A couple of weeks ago, I shared my travel guide to A Fall Weekend in the Hamptons and today I’m back with a review of my stay at the Southampton Inn and a bit more about the Bedside Reading program, which I’ve been lucky enough to enjoy at two hotels this fall (the other was Morrison House in Alexandria, VA!).
FALL IN THE HAMPTONS + SOUTHAMPTON INN REVIEW
If you’re looking for a quaint getaway without the crowds, there’s no better time to visit the Hamptons than in the fall. With small-town charm at every stop along Montauk Highway to the changing leaves and melt-in-your-mouth lobster, this is a trip I want to add to my annual lineup.
But, where should you stay? We were lucky enough to spend two nights at the Southampton Inn, located on 5 perfectly manicured acres, right in the heart of Southampton Village.
If you’re looking for location, you won’t find a better spot. You’re in town — just a 5 to 10-minute walk to pretty much anywhere you would want to go. Coffee in the morning? Mosey on into town. Shopping? Just a quick walk. A dinner out? Take a starlight stroll. And, if you do want to go a bit further, perhaps to the beach, you can hop on one of Southampton Inn’s bikes and spin on over the Flying Point Beach.
Plus, it’s woman-owned and pet-friendly. What more could you want? (JK, I’m not bringing my cat on any trips anytime soon…but, if you have a dog, this is the way to go!)
BEDSIDE READING AT SOUTHAMPTON INN
You may recall my mention of the Bedside Reading program in my post about Morrison House in Old Town Alexandria, so I was thrilled to enjoy the program yet again in Southampton — particularly because I had more downtime to read.
We were early to bed and early to rise both nights in the Hamptons, and that meant I was in bed, pajamas on, tea made, and ready to cuddle up with a good book by 8 PM. I actually picked up a psychological thriller while I was at Southampton Inn — The Price of Time by Tim Tigner. I don’t usually read mysteries or thrillers, but with each “one more page” turn that pushed back going to sleep, I wondered if maybe I’ve been missing out…
So, what exactly is Bedside Reading? It’s a program that pairs bestselling books by local and regional authors into luxury and boutique hotels, giving guests the opportunity to discover a new-to-them author or book and letting them take it with them (just in case you were too busy sight-seeing to read!).
THE GUEST ROOMS AT SOUTHAMPTON INN
I love a bright, airy, and crisp room when I’m traveling (perhaps because it’s so different than what I have at home?!) and Southampton Inn certainly delivered on all accounts. Perfectly white bedding and subtly beachy accents are right at home in the Hamptons — everything has a casual and comfortable vibe.
The 90 charming guest rooms are available in Queen, Double Queen, and King rooms. All have cozy down bedding and Temper-Pedic® mattresses — I haven’t slept this well in a while (okay, maybe because, again, I was going to bed at 8 PM). Plus, I love a hotel bathroom with luxurious toiletries and Gilchrist and Soames fits the bill.
DINING AT CLAUDE’S AT SOUTHAMPTON INN
Our first night in the Hamptons, after a nonstop day of exploring one end of the island to the other, we decided to settle in for an easy dinner at Claude’s Restaurant at Southampton Inn (is there anything easier than going right downstairs for dinner?).
We did the $32 Prix Fixe dinner. I opted for Clams Oreganata, Rigatoni Bolognese, and the Chocolate Mousse Cheesecake, while Adam went for the Crispy Shrimp and Calamari, Fettucini Alfredo, and the Profiteroles. Both kinds of pasta were amazing and freshly made by a chef with 35 years of experience cooking in Italian restaurant kitchens, but the Fettucini Alfredo hit it out of the park. I’m not even a big fan of Fettucini Alfredo typically and I was stealing bites off Adam’s plate at every opportunity.
Serving breakfast Monday through Friday, brunch Saturday and Sunday, and dinner Thursday to Saturday, Claude’s is a must-visit in Southampton.
UPCOMING EVENTS AT SOUTHAMPTON INN
Planning a trip to the Hamptons this fall or winter? There are a few events to know about at Southampton Inn over the next few months. Stay for Thanksgiving and $270 will cover both your dinner and breakfast. Or, spend New Year’s Eve in Southampton and you’ll enjoy both their New Year’s Gala and brunch for $475. Plus, all servicemen and women can stay at Southampton Inn for just $125 throughout the month of November.
Have any questions about fall in the Hamptons, an offseason stay in Southampton, or the Southampton Inn, definitely give me a shout! I’m happy to tell you more about our itinerary and offer suggestions.
Thank you to the Southampton Inn and Bedside Reading for hosting me while I stayed in Southampton and treating me to a dinner at Claude’s! As always, all opinions are my own and I’m so thankful to the brands and companies that make this blog possible!