If you know me, or are a frequent reader of this site, you know that I spend a lot of time on the east end of Long Island. But not this summer. The past few months have been so busy for me that there just wasn’t any free time in the schedule to be away. However, after receiving some devastating news last week that reaffirmed how short life is, I decided that I needed to take a little time for myself.
Yesterday, I packed up the car in the early morning and made the hour and a half journey out to Bridgehampton to take a workout class with The Ness. Not only was it my first trip out east of 2022, but it was my first in-person class of the year (and the first after having COVID). It feels crazy to say that, given how much I love workout classes and how often I went to them prior to the pandemic. Now, it feels like such a treat to attend one!
I’ve been trying to workout at-home as much as possible with the digital membership from The Ness. And while I love their cardio sculpt classes, getting to bounce on a trampoline at the gorgeous Topping Rose House, where they’ve been doing their summer residency this year, is much better.
My favorite part about going to the Hamptons is that it feels like you’ve been transported somewhere much farther away than the hour and a half journey. It’s a whole different way of life, and in a way, it’s much slower and more relaxed. For me, the first stop when I go out that way is at Hampton Coffee, where all the locals go. I always order an iced cappuccino, which in my opinion, is the best thing on the menu. In the case of yesterday, I actually stopped at Hampton Coffee on the way in and out of town. They also have some sweet and savory options, so if you’re in the mood for something, opt for a chocolate croissant or their bacon, egg, and cheese breakfast sandwich.
While I’ve been at Topping Rose a few times for workouts, I always love walking around the stunning 19th century mansion and estate with perfectly manicured grounds. If food is your thing, you can’t go wrong eating at the Jean-Georges restaurant on the property. Actually, as I write this, I’m going to add it to my list of places to eat at in the fall.
So, how did the workout go, you wonder? Classes with The Ness are always high-energy and highly choreographed—two things I love. For someone who hasn’t been working out consistently for a while, I’m actually amazed that I stuck out the hour-long class, although I felt incredibly unsteady on my feet (can I blame that on COVID?).
With everything going on in my life, it’s been hard to carve out time for “fun” activities. I often feel guilty for taking time off to do something for myself if it takes me away from other things I need to do. But this day out east was a much needed respite, and rather than feel tired after a long day of driving and working out, I actually felt energized and rejuvenated. Now, I just need to tell that to my lengthy to-do list that I neglected to get a head start on over the weekend!