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You know to go to Levain Bakery for chocolate-chip cookies, Lunch for lobster rolls and LongHouse Reserve for a quiet afternoon. But do you know where to shop for affordable vintage finds, how to make the traffic a little more bearable and which Hamptons hamlet to visit for a very un-Hamptons experience? Memorize these secrets and start living your best Hamptons life.

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The Un-Hamptons Hamptons Town
Sag Harbor is the bohemian younger sister of the Hamptons. It embraces its whaling history and keeps its small-town vibe (even when the population swells in the summer), it’s eccentric (full of vintage shops, funky art galleries and the occasional dive bar) and it’s home to one of the last single-screen movie theaters on all of Long Island.

The Bayside Beach
Every year we say this is going to be the year we manage to snag a summer home near East Hampton’s coveted Louse Point Beach. The gorgeous beach on the bay side of the island is the ultimate hideaway with calm waters, minimal crowds and an overall relaxing vibe.

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For Local Fare Without the Hype
Locals try to keep Fresno to themselves. The restaurant just outside of East Hampton village has been dishing up modern American fare with an emphasis on local seafood for nearly 15 years.

When You Really Need to Relax
Even at the beach it can be hard to unwind. Feel the tension melt away as you relax in a room lined with Himalayan salt at Montauk Salt Caves.

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For a Taste of the Old Hamptons 
Tucked inside Offshore Sports Marina in Montauk, Liars’ Saloon is the dive bar you didn’t know existed out East. This is a fishermen’s bar and has been for 30 years. But it’s also where locals go for mudslides, killer martinis, foosball and karaoke.

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Affordable Vintage Shopping
It’s easy to splurge in the Hamptons—and why shouldn’t you?—but when you want to score a new (to you) outfit at cost, there’s no place like Southampton’s favorite consignment store, Collette. From Alexander McQueen to Chloe, it’s not hard to see why locals make a point of stopping in frequently.

The Secret to Avoiding Traffic
Clogged roads are as much a part of Hamptons life as rosé and Billy Joel. Locals know that to get from point A to point B with as little frustration as possible, you have to avoid Route 27 at all costs.

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