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A trip to the Hamptons wouldn’t be complete without pit stops at Levain Bakery, the Lobster Roll and Surf Lodge, but beyond the popular tourist spots are some seriously awesome hidden gems. Here’s a look at eight of the best, all of which are worth even the most arduous city-to-Hamptons commute. (And yes, cheese is involved.)

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Quogue Wildlife Refuge

When you need a break from the beach, head to this 300-acre, seven-mile stretch of trails and explore diverse habitats. There are forests and ponds, stunning views, a variety of wildlife exhibits and a nature library. Best of all, it’s free.

3 Old Country Rd., Quogue; 631-653-4771 or 


Deep Hollow Ranch

The oldest working ranch in the country isn’t in Texas--it’s right here in Montauk. This 3,000-acre, family-run ranch offers scenic educational tours, pony rides and trail rides. (Cowboy hats not included.)

8 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk; 631-668-2744 or


Tripoli Gallery

It’s not every day that a surfer opens an art gallery, but that’s just what Tripoli Patterson did in Southampton in 2009. The Hamptons native has since expanded to East Hampton, where he continues to focus on contemporary artists, many of which he has discovered while traveling the world as a pro surfer.

30A Jobs Lane, Southampton, 631-377-3715, and 87 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 631-324- 0149;


Martine and Juan

This beachy, down-to-earth boutique and gallery space is run by a couple named--you guessed it--Martine and Juan. Tucked between Happy Bowls and Gringo’s Burrito Grill on Main Street, the boutique has a diverse mix of home items, vintage finds, curated clothing designs from indie labels, beauty products and a rotating roster of art from up-and-coming artists.

805 Main St., Montauk; 917-445-3596


Hairstream and Hairspace

Fact: When we think of a trailer, we don’t automatically think “pampered salon experience.” But Hairstream isn’t just any trailer--it’s a luxuriously appointed Airstream parked outside of Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, right next to the ocean. The pop-up on wheels offers haircuts, coloring and styling, as well as spa, nail and makeup services. Just ask for anti-humidity spray before jetting out of the mobile salon.

290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk; 631-668-2345 or

Botanica Bazaar

Botanica Bazaar

This beauty and wellness haven stocks organic skin and makeup brands like Tata Harper, RMS Beauty and Shiva Rose, along with niche finds like probiotics, fluoride-free toothpaste, yoga mat sprays, healing oils and various edible remedies. Pop in after yoga class.

14 Amagansett Square, Amagansett; 631-267-5660 or


Fairview Farm at Mecox

For the ultimate in farm-fresh bounty, head to this family-run farm store, which stocks dozens of tomato varieties along with lots of other veggies, freshly baked pies, guacamole, pesto, jams, jelly, cheeses and more tasty treats for your next dinner party.

19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton; 631-537-6154 or

Cavaniola's Gourmet Cheese Shop

Cavaniola's Gourmet Cheese Shop

Whether you’re into the runny, the gooey or the crumbly, this off-the-radar artisanal cheese shop will satisfy your cravings. They also sell meats, wines, gourmet goods and ready-to-eat homemade comfort foods like four-cheese and truffle baked macaroni and English cheddar meatloaf. Um, we’ll start that diet tomorrow.

89 Division St., Sag Harbor; 631-725-0095 or 

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