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shop

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fishers Home Furnishings Endless nautical interior decor in Sag Harbor.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • MONC XIII A very beautiful store full of upscale furnishings, home textiles, and interior décor.
  • 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.
  • Ruby Beets Old & New A lovely antique store (where else is better to shop for antiques than in a place with so much history!?).
  • AYR Beach House Your one stop shop for denim including every style and wash of denim you could ever ask for.
  • Harbor Books A quintessential book store. Be sure to stop here to pick up a beach read before you hit Sagg Main Beach.
  • 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.
  • Lilly Pulitzer I love Lilly in the summer so this, rather big, Lilly location fits the bill.
  • Chain Stores Zimmerman, Calypso St. Barths, Ralph Lauren, Alice & Olivia, Tory Burch, J.Crew etc.

Eat

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • The Lobster Roll Eat here for "the best lobster roll in the Hamptons."
  • EMP Summer House New York City’s highly acclaimed restaurant has an arguably even better location in their East Hampton summer pop-up. You will absolutely love the outdoor dining atmosphere, the garden games, and the delicious a la carte menu.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Harbor Go here for drunken lobster and a raw bar worth bringing a large group of friends to (the food is Mediterranean-inspired with Aussie influences). During the day, you can also enjoy bocce ball and ping pong!
  • Sunset Beach Yummy summertime food right across from the beach. The vibe here is unbeatable, complete with yellow and white décor and old photographs of customers skinny dipping in the beach. The bar is a great place to spend a summer evening too. P.S. it’s on Shelter Island but totally worth it (you can stay here too!).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Bay Kitchen Bar This is the best spot for a to-die-for raw bar and views of the water at sunset.
  • Mary's Marvelous A cute little spot that serves up sandwiches and snacks (perfect for picking up on the way to the Main Beach!).
  • Loaves & Fishes Ina Garten’s Hamptons gourmet take-out spot. You must go here for the best lobster salad you've ever had.
  • 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!
  • Buddha Berry Frozen Yogurt The frozen yogurt at Buddha berry is the perfect treat for after a day of boating around Sag Harbor.
  • 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!

Sip

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. There will be a line if you arrive after 10pm but don’t worry, there is a bar outside for you to visit while you wait (my friends and I call it Purgatory, ha!).
  • 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.
  • 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!).
  • 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.

Stay

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ruschmeyers a hotel for adults that is designed like a summer camp. It’s out in Montauk so you’ll enjoy the Hamptons newest scene.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Do

  • 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.
  • Montauk Lighthouse I have a thing for lighthouses so I always think a visit to Montauk Lighthouse is worth it! I recommend climbing the 137 stairs to the top for wraparound views of the end of Long Island (p.s. it’s the oldest lighthouse in New York and was commissioned by George Washington!).
  • 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.
  • 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 in Amagansett, Montauk Point State Beach, and Hither Hills State Beach in Montauk.
  • Surfing If you’re a surfer, then the beaches for you are Ditch Plains and Turtle Cove in Montauk.
  • Farmstands Framstands dot the Hamptons so you can pick up the freshest, yummiest local produce! We stay in Sag Harbor at we love to pick up fresh seafood from Serene Green Farm Stand, fresh produce & the best guacamole from Country Garden, and fresh corn from Pike Farm Stand to cook (the farmsteads are so great if you're staying at or renting a house).