When it comes to summertime getaways, it doesn’t get more straightforward than the Hamptons. Living in New York, it’s reassuring to know that great seafood, beautiful coasts and easy living is always just an hour or so away. If you’re in the area this summer, pack your duffel bag and make the migration out east with this arsenal of personal recommendations from yours truly.
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Everyone knows that a beach vacation is all about the surf and grub. To start your day, grab breakfast in Sag Harbor at Provisions Natural Foods Cafe. Afterwards, sip on one of their fresh-made smoothies, while stocking up for supplies at their adjacent market.
For lunch, treat yourself to some lobster rolls at the Salt Drift Farm in the eye-catching farmhouse by Hamptons Aristocrat. Or, take your afternoon meal outside at the Navy Beach - their ceviche and grilled avocado are particularly good.
During the evening, Crows Nest does an impressive Mediterranean-inspired spread - try the fluke and yellowfin crudo, fresh whipped ricotta, Montauk scallops, and grilled naan with tzatziki.
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Truthfully, I prefer to spend most days by the water, but I love popping in at Book Hampton to browse books, especially if I need backup reading during my stay.
Lastly, I love popping into Wyeth. They have an incredible collection of museum-quality antiques. Plus, you get a sense of history in the Hamptons location, since the building was previously owned by Ted Myers, a famous local who collected antiques and sold his own furniture out of the same spot for years.
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If you’re feeling adventurous, I highly recommend Paddle Hamptons for paddle boarding. It’s an awesome way to experience the water in a new and exciting way.
For art lovers, the Parrish Art Museum and Eric Firestone Gallery are great options. I particularly like the collection at Eric Firestone Gallery, where they are working to re-establish women artists in the canon.
Guild Hall has some great performance pieces, too. Check the calendar before you head-down to see if there’s anything scheduled in your wheelhouse.
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It might not be Napa, but the Wolffer Estate Vineyard is still worth the visit. Beautiful vineyards and tasty wine - why not, right?
Otherwise, cocktails at The Regent Cocktail Club are a good bet. Plus, they come with a great view.
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