Shhh, the kids are in camp and we're having a lot of fun. Don't tell anyone! While we didn't plan any BIG trips, we did get in some quality couple time at the new Quogue Club in the Hamptons.
Just 90 minutes from NYC, this beachy enclave is the perfect respite for a cozy family weekend or for a grown-ups only getaway. I gave this trip to my husband as an early b-day present--it was just the right size!
Head up the great big porch to check in and you'll immediately swoon over the fresh flowers (sunflowers everywhere!) and tasteful decor. All the main rooms were bright, airy and comfortable. The result of a HUGE renovation in 2012 when new ownership took over.
The renovation was certainly worth the effort. This is a splendid spot full of casual elegance and charm.
We loved our accommodations--plenty of light and crisp decor. A special appreciation for the artwork on display. Beach art can be so vapid. The Quogue House had a great mix of modern photography on display.
The pace is perfect here. It's got a chill, classy vibe. The staff is there when you need them, but also discreet enough to let you enjoy the space as if it were a home.
We did explore a bit too. We took the cruising bikes out for a spin to Quogue's main beach--you can get a loaner beach pass for your bike or car. Via bike, it took us about 15 minutes to get to the beach. The hotel itself, is set off on Main St. on a quiet pretty stretch of the inland part of Quogue.
After our ride, we cleaned up and enjoyed cocktails outside in the spacious courtyard. I sipped a yummy rose, and Mr.Momtrends had a Pimm's.
Dinner was excellent. Both starters were divine. Take a look...burratta and peaches were the hit of the dinner. The restaurant, led by Chef Matt Birnstill, serves the private club members (locals) and the menu offers a wide array of fresh options with lots of local ingredients.
If you're not drowsy after dinner, set up in one of the lounge areas to read--in our case we enjoyed the last of our wine and a lively game of backgammon. Mr. Momtrends won! Another birthday gift.
Breakfast is included. This sunny room was a favorite spot. We sipped tea and coffee and nibbled on fresh fruit and pastries. What and idyllic space to map out a day.
We headed back to the beach several times on our visit, but didn't rush to get there. The hotel is so relaxing it was hard to leave.
If you need more activity, in the summer there are fitness classes held in the modern gym downstairs--try yoga, barre or an interval class. There's also a space for kids downstairs--perfect for setting the kids up with a movie.
What else? You can book a massage or if you want to get in an outdoor workout enjoy reciprocal arrangements for tennis at the Westhampton Beach Tennis & Sport or golf at Laurel Links Country Club.
Rates start at $425 in peek season (midweek) and drop to $300 midweek offseason. We stayed in the Hallock King (#6) and loved the spacious accommodations. Click here for more details on reservations. There are only 14 rooms (including two guest houses on the property).
Get more details and book your stay here http://www.quogueclub.com/
Like all our travel reviews, usually some portion of the trip is comped. Otherwise I would go broke trying to visit all these exquisite properties. We try to give you a fair and balanced review--I don't want any of you wasting money or vacation time on a bad trip.