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Wine Shopping and Window Tastings

So it's our first real weekend in the Hamptons in over a year, thanks to the Great Mold Debacle of 2009-2010, and we're raring to go! Our first stop was one of our favorite places to spend a summer afternoon, Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton. I took this photo right before a car came along and suffocated me in a giant cloud of gravel dust.

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After a wine tasting at the bar, we headed out to the patio. It's hard to beat a glass of Chardonnay overlooking the vineyard where your wine came from. Though I don't recommend this same philosophy for, say, pork chops.

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This is the view from "our" bench in the east vineyard. This is one of my favorite places to catch a buzz and contemplate life . . . or at least decide where to have dinner.

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For lunch we decided to try somewhere new, Blue Sky in Sag Harbor. This place has great food, excellent people-watching from the sidewalk patio, and Sancerre by the glass. In other words, if I ever go missing, check here first.

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The following day, we decided to do a little window shopping in Southampton. This beautiful village, less than 20 minutes from our cottage, is the ideal place to take a stroll, grab some lunch, and lament the fact that your apartment cost less than most of the cars here.

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This lovely fountain is in front of the salon where I got my hair done for our wedding. If you know me at all, you are very impressed that I did not trip and fall in headfirst immediately after my hair appointment.

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Sant Ambroeus is both expensive and unpronounceable. It is also very pretty, though, which is why I hope to someday be able to afford more than a scoop of gelato here.

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Southampton is also a great place to bring your dog for a stroll. Free Milk Bones! FREE! In Southampton! Miracles, they do exist.

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A few new stores have opened this year, including Michael Kors, Vineyard Vines, and Tamara Comolli jewelry. Tamara Comolli has a vintage baby-blue bicycle with a white wicker basket holding its brochures outside the shop. The fact that the bike matches their sign exactly is one of the main reasons I love the Hamptons: Freakishly obsessive attention to detail!! Though I did neglect one detail . . . a photo of the bike. Maybe next time.

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One of my favorite shops is J. Crew-at-the-Beach. Hopefully I never have a fashion emergency that will require me to take advantage of their door-to-door delivery service (unlike, say, my brother-in-law, who has been known to show up on vacation having neglected to pack socks . . . and pants.)

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Fashion is very important in the Hamptons. Apparently, so is therapy when you grow up, in order to figure out why your parents dressed you like this.

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I wonder how long it took to find those flowers to match the front door. Seriously. Did someone say "freakishly obsessive attention to detail"?

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We held our post-wedding-day brunch at 75 Main a million years ago. After three or four new owners and name changes over the years, it's now back . . . to 75 Main. At least it's easy to find!

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Silver's is a classic Southampton restaurant, known for its overstuffed lobster rolls. As much as I love lobster rolls, I love those leaded-glass windows even more.

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Oh, who am I kidding? I'd sell my mother for a lobster roll.

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Posted by TraceyG 15:58 Archived in USA Tagged winery hamptons bridgehampton sag_harbor channing_daughters 75_main

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