Universally known as a peaceful getaway from the hustle and bustle of New York City, the Hamptons is the legendary string of villages in Long Island that takes the good life to another level completely. Although it’s just ninety minutes away from the city, the Hamptons have long been the retreat of choice among the most affluent in North America, who zip to their seasonal mansions via private helicopter charter to immerse themselves in the gorgeous scenery, dramatic dunes, shingled windmills and famous lights.
Between the local tradition of fishing to the artistic tradition left behind by some of America’s most influential artists and writers, these quaint villages also have a storied history that goes far deeper than the glitzy and glamorous surface. Every summer seems to bring a new wave of antique shops, trendy restaurants and workout studios to satisfy the well-heeled crowd that frequent the area. Old and new indeed come together here in the Hamptons and it’s no wonder this collection of towns remains a harmonious oasis for those who want to slip into relaxation mode.
Where to Stay
Housed in a mansion that dates back to 1842, the Topping Rose House is a top-of-the-line boutique hotel in Bridgehampton and the only full-service luxury hotel in the Hamptons. The historic property boasts 16 guest rooms and six magnificent one-bedroom suites that have been delicately decorated with original works from local artists. Through various accommodation options, the elegantly restored details and gallery-worthy art flawlessly complement the comfort of contemporary luxuries and modern touches.
Elsewhere, guests have access to the health facility, spa and heated pool to unwind without disturbance, while luxury cars are always available on-site with an attentive and friendly staff that’s ready to transport you around town. There’s also an in-house restaurant led by Jean Georges that boasts farm-to-table produce, most of which is grown on the farm right next door. Located at a historic crossroads just between Southhampton, East Hampton and Sag Harbor, the Topping Rose House provides both the convenience and luxury worthy for the well-heeled society types in the heart of it all.
Our Hamptons Destination Guide also includes a Luxury Hotel Guide with a complete breakdown of accommodation options.
Where to Dine
Ever since its debut in 2015, Scarpetta Beach has become an instant heavy hitter on the east end of the Hamptons. The establishment brings its signature restaurant concept that originated in New York’s meatpacking district with a philosophy that stems from crafting bold flavors by amplifying the essence of locally-sourced ingredients and freshly-caught seafood. This soulful Italian hotspot is a favorite among the regular clientele of the Hamptons for its ever-expanding plates that are simple and refined in both taste and preparation.
Take your pick among several signature classics, seasonal dishes and fresh seafood selections with an award-winning wine list to boast. In addition to a world-class kitchen, the establishment is located on the beach in Montauk and boasts panoramic views of the gorgeous coastline. The airy, light mid-century aesthetic plays on its natural surroundings, while an outdoor patio opens during the summer months.
Our Hamptons Destination Guide also includes a Restaurant Guide with our selection of the top gastronomic experiences.
What to Do
At its core, the Hamptons make for a relaxing getaway for those who want to escape the daily grind of city life. There are a number of renowned spa facilities in the area to take advantage of the peace and quiet, with perhaps the most well-known being Gurney’s Inn for its long list of treatments and world-class amenities which feature a warmed seawater pool overlooking the ocean. Elsewhere you’ll find miles of quirky antique shops, fascinating museums and photo-worthy landmarks ripe for exploration.
Head for a tour of the famed Sylvester Manon, a 17th-century estate on Shelter Island which celebrates the rich history of the local land, whereas the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center offer an exploratory dive into the fascinating ecology. The Pollock-Krasner House is another popular site where legendary American painter Jackson Pollock once lived with his wife and where paint still remains on the floor. While the sophisticated celebrations in the Hamptons are especially packed during Memorial Day and Labor Day, head to either the Channing Daughters Winery or Wölffer Estate Vineyard for graceful tasting events, tours, offerings and experimentations around the year.
What to Wear
Rather than an obnoxious, in-your-face extravagance, the Hamptons is all about understated luxury, subtle refinement and good living. However, make no mistake–the Hamptons are a prime spot to see and be seen, so you’ll want to bring your A game in the style department. This Tory Burch Patch-Cuff Sweater is designed as an easy casual style with rib-knit construction and patch-cuff long sleeves. Balance out the look with this Wandler Georgia Leather Shoulder Bag, which is spacious enough to hold all of your essentials while providing an impeccable finish.
Elsewhere, no weekend getaway to the Hamptons would be complete without diving into the outstanding selection of spa facilities and rejuvenating treatments available. Take your pick from signature massages, body wraps, skin care treatments and beauty services which draw inspiration from the blissful surrounding nature. This Ward Whillas Addison Top and matching Dalton Bottom are the perfect spa day essentials.
Check out the Style Sheet for the Hamptons for the complete low-down on what to pack.