How to Spend a Weekend in the Hamptons

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Finding things to do in the Hamptons isn’t the tricky bit – it’s choosing from the multitude of options. We’ve picked out our favorite things to eat, drink, do and see on the East End of Long Island.

Dining and drinking

No doubt about it: if you like to dine on fish, the Hamptons are for you. The seafood restaurants here are, unsurprisingly, some of the best in the New York area. Enjoy crustaceans at Lobster Roll Restaurant in Amagansett, fish tacos at Rumba in Hampton Bays, or a luxurious piece of cod at The Plaza Cafe in Southampton. There’s also plenty to eat that hasn’t come from the sea; try World Pie in Bridgehampton for wood-fired pizzas with a host of imaginative toppings, East Hampton Grill in (you guessed it) East Hampton for their aptly named “heavenly” rosemary biscuits and unique takes on classic dishes, or Babette’s (also in East Hampton), a charming eatery with great veggie options (how about blue corn-dusted tofu with grilled asparagus, organic red quinoa and Korean dipping sauce?). And don’t forget to stop at one of the Hamptons’ many vineyards; among the best: Wölffer Estate in Sagaponack and Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue. Cheers!

Art and culture

The Hamptons are steeped in history that’s celebrated in its many museums. The cream of the cultural crop includes the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, the South Fork Natural History Museum & Nature Center, and the Thomas Halsey Homestead in Southampton (where you can find out what real estate in the 1600s was like!). Art galleries are in abundance here as well; try Parrish Art Museum – which showcases the work of American artists with a special focus on those from the East End of Long Island – or the Dan Flavin Art Institute, a must-visit for contemporary art lovers.

Unwind on the water

There’s water, water everywhere in the Hamptons, and plenty to do on and in it. Among our favorite activities: take a charter from Montauk or Sag Harbor (two beautiful stretches of coastline), learn to tame the waves at Aloha Surf School in Montauk, try to land a whopper with Bluefin IV or Lazy Bones fishing charters (both in Montauk), or go down the more peaceful route as you kayak in Riverhead or around tranquil Shelter Island. Blissful.

Unwind on land

Not all the fun in the Hamptons is to be had on the water. There are some stunning places to walk here, including Mashomack Preserve (which has levels of trails to suit all walkers as well as abundant wildlife), the sprawling Quogue Wildlife Refuge, and Hither Hills State Park in Montauk, which is known for the “walking dunes” of Napeague Harbor. Then, of course, there are the myriad coastal strolls. We recommend Cooper’s Beach in Southampton, Ponquogue Beach in Southampton (a peaceful spot for watching surfers and kayakers in the early-morning hours), and the wonderfully named Gin Beach in Montauk. And if walking along these beaches seems like too much hard work, you can simply sunbathe on them instead!

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