It is officially Hamptons season! New Yorkers, and those in the tri-state area have waited all year to be able to escape to the string of luxurious seaside communities located a few hours outside of the bustling city. If you have decided that this is the year you will vacation in the Hamptons, here are a few tips that will help you live like the locals and famously enjoy this incredible beach city.
Travel in style
If you truly want to live like one of the wealthy millionaires at the Hamptons, you do need to travel in style. The true VIP experience is chartering your own jet or helicopter. This drastically saves on time being stuck in traffic on the LIE. You may be wondering how much does it cost to charter a jet? Well, there are factors that determine the cost. For example, the size of the jet and where you are flying from. Nevertheless, it is certainly something worth looking into if you want to start your trip off on the right foot. Otherwise the infamous Jitney Bus will take you straight to the heart of town.
The next part of the trip you need to plan is where you are going to rest your head at night. When it comes to weekend breaks, finding accommodation is not always the easiest. This is because some hotels and home rentals require a minimum stay of one-week. However, there are some exceptions. Look online for short-term rental options. Websites like Tripping can be really useful. Note that for busy periods you will typically need to book with plenty of time in advance and large deposits are often required. The sooner you start booking, the more likely you’ll get the place and price tag you want.
What to do in The Hamptons
Now that you have your transportation and accommodation settled, time to focus on what to do during your stay! Wining and dining will be at the top of your list of priorities. To experience the apex of the young wine country in the Hamptons, Sagaponack’s Wolffer Estate Vineyard is well worth a visit. There are plenty of exquisite and high-end restaurants here, but again it is best advised to book ahead in order to avoid disappointment.
As is becoming a theme, booking in advance for private beach clubs is also a must. There are lots of great beaches to enjoy while in The Hamptons. Some of the best include East Hampton Main Beach, Southampton Village, and Cooper’s Beach. You may also want to do a bit of retail therapy during your weekend away. Newtown Lane is the primary retail destination in East Hampton. Here, you will find everything you would expect from an upscale shopping district, from Tory Burch to Intermix. You will also find some bespoke stores as well.
Wellness is another big industry in The Hamptons. A lot of the permanent and seasonal residents in The Hamptons only leave their neighborhood for a bit of physical activity. There are tons of amazing wellness options. We suggest Yoga Shanti for specialized classes with Colleen Saidman or Rodney Yee, both of whom are considered yoga royalty. Or check out SoulCycle sessions at Bridgehampton, which is located in a unique converted barn. There is something for everyone’s workout preference.
So there you have it: a guide to planning a weekend in The Hamptons. There is no denying that this string of communities lives up to its reputation. If you want high-end shopping and lots of mega mansions, you are going to get it! However, there is more to The Hamptons than this. From no-frills seafood joints to bucolic country roads, this is a place that has character too. Either way, you are bound to have a great time. I hope you enjoy!
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