Written by Marissa Himbele
Change up your holiday shopping this year! Instead of packed malls, long lines and traffic, shop at some of the best boutiques on the east end. Hamptons holiday shopping is a great way to find the best gifts for everyone. Walk down the sidewalk of Montauk Highway with trees wrapped in white lights and bows on every lamppost. Not familiar with the shops around the area? No problem! We made a list of some of the best places for Hamptons holiday shopping.
Everyone loves the vibe of the east end so why not get something that resembles it? Hamptons boutiques have great nautical themed clothes, knick-knacks and more. You’ll find whatever you are looking for at these boutiques. I know what you’re thinking, but we live on an island! We’re allowed to buy beach things in the winter! We picked some of the best shops from Fathom and Hamptons Magazine to create a list of best places for Hamptons holiday shopping.
Where to Go
Cavaniola’s Gourmet Cheese Shop
Stop by and get the most delicious cheeses and wine. A perfect holiday gift for anyone! Create a gift basket that will be sure to satisfy that special someone.
There’s a couple more locations on Long Island and in the city, but stop by the one in Southampton (you won’t have to wait in line for a half hour). You’ll find great shoes, clothes, bags, accessories and more! P.S. there’s ton of sales going on now!
Flying Point Surf & Sport
Trying to find the coolest surfboards and skateboards? Check out Flying Point for some of the best gifts for your athletes.
East Hampton & Southampton
Get the perfect book for that bookworm of yours! BookHampton has a great selection of nonfiction and fiction books for both adults and children.
Everyone loves Kate Spade’s great selection of clothes and accessories. So, check off some people on your list with the most fashionable gifts at Kate Spade (maybe even something for yourself). Check out their extended holiday store hours and head on over!
Enjoy what Long Island has to offer outside of the crowded malls. Hamptons holiday shopping is great for that festive authentic holiday feel. If you want to stay the weekend, call us at Hotel Indigo and we’ll reserve a room just for you.
Written by Aaron Mattson
Don’t let the cold winter air stop you from some of the best winter events on the east end. Adventure awaits in every town around the east end. Maybe you want to enjoy an evening out with your significant other, or take the whole family out. The east end has just what you need. Ring in the holidays and enjoy the culture! Hotel Indigo found some of the best winter events on the east end for you to enjoy!
Riverhead Lion’s Club Christmas Parade
Here’s one for the family! The Riverhead Lion’s Club will put you in the holiday spirit. You can expect a great variety of local organizations with guest appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Claus! The parade takes route on Main Street, starting from West Main Street and ending at Osborne Ave. The parade is this Saturday, Dec. 7 at 1 pm. This is a great chance for families to support their local community and the kids to have their picture taken with Santa.
Seal Walks at Cupsogue Beach County Park
Coastal Research and Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI) hosts seal walks at Cupsogue Beach. Seal season started in November and the colder it gets the more seals migrate here from up north. This 1.2 mile walk is great for a couple’s date or a family event. Watch as harbor seals play and enjoy the Long Island sand and water. Don’t forget to dress warm! Check out their schedule for dates and more information!
Greenport is hosting a weekend long event from Dec. 6-7. Enjoy local oysters, clams and wine at participating restaurants around the area. Shellabration is sure to be one of the best winter events on the east end. Local breweries, vineyards and restaurants are participating. Wristbands can be purchased on the Shellabration website or at a few of the shellabrating companies. Don’t forget to check out local activities going on, like the tree lighting at Mitchell Park that features a plentiful supply of hot chocolate, ice skating and caroling!
Keep your weekends busy with these great winter events on the East End. If you don’t live that close to the east end come for a visit at Hotel Indigo.
Written by Aaron Mattson
Santa Claus is just around the corner riding in on his sleigh, so we might as well start celebrating now! Hotel Indigo wants to spread the Christmas cheer! We have a list of the can’t miss holiday events that will keep you busy up until Christmas Day.
The Santa Events in Riverhead
- Bistro 72 Holiday Brunch with Santa
Share your meals with Old Saint Nick! Hotel Indigo’s restaurant, Bistro 72 is hosting brunch on the Sundays leading up to Christmas Day. Nov. 30 and Dec. 7, 14 and 21 are the days to come down for a hearty holiday breakfast and a chance to take a picture with Santa Claus. From 11 am – 3 pm you and your family can eat Bistro 72 Christmas style. While your kids enjoy a delicious holiday meal, you can indulge in a complimentary bloody mary, mimosa or glass of wine with an adult entrée. Just check out the delicious menu!
- SantaCon is Coming to Town!
On Saturday, December 6, Riverhead will be hosting its first ever SantaCon pub crawl. You’ll see hundreds of Santa dressed beer lovers parading around Main Street. Or better yet, you could be dressed as one of the Santas! The event will occur from 3 p.m. to midnight. A total of 9 bars have agreed to participate. So throughout the afternoon and night, Santas all shapes and sizes will visit each. Bracelets are sold online or at the participating bars for $10 each. Knowing the proceeds go to The Brendan House Project will warm your heart just as much as hot cocoa. The Brendan House Project is a residence center for veterans and civilians suffering from physical and mental disabilities. Even Scrooge couldn’t deny that holiday spirit!
Here’s a list of the participating locations:
- Hotel Indigo
- Crooked Ladder Brewing Company
- Digger O’Dells
- Cliff’s Rendezvous
- Dark Horse Tavern
- The Suffolk Theater
- Vines and Hops
- Joe’s Garage & Grill
- Rockin’ Around a Rockabilly Christmas
The Suffolk Theater is hosting a caroling Santa event in Riverhead on December 19. A Rockin’ Rockabilly Christmas will rock your black boots off as east end Rock N’ Roll musicians perform your favorite Christmas Carols. Tickets are $37.00 each and can be purchased at The Suffolk Theater. Talent includes Jason D. Williams, Bobby Volkman, The Traditions and Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks. Doors open at 6:30. Enjoy drinks and dinner while you wait for the Rock N’ Roll carolers. Hop on your sleigh and head on over to this must-see Christmas concert!
- Get Your Holiday Cooking Started
No Christmas season could be complete without the food! Joe’s Garage & Grill will be hosting a Holiday Cooking Class. You could learn from Joe’s executive Chef, Brian Burner. Take tips on how to cook a 3-course meal just in time for the holidays. You’ll receive tastings paired with beer and wine, along with a recipe book, Joe’s is gifting just for you. Reserve your seat now! Tickets are $75 for a single or $125 for a pair. Class starts at 7 pm. Following the class is Ladies Night. Once you have all you need to know about holiday cooking, the ladies can enjoy a fun night with drinks for ½ off. Don’t miss this opportunity to cook a Christmas meal just as well as Mrs. Claus herself!
Hotel Indigo would like to wish you and your family Happy Holidays!