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.
The Longhouse Reserve, East Hampton
This 12-acre property is owned by Jack Lenore Larson – a big-name textile designer back in the day – who built himself a Japanese-style long house on the property along with a large and lovely lily pond. The grounds are covered in an extraordinary range of exotic trees and flowers that reflect the changing seasons – a big favorite is the Red Garden which comes into bloom sometime in May and features trees, flowers and antique statuary in varying shades of red. The entrance to the property features a large Chinese bell with a wooden mallet that you can bang away with to let the world know you have arrived.
The grounds include some perennial art works such as a deKooning sculpture, a non-competitive Yoko Ono chess set (you have to see it to understand, which is typical Y-O) and each year a new influx of works from artists from around the world but with a focus on the oriental. My favorite treat is to visit during the week when there are fewer visitors and plonk myself down under a tree on an ancient carved bench with a really good book – bliss!!!