Sure, the concession stands may be closed and the lifegaurds are off duty, but who needs them in the winter?
The beach is better when it's empty anyway. Having the beach all to yourself, or to share with a loved one, is a unique experience. While during the peak months this is a tough feat during the daylight hours, it is much easier to achieve in the winter.
The sand covered in snow makes for beautiful photographs. And if there is no snow on the ground, the pickings of beach glass or driftwood to decorate the home or garden will be great.
If you live in Southampton Village, try , rated the No. 1 beach in the America by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, also known as Dr. Beach. In-season, a village beach permit is required. For non-residents, these run hundreds of dollars.
In Bridgehampton, there's , Water Mill has and Sagaponack has . A summer permit to the town beaches costs $30 per vehicle for residents and $225 for non-residents.
A winter stroll, however, is free.
Stay tuned for #95 in two weeks. And if you missed #97. Next Tuesday, Southampton Patch introduces the bi-weekly column "100 People You Should Know in Southampton," which will alternate weekly with "100 Things To Do in Southampton."