Friday, April 6, 2012

Special occasions and seasonal rebirths

One of the truly joyous things about owning a bed and breakfast is when we get to participate, in a small way, in a special life event of our guests. Such is the case today. Matt and Nicole are visiting from Canada, and somewhere in our fair village (or--chances are--the beach), Matt is planning to propose. So, in anticipation of a positive response, we've set up in their room a celebratory display of champagne, roses, and our seasonal favorite daffodils to welcome the newly affianced couple back. We'll have the fire going just in case they feel like enjoying their champagne in front of it...We love days like this!

Speaking of the village, Spring is springing wonderfully here in the Hamptons. Here in Southampton, lots of stores and a couple restaurants are undergoing facelifts in anticipation of the summer season, including BookHampton, 75 Main, and Plaza Cafe. We visited with Chef Doug Gujila over dinner and love the cool new blue look of the main dining room...With handmade fish art by local wine merchant John Rist, it feels a little like the Caribbean.

Relocating from Water Mill, Muse has sailed over to moor on Main Street in Sag Harbor, and is now Muse In The Harbor. Chris and I went with friends to visit with Chef Matt Guffrieda and check ot his shiny new digs, complete with a huge fish tank acting as a central room divider. I love Matt's creative takes on food: my Tilapia Wienerschnitzel was scrumptuous, and do not miss the Zeppole for dessert. Yum!

As usual, spring heralds the arrival of some new faces to our restaurant scene. In the old Post House location that housed Nello's Summertimes is now Nammo's, reportedly owned/operated by the folks who have run Trata in Water Mill these past few years. And over the canal in Hampton Bays, Chef David Hersh of Rumba fame plans to open a second, larger restaurant reportedly called Cowfish in the large, canalfront location that has housed Indian Cove for decades. I expect we'll be one of the first in line to visit and sample his new menu.

So...waiting eagerly for the return of our young couple...will she say yes??

Quote of the Day: April hath put a spirit of youth in everything. ~William Shakespeare


UPDATE!!! Matt writes: "Everything went great ... she said yes!  Thanks so much for all you did to make it so special for us,  We've had a great stay here to say the least."