Here's How to Spend a Day in the Hamptons Like Ina Garten
It’s a known fact that we’re smitten with Ina Garten: From her chambray to her roast chicken to her adorable hubs, she’s kind of our lifestyle muse.
And while we can’t actually be her, we can still try, right? Thankfully, Ina is making it easier, because she just released a list of her favorite haunts in the Hamptons. If you’re spending a day in the South Shore, here’s how to do it like the queen.
Head to a Farm Stand for Local Produce
First up? The farmers market, naturally. In Amagansett, Ina frequents Amber Waves Farm. The women-run farm was founded by Katie Baldwin and Amanda Merrow and sells hyperlocal produce, bread, flowers and more. Pike Farms in Sagaponack is known for its corn, tomatoes and basil; The Green Thumb carries certified-organic fruits and veggies; and Ina suggests Iacono Farm for chicken and eggs.
Stock your pantry with gourmet sundries
You can’t live like Ina without snacking like her, so head to one of the countless specialty food stores that the Contessa frequents herself. Pick up fresh fish and seafood (lobster, anyone?) at The Seafood Shop in East Hampton. Ina loves Cavaniolas for gourmet cheese (and we suggest you check out their wine cellar next door). Also worth mentioning: Loaves & Fishes for gourmet prepared foods and takeout, fresh market goodies from Milk Pail, irresistible baked goods from Round Swamp Farm and Tate's Bake Shop, and Mary’s Marvelous for Ina-approved catering.
Grab a seat (and a menu) for dinner
Make a resy at the classic 1770 House: The tavern serves casual (and delicious) pub fare, while the main dining room is more upscale. (An Ina tip: The restaurant doubles as a boutique hotel, if you just can’t leave.) If you find yourself on Shelter Island, Vine Street Café is a must-stop for seasonal plates. Craving oysters on the half shell? Go to East Hampton Grill, and don’t pass on the rosemary biscuits. Last but not least, you can’t miss Duryea’s for lobster and deckside dining (not to mention the stunning ocean views).
Treat Yourself to a Seasonal Bouquet of Blooms
Ina loves her tablescapes almost as much as her good vanilla, and a proper floral arrangement is key. Stop by The Bridgehampton Florist where owners Michael Grim and Jim Osburn craft effortlessly chic arrangements. (If you don’t recognize them from Barefoot Contessa reruns…you’re not watching enough.) Ina also recommends Sag Harbor Florist for fresh-cut blooms from Anastasia Casale.
Redecorate your home (or just dream about it)
So our humble abode is a far cry from Ina’s East Hampton barn…The next best thing? Stocking up on gorg home items from one of her favorite stores. Ogle the clean lines, modern light fixtures and contemporary pieces at Monc XIII in Sag Harbor, peruse Bloom for antiques and go to Sylvester & Co. for little luxuries like candles and Ina-approved kitchen knickknacks.