Chic Vacation Week:The Hamptons

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There’s much more to the Hamptons than palatial properties, Diddy’s All-White Parties and $2,000 galas. From Westhampton to as far east as Montauk, the Hamptons are a year-round home for many and a summer retreat for others.
On any given Friday during the summer months New Yorkers head down in droves to what Alastair Gordon called the “weekend utopia.” Whether it’s to their summer home/rental or to a a quaint bed&breakfast, the Hamptons provides a tranquil, relaxing environment for its visitors and natives alike.

Getting There

Major airlines stop at the Long Island Islip MacArthur Airport. NYC-area airports – LaGuardia & JFK – are great options as well. If you’re already in the NYC-Metro area, you can take the train (LIRR Montauk Line) or travel by bus (Hampton Luxury Liner or Hampton Jitney).
The bus & train are the least expensive modes of transportation to the Hamptons.
However, if money is no object, you can always charter a helicopter that lands in East Hampton or Southampton Airports :-)

Where to Stay


Unless you have a summer home/rental, cozy inns and bed&breakfasts are your best best. Lodging is available in a range of prices and specials are frequently advertised. If you’d like to save even more $$$, experience the Hamptons during the week as opposed to the ever so popular and pricey, weekends.

Hamptons Dining

Almond Restaurant in Bridgehampton and Tierra Mar in Westhampton are two of the most popular places to dine. Almond boasts a French bistro cuisine, while Tierra Mar combines terrific views of the ocean with mouth-watering, local seafood. If you’re looking for very casual and fun dining, Sip ‘N Soda in Southampton is suggested. The luncheonette serves traditional American fare including old-fashioned soda floats.

What to Do

Stroll alongside the beaches of East Hampton, go fishing in the hamlet of Montauk or visit its Montauk Point Lighthouse. If you want to immerse yourself in the arts and culture of the historic Hamptons, visit Sag Harbor. There you can browse quite a few art galleries and attend a show at the Bay Street Theatre. Winery tours at Channing Daughters in Bridgehampton are also popular. If you can’t fight the urge to [window] shop, head to Southampton Village’s Main Street and Jobs Lane. There you will find tons of boutiques, consignment shops, galleries and restaurants.


Nightlife

Nightlife and Hamptons summers are synonymous. Going to an uber-chic and exclusive club is on the to-do list of many Hamptons partygoers. If you’re interested in spotting celebrities, Pink Elephant and the new Lily Pond are the places to be. However, if you want virtually guaranteed entry and a more laid-back environment with music and drink specials, Southampton Publick House is perfect.

After this trip, every sentence will begin with “O when I was in the Hamptons . . . “

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