The summer crowds have been gone for months, and the only ones left to enjoy the magnificent East End of Long Island during the holiday season are us locals. While summers dazzle with activity and celebrity, winter in the Hamptons dazzles with brightly lit storefronts and twinkly stars in the cold night sky. For us, the holidays mean giving back, finding peace and looking forward to the New Year. In that spirit, we offer you a few things to do with family, friends and loved ones if you happen to find yourself in the Hamptons for the Holidays this year.
A year-round favorite, the Duck Pond on David’s Lane has special appeal in the winter. The pond is situated within a nature preserve, so there are winding trails all along the creek and bridges that kids love to explore. Not to mention feeding the hungry ducks! Bring cracked corn feed — that’s what the ducks LOVE — and invite all your friends and their kids for a winter stroll.
Another great outdoor family activity: how about taking a shelter dog out for a Christmas walk at ARF, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons? Volunteers are always needed for dog walking, but you don’t have to volunteer immediately – you can try it out. “Borrow” a pooch and take him or her for a nice loop around the well-marked trails in the outlying woods. ARF is open every day until 4 pm.
Whether you hike these short and easy winter trails or simply stroll through town to check out what our local Hamptons merchants have on offer, you’ll definitely want to stop at Mary’s Marvelous for a snack, lunch or just a cup of hot cocoa. Mary’s Marvelous is now in Amagansett AND East Hampton, making it easier than ever to enjoy the treats of the season.