13 Awesome Things to Do in the Hamptons This Summer
Summer in the Hamptons is always pretty damn special but considering the events of last year, we’re really looking forward to some sun, sand and good times (while following all current health and safety guidelines, of course). From where to sip rosé and nosh on farm-to-table eats to how to get your heart rate up and your stress levels down, we’ve got you covered. Here’s how to make the most out of the summer in the East End.
1. 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 nabbing a spot at one of its special Taste of The Season pairings? This Wölffer summertime experience includes wine and fabulous bites prepared by its new chef. 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.
Keep it Wölffer all day by stopping into Shop Joey Wölffer for the perfect Hamptons look. Then finish your day with dinner and cocktails at Amagansett-based Wölffer Kitchen. You can’t be disappointed by the local oysters.
2. Enjoy a New Waterside Restaurant
Montauk and The Hamptons are no stranger to waterside restaurants. While Duryea’s Lobster Deck and Navy Beach are mainstays, the area has welcomed the newly-opened La Fin, a French- inspired dining destination in Montauk. Inspired by the seaside destinations of St. Barth’s and St. Tropez, and embracing Montauk’s unspoiled beauty, La Fin is a gathering spot for guests to lounge, drink and dine, enjoying farm-to-table cuisine that highlights seasonal ingredients, delicate homegrown herbs, sustainably caught fish and responsibly sourced meats, and also includes a curated wine and cocktail list.
3. Visit an Ice Cream Pop-Up
Black Tap, the OG crazy shake creator, is coming out east this summer for a pop-up at The Clubhouse/East Hampton Indoor Tennis. Open from mid-June until Labor Day, the pop-up will host the brand’s Crazy Cones, which will be exclusive to the pop-up. Cones include flavors like BAM BAM Crazy Cone (vanilla soft serve, vanilla icing Rice Krispy treats, marshmallow fluff, fruity pebbles, mochi) and the Churro Crazy Cone (vanilla soft serve, cinnamon toast crunch, dulce, vanilla icing, fried churro, cinnamon, Mexican cookie). Is there a better way to cool down after a day at the beach? We think not!
4. Get Bejeweled
This year, Jade Trau will be opening its flagship store in Southampton. The jewelry brand is known for crafting its pieces around the diamonds used, and those diamonds are selected using The Kimberly process. In addition to a stunning boutique, Jade Trau will also use the space to host several exciting events, ranging from engraving to piercing parties. In collaboration with NYC-based piercer, Soulthundre, on-site piercing events will be held throughout the summer.
5. 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. But you do realize why you’re there, you will get to ride alongside everyone in an actual wooden barn. 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 Bethanny Frankel and not even know it. However, book early—classes go fast in peak months.
6. Lap up the Lux 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 from a five-mile radius. 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 Hampton’s events—a great place to see and be seen.
7. Take a Stroll in the Harbor
Spend the day walking around Sag Harbor (home to Scott Discik) for a small-town feel in The Hamptons. Clothing boutiques, antique stores, a bookstore (with actual books!) line the sidewalks, while the options to eat and drink are plentiful. Start your day with a specialty coffee and doughnut from Grindstone Coffee + Doughnuts as you walk down Main Street. Take a break from shopping to chow down on the linguine with clams at Tutto il Giorno (open for lunch and dinner) or head into Lulu Kitchen + Bar. and then pop into the American Hotel for a cocktail and a history lesson.
8. Get Yourself Some Carbs
Summer is a time for indulgence and there is no better place to indulge than Armin & Judy. The eatery is known for its delectable breads, rolls and baked goods (we are still dreaming about their croissants!) but the pizza is a hidden gem. While the Queen Margherita may seem to please everyone, don’t pass over the specialty options. The East End Farmer is a bite that you won’t soon forget, we promise. The owners usually pair the pies with stunning wines, such as Ferrarri Trento, for an even more upscale experience.
9. Sip Orange Wine on Long Island
While you may get your fill of rosé at Wölffer, don’t pass up an opportunity to visit Channing Daughters. Small, intimate and with a no-fuss vibe, Channing Daughters is home to some of the most interesting wines on the East End. A selection of orange wines appeals to those looking for a unique sip, while its selection of sparkling, red and pink wine is enough to make anyone happy.
11. Get the Sports Report
Polo in The Hamptons is a rite of passage for any visitor. From July 24 to July 31, Hamptons visitors can attend a polo match or two and a VIP party with cocktails and light bites. What could be better? Surely, almost nothing.
And what would be a summer in The Hamptons without The Hampton Classic? Set for August 29 to September 5 this year, this is the quintessential place to be at summer’s end. In addition to watching top equestrians compete, there are also more than 80 onsite shops and a dozen International food options, making this an outing everyone can get behind.
12. Chill Out
This past year has been stressful, to say the least. If you feel like you could use some help in the R&R department (can’t we all?) then perhaps professional help is in order. The nationally acclaimed Yinova acupuncture clinic will be popping up in the Hamptons this summer, starting in June. Their limited in-studio pop-up will be at Anna Kaiser Studios in East Hampton and they will be available for booking soon. Their practitioners will be available for concierge home visits, virtual consultations, acupuncture in-studio and custom herbal formulas delivered right to your home.
13. Stay in an Enchanted Forest
While the name of the hotel is A Room At The Beach, there is nothing nautical about it. In fact, the hotel is enclosed by tall, full foliage creating an amazing, quiet getaway. Have cocktails and snacks among the twinkle lights; take a dip in the pool; or spend time in the sauna. While the hotel is seemingly no fuss, it doesn’t sacrifice on lux, either. Rain showers, spa tubs and heated floors await.
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