Written by Lisi Powers
The wait is over! The news is here! We’re sure that after our teaser last week about exciting news has left you all eager for this week’s post, and here it is: Hotel Indigo East End is proud to announce A SPIRITED GETAWAY! A brand new East End tour for a fully customizable experience thanks to a partnership we’ve established with our friends at Baiting Hollow Vineyards, LiV Vodka, and Crooked Ladder Brewery.
Everybody knows that the East End is famous for our picture-perfect wine country (and the incredible wines that come from it!), but only some of you know about the great spirits that are distilled out here. And with the recent burst of local brews sprouting up everywhere we turn, there’s no better time than now to come enjoy the wide variety that the East End has to offer.
Whether you plan to head out East for the weekend, or you’ve got some time mid-week to escape to paradise for a bit, there’s a way to make this tour work for everyone. So let’s get down to what’s included:
A Spirited Getaway
When you book your reservation at Hotel Indigo East End, you’ll also have the opportunity to book A Spirited Getaway. You’ll receive tasting passes for two at Baiting Hollow Vineyards, LiV Vodka, and Crooked Ladder Brewery. These passes will never expire, so even if you decide you don’t want to hit all three spots in one day (or one weekend), you can always come back! A Spirited Getaway shuttle will take you from location-to-location, with additional stops at the Tanger outlet shopping center and other great Riverhead area attractions.
Come out to the East End overnight, for the whole weekend, or for a couple of days during the week, and enjoy the lavish accommodations of Hotel Indigo East End. If you arrive in the evening, you can settle in for the night with a few drinks and a nice dinner at Bistro 72, and start your day when you wake from a restful night’s sleep. If you arrive in the morning, you can drop your stuff off in your room and jump right into a fun-filled day!
As of right now, A Spirited Getaway is only available to our guests with overnight reservations. However, we’re well on our way to coming out with options for day trips and mini escapes! Stay tuned for details about taking the shuttle for a loop to enjoy some quality, local beverages, followed by an evening at Bistro 72 for a delicious fireside dinner!
Written by Lisi Powers
Summer is the perfect time to head out East and tour the beautiful Long Island Wine Country, but wine isn’t the only great thing that Long Island has to offer! As much as we love wine, we understand that it’s not for everyone. Fortunately for you guys, there’s a fabulous alternative: Long Island Vodka!
But vodka is only the beginning—we have friends throughout Long Island and Brooklyn who produce all sorts of spirits. Shopping local is critical in maintaining our community, and supporting these producers who focus on sustainability is not only good for our immediate environment, but the global environment! Check out some of these great companies who are producing top-quality, local spirits, from Long Island Vodka to Brooklyn Gin!
photo by Dan's Papers
Starting our tour on the East End, Sag Harbor Rum’s production is inspired by the days when rum was stored in recycled barrels that had once held coffee, exotic spices, and fruit on whaling ships. The culmination of that wide variety of tastes created a smooth rum, which the folks in Sag Harbor like to call ‘sipping rum.’ Its taste is perfect, no matter how you choose to take it—neat, on the rocks, or mixed into any kind of cocktail.
Not only is Sag Harbor Rum crafted exclusively on Long Island, but it’s only available in New York State, as well. A hand-picked selection of restaurants, bars, and liquor stores carry this extraordinary rum, which makes it all the more exciting when you get your hands on a glass of it! Moving a bit westward brings us to…
Long Island Vodka, aka LiV, is one of the most popular spirits that we sell at Bistro 72 in Hotel Indigo East End. Last winter, our pals over at Fat Guy Media went on a tour through the LiV distillery and did a full write-up on their experience. Rich Stabile, founder of LI Spirits, is extremely passionate about making micro-batches of high-quality spirits, using locally-sourced products, which is why he created the first craft distillery on LI since the 1800s in 2007.
Vodka isn’t the only treat that comes out of LI Spirits—they also produce a line of the first potato-based liqueurs available in the US, called Sorbetta. They come in five flavors, lemon, lime, orange, strawberry, and raspberry, and are made from locally-grown berries and hand-peeled citrus fruits! Pine Barrens Whisky and Rough Rider Bourbon are two more beverages that hail from LI Spirits, which are both popular choices at our bar at Bistro 72. Now let’s head to Hipsterville…
photo by Gastronomista
From Slum to Rum, they say at The Noble Experiment NYC—a micro-distillery in Brooklyn that named its rum after the legendary Hell’s Kitchen gangster Owen “Owney” Madden. In his early 20s, Owney led the West Side’s Gopher Gang, and later acted as a rum-runner and speakeasy proprietor during Prohibition. Many say that it was because of Owney bringing rum into the States through Rockaway Beach that rum became a liquor of choice for many Americans since the Colonial Era!
The folks at The Noble Experiment NYC are purists, and only use three ingredients when producing Owney’s: NYC water, yeast, and molasses. As a company, they’re super transparent, even going so far as to illustrate their five-step production process. The part of the process that we find most impressive is that each and every bottle is corked, labeled, boxed, and pallet packed by hand!
photo by Brooklyn Bounty
Last, but certainly not least, is Brooklyn Gin! The three guys in charge of Brooklyn Gin spend three days making 3,000 bottles of gin. Everything is done by hand, from peeling the fruits and cracking the juniper berries to bottling and packaging the finished product.
