Your Not-Played-Out-Just-Yet Guide to The Hamptons
Montauk, we just can't quit you. In collaboration with Tory Burch.
There's a reason why the Hamptons remain the ultimate seaside weekend escape from the city. For one, it's beautiful (obviously). There's a seemingly endless array of spots to raid for the requisite lobster rolls and glasses of rosé that more or less entirely comprise our summer diets. And, 1OAK's presence aside, it's managed to maintain a certain quaintness that has us compelled to ditch our usual uniform of leather jackets and mom jeans for floaty tunics and espadrilles by the likes of Tory Burch. That said, there's something we need to address: the guides to the Hamptons that perennially pop up come springtime can often—to put it mildly—feel a little... stale.
The solution? We've gone ahead and put together a little black book of a few of our favorite spots. Here's to another summer full of shellfish and Sancerre.
Topping Rose House
1 Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY
Topping Rose manages to do the seemingly impossible—straddle the line between downtown and classic Hamptons. It may look like an old inn from the outside, but inside, you'll find cool, industrial-tinged design details. If you can't book a stay in one of their 22 rooms, you at the very least need to get a table at their restaurant for some farm-to-table goodness. We recommend the Beeta-rita (the name is self-explanatory).
Jack's Stir Brew Coffee
146 Montauk Hwy, Amagansett, NY
We can think of no better summer Saturday morning in Amangasett than grabbing vegan donuts and coffee (try the Dirty Harry Vanilla Latte) at Jack's, before ambling over to the square for a little shopping.
290 Old Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY
While Gurney's is a Montauk staple, we personally feel that the virtues of the spa are severely overlooked—an oversight that borderlines on a crime against humanity. It's that good. The resort's spa features a seawater pool fed by the ocean (!), a Russian steam room, Finnish rock sauna, incredible oxygen facials, massages, manicures... the list goes on. And on.
156 Main St, Amagansett, NY
Speaking of the Amangasett square—Love Adorned's seaside outpost is the perfect spot for tchotchkes or last-minute gifts when you realize you left your host's present on the Jitney.
4 Old West Lake Dr, Montauk, NY
Another mainstay, Crow's Nest is the brainchild of Sean MacPherson—the man behind the Bowery, Waverly Inn and the Jane, to name a few. In other words? Should you find yourself itching to return to the city, get thee to Crow's Nest, stat.
Another 'duh' moment, but well worth mentioning: SoulCycle's multiple Hamptons locations are your move should you find yourself feeling separation anxiety from your usual yellow bike. However...
903 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY
If you're anti-spin à la Gwyneth's BFF, do we have news for you: TA's seaside location East Hampton location opens early and closes late, making it ideal for both kicking champagne-fueled hangovers to the curb and as a little guilt-eliminating pre-game. Welcome to the Tamily!
Block Island Ferry, 462 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY
Should you find yourself wanting to avoid the precise type of scene outlined above, might we recommend literally the cutest day trip ever? Although it's not *technically* the Hamptons (it's a 2 hour ferry from Montauk to Rhode Island), renting bikes to tour through Block Island is the perfect out-of-towner activity. And, arguably, a whole lot more enjoyable than furiously pedaling inside to the sounds of a too-chipper-for-this-time-in-the-morning spin instructor. Take our lead and pack the most ideal Tory Burch tote with a bottle (or two, three...) of champagne, ample snacks and quality reading material for the ride over.
Loaves and Fishes
50 Sagg Main St, Sagaponack, NY
Let's put it this way: Loaves & Fishes is just about the most adorable, feel-good-for-shopping there gourmet take-out joint on the East Coast. We recommend ordering a side of their lobster salad if you want extra brownie points with your weekend hosts.