We are counting down the days until we move back out east and spend the summer in the Hamptons! There truly is no better place to spend the summer months and I’m very grateful for my neighborhood out east. Goodbye New York City, hello Hamptons and Montauk! If you live out there, are just spending the summer there or taking a day trip, I am here to give you the full scoop on everything you need to do in the Hamptons this summer!
Grab a Lobster Roll
There is a lot of controversy when it comes to labeling the best Lobster Roll out east. And quite frankly, I’m not even sure I can make a decision myself! They’re all very different from one another and you can decide whether or not you prefer to eat them cold or warm. Mayo ratio is another huge thing to take into consideration! A few great spots on our list are LUNCH, Claudio’s on Main, Duryea’s, K Pasa and Bostwick’s Chowder House.
Photography: LUNCH c/o @lunchlobsterroll on Instagram
Located in Montauk, this is one of the top things I look forward to every summer. Salt therapy aka Halotherapy is seriously fascinating to me. This is a natural treatment for things like asthma, anxiety, inflammation, skin issues and so much more! You go and relax while breathing in air that is full of negatively charged ionized salt particles and almost 90 elements such as iron and magnesium. I just feel so great walking out of there and I sleep really well!
Photography: Montauk Salt Cave
Spend the Day at the Beach
What is better than spending the day at the beach just laying in the sun with friends and family? There are a quite few beautiful beaches in the Hamptons to go to. If you’re spending the entire summer out there, I’d suggest starting out by going to whichever one is closest to you, but you can always switch it up! And if you’re just headed out there for a short period of time, here are a few to check out: Coopers Beach, Main Beach, Atlantic Avenue Beach, Ditch Plains Beach, Kirk Park Beach and Hither Hills State Park.
Photography: Cooper’s Beach c/o @coopersbeach on Instagram
Where do I even start with this one?! There are so many great places to shop at out east. Let’s start with the iconic Main Street in both Southampton and East Hampton! You can find so many different stores from clothing to home goods to fantastic restaurants, a whole entire day could be spent there! Division Street in Sag Harbor has some more shops, even antique ones!
Photography: Main Street, Southampton
Get a Good Workout In
You’re in luck, there are plenty of fabulous places out east to get a great workout in at! You can pick classes that target certain muscles and needs or go for a full body workout. I’ll list a few of my favorite spots in no particular order: SLT, Tracy Anderson Method, the BARN SoulCycle, Mivana Move at Topping Rose House and, of course, anything Isaac Boots has!
Try New Restaurants
There are seriously endless local restaurants in the Hamptons that you could constantly be trying new ones. I think what’s really cool is that they all have their own signature dishes, so whenever you’re in the mood for something particular, go try the place that does it the best! The seafood out there is so fresh, I highly recommend having a summer full of fish. Really just such good food out there! But also, the views sometimes are better than the food! There are quite a few restaurants with ocean views to check out. Here’s a few establishments to visit: Rosie’s for breakfast, the Clam Bar for local oysters and lobster salad rolls, Carissa’s for baked goods, Goldberg’s for bagels and Blu Mar for Mediterranean cuisine.
Photography: Rosie’s, Amagansett
Who doesn’t like wine? I think the best place out in the Hamptons to go wine tasting would definitely be the Wölffer Estate Vineyard. There truly is nothing like it! Not only is it breathtakingly beautiful out there, but the wine, itself, is exquisite! A good wine cellar and vineyard visit is something that doesn’t necessarily need a special occasion, but it totally can be a great spot to celebrate! I mean, imagine how beautiful it would be to have your wedding here? What’s your favorite type of wine?
Photography: Wölffer Estate Vineyard
Check out the Museums
It’s always a good day to go to a Museum! There’s surprisingly more out there than you think! The most well known is probably the Parrish Art Museum, which has stunning pieces. Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum, Guild Hall and the South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center are a few other great ones!
Photography: Parrish Art Museum, c/0 Jenny Gorman
The first thing that comes to mind when I hear Montauk is the Lighthouse. It really is a cool thing to go see, my family takes a few trips each summer to grab some photos of it! The Montauk Historical Society has a bunch of information on the history of it, if you’d like to take a a read.
Take a Hike
Hiking is underrated! It’s a great form of exercise, it gets you outside and is a great activity for your family to do together. Some of our best memories are just exploring outdoors with one another! If you’re on the hunt for some great places to go on a hike in the Hamptons, I recommend Quogue Wildlife Refuge, the Lighthouse Loop Trail at Cedar Point County Park and Walking Dunes at Hither Hills State Park.
Photography: Walking Dunes at Hither Hills State Park, c/0 Chris Barker Fickr
Go Antique Shopping
Antique shopping is for the old souls. We love vintage looks and feels. Luckily, there are a ton of great places to go antiquing out in the Hamptons! Here’s a few to note: In the Attic Too, FORK + ROSE: Home and Table, Mecox Gardens and Black Swan Antiques.
Photography: Mecox Gardens, c/0 @rcatlee on Instagram
The Longhouse Reserve is a really serene reserve and sculpture garden in East Hampton. There are 16 acres of land in the Northwest Woods and they always have fantastic things going on there. For instance, there’s a summer benefit, meditation sessions, art talks, garden walks and so much more! If you’re an art lover especially, I recommend!
Photography: LongHouse Reserve, Daniel Arsham Exhibit
Gurney’s is the place to be, let me just tell you! I have the best and most relaxing time every single time I go out there. My whole family enjoys it, too! They are a resort and spa and also have some fantastic food there! The stay and views are top notch! One of the best parts, is that they have kids activities there, so it’s super family friendly. The Seawater Spa is unmatched, I sleep like a baby after spending some time there! The amenities are endless and they are pet friendly!
Photography: Gurney’s Resort and Seawater Spa
Who doesn’t love a good Botanical Garden visit? This one is so pretty and it’s a great way to get the kids out of the house to make a memorable day. It’s actually their 10 year anniversary this summer and they are celebrating with a cocktail party that they are calling Much Ado About Madoo! If you’re interested in attending, it is on June 18th and tickets are on sale now!
Photography: Madoo Conservancy and Botanical Garden
Bike along the coast
Grab your bikes and get out there! I don’t know if I’ve ever seen a prettier place to go on a bike ride, than along the coast inn the Hamptons. Especially before sunset, the views are just unbeatable! It’s a good way to get some fresh air and exercise and you can do it as a date night or family night.
There’s something about summer that screams ice cream! I’m not ashamed to say many of our summer nights end in ice cream runs and we wouldn’t have it any other way! Those were some of my favorite summer childhood memories, getting ice cream and sitting together as a family and just talking all night long. Here are a few of our favorite ice cream spots out in the Hamptons: Tate’s Bake Shop Tatewich, Big Olaf, Gemelli Gelato and the Southampton Fudge Company.
Photography: Gemelli Gelato c/o @gemelli_gelato on Instagram
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