Debora Toth

Correspondent

  • Long Island, New York, USA

Debora Toth is a correspondent who lives on Long Island, N.Y., and covers the Hamptons for Forbes Travel Guide. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Family Fun, Emirates Airline’s in-flight magazine and Newsday, among a slew of other publications. Based in Farmingdale, she has covered a broad range of subjects from lifestyle to business, including travel, fragrance, corporate interviews, real estate and cultural exhibitions.

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    What are the best wineries to visit in The Hamptons?

    It’s true — Long Island is the Napa Valley of the East Coast. This summer Long Island will celebrate 40 years of cultivating grapes on its East End. Sixty active vineyards dot the landscape and offer world-class wine tastings and other public events. In the Hamptons, try Duck Walk Vineyards in Southampton where you can enjoy award-winning wines including Vidal Ice Wine made with grapes frozen on the vine, or the Blueberry Port crafted from wild Maine blueberries, or the unique Pinot Meunier. Wölffer Estate Winery, located for 25 years in Sagaponack, is perched on a rise overlooking the lush vineyards and gently rolling Hamptons’ landscape. Take a sip from its selection of whites, reds, roses, apple and dessert wines. Its popular “Summer In a Bottle” selection, served at its breathtaking back patio, is a great deal for only $16.
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    What is the art scene like in The Hamptons?

    Artists have been drawn to the Hamptons for decades and the art scene remains lively with many influential artists living in the area and continuing to show their work. This is the first summer to visit the new Parrish Museum along Montauk Highway in Water Mill; it showcases the story of America’s most enduring and influential artists’ colony on Eastern Long Island. The house and studio of the legendary artists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner in the village of Springs in East Hampton invite visitors to put on little slippers and walk upon his paint-splattered studio floor. Nearby, Green River cemetery is Pollock and Krasner’s final resting place along with numerous East End artists with unique headstones that are works of art themselves.
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    What are the best beaches in The Hamptons?

    Inhale the salty sea air, dig your toes into the white soft sand, and admire those majestic mansions along the oceanfront — you’re in the Hamptons. But beware: Parking is hard to come by and you’ll be fined if you don’t have a resident pass. East Hampton’s sublime Main Beach and Two Mile Hollow Beach offer $25 per day parking on weekdays and a limited number of daily parking tickets on weekends and holidays. Ditch Plains Beach, two miles east of Montauk, is a popular spot to watch surfers and take a swim. (Hungry? Look for the Ditch Witch food truck in the parking lot with a menu scrawled on a beat-up surfboard.) Coopers Beach, considered the gem of Southampton, stretches 500 feet along the Atlantic shoreline. It offers a concession stand, chair and umbrella rentals, bathrooms and freshwater showers.
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    Where is the best nightlife in The Hamptons?

    Chances are you won’t get a last-minute invitation to a private Hampton’s fundraiser with the A-listers. No problem. The Stephen Talkhouse along Main Street in East Hampton draws a lively young crowd and amazing live music performances. In the past, well-known musicians have dropped by unexpectedly to sit in on stage. Tucked away in an alley off Main Street, the Blue Parrot, described as East Hampton’s favorite dive bar, brings together local residents and summertime visitors with its casual attitude. Originally opened in 1981 by a group of surfers, it’s now owned by actress Renée Zellweger, billionaire Ron Perelman, and rocker Jon Bon Jovi, who has been known to drop in from time to time. (Tex-Mex food and local bands take the stage on other nights.) The Memory Motel bar in Montauk, immortalized by the 1970s Rolling Stones song, offers live acts, strong drinks, plenty of dancing, and a party crowd.
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    What is the best way to see The Hamptons in one day?

    Traffic is one of the biggest complaints about the Hamptons — be sure to bring a lot of patience, take a taxi, or try a few alternatives. Join others and rent some wheels at Bermuda Bikes, the easiest way to see the manicured lawns and gated mansions along Ocean Avenue (and get a guaranteed spot at the beach.) Bike rentals are available by the hour, the day, or the week. You can also take to the water with Hampton Marine and Charter for a half-day or full-day tour of Gardiners and Shelter Island with stops to swim or tour Sag Harbor. Kayak rentals from Main Beach Surf & Sport allow a few hours to see the natural beauty of Georgica Pond and the stunning multimillion-dollar estates of those such as billionaire Ronald Perelman and director Steven Spielberg.