After having read some of the reviews posted here by guests of The Mainstay, a delightful Bed and Breakfast in the heart of Southampton, I'd like to begin by making two points:
First - A Bed and Breakfast is not for everyone. It has been stated in some of the reviews, that staying at Mainstay is like being someone's houseguest. Not quite true. You ARE someone's houseguest. That's the way it works. In this case you are the guest of the owner, Elizabeth Main. I found her to be charming without being intrusive, and informative and helpful without being pedantic or over-indulgent. If bumping into the owner's pets, or spending time in close proximity to the other guests bothers you, then perhaps another style of venue is what you need. I have stayed in B&B's in New England, Virginia, and California, and find The Mainstay to be right up there with the best of them. That's not to say that it has no flaws. Experienced B&B guests take the venue's flaws to be part of its charm. I enjoy the feeling of being part of the community that a B&B offers, without the impersonal sense of isolation that a hotel provides. But that's just me. I enjoyed being greeted at The Mainstay's front door by the owner's Apricot Standard Poodle Talullah. But again, that's just me. I find a wagging tail to be a welcoming event - a warm beginning to a Fall weekend in The Hamptons. The Mainstay's rooms vary in size, some with private baths, and some with shared, depending on how much you want to spend. The style is mostly country pine, which gives you the feeling of staying in a friend's country house. The location is right in Southampton Village, in walking distance to just about everything - particularly those fabulous beaches. The makings for a hearty breakfast are provided in the kitchen each morning, but you are left to fend for yourself, in terms of putting it together. Personally, I find this to be a major plus, since it gives you time to get to know the other guests, and maybe pick up a few tips on where to go and what to see. I recently spent my second weekend at The Mainstay, and seeing Elizabeth and Talullah again was like visiting old friends. I couldn't imagine staying anywhere else. If you need to be pampered and your every need provided for, then perhaps you're lookning for a Ritz Carlton. I found The Mainstay to be a charming and relaxing destination for a real Hamptons experience.
My second point (I Know, the first was pretty long): There is no such thing as doing The Hamptons on the cheap. Be prepared to spend. Everything is pricey. I read some reviews here, suggesting that The Mainstay's room prices were a bit high. This is untrue. I paid $325 a night on my first stay, and $275 a night on my second, and found these prices to be competitive. Price wise, you'll do better on the Jersey Shore, but then you might wind up spending some quality time with Snooky.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Southamptons B&B in historic village on Long Island, NY. Colonial House 1870s, Minutes to town and ocean beaches,Delicious waffles inc in cont. breakfast. All rooms dripping in charm from hand painted walls to slanted ceilings with skylights. All rooms had antique iron beds. King master suite with fireplace, two bedroom suite sleeps 5. Situtated on one acre with garden and pool. Most rooms with private bath. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Mainstay Inn Southampton, NY - Hamptons