PHOTO: COURTESY HAMPTONS ARISTOCRAT
Jennifer Mabley and Austin Handler moved to Water Mill looking for a relief from the hustle and bustle of their New York City lifestyle. Now, having lived in the community for more than two decades, the couple knows the best places for a perfect cup of coffee, a relaxing meal and some extended beach time. Here, they share their perfect day.
9 a.m. We often start the morning at Sagtown Coffee in Sag Harbor Village. There’s a great local vibe there. If we’re feeling particularly naughty, we’ll also pop down to Grindstone Doughnuts for decadent doughnut creations.
11 a.m. We love to walk around the Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge in Southampton. Bring sunflower seeds, and you’ll have the birds and chipmunks eating out of your hands.
1 p.m. On a beautiful day, it’s hard to resist a visit to Duryea’s Lobster Deck in Montauk. They have the best lobster rolls in the Hamptons, hands down. Their back deck overlooks Fort Pond Bay. It’s hard to imagine a more picturesque location to enjoy a classic summer favorite.
3 p.m. On Fridays we like to end our work day a little early and escape to The Cut Beach in Water Mill. Some beach days turn into beach nights, and we’ll make a bonfire and stay long after dark.
6 p.m. If we decide to forgo a beach night for a dinner out then we adore Fresno Restaurant in East Hampton, which is slightly off the beaten path.
If we can score a table on their patio, then we know we’re in for a perfect summer dining experience.