Saturday, May 30, 2015

My Favorite Summer Vacation Spot -- East Hampton

My favorite vacation spot was one I went to every summer as a child -- East Hampton, New York -- otherwise known as the summer getaway of the rich and famous.

Current or recent Hampton residents include: Jerry Seinfeld, Sean "P Diddy" Combs, Calvin Klein, George Stephanopoulis, Steven Spielberg, Rachael Ray, Howard Stern, Kelly Ripa, Chuck Scarborough, Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Jeff Zucker (CEO of NBCUniversal), Martha Stewart, Kathleen Turner, and Billy Joel.

The Maidstone Club (est. 1891), is THE place to hang out and rub elbows with the ultra wealthy.

On the other side of the Maidstone Clubhouse is their pool, surrounded by 30 or so "cabanas," and past the white awning is their private beach. 

When I was 10 - 16, I spent a month every summer with relatives in East Hampton.  I changed into my swimsuit in one of the cabanas visible above and frolicked in the pool or in the sea.  It was wonderful!  

My favorite part was going to the Maidstone's seaside cafe with my cousins and ordering sandwiches, fries, or ice creams and signing the bill with my grandfather's name.  I'd never been in a place where you just put down someone's name instead of paying money.  My teen-self thought it was the best thing in the whole world!

My aunt and uncle had a house on the beach.  The cousins and I took the walkway over the dunes and then played in the ocean and seashore.   It was usually deserted.  Only long rows of mansions' residents had access to the mile of pristine sands, and they were often busy jetting around the world or at one of their other homes...  

There was a stone jetty built from the shore to about 50 yards out in the ocean.  The rocks were slick with algae and mussels and dangerous to walk on, which made them irresistible to us kids.

My favorite memories are the salty smell of the sea and the roar of the waves that lulled me to sleep every night.

Visit others on the hop and see where their favorite vacation spots are!  And don't forget to enter the rafflecopter giveaway at the end of the post.

The book I'm giving away in the rafflecopter is:

Soul Cutter
YA Horror/Romance

The Soul Cutter is hunting again.

        Seventeen-year-old Élan spends her free time videoing psychic scams and outing them online. Skepticism makes life safe—all the ghosts Élan encounters are fakes. When her estranged mother disappears from a film shoot in Egypt, Élan puts her medium-busting activities on hold and joins the search.
        In Egypt, the superstitious film crew sucks at finding her mom. When a hotel guest is killed, whispers start—the locals think their legendary Soul Cutter has come back from the dead. Élan's only ally is Ramsey, a film-crew intern, but he’s arrogant, stubborn—and hiding dangerous secrets.
       When Élan discovers the Soul Cutter is no scam, she finds herself locked in a deadly battle against a supernatural killer with more than her mother’s life at stake.
        Élan is fighting for her very soul.

The rafflecopter closes midnight on Monday, June 1st.  There are SIX books available to win. (Press the light blue arrows below Melanie's name on the rafflecopter to see the other books offered.) 

The winners of the books will be announced on this blog on Tuesday, June 2nd.  Good luck to all who enter!!

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