There are few feelings as great as the feeling of summer officially beginning. I swear I still get that “out of school” feeling every year as June approaches. After six years in New York, I quickly find myself itching for the Hamptons. I often get asked what it is like vacationing in the Hamptons, so I wanted to share a post about my ideal day out East. Hopefully it gives you a taste for the quaint Long Island beach town. In my case, I spend the most time in Bridgehampton, so most of these suggestions are close to Bridge. For those of you who are Hamptons frequents, I hope you get a couple of new fun suggestions to try out.
So, let’s start the day with breakfast. More often than not, we begin our day at Estia’s, a Sag Harbor breakfast/brunch hot spot. I will warn that Estia’s typically has a wait, but it is one of the few places that I am actually happy about the wait because it means I get to grab a blueberry muffin and coffee from the Estia’s food truck and sit in the lovely garden. It is honestly the perfect way to kick off the day. When we finally do get seated inside, we typically are quick to order some fresh squeezed juice. While everything is fantastic at Estia’s, I must recommend the seasonal peach and blueberry pancakes. Seriously the best pancakes I have ever eaten! Many dishes have a southwestern flare, so you are sure to love whatever you order.
Once breakfast wraps up, we typically head back to the house to lay out and read (or work) when the weather is nice. We lucked out this past weekend with the perfect weather. The home and it’s amazing backyard you see pictured were designed by my friend Jessie Della Femina – I am always in awe of her work and the welcoming environments she creates. Could it be any more perfect? I hope to design a similar charming Hamptons home one day!
After a couple of hours by the pool, we usually have a late lunch. I would recommend grabbing something to go from Round Swamp Farm in Bridgehampton. While it can be a little overpriced, everything is freshly made and tasty! There are many prepared healthy meal options, so we usually grab a vegetarian dish and a baked good. Once you see the baked goods, you will see why I absolutely can’t resist. We then head to the beach since it the perfect place to have a picnic. I will admit that this weekend I was craving a Popsicle, so I went with that instead of a baked good since I had pancakes for breakfast.
We ended the day at Wolffer Estate’s Wine Stand. On Friday’s and Saturday’s in the summer, Wolffer offers live music and bites to go with your Wolffer wine. Best thing to sip: the rose of course! Summer in a Bottle makes me so incredibly happy. We stayed from 6pm until 7:45pm since our dinner reservation was at 8, but ideally we would have stayed to watch the sunset. It is a dream watching the sun go down behind the vines!
We had dinner in the small dining room located in the basement of 1770 House in East Hampton with a group of friends. 1770 House is a hotel with a stellar restaurant. It has been around for more than 250 years! The vibe is historic elegance mixed with that Hamptons beach town charm. Chef Michael Rozzi with make you a dish that is sure to please the palate. Be sure to order the Warm Date Cake for dessert.
I hope you enjoyed my ideal day in the Hamptons! Below I have listed a couple of hotel options for those of you who may need a place to crash. Be sure to book early since they tend to book up fast.
Hamptons Hotel Suggestions:
Personal Favorite: Topping Rose House
Most Affordable: Forever Bungalows
Most Intimate: 1770 House
Most Fun/Young (Montauk): Surf Lodge
Personal Favorite (Montauk): Gurneys