Monday, July 4, 2011

Celebrating our independence in East Hampton and Sag Harbor

Happy fourth of July!
We arrived into Three Mile Harbor located on the north east end of Long Island on Friday. It is a quiet place with homes bordering one side and nature ruling the other. We anchored easily and toasted to our well deserved rest having traveled daily for 3 days. The mooring balls rent for $70 a night so everytime we drop our anchor we feel like a deposit just went into our account! AFter the quietest night yet at anchor, we dinghied in for the day. The town dock is really just a small floating dinghy dock alongside the boat launch not even blessed with a sign. No person or direction even to town! We quickly made friends with another couple just arriving by dinghy and jumped into a cab he had called earlier to go the 3 short miles to East Hampton. The couple were from conn. And were raving about the east hampton beach as they were heading there. We got out in the city center and walked the bustling streets to see the old wind mill, Guild Hall, Hook Pond and other historic buildings. The town was an English settlement in 1628 that focused on farming. The people lived in the village and went out to different plots of land surrounding to farm. It is nice rolling pasture land. The shops are posh and the homes most all look like Ina 's: shingle siding white trim and 200 blue hydrangeas in the yard! we didn't see anyone famous but enjoyed rubbing elbows as we lunched and shopped. We walked and walked and even waked back toward the boat with a few groceries but after 2 miles stuck our thumbs out for a ride. A cute gal that looked like Anne Margaret spoke to us at the farmstand and agreed to give us a ride.she had graduated from U of F if you can believe it tho was a Long Islander.The wonderful farmstand with permanent buildings within 1 mile of the harbor has fresh seafood, amazingly rich colored vegetables and fruits and baked goods. If I had it to do again I would go there first But we didn't know what it had to offer as our cabbie was a typical New Yorker: just pay me and don't expect me to be your tour guide! We pan fried fresh halibut for dinner which was very fresh!

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