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Foodies Abroad: the Hamptons
Ah, the Hamptons.
We’re so used to seeing this dazzling, summery playground of the rich and famous on our fave TV shows, with its insanely luxe beachfront mansions, powdery sands, and pristine English-influenced Americana. Trust us, though, it’s real, and you don’t have to be part of the 1% to start planning a trip!
Whether you want to chill like a celeb or ham it up Revenge-style, here’s how to live large for the ultimate long weekend in the Hamptons. Beach, please.
Day 1: Shop Sag Harbor
But first, coffee: our pick can be found at Sagtown Coffee, before strolling down the main street of Sag Harbor. An all-American dream with American flags flying from every store, the wide tree-lined street is everything you imagine a Hamptons shopping experience will be. Dotted with super-cute shops, the famous Harbor Books has relocated to 51 Division St where you’ll find your perfect holiday read. Browse a bunch of cool antique stores including Black Swan Antiques for eclectic vintage finds, then grab lunch at LT Burger, a kitsch vintage-style diner with epic Caesar Salads and casual eats.
For All-American dining, head to Baron’s Cove Restaurant on the waterfront. The cosy, sophisticated lounge bar boasts both indoor and outdoor fireplaces and rocking chairs are lazily lined up on the deck. The restaurant upstairs is decked out in a nautical theme, perfect to chow down on crispy calamari, New England-style chowder, Long Island sea scallops and Long Island duck served pan-roasted with fava beans, sautéed rainbow chard and husk cherry sauce.
Follow up with a wine-down nearby at The American Hotel a beloved institution that dates back to 1846. This beautifully restored hotel is renowned as having one of the greatest wine lists in the world, not to mention service: the skilled hand of bartender Vinnie Rom has been pouring the classics at The American Hotel for more than 25 years.
Day 2: Hit the Beach
Heading to the beach on a trip to the Hamptons is a shore thing, and there are heaps of public beaches to choose from if you’re not quite at private-beach level yet. Our pick is Cooper’s Beach, for its long white sandy shores and backdrop of Southampton mansions.
Drive up to Montauk to frolic like a sun-soaked celeb at Gurneys Montauk; the place to be seen. Gurney’s famous Beach Club operates May-September providing all the necessities for luxury beachside bliss. King-sized daybeds, chairs, umbrellas and more can be rented for a day of cocktail-fuelled fun. Eat your heart out, Serena Van Der Woodsen.
Pull over just before you reach Amagansett for lunch at Lobster Roll, affectionately known as “Lunch” due to its iconic sign. The place for lobster rolls, this nostalgic retro roadside shack vibe has remained a super popular summer eatery since 1965.
Visit Montauk Lighthouse, the country’s fourth-oldest continually operating lighthouse, located on Long Island’s most easterly point. The historic lighthouse provides jaw-dropping 360-degree views of Block Island Sound, the Atlantic Ocean and beyond.
Day 3: Visit Wine Country
Just when you thought the Hamptons couldn’t get any better… there’s wine country! Long Island Wine Region boasts around 60 wineries along the East End of Long Island and across the North Fork.
Make your grape escape to the magnificent Wölffer Estate, one of the most stunning vineyards in the region. The buzzing tasting room and terrace overlook the vines and the estate has a European feel. Go for the tasting flights to experience the range of wines available at Wölffer Estate (sampled with cheese and charcuterie, of course).
Where to Stay
Oozing cool, this 19-room Scandi-inspired boutique hotel in East Hampton is straight outta Pinterest. Each room is individually furnished, like the Arne Jacobsen loft-style room in azure blue hues and pure Danish modernist style overlooking the country garden. Your stay includes a simple continental breakfast and the onsite restaurant doesn’t disappoint. With lots of common areas to chill and relax, it feels more like you’re visiting a friend’s country home (you know, that friend with a country home…) than staying in a hotel.
Sag Harbor is the pick of the precincts, and Baron’s Cove brings the quintessential Hamptons experience. If you don’t have endless cash to splash, this harbourside resort offers a range of room types for every budget, with onsite pool and all-day dining for an accessibly indulgent stay, just a short walk from Main Street.
Getting to the Hamptons
Just two hours from New York City, add a weekend in the Hamptons to your NYC itinerary. Hiring a car is recommended, as Long Island is spread out and you’ll want your own wheels for exploring this hip enclave! Otherwise, you can catch the Hampton Jitney a bus service from NYC to the Hamptons or by train.
So… house in the Hamptons next holiday?