• Thu. Aug 11th, 2022

Hamptons, Montauk Travel Guide – Where to Stay in the Hamptons

As for the Hamptons and Montauk, popular knowledge would have it that if you’re heading east, you’re either traveling to your own home or crashing as a guest in someone’s summer house. else. But let’s face it, with less than 2 hours away (not during rush hour, of course), the pull of Long Island can be felt by almost anyone in New York once the temperatures hit 80. And Who doesn’t need a little break from the city once in a while? With cool farms, quaint seaside towns and of course sprawling beaches, you couldn’t ask for much more.

If you’re looking for a long weekend or maybe just want to book a staycation, there’s no better place than the Atlantic shoreline of Long Island. Here, where to stay, where to eat, what to do… and if you need help packing, what to bring too.

Where to stay

A view of the bungalows from A Room At The Beach.

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A bedroom at the beach, Bridgehampton

Consider this the perfect scenic hideaway just off the Montauk Highway. Nestled in redwoods (which were planted by none other than Martha Stewart –when his family lived on the property), A Room at the Beach offers 10 comfortable, serene rooms in the dreamiest of locations (think: vine-covered pergola and twinkling lights hanging between the trees). In addition, as its name suggests, you are a stone’s throw from the beach.

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Shou Sugi Ban House, Watermill

If you are looking for a good spa weekend, then Shou Sugi Ban House is for you. And all year round, no less. Reset at the Water Mill Retreat, which includes a cluster of renovated barns and 13 guest studios, indulging in nutritious plant-based meals, soul-soothing sound baths, and nearly every spa treatments under the sun. Pro tip: If you love taking baths, it’s worth booking a trip here for the tubs alone.

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A view of the beach at Gurney’s Resort in Montauk.

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Baron’s Cove, Sag Harbor

So you consider yourself a bit of an intellectual, huh? Well, Baron’s Cove is the place for you. The newly renovated, nautical-themed Sag Harbor lair was once the favorite haunt of literary demigods Truman Capote and Kurt Vonnegut as well as painter Jackson Pollock. Bonus: if the beach isn’t really your thing, Baron’s Cove has a pool.

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Surf Lodge, Montauk

If you want to be in the center of Montauk nightlife, the convenience of Surf Lodge is hard to beat. With its ultra laid-back atmosphere (there are hammocks in their 19 guest rooms), neatly curated beauty bars in every room, and a general beach vibe of the surf-set that frequents the spot, it’s hard not to relax and enjoy. Plus, with musical performances almost every weekend, you’ll probably be stopping by the property anyway.

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Gurney’s Resort Montauk

If the traditional resort vibe (sprawling property, multiple restaurants, state-of-the-art spa and gym) is more your thing, there’s no better place than Gurney’s. The beach club is ultra-fun (and exclusive), and it’s a great place to stay with a large group or if you have kids in tow.

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The Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton.

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Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton

By far the shiniest of Hamptons hotels, Topping Rose House (which was restored from a 19th-century Greek Revival home) is located on a one-acre farm, which provides produce for the restaurant Jean Georges on the spot. Think full-service luxury with airy, spacious rooms outfitted with Frette linens, Matouk towels, and luxurious toiletries. Oh, and they also have a shuttle that will take you to and from the beach.

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Where to eat

The Charlot, Southampton

An Upper East Side transplant that brings European know-how. The crowd is elegant and, yes, the steak tartare and fries are worth every tasty bite.

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Le Bilboquet, Sag Harbor

Much like its Upper East Side sister, Bilbo in Sag is the ultimate mix of see-and-be-seen and great food. Everything from the ambience to the outdoor patio is impeccable and the Cajun chicken is equally fabulous. Just be sure to dress to impress.

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Si Si, East Hampton

An immersive experience that mixes Italian, Greek, Spanish and Moroccan cuisines for extraordinary Mediterranean flavors. The only thing that can possibly compete? The killer sunset view restaurants.

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Clam Bar, Amagansett

Sometimes you want a good old fashioned lobster roll, clam chowder, whatever you could dream of fried. And for that, you head to Clam Bar just off Route 27. The outdoor patio is super casual, but you’ll never miss a great meal. It’s a great pit stop when driving from the end to where you’re staying.

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Suki Zuki, watermill

If you know, you know. Suki Zuki is the perfect choice for a night out where you want to go out but don’t want to go out. Order a Teriyaki chicken salad and a tuna sandwich…you won’t regret it.

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Duryea Lobster Bridge

An OG Montauk staple, Duryea has some serious hype, but it’s deserved. The high laid-back fare is matched by a clean waterfront setting worthy of a European summer vacation. Worth the trip to Montauk for the lobster cobb salad alone.

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What to do

Ditch Plains

If you’re headed for the Ditch Plains, you’re probably surfing. With a rocky bottom rather than sand, the waves attract water sports enthusiasts and novices alike. In addition, the beach is also dog-friendly and has a spectacular green viewpoint and cliffs.

Dan Flavin Art Institute

Part of the Dia Art Foundation, the Institute is open to the public and houses a permanent collection of fluorescent light installations by Dan Flavin as well as temporary exhibitions in a renovated turn-of-the-century fire station. For when you want an uppercase C culture.

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Surfers at Ditch Plains Beach, Montauk.

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Balsam Farm Stand

If you want to check out some of the fresh produce harvested in the region, head to the Balsam Farm Stand. It’s the perfect Saturday morning activity: fresh fruit and flowers. A recipe to start a good day.

Sagg Main Beach

Easily accessible on foot in either direction and with public restrooms as well as rotating food options, Sagg Main remains one of the most pristine and fun beaches for a day in the sand. Sometimes it really is that simple.

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