicured lawns for a lazy afternoon’s croquet, then doff the boater and square up to your inner Viking with a game of Kubb, known to fans as ‘Viking Chess’. Or visit the hotel library for a weighty tome on the Hamptons’ history, then grab a Hendrick’s gin-and-cucumber, stake out a Swedish sunlounger and fall asleep behind your sunglasses to the swish and thunk of croquet mallets, and the strangely Norse-like grunting of Mr Smith. If you must leave c/o The Maidstone's glorious gardens, the hotel can arrange hiking, skiing, kayaking, sailing, golfing, tennis, riding, swimming, surfing and (in true Swedish style) vintage biking. Save some kilojoules with a slow-paced browse in Main Street and the Circle’s boutiques; then explore the nooks and niches of Sag Harbor’s antique shops. Sample local wine at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard (www.wolffer.com) in Sagaponack, or venture further afield for a day-trip to the Martha Clara (www.marthclaravineyards.com) and Jamesport (www.jamesportwines.com) wineries.
If you can tear yourself away from the Living Room at the Maidstone, reserve a table at Hamptons hotspot Nick & Toni’s (+1 631 324 3550) on North Main Street. Sunny white-walled dining rooms, colourful folk art and a locally-sourced rustic Tuscan menu dripping olive oil and authenticity make this the restaurant of choice for A-listers holidaying in the Hamptons. Don’t miss whole striped sea bass sourced from local fishermen and baked to perfection in the restaurant’s wood-fired oven, and polenta pound cake with thick cannoli cream for an indulgent dessert. For a more intimate setting, dine by candlelight on elegantly prepared all-American cuisine at the nearby 1770 House (+1 631 324 1770). This boutique hotel on Main Street also has a terrace strung with twinkling fairy-lights – sit outdoors and sup on champagne and iced oysters. On winter evenings, hole up in the 1770’s Tavern bar, a historic speakeasy with low lighting and exposed brickwork; for a more informal dining experience, don't miss the Tavern’s signature meatloaf.
For the best coffee in town, as well as home-made granola and peach muffins, head to Mary’s Marvelous (+1 631 267 8796) on Main Street, Amagansett, for breakfast or brunch. The little café is painted a merry red and white, and packed with cookie jars. If you’re planning an indulgent picnic, explore the shelves and deli counters of Loaves and Fishes (+1 631 267 8796) on Sagg Main Street, Amaganasett – haunt of celebrity gourmet Ina Garton. Don’t leave without sampling their legendary lobster salad – although, at $75/lb, you may prefer to ask the obliging staff at the Loaves and Fishes for a free taste.