The Hamptons (NY) is a wealthy area New York, east of New York City. The area is where wealthy New Yorkers have their second homes to escape the city. The Hamptons is packed with top end end resturants, shops and hotels and well worth a visit.
How far is The Hamptons from New York?
According to Google the drive is around 2hrs.
Map of the Hamptons and orientation
As you can see from the above map, The Hamptons has a north and south fork, with most of the action being on the south fork. The north forks main areas are Mattituck, Greenport and Orient.
The south folk consists of the following hamplets:
East Hampton (confusingly not east!)
Sar Harbour (northern part of south fork)
There is also an island off the coast called Gardiners Island sitting in Gardiners bay. Gardiner Island is private and has been owned by the Gardiner family since 163 and is one of the largest private islands in the USA with an amazing history.
Shelter Island sits in between the 2 forks and can be visited using the South Ferry.
Hamptons Weather, When to go
Obviously the summer months are a great time to visit the Hamptons, but winter visits are becoming more popular. The region used to be dead in winter with the majority of places closing during the out of season months. Now many B&Bs and restaurants are staying open due to the steady rise in winter visitors. Roads and beaches are much quieter and you can pick up some great vacation rental deals over the Christmas period.
The Hampton’s NY Hotels
It is of course important that you know where all the best places to stay are when you are visiting in the Hamptons. There are some places that will be better-suited to certain types of people over others, which is why you will need to know what your options are like.
The Maidstone Arms is a beautiful Greek Revival inn that overlooks the town pond and has been widely regarded as one of the best accommodations in East Hampton for decades now. There is a great Swedish design to the building, and most of its 16 rooms and three cottages were inspired by famous Scandinavians, including Hans Christian Andersen as well as Arne Jacobsen. When you go just down the street you will find Baker House 1650, which has arts and crafts style rooms as well as two expansive outdoor pools to relax in.
One beautifully updated classic is the Inn and Quogue, which has some truly breathtaking but homey rooms that are perfectly suitable for a beach-type feel. The American Hotel, which is a red brick Victorian building, is located in the center of Sag Harbor and stands in stark contrast to many of the other buildings in the area. This place hasn’t changed a whole lot since 1846, but it definitely has a lot of charm and will make you feel like you are right at home.
There are a startling lack of nice hotels on the water in the Hamptons, but you will find that the White Sands Resort Hotel will provide you with some beautiful and clean accommodations for the duration of your stay. The Montauk’s hillside Panoramic View Resort & Residences is another great choice if you want a breathtaking ocean view.
The Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina is located on a small isle and is essentially a scaled-down replica of the town’s most famous lighthouse. With three pools, a spa, four tennis courts, and a marina, this hotel will most likely have just about everything you need.
Pet friendly Hotel options
The Hamptons has many pet friendly hotels to choose from. Kenny’s Tipperary Inn is a great choice with 549 positive reviews on Trip Advisor, prices are around $100/night. If you are looking for 4 star places then you could stay at the Hyatt Palace Long Island/East end.
Cheap Hotels in The Hamptons
We have trawled through every cheap hotel online to find the best value hotels with amazing reviews. The winner is The Sunrise Guest house in Montauk.
Where to Eat in The Hamptons
It’s also crucial that you know where to eat when you are in the Hamptons, as there are lots of different places to explore. It is very important that you look into some of these restaurants before making up your mind as to where you want to dine. Many foodies love to eat at Vine Street Café, which is located on Shelter Island and offers crisp calamari salad as well as a miso salmon that is absolutely to die for.
There are plenty of gourmet goodies on the menu at Robert’s, which is located in the very small town of Water Mill. This restaurant has some of the very best Italian cuisine that you will be able to find in the entire area, so it is definitely worth checking out. Mirko’s, which is run by a husband and wife, is another great place to go to when you get hungry, and they have a famous Croatian stuffed cabbage that you will absolutely love. Dish, which is a BYOB restaurant with just 16 seats, is a unique little restaurant where the owner must confirm your e-mail reservation while sending the evening’s prix fixe menu. Despite its quaint appearance, this restaurant is actually very popular and may take a while for you to get a reservation at.
