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Topping Rose Hamptons

Top-Notch Getaway
January 21, 2014

Where: Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton, New York

Distance from Manhattan: Around 2 to 2 1/2 hours by car in the off-season months

Good for: A romantic getaway, wine tasting with friends, a foodie frenzy and a spa weekend courtesy of Naturopathica. 

It's a rarified time between October and Memorial Day in Bridgehampton when Manhattan’s elite (who own those palatial estates) retake what is rightfully theirs.  You’ll see them with their laser sharp focus at Exhale’s Core Fusion barre class, breaking out the Centurion Amex at the home décor-heavy stores on Main Street and dining at their standing Friday reservations at Bobby Vans.  For us curious observers, maybe the best part of this time of year is the chance to stay at Topping Rose House. 

Yes, there are charming inns and in recent years, finally some high-end options in the Hamptons.  But Topping Rose is the only true five-star service hotel. They’ve connected the dots on valet car service upon arrival, where your bags are whisked to your room, leaving you with nothing to worry about except what to drink first from the gratis mini bar. And all this without the bearded innkeeper, who sets out the awkward rules of the house, including cryptically warning never to open the refrigerator.  (True story, we’ve thankfully lived to tell the tale)

What Topping Rose has most significantly done for the Hamptons off-season is make it a foodie destination, all-year round.  Tables are packed every weekend night and during holidays off-season.  If you’re lucky, Tom Colicchio himself will be cooking up a multi-course, ingredient focused gourmet meal in the Barn, complete with wine pairings.  These guys are beyond passionate about food and quality of ingredients; growing their own produce at Topping Rose Farm.  Colicchio’s restaurant menu brings a high-level of culinary execution the Hamptons hasn’t seen in years.  Think foie gras tourchon with micro radish, heirloom kale salad (a personal favorite) and roasted chicken and sausage, with spatzle and black truffle.  Amidst all the gourmet food though, our favorite was breakfast, if only for the brioche donut, we’ve proclaimed to be the Brionut.  We’d wait in traffic for these any day.

What to Know:  Rooms are decorated to warm beach-house perfection, with thoughtful amenities like fresh popcorn from the local farm and apples picked just two miles down the road. Accommodations may not be the largest in the Hamptons, as rooms in the historic house were limited by the original floor plans, but they are lavishly comfortable enough to inspire you to stay in bed all morning.  (We know from experience).  Alas all this comes at a price, which in off-season is around $395/night, $795/night with special packages. A winter weekend in the Bridgehampton is also about enjoying the area, which is surrounded by vineyards.  Channing Daughters is a highlight, and no visit is complete without a stop at cheese shop Cavagnola’s for gourmet bites.  

(Photos courtesy of Topping Rose House)