There’s only a couple of weeks left of true summer in the Hamptons, so if you haven’t made your way there yet, it’s time to plan a little getaway! I often get asked where to stay, what to do and where to eat in the Hamptons.
Although I’m by no means a local, I think I’ve gathered a pretty good address book of Long Island’s East End over the years. You can credit my great memory for places (more than faces and names unfortunately) or my obsessiveness over always researching what’s happening when I travel. After spending four weekends in the Hamptons this summer, where’s how I recommend you make the most out of a weekend out east.
FRIDAY: the arrival
Traffic is really bad on Fridays driving into the Hamptons, so hopefully you’ll have left the city early — or even better, taken StndAIR, lol jk (kind of). Check out their Comparative Analysis video, it cracked me up).
Either way, if you happen to be stuck in traffic around Bridgehampton on a Friday afternoon, make a pit stop at the Wölffer Wine Stand. From 5pm until sunset, you can sip on rosé (but not too much — you’re driving remember) and snack on delicious cheese platters while watching the sun set over the rolling vineyards. The local bands and family friendly atmosphere will instantly put you in a holiday mode. Make sure you hop into The Styleliner and browse through Joey Wölffer’s stacks of delightful boho treasures.
After sunset, it’s time to check into your hotel. I recommend staying in Montauk for the food and nightlife (favorite hotels below). For dinner, make reservations (in advance) at Byron Restaurant at The Surf Lodge — the food is delish and the dinner resservations will make you skip the long lines to get in to Montauk’s most popular weekend destination. After dinner, dance the night away to the sounds of live bands or DJs on deck. If you’re still not ready for bed when the Lodge closes, you can always join a bond fire on the beach.