IT’S SUMMERTIME AT THE HAMLET ESTATES… AND THE LIVING IS EASY!

June 1, 2018 – With Memorial Day just behind us, it’s time for residents of The Hamlet Estates to get in the swing of the summer season! The swimming pool, oversized spa, children’s pool and comfortable sundeck are now open and will be in operation until Labor Day weekend. Hours are 10 am to 8 pm daily (hours may vary) seven days a week. Boats are also available on the private lake, and residents are invited to contact the clubhouse staff to request a boat and arrange for life jackets.

BRUNCH AT THE CLUB IS A BIG HIT!

May 4, 2018 – The staff at The Hamlet Estates recently hosted a lively breakfast-brunch in the community’s private clubhouse, and nearly 100 enthusiastic homeowners turned out to celebrate the changing of the seasons. Tables were loaded with delicious hot foods, delectable platters of pastries and cookies, and a selection of hot and cold drinks. There was also a specialty “Mimosa Bar, “which featured a refreshment that proved to be in great demand. Adding to the festive atmosphere was a DJ, playing all the crowd favorites. Once again, the social scene at The Hamlet Estates proved to be a smash!

Cupcakes and Cookies at The Hamlet Estates Brunch.Food at The Hamlet Estates Brunch.

GET YOUR CULTURE FIX AT THE HAMPTONS ARTS WEEKEND

March 5, 2018 – Just over one hour east of The Hamlet Estates front gate, culture buffs can enjoy a long weekend of arts engagement in the heart of the Hamptons. This unique three-day arts festival, which takes place March 23 – 25, features exhibitions, theater performances, film, music, garden tours, workshops, community involvement and family days at some of the nearby East End’s most celebrated cultural institutions, including the Pollock-Krasner House, Guild Hall, Parrish Art Museum and Bay Street Theater. It’s a great excuse to take the easy drive to the nearby Hamptons, so plan your visit now. For a full schedule of events go to guildhall.org.

HAPPY NEW YEAR, HAPPY NEW HOME!

January 4, 2018 — If this is the year you’ve resolved to raise your standard of living, it’s time to visit The Hamlet Estates, the gated country club community on the North Shore of Long Island. But your time to choose a home here is very limited, as discerning homebuyers made 2017 a very solid year of sales success. “The Hamlet Estates really is a one-of-a-king residential opportunity,” noted Roseanne Murray, Director of Sales at the community. “Our last estate lot is now available for sale, as well as the three ultra-luxurious builder model homes. These are the final new home opportunities we will be offering!” Prices for these custom and semi-custom ranch and two-story homes currently begin at $729,900. Every resident enjoys the community’s spectacular clubhouse with a magnificent great room and health center with Life Fitness® equipment, resort-style pools, private lake, putting green and much more. For additional information, please call 631-862-7300.

SMITH HAVEN MALL OFFERS EASY HOLIDAY SHOPPING FOR HAMLET ESTATES RESIDENTS!

December 6, 2017 – It’s that time of year when your thoughts might turn to gift giving, and Smith Haven Mall can make easy work of your shopping lists. The fact that all those stores are only a few short minutes from the front gate at The Hamlet Estates is exceptionally convenient, and the extended holiday shopping hours are designed to fit into the busiest schedule!

Here’s a quick summary of the special holiday hours at the Mall:
December 8 and 9: from 9 AM to 10 PM
December 10: from 10 AM to 8 PM
December11 through 14: from 9 AM to 10 PM
December 15: from 9 AM to 11 PM
December 16: from 8 AM to 11 PM
December 17 through 19: from 9 AM to 11 PM
December 20 through 22: 8 AM to 11 PM
December 23: from 7 AM to 11 PM
December 24: from 7 AM to 6 PM

For more information, you are invited to call 631-724-8066. And happy shopping!

HOLIDAY PIES ARE A LONG ISLAND FAMILY TRADITION

November 6, 2017 – For residents of The Hamlet Estates, finding delicious holiday deserts is an enjoyable seasonal outing that can be easily satisfied with a pleasant drive in the country. Of course, there are numerous specialty bakeries and farm stands throughout the East End, but Briermere Farms is Long Island’s pie colossus. On a fall weekend, hundreds of people converge on the old farmhouse to choose from among the more than two dozen pie offerings. According to Clark McCombe, whose family has owned Briermere since 1960, almost all the fruit used is grown right on the farm – out of season fruit is frozen – and pies are baked on the premises every day. In addition to traditional fruit and cream pies, a selection of jams and jellies is also available. Briermere Farms is open through December 24th; it re-opens in the spring. For directions or more information, please call 631-722-3931.

ST. JAMES FOOD SCENE IS FLOURISHING!

October 2, 2017 – As the lucky residents of The Hamlet Estates well know, the restaurant line-up in the St. James neighborhood is steadily expanding, with new offerings coming up every month. The selections include casual and fancy fare, with all kinds of standard and ethnic menu options. One of the latest casual choices is Liberty Burger & Bar, the eighth eatery from the creative team at DeNicola Brothers Concepts. The restaurant’s slogan is “liberty, justice and burgers for all!” but there’s more to Liberty than burgers. It’s classic comfort food with a modern twist. In addition to specialty burgers, hot dogs and milkshakes, you can enjoy mouthwatering southern fried chicken, mac & cheese, hot corn muffins and much more. Liberty is all about comfort, with a décor that offers an American-industrial feel, with red, white and blue flourishes, including neon stars and a unique wall-length mural. Liberty is open every day from 11:30 AM; for more information, call 631-250-9600.

NEWSDAY RESTAURANT REVIEW NOTES “CHARMING ST. JAMES EATERY IS A KEEPER.”

September 6, 2017 – A recent Newsday restaurant review praises local new eatery Basil Café as “bewitching enough to be a keeper.” The fare is billed as Persia-Italian and the menu has a split personality to it: Iranian dishes such as zereshk polo (saffron chicken with rice) rub shoulders with pasta, rack of lamb and flatbreads. It’s all good for residents of The Hamlet Estates, who are just minutes away from this unique comfort food for every season. Basil Café doesn’t offer a bar but you are welcome to bring your own bottles. The restaurant is open seven days a week. For more information, call 631-862-4444.

AWARD-WINNING ITALIAN MENU JUST DOWN THE ROAD FROM THE HAMLET ESTATES!

August 3, 2017 – Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza, a select chain of Italian restaurants designated “Award Winning” by USA Today, has just grand opened an outpost on Nesconset Highway in nearby Stony Brook. Driven by founder Anthony Bruno’s focus on fresh ingredients and authentic recipes, the restaurant offers traditional and specialty pizzas with dough made daily, homemade meatballs from a recipe passed down from Anthony’s grandmother, and a unique coal oven taste that is delicious. The menu is sure to please, from salads and wings to fabulous desserts and signature cocktails. The new location is open from 11:30 am to 10 pm Sunday through Thursday, until 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. For more information, you can call 631-444-0818.

SMITH HAVEN MALL PRESENTS SUMMER CONCERT SERIES!

July 11, 2017 – Once again, Smith Haven Mall is pleased to announce their annual Summer Concert Series, which offers free Thursday entertainment outdoors each week in the Lifestyle Village at the Mall. The music series, which is presented by WALK 97.5 FM, MAX 103.1 and Mid Island Hyundai, will feature an expanded lineup of tribute and cover bands from Elvis to The Rolling Stones, from the Eagles to Sting, from country music to rock and pop music. The concerts will take place from 7 PM to 9:30 PM each week, but concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early and check out the variety of food options before the show. As a reminder, please bring your own seating!

The Hamlet at St. James.