5 Reasons to Visit the Hamptons Year-Round
A local’s guide: Five great reasons to visit The Hamptons in the spring, summer and fall.
Yes, I know – hardly a revelation!! But I’m not talking about the summer beach which, to my mind, is overheated in more than one sense – crowded, noisy, hot and always makes me think of the movie “Suddenly Last Summer.” The summer beach is all about the people on the beach – not that there’s anything wrong with that! But I am talking about the beach in late September through April, when the people are mostly gone, and when long, solitary walks have only the sound track of birds, waves and your own heavy breathing.
The off-season beach is about the beach, not about the people on it, although you may run into a few determined joggers and the occasional muffled-up dog walker. The off-season beach is about the breathtaking glory of sunrise and sunset, uninterrupted by distractions; the smell of the ocean; the cold winter sun blazing off the ice-coated beach grass, turning it into a field of Swarovski crystals any diva would lust for. The off-season beach is mystical, especially on a foggy day when people silently appear and disappear in the mist.
The summer beach makes people think about tanning and what’s for lunch and who is that cute guy/gal over there. The off-season beach makes you think about the bigger existential questions – who am I and why am I here… That’s my beach!