Where to Shop
You will find that there are plenty of different places to go shopping while you are in the Hamptons, so you will therefore want to make a point of looking into some of the different options you have so you know exactly where to go when visiting this area.
Bridgehampton’s Channing Daughters Winery is a great place to visit if you have a passion for wine. These vineyards are lined with the owner’s own sculptures, and it makes for a truly beautiful and unique aesthetic to say the least.
Sagaponack’s Wolffer Estate Vineyard is yet another place that you will want to put on your list if you have an affinity for wine, and it hosts free Friday jazz at sunset overlooking the wines.
Bridgehampton, NY is found on the south folk of the Suffolk county peninsula. Bridgehampton things to do include the Hampton Classic Horse show, Sagg Main beach and Bridge gardens. Bridgehampton also has a fantastic children’s museum which runs many events through the year.
Lazypoint is one clothing store that you might want to stop in at, and is packed with sexy-but-sophisicated clothing options as well as jewelry found by the husband and wife on all of their travels around the world. Just down the street you will find Pink Chicken, which offers a wide variety of floral dresses as well as tunics for beachgoers.
In a converted Wainscott diner you will find Tomas Maier, which sells some of the most amazing swimwear in the entire area. Jennifer Miller Jewelry in Southampton and East Hampton you will find all kinds of stunning pieces that are sure to impress. If you have been looking for a particularly striking new ring or necklace, this is definitely the place to go.
Things to do the Hamptons
One of the best attractions in East Hampton is Guild Hall, which is a center for visual and performing arts. Alec Baldwin is known for hosting readings as well as theater performances here. The Parrish Art Museum is another place that you will want to stop by; it was first built in 1897 and has some truly amazing pieces that you won’t want to miss.
The Hither Hills State Parking Walking Dunes Trail is something that you won’t want to miss, especially if you are looking to take a little adventure with some truly breathtaking beauty. There is also the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge, which offers some amazing nature as well. The Nature Conservancy’s Mashomack Preserve offers hiking trails through the various ecosystems and past kettle holes formed by glaciers millions of years ago.
Montauk is on the very far end if the peninsula (see map above), which is why residence call it ‘The End’. Montauk is much quieter that The Hamptons, especially during the summer months.
Montauk has a famous surf break, so you can spend time watching the surfers if you do not want to participate. If you want to give ‘Ditch Plains’ a go then just ask for the local surf shop and hire a board.
See Montauk hotel options, see Hampton’s hotels above.
Amagansett has a 2 mile beach called Hollow beach, which is regarded as one The Hampton’s best beaches.
Southhampton is another village in The Hamptons just as you arrive in the area. ‘Southampton Village‘ is the very wealthy part of the southern folk. The village has a modern art museum worth visiting, a decent golf course and the beach called ‘Coopers beach’. Coopers Beach is the only area of the 7 mile Southampton coast that is actualled manned with life guards in the summer months. You can also hire deck chairs here and you indulge in an ice cream.
Other beaches on this stretch of cost indude; Fowlers beach, Cryder beach, Old Town, Wyandanch beach, Little plains beach, Gin Lane beach and Halsey Neck Beach. To the east of Southampton Village lies Shinnecock Easy County Park with is a remote rugged beach with a campsite.
The Hamptons Transportation
East Hampton does have an airport but its mainly for private helicopers, private jets and sea planes. The nearest airport for commercial flights is Mcarthur, 50 miles from East Hampton. JFK airport is aproximately 80 miles away for international visitors coming to the area with fly drive.
You can get to Southampton from New york by train, using the Montauk line which takes 2 hours 40 min. You can also jump on the Cannonball Express which takes 95 minuites, but make you bookings early in the high season.
By Uber! We searched for a quote from Manhattan to The Hamptons and here are the prices as of Oct 2017.