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 HAMPTONS VACATION

THE SOUTHAMPTON INN

91 Hill Street
Southampton, New York
T: 631-283-6500
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The Southampton Inn Library





Although the Hamptons are best known as a summer destination, one of the best ways to experience the Hamptons is by taking a family vacation during the fall and winter seasons. Now that summer is over, Hamptons’ residents and visitors alike are savoring the slower pace and relishing all that the East End has to offer. Southampton Inn, the perfect year-round family getaway, is nestled on more than five acres of beautifully landscaped grounds and located just steps away from designer boutiques, art galleries, parks and museums.



A local landmark, the warm, Tudor-style Inn is home to 90 guestrooms, OSO Restaurant, a conference center, and 71 Hill Street— the premier office complex in Southampton Village. Under the direction of CEO and Managing Partner Dede Gotthelf, Southampton Inn has solidified its reputation as the perfect Hamptons home-away-from-home for any traveler, offering its guests an array of family-friendly amenities and activities including a game room for children of all ages, an all-weather tennis court, a cozy library with a fireplace, access to Southampton activities, as well as the Inn’s complimentary shuttle service to Cooper’s Beach. The beaches are still beautiful and typically, the water stays warm through the end of October.



During the fall months, Southampton Inn provides guests with access to a variety of local, seasonal activities. Every autumn, local farms and vineyards enjoy bountiful harvests. Fall is the best time of year to experience a wine tasting at a local vineyard such as the Wölffer Estate, enjoy a scenic lighthouse tour and hike or horseback ride through the falling leaves. It is also the only time of year to go pumpkin and apple picking, navigate a corn maze and enjoy a haunted hayride. Cinephiles take note – it is also the season of the annual Hamptons International Film Festival, which will take place Thursday, October 4 – Monday, October 8, 2012.



Winter At Southampton Inn






During the winter months, a trip to the Hamptons is sure to get the whole family in the holiday spirit. Bare trees are adorned with twinkling lights, boutiques showcase beautiful window displays and carolers go door to door. For indoor fun, see a local holiday show or visit one of the East End’s fine museum and art galleries, such as the highly anticipated Parrish Art Museum in Southampton, which will open in late fall, or the Pollock-Krasner House, the East Hampton home of artists Jackson Pollock Lee Krasner, which now serves as a museum and study center. Bridgehampton’s Children's Museum of the East End, with its fire engine replica, painting room, library and climbing ship, is a perfect place to let kids run off some steam on a dreary day.



To make the most of a weekend getaway, enlist the help of the friendly staff at Southampton Inn. Take advantage of Southampton Inn’s concierge service and allow them to arrange all the fun fall and winter activities that bring back your childhood memories. No matter the season, Southampton Inn is the perfect East End destination for celebrating all holidays including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve.



ABOUT SOUTHAMPTON INN: An idyllic East End escape for bustling city-dwellers, the Southampton Inn is nestled on more than five acres of manicured lawns and lushly landscaped grounds. The perfect Hamptons home-away-from-home for any traveler, Southampton Inn is steps away from designer boutiques, quaint and fine dining, art galleries, parks and museums, and just over a mile from renowned Coopers Beach. A local landmark, the warm, Tudor-style Inn is home to 90 guestrooms, OSO Restaurant, a conference center, and 71 Hill Street— the premier office complex in Southampton Village. Boasting 20,000-square-feet, the property houses a high-end construction company, financial services company, travel agency, spa and fine dining, as well as the area’s only local public radio station. Southampton Inn is the perfect destination on the East End, if you’re looking for the ideal location for an event, a lovely weekend getaway or a fresh bite to eat.



For further information about the Southampton Inn, please visit www.southamptoninn.com.



9/30/2012 NL



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The JHouse Greenwich Hotel 

Connecticut’s Chic Addition
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 Eleven 14 Kitchen Bar





JHouse Greenwich
An innovative escape, located in the heart of Greenwich, Connecticut, The JHouse Greenwich hotel is a dream destination for travelers looking to indulge in the highest level of luxury, officially opened September, 2012. In combination with its chic, contemporary décor, this leading boutique hotel offers guests a home away from home, featuring five-star amenities, fine dining, and modern, plush comforts. The JHouse Greenwich’s impeccable attention to detail not only focuses on the luxury and comfort of their guests, but the environment as well. Upon arrival, guests are greeted by a uniquely designed lobby, which has a gallery-like feel to it, featuring artwork and a projected video-installation, produced locally by Daniel Canogar. Surrounding the lobby are various seating areas, including the library, which features a glassed-in fireplace, contemporary furnishings and various pieces of art; guests can peruse a book or relish in the décor.


