The Hamptons

My family always jokes that our family has picked the best places to live and thus, the best places for us all to visit! One such place is Sag Harbor in the Hamptons. My aunt and uncle spend part of the year in Sag Harbor and I am lucky enough to get to visit every summer! I am biased but I think Sag Harbor is the best town in the Hamptons! It is a charming, historic, all-American little coastal town that offers so much up and down Main Street. The beauty of the Hamptons though is that there are a handful of very different little towns to explore including South Hampton, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Amagansett, Montauk, and Shelter Island! Each town has a different vibe and energy so it’s impossible to not come away with a favorite!

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Shop

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    Gloria Jewel

    My favorite Hamptons boutique has multiple locations around the different towns. The store does a great job with buying everything from fashion-forward sweats to party-ready dresses.
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    Life'style

    I go to this boutique every time I'm in Sag Harbor. They carry the best brands with everything from Rag & Bone to Sundry.
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    AYR Beach House

    Your one stop shop for blue and white. AYR specializes in denim including every style and wash of denim you could ever ask for. I really love AYR though for all of their beautiful blue and white tops and dresses. Everything is so crisp, smart, and classic!
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    Serena & Lily Beach Market

    My oh my I adore this store! This is considered Serena & Lily’s Beach Market and every piece is absolutely swoon-worthy. I get overwhelmed with decor inspiration every time I walk through the wide-open doors.
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    Fishers Home Furnishings

    Endless nautical interior decor in Sag Harbor. This store has a beautiful collection on custom-built and painted furniture, bedding, home textiles, décor accessories, and treasures sourced from all over the world.
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    The Monogram Shop

    This is one of my favorite monogram shop I've ever been to. They have an amazing collection and just about every item you'd ever want to monogram!
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    Helen Ficalora

    The place to go for jewelry and charms. I have a charm necklace with a stack of four different little Helen Ficolara charms that I’ve been wearing for a decade. I still cherish it.
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    MONC XIII

    A very beautiful store full of upscale furnishings, home textiles, and interior décor.
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    Goop

    Goop’s Hamptons pop-up in Sag Harbor is a little oasis. The beauty department is incredible as is everything else including jewelry, clothing, books, and home accessories. If you love GP, then make a beeline to this Goop location.
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    Reformation Beach Market

    Everyone's favorite contemporary and sustainable clothing brand has a summer pop-up in East Hampton that is full of all your favorite beachy pieces.
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    Ruby Beets Old & New

    A lovely antique store (where else is better to shop for antiques than in a place with so much history!?).
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    Harbor Books

    A quintessential book store. Be sure to stop here to pick up a beach read before you hit Sagg Main Beach.
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    Zimmermann

    There are only a handful Zimmerman stores in the US (mainly in NY and CA) so I pop in every time I'm by this East Hampton location. You'll find gorgeous statement pieces for your wardrobe as well as easy breezy summer dresses.
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    Jack Rogers

    A whole store full of Jack Rogers, you know it! It's near impossible to go in here and not walk out the door without a new pair of Jacks.
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    Lilly Pulitzer

    I love Lilly in the summer so this, rather big, Lilly location fits the bill.
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    Chain Stores

    Ralph Lauren, Intermix, Alice & Olivia, Tory Burch, J.Crew etc.

Eat

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    Dockside Bar & Grill

    This Sag Harbor restaurant sits across from the water, boasts a view of Billy Joel's house, and serves the most incredible little neck clams and lobster rolls.
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    Clam Bar

    A famous roadside spot for seafood with a menu of fried clams, lobster rolls, and clam chowder. You'll feel right at home on Long Island when you eat here.
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    The Lobster Roll

    Eat here for "the best lobster roll in the Hamptons."
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    Navy Beach

    Navy Beach is one of my favorite places in Montauk. It's perfect to go to during the day to sip rosé and enjoy fish tacos while catching some sun on their beachside daybeds (they serve magnum size bottles of Whispering Angel!). It's also a happening dinner spot (make a reservation) and turns into a really fun bar at night. You can't miss here at any time of day!
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    The Crow's Nest

    The most gorgeous and yummy restaurant in Montauk. If you don't make a reservation, you'll have a wait but not to fear because the cocktails are delicious and the views are gorgeous by their outdoor fire pits. The menu is a seasonal seafood menu and is all locally-sourced. Fun fact: one night, I sat at a table between two Vogue editors and Neil Patrick Harris.
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    Duryea's

    This is one of the best places to go for lobster – lobster rolls, lobster cobb salads (the BEST cobb salad I've ever had!), and more! You’ll love sipping rosé on their lobster deck overlocking the water.
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    Ruschmeyer's

    Go here for cocktails, campy decor, and dinner served in an outdoor garden. P.S. it turns into a wild bar at night (expect a serious line to get in if you arrive after 9/10pm).
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    Sunset Beach

