The Hamptons—the summer playground for New York’s elite—evokes images of picturesque beaches, beautiful weather, and a seemingly endless number of trendy fashion boutiques and restaurants. From the Rockefellers to the Kardashians, society’s most influential continue to flock to this preferred coastal getaway. The Hamptons stretches from the quiet village of Quogue—characterized by its family-oriented atmosphere and classic shingle-style homes—all the way to the laid-back beaches of Montauk, the preferred hangout of surfers and younger crowds alike. In between these two enclaves of opposite ends (and of opposite vibes) lay Southampton, Bridgehampton, and East Hampton. Here, we profile these five iconic towns—each with its own stereotypes and defining characteristics—that collectively come together to form the jewel of Long Island: the Hamptons.
Quogue: “The Non-Hampton”
Where to stay: The Quogue Club at Hallack House
Established in 1824, the Quogue Club is a quiet 10-room luxury hotel and private members’ dining club situated in the village center. For more information, visit quogueclub.com.
Where to dine:
Star Boggs in Westhampton
For more than 20 years, legendary chef Starr Boggs has been serving top new American cuisine in his staple Westhampton haunt. For reservations, call 631.288.3500.
Stone Creek Inn in East Quogue
Since opening in 1996, Stone Creek Inn has proven itself a premiere French dining destination in the Hamptons. For more information, visit stonecreekinn.com.
Where to party: Dockers Waterside in East Quogue
Aside from serving fresh seafood against a stunning backdrop on a daily basis, this premiere waterfront destination features three bars, two outdoor lounges, and live music on selects evenings. For more information, visit dockerswaterside.com.
Southampton: “The Classic Hampton”
Where to stay: Southampton Inn
Unassuming and utterly charming, the Southampton Inn offers the personal attention of a bed and breakfast with the services of a hotel. Situated close to town, the property features a pool, an all-weather tennis court, croquet, Claude’s Restaurant, and more. For more information, visit southamptoninn.com.
Where to dine:
Restaurateur Tony Fortuna introduced his modern Upper East Side steakhouse to Southampton this summer. Just like its sister location in the city, T-Bar Southampton offers guests outstanding cuisine with an extensive wine list and wide selection of Cognac, Bourbon, and Single Malt Scotch. Plus, T-Bar Southampton boasts a large outdoor terrace perfect for warm summer nights, and is conveniently located next to Southampton Social Club, the area’s most popular nightlife destination. It’s likely you may experience a wait upon arrival—but the experience is well worth it. For more information, visit tbarnyc.com.
Celebrated Restaurateur Zach Erdem brings another dining hotspot to the Hamptons with Blu Mar. Situated within Harpoon House, an intimate new hotel, the Mediterranean seafood restaurant marries pristine, wild seafood from Atlantic, Pacific and Mediterranean waters, caught or flown in daily, with seasonal ingredients, harvested locally and at their peak. For more information, visit blumarhamptons.com.
Where to party: Southampton Social Club
Southampton Social Club continues to set the standard for a season of dining, drinks, and dancing. On a weekly basis, the entertainment will reach a crescendo with live music and DJs. For more information, visit southamptonsocialclub.com.
Events of the summer:
Midsummer Night Drinks with God’s Love We Deliver
Each summer, hundreds of guests attend Midsummer Night Drinks to benefit God’s Love We Deliver, an organization that cooks and home delivers 1.8 million nutritious, individually tailored meals annually to clients living with severe illnesses, their children, and senior caregivers. For more information, visit glwd.org.
Prostate Cancer Research Foundation’s Gala in Water Mill
Prostate Cancer Research Foundation’s annual gala is a celebration featuring cocktails, dinner, and special performances. Funds raised throughout the evening supports groundbreaking discoveries in cancer research. Last year’s event included a special music performance by John Fogerty and raised over $4 million. For more information, visit pcf.org.
Bridgehampton: “The Bucolic Hampton”
Where to stay: Topping Rose House
Topping Rose House is a luxury haven in the heart of Bridgehampton, featuring 16 guest rooms, 6 suites, a restaurant by Jean Georges, and more. For more information, visit toppingrosehouse.com.
Where to dine: Elaia Estiatorio
Elaia Estiatorio offers simple and healthy Greek dining with an extensive selection of Greek wines. For more information, visit elaiaestiatorio.com.
Where to party: Sunset Fridays and Saturdays at Wölffer Estate’s Wine Stand in Sagaponack
Each summer Friday and Saturday, Wölffer Estate’s Wine Stand features live music with wine by the glass and bottle, and savor cheese and charcuterie plates to enjoy while the sun sets. For more information, visit wolffer.com.
Event of the summer: Polo Hamptons
Every summer, Maria and Kenneth Fishel welcome guests to their Bridgehampton estate for Polo Hamptons, featuring cocktails and a thrilling match. This year’s event was hosted by Christie Brinkley. For more information, visit polohamptons.com.
East Hampton: “The Flashy Hampton”
Where to stay: The Hedges Inn
Within walking distance of East Hampton’s Main Street, the Hedges Inn is a luxury bed and breakfast with 13 newly renovated guest rooms. For more information, visit thehedgesinn.com.
Where to dine: Moby’s
From humble beginnings in Montauk, Moby’s has grown into a hotspot for food, fun, entertainment, and sunsets at East Hampton Point. For more information, visit mobysny.com.
Where to party: Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett
One of the most popular bars on the East End, Talkhouse features live music every Friday and Saturday evening. For more information, visit stephentalkhouse.com.
Event of the summer: Guild Hall’s Annual Summer Gala
Guild Hall’s 2019 Summer Gala will celebrate Ugo Rondinone and his new exhibition featuring some never-before-seen works by the renowned New York-based, Swiss-born artist. For more information, visit guildhall.org.
Montauk: “The Fun Hampton”
Where to stay: Gurney’s
Situated on Montauk’s oceanfront, Gurney’s is a Hamptons icon with 146 rooms, suites, and beachfront cottages, a beach club, and array of dining experiences. For more information, visit gurneysresorts.com.
Where to dine: Duryea’s Lobster Deck
You will be sure to find killer seafood, casual vibes, perfect views, and a bustling scene at Duryea’s Lobster Deck in Montauk. For more information, visit duryealobsters.com.
Where to party: The Surf Lodge
The Surf Lodge presents its annual concert series each weekend from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. For more information, visit thesurflodge.com.