The tri-level, contemporary hotel features a total of 86, technologically advanced bedrooms, certain to accommodate the needs of both business and leisure guests. Each room is equipped with a personal Apple iPad®, as well as complimentary WiFi and Internet access. Added amenities include mirrored 55 inch television in the bedrooms, television imbedded in bathroom mirrors, heated toilet seats, l’Occitane en Provence bathroom amenities, and Frette towels and robes to ensure a luxurious guest experience.


The JHouse Greenwich is a destination in and of itself; offering guests and array of unique spaces with the finest amenities including a 24-hour fitness gym, 3,400 square feet of meeting space and most noteworthy, the hotel’s outdoor, heated pool, which is surrounded by five, television-equipped cabanas, where guests can enjoy food and classic cocktails while lounging poolside.


eleven14 Kitchen stands as the hotel’s premiere, fine-dining restaurant. Under the culinary influence of executive Chef François Kwaku-Dongo, the menu offers a wide selection of seasonal American dishes, featuring fresh ingredients and cuisine, prepared from locally sourced foods. With the goal of transparency in mind, the restaurant’s dishes are uniquely prepared in front of guests using an exposed, wood-fired stove and display pantry. With an in-house patisserie, guests can watch as their breakfast pastries and desserts are artfully prepared. This high-energy, dynamic space affords guests with the option of both indoor and outdoor dining, which can be used throughout much of the year, as it is protected by a clever system of trellises and subterranean heating. In addition to eleven14 Kitchen, The JHouse Greenwich is home to a spectacular wine vault, where guests can partake in a tasting, or enjoy a selection of wines by the bottle or glass.
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In addition to eleven14 Kitchen’s culinary masterpieces, located just inside The JHouse Greenwich lobby, guests can enjoy the Chocolate Lab which features house made chocolates, gelato, sorbet and ice cream, and fair trade coffee. Chocolate is sourced and produced in Ghana, West Africa, and is fair trade. From seed to cup, transparence distribution and traceability improve the quality of coffee. Coffee is hand crafted and directly traded with farms in Latin American and Africa. Guest can enjoy a cup-o-joe made to order and or get their caffeine fix on the go.
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The JHouse Greenwich partakes in a number of green initiatives to keep their local Greenwich and global environment growing. Some of the eco-friendly steps include the private dining room and wine vault stone is made from post-consumer waste (a by-product of stone work for other uses), the public area floors are made from bamboo, a fast growing and sustainable product and the dining room floor is made of reclaimed wood, drinking water at The JHouse Greenwich is filtered and bottled on site and the menus are printed on recycled paper and Apple iPad® in guest rooms eliminate need for printed materials and newspapers, therefore reducing waste.


The J House Greenwich is under the watchful eye of General Manger and ‘Guy in Charge’ John Sheedy, a thirty-year hospitality industry veteran who has worked in luxury hotel properties throughout Ireland, Germany and in the United States. As General Manager of The J House Greenwich and eleven14 Kitchen, Sheedy oversees every aspect of this high concept hotel and restaurant.

For more information on The J House Greenwich, please visit www.jhousegreenwich.com.

For more information on eleven14 Kitchen, please visit www.eleven14kitchen.com.

For more information on Chocolate Lab, please visit www.choc-lab.com.


Photos By: Tom McGove


UPDATED 9/21/2012 NL


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THE ENCLAVE INN

HAMPTONS STYLE
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 The Enclave Inn



Pure Style At Enclave
The Enclave Inn offers a pristine getaway for those seeking a seaside escape in the Hamptons this summer. One of the most historic coastal resort areas in the Northeast, the Hamptons are home to miles of beautiful, unspoiled white sand beaches on the south, and the peaceful Peconic and Gardiner’s Bays on the north. The Enclave Inn is just minutes from the Atlantic Ocean, where guests can sunbathe, swim, surf, spend the day fishing, or sail into the sunset. Culinary connoisseurs can enjoy fresh produce from celebrated family farms, wines produced by nearby vineyards and seafood caught daily from local waters. Seasoned shoppers will feel at home in the Hamptons’ eclectic mix of antique shops, chic local stores and designer boutiques. With locations in Bridgehampton, Southampton and Wainscott, The Enclave Inn is at the center of it all. 


