I never thought I'd be this person, but in the summer, all I want to do is go to the Hamptons. I want to leave hot, sticky, crowded city life and hop on the L.I.E. to Route 27. There are the most gorgeous beaches, farmstands overflowing in the summer, friendly people, amazing restaurants & unbelievable houses. There are a few uber-luxurious inns to choose from, but none of the five-star hotel brands have invaded yet. I hope it stays that way!
Last time, I stayed at The Sag Harbor Inn, which was just okay. But when I took my mom and aunt to the Hamptons last week, we stayed at the perfect B&B, the 1708 House in Southampton. The gorgeous main house was built in 1708 but there's not a musty corner to be found.
There's free WiFi, extremely comfortable beds, a cozy library and a nice breakfast included, with made-to-order omelets available. You are a one-minute walk from Main Street in Southampton AND they throw in free parking passes to one of the best beaches in the world, Cooper's Beach, which is normally $40 daily in the summer.
You can get a room for about $250/night on weekdays in the high season and it goes up from there. There are quaint cottages in the back with kitchens that are perfect for cooking up what you've found at the farms. It's a great value for summer in the Hamptons compared to the other choices in the area. For three of us, we stayed in a two-bedroom, with one twin bed and one double bed.
Be warned, you're the first stop off the highway from Manhattan BUT you will have to drive to get to Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor and Montauk. The traffic is not too bad on off-hours but it can be horrible during rush hours on Route 27. Learn the back roads or rent a bike!!
A Few Hamptons Favorites
Round Swamp Farm for the most PERFECT fruits & vegetables you will ever see!
Climbing to the top of Montauk Point Lighthouse for Atlantic Ocean & Long Island Sound views. The lighthouse was authorized by George Washington in 1792 & you can almost see the ghosts of the whaling ships that have passed by and heard the fog horn.