The Hamptons are a series of small communities which all lie in the Towns of Southampton and East Hampton. These towns include areas ranked among the top ten nationally in terms of real estate values. Southampton Village in particular is noted for its luxurious homes in its estate area, the high end retailing establishments in the Village and its cultural offerings (including the Parrish Art Museum and the Southampton Arts Center). Water Mill, the adjacent hamlet, is the future home of the Parrish Art Museum as well as the current home to the Water Mill Center, an artists retreat and exhibition space. East Hampton has many small villages that are settled on the furthest end of the peninsula of Long Island, New York. The villages in East Hampton are Wainscot, East Hampton Village, Amangansett and a portion of Sag Harbor Village. East Hampton town has eight state parks as well as many historic locations such as Camp Wyckoff which was used in World War II by the United States Air Force, Army and Navy.
How to get there
You can use the Commercial Plane MacArthur Airport which is approximately 80 km from East Hampton or you can land on Kennedy Airport- approximately 128 km from East Hampton. The third option is La Guardia located approximately 136 km from East Hampton. If you can afford, you can go to The Hamptons with private planes or small charters. This way you will have a comfortable and quick flight to the Hamptons. The planes can fly directly into East Hamptons.
You can reach The Hamptons with The Long Island expressway and Route 27 serve as the main access routes into the Hamptons. The precise hours to The Hamptons can’t be said because during the summer the queues are long (and also this depends on what type of car you are driving). You can always use Hampton Jitney Bus which runs between New York City and all the villages in the Hamptons. The bus makes two airport connection stops. One is in Fresh Meadow (Queen County) for Kennedy and La Guardia Airport and the other is in Islip (Suffolk County) for MacArthur Airport.
Reservations are a must. The Hamptons is also connected with rails. The Montauk Branch of Long Island Railroad can take you to the Hamptons for no more than $15.00. The train makes several stops at the villages throughout the Hamptons.
Nearby places to see
The Hamptons are a favorite place for holidays not only for New Yorkers but for tourists from all over the world and the main reasons are the naturally beautiful beaches. They have ocean beach and bay beaches which tend to be less crowded and calmer. Main Beach in East Hampton is the most popular, and if you happen to lounge there don’t get surprise to see celebrities. Georgica Beach is equally beautiful but less crowded and is lined by mansions and estates. Besides the lovely nature and the beaches, The Hamptons offers nice art galleries. During summer, art galleries offer exhibitions every night. Ann Kolb Art Gallery is located on Main Street in East Hampton, and shows American crafts and folk art. Wallace Art Gallery is located on Main Street in East Hampton, and features 19th and 20th century American art. Wally Findlay Gallery is located on Main Street in East Hampton, and here you can see old masters, impressionists and contemporary artists.
Things to do
The Hamptons are great for olfing at the Shinnecock Hills Golf Club which is a private and exclusive club. With an 18-hole golf course and a course rating of 74.5 and slope rating of 140 this golf course is not for beginners. The Bridge Hampton Golf club has a 9-hole with a course rating of 67.8 and a slope rating of 122. The club also offers private tennis lessons and holds many fundraising events.
On Main Beach you can go for surfing, kayaking and stand up paddling.
Accommodation and restaurants
The Hamptons offers pleasant and pretty expensive hotels. It’s no wonder why rich and famous love it so much. Here you can stay in Reform Club Inn (it has seven suites and three cottages decored in a low-key beachy style), Hedges Inn (located in East Hampton) and other pricey hotels. You can go out at places such as The Dock at Montauk which happens to be the favorite local place.
Best time for visits
The Hamptons are New Yorkers favorite escape from the hot summers. Very often they’re visiting The Hamptons over the weekend so if you happen to be there during a summer weekend prepare for packed beaches and crowded hotels. But, a lot of people have their own summer houses there too. The summer is perfect for visits, although early spring fall have their own perks if you are seeking peace and quiet.