10 Must-Visit Hamptons Hot Spots
So you’ve secured a share house, booked your ticket on the Jitney and packed a bag full of chambray shirts, rompers and wedges. The rosé is on ice, and you’re ready to roll to the Hamptons for Labor Day weekend. Where to go? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite spots in the South Fork to keep you busy from summer Friday well into the first week of fall.
Photo: The Surf Lodge
Eat & Drink
The Lobster Roll Amagansett, NY
No trip to the beaches east of East Hampton is complete without a stop here for lunch (as its famous sign makes clear). But don’t let its laid-back diner vibe fool you—this place is a favorite of devoted surfers, grizzled locals and A-list celebs alike. Get a table out back and order a round of frozen daiquiris to complement what are obviously the best lobster rolls ever.
Wolffer Estate Wine Stand Sagaponack, NY
Their dry blush almost single-handedly created the rosé craze last summer and, since then, Wolffer Estate vineyard and its low-key wine stand on the Montauk Highway have become must-hit spots on your way to or from the beach. Pack a picnic basket and stop by after 5PM on Friday or Saturday to sip wine in the vines, jam to live music and witness an incredible sun set.
The Styleliner by Joey Wolffer Sag Harbor, NY
Joey Wolffer launched her boutique The Styleliner in a converted Airstream trailer and only recently set up permanent shop in downtown Sag Harbor. The clapboard cottage is stuffed to the ceiling with one-of-a-kind boho treasures discovered around the world and put together with its founder’s famous “more is more” gypset aesthetic.
Bandier Southampton, NY
It didn’t take long for Jennifer Bandier’s namesake boutique to become the last word in athleisure chic. Since opening the doors in 2013, Bandier has been featured on The Coveteur and opened two new shops in NYC. We’re obsessed with her crazy collection of high-end workout gear, flashy sneakers and heart-pounding music collection.
Silich Core + Strength East Hampton, NY
If you forgot to pack your TRX training system, never fear. Silich Core + Strength is the only certified TRX studio in the East End and is packed with fitness accessories and trained staff to give you an insane cardio and muscle-sculpting workout, plus yoga and Pilates to unwind. Afterward, celebrate your awesomeness with a juice from nearby Lisa’s Lovely Organic Juice Bar.
Paddle Diva East Hampton, NY
Prefer to tone up in the great outdoors? Paddle Diva offers yoga classes taught on stand-up paddle boards (SUP) floating just off the northern shoreline of East Hampton and Montauk. If you’re not quite ready to try a floating crow pose, start with a classic SUP session for beginners or more seasoned SUPers, an insane core workout in itself, no downward dog necessary.
All the Above
If you’d rather not spend all weekend in the car, fear not, a clutch of cool hotels are transforming into all-out resorts, replete with dining, fitness and shopping options, not to mention crazy fun nightlife. Surf Lodge leads the pack with its designer-packed boutique and all-day schedule of group workouts (including Paddle Diva yoga and hikes in the nearby dunes). Its weekend parties draw the biggest, most beautiful crowds on the East End. Gurney’s is like Surf Lodge’s serene older sister—it features the chic Scarpetta Italian restaurant, a gorgeous deck bar overlooking the ocean and Montauk’s most blissful seawater spa. Boasting a diverse activity lineup of everything from yoga to movie nights, Ruschmeyer’s evokes a summer-camp vibe with a decidedly hip spin. Head here for an indoor-outdoor party scene on the weekends. Sunset Beach, located a ferry ride away on Shelter Island, draws a glam Euro crowd with its beach-side restaurant and cute cabana lodgings. Because the best way to do the Hamptons is to feel at home right where you are.
Surf Lodge Montauk, NY
Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa Montauk, NY
Ruschmeyer's Montauk, NY
Sunset Beach Shelter Island, NY