Each of The Enclave Inn’s Hamptons hideaways is set on beautifully landscaped private wooded grounds, providing guests with a tranquil atmosphere and ample privacy. Located in the heart of the Hamptons, the Bridgehampton property offers guests a central location, while maintaining a serene and private setting. At dusk and dawn, visitors may catch a glimpse of deer and other local wildlife quietly roaming the land. Closer to the East End’s picturesque beaches and the Atlantic Ocean, The Enclave Inn’s Southampton location is ideal for those seeking fun in the sun. Visitors will enjoy beautifully appointed guest rooms that are quietly nestled on the well manicured property. The largest of The Enclave Inn properties, the Wainscott location’s sunny cedar shake exterior gives the Inn a beach house vibe that induces relaxation. For those planning a longer getaway, guest rooms at the Wainscott location are designed to suit the needs of an extended stay.
This summer, escape to The Enclave Inn for a relaxing retreat paired with Hamptons revelry.
For more information, please visit www.enclaveinn.com.



ABOUT THE ENCLAVE INN


  Under the direction of Michael Wudyka, The Enclave Inn combines rustic charm with modern convenience for an unforgettable vacation experience. With prime locations in Bridgehampton, Southampton and Wainscott, The Enclave Inn offers guests a pristine and private retreat, perfect for escaping the stresses of everyday life or exploring all the pleasures of the South Fork of Long Island. The Hamptons are home to miles of beautiful unspoiled beaches and peaceful bays for fishing, surfing and sunbathing; championship golf courses and tennis clubs; extraordinary shopping; and many a temptation for the gourmet traveler.


UPDATED 7/12/2012 NL



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THE BEAUTY OF DUNE POINT FIRE ISLAND
IN CHERRY GROVE NEW YORK
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Dune Point Fire Island Sunset





If you enjoy the beach lifestyle, Dune Point Fire Island is for you. Since the editor of this website has spent many summers in the Gay mecca, he will stay at only one place. Dune Point in Cherry Grove. 

Cherry Grove is a historic beach town, located off the coast of Long Island New York. There are no cars and only boardwalks, all with nifty street names. The town consists of a small United States Post Office, along with several restaurants and nightclubs. 



Cherry's On The Bay




Cherry's On The Bay is the premiere club on the island.  Cherry's is located on the bay side of the island, on The Great South Bay. They have a complete selection of beach cocktails and also serve food at their sister restaurant the Cherry Lane Cafe. The sunsets at Cherry's are to die for and most residents at sundown head their to watch.

Top Of The Bay Bistro, also located on the bay, serves 5 star cuisine, with chef Stephen Daniello at the helm. They are located above the Dune Point offices on the dock and right next to Cherry's. This is the spot to go to relax at the complete bar and eat like you were in New York City. 


Sandcastle on the ocean, is the only restaurant-bar located on the beach. Though new to the scene, early reviews say it's a hit. This is a sure stop for beach watching.


Cherry Grove has a supermarket, Pizza restaurant and some great shops, to stock up on beach gear. Rainbow Dreams is the place everyone goes. This is located in the back of The Grove Hotel.  



Dune Point Studio With Private Deck



Dune Point is also located on the ocean. Most of the rooms have been renovated and it is the place where everyone has to stay, including this editor. Every room has complete kitchens, so there is never a need to leave if you do not want too. Dune Point is also minutes away from all the nightlife. Outside the complex, there is everything you need. Barbecues scattered around everywhere and everything you could need for the beach is right at your finger tips, at no charge. Petra Brehl and her staff, make sure you always have every thing you need. 

Times Square Gossip readers also get discounts. During the summer, our readers get 10% off their stay. Just type in the code word "GOSSIP" at checkout. For off season savings in May, September and October, type in "TIMESSQUARE" to save 15% off your stay.

This offer can be revoked at any time, so use it now, make your reservations at www.DunePoint.com.



UPDATED 6/22/12


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Travel Back In Time and Enjoy Old-World Tranquility at the Relais And Châteaux Domaine de la Bretesche
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 Domaine de la Bretesche



Domaine de la Bretesche, a beautiful resort nestled amongst 500 acres of Brittany, France, is comprised of thirty-six luxurious and uniquely decorated rooms. Throughout the hotel and its spacious grounds, there are many amenities that aim to meet the needs of all guests.


 
 When arriving to this beautiful hotel, the ‘Old-World’ architecture that coincides with the castle-like exterior of Domaine de la Bretesche, may bring on feelings of nostalgia. Upon stepping into this historical yet modern resort, that feeling of tranquility will only grow when entering the Spa de La Cour Carrée, a place of health, mind and wellness which offers services such as; Ayurvedic massages, facials and aromatherapy; only to name a few! Surrounding the Domaine de la Bretesche’s property, an award winning 18-hole golf course, composed of radiant green fairways with lush forest scenery, was beautifully designed forty years ago by the well-known, Henri Cotton.