Brooklyn Gin has a distinct flavor, which is likely thanks to the fact that all of their produce is fresh and purchased right at home in Red Hook. Their gin goes down smooth, and is well-suited to be served in any way you choose. Every last kernel of corn that goes into their product is grown nearby in upstate New York—Brooklyn Gin is as Made in NY as they come.
We’re cooking up some exciting news here at Hotel Indigo East End for all you Long Island Vodka, Brooklyn Gin, and other local spirits lovers, so stay tuned over the next week or so for our big announcement!
Written by Lisi Powers
photo via NY Arts Magazine
We’ve been on a bit of an art kick on the East End as of late, and it’s all culminating at one of the biggest art events of the year—ArtHamptons! The fine art fair began yesterday, and the buzz about it on social media is in full swing! From Twitter to Facebook, people are chatting about ArtHamptons and sharing pictures they’ve taken while at the event. #ArtHamptons has had 1,559 posts so far on Instagram! (Unfortunately, we can’t link to a webpage that’ll bring you straight there, so type “#arthamptons” into the search from your smartphone on Instagram and you’ll be able to see all the posts!)
Since we are always aiming to bring all the important details about local events straight to you for easy access, we wanted to take this time to give you a rundown of what to expect—and what not to miss—at this weekend’s ArtHamptons fair! It’s running now through Sunday at 6pm, so be sure to make a trip out there for the greatest cultural experience of the summer!
This evening there will be a performance by Tiffany Trenda from 7-7:30 that reflects on personal space in regard to mobile technology. There’s also an invitation-only party being held by Hampton’s Magazine to celebrate with cover stars Stephanie March, Ali Wentworth, and Katie Lee from 7-9pm.
photo via Dan's Papers
Starting at noon, the day will be jam-packed with exciting art exhibits. First up, Tom Dash will have his contemporary art on display from 12-12:30 at the Mark Borghi Fine Art Booth #300. His works mostly comment on societal issues, music, and pop culture themes.
A Meet the Artist session with Jane Freilicher follows next, from 1-3pm at the Tibor De Nagy Gallery Booth. Freilicher is one of the most admired and respected painters currently at work, and is best known for works that capture the beautiful Long Island landscape.
From 2-3pm, Black Card and VIP Pass holders are invited to sit in on a panel discussion called Managing Your Art Collection as an Asset, where professional panelists will give advice about how to consider your art collection as a financial asset. Strategies for purchasing art, protecting your collection, and other best practices for managing your assets will all be discussed.
From 4:30-5:30, Black Card and VIP Pass holders are invited to the reception of the 2014 Arts Patron of the Year Award, which is being presented to Robert Wilson. An interview by Brook Mason ofThe Art Newspaper is to follow, which Black Card and VIP Pass holders are welcome to watch.
photo via Sag Harbor Express
Starting at 10am on Sunday, running until 11:30, ArtHamptons partners with Free Arts NYC to bring ArtKids to the ArtHamptons fair. Artist Almond Zigmund will be providing professional instruction to children and families while they take part in arts and crafts and enjoy a complimentary breakfast spread provided by Free Arts NYC. Afterward, families are invited to attend ArtPolo @ ArtHamptons demo match on the polo field nearby.
ArtPolo @ ArtHamptons will begin at 11:30, ending at 1pm, bringing two great luxury activities together—fine art and polo! ArtHamptons visitors are invited to relax in the outdoor seating area of the Pavillion while they watch the demo match by Southampton Hunt & Polo Club in the center of the field.
photo via Park Ryu Sook Gallery
All Day, Every Day
There are a few exhibits that’ll be running throughout the duration of the fair.
Korea Contemporary @ ArtHamptons
Korean contemporary art has been popping up more and more rapidly in NYC and all over the country in the last few years. The Korean Art Show was started in the city to satisfy the public interest in this up-and-coming art market. This year, The Korean Art Show is taking a trip out East to escape the busy city, bringing their colorful culture to the Hamptons.
Jane Freilicher – Near the Sea: A Sixty Year Retrospective
In addition to her meet and greet on Saturday, there’ll be an exhibit by Freilicher running through the entirety of the fair. Come by to see some of her pieces that have been on display in several major museums, including The Parrish Museum, The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum, and many others.
John Chamberlain for Auction
Beginning at 5pm on Thursday 7/10, and concluding at 5pm on Sunday 7/13, John Chamberlain’s Welding, 1979 is being auctioned off to benefit the Southampton Arts Center. The piece is a color lithograph that measures 31.5 x 24 inches, and measures 43.5 x 35.25 inches framed. Its estimated value is $6-8,000. Bidding started at $3,000 with increments of $250.
We hope you have a great time out at the ArtHamptons art fair this weekend! Let us know how it went and share your pictures with us on Facebook! Taking a trip out to the East End just for ArtHamptons? We’re here for your ease and convenience—stop in with us for the weekend for a luxurious place to stay only a stone’s throw from all the action! Call us at (631) 369-2200 to reserve your room now!