BY ROBERTA GRAFF
The Teslas and Mercedes vie
for parking spots on Main
Street and the “beautiful
people” dine in the trendy restaurants
when not entertaining at their
sweeping estates. But those in the
know drive to the Southampton
Inn, where they are greeted as
though they were the celebrities.
In the heart of the village of
Southampton on Long Island’s
stunning East End, the Inn is set
on several acres of manicured
lawns and gardens. It is a treasure.
Open all year it offers comfortable
guest rooms, a conference
center, a heated outdoor pool,
croquet, volleyball, tennis courts,
shuffleboard and ping-pong. In
addition, there are bike rentals
and a dog run for pets which are
The center piece of the Inn is the
living room. It is spacious and inviting
with comfortable sofas, books
galore and a magnificent fireplace.
What a spot to enjoy cocktails
before or after dinner!
The gardens are exquisite and
ready for outdoor dining during the
summer months. It is doubtful if you
could find a more perfect place for
a romantic get-away or a wedding.
Claude’s is the restaurant at the
Inn. Not only is it a sun-drenched
stunner but the food is world-class.
Open for three meals daily, Claude’s
is guaranteed to satisfy even the
pickiest eater. Dinners, however,
are for the gourmet who relishes
perfection in food and service.
The Lobster Mango salad with
avocado mousse was magnificent,
as was the wild mushroom fricassee.
Don’t pass up the Hudson Valley
Burrata cheese—also a winner! Pan
Roasted Halibut and grilled Scottish
Salmon were sensational and carnivores
will love the Black Angus
steak, as well the mini lamb meatballs.
Desserts were all outstanding.
Many of the food and ingredients
are grown locally and the fish are
from local waters. It would be hard
to find food as delicious and satisfying
anywhere in the Hamptons.
On the outside chance you can
drag yourself away from this piece
of paradise, you can visit the Parrish
Art Museum, the Southampton Arts
Center, Duck Walk Vineyards or
beautiful Coopers Beach. Also walk
down the charming streets with
their boutiques and art galleries,
but hurry back to the Inn and once
again receive a warm welcome.
Southampton is known as a
summer destination, but as far as
this traveler is concerned I’ll take
it any time of year.
The Southampton Inn is located
at 91 Hill Street, Southampton, NY
11968. For more information, call
Sunrise at Coopers Beach 631-283-6500.
Southampton Arts Center Duck Walk Vineyards
50 NORTH SHORE TOWERS COURIER ¢ July 2018