 Additionally, Domaine de la Bretesche’s century old forest encloses running and biking trails, and an indoor and outdoor pool. Striving to satisfy every appetite, this Hotel offers two restaurants; Le Montaigu and Le Club, both offering various selections such as; fresh sea bass, bream and game; many menu items possess a genuine and individual ode to the seasons and to nature. All of these specialty plates are created by chef Ludovic Le Forestier, who specializes in creating dishes to please even the most difficult of palettes. 


Domaine de la Bretesche fulfills its guests’ needs of a refined, relaxing, tranquil, warm and welcoming stay. The Hotel is also in close proximity to La Baule, a century-old seaside resort boasting beautiful white sandy beaches, casinos, shops and more. Domaine de la Bretesche is located just 35 minutes from Nantes Airport and Redon Rail Station. For more information on the tranquil Domaine de la Bretesche, please visit www.bretesche.fr



Updated 4/23/12 NL




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Awaken Your Senses at
Kenoa Resort in Barra de São Miguel, Brazil 
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Kenoa Resort




 Experience Brazil as you never experienced before at Kenoa Resort in Barra de São Miguel, Alagoas, Brazil. The first Brazilian eco-friendly resort is nestled among acres of virgin tropical outback along miles of magnificent white sandy beaches and turquoise enchantments of the open Atlantic Sea. Designed by renowned Brazilian architect Oswaldo Tenuria, Kenoa Resort is defined by luxury and seclusion. The eco-friendly and carefully-crafted resort features 23 guest rooms; 11 ocean view suites and 12 ocean front villas. Kenoa Resort, a member of Design Hotels, seeks to provide comfort, joy, and relaxation for everyguest by creating the perfect vacation. The tropical destination offers guests two infinity pools, direct access to a private beach, a golf driving range, a conference and business center, spa, fitness center, library and more. The Kenoa Spa is a wellness sanctuary in a private retreat where all five senses are pampered. Indulge in treatments using Shiseido and Germaine de Capuccini products such as facials, baths, soaks, alternative therapies and massages. The Kaamo Restaurant, Lounge and Wine Bar possesses a sense of prominence of the Brazilian gastronomic scene. Kaamo’s chef, César Santos, carefully crafted a menu of original items engaging the senses of sight, smell and taste. Kenoa Resort is just 30 minutes away from Maceio International Airport. For more information about Kenoa Resort please visit www.kenoaresort.com.

 Updated 4/23/12 NL



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Montpelier Plantation & Beach
In
the French West Indies 
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Montpelier Plantation and Beach


 Montpelier Plantation and Beach Located in the heart of Nevis, West Indies, the Relais & Châteaux and AAA Four Diamond Montpelier Plantation and Beach is nestled among 60 acres of lush tropical gardens and a sugar cane field with breathtaking views of the rolling countryside and the Caribbean Sea. Meticulous restored with history and heritage, the plantation resort encompasses 19 rooms all with impeccable views of the sea. Family owned and operated, the historic former sugar plantation rests on the small island of Nevis, French West Indies in the Caribbean.

 The tropical vacation destination offers guests a private beach, a freshwater swimming pool, state-of-the-art spa, a tennis court, beautifully landscaped gardens with hammocks and a reading gazebo, game room, library, barbeque pavilion, sun loungers, complimentary tennis and snorkeling equipment and more! Montpelier Beach is a short 15-minute private shuttle ride from the plantation.

 Situated within a hidden cove, the exclusive beach encompasses six private shaded cabanas, a beach bar lounge in addition to regularly scheduled beach excursions such as kayaking, mountain biking and trekking, scuba diving, sailing, waterskiing, deep sea fishing, windsurfing, horseback riding and sightseeing. Montpelier Plantation and Beach’s Spa, a place of health, mind and wellness, offers guests a tranquil place to relax.

 With an array of services, guests are invited to indulge in messages, body treatments and facials. The resort offers guests multiple dining options such as The Terrace Restaurant, The Mill Restaurant, Indigo Tapas Bar, in addition to three bars including The Pool Bar, The Beach Bar and The Great Room. Montpelier Plantation and Beach is located just 10 minutes from Nevis Airport. For more information about Montpelier Plantation and Beach, please visit www.montpeliernevis.com

 Update 4/23/12 Nl
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