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Hotel Indigo East End + Hampton Cigar Company = Great Times

It’s no secret that at Hotel Indigo East End, we are huge proponents of local businesses and community camaraderie. With that in mind, we’re incredibly excited to be announcing that we’ll be working much more closely with two great East End companies a lot more often: Hampton Cigar Company and Empire State Cellars!

As your premier location for luxury on the East End without breaking the bank, we’re thrilled to be adding even more amenities to offer our guests in partnering with the Hampton Cigar Co. and Empire State Cellars. We’d like to you to get to know each of our new partners more intimately, so we thought it best to introduce them to you here!

Hampton Cigar Company

The Hampton Cigar Company launched this summer with one central mission: to bring a high-quality product with no attitude to an industry that has a lot of attitude. At the Hampton Cigar Co., there is no wrong way to smoke a cigar (contrary to what some cigar aficionados may have to say about it), but just two important rules to bear in mind:

  1. Smoke it however you’d like
  2. Be respectful of those around you

Following their two simple rules is easy, because they’re currently based at Hotel Indigo as part of their evolution into partnering with Indigo and adding value and amenities to our guest experience. We will soon be selling single cigars at the bar in Bistro 72, and we’re looking forward to opening a gorgeous, designated cigar space by next summer, complete with a fire pit and plenty of room to kick back, relax, and enjoy a fine cigar. Currently, the Hampton Cigar Company offers cigar bars as an add-on for weddings, corporate events, and celebrations of all kinds. Give your guests a night to remember with an additional element of sophistication at your party.

The Hampton Cigar Co. prides themselves on simplicity in both their products and in their service. Whether you’ve been smoking cigars for 40 years or you’ve never picked one up before, they make the experience of smoking a cigar a true pleasure without all the fuss. They produce three blends, all in one shape and one size, so there’s nothing intimidating about making your selection.

The green-labeled cigar is their mild blend, the blue label is for the medium-bodied blend, and the red label is for the full-bodied blend.

Hampton Cigar Co. cigars also feature pigtails at the end—you don’t even have to worry about having a cigar cutter on hand, because all you do is twist and pop it off and you’re ready to go. You’re supposed to smoke cigars when you’re relaxing or celebrating, and the Hampton Cigar Co. has covered all the bases to ensure you have the best, stress-free experience with their product.

Stay tuned for our post to introduce Empire State Cellars coming early next week!

Have ideas for how our budding partnership can serve you even better? Share your ideas with us on Facebook! Connect with the Hampton Cigar Company and Empire State Cellars on Facebook, too!

   

Dan's Harvest East End 2014 - An Incredible Success

The highly anticipated Dan’s Harvest East End 2014 was this past weekend, and it was everything we could’ve asked for and more! This year’s Harvest was especially exciting, because we had the pleasure of hosting a very important guest: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo! Gov. Cuomo has been a tremendous advocate of farm-based industries, bringing a great deal of awareness to the robust craft beverage industry that’s been rapidly expanding throughout New York State. Our entire East End community was thrilled to have him as a part of our celebration.

McCall’s Vineyard and Ranch was as gorgeous as ever on Saturday night—the perfect setting for an evening full of great wine, food, and friends. This year’s awards ceremony was presented by Gov. Cuomo, who delivered the “Winery of the Year” award to Macari Vineyard & Winery in Mattituck. The competition at Harvest East End 2014 included 835 wines, 20 hard ciders, and eight spirits from throughout the state. 22 judges, including wine writers, restaurateurs, retailers, and wine educators, performed blind tastings to determine the winners.

In addition, Gov. Cuomo also announced the following winners from the “Best of Long Island” wines in the 2014 New York Wine & Food Classic competition:

  • Best Dessert Wine: Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard’s Cheval Bleu
  • Best Rose Wine: Wolffer Estate 2013 Grandiose Rose
  • Best White Wine: Martha Clara 2012 Chardonnay
  • Best Sparkling Wine: Sparkling Pointe 2005 Brut Selection (also named the Best Sparkling Wine of New York)
  • Best Red Wine: Macari 2010 Cabernet Franc (also named the Best Red Wine of New York)

“I am proud to be a part of such a good fundraiser that symbolizes what Long Island’s all about,” said Chef Lia Fallon of the North Fork. “There are so many great things to celebrate on the East End.” Harvest East End is an opportunity for all of us to get together and take in all of the incredible products made right in our backyards, and to be proud of our accomplishments.

“These wines, hand in hand with the absolute beauty of Long Island, present newcomers and fans with a perfect platform for what makes New York so unique,” said Ron Goerler, Chair of Harvest Fest and owner of Jamesport Vineyards. Everywhere you turned during Saturday’s event, you found people with nothing but praise for Long Island Wine Country.

“The fact is, there is simply nothing in the world like a New York wine,” said Jim Trezise, president of the New York Wine & Grape Foundation. “Today was really an opportunity to showcase the drivers behind the wine industry’s growth in New York, which has received unparalleled support from Albany by way of open ears and real regulatory reform.” Trezise’s words couldn’t be truer, given Gov. Cuomo’s dedication to supporting the New York wine industry.

According to a Governor’s Press Release this past week, “the number of based businesses manufacturing wine, beer, spirits and cider using ingredients grown in New York has increased by 100 percent since 2011. In addition, the total number of manufacturers producing alcoholic beverages in New York has increased by 105 percent since 2011.” There will be a new advertisement being run starting this Labor Day to support our industry, and the State will be allocating an additional $300,000 for future advertisements, events, and transportation services to increase tourism throughout our craft beverage industry.

