For my birthday in July, I really wanted to get out of town and spend some R&R time at the beach. Of course, living in New York, the beach is not easily accessible as the beaches in my hometown of Los Angeles. We’d have to travel a bit.
My husband came up with the idea to stay with friends who own the Art House Bed & Breakfast of East Hampton. They kindly squeezed us in on short notice in the height of the summer. The weekend was going to be filled with friends, beach, sun and amazing food.
After we arrived, Rosalind and Mike, who own the B&B showed us our room. We decided to go for a swim in the pool and lie out in the hot sun. It was great. I was soaking in the vitamin D!
After lounging by the pool, Ron and I got ready for dinner. We had reservations at East Hampton Point, which came highly recommended. When we arrived at the restaurant, they sat us outside with an amazing view of the bay. For dinner I ordered the Block Island Swordfish with eggplant caponata ($37) and Ron ordered Fish & Chips ($21). He’s a cheap date! We started off with the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake as our appetizer with a bottle of California Pinot Noir.
Ron’s dish was standard for that type of thing. Not outstanding, but there was nothing wrong with it. It had that fried flavor he was craving that day. I, on the other hand, had a less than satisfactory experience. The swordfish was dry and overcooked, almost to the point of being flavorless. The eggplant caponata was good, but not enough to save the dish. Since my experience of eating swordfish there, I’ve learned from several sources to not order swordfish at a restaurant, as they usually have worms. Perhaps this was why my dish was overcooked, but if that’s the case of how they have to serve this dish, I recommend they remove it from the menu.
Back at the the Art House B&B, things were always tasty. Mike prepares breakfast for all guests every morning. The huge outdoor table where breakfast is served has a wonderful Morroccan-insipired decor, with colorful silk placements Rosalind brought back from India.
Mike whips up breakfast orders with amazing speed. The breakfasts have several courses. You can sit down to fresh-squeezed orange juice, fruit bowls, plates of gourmet cheese, and muffins. Then Mike comes in with your main dish. You can select from omelets of any description, homemade waffles Ron couldn’t get enough of, pancakes, sausage, bacon, and other dishes. I felt we could honestly taste the love in each dish. In many ways, this was the highlight of each day we stayed there.
Guests can lounge by the beautiful pool, which has lavender and other beautiful plants surrounding it. We watched gorgeous bumble bees pollenating but never threatening us as we swam by in the lap lane. Just over the wall, Mike and Rosalind have fresh herbs growing, which they often snip off for cooking. You can’t get any more robust flavor than fresh herbs.
The house itself is full of luxury amenities. There are few things we can think of anyone would ask for and be denied. We ended our evenings in the jacuzzi watching stray clouds dance across a full moon.
Both Mike and Rosalind are artists and have their own studios. The home they’ve built is itself a work of art, and we never tire of staying there. Located up the road from the Pollack-Krasner House, it’s a short drive to downtown East Hampton and a perfect way to spend a few summer days in the Hamptons. Art and a truly royal treatment abound. We can’t recommend the Art House B&B highly enough.