Summer is in full swing, and with that, cities become deserted and the luckiest head off to exotic locales and country homes. Our pick for a glamorous yet supremely relaxing vacation? We like to head to the Hamptons — a collection of villages and towns flanked by miles and miles of sandy beaches, with views over the calm and cool Atlantic. Read our picks below for the ultimate Hamptons experience, transporting you to a new mindset, one that emphasises lazy and long summer days and exciting, cool nights, where one forgets that September will eventually come, and reality is a long drive away in the sweltering city.
The Hamptons isn’t just good for a long season on the beach. Maintain your routine and social life with any of our favorite activities for a full and lively summer:
Wolffer Estate Vineyard in Sagaponack: We love this vineyard not only because it has accompanying restaurants in the Hamptons, but also for the private experiences offered by their in-house Sommelier, giving exclusive access to the cellars and special wines. Want to keep the Hamptons feeling going year round? They offer a wine club that ships crates year round to your house.
Sagg Main Beach: With miles upon miles of beaches, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but we’ve selected Sagg for its seemingly endless stretch of fine sand. To top it off, there are plenty of farmer’s stands along the way, where you can pick up various produce and snacks for a picnic on the beach.
Tracy Anderson in East Hampton: known for her intense dance cardio classes, take a break from the sun not to cool off, but to warm up in the best way at one of her classes at the East Hampton studio.
Go for a run along the beach, or through Camp Hero State Park, to get the most of the fresh outdoor air, well removed from the city, and stop along the way past Camp Hero Bluff, all the way to Montauk Lighthouse at the most easterly point of the island.
Had enough of the great outdoors and our favorite workout classes? Head in, or out to the patio of our favorite spots to eat in the Hamptons:
Amagansett Farmer’s Market is one of our top picks for an easy and breezy breakfast, poking around the stands for the best fresh produce, beautiful eggs, and of course, a strong cup of American coffee.
Wolffer Kitchen in either Sag Harbor and Amagansett is our choice for a seafood-forward brunch or lunch, with a healthy-ish menu for low guilt levels. The best part? These spots are part of the Wolffer Estate Vineyard family, meaning amazing wine to go with your meal.
Sant Ambroeus in Southampton is our choice for dinner, somehow finding the perfect interiors balance between breezy and warm. The Italian dishes are transport you to another place, and in our opinion, is one of the best Italian options in the area.
Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor is a great lunch or dinner place for those looking for a more casual, farm to table sort of place. The Mexican style dishes are perfectly fresh and picked — we particularly love the little farm at the back of their restaurant, where they grow a lot of the spices and ingredients.
So many activities and a wide variety of great food leaves one tired at the end of the relaxing, long, summer day, so find our picks for hotels below, the perfect place to rest your head and get ready to begin it all again tomorrow:
Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton is a beautiful historic estate house that was transformed into a hotel about 10 years ago — featuring luxury spa services and a farm-to-table restaurant from their own farm, we love this spot for a little mix of history and modern, with splashes of art around the home.
Gurney’s Montauk Hotel and Spa is the spot to choose for an oceanfront resort with a private beach and a true luxury feel, drastically different to that of Topping Rose, but different in a good way. Dramatic ocean views and various spots for cocktails mean that you never have to leave the resort — but we definitely recommend you do.
Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor is a great central destination for your Hamptons adventure, and a true all-American pick. Close to the main road in the historic little village of Sag Harbor, this is a more down-to-earth selection, while still offering beautiful private suites and pristine views.