My stay here was over 4th of July weekends in 2011 & 2012; as a group of four friends during the former & with one pal in the latter. Both of my visits were really fun and unique compared to other types of lodging.
Saying that it's overcrowded in the Hamptons over a 4th of July weekend is an understatement. The anecdote? Cozy Cottages!!! Truly an oasis of tranquility. No matter the traffic, lines to get in to a restaurant, club...anywhere, all that melts away when you're just hanging out in your cabins' patio, enjoying the shaded peacefulness that's an intrinsic aspect of the lush, bucolic setting. It's only a short walk to bring back breakfast/lunch/dinner from nearby bagel, pizza or fish shops. Along the way, it seems natural rather than contrived when you meet people in other cottages. There's a laid-back warmth, sense of camaraderie/community & general friendliness that's very different from a hotel, motel, or B&B; it feels more Fire Island than Hamptons.
When you're ready to go out, the staff is really knowlegeable & happy to help. They'll give you great 411 on anything from shortcuts to beat traffic, to which beach to hit (& even give you a permit so you can park without being ticketed). The location is key; its right in the center of The Hamptons! It's equally easy to hit Southampton one day, the next Montauk or Shelter Island.
The cottages are rustic & simple, giving you everything you need with reasonable rates; comfortable beds, full kitchen, new big LCD TV's, plenty of closet space, icy A/C, great shower pressure & no loss of hot water (great when you're the last guy showering!), plus the great patios.
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