Summers in the Hamptons are always a treat with the parties, the celebrities, the beach scene, and the gossip. Every summer there’s a new hot couple, a group of celebrities that are hotter than last year, and that one party that you must get invited to. Many of you may have already experienced the Hamptons shuffle, guest room to guest room, and some of you may even have houses in the Hamptons (private message me). I’m working on a Summer Travel guide for the Hampton’s and thought I’d share some of my favorite picks for this summer. Hurry, summer is almost over.
WHERE TO STAY
If you’re not lucky enough to be the houseguest at some beachfront home or have a summer rental then here’s a tip on a hot place to spend the night.
The scene at the Lodge
THE SURF LODGE
183 S Edgemere St, Montauk, 631-668-1562, www.thesurflodge.com
Built in 1967, this popular lodging spot turns into a party at the drop of a beach towel. See how long it takes you to check out all 19 rooms, all with ocean views.
While some restaurants come and go with each season, the Hamptons has its favorites and usually they’re not only the best but also the hardest to get a reservation.
75 Main St, Southampton, 631-283-7575, www.75main.com
This popular eatery is a favorite of A-listers and celebrities and it’s no wonder as the food is incredible. At night this place offers a nightclub vibe with great music and dancing. My favorite is the Crispy Red Snapper.
NICK & TONI’S
136 N Main St, East Hampton, 631-324-3550, www.nickandtonis.com
Surely you’ve heard of this place since it one of the most poplar places in the Hamptons.
Here you’ll find a great selection of wines, delicious Italian cuisine, and a hot celebrity crowd. Reservations highly recommended.
Could there be any other scene hotter than the Hamptons at night? Every season there’s a new group of hot clubs and promoters. Make sure you’re on the list or you’re out of luck. Of course the famed Lily Pond is long gone but there’s a new party every night.
148 S. Emerson Avenue, Montauk, 631-647-8000, www.thesloppytuna.com
This two-level beachside bar is a favorite of hipsters and models that just want to party. Here you’ll find several party areas and the DJs spin until 4 a.m.
SOUTHAMPTON SOCIAL CLUB
256 Elm Street, Southampton, 631-287-1400, www.southamptonsocialclub.com
Formerly Madam Tong’s space, this garden-like space offers Chef Scott Kampf’s menu and the location for some of the hottest parties of the season. Make sure you’re on the list. Thur – Sat open to all.
125 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton, 917-574-4112, www.southpointenightclub.com
Here’s an upscale place for the fashionistas and trendy hipster with cash. The in-house DJs play hot tunes and it’s always filled with VIPs. If you’re not on the list you better get there early or be ready to flash some cash. Steep cover. Valet parking only.
The Hamptons is all about socializing and shopping. The best shops from NYC open pop-up shops here every summer.
ROUND SWAMP FARM
184 Three Mile Harbor Rd, East Hampton, 631-324-4438, www.roundswampfarm.com
This little country market and bakery is a great one-stop shopping spot for fresh made products (like homemade cookies), local seafood, produce, and other sundries.
662 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, 631-668-1631, www.screamingmimis.com
Like the New York store, this shop if filled with fabulous haute vintage clothing. See celebrities buy designer duds once owned by other celebrities.
Tracy and his fashions
38 Park Pl, East Hampton, 631-329-8213
This Sex-In-The-City style boutique sells a variety of hip colorful dresses but why shop, just go to check out the hot clientele and celebrity shoppers.