My Perfect Day: Southampton

Jessica Mackin-Cipro

This week I start a series of what my perfect day in each East End village would look like. This week, Southampton.

I’d start my day with a stop at Sant Ambroeus on Main Street. One of my favorite things to do is order a cappuccino at the coffee bar. There, you can enjoy your coffee. It’s not the normal morning rush. Unlike most mornings, I’d also order a pastry, because on this pretend day, calories do not count. The Italian eatery, named after the patron saint of Milan, never disappoints.

After leisurely sipping my coffee, I’d stroll on over to the Southampton Arts Center. There’s a closing day gallery tour and champagne toast for the show “East End Collected4,” curated by Paton Miller, on Sunday, May 20, at 3 PM. Next week, the “Light on Shadow” exhibit opens, featuring photographs by Shawn Heinrichs.

Next on the agenda is a stop at one of my favorite buildings, the Southampton Historical Museum’s Rogers Mansion. The current exhibit “Hunting the Whale: The Rise and Fall of a Southampton Industry” is on view through August 4.

Lunch is at Fellingham’s, a sports bar that was voted one of the Best Bars in America by Esquire. The building that houses the decades-old restaurant was originally an 1830 carriage house, and it has its original hand carved beams and handmade nails.

Nostalgic sports memorabilia decorate the restaurant. It’s “where good sports meet.” Even if I know little to nothing about sports, I know Fellingham’s knocks it out of the park. Order one of the reasonably priced 20+ burgers on the menu, grab a cold brew, and enjoy this venue.

After lunch, it’s time to walk off that burger. I’d stop in to Kyle by Alene Too because Real Housewives are life — the store is owned by “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member Kyle Richards. Recently I walked out of the store with a croquet set and some garden flamingos for just $50, a purchase I am very proud of. The store also has nice clothing as well.

I’d have to stop by One Kings Lane, perfect for home goods and unique gifts. I recently purchased a house, so this is a go-to for decorating. (See facing Market Page for some of the great products from One Kings Lane.)

And since calories still don’t count during this imaginary day, a stop to the Topaire Flower Shop candy shop is also in order.

Jessica Mackin-Cipro

Later on, with a group of friends, it’s time for dinner at Tutto il Giorno. I’d start with its Pompelmo cocktail, made with Simple Vodka, Aperol, grapefruit, lime, and mint syrup. For every drink served, Simple Vodka donates one meal to a hungry American. Dinner would include the restaurant’s delicious pasta dishes and lots of laughs.

After dinner, it’s off to the Southampton Social Club for drinks, an excellent choice for a summer night with friends.

There you have it. My perfect day in Southampton.

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