Rent a car in New York in the summer and drive out to the Hamptons (the string of towns along the outer south coast of Long Island) for a slice of East Coast living. Stop off at the Wolffer Estate Vineyards for some astonishing local rose and pinot noir, and live music too. It's amazing.
All the details are at www.wolffer.com/store/index.cfm and the place is easy to find. It also has all the details about where to eat, where to stay, and the people are incredibly helpful.
This incredible bar is located in the Four Seasons restaurant, an architectural and culinary landmark since it opened in 1959. You can drink and/or have a light lunch while sitting under a stunning Richard Lippold sculpture of brass rods hanging from the ceiling. It's not cheap, but definitely a 'must-do' splurge. (It's nice to feel special and privileged even if it is only once in one's life.) The Four Seasons is still the place where New York's movers and shakers, political, financial, editorial and otherwise come for lunch ($100 at least per person) and the bar offers a nice perch to view them from. (Well, you can always rub shoulders with them in the lavish restrooms.) Plus there's a good view of what's happening on glorious Park Avenue.
99 E. 52nd & Park Avenue in the landmark Seagram's Building. Go to www.fourseasonsrestaurant.com for pics, menus, etc.
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