All through 2015, targeted weekends will be offering deals on wineries, hotels, restaurants, and other Long Island businesses in partnership with Delta and Avis-Budget. All of the attention that this industry is being given will be an incredible leg up for countless Long Islanders—we’ll be able to generate more revenue, create more jobs, and just generally prosper as a community.

We could not be more proud of the efforts and accomplishments of our neighbors and friends throughout the East End community. We are beyond excited to be a part of this powerful movement to show people from far and wide just how incredible Long Island is, and everything we have to offer. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us!

   

Back-to-School Shopping at Tanger Outlets Riverhead

As much as we hate to say, “So long,” to sweet summer, we know that the East End continues to flourish even as the leaves begin to change. Our beaches are well known for being sprinkled with bikini-clad tourists, but the locals know that there are few things better than a stroll along the shore at sunset in September—the time of year that’s perfect for sweatshirts and sandals.

September also means that school will soon be in full swing, and that means one thing: SHOPPING! With all of the great shopping out here, it’s no wonder that it’s another one of our favorite pastimes. The team at Hotel Indigo East End wants to be sure that you’re kept in-the-know about all the great sales coming up at our favorite East End shopping spot: Tanger Outlets in Riverhead. Get ready to go shopping after you browse through these hot deals!

College students get all-star treatment at the Tanger Outlets, with a whole slew of great deals just for them! If you’re a teacher, you can jump on that sale bandwagon, too, so make sure you have your school ID with you! When students and teachers arrive at the Tanger Outlets, be sure to swing by Tanger Shopper Services to pick up your FREE Tanger coupon book! In addition to the coupons in the book, these stores are also running college student sales:

J. Crew Factory

Extra 25% off your entire purchase. Now through 8/24.

J. Crew | Crewcuts Factory

Extra 25% off your entire purchase. Now through 8/27.

H&M

20% off kids purchases of $50 or more. Now through 8/31.

Izod

15% off transactions. Now through 9/30. Offer Code: 5000068690000

Auntie Anne’s Prezel Perfect

10% off your entire purchase. Now through 12/31.

Banana Republic Factory Store

10% off your entire purchase. Now through 12/31. Offer Code: Educate10

Brooks Brothers Factory Store

15% off your purchase. Now through 12/31. Offer Code: 7158

Columbia Sportswear Company

10% off entire purchase. Now through 12/31.

Eddie Bauer Outlet

10% off your entire purchase. Now through 12/31. Offer Code: 3013

Elizabeth Arden Company Store

10% off entire purchase. Now through 12/31.

High Sierra

15% off entire purchase. Now through 12/31.

Jockey

10% off entire purchase. Now through 12/31. Offer Code: 000009045187

Jos. A. Bank

15% off any single item. Now through 12/31.

Kitchen Collection

10% off entire purchase. Now through 12/31. Offer Code: UNVSTD

Le Gourmet Chef

10% off entire purchase. Now through 12/31. Offer Code: UNVSTD

Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, Children's Factory Store, and Women

15% off entire purchase. Now through 12/31. Offer Code: 4305

Samsonite Factory Outlet

15% off entire purchase. Now through 12/31.

Steve Madden

10% off full priced merchandise. Now through 12/31.

The Limited Outlet

Take an additional 10% off already great deals every day! Now through 12/31.

Tommy Hilfiger

10% off entire purchase. Now through 12/31. Offer Code: 500003083000

Van Heusen

10% off entire purchase. Now through 12/31. Offer Code: 500007022000

Tourneau

15% off your purchase of a single item. Now through 3/15/2015. Offer Code: SMST4103

Back-to-school sales aren’t just for students—we grown-ups deserve to take part in the shopping fun, too! Here are the sales happening at some of our favorite stores, but you can see the full list of deals at the Tanger Outlets in Riverhead here.

Calvin Klein

End of season clearance sale: up to 60% off! Now through 8/27.

Chico’s Outlet

Entire store is 25% off or more! They’re also taking an additional 30% off select already reduced merchandise from the Fabulously Slimming line. Now through 8/28.

Eddie Bauer Outlet

Take advantage of their stock up sale: buy one, get one 50% off mix & match! Now through 8/25.

Elizabeth Arden Company Store

For Labor Day Weekend they’ll be giving 10% off entire purchases of $100 or more! The sale runs from 8/29 to 9/1.

Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Stores (Children, Men, and Women)

40% off factory store prices (on select styles) in all three stores! They’re also introducing their petite line in the women’s store, offering 30% off all petite products. Now through 8/27.

Pottery Barn Outlet

All outdoor furniture is currently 40% off, all lighting is 20% off, and all clearance items are 25% off. Those three offers are valid now through 8/26. For this weekend only, all Pottery Barn Kids occasional furniture is 25% off (8/22-24)!

Williams-Sonoma Outlet

This week, all electrics are 30% off. Fall and Halloween preview items are officially in-store and are 20% off! Now through 8/24.


Our favorite way to end a successful day at the Outlets is with a drink or two at Empire State Cellars, located conveniently in Tanger I!

Where will you be shopping this back-to-school season? Let us know on Facebook, and feel free to share some pictures with us of the new additions to your Fall wardrobe!

   

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