Judging by the movies I've seen, normal people spend the holidays
gathered around the tree (or menorah, as the case may be), surrounded by
their family. They unwrap presents and eat many cookies while basking
in the warm glow of the fireplace. We, however, are clearly not
We spent the holiday weekend basking in the freezing cold winds
that swirl around Montauk point which, for those of you who are not
familiar, is located at the end of the world.
Montauk and the rest of
the Hamptons are known as summer playgrounds but actually have many
year-round residents (most of whom are currently frozen). The main
streets, however, have been turned into Christmas villages with stunning
lights, wreaths hung on every lamp post and decorated trees on every
We strolled around and stopped into many of the stores (mostly to thaw
out). We admired the waterfront at Sag Harbor (while ice crystals
formed on our lungs) and settled in for a bite at The Golden Pear Cafe.
Excellent freshly baked cornbread and vegetable lentil soup, slightly
spicy and served at lava-like temperatures helped us warm up.
|Montauk Point Beach|
When we felt that we had steeled ourselves enough to make it back to our
car without hypothermia, we headed east to Montauk. Several years ago,
we did the same thing on a slightly warmer Christmas Eve and were able
to stroll along the beach. It is eerie and beautiful at the same time.
And, as you stare out at the cold waters of the Atlantic, you really do
feel as if you're standing at the end of the earth.
This year's arctic temperatures made a beach stroll impossible but
our goal was not the beach but the lighthouse. You drive up through the
winding roads of the Montauk state park, and suddenly, after just one
more turn, the majestic lighthouse appears. We learned on our last trip
that it is decorated for Christmas, complete with wreaths and twinkling
lights. Given the size of it, we can't imagine how monumental a task
that must be!
It is stunning. No photograph does it justice. But this year we have
retired our little point and shoot in favor of a DSLR and a tri-pod. We
set up our shot at dusk and then retreated to the warmth of the car. We
emerged every 10 minutes or so, to get photos as it got darker until
the world was black except for the lighthouse. Finally, with icicles
clinging to our hair, we packed away the camera equipment and drove into
East Hampton for a late dinner reservation at 1770 House.
|1770 House Inn and Restaurant|
They took one look at us and immediately seated us at the table closest
to the fireplace. We drank cocktails, we ate good food, we discussed
our photographic adventure and opined on how to get even better shots
next time. Eh, who wants to be normal, anyway?
Sounds like a great gateway to cuddle time by a fireplace! Happy new year to you both <3
I'm so glad you're not normal. Normal is over-rated if you ask me. Looks like a ton of fun. Cold doesn't usually faze me too much, us Canucks are so used to it. Right now I'm looking out my window and it's snowing big time and the wind is whipping through the trees. The only time it gets to me is if we spend too long at the barn. Then I swear it settles right into your bones.ReplyDelete
I'm chilled to the bone just reading your post! What a memorable adventure, though, and that lighthouse is spectacular!ReplyDelete
What a great way to spend Christmas! I love non-traditional holiday adventures. It was icy and snowy here (Okies can't drive in either) so we stayed in our PJs all day and ate leftovers from the big bowls - I know, terrible and I'm very glad my mom's not reading this. I would have rather had the amazing looking food YOU had though..........YUM!ReplyDelete
I love your pics & enjoyed reading about your adventure - Hope you're having a great holiday!ReplyDelete
The lighthouse photo is gorgeous. My son lives in Montuak, he is home for Christmas, we hope to visit soon!ReplyDelete
I was freezing just reading your post. I hope that you had on many layers of warm clothes.
The lighthouse is stunning all decked out for the holidays.
That lighthouse looks gorgeous! and normal is boring :) your adventure sounds so fun and memorable!ReplyDelete
What a great trip. I am jealous of your non-normalcy! That food looks amazing!ReplyDelete
Aww chilly or not it looks like a great holiday!!!ReplyDelete
I grew up on eastern LI, I know those cold winters! brrrr, but it still looks like you both had a lovely time.ReplyDelete
Great pictures of the lighthouse! Love that. You are very lucky to live there! I live in So. Cal and most think we are lucky, but the grass is always greener! love your blog!ReplyDelete
LOVE the lighthouse photo!ReplyDelete
Love the lighthouse too!..would make this a real vacation!ReplyDelete