Yes, baby it's cold outside. Of course, that means you can't enjoy what the East End is mostly known for, its pristine beaches. But that doesn't mean the East End doesn't have anything to offer as Mother Nature casts a chill upon the area. In fact, there are more than a few things to do to entertain yourself, family and friends during the chilly winter days.
The East End of Long Island is home to three great ice rinks, one of which is located indoors. You can choose to ice skate in East Hampton inside the Buckskill Winter Club, which offers public skating sessions every day of the week or venture to one of the East End's outdoor rinks. The Greenport Ice Rink is very popular and sits next to Mitchell Park. You can also try the new Southampton Ice Rink, which aside from figure skating also offers ice hockey.
Take in a Show
The East End of Long Island has numerous venues to see live performances, including the Suffolk Theater in Riverhead, the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, the Quogue Theater, and the North Fork Community Theatre located in Mattituck. And let us not forget the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor or Guild Hall in East Hampton.
Enjoy the Alcohol
What better to warm you up than a glass of wine from one of the East End's vineyards? And if wine is not your thing, never fear for the East End is also home to more than a handful of breweries and a distillery, which are also all open for tastings throughout the winter. You can grab a warming Imperial Porter at the Southampton Publick House or if it is whiskey you are craving, head over to Long Island Spirits in Wading River for a bottle of Pine Barrens Whisky or LiV Vodka.
If there is fresh powder on the ground, you can go cross country skiing in the Hamptons a the 305-acre Quogue Wildlife Refuge. Rentals are available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm.
Photo: Flickr | Benson Kua