Roaring fires, refreshments and pretty things to look at—in addition to all the traditional enticements of the holiday tour put on each year by the East Hampton Chamber of Commerce, this year’s, the 25th, also will have something new.
Joining the bed-and-breakfasts and inns as stops on Saturday’s tour will be the East Hampton Historical Farm Museum, which opened just this year and now has dolls and toys dating from 1880 to 1930 on display. Also on the tour: Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor, a waterfront inn and restaurant that reopened this year after an extensive, two-year renovation—“It’s beautiful,” said Marina Van, the chamber’s executive director.
Other confirmed stops on the self-guided adventure will be the Baker House 1650, c/o the Maidstone, the 1770 House, Guild Hall, and the Clinton Academy, which has its own exhibit of antique dolls—all in East Hampton; the bed-and-breakfast called 434 on Main in Amagansett; and the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center in Springs, which attracts a number of people in its own right each year.
Saturday’s event starts at the Huntting Inn in East Hampton, where, from 11 to 11:45 a.m., tour-takers can pay $25 for a map that will admit them to the stops on the tour, whose doors will be open from noon to 4 p.m.
“The fireplace is roaring” and coffee and sweet rolls are served as people review their maps to prepare for the tour. “People just enjoy sitting around there,” said Ms. Van. “Nobody rushes.”
During the tour itself, innkeepers and other hosts typically serve a little something along the way—cider, donuts, cookies, that type of thing. Visitors can choose which stops they want to make—no pressure.
“It’s a lovely tour,” Ms. Van said.
Ms. Van can be reached at (631) 324-0362 for further details, or emailed at email@example.com.