Despite their reputation as a vacation getaway, the Hamptons can be a hectic place. Even though you are 100 miles from New York City, you still cannot escape the orbit of the city and its frenetic energy. Putting harried New Yorkers behind the wheels of vehicles does not help with the peace and quiet, either! So even in this escape from the city, you sometimes need to find an escape.
The LongHouse Reserve is that place. It is impossible to dwell on your worldly cares in this enchanted place. In fact, I first found out about this garden because of its weekly meditation sessions held on Saturday morning (see my blog post on that here). Whether you attend the meditation class or just contemplate the beauty of the gardens, you will be sure to find your Zen here.
The LongHouse Reserve is a private garden that is open to the public on select dates and times, so be sure to check the website before going. It is the idiosyncratic work of the designer Jack Lenor Larsen. It is place celebrates nonconformity and creative expression. You will find the personality and even sense of humor of the designer in the layout of the garden and its details.
The Reserve is full of unexpected surprises that will delight even the most jaded city dweller. It is the kind of place that brings out your inner child. You will race around the next bend just to see what fantastical sculpture lies is in store. The collection of sculptures is top-notch, featuring artists from to Yoko Ono to Chihuly. But it is the presentation of the sculptures, nestled into the greenery of the garden, which makes them so special.
My photos hardly do this place justice and I did not want to give away all of its secrets! I will have to leave some things for you to explore. I highly recommend LongHouse Reserve as a respite from your respite, an expected wonderland hidden in the Hamptons.