A weekend in the Hamptons is a summer ritual for New Yorkers. Exactly how those 2-3 days are spent take many forms but can generally be summarized as follows: get there, eat there, party there, go home.
Last weekend’s destination was Sag Harbor. Getting from point N to point SH is half the battle so when youâ€™re offered a ride*, the right thing to do is jump on it. This ride came in the form of the Cadillac XTS Premium, loaded with all the features a city girl needs (read: Nav + OnStar courtesy of CUE) to get to the outskirts of Long Island in one piece.
Staying within walking distance of Sag Harborâ€™s Main Street makes for guiltless eating and drinking opportunities. Highlights included seafood chowder plus many glasses of an off-menu tipple called Happy Birthday from B. Smithâ€™s, people watching and wine-ing from the patio (aka The Porch depending on the company you keep) at The American Hotel, plus brunch-time fish n chips from Page.
The real reason our crew was there was to attend the 13th Annual Art for Life Gala hosted by Danny and Russell Simmons at the latterâ€™s East Hampton home. Despite a rainy start, the event raised over $1.9M, thanks to generous support from guests Mariah Carey, Nick Cannon, Star Jones, Grant and Tamia Hill, Michael Williams, Jill Zarin and Soledad â€œshhhhhhhâ€ O’Brien, who mcâ€™d. Anita Baker and Melanie Fiona serenaded the crowd but it was Salt – n â€“ Pepa who really put the crowd in a â€œPush Itâ€ mood. The after parties continued at Georgica and Playerâ€™s Club, though upon seeing the throngs of people waiting in line outside, yours truly called it a night.