The beauty of living in New York is that sometimes if you just hold out enough hope, dreams come true. I’d had in my head since I got there that I wanted to spend 4th July in the Hamptons. I tried everything I could to make it happen, but in the end rounding up people and a place (that was within budget) just proved impossible.
But I never let go of the idea that I would be in the Hamptons for 4th July. I just didn’t believe it wouldn’t be true.
However with 4 days to go, we still had no plan, no where to stay and no money. Until…..my roomie got a surprise invitation to a partner at her law firm’s house for the whole weekend, plus friends, for free.
BELIEVE IN YOUR DREAMS PEOPLE.
So we packed some bags and jumped on the (seriously overcrowded) train east to South Hampton.
Boy did we hit the jackpot. The place was gorgeous; I felt like I’d stepped into an episode of Gossip Girl, or a magazine spread for 25 Beautiful Homes.
The first port of call was the pool of course..
Getting out of the hot, stuffy, city streets to this was just bliss!
Our hosts were so sweet, and prepared a welcome BBQ for us – our contribution being a vodka infused watermelon of course.
After eating, in proper Hamptons style, we took the bikes out to explore the town, and of course the beach.
And what would be a visit to Cooper’s beach without oggling all the giant houses?
*puts this house on Christmas wish list*
Then we ate take away pizza for dinner because who can be classy all the time?
The next day was 4th, so after relaxing by the pool again, we set off to a lovely little bakery to pick up some pastries for breakfast, and watch the traditional parade.
4th July Snapchat filter mandatory.
After filling up on pastries and watching the (super weird, totally American) parade, we stopped back at the house to start prep for the BBQ.
Patriotic cake of course. Burgers and hotdogs, of course.
And lots of wine…duh.
We were also graced with one of the most beautiful sunsets I have ever seen, followed by a garden glowing with fireflies.
Unfortunately we had to leave the next day, but not before stopping at another BBQ in another gorgeous Hamptons house.
It was such a wonderful weekend, and a true escape from the craziness of New York. Always have faith that stuff will figure itself out!