9 Hamptons Spots to Hit This Summer

A summer on Long Island is amiss without the occasional (read: constant) weekends away to the Hamptons. While known to outsiders as this vacationing mecca of the social elite, the Hamptons is also the summer home of some of the best restaurants and shops. Whether it’s a day trip or weekend perch, these nine spots won’t disappoint.

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Bistro Ete, Water Mill

This coastal French gem in Water Mill boasts fare by chef Arie Pavlou, a Cypriot who studied traditional French cuisine under two star Michelin chef Philippe Da Silva. The menu is a beautiful blend of his Mediterranean and French roots with classic options like escargot and pan seared foie gras opposite paella and coq a la biere, braised with beer & brandy glazed apples with toasted pine nuts. Phone: 631-500-9085 | Address: 760 Montauk Highway Click to taste

Sushi by Bou, Southampton

The City’s big omakase spot has ventured out East for the summer. Located at Jue Lan Club, the new location will host lunch and dinner Wednesday through Sunday and feature a patio sushi bar for lunch with a view. The one hour dinner seatings include 15 pieces and a fresh seasonal hand roll. If you want that rolled fresh from the mastermind behind the concept, chef David Bouhadana will personally be on hand on Saturday and Sunday nights. Phone: 631-408-8339 | Address: 268A Elm St Click to taste

Tate’s Bake Shop, Southampton

Satisfy your sweet tooth with dessert at this classic bake shop. While the cookies are an all-time favorite, the brand has made the inevitable expansion to cakes, pies, brownies—any baked good you can think of. Looking for a treat perfect for a summer day? Mix it up with a “Tatewich,” made with vanilla ice cream situated between two scrumptious Tate cookies. Phone: 631-283-9830 | Address: 43 North Sea Road Click to taste

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Pollock-Krasner HouseEast Hampton 

Once home to the iconic abstract painter Jackson Pollock and his wife, fellow artist Lee Krasner, this museum takes its visitors back in time to see how the pair lived and created art. Their home is still fully furnished from when Krasner passed away in 1984, complete with Pollock’s extensive jazz record collection, their private library and—of course—pieces of their work on display. But the truly special spot is the artist’s studio, where the floors are still pocked with paint splatters from some of Pollock’s most famous pieces. Phone: 631-324-4929 | Address: 830 Springs Fireplace Road Click to visit

Stephen Talkhouse, Amagansett

It would be a dream to see the likes of Paul McCartney play at an intimate venue. For a lucky audience at the Stephen Talkhouse one night, they did. This Amagansett institution has been host to the Hamptons music scene since the late 80s, featuring dozens of rock and roll hall-of-famers throughout the years. While I can’t guarantee a surprise guest appearance by Coldplay, some can’t miss acts coming up include Rhett Miller (June 2), Black and Sparrow (June 8) and Moon Taxi (June 14). Phone: 631-267-3117 | Address: 161 Main St. Click to visit

Tenet, Southampton

An afternoon spent shopping in the Hamptons is amiss without stepping foot in this eclectic enclave. The boutique’s exposed brick walls and industrial piping-fashioned clothing racks are a far cry from the preppy tradition of Southampton shops, preferring the likes of Rag and Bone to Ralph Lauren. Whatever you choose, know you’ll be sporting the cutting edge of today’s fashion, as owner Jesse Warren regularly makes trips to Paris to scout out the chicest looks. Phone: 631-377-3981 | Address: 91 Main St. Click to visit

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East Hampton Art House Bed and Breakfast, East Hampton

This “BnB” is more luxury villa than cozy hideaway, but hideaway it is, located in the historic artists’ community of Clearwater Beach. Start your day with a complimentary gourmet breakfast, spend an afternoon by the pool or head to the beach just a short drive away. And in the true spirit of an “Art House,” resident artists and proprietors Rosalind Brenner and Michael Cardacino have their studios on the property for visitors to have a peek at their latest works. Phone: 631-907-4645 | Address: 9 Bon Pinck Way Click to visit

Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton

Situated in the heart of the East End, this restored historical home-turned-luxury hotel will whisk guests away to a true Hamptons weekend. The property is within walking distance to Bridgehampton boutiques and close proximity to the South Fork’s gorgeous beaches—not that you’ll want to leave this piece of paradise. Enjoy a night in one of the 16 guest rooms or six beautiful suites and have dinner at the restaurant with farm-to-table fare. Or if you want to venture out, bikes and Lexus cars are there to rent at your convenience. Phone: 631-537-0870 | Address: 1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike Click to visit

A Butler’s Manor, Southampton

Nestled on an acre of English gardens, this beautiful and historic 1860 colonial inn easily puts visitors in a vacation state of mind. There’s a sparkling full-sized saltwater swimming pool and a rose garden that serves up an incredible breakfast featuring the likes of banana-stuffed French toast and chicken sausage frittatas. Even better? Birdsong and faint fountain splashes serve as the soundtrack to the meal. Phone: 631-283-8550 | Address: 244 N Main St Click to visit