    The Hamptons at its best! Much of the Hamptons has become a place to be seen but not Sunset beach. It is a little more remote on Shelter Island (you take your car over on a ferry) so it doesn’t get as crowded. It has a yellow and white beach theme, is full of lush greenery, and has walls lined with vintage photos of the establishment. I love their seafood menu too!
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    Nick & Toni's

    A staple of the Hamptons restaurant scene. Go here for local seafood and a Mediterranean/Italian inspired menu. It’s very buzzy and definitely a see and be seen spot.
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    Sen

    A happening sushi restaurant in Sag Harbor that still maintains a relaxed Hamptons vibe. You'll find traditional rolls as well as restaurant specialties.
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    Scarpetta Beach

    The seaside sister restaurant of the New York City staple, this seafood Italian restaurant will be just what the doctor ordered after a full day on the Gurney’s beach.
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    The Surf Lodge

    Stop by for perfect outdoor patio seating, summer cocktails, live music, and an East Coast surf atmosphere. Beware, this is such a popular restaurant/bar that a line forms during the day and night on summer weekends (you can make reservations for the restaurant though!). Pop your head into their surf shop too for straw bags, colorful towels, caftans and more.
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    Tacombi

    This is a wonderful spot to head for laid-back Mexican food. Yes, it’s the same Tacombi from New York City but their Montauk location is my personal favorite.
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    LT Burger

    Sometimes all you want is a burger, fries, and a milkshake. If so, then there's no better spot than LT Burger. It's a classic burger joint that's one part casual diner and one part trendy eatery.
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    Mary's Marvelous

    A cute little spot that serves up sandwiches and snacks (perfect for picking up on the way to the Main Beach!).
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    Loaves & Fishes

    Ina Garten’s Hamptons gourmet take-out spot. You must go here for the best lobster salad you've ever had.
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    Serene Green Farm Stand

    One of the best local farm stands for fresh and local seafood, produce, dairy, prepared foods, and more to buy and cook at home (if staying in a house). It’s located in Sag Harbor.
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    Country Gardens

    A great local farm stand in Bridgehampton for fresh produce and the best guacamole to enjoy if staying at a house.
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    Pike Farms

    We love this farm stand in Sagaponack for its incredible produce. It’s my family’s favorite place to buy local corn!
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    Amagansett Farmer's Market

    Stop here every day except Tuesday and Wednesday for local produce and baked goods.
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    Grindstone

    Did someone say donuts? Warning: don't go here for a morning donut on your first day because the donuts are so good you'll end up back here every day!
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    Buddha Berry Frozen Yogurt

    The frozen yogurt at Buddha berry is the perfect treat for after a day of boating around Sag Harbor.
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    Big Olaf Ice Cream

    In the summertime, there will be a line out the door for a cone at the old-fashioned ice cream shop, Big Olaf… but it's worth the wait! It’s a Sag Harbor summer staple!
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    Bistro Ete

    Bisto Ete is the most adorable husband and wife run spot! The menu highlights coastal French bistro classics that are absolutely delicious and fit right in in the Hamptons. Located in Water Mill, this quaint casual spot is beloved by locals!

Drink

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    Wölffer Estate Vineyard or Wine Stand

    Wine tasting in Sagaponack at Wölffer Estate Vineyard is one of my favorite ways to spend an afternoon in the Hamptons! Their rosé is delicious as are all their other wines. It's a beautiful setting to sit outside and look out over the vineyards (you can make a reservation). I also love the roadside Wine Stand! The Wine Stand holds a sunset event every Friday and Saturday through September.
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    Sunset Beach

    One of my favorite stops to sip a fruity cocktail or a glass of rosé in the summer. I love the laidback vibe at this waterfront bar on Shelter Island and love the vintage photos of guests skinny dipping in the water.
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    Ruschmeyers

    The main spot to go out dancing in the Hamptons. The bar scene is great (but crowded!) too if you don’t want to hit the dance floor. Definitely except a line to get in if you don’t arrive early.
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    The Stephen Talkhouse

    This is the local watering hole in Amagansett (in an old house) for drinking, live music, and dancing. The big night here is Friday night.
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    The Surf Lodge

    This is one of the most popular spots in Montauk for good reason! You can sip drinks by the water, float in daybeds, listen to live music, and have an all-around good time day and night. You can’t beat all the surf décor too! P.S. expect major lines on the weekends if you don’t arrive early.
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    The Sloppy Tuna

    If you’re looking to party on the beach, then go here. It’s not fancy but it is a good time.
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    SagTown

    Our go-to spot for coffee when staying in Sag Harbor. It has a bit of a Hamptons surf vibe to it and serves up just the right blend.
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    Bluestone Lane

    The owners of this coffee shop bring a little Australia to Montauk with this cute surf inspired cafe (there's a boutique with Australian brands attached too!).

