For New Yorker’s heading to the Hamptons on the weekends is the equivalent to going to the lake for my Southern friends. It’s the easy escape out of the city, the closest body of water and the beach (but definitely not the nicest) and will inevitably end with a beautiful sunset closing out a wonderful weekend with friends. I’ve done Hampton’s guides before but as new places have opened, old ones closed and a few fun pop-ups are still happening I’m updating the guide for the end of summer roadtrippers!
The New ‘It’ place to stay: Hero Beach Club
This gem of a new spot is without a doubt the best new addition to the Hamptons – especially in Montauk. The quite chill hotel is so incredibly refreshing in comparison to the other options. Upon arrival we were immediately asked if a glass of rose or a chilled beer would help ease the pain of the rainy weather we had arrived to. This is the anti-hamptons (or at least the anti-Montauk) that we’ve all come to know.
The owners are determined to bring guests back to Montauk’s roots. It’s tranquil. No door guys being a**holes. No none sense. No pretentious BS. Just chill loveliness. The décor is open, spacious and breezy feeling more Bali than Montauk for sure. The back yard area immediately made me want to plan a sunset dinner party.
Hero also has an area on Umbrella Beach filled with chic grey and white bean bag “chairs” and umbrellas – ideal for a lazy Sunday.
Where to nosh:
Calissa was the unexpected favorite spot this summer. Mediterranean fare with a space that feels more Mykonos than Water Mill. The menu is filled with delicious dishes but a few of my faves? The whole Montauk dorade, and the farro salad with Turkish apricots and manouri cheese.
EMP – The world renowned Eleven Madison Park is under renovations this summer here in the city so they’ve taken their staff (yes this is very much true) and their beyond incredible dishes out to the Hamptons. Honestly skip the regular dining here, head straight through to the backyard where the far more chill, relaxed vibe comes complete with picnic tables and yard games . The menu was, in my opinion, far better outback with fried chicken, heavenly desserts and at times a lobster boil. The epitome of what summer is all about.
Wolffer Estate Winery – OK maybe not the best food but by far the best rose with a side of sunset and heaven.
The no fail choice? Crow’s Nest. Every time.
Where to shop:
GOOP MRKT in Amagansett popped into a 100 year old cottage to bring all of the Goop goodness for us to shop in real life. The idyllic space is warm, inviting and plays home to a variety of Goop’s must-haves including a beauty space, a room filled with workout gear, an entire gardening area that even Martha would be envious of and on top of all of that? They’ve got their own garden out back!
Snatch up a chic picnic basket, pop by goop and fill it up with breads delivered daily from Eli Zabar. Only open until Sunday August 20th.
Reformation’s Beach House shop in East Hampton nearly saved my summer when I decided to extend my stay. This is my go to. Linen mini dresses, breezy midis and gingham bikinis? Done.
Mixology in West Hampton is a great spot to stop by on your way out east with brands ranging from Faithfull and Rails to BB Dakota and good hYOUman.
Where to sweat:
Gurney’s has teamed up yet again for an epic summer of healthiness with Wellth Collective bringing out some of the best instructors from the city to ensure you sweat off the fried chicken dinner from EMP or to Namaste yourself to zen Oceanside.
Bari Studio a go-to of mine in the city is popping up every weekend at Surf Lodge.
Bandier has popped up in Southampton where they have a killer rotation of special classes each weekend and out in Montauk shop all of your favorite activewear brands at their pop-up inside Bluestone Lane. My kind of shopping if you ask me!
Not to miss beauty services:
Glamsquad, who as you know I swear by, is out east this summer offering their services at your home or hotel until Labor day weekend. Have a chic dinner party and can’t imagine another beachy wave? Or in my case, July 4th weekend all I wanted was a good blow out – enter the GS team with blowouts, braids, ponytails, makeup… all of it and you don’t have to leave your chair by the pool if you don’t want to. Win win.
What to wear:
Aside from my no heels rule out east I pretty much live in linen dresses, breezy maxi dresses and cutoffs with bikinis. I stock up on all of my suits and beach needs at Bikini.com – they carry every designer you could imagine and I’ve found a number of new favorites too. Shop all of my Hamptons outfits below!