Winter in the Hamptons

What I love most about the Hamptons is the light, especially the summer light that lasts forever on the beach, the dunes, and in the sky. The winter light is different - on sunny days it is piercingly bright in the mornings only to quickly turn dark by 4 p.m. Last week, we had cold, sunny days and those horrible wintry mix days where you can't see anything except rain and slush coming down horizontally.

I did a spin class almost every morning at Flywheel Sports (approaching addict status), followed by a movie, seeing friends, reading, working, or driving around. One day was spent exploring Greenport and the North Fork for killer coffee at Aldo's and stopping at Greenport Harbor Brewery for a beer tasting Bedell Cellars for a wine tasting. We ate at so many wonderful restaurants out here: Fresno, Robert's, Suki Zuki, Sam's, Rowdy Hall (Joe the bartender is the BEST), Townline BBQ, John Papas for a casual brunch with friends and their kids, the 1770 House Tavern, plus returned to favorite spots like Wolffer Estate Vineyard and Loaves and Fishes. New Year's Eve we took the ferry to Shelter Island to one of my favorite places on Earth: Vine Street Cafe. I always leave with Post-Hamptons Depression because it is one of the few places I don't care at all about my phone or computer but I always come back recharged.

A B&B in GreenportInside at Bedell CellarsOutside at Bedell CellarsBeer tasting at Greenport Harbor Brewery

The fireplace at Robert'sRobert's in Water Mill