Who would have thought that one week we’d be wearing parkas and the next in shorts and prepping for the fourth of July! That being said, we all know this holiday week is the beginning of Carmageddon in the Hamptons. Traffic is everywhere and the lines will be looooonnnnnng for the next few days. But as some of you may or may not know, there are short cuts to avoiding the crowds. Here are a few of my personal faves to staying sane when the Hamptons go crazy.
Skip the aggravation at the supermarket and go online for all your grocery shopping.
King Kullen in Bridgehampton has a great online site and then they’ll deliver to your house for a minimal charge if the order is over $50. The first delivery is free if you use the code “firstdelivery” at check out. If the delivery thing doesn’t work for you, you can also go online and then pick it up! Just go the website click on the link and go to town. Orders can be placed up to a week in advance or as little as four hours. How cool is that?! If you’ve ever been to “Stop and Shop” in East Hampton (or as I call it “STOP, WAIT, WAIT, SHOP”) or the mosh pit known at Citarella, you know this is a great option.
If cooking isn’t your thing and you want to just hang at home there are finally a few options that will help you with restaurant deliveries. Starting last week, UBER EATS started servicing the Hamptons with a limited but decent number of restaurant options. Some of the participating venues include Highway Restaurant, Grindstone Coffee and Donuts and Yama Q Asian Fusion. Delivery time seems to be about 30-40 minutes so not bad when you consider traffic on 27 plus parking.
Another option is 123delivery.net! A great site (AND APP) that offers a little bit more than UberEats in that it’s also a concierge service. The service will fetch just about anything from any restaurant, store or other business on the East End. Started by
Montauk native Mark Ripolone the service started last summer and operates even in the winter. Some of the participating businesses include Rowdy Hall, Cilantro Mexican, LT Burger and Dopo La Spiaggia. Estimated costs for the delivery range from about $6 to $10 depending on how far the drivers have to travel.
So with more people in the Hamptons there’s another issue besides the traffics and the crowds… THE TRASH! Yesterday, I took my every other day stroll on Georgica Beach with Bella and Russell. Normally I focus pretty much on picking up poop but lately I’ve started picking up more. The amount of balloons, plastic bottles and cups lying on our beaches and killing our marine life is astounding. My friend Michael (pictured) who is much more versed in the dangers of this stuff to our environment encouraged me to just pick up a few things.
From a 20 minute walk, we picked up a small garbage pail of debris. So, here is my challenge to everyone. If you can pick up one or two items when you stroll on the beach and make a difference. Don’t walk on by… I know it sounds preachy but it’s really no big deal and it will make a world of difference. Especially those folks who live on Lily Pond and stroll right by this stuff every morning!
Happy July 4th WEEK EVERYONE!