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Summer of 2021: What to Do, Where to Go & Where to Stay in the Hamptons

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Ahhh!! Summer is well under way and vacation destinations are being selected by those who wish to take a well deserved break from the daily grind. For well heeled New Yorkers the usual venue is the good ol’ bucolic Hamptons out on the southern tip of Long Island. Beaches, parties and social events are the order of the day, but let it be known that even if you don’t lead an affluent lifestyle and even if you don’t have a seven figure back account, you can still enjoy some time with family and friends in the Hamptons and plunge into all that it has to offer.

According to a recent report in Conde Nast’s Traveler, the Hamptons is defined as the peninsula of land east of the Shinnecock Canal and is roughly 90 miles from New York City. So, that alleviates getting on a plane and wearing a mask for hours on end just to arrive at a vacation destination.

Coopers Beach in the village of Southampton consistently ranks as one of the top-rated and exclusive beaches in Long Island and all of the East Coast. Photo Credit: Pinterest

The wide open spaces and the non-stop activities are a lure for those vacationers seeking a respite and for those who just wish to imbibe the atmosphere and have some good old fashioned fun.

Getting to and around the Hamptons should be a cinch for New Yorkers. While the crowds can be on the dense side especially during the summer months, there are several viable options for transporting one’s self there.

According to the Conde Nast Traveler report, New Yorkers can hightail it over to Penn Station and grab a Long Island Railroad commuter train. The ride is just over two hours and in the summer the LIRR offers an express train service known as a “Cannonball” that makes the commute a heck of a lot faster. Call or e-mail the LIRR for the train schedule as the report indicates that trains only run a few times a day.

For those who prefer a luxury coach bus, one can hop aboard the Hampton Jitney that will take you directly to the hamlets from the city. Once you get to the Hamptons, however, be aware that unlike the city there are no public buses or trains to get you from one place to the next, but there are taxi services and bike rentals. For those who prefer to use Uber or Lyft, that too might work well for you if you don’t have a ar to get to the Hamptons,

Some of the world’s most luxurious and expensive homes are located at the Hamptons in Long Island’s East End. The Hamptons is home to wealthy families’ mansions, luxury homes where athletes and celebrities go to get away from the crowd. Photo Credit: Bontena.com

Now that you have made your transportation arrangements and are heading to the Hamptons, you will definitely want to hit the white, sandy beaches. According to the Traveler report not all of the beaches are open to those who don’t reside there. The good news is that many beaches have paid parking lots for visitors and the best time to go is during the week, rather than on weekends. The report indicated that such beaches as Cooper’s Beach in Southampton Village, Foster Memorial Beach in Sag Harbor, Main Beach in East Hampton, Hither Hills State Park and Kirk Park in Montauk, Flying Point Beach in Watermill, Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack, Mecox Beach in Bridgehampton, and Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett do have paid parking lots or you can always cab it over there or even walk.

Once you’ve enjoyed some quality time working on your tan or taking a dip at any one of the beaches in the Hamptons, you may want to consider plunging into some cultural events.

Because the Hamptons have always been a hot spot for artists of all stripes, the art scene beckons with a visit to the Parrish Art Museum. The Conde Nast Traveler report said that the current exhibit at the museum is called “Affinities for Abstraction: Women Artists on Eastern Long Island, 1950-2020.” The museum is open Thursday through Monday for the weekend crowd.

Designed by the internationally acclaimed firm Herzog & de Meuron, the Parrish Art Museum is sited on 14 acres in the hamlet of Water Mill. The innovative design integrates architecture and landscape in a plan that both respects and reflects the singular natural beauty and rich artistic legacy of Long Island’s East End. Photo Credit: parrishart.org

Art lovers might also want to visit the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center, in the Springs neighborhood of East Hampton. According to the Traveler report, it is a National Historic Landmark, built in 1879. The space once belonged to the painters Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, and visitors can tour their living quarters and painting studio. Admissions are by reservation only, Thursday through Sunday.

For those Andy Warhol fans out there, the Hamptons has a special surprise for you, as a wooded path on Amsterdam Beach in Montauk brings you to a view of the Warhol Estate, also known as Eothen. According to the Traveler report it features oceanfront buildings from the 1930s. Back in the turbulent 1960s, the estate was known as hub of entertainment for Warhol and his coterie of eclectic friends. Now, how cool is that???

By this time, you must be getting hungry, but have no fear. The Hamptons is known for their chic and elegant eateries. Not all restaurants will make your wallet suffer and you can get some delicious eats in just about anywhere in the Hamptons. If you have a hankering for some terrific seafood, the Hamptons is the place to be. You can head over to Amagansett and try some local seafood and produce recently opened il Buco al Mare. The ambience is just wonderful and you can taste some really spectacular wines from Long Island.

$72 Million Amazing Historic Mega Mansion in the Hamptons that was built in 1890. Photo Credit: YouTube.com

Well, now that your stomach is full and the evening has arrived, you might want to head back to your hotel to stretch out and relax. So, where will you stay? The Traveler report indicated that a good choice would be luxury beachfront accommodations at Gurney’s Montauk. The report that this place was a Reader’s Choice award winner in 2017, 2018, 2020 and 2021. Pretty impressive, The report said that it is loaded with such amenities as a beach bar, multiple dining venues, and 158 rooms. If you want to stay in a smaller, more Bohemian setting, one can try a 23-room hotel and restaurant nestled into the sunset-facing waters of Lake Montauk at the Crow’s Nest.

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