Tomorrow is Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) and the official start of the East End’s busy summer season. We’ve spent the last 20 days taking advantage of all the special things that will be nonexistent or difficult to enjoy in the Hamptons once the crowds arrive from points west, but today is the day to shift your perception.
We conclude our countdown of 20 things to do before Memorial Day in the Hamptons with:
So that’s it! Summer is officially here. We’ve already had two days of Memorial Day weekend madness and a preview of the summer to come, and now is the time to accept our fate. A lot will change in the Hamptons for the next three months, but is it really all so bad? Perhaps we should take a moment to reflect on the great things about summer on these fair shores?
We have some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, we have incredible arts and culture that come alive even more during the busy season, we have fantastic hiking, fishing, boating and outdoor activities—and the options multiply tenfold during the summer months. There’s just so much to enjoy!
Now, on to the tourists and summer visitors. Even the most hardened, hardcore Bonacker will admit to knowing at least one or two great people who aren’t year round residents. And let’s not forget that many of these people employ us, shop in our stores, donate to our museums, buy our art and support our charities.
Moreover, the summer offers a host of new people to meet, including potential lovers and friends, and numerous new and returning restaurants and shops for us to frequent and enjoy. Yes, there is much to lament when traffic and lines and, often, attitude invades of villages and hamlets, but it’s this seasonal duality that makes the Hamptons so great.
Take a deep breath, think it over and come to the only logical conclusion: acceptance.