Who's with me that this weather is crazy? Almost 70 degrees here in Town of Smithtown... really, Mother Nature?!
(I'm starting to think this cutie pie never showed up, announcing the cold weather I thought we'd be doomed to til April...)
In contrast, remember what a blustery day Friday was? For some reason, I woke up feeling compelled to drive to Montauk...
... and so I did.
Even though this bench seems peacefully lonely, it was actually gusting like crazy. (In fact, it was so windy I could barely open my car door!)
Sea, sky and brush went on forever... Very few places have such a hallowing effect on me as Montauk does.
The adorable little place with the cheery striped awnings beckoned...
The Candied Anchor is a sweet shop that opened in March of this year. Had a nice chat with the shopkeeper, who was as sweet as her wares. They have an eclectic mix of things, including local products as well as more unusual finds.
I went with the Mint Chocolate Malt Balls, which were from Ireland. True to the shopkeeper's description, it was an airy, crunchy bit of Thin Mint heaven. Reasonably priced, this is a great place to find a unique gift (or indulge your own sweet tooth) without breaking the bank.
With this being the off-season for many of the East End businesses that are open year-round, what better time to patronize said shops, avoid the crazy mall lines and get a loved one something unique for the holidays this year?