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Hamptons Recreation” Tips for Bike riding in summer heat

Summer heat can make bicycling uncomfortable and downright dangerous. Below are some suggestions for coping with summer weather. Most of this advice is fairly common-sense, but it never hurts to hear it again.

Plan. Plan trips well ahead of time, and give yourself enough time to ride and recover. Know how long you can comfortably stay outside and therefore how far you can safely ride (generally under an hour; ideally under 30 minutes). Select routes that allow you to keep moving with fewer or shorter stops. Try to locate and follow shaded routes, or routes traveling through cooler areas (i.e. flood-irrigated neighborhoods)Check for potential cooling points along your route.

Westhampton Liberty Riders
Westhampton Liberty Riders, photo credit Kurt Leggard

Acclimate. Start out riding slowly and avoid the hottest parts of the day (10 am to 4 pm). If you’re just getting started with commuting by bicycle, you might want to make the switch gradually instead of trying to dive in during the summer heat. Dress strategically: consider whether dry-wicking clothing and sunscreen work best for you, or if you’d prefer light, loose, long-sleeved cotton for sun coverage.

Hydrate. ”Eat before you’re hungry and drink before you’re thirsty”. Drink lots of water before, during, and after riding, beginning up to a day ahead of your ride. Always carry plenty of water and don’t be afraid to ask businesses to refill water bottles. If you wait until you’re thirsty, you are usually not drinking enough and it may already be too late to avoid heat exhaustion. A good indicator of good hydration is the need to urinate once an hour.

Avoid Heat Exhaustion. Learn to recognize your body’s signs of heat exhaustion, which are similar to signs of fever. Initial signs can be subtle, so know them and pay attention. At the first signs of heat exhaustion: back off. Relax your pace, and increase your fluid intake, especially if you have stopped feeling thirsty. If you do not recover within 10-20 minutes, immediately find air conditioning or shade, and be prepared to call 911. Heat stroke can occur quickly and it is potentially fatal, so don’t try to tough it out, even if you only need to travel a short remaining distance. Lastly, if you get a flat tire or have mechanical problems, be sure to seek out shade or a place indoors for repairs.

How to Not Get Hit By Cars: Diagrams of the most common accident scenarios and how to avoid them or reduce the impact of an unavoidable accident. www.bicyclesafe.com

Cycling at Night: Guidelines for how to improve your visibility and safety at night. http://beta.active.com/cycling/Articles/4-Tips-for-Cycling-at-Night

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Hamptons Recreation..Things to do this summer 2013..There are so many recreational things to enjoy in the Hamptons during the course of the summer…over 14 fun activities…Windsurfing, kayaking, swimming, horseback riding, soccer, stand-up paddle boarding, golf, tennis, sailing, baseball, volleyball, basketball, rowing, lifeguarding, biking and much much more…. There are many camps for kids to take part in, some expensive and a couple very inexpensive camps. There are several clinic’s in each town, like soccer, baseball, golf, basketball, field hockey & volleyball. There are lessons, classes, tours for most recreational sports that you want.

BEACHbikeOne of my favorite hidden secrets in the Hamptons is Amagansett Beach & Bicycle…in Amagansett, NY…I love this business because they offer rentals for Bikes*Kayaks*Surf boards/paddle boards*Boogie boards. They deliver and pick-up and that is VERY COOL. Basically you can have any of these items delivered right to your home and waiting for you when you get to your house. If you are having guest for 1 day or 1 week, you can arrange for a rental and have the bikes or any other item delivered and this way your guest can have a fun-filled week to explore the Hamptons. Amagansett Beach & Bicycle is the connoisseur of recreational equipment in the Hamptons with that added touch of delivering. They will also pick-up and deliver if your bike needs repair, they have on staff technicians and therefore they have the added value of experienced staff in-house to help with all of your biking needs. Amagansett Beach & Bicycle

Check out their schedule of classes*lessons & tours for Kayaking* Biking & Stand-up Paddling http://www.amagansettbeachco.comlee oldak

The Town of Southampton has many activities for children, there is no need for your kids to complain about being bored and you do not need to spend a fortune to entertain them…Did you know that the town of Southampton offers a month-long camp for $50 for the month? Did you know that this camp is offered in 3 locations throughout the Hamptons.

