Travel Thursday: Civilization, I mean The Hamptons

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After we finished up in the Adirondacks, Adam, Daphne and I continued our vacation back in civilization. I mean the Hamptons. I got to use my blow dryer and Daphne made a new friend: Daisy.

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Daisy is a Newfoundland and approximately the size of me. She was a good sport running around with Daphne all weekend and not crushing her.

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We immediately took them both to the beach. Cooper’s Beach is just around the corner from Hardy’s house. It’s surprisingly dog friendly, so long as you keep your canine on a leash.

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Yet again we couldn’t get Daphne to go in. To be fair, the waves were big even for Daisy.

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And really it was a perfect, glorious beach weekend. We had lots of sunshine, perfect sand, and time to catch up with some of Adam’s high school friends.

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We went to a chic little place for dinner called the Red Bar Brasserie. It was delicious. The menu is a refined Mediterranean mix of seafood, local Long Island ingredients, and entrées outside of beef and chicken. The duck and lamb were huge hits with our group.

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Of course we came home for ice cream sundaes afterwards.

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Saturday morning croquet came out. Luckily for the game, Daphne quickly realized the balls were too big to fit in her mouth and too heavy to carry around, so she left them alone.

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Daisy was happy to act as an additional obstacle.

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Then it was back to the beach. The gang got in some beach volleyball time and I took a glorious nap – without burning myself. It was just the recharged afternoon I needed.

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Saturday night we ate at the house. Our hostess Margie received these cute cheese markers from a friend, so we took lots of photos with the cheese to send to her.

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And we got to do a tasting of Barr Hill Gin. Adam and I met the creator Todd in the Adirondacks, and he graciously gave us a couple of bottles to taste test and share with our friends. Made with raw honey, this gin is like nothing you’ve ever tasted before. And with a zesty lemon soda, you could sip it all night long.

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I’m not going to lie, Hardy’s steak was even better than the one I had at Red Bar.

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And when you’re making dinner for 13 people, it really is a team effort.

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How we all fit around the dining room table I’m still not sure. But I love those bamboo folding chairs Margie had stashed away. Maybe we’ll pick some up.

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Adam and I had to check on Daphne, who was chasing Daisy around the croquet course.

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Just as the light was fading and dinner was finishing up on the grill, we got some necessary group shots.

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And then ate just about everything.

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After dinner, Hardy pulled out a puzzle. With 13 people we managed to get all 1000 pieces put together in about 13 hours, including time to sleep. Not too shabby.

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We also took a mid-puzzle break for a bonfire. A stranger was darling enough to leave everything set up on the beach, so all we had to do was light a match and put it out properly. Adam’s friend Kate also helped me play around with taking photos in the dark. I might want to take a class on that for the future.

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In the morning, it was back to the puzzle. Once we were finished we headed out to the pool for a last swim before heading home.

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Daphne was not too keen on going in. Adam and Daisy tried to make her feel more comfortable, but she just couldn’t find the way out.

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Daisy was happy to act as the lifeguard, jumping in after anyone who left the water’s edge.

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We said goodbye to our friends and headed to find a local landmark: The Big Duck. It was huge and not that big at the same time. Next time we head to the Hamptons we’ll stay a few extra days to explore more of Long Island. We can’t ever seem to get off the beach!

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