A Weekend In The Hamptons
Last weekend we packed the car and headed out to The Hamptons for a chill weekend with a few friends of ours.
We had borrowed a house located in Sag Harbor, in what felt like the middle of nowhere. The house was surrounded by loads of trees and bushes - in reality though, it was a 10-minute drive from the cutest city, beaches, supermarkets etc. - so it was just so lovely to hang out by the pool doing some real chillaxing away from the busy city.
This was my first time in The Hamptons, so my excited self had obviously researched all the places to see and be seen, and I thought I would tip you guys about everything I loved. So here we go, and have a lovely trip to The Hamptons.
First up, how to get to The Hamptons
on a budget
The Jitney: Remember when Carrie took the Jitney to The Hamptons in Sex & the City? Well, you can do that too. Not that it's lovely, and it can be a killer if there's traffic. But there's WIFI and it's cheap. $19 to $33 each way.
Choose your picket location online, Buy your tickets here.
Long Island Railroad: Regular train experience, but on the plusside is air condition & price. Pro tip: buy snacks and drinks before your train journey, there's no food on-board. $21.27 to $35 each way.
Leaves from Penn Station, Buy your tickets here.
Hampton Luxury Liner: Luxury on a budget. This is a competitor to The Jitney, a bit more pricy, but with way nicer accommodations such as reclining leather seats, outlets, WiFi, magazines, and complimentary snacks & bottled water. $37 each way.
Choose your Lexington Avenue pickup location online, Buy your tickets here.
Rent a your own car: There are many rental services in New York City such as Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Payless etc. This is a great way for you to get around in your own pace, and this way you also have a car to get around The Hamptons with. $200 to $300 + gas roundtrip.
GroundLink: Private driver service, where you can book your choice of car. And if you're coming from the airport how about a private chauffeur pick-up? $275 to $649 each way.
You choose pick-up location, reserve your driver here.
BLADE: How about a helicopter, seaplane, or jet? Prior to takeoff, enjoy drinks and refreshments at one of the BLADE Lounge locations in New York - A pretty sharp start to your getaway. $700 to $5,000 roundtrip.
BLADE leaves from locations all over the New York City area, book your trip here.
Time for some Retail Therapy
If you had enough of the sun-bathing and just need some fresh inspo, how about some shopping? I looked so much forward to experience the town of The Hamptons - really just because of that one episode in Gossip Girl, when Serena & Blair go shopping during their summer stay in The Hamptons. I love small towns with old houses and unique shops, and The Hamptons just looked exactly like that.
Stock up on your favorite luxury make-up and skincare, or maybe you need a hostess gift for the generous friend hosting you for the weekend? White's Apothecary sells brands like La Mer, Laura Mercier, Avéne, Tom Ford, and L'Occitane and has a wide variety of candles and fragrances
This place is filled with vintage, one-of-a-kind pieces, and artisanal goods - just up my street.
This store is really cool and different from the beach vibe most of the stores in The Hamptons has going on. It's a luxury lifestyle store with multiple different brands like Anine Bing, Ganni, and GRLFRND.
Modern-vibe luxury shopping with brands like Oscar de la Renta, Prabal Gurung, Mulberry, and Zimmerman.
Such a lovely interior shop with a focus on clean lines and natural look. They sell both furniture, kitchen accessories, and cool decorative items.
Public beach with clean, white sand offering parking as well as a pavilion with restrooms & concessions.
East Hampton Main Beach
Popular ocean beach with lifeguards, a snack bar, bathroom/changing room, and parking ($30).
Southampton Village Coopers Beach
Quiet, luxurious beach with lifeguards, a snacks bar, chair & umbrella rentals ($15), and high-end fee ($50) to park your car.
Or you can just stick to the pool at your house, I was pretty happy doing that.
Where to eat
If you want a night off from grilling I've gathered a few different priced restaurants below for a great meal.
The dock house
Popular lunch spot with loads of fresh fish options right by the Sag Harbor. There's not a lot of space in here, so I suggest taking your food to the outside benches with a look at the beach while eating. ($7 to $20)
Duryea's Lobster Deck
Probably the most picturesque restaurant in The Hamptons' East End. This restaurant serve lots of fish dishes, mostly family style serving to-three people ($48 to $63).
DOPO La Spiaggia
Italian anybody? Here you'll find signature dished like homemade pastas and “chicken under the brick.” ($32 to $39)