From what I understand, if you haven’t already booked your Hamptons house, you’re not going to get one. Good thing I haven’t booked mine yet! But I’m not giving up hope that I’ll make it out there at some point this summer. When it’s sweltering and sticky in July, I don’t care if it involves sleeping on the beach (ugh…beach, swoon), I’ll get there. So in my late February day dreaming, I’ve come across The Best of: The Hamptons, a guide from one of my favorite lifestyle blogs.
The GOOP Guide to The Hamptons
Where to Stay
The Inn at Windmill Lane – Amagansett
A luxurious inn with simply and elegantly decorated rooms with marble bathrooms and wood burning fireplaces. This is definitely more of a quiet couple’s retreat than a family spot.
The Crow’s Nest – Montauk
A surf chic inn with views of the lake. Each room is decorated with a rustic and nautical nod to its surroundings – both homey and beachy at the same time. If you’re a larger group, go for the two bedroom cottage. Try the restaurant for its locally inspired menu.
C/O The Maidstone – East Hampton
The Maidstone experienced a Nordic revamp a few years ago so now each room is themed around a famous Scandinavian. This eco-friendly hotel welcomes dogs, offers daily yoga in the summer, boasts Hästens beds (of course), and Swedish massages at the Spa.
The Surf Lodge – Montauk
Montauk’s busy hipster hangout is made cooler this summer by a series of hip concerts by the likes of The Kills, Chairlift and Ra Ra Riot, healthy juicing courtesy of Juicy Naam, not to mention rustic yet completely equipped hotel rooms and bathrooms with organic amenities by the brands that the hotel carefully curates.
Dave’s Grill – Montauk
A standout and one of the best restaurants in Montauk. Lobster, french fries and an epic dessert called “The Barbara” (a brownie with an ice cream sundae on top) round out the fresh delish seafood menu. Call after 4 pm for a table the same night. No advance reservations.
Clam Bar – Amagansett
There is a cool and barren stretch of highway between Amagansett and Montauk and on it is the Clam Bar. Practically an institution, they’ve been serving casual American seafood, from fried clams to clam chowder to lobster rolls and fries for more than 30 years. Stop by for lunch under an umbrella’s shade on your way to Montauk.
Nick and Toni’s – East Hampton
Night after night, Nick & Toni’s fills up and serves a seasonally changing menu of fresh and local Mediterranean and Italian-inspired dishes from the wood-burning grill and oven. The service is always friendly and the food is always good.
Navy Beach – Montauk
The real pull here is the view and the beachside setting. Get lunch on the beach or go for cocktails (from a thoughtful list) in the nautically themed dining room and watch the sunset. A family friendly spot, make a reservation, as it’s a popular destination.
Ruschmeyer’s – Montauk
Ruschmeyer’s is always packed and we could go as far as to say that it’s a scene. Get there and start with a few cocktails while you wait for your table and enjoy the hotel and restaurant’s “adult campsite” décor. Once you’re seated for dinner, the food is light and fresh – updated American beachside classics and plenty of surprising fish dishes from the guys behind The Fat Radish in New York.
LT Burger – Sag Harbor
Burger shack cuisine taken up a notch or two. I had their Heritage Turkey Burger when I was there and it was fantastic. All the classic burgers, shakes, s’mores and ice cream desserts have been revamped. The vibe inside this white tiled restaurant is fun and always bustling.
To read the rest of the guide, click here. Hopefully come July, we’ll all make it out to the Hamptons….even if we’re not booked into a place already!