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The Hamptons: Summer Travel Guide

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A weekend trip to The Hamptons makes a perfect summer getaway. With sandy beaches, restaurants offering stunning views, and picturesque towns, there's nothing quite like relaxing in the refreshing salty breeze here. Here’s my ultimate guide to a summer getaway in the Hamptons.


 

THINGS TO DO:

  • Wine Tasting at Wölffer Estate Vineyard

Located in the heart of the Hamptons since 1988, Wölffer Estate Vineyard is set in a picturesque rolling vineyards with award-winning wines and lush gardens. This scenic backdrop brings a relaxing atmosphere for your wine tasting experience. Immerse yourself in the Hamptons’ wine culture and feel the essence of Long Island’s wine country.


  • Montauk Lighthouse

This is one of my favorite places to go in Montauk, the coastal views here are absolutely stunning. Here to can also reach the eastmost point of New York and see the vast Atlantic Ocean. The Montauk Lighthouse also has a rich history for you to explore.


  • Long House Reserve

Long House Reserve is a serene and secluded treasure in the Hamptons. This unique combination of an art museum and sculpture garden, offering a peaceful escape where you can immerse yourself in nature and boundless creativity. Featuring a diverse array of impressive sculptures by artists from around the globe, this place is sure to inspire visitors.


  • Parrish Art Museum

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill brings together American art, cultural immersion, and the beauty of Long Island. With a collection of over 3,000 American artworks spanning from the 19th century to the present, the museum also features a variety of new exhibitions showcasing different art forms.


BEST BEACHES:

Some beaches in the Hamptons are either private or requires a residence permit for parking. Here are some of the beaches that are accessible by the public and have gorgeous views.

  • Main Beach, East Hampton: Consistently ranked among the best beaches in the US. It is accessible by car, or you can take an easy walk from downtown East Hampton.

  • Kirk Beach Park, Montauk: This is a beautiful soft sand beach that's just a walk from the town Montauk. The beach is clean and the tides here are beautiful. There are also many coffee shops and quick bites around.

  • Coopers Beach, Southampton: This beach offers a tranquil view of the ocean. There are beach chairs and umbrella rentals. Daily permits are available for parking and the parking lot fills up quickly during peak summer season.


WHERE TO EAT:

Restaurants with a View:

A trip to the Hamptons isn't truly fulfilling without a delightful seaside dining experience. Immerse yourself in the ocean breeze and enjoy the fresh seafood from Long Island.


Casual Eats:

Not every meal needs to be extravagant while in the Hamptons. At times, you may simply want a fast snack or a chill meal. There is also the original Tate's Bake Shop for those who love cookies.


WHERE TO STAY:

Luxury Stays:

There are plenty of luxurious accommodations in the Hamptons, whether they are nestled in a stunning garden with nature all around or positioned right by the ocean, basking in the sunlight.


Vacation Rentals:

The Hamptons also has a variety of vacation rentals that you can find on platforms like Airbnb. Here are a few towns to look at if you want to book somewhere close to popular vacation areas: Southampton, Montauk, East Hampton, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor.

The peak season in the Hamptons runs from June to August, during which rentals are typically in high demand and come at a premium. For more budget-friendly options, you may want to explore rentals in central Long Island.


CUTE TOWNS TO VISIT:

These are my favorite cute towns in the Hamptons, each with its own charming character:

  • Sag Harbor: A former whaling village full of historical charm and a picturesque harbor. The main street is lined with cute boutique stores and cafes.

  • East Hampton: Known for the up-scale ambiance of the Hamptons and luxury stores. The Main Beach is a public beach with stunning views.

  • Southampton: A quaint town with many restaurants and cafes along its main street. Coopers Beach in this area is one of the finest beaches in the Hamptons.

  • Amagansett: This town has a more relaxed atmosphere compared to others. The main street is lined with lovely shops, and the Amagansett Square is a beautiful spot to unwind.

  • Montauk: Montauk offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure. The Kirk Park Beach here is one of my favorite beaches on Long Island. There are also State Parks and trails for nature lovers to explore.



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