Southampton In Wintertime: Ultimate Holiday Escape – Where To Stay, Eat, Do!By Delaina Dixon | December 14, 2016 | Travel
Southampton in the summertime? That’s a no-brainer. But what about visiting this quaint Long Island, N.Y. town in December? The DivaGals did, and we loved our girls weekend getaway.
Away from the crowds of New Yorkers looking to escape the Manhattan heat during the summertime, Southampton has a chance to show off its classy charm in the quieter winter months.
We checked into Southampton Inn, the largest inn in town, with 90 charming guest rooms, the welcoming lobby…
…and this permanent guest.
Our room was spacious with double queen beds, and a bunch of amenities, including comfy Tempur-Pedic® mattresses, complimentary WI-FI and a fridge to chill our champagne. We also loved the Gilchrist & Soames toiletries in the bathroom.
We arrived early enough in the day to take a stroll through town (an easy walking distance from the Inn). Southampton truly gets into the holiday spirit, with horse carriage rides, hot chocolate stands and of course, visits with Santa. It’s the perfect time to note some of the hometown stores that stay open all year long, and the town center’s lighted tree.
The walk got our appetite in check. Luckily we had booked a reservation at Union Cantina, the upscale Mexican restaurant that opened in Southampton this past summer. Union Cantina mixes the town’s rustic charm with Manhattan’s pulsating vibe, with displayed artwork painted by its own staff and DJ LoKi spinning tunes into the night.
We started with chicken lollipops and hearts of palm salad.
Which went great with our traditional and apple cider margaritas.
For dinner, we dug into Union Cantina’s tacos. There are several offerings, including lobster, with pico de gallo and lime roasted poblano cream, and pork belly with jicama slaw and tomatillo salsa. They were delicious.
We’ll admit the nightlife isn’t as poppin’ in Southampton in the winter time – unless you know the right people. Union Cantina owner Ian Duke invited us to his other local establishment, Southampton Social Club, which was just finishing out a private party. We joined a small select group for more cocktails and dancing into the wee hours of the evening – which made climbing back into our beds at Southampton Inn even more wonderful.
The next morning, we were in need of morning grub (it was a long night!), and we didn’t have to go far. Southampton Inn has a restaurant on premises. While it’s usually closed during the winter months, we snuck in just in time to sample their big and hearty menu, offering every you need to combat all the damage you did the night before. Southampton does offer complimentary continental breakfast daily in the library.
This holiday season, Southampton Inn is offering its Annual Wrapping Room with complimentary wrapping paper. Southampton Inn is also a “Toys for Tots” drop-off site where you can leave your donation and put a big smile on a child’s face this season. The Inn also has its annual holiday stockings, which are stuffed with coupons from the local retailers, cultural institutions, recreational activities and dining establishments. And the best gift of all is its December “BOGO” 50 percent off: when you purchase one room you get a second for half-price.
Still making New Year’s Eve plans? Southampton Inn is hosting its 19th Annual New Year’s Eve Gala. The grand package includes an afternoon Candlelit Tour, evening Prosecco and cheese, a four-course dinner and open bar, a live band and Champagne toast, room accommodations and a New Year’s Day breakfast, all for $495 per couple.
Chill in Southampton this winter, and see how wonderful the escape can be.