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Memorial Day Weekend is the official beginning to the Hampton’s Summer season. Every Summer all the best New York City clubs and restaurants pack up and head east. Just to name a few Le Bilboquet, Philippe, Beautique, Eleven Madison Park, 1Oak, Nobu, Le Cirque, Jue Lan Club and so on have all set up shop in the past. Literally each season my biggest excitement is finding out exactly which restaurants/clubs will return or makes it's debue. Transforming from a quiet local community the Hampton’s literally turns into the vacation haven. Aside from the New Yorkers cooped up in their city condo's all winter the Hampton’s is filled with tourists from all over the globe. As a native Long Islander nothing beats being home for the summer and feeling as if I’m on vacation. Familiar with everything both the city and the suburb has to offer the Hampton’s is ideally the only place I wish to be during these summer months.
The best part of this seaside escape is experiencing the beauty of Long Island. The Hampton’s is spread out allowing you to migrate from each area depending on where you decide to visit. Often referred to as the “East End” some of the main areas include East Hampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor, Watermill, Sagaponack, Bridgehampton, Wainscott, Amagansett, Hampton Bays, West Hampton, Quogue and I can't leave out Montauk. Between both Southampton and Montauk is where you’ll find the majority of the happening restaurants and clubs. The other areas are more so where some of my favorite beaches and landscapes are located.
This summer in particular if I wasn’t paddle boarding at Coopers or Cupsogue beach I was running through a vineyard. The vineyard I visited most this season was definitely Wölffer Estate. Located in Sagaponack Wölffer Estate is what I call the Napa Valley of the east. Offering an impeccable wine tasting and tour along with an exquisite rosé it’s definitely my favorite vineyard to visit. Not to mention the oh so trending Summer in a Bottle. Personally, my ideal evening after a day of venturing includes a good meal paired with a great wine or cocktail. Since a few of my favorite city restaurants always open up supper clubs each summer season I was able to experience just that.
While visiting the Hamptons it’s almost mandatory that at some point you take a day trip to Montauk. Driving almost another hour east you’ll reach the very tip of Long Island. Montauk is simply breath taking. Just being there as a New Yorker you can’t help but question just how amazing the state of New York really is. Managing to book a room at the infamous Gurney's resort and spa proved to be almost impossible this summer. Regardless which day of the week it was the hotel never had availability. Nonetheless, I was sure to attend a few amazing day parties at the Beach Club and infamous Surf Lodge. Dubbed as the "End of the World" I highly suggest going all the way to the end to see the Lighthouse. The Museum is awesome and climbing to the top of the lighthouse is worth every step. Another place that I consider a gem is a place called Shelter Island. Conveniently located between the North and South Fork of Long Island you can only reach Shelter Island by boat or ferry. Sunset Beach hotel and restaurant is one of the only hotels on the small island. A day spent at Sunset Beach will have you feeling as if you flew to the South of France or maybe even Italy. I could describe in detail everything Shelter Island has to offer but I can’t share all of my secrets. It’s simply something one must experience for themself.
Aside from the obvious attractions the Hampton’s annually hosts some major events such as the Hampton Classic which is one of the greatest horse jumping competitions in the United States. As a horse lover each time I watch the competition I’m inspired to perfect my horse back riding skills in hopes to be as great as the riders I watched compete. There are a many charity events and benefits to attend but the two I always enjoy are both the Watermill Benefit and Parrish Art Museum Midsummer Party. Another one of my favorite events is the Shinnecock Native American Pow Wow. Having a few close friends from the Shinnecock tribe that actually live on the reservation, each year that I attend the Pow Wow I feel a stronger connection. The festival is full of culture, dancing, music and delicious food. Partaking in the Pow Wow literally leaves me in awe every time.
Labor Day weekend marks the end of each Hampton season. Once the holiday weekend comes to an end so does the liveliness of this seasonal getaway. Everyone heads back west in preparation for Fall. The only means to get through the harsh New York Winter is the memories and continuos thoughts of Summer in the Hampton’s.