First stop... Southampton
The Village of Southampton was settled in 1640 and incorporated in 1894.
It is the oldest English settlement in the state of New York and is named after the British Earl of Southampton.
The early colonists, with the help of a resident Shinnecock Indian guide, were led over an old woodland trail that is now North Sea Road to an ideal spot for their first settlement.
There, at the head of what is Old Town Pond, they constructed their first homes.
Built by town founder Thomas Halsey, this 17th-century home is thought to be the oldest English-style house in New York State.
An array of furniture from the 17th and 18th centuries that was donated by local families is on display in the house that is open from July to mid-October.
A Colonial Revival-style garden that replicates an 18th century herb garden, a perennial border and an apple orchard can be seen in the backyard.
It happened to open that morning for a private tour
but unfortunately we couldn't talk our way in.
Maybe next time!
The Shinnecock Indian Reservation, established in 1701, is the oldest Native American reservation in the United States.
Here is where I first noticed that a lot of the trees and shrubs are planted in raised mounds.
The Shinnecock tribe welcomed the arrival of the white settlers in 1640 and not only gave them land to live on, "Olde Towne", but also shared with the settlers their knowledge of planting corn and fertilizing it with fish, growing crops, digging clams and scallops from nearby bays and trapping game.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, fishing, farming (especially Long Island Potatoes and local sweet corn) and duck raising were the predominant industries.
With the end of the Revolutionary War in 1783 and the extension of the railroad to Sag Harbor in 1872, wealthy New Yorkers seeking escape from the ever growing city sought the serenity of the countryside and the beauty of the pristine beaches.
This new emergence of substance and wealth caused a building boom during the early part of the 20th century.
These are average size balls here!
My husband wanted to put a muzzle on me if I didn't stop exclaiming "Look at those BALLs" over and over again!
Large estates were designed and built and the Village of Southampton grew and prospered.
This newly constructed home was listed at a little over $6M! (More on it later)
A view down Main Street.
Not yet open for business.
While my hubby engaged a chatty real estate agent, I poked around Main Street known for its fabulous boutiques, art galleries and restaurants.
Ralph Lauren has a strong presence in The Hamptons and his shops are absolutely breathtaking!
I strolled up and down the street capturing beautiful flower arrangements and architectural details that caught my eye!
The following photos are all of the Southampton Ralph Lauren shop and garden which was just a teaser for the incredible gardens and landscaping I saw throughout The Hamptons!
Wolffer Estate Winery is located in the heart of The Hamptons in Sagaponack and is known for its Rose wines which we took full advantage of!
The shoe of summer!
This fun shop had a pop up sale over the weekend in East Hampton. Lots of great things but all too big to fit into my luggage:(
I was dying to get into this shop but found out that it hasn't been open for over a year so I ended up drooling all over the windows!
Love the stunning combo of coral and green!
My obsession with "boxwood balls" or as I call them now, "sitchy spheres" went into overdrive on this trip!
The cobblestone and gravel drives had me wishing I could replace my concrete driveway back home!
The flower combinations were beautiful and graced all the shop fronts.
I couldn't get over the charm of the classic shingled architecture and loved not seeing stucco anywhere!
A great shot of Main Street.
Look at those BALLS!
Coming from the opposite coast I really felt a wonderful sense of our history.
Our son works at UBS in Manhattan.
Seeing this office got us excited knowing it would only be a few more days until we got to see him!
I hope you enjoyed our first look at The Hamptons.
Where we stayed!