A Local’s Guide to the Best Things to Do in The Hamptons

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The Hamptons, synonymous with being the summer playground for the rich and famous, is an affluent eastern region of Long Island featuring seemingly endless beaches, quaint historic towns and villages, and gorgeous wineries.

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From the hidden bay beaches and nature preserves to the bountiful farmer’s markets and endless summer events, there is always something new to discover and appreciate.

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I round up some of my favorite things to see and do across the Hamptons, where to stay, eat, shop, and relax, and what to buy during your trip to the South Fork of Long Island.

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The beaches in the Hamptons are some of the most beautiful in the USA. Check with each town hall regarding beach passes for the season and day passes. However, you do not need a beach sticker after 5 pm.

Enjoying the Sun, Sand, and Surf


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At this 187-acre wildlife refuge, you will find many local bird species and wildlife habitats, including painted turtles,  white-tailed deer, eastern chipmunks, and green frogs.

Nature-Focused Activities


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Visit Shou Sugi Ban House in Water Mill for a tranquil spa retreat getaway and Organic Edge, also located in Water Mill, which offers a variety of wellness treatments.

Wellness Retreats


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Sag Harbor offers the most locally diverse shops in the Hamptons, with storefronts ranging from boutique clothing and home goods to antique shops and art supply stores.

Luxury Shopping and Unique Finds


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I love Carissa’s Bakery in Sag Harbor. Their display is gorgeous, with handcrafted pastries and cakes. My essential there is the Salted Soured Picked Rye.

Indulge in the Hamptons’ Culinary Delights


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