R. Adam Smith: 10 Hamptons Favorites
by R. Adam Smith
Vintage & Modern’s CEO R. Adam Smith recalls childhood memories on Shelter Island and where he finds inspiration for V&M.
In 1975, when I first started heading out to Shelter Island with my parents, it was even more secluded than it is today and truly idyllic, like something from a Wes Anderson film. In those days a kid was in his true element here. I honed my sailing skills at Dering Harbor and the Shelter Island Yacht Club. Traveling to Sag Harbor and the mainland for tennis lessons then felt close to taking a vacation, but it had the quaint shops, the general store, the toys—and the ice cream. I remember going to The American Hotel for fancy floats and ginger ale. The entire atmosphere here of creative authenticity led to my personal fondness for vintage and antiques and encouraged my involvement in V&M. These days my family and I make the trip out East most weekends to enjoy the quietude and the incredible mix of pristine forests and beaches.
1. Beall & Bell. The best vintage furniture on the East Coast. They manage to find really distinct pieces that inspire a lot of what we look for at V&M. 430 Main St., Greenport, 477-8239
2. Tennis at Moussa Drame Tennis Club at The Pridwin Beach Hotel & Cottages. Grass courts in an unbeatable setting right near Crescent Beach. 81 Shore Road, Shelter Island, 749-0799
3. The Fireplace Project for its incredible contemporary exhibitions. 851 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton, 324-4666
4. Shell Beach. Still the island’s best kept secret.
5. The stylish clothing and accessories at Urban Zen. 4 Bay St., Sag Harbor, 725-6176
6. The Drawing Room. This gallery shows some of the loveliest work I have ever laid eyes on. 66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 324-5016
7. Kapell Real Estate, Inc. owned by husband and wife team David and Eileen Kapell always offers a new discovery, whether it be a little known part of the island or the rotation of tastefully selected antiques in their storefront. They have a great eye for quality and originality. 400 Front St., Greenport, 477-0100
8. Sunset Beach Hotel for the incredible sunsets and hip vibe. 35 Shore Road, Shelter Island, 749-2001
9. Fresh produce from Sylvester Manor. 80 N. Ferry Road, Shelter Island, 749-0626
10. Channing Daughters Winery. For the rustic vibe and great labels. 1927 Scuttle Hole Road, Bridgehampton, 537-7224
photography by Thomas Loof (sunset beach); megan greene (urban zen)