Courtesy of Sandra Garcia

East Hampton, N.Y.

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While working on designing T+L deputy editor Laura Begley’s Hamptons feature for the July 2012 issue, I was inspired to book a stay at the c/o Maidstone Inn in East Hampton for my husband's birthday. We strategically went the weekend before “the season” opened, and the vibe in Eastern Long Island that weekend was magical. The beaches were utterly empty, we rode the bikes the Maidstone lends to its guests all over the place, and even got a table at famed Nick & Toni’s for dinner without a reservation. It was filled with locals enjoying the natural beauty of this tiny strip of land at the tip of Long Island. —Sandra Garcia, design director

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T+L Editors' Favorite Trips of 2012

East Hampton, N.Y.

While working on designing T+L deputy editor Laura Begley’s Hamptons feature for the July 2012 issue, I was inspired to book a stay at the c/o Maidstone Inn in East Hampton for my husband's birthday. We strategically went the weekend before “the season” opened, and the vibe in Eastern Long Island that weekend was magical. The beaches were utterly empty, we rode the bikes the Maidstone lends to its guests all over the place, and even got a table at famed Nick & Toni’s for dinner without a reservation. It was filled with locals enjoying the natural beauty of this tiny strip of land at the tip of Long Island. —Sandra Garcia, design director

See more Best of 2012 coverage.

Courtesy of Sandra Garcia

T+L Editors' Favorite Trips of 2012

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