A Weekend in the Hamptons
The Hamptons are a group of towns along the eastern end of Long Island, New York. It’s roughly a two-and-a-half hour drive from New York City. The Hamptons is known for their white sand beaches, excellent seafood, lively parties, and rural atmosphere of the East End.
Southampton’s villages include Westhampton Beach, Quogue, the Village of Southampton, Sagaponack, and Sag Harbor (which is shared with the town of East Hampton). Southampton hamlets are Eastport, Speonk, Remsenburg, Westhampton, East Quogue, Hampton Bays, Shinnecock Hills, Water Mill, and Bridgehampton.
East Hampton‘s villages include Sag Harbor (shared with Southampton) and the Village of East Hampton. Its hamlets are Wainscott, Springs, Nepeague, Amagansett, and Montauk
My girlfriends and I started our weekend in Montauk as we made our way to Water Mill. Below you will see a list of places to shop, stay and dine that I gathered from my weekend in the Hamptons . . .
You can’t spend every second at the beach - take a break for some retail therapy.
Whale Bone - your go-to for sweatshirts.
8th Drifter - a boho gem.
Surf Bazaar Shop - Montauk’s trendy spot. The Surf Lodge isn’t only known for their summer concerts, but also for their retail and fitness popups.
Buy cookies from the original Tate's Bake Shop in the Southamptons.
For more shopping recs - check out The Best Shopping in the Hamptons
I was lucky enough to be a guest at my friend’s beautiful home in Water Mill, but for those traveling to the Hamptons and looking for a place to stay - here are some options.
The Surf Lodge - trending spot in the Hamptons, it’s home to a legendary summer concert series that brings in a bustling crowd of travelers.
Gurney's - Situated on Montauk’s most pristine stretch of oceanfront real estate, Gurney’s is a Hamptons icon and the only year-round resort in Montauk.
Ruschmeyers - think adult camp with cabins clustered around a decorative tepee.
The Baker House - cute bed and breakfast.
The Maidstone - a cute inn overlooking the East Hampton pond.
For further tips and suggestions - read “The Hampton’s Guide”
Scarpetta at Gurneys is perfect location for a sunset dinner followed by drinks and dancing at the patio bar.
Mr. John’s Pancake House for brunch.
Joni’s for organic smoothies and wraps.
Sant Ambroeus - perfect for lunch with a sweet gelato treat.
Citarella Fine Foods - is a great grocery store to pack a lunch before hitting the beach.
Wolffer Estate for snacks and wine tasting.
Duck Walk Vineyards in Water Mill for a low key wine tasting stop.
Suggested Weekend Guide:
For more tips visit Insider’s Guide to the Hamptons
Morning Arrival into JFK if you are traveling into NYC.
2.5 hour drive to Montauk; uber or rent a car.
Perhaps start your trip in Southampton, ending in Montauk (Montauk was my favorite).
Check into a desired bed and breakfast - see above list.
Have lunch at Sant Ambroeus, make sure to have gelato for dessert.
Shop the downtown area .
Watch the sunset at Flying Point Beach.
Dinner at East Hampton Grill .
Grab coffee and a bite at Citarella Fine Foods as you make your way to Montauk.
Check-in at Gurneys for a two night stay.
Relax beach side in a cabana that runs $1000 for the day.
Watch the sunset and eat dinner at Scarpetta, followed by drinks and dancing at the patio bar.
Wake up and venture into town for breakfast at Joni’s or Mr. John’s Pancake House.
Shop around Montauk for a few hours.
Watch the sunset and have dinner and drinks at Duryea Lobsters.
End your night at The Surf Lodge.
Lazy morning at Gurneys as you start to check out of the hotel.
Make sure to stop by the local shop for your Gurney’s swag.
Make a quick stop for lunch at Clam Bar on your way back to the city.
Hope you enjoyed a little taste of the Hampton’s - the perfect weekend destination for any East or West coast travelers.
Cheers to Summer Adventures . . .