Time to slip into those espadrilles. Salty air is mixing with fresh botanicals, the clam shacks are reopening, the beaches are calling—it’s summer in the Hamptons and we're oh so ready to eat lobster rolls, catch up with friends over cocktails and maybe even finally try to surf. Whether you’re visiting for the first time, are a seasoned local or it’s been a few years but you’re ready to reclaim your beach chair, we have your guide to everything you need to do, see and eat in the Hamptons. This is the only to-do list you need this summer.

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1. Lounge on the Beach

Let’s be honest: As much as we come to the Hamptons for the shopping and eating, it’s the beaches that are the real draw. Whether you’re looking for the high dunes and white sand of Cooper’s or a family-friendly beach like Mecox, there’s a beach or two waiting for you in the Hamptons. So pack that beach bag and don’t forget a good summer read.

2. Eat a Lobster Roll (or Two)

It’s not really summer until you’ve had at least one lobster roll, is it? Whether you prefer Maine-style or Connecticut, you’ll find plenty to choose from in the Hamptons. Head to Lunch, aka the Lobster Roll Restaurant, for the best-selling Classic (Maine-style), bring your partner to Duryea’s for a roll while enjoying the sunset or gather up the kids and treat them to lobster rolls on the fishing docks at Gosman’s Clam Bar.

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3. Work Out in a Barn

Ready to sweat? SoulCycle has a one-of-a-kind workout experience for you. Dubbed “The Barn,” the Bridgehampton SoulCycle location is a sight to behold. A boutique, beauty bar and places to chill, you’ll forget you were there to get on a stationary bike to begin with. Bonus: The Hamptons elite, like Kelly Ripa and other celebrities, very often hit The Barn for their sweat sesh. You could be riding next to Bethenny Frankel and not even know it. However, book early—classes go fast in peak months.

4. Spend a Quiet Day in Amagansett

Not that you’d ever get tired of your Hamptons town, but if you’ve overlooked Amagansett, the sleepy beach hamlet is the place to spend a dreamy day. Shop the chic boutiques, get tacos at La Fondita and hit the beach.

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5. Surf

Grab a board and hit the shore. With miles of pristine coastline, it’s no wonder the Hamptons are a favorite of surfers. But even if you’ve never been on a board, you’ll find spots (like Ponquogue Beach) that have low-key waves for newbies as well as plenty of places, including Hamptons Surf Co., to teach you.

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Hamptons Summer Guide Add a Touch of Tranquility to Your Home
East Hamptons Garden

6. Add a Touch of Tranquility to Your Home

Betcha can’t walk away with just one plant from East Hampton Gardens. The home and garden shop offering floral, landscaping and garden designs is a favorite of Martha Stewart, Ina Garten and Charlotte Moss. Don’t have anything close to a green thumb? Pick up their exclusive Bloom candle. It smells like fresh-cut flowers.

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Tate’s Bake Shop

7. Try This Trifecta of Treats

Along with lobster rolls, ice cream is a quintessential summer treat. Indulge in gelato from Carissa’s Bakery, get a Tatewich at Tate’s Bake Shop and snag one of LT Burger’s decadent milkshakes.

Hamptons Summer Guide Treat Yourself to a Spa Day
Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa

8. Treat Yourself to a Spa Day

You deserve to pamper yourself this summer. Have a spa day at one of the Hamptons’ most blissful spas, like Gurney’s Montauk Resort and Seawater Spa. But remember you’re not the only one that deserves a spa day. Better book that facial or massage in advance.

Hamptons Summer Guide Stay in a Waterfront Bungalow
Inn Spot

9. Stay in a Waterfront Bungalow

Picture yourself falling asleep to the sound of the waves at Ponquogue Beach. Sounds dreamy? Make it a reality by booking one of the newly renovated waterfront bungalows that are part of Inn Spot in Hampton Bays. The standalone accommodations include studios and suites with patios, kitchenettes, Brooklinen bedding and surf-inspired decor, and the Inn Spot’s new open-air restaurant, Crash Cantina, is ready to feed you after a day of sun, sand and surf.

Hamptons Summer Guide Try a New Waterside Restaurant
Sunset Harbor

10. Try a New Waterside Restaurant

Montauk and The Hamptons are no stranger to waterside restaurants. While Duryea’s Lobster Deck and Navy Beach are mainstays, you’re going to want to try Sunset Harbor at EHP Resort & Marina. Overlooking Three Mile Harbor with undisturbed sunset views, Sunset Harbor is a lively destination featuring family-style plates. Don’t miss the Shrimp Scampi topped with fresh crab and lemon butter.

11. Soak Up The Wölffer Experience

Does anything say “summer in the Hamptons” more than a bottle of Wölffer Estate’s Summer in a Bottle? Not really. Yes, you can make a reservation for a table (hello, wine and charcuterie overlooking the grapes!), but may we suggest stopping by the Wölffer Estate Wine Stand on July 16th for a free wine and cupcake tasting event with live music and games, hosted by Baked by Melissa founder Melissa Ben-Ishay and Wölffer founder Joey Wölffer? Or, hit up Wölffer’s Farmstand (just down the road from the estate), home of its famous rosé drive thru. Pick up a bottle for the beach, or see if there are spots available on the lawn for walk-ins.

12. Take a Hike

Lace up your hiking shoes, gather up your pup bestie (or borrow your bestie’s dog) and hit the trails. The Hamptons are home to some of the most picturesque trails where you can work up a sweat without having to hit the gym, and many, like the Lighthouse Loop at Cedar Point County Park, are dog friendly.

13. Catch Up With Friends Over Cocktails

Gather your squad and head to your favorite cocktail spot. Long, lazy summer afternoons are made for catching up over margs and guac at Coche Comedor, gin cocktails at Nick & Toni’s, or oysters on the half shell paired with an ice-cold cocktail at Bell & Anchor.

Hamptons Summer Guide Spend a Rainy  or Too Hot  Day at a Museum
Parrish Museum

14. Spend a Rainy (or Too Hot) Day at a Museum

A rainy day in The Hamptons doesn’t mean you’re stuck at home (or your hotel). These towns house several museums of all sorts. See what’s new at the Parrish Art Museum or learn about Long Island history at the Southampton History Museum.

Hamptons Summer Guide Upgrade your summer wardrobe
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15. Upgrade your summer wardrobe

There is no shortage of chic places to stop in the Hamptons, but if you only manage to tear yourself away from the beach long enough for one, make it NIBI, which has locations in Montauk, Bridgehampton and Westhampton. Shopping at NIBI is akin to raiding an older sister’s closet…if your sister were an impossibly stylish beach bum. You’ll find original designer swimwear, breezy kimono cover-ups and everything else you need for your stylish summer yet.

Hamptons Summer Guide Lap up the Luxe Life
Topping Rose House

16. Lap up the Luxe Life

Billed as the only luxury hotel in the Hamptons, Topping Rose House is a location that has all the trimmings of a Hamptons getaway. It has a glorious pool area, a customizable wellness experience and a BMW that will pick you up if you’re within a five-mile radius of the hotel. Already have a place to crash? Check out the restaurant at Topping Rose House for a delicious meal you won’t soon forget, or reserve a spot at one of the House’s events—a great place to see and be seen.

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