Rachel Zoe has been spending her summers in the Hamptons since she was a child, which means you could drop her blindfolded anywhere on the South Fork and not only would she find her way home, she’d know exactly which boutiques, beaches and restaurants to hit en route. After some cajoling we got her to share her favorite tried-and-true spots for a fabulous getaway out east.
Where To Stay
"If you're not a house guest or renting your own place, Gurneys in Montauk promises sweeping ocean views and a serene spa while Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton offers luxury with a heavy dose of modern east coast charm."
Where To Eat
"Breakfast is a big deal in our house, so we frequent a multitude of places. Mary's Marvelous has delicious fresh-baked goods and coffee, Babbettes offers an amazing healthy, California-style menu and The Golden Pear is our go-to for great juices and fresh fare.
What To Do
"My favorite beaches—Georgica Beach in East Hampton, Gibson Beach in Sagaponack and Peters Pond Beach—are all a little more private so they tend not to be as busy as the public beaches. The Monday night drum circle on the main beach in Sagaponack is great for kids and an outdoor picnic if you're feeling bohemian.
The Sag Harbor Carnival is a really traditional fair so it's heaven for kids with lots of rides and games and junk food for days.
If you're in need of a workout, Tracy Anderson's studio in East Hampton or Watermill promises to whip you into shape quickly!"
Where To Shop
"What is a trip to the Hamptons without a little shopping? I am proudly obsessed with What Goes Around Comes Around and have been for many years. If I need to pick anything up for Rodger I'll head to Ralph Lauren. Kirna Zabete in East Hampton always has a great selection of pieces and I adore Joey Wolffer's store which has a great mix of new and vintage finds."
Where To Go For Dinner
"A long dinner with friends and family overlooking the water is the perfect way to spend a summer evening. We're loving Bilbouquet on the marina in Sag Harbor and The Beacon for their beautiful views. The Palm in East Hampton, Duryeas in Montauk and Sunset Beach on Shelter Island are also always in heavy rotation thanks to their delicious food and welcoming atmosphere. We love family dinners at Nick and Toni's and the clean innovative food at Wolffer Kitchen in Amangansett is another top favorite!"