The new year is officially upon us and we’re all thinking of ways to improve ourselves. But resolutions don’t have to be about healthy eating and productivity. They can also be simple things you’ve been putting off that could improve your overall mood.
We put together 10 realistic resolutions Hamptons locals could adapt if they still don’t know what their resolutions for this year are going to be. Of course, these are just a start—so if you have any positive ideas you’d like to add to the list, feel free to leave them in the comments.
See and learn about at least one historical site every month
The Hamptons is chock full of history, with plenty of historical sites to visit across the East End. We have lots of places to recommend—from the windmills to the Big Duck—but you can also visit the local historical societies for more ideas.
Learn a new water sport
We’re lucky to live in a place with many different bodies of water. We’ve got the ocean, the bay, rivers, ponds, creeks, and canals. And many of these bodies are perfect for water sports. To get started, you could try long boarding in the ocean, rent a stand-up paddle board from a local surf shop, kayak in Mecox Bay, take a waterskiing lesson, or go snorkeling.
Drink only local wine for the entire year
With ample vineyards and wineries to choose from, you could very realistically only drink local wine for the entire calendar year. Even if you’re eating out for the night, most restaurants have local options to choose from.
Go for more beach walks
The South Fork of Long Island has some of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world. And we’re lucky enough to be able to experience them year-round—so why not go for more beach walks? Beaches can be cold and windy in the winter, so dress appropriately.
Go on more nature hikes
Our favorite places for local hikes are Camp Hero in Montauk, Cedar Point County Park in East Hampton, Hubbard County Park in Hampton Bays, the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Sag Harbor, and the Quogue Wildlife Refuge.
Visit a new coffee shop whenever possible
If you find yourself getting the same order at the same cafe every Saturday morning, try opting for new places. There’s no shortage of cafes to try on the East End, so if you pass a coffee shop you’ve never stepped foot in before, check it out.
Support local businesses whenever you can
We always suggest supporting local businesses, as it helps the local economy—especially in the winter, when the Hamptons isn’t in its bustling tourist season. While it’s easy to surf Amazon instead of leaving your house, finding similar products at local businesses could be a good way to feel like you’re giving back to the community.
Go to a town hall meeting
If you’ve never been to one, a town hall meeting is a great way to feel like you’re involved in community discussions, like your voice is being heard, and like you’re making a difference.
Enjoy the villages while there’s still parking
Let’s face it: We all know that there isn’t going to be any parking in the summer. So if you have the chance to get into the villages now, enjoy them while you can before they get too busy.
Cook using local produce
Another way to support local businesses is by supporting local farms and farmers. There are plenty of produce stands throughout the East End all summer long—pop by one for some beautiful fresh veggies to use for dinner.