Drinking rosé poolside, dining at cozy farm-to-table restaurants, and, yes, sporting a nautical-inspired wardrobe: The Hamptons is one of those destinations that brings to mind a very specific aesthetic. The good news is, that doesn’t have to be just a fantasy. A vacation to the coastal New York haven (that’s frequented by the most stylish celebs and influencers) can be the lobster-roll-eating, lawn-game-playing, white-dress-wearing place you’ve always dreamed of—you just need the inside scoop to make the most of your time there. We’ve gathered the ultimate list of places to eat, sleep, and play during a Hamptons getaway, plus the things you’ll want to pack to look chic the entire time.
If you’re looking to see and be seen, the may be no better place to crash than The Surf Lodge. With on-the-nose coastal décor that pays homage to the location, Frette linens, bike rentals, wellness events, and concerts, the hotel offers both luxe amenities and ample social opportunities.
Topping Rose House marries history and modern, upscale amenities. The chic Bridgehampton inn is a luxury haven in the heart of the Hamptons, where old and new come together harmoniously in the spirit of this legendary area of eastern Long Island.There’s a wellness spa and farm-to-table restaurant on the premises and a complimentary shuttle to the notoriously beautiful nearby beaches.
Art buffs will not want to miss a visit to the Pollock-Krasner House, where beloved American Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock’s lived and worked. Not only can you see the home he shared with fellow artist and partner Lee Krasner, but you’ll get up close and personal to the splatters he made while creating such master works as “Autumn Rhythm” and “Blue Poles.”
What is a visit to the Hamptons without enjoying your fair share of rosé? In addition to enjoying the scenic winery views, drop into Wolffer Estate Vineyard for tastings any day of the week (they’re open year-round), then picnic on the terrace with available cheese and charcuterie options.
The Lobster Roll, a Hamptons institution often referred to as simply “Lunch” because of the trademark neon sign, is a must for anyone craving a classic lobster roll. And despite the old school, nostalgic vibe here, there’s one very important modern update: gluten-free options.
NYC-favorite eatery Sant Ambreous made a lot of people happy when they recently opened a Southampton location. The setting here is classic but warm and the menu is full of updated Italian favorites grilled branzino and beef carpaccio. The ivy-covered patio is a particularly romantic spot to dine on warm summer nights.
Our EIC Rachel Zoe never misses a trip to vintage mecca What Goes Around Comes Around. The iconic establishment also has locations in NYC, Los Angeles, and Miami, but the boutique’s owners strategically stock this one with Hamptons-approved pieces like Hermes scarves and Chanel bags.
At Tiina The Store you’ll find classically Hamptons-style pieces — nautical striped and gingham tops, woven market bags, crisp tunics, and indigo-dyed pillows — but with a modern twist. Indie-loving visitors will love the selection, which includes labels like Dosa and Arts & Science.