From Memorial Day through to Labor Day, the Hamptons is where it’s at for luxury travelers. And there is a reason the Hamptons have such a pull and allure. Apart from the amazingly good life vibe, this area of the United States is replete with serenity and natural beauty. It’s a place where you can drop the worries of everyday life for a while and just breathe.
Heading to the Hamptons is a wonderful way to spend precious time with family and friends and it gives so much in the way of fine dining, picturesque beaches, elite shopping, rich history and culture – and the list goes on.
We have highlighted seven reasons elite travelers love this area and why you might want to make your next vacation the epitome of luxury in this slice of seaside heaven.
Believe it or not, you don’t have to take a trip to the Caribbean or Florida Keys to spearfish – or swim with sharks. Montauk-based Sea Turtle Dive Charters offers private inshore and offshore spearfishing excursions for up to six passengers until September. Spearfishing inshore will provide you with views of shipwrecks and rocky beds home to striped bass, fluke, bluefish, sea bass, and more. Offshore cruises run July through September and are primarily for scoring mahi-mahi. Sea Turtle Dive Charters also offers full-day private shark cage diving excursions off the coast of Montauk during the summer that allows you to get up close and personal with an array of marine life including mako and blue sharks, mahi-mahi tuna, sunfish, sea turtles, and porpoises.
Summer in the Hamptons and lobster rolls go together like bread and butter. It goes without saying, this local favorite is a must try. There are several famed spots to find them like Shinnecock Lobster Factory in Southampton or The Lobster Roll in Amagansett – open for lunch only -- where everyone from Jerry Seinfeld to Bill Clinton has pulled over to get their share of these delicious sandwiches. This local favorite has also been featured on the Food Network.
One of the most famous things to do in the Hamptons is to take advantage of the incredible surf scene. One of the most popular surf spots in the area in Montauk is at Ditch Plains referred to by locals as their surf mecca. The warm sandy beach floor compliments the cliff side views, creating a very picturesque view of the rolling waves across Long Island. This popular surfing spot is just two miles east of Montauk Village, and a short drive away from just about anywhere in town.
Villa Patty is an incredibly executed 15,000-square-foot waterfront residence in Sagaponack ideal for a summer retreat. Seven suites can accommodate up to 15 guests who will enjoy a myriad of amenities like an outdoor pool, indoor hot tub, wine cellar, sauna, gym, library, cinema room and a lovely outdoor terrace and patio for al fresco dining. A gracious floor plan offers plentiful space for entertaining. As with all LVH homes, Villa Patty includes full services and around-the-clock support from your LVH team.
Crabbing is really big in the Hamptons and an ideal activity for children to do with their parents. You can get all the equipment at a local hardware shop including rods and wire from which to dangle bits of raw bacon, or chicken, which crabs love. Two of the best spots for crabbing are Sagaponack beach and Geogica Pond.
Learning about other cultures broadens both the mind and the heart. When you’re in Southampton, you might want to visit the Shinnecock Nation Cultural Center & Museum. This center, on the Shinnecock reservation, is home to more than 1,000 Native American Shinnecock people. It’s a wonderful place to learn about their history, culture and have a look at their marvelous crafts.
There is no shortage of chic places to shop in the Hamptons, however East Hampton is the ultimate destination for luxe shops. Manolo Blahnik’s pop-up shop on Main Street boasts a wide variety of men’s loafers and women’s skyscraper stilettos. Gucci has also finally hit the town with 2,000 square feet of space in its Newtown Lane shop. Named for its iconic address, One Main Street, is a multi-brand boutique more than 7,000 square feet on three levels (including a VIP shopping salon). The luxury marketplace has men’s and women’s apparel and accessories, a furniture collection from Roll & Hill and artworks curated in partnership with Artsy. Here, you will also find Balenciaga, Vince, Tod’s and Weston Wells, among others. Of course there are other areas in the Hamptons providing exclusive shopping such as Main Street in Sag Harbor.
The LongHouse Reserve is a 16-acre sculpture garden and the brainchild of textile designer Jack Larsen. The reserve was once Larsen’s home which now is replete with impressive sculptures like Will Ryman’s giant red roses. Dale Chihuly, a famed glass artist, also has sculptures in the garden. Head to 133 Hands Creek Road in East Hampton.
Whatever your likes are, LVH can fashion the perfect itinerary for you and your family while in the Hamptons. The list is endless: tours, day trips, shopping, cultural events, shows – we are limited only by your imagination. We invite you to reach out to one of our experienced client relations team members who will begin planning the most amazing time for you in the Hamptons. Not only will you be staying in the most luxurious accommodations, but you will be making heart-warming memories to last a lifetime!