In case you are planning a trip to the popular beach side community called the Hamptons in Long Island this summer, the name refers to a grouping of towns and villages all along the tip of the South fork of Long Island and includes Amagansett, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Hampton Bays, Montauk, Napeague, North Haven, The Quogues, Sag Harbor, Sagaponack, Shelter Island, Southampton, Springs, Wainscott, Watermill, Westhampton and Westhampton Beach.
Summer moves swiftly in the Hamptons, and with the season in full swing I am sharing a list of favorite places, foods and experiences. As a long time summer and weekend resident of the East End, I have written about, shopped, dined, exercised, ridden at the stables, written for the local magazines, built, bought and decorated homes for myself and clients and just truly enjoyed the lifestyle and beauty of the Hamptons for the past twenty years.
My children have grown up here, and we continue to take advantage of the natural beauty and many of the resources the Hamptons has to offer. My advice is to time your excursions wisely. Although my favorite spots and activities can also be quite popular, our summer motto is to keep it simple. We avoid the crowds by staying in on weekend evenings and entertaining at home, but we also enjoy the array of natural beauty and cultural events by participating in activities that are off of the beaten path. We head out to our favorite restaurants on quieter times like during the week.
Here is our short list of Summer 2015 places to go and see – these are events and experiences I paired together to help you enjoy your time here. I plan to share these experiences with my friends and family when hosting them in our home now through Labor Day. In September it goes back to quieter times here in eastern Long Island, but I do hope you enjoy Summer 2015 and make the most of this beautiful place.
Perfect Time On The Beach:
pick up a picnic at Round Swamp Farm, East Hampton for dinner on Georgica Beach
Head to our favorite four generation family-owned farm stand in East Hampton, Round Swamp Farm for the lobster salad, the chicken salad, the guacamole, their homemade rolls, the bean dip and their delicious Sun Tea. Load up the car with firewood, a metal container for the wood, a lantern, ingredients for Smores then head to Georgica Beach in East Hampton for a picnic dinner. Avoiding the day crowds, it’s the perfect time at the beach as the sun is setting and the light is beautiful against the crashing surf. With the bonfire crackling, the kids can toast Smores for dessert.
Al fresco dining at Pierre’s restaurant, Bridgehampton
Pierre’s is a lovely place to enjoy people watching and delicious food in a relaxed setting. My favorite lunch is the fruity iced tea and the avocado, mango tomato salad. The adjoining Pierre’s patisserie has delicious croissant for weekend breakfasts.
Perfect Relaxing Afternoon:
afternoon wine and cheese tastings at Wolffer Estate, Bridgehampton
Enjoy their wine tastings overlooking the beautiful vineyards (feels as if you are in Tuscany) at local wine vineyard Wolffer Estates. Sometimes there is live music and their famous pink Rose wine is delightful.
Most Coveted Reservation Score:
Nick & Toni’s restaurant in East Hampton
Say what you will about all the new restaurants, but with all the fine dining in the Hamptons, the coveted reservation to score is still a Friday night dinner reservation at Nick & Toni’s restaurant, preferably 8 PM!
Best Interior Designer Event:
The Hampton Designer Showhouse gala on July 25
The Designer Showhouse is the place to be in the Hamptons to take in beautifully appointed rooms and stellar interior design, and all created by both local and national interior designers. The showhouse is sponsored annually by Traditional Home magazine and to benefit the Southampton Hospital.
Best Healthy Drink:
The smoothie at the Juicy Naam
The Juicy Naan in Sag Harbor has delicious smoothies and green drinks to start the day on a healthy note. Tucked in the back parking lot as you head into town, it is a hidden gem! Our favorite is the I AM BUZZING, a concoction of coconut water, bee pollen, almonds, banana and honey.
Beat The Crowds, Best Cultural Weekend Afternoon:
Springs, East Hampton
Start at the farmer’s market in historic Springs corners, then a private tour of Jackson Pollock’s home (call ahead and book), the artist’s Pollock/Krasner museum then pick up lunch and rent a canoe at the Springs country store and enjoy an afternoon on the water bird watching and avoiding the crowds.
Best Dinner & Views:
The Beacon in Sag Harbor
The Beacon doesn’t take reservations, but worth the wait because it makes you feel like you’re on vacation. The food is delicious and the views are gorgeous of the Sag Harbor water and marina.
Best Historical Experience:
The Mulford Farm in East Hampton
Hundreds of years ago the historic farm in East Hampton (right across from the duck pond) was once a working farm. With several barns and outbuildings and even a historic Dutch-inspired windmill dating back centuries, this farm is an important and inspiring historical experience to better understand the beauty and history of the Hamptons. The farm is operated by the East Hampton Historical Society.
Magical End To Summer:
the Hampton Classic Horseshow in Bridgehampton
Beginning the week of August 23rd, this ten day extravaganza of equestrian events and competitions gives an insider’s view on the equestrian lovers culture here in the East End. In addition to a variety of horse events there are outdoor boutiques, delicious food stands and a swanky VIP tent where one (if you are lucky enough to get a ticket) can view gorgeously appointed tables overlooking the rings and riding events throughout the week culminating on Grand Prix Sunday where everyone comes out in their Sunday Best and dons these tables beautifully. Each year, NYC&G magazine appoints a winner for the most creative tabletop.