Summer fun Playground program

cost: $50 for one child, $125 for family 3 or more
Time: M-F 9a-12n
ages k-6
  1. East Quogue..East Quogue School Registration date 6/21 12n-130pm, dates for camp are 6/24-7/19
  2. Sag harbor, Mashashimuet Park, Registration date 7/3 8a-10am, dates for camp are 7/8-8/12
  3. Hampton Bays, Red Creek Park, Registration date 7/18/13 8-10am, dates for camp are 7/22-8/16

The town of Southampton offers many programs for kids to participate in during the summer: Kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, lifesaving, lifeguarding programs, stand-up paddle boarding, rowing, surfing, golf, tennis,clinics

Side view of young windsurferFor more information on the Youth camp click on link…Southampton Summer 2013

East Hampton offers many programs as well at affordable fee’s click here for more information on Parks & Recreation 2013

What about having an experience in the Hamptons…Looking to do something different with friends…here are a few suggestions: Something for adults

  • Take a bike tour through Springs or even to Montauk…
  • Kayak tour for 4 with your friends…explore the Hamptons in a fun recreational experience… price $79 contact Amagansett Beach & bicycle for more information for both these events

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SV DOVE CHARTERS.…in Sag Harbor provides an amazing experience…can seat up to 6 people and the rate is very affordable…HURRY and BOOK your charter to watch the Fireworks in Sag Harbor on Saturday, July 6th 2013…

  • Have a tasteful but fun bachelorette party
  • Sunset Cruise
  • Romantic Cruise
  • afternoon of fun on a Sailboat, (you have lunch and go swimming) 

stop by next week…for more recreational things to do in the Hamptons this summer…Hamptons Recreation

Haven's Beach, Sag HarborHamptons Recreation.Out for an early morning walk, my attention was caught by loud music coming from Havens Beach on Saturday, May 18th,people were Paddle Boarding at Haven Beach.  I tried to do my yoga and focus on peace and tranquility, but the activity distracted me so I jogged along the water to see what was happening.  It was a nice surprise to find groups of people lining up their paddle boards for the Paddle Race for the Baykeeper.  I couldn’t resist hanging around until the start, as paddle boarding is a new found hobby of mine.  Some were embarking on a 3 mile recreation race; others would loop around twice for a 6 mile elite race set on a course marked by orange buoys around beautiful Northwest Harbor.  It is also great to know that after 27 years of talking about it, Sag Harbor Village has agreed to finally complete the clean up of the Havens Beach drainage ditch.  The Peconic Baykeeper has been leading this fight for a long time.  Work should be done this summer.

Paddle boarding is a fantastic sport, every morning you will see many out and about at Haven’s beach this summer on their paddle boards. Haven's Beach, Sag Harbor

For all your Paddle boards needs Amagansett Beach & Bicycle has a selection of boards for both sale and rental. Click on image for more information…Click here for more on Hamptons Recreation

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(Southampton, NY) The Southampton Inn a perfect getaway stay.…Greetings Hamptons Mouthpiece Readers, the start of the summer in the Hamptons will be here in less than 12 days and the East End will be filled with people from across the globe vacationing in the Hamptons. Memorial Day symbolizes the beginning of the Summer season, lets just hope we will get the warm weather. This is really up to Mother Nature, she seems to be full of humor lately, teasing us with 80 degree weather one day and the next day it’s freezing with a frost advisory.Flower_with_Inn

I had the pleasure to take a tour of the Southampton Inn a month ago and  although I have been there many times I was unaware of all the amenities that the Inn offers its guests. Unlike many of the other hotels in the Hamptons, the Southampton Inn is a premiere travel destination stay that is centrally located in the heart of Southampton village and walking distance to the one of the Hampton’s Voted best beaches in America, Coopers Beach. The Southampton Inn is located in Southampton Village on the East End of Long Island, New York on five acres of manicured lawns and landscaped gardens. ThisTudor-style Inn is open year round, is a local landmark and the choice hotel for thousands of visitors who travel to the South Fork of Long Island and the Hamptons each year. The Inn welcomes guests looking for a Long Island getaway, a long-awaited vacation in the Hamptons, a romantic weekend, a family gathering or corporate retreat. Unique stores and boutiques, museums, art galleries, quaint and upscale dining and endless entertainment. During the summer, the Inn provides complimentary shuttle service to beautiful Cooper’s Beach. The staff  can coordinate restaurant reservations, fishing trips, surfing lessons, golf tee times, bicycle rentals, tours of local museums, and visits to historic sites and wineries..man-and-woman--riding a bike

The Kids Room is equipped with a Television, DVD player, video games, ping pong table and ice cream. What I liked is the kids room is located next to the outdoor patio. If the kids get bored being in the pool and you are not ready to leave the child/children can go into the kids room and hang out there for a while.  The Southampton Inn welcomes pets too so you don’t have to leave your family pet behind?playroom1