Stay

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    Baron's Cove

    My favorite hotel in the Hamptons. I love the nautical décor throughout the hotel and the water views. I’ve only been in the summer but am dying to go in the winter because it would be the best cozy place to hunker down in the cold. There is also a lovely pool to relax by.
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    The American Hotel

    Classic, historic Hamptons. The American Hotel sits on the main drag in Sag Harbor and still maintains old Hamptons charm. It’s quite iconic. We love the restaurant here too!
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    The Crow's Nest Inn

    A gorgeous little inn that has the best restaurant and offers both calm nights with pit fire s'mores and an entertaining nightlife.
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    The Surf Lodge

    Stay here for a bohemian beach vibe right on the water. You’ll love the hotel boutique, the beachside yoga classes, and the summer pop-up shops. Be prepared though because it’s a party here all day and night.
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    Ruschmeyers

    A hotel for adults that is designed like a summer camp. It’s out in Montauk so you’ll enjoy the Hamptons scene out at “The End.” We love going to the bar here at night for drinks and dancing.
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    Gurney's Resort and Seawater Spa

    Stay here for a beachfront resort with the only seawater spa in the continental US. You’ll fall in love with their yellow and white striped umbrellas that line the beach and their beachside shack that serves up all the necessities like rosé and french fries. My friends and I are known to camp out here on the beach all day.
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    The Inn at Windmill Lane

    This lovely little, elegant inn is an ideal place for couples to stay in Amagansett. They offer private cottages so you can enjoy a quiet, relaxing stay.
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    Hero Beach Club

    Just steps from the Beach, this hotel will make you feel more relaxed than you’ve ever been in your life. The whole atmosphere is beachy + serene.
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    Sunset Beach

    The best place to stay in the Hamptons to go and forget about everything else. It is a little oasis on Shelter Island (see description above under “Eat”) that you’ll be so glad you visited. You can stay here, eat here, drink here, and beach here all on the property.

Do

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    Drive along Montauk Highway

    More like a road than a highway, drive along here with your windows down to take in the sea air. Stop off in each town because each has different things to offer (South Hampton, Bridgehampton, Sag Harbor, Sagaponack, East Hampton, Amagansett, and Montauk). End your drive at the Montauk Lighthouse. My favorite town in Sag Harbor (more on that below).
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    Montauk Lighthouse

    Commissioned to be built my George Washington in 1792, this gorgeous lighthouse is a beautiful place to snap photos, take in a tiny bit of history, and get a little exercise as you climb the 137 stairs to the top of the lighthouse for wraparound ocean views at the end of Long Island.
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    Explore Sag Harbor

    I admit, Sag Harbor is my favorite of the Hamptons towns because it is the quintessential American harbor town. The main drag, properly named Main Street, is lined with light posts adorned with hanging flower baskets and American flags. There are a number of cute shops and restaurants too! At the end of Main Street your eyes grow wide as you see all the boats docked in the beautiful Harbor. The whole experience is straight out of an American novel.
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    Wölffer Estate Vineyard or Wine Stand

    The vineyard has multiple different amazing experiences to offer (I love them all!). Visit the Estate for a traditional wine tasting with food available and beautiful vineyard views. Visit the Wine Stand for a more casual experience… you can buy your favorite bottle of wine and sip it on their picnic tables. Lastly, go during the evening every Friday and Saturday through September for their sunset events (think live music). In the fall, they hold other special events like yoga in the vines.
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    SoulCycle Barn

    If you love spinning and/or SoulCycle, then you must take a class at the SoulCycle Barn location! The location is housed in an old barn and is different than other locations because the studio room is bright and inspired (opposed to a dark room), which feels so natural and fresh for summer in the Hamptons.
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    Beach Day

    My favorite beach in the Hampton is definitely Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack! This is where my family goes so it's where I've always gone + it's so beautiful! Other beaches in the Hamptons that are super popular are Cooper's Beach in Southampton, Main Beach in East Hampton, Atlantic Avenue Beach and Indian Wells Beach in Amagansett, Montauk Point State Beach, and Hither Hills State Beach in Montauk. At all of them, expect white sand and beautiful seagrass.
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    Surfing

    If you’re a surfer, then the beaches for you are Ditch Plains and Turtle Cove in Montauk.
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    Farm Stands

    Farm stands dot the Hamptons so you can pick up the freshest, yummiest local produce, seafood, and dairy! We stay in Sag Harbor and we love to pick up fresh seafood from Serene Green Farm Stand, fresh produce & the best guacamole from Country Garden, fresh corn from Pike Farm Stand, and fresh fruit at Milk Pail (the farmsteads are so great if you're staying at or renting a house).
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