It comes around every June like a lamb but by mid-July it roars like a lion. I am talking about summertime on the east end, and for that matter everywhere. It’s a magical time and wherever you are transforms into a magical place. This is especially true on the east end.
Perhaps too many times I say the most successful folks in the world spend many millions to buy a home and jet in to spend their precious free time here. Yet us regular folks live here, sail our boats here, and fish here all year ’round.
One friend brags that he lives fifteen-minutes from work no matter the traffic because he avoids Route 27. He too was saying out loud this was shaping into his best summer ever. I said that should be your goal every year.
This summer there are just so many sweet sunny days! Days perfect for the beach, sailing, softball games, tennis matches, nice rounds of golf, long bike rides, jogs or just plain walks.
As for the nights? I personally have actually been out specifically to see full moon rises with clear viewing skies! Summer nights with ocean breezes is the stuff of romantic movies and on the east end this summer it’s been almost every night.
In the last two tragic covid years many folks purchased Hamptons homes, perhaps as sanctuaries from the pandemic. It is fun watching these folks discover the Hamptons.
Do you remember your first amazement at seeing the beauty of Louse Point? Who can ever forget their first trip around Lazy Point? Not to mention really exploring the dimensions of Camp Hero with a nice hour or two walk!
The new “Hamptonites” are also discovering the many restaurants in all the hamlets, perhaps to find their favorite and future go-to joint!
I was swimming off my sailboat with my wife last weekend at Sammy’s Beach in Gardiner’s Bay. She looked at me as she was swimming in total joy and said, “The water is so clear, so clean, so refreshing! This is the best summer ever!”
Yes, I consider myself lucky that I have spent almost all of my summer days in the Hamptons these last twenty years, mostly sailing Gardiner’s Bay and seeing plays and musicals at night. I love to look at the stars knowing I’ll never ever understand what’s going on up there.
What I do know is what’s going on down here. It’s summer and it’s time to pause and be thankful for where I spend my summers and with whom.