Hi Internet. It’s been a while since I posted on here, which hasn’t slipped my mind. Life has been hectic, but not necessarily in a bad way. I have a lot I want to write about, but for now I’m just going to keep it a generic vacation update.
First stop: Hampton Bays, New York
So when I think about the Hamptons, I picture a particular episode on “The Real Housewives of New York.” It’s flashy; it’s classy; it’s where the rich go to take a vacation from their already vacation-like lifestyles. I’m currently living in a kind of “rich” neighborhood right now, so I was just kind of expecting an extension of that, just in a different location.
Appearantly there’s a bunch of different Hamptons. Like East Hampton, South Hampton, etc.. We stayed in the Hampton Bay and it was much different than I was expecting.
To begin, it was a nice short drive from Greenwich, CT. About 2.5 hours. We arrived to a quiet town, somewhat reminiscent of the south. The drive had open grassy fields, small stores in a small town, and just felt very family oriented. The house we stayed in was super cute: two stories, 3 bedrooms. It was nice, but not quite what you’d expect on a “fancy Hamptons vacation.” It just seemed like a regular home, with all the personal touches you’d expect.
My boy friend and I stayed in the pool house, which was an awesome addition to the property. It had its own kitchen, bathroom, sitting area, and bed. It was kind of like a separate studio apartment. What I really enjoyed about the house though was the outdoor sitting area.
The backyard was sizable, with a cozy wooden porch surrounded by tiki torches. There was lots of green grass, plants, and a nice, heated swimming pool. For me, this felt like a breath of fresh air. Since leaving Colorado, I’ve really been craving nature and this really just hit the spot for me. I felt like I could breathe again.
From there, many of our days were spent playing board games, going out to eat, visiting the beach, and exploring local attractions. Upon exploration, I started to really understand what the personality of this town was; it was a cute, quiet fishing town. People were friendly, but not overly friendly. It was a super chill atmosphere, with a lot of restaurants providing outdoor seating and live entertainment. It felt like you could just kick off your shoes, drink a margarita, and kick your feet up on the table.
The beach was pretty, with soft sand and clean water, but the water was still too cold to get in. Still provided a nice spot to relax, play frisbee, and enjoy the view.
We also visited a nearby winery (Paumanok winery) and the Long Island Aquarium, both of which I highly suggest you check out. It’s a great way to explore the area and enjoy nature. Oh, also, check out the sea lion show at the aquarium! It really gives you a lot of respect for these incredibly strong, intelligent creatures.
So, would I suggest visiting Hamton Bays, New York?
Absolutely. If you’re looking for a very simple, relaxed, family vacation, this could be the place for you. It has a lot of great restaurants, is close in proximity to a lot of different attractions, and definitely provides that quiet, calming environment one might feel in the South. If you’re looking for a super fancy, up-scale, clean-cut vacation, this isn’t the place for you.
Second Stop: Point Pleasant, New Jersey
I went right from The Hamptons and straight to the Jersey Shore. Well, sort of the Jersey Shore. It was like 20 minutes from there. Again, the only information I had on this place was from the T.V. show, so I pretty much expected a bunch of guidos, a crazy party scene, and a lot of orange people. Again, I was wrong.
To begin, the house was insane. It was a three story, ten bedroom house right on the beach, complete with a jacuzzi and access to our own private beach. The house even had a freaking elevator in it (which I never used, it took longer than just walking up the stairs.
The town we stayed in seemed like a nice, quiet, family oriented town. We were walking distance from cute little restaurants, shops, and bars. It seemed really relaxed, complete with people walking around the neighborhood in their bikinis and people running to the shore to go surfing.
In terms of entertainment, there was definitely plenty to do. The boardwalks, especially the seaside heights boardwalk, was awesome. All in one area were restaurants, an arcade, go-carting, mini-golfing, a water park, fair games, and a little amusement park with a great selection of rides. We spent almost everyday going to the boardwalk or heading to the beach.
Speaking of the beach, it was great, and this is coming from someone who has been spoiled by the Florida beaches. The water was warm, the sand was soft, and the waves were perfect for boogey boarding. Definitely a great beach, especially for the North East!
Lastly, I feel I should mention how friendly the people are. Our neighbors came up to us on the beach and told us to get ahold of them if there was anything we needed. We also just had pleasant conversation with so many people. The population just seemed generally happy.
So the verdict is in and yes, I would suggest visiting the Jersey Shore! It’s a family friendly, fun place with lots of things to do. If you aren’t into the games, then you can lay out all day on the beach and hit the clubs at night. A win-win for everyone.