Music Under The Stars
Every Wednesday this summer enjoy a free concert at Agawam Park or Coopers Beach, presented by the Southampton Cultural Center. All shows start at 6:30pm-8:30pm.IMG_0033_250
2013 Concert Schedule:
July 3: The Lone Sharks -Coopers Beach
July 10: Hambone Thyme -Agawam Park
July 17: Matt Daniel -Agawam Park
July 24: The Precisions -Agawam Park
July 31: Project Vibe -Coopers Beach
August 7: Jonny Hirsch -Agawam Park
August 14: AdLib Steel Orchestra -Agawam Park
August 21: New Life Crisis -Agawam Park
August 28: Vivian and the Merrymakers -Agawam Park

Although my tour was given on a cold day, the beauty of the property was just as beautiful had it been a warm summer day. The landscaping is exquisite and yet relaxing, the outdoor pool patio is furnished with a 50 foot pool that is 3-4 feet deep, an outdoor bar, tennis courts and a garden of which they grow their own herbs and tomatoes. The Outdoor seating is perfect for a cocktail party that is an option, just call the Inn to get available dates and rates. The banquet room is available for rental year-long and what makes it very special is it has its own private entrance.southampton Inn Pool

Corporate:

  • The Southampton Inn is the perfect place for companies to hold  board meetings, only 40-60 minutes from the Islip airport, can accommodate up to 80 people.
  • Training classrooms for up to 45 people
  • customized packages for corporate retreats (that could include but not limited to vineyard visits, deep-sea fishing, beach parties)
  • WiFi access

Rooms:

The rooms are cozy and warm, feels like home, the beds are Tempur-Pedic mattresses
Southampton Inn King size bed room

The Southampton Inn is unlike many Hamptons hotels and Inns, they are open year-round and a staple in the community. During Hurricane Sandy, they opened their doors to misplaced victims and provided them with an opportunity to take showers and have something warm to drink and eat. Many areas in the Hamptons were hit hard by Sandy and many workers were here working 24 hours non-stop, The Southampton Inn provided these workers with a place to stay.Courtyardnight at the Southampton Inn

The Inn offers many services to the Local community as well:

  • Pool & Tennis membership for $2000 for a family of 4.
  • Breakfast & Lunch are served 730am-730pm
  • Lunch can be enjoyed on the lawn
  • meeting rooms
  • Library
  • Banquet Hall
  • Private Parties

lobstersalad @ Oso restaurantOso Restaurant is located within the Inn is open 730am-730pm, serving breakfast & lunch.

One of the amenities that I found interesting is that the Inn allows anyone to “Rent your own Restaurant” perfect if you would like to host an event and bring in your own caterers. Room service is available, you can have it sent to your room or you have a choice to have OSO TOGO and enjoy your meal sitting on the lawn and watching the sunset.

This is a very nice place to stay with a variety of amenities, a perfect arrangement for those not seeking to rent a home. Great for families seeking a weekday stay, weekend get-away or a 1-2 week vacation. Please contact the Hotel for rates and availability www.southamptoninn.com

91 Hill Street, Southampton,NY
Phone: 631.283.6500
Fax: 631.287.1073
Reservations: 800.832.6500
Email: reservations@southamptoninn.com

Hamptons Recreation (East Hampton, NY) . Hello there…Did you know that both the town of East Hampton and Southampton have Junior lifeguard programs for kids ages 9-14. Did you also know that in the town of East Hampton you could become a lifeguard at the age of 15 and 16 in the town of Southampton? My oldest took this program and became a Lifeguard at age 15, worked at a camp that summer and the following year took her certification to become an instructor to teach swim classes. It has served her well and she has made a nice income from her certifications as a lifeguard.2013 Junior Lifeguard Program

dsc_8433 copyHere is the Information for the Town of East Hampton: The Pool Program is also FREE…but you will want to ask them about the Ocean program that starts at the end of June.

Training, Evaluating & Testing Program for 2013 Summer Junior Lifeguard Program

Age 9(7/1/13)-Age 14 @ the YMCA East Hamptons ReCenter Pool

Sundays-130-230pm   March 10th-June 16 (except 3/31 (Easter) & April 21st (pool closed)

Sign-up at ReCenter and Sunday at 115pm (parents must be present to sign-up their child)

For more information on 2013 Junior Lifeguard Program click on this link http://www.town.east-hampton.ny.us/DocumentsPDF/Recreation/Programs/2013/2013JrLifeguardTrainingEvalTest.pdf

Unfortunately I do not have any information for the Town of Southampton...please click on this link for contact information.

Stop back next week, I will add the information for the Red Cross Lifeguard programs and the Town of East Hampton and Southampton Programs…or speak to the same people about the lifeguard programs. Hamptons recreation