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A Summer in the Hamptons

Summer is fast approaching and for many New Yorkers that typically means taking off to the Hamptons! For those who are new to ‘New York summers’, like myself, many of us have only seen the Hampton’s holidays on various television shows and movies. So what is there to do for those who are heading to the Hamptons for the first time?

First you have to decide what part of the Hamptons you plan to visit. There are several villages in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton on Long Island, New York. These areas are the most populated parts of the Hamptons in the summer time and are the location of some of the most expensive properties in the United States of America.  

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Rent a Vacation House

One of the best ways to enjoy the Hamptons is to rent a vacation property. Rentini.com has a number of stunning houses situated in both Southampton and Hampton Bays. The properties sleep up to eighteen or twenty occupants, has stunning views and each has a large, inviting swimming pool.

Renting a vacation house can give your trip away that extra special touch. You’re not confined to a small hotel room, you have all the comforts of home and in the case of Rentini’s properties can fit a number of people under one roof.

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Make the most of your time

A trip to the Hamptons pretty much defines a luxurious beach vacation.

The beaches in the Hamptons are known for their pristine beauty. With long stretches of white sand, sparkling blue water and the perfect summer climate, it’s no surprise they’ve been rated among the best in the world.  Each beach has something different to offer. The water at the bay beaches are always much warmer than that of the Atlantic. They’re also perfect for windsurfing and with the kid without the rough ocean. However if you prefer slightly more of a surf there is plenty of that on the main beaches, for surfers, body boarders or general swimming amongst the waves!

If you’re into a spot of sport, there is plenty of that to go around in the Hamptons. Whether you’re looking for a round of golf or a game of tennis, the Hamptons has it! The Shinnecock Hills golf course has been touted the best public course in America yet if you want to drive a bit further, Farmingdale is the home of public golf with Bethpage being the location of the 2002 U.S. Open. Public tennis courts can be found at East Hampton High School, Bridgehampton High School, Southampton High School and Mashashimuet in Sag Harbor giving you plenty of opportunities to get out for a hit on the courts!

A great way to explore the various areas of the Hamptons is by walking or biking. Biking in particular will take you just about anywhere. It’s reasonably ease to get from town-to-town and bike routes are easy marked so you can easily follow the roads of the beautiful wooded trails around the villages. For something a little different, why not try a 2 hour horseback ride along the beach.

Since you’re enjoying your vacation right beside the water, why not take it one step further and get out on the water itself! There are many places around the Hamptons where you can rent canoes, rowboats, kayaks and small sailboats for a great day out in the water, however if you’d prefer there are a number of companies offering guided kayak tours, and harbor boat cruises. While you’re out on the water be sure to partake in a little fishing. Montauk is considered the sport-fishing capital of the world due to the world record number of fish caught at Montauk.

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While you’re in the Hamptons, you could easily dedicate you’re entire weekend to visiting the different wineries. The Wine Spectator once touted Long Island as the East Coast version of the Napa Valley. There are over 50 different vineyards ranging in size and the wines have won national and international awards. Some wineries serves breads, cheese and crackers along with their wine, others have a full barnyard around the tasting room, complete with chickens and roosters to give you quite the unique experience.

If you’re looking for something out of the sun, why not check out the numerous galleries in the Hamptons. If you’re there during the right season, you could come across a different art show opening every night. The largest group of art galleries is located in East Hampton, however there are galleries all over the area. If you’re into art, you should definitely have a scout around these galleries and see some of the fantastic works on display.

Aside from the artwork, the Hamptons have a large offering of shops and antique stores. The antique stores in particular are well worth checking out, and for those shopaholics, many prominent designers have set up shops in East Hampton each summer.

The numerous events, the beach, the scenery, the water activities, the sports, the shopping and the galleries make the Hamptons a perfect place to visit in the summer time.

What are your favorite things to do in the Hamptons?

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Spring Forward, Fall Backwards

It’s that time of year again, the time when we adjust our clocks to signify the changing of the seasons, to give us more daylight, or in the winter, more darkness. Daylight saving is set to hit this weekend. While we sleep, everyone in the northern hemisphere will lose an hour, while those in the southern hemisphere will gain an hour.

The best way to remember it for those, like me, who can’t seem to remember which way you go is by saying “Spring Forward, Fall Backwards”, meaning if it’s spring, clocks go forward! Easy! For those who have just had a long and cold winter, it’s the start of rising temperatures, shorts and tee shirts and outdoor dining, therefore, in my opinion, it’s something to be welcomed with open arms.

Although I understand the concept of daylight saving, I do sometimes struggle to fully make sense of what it means and why we do it. So I figured it was about time I found out. Where did the concept of daylight saving come from and why do we have it? Well, the modern concept of daylight saving was proposed in 1895 by New Zealand entomologist George Vernon Hudson. Hudson presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society proposing to change the clocks by two hours to make better use of the daylight hours. Residents of Christchurch, New Zealand, showed considerable interest and prompted Hudson to write a follow up paper in 1898.  

Several years later, English builder William Willet also came up with the idea of advancing the clocks during the summer months when he saw how many Londoners were sleeping through a large part of the summer’s day. Willet published his proposal and took it to MP Robert Pearce who introduced the Bill to the House of Commons in 1908. The Bill failed over the next few years, despite Willet fighting for it over until his death in 1915.

However, the very next year, in 1916, Germany and its WWI allies began adjusting their clocks as a way to conserve coal during wartime. Before long, Britain and its allies followed suit. By 1917, Russia and a few other European countries joined the bandwagon, finally followed by the United States in 1918.

The justification of Daylight Saving is that the total number of daylight hours varies greatly between winter and summer. Therefore if the ‘standard time’ was applied year around, there would be longer sunlight hours in the early morning while people are still asleep, and darker periods during the evening when people are wanting to participate in various activities. It was impractical to expect people to wake up earlier to use those sunlight hours as times of work, school, transport and other daily activities are generally fixed year around. Therefore the concept was to move those morning daylight hours to the evening where people could make the most of those daylight hours.

The effects of daylight savings vary significantly depending on location. There are some points on the globe where daylight saving is almost redundant due to the very long or short days already in effect. Manipulating time in these locations has little practical effect. This often signifies the countries or cities that do not observe daylight saving. Many countries in the north of South America, near the equator, do not observe daylight saving, while the southern countries such as Chile and Brazil do. However for places such as New Zealand and Australia, New York and San Francisco, daylight saving can make a significant difference to the length of daily daylight hours, making the day seem much longer. Most of North America and Europe will be putting their clocks forward this weekend, except for Iceland, Russia and Belarus who no longer adjust their clocks (Russia and Belarus stopped observing daylight saving a year ago in spring 2011.) Most areas of Africa and Asia will also go about their days as usual with no adjusting of their clocks.

While daylight saving is nice when you receive those extra hours of sunlight, people can’t help but complain when it goes the other way and suddenly it’s getting much darker, much earlier for the winter. Then there is the added negative of missing schedules on the day of daylight saving, turning up an hour early or an hour late because you forgot to reset your clock, come on who hasn’t done that?!

So what do you love, or hate, about daylight saving?

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