On June 21, 2013Debora Toth answered the question:Although spread throughout the Hamptons, great restaurants are pretty easy to come by — if you know where to look. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors picked these top spots:
1. Gosman’s. Get a panoramic view of the ocean with lunch or dinner at this Montauk spot. Enjoy a hearty bowl of fresh Manhattan clam chowder followed by Montauk jumbo fluke or local sea scallops.
2. B. Smith’s. Located in the charming and historic village of Sag Harbor, B. Smith’s has outdoor seating with views of the bay as well as the yachts lined up in the harbor. Start with a cool summer gazpacho soup and try the tasty Block Island swordfish or fresh Maine lobsters.
3. Bobby Vans Steakhouse. This Bridgehampton restaurant is known for its melt-in-your-mouth seafood and rib-eyes as well as its outdoor seating perfect for people watching.
4. Silver’s Restaurant. Lunch is the only meal served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Silver’s Restaurant along Main Street in Southampton. Our favorites? The heavenly lobster bisque made with cognac and sherry and the fresh lobster roll.
5. 1770 House. This tony and historic inn located in East Hampton features its own restaurant with chef Michael Rozzi at the helm. Expect dishes such as local swordfish, suckling pig confit and Scottish salmon.
On June 21, 2013Debora Toth answered the question:In the Hamptons you’ll find chic, beachy inns, not big hotel brands. It can be difficult to decipher one from the next without a little help and insider knowledge. To wit, here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for the best places to book an overnight stay in the Hamptons:
1. c/o The Maidstone Hotel. This luxury Scandinavian-cool boutique hotel in East Hampton offers individually decorated rooms, views of the village pond and an on-site restaurant.
2. Baker House 1650. If you’re looking for an English manor feel with gorgeous grounds and beautiful architecture in East Hampton, this is your spot. An infinity-edge pool, spa, library and a full-stocked bar are just some of the amenities here.
3. East Hampton Point. This elegant waterfront place may be the closest thing to a full-blown resort in the Hamptons — it’s got a pool, tennis courts, playground, a restaurant and full service marina where you can park your boat.
4. The Inn at Windmill Lake. While there are only seven guest rooms at this quiet spot in Amagansett, they are all-out luxe with wood burning fireplaces and marble bathrooms. The three cottages each have a gym and steam room.
5. The American Hotel. In the picturesque enclave of Sag Harbor, this charming red brick Victorian hotel has a welcoming front porch along the village’s main street and is steps from the harbor.
On June 21, 2013Debora Toth answered the question:East Hampton’s central business district along Main Street is the place to give your credit card a serious workout or to let your eyes do the shopping. You’ll find high-end jewelers, such as Tiffany & Co. and London Jewelers, unique boutiques like Blue & Cream sell a collection of well-curated designer duds, and big-named brands. (Don’t miss the iconic Ralph Lauren outpost, a two-story ivy-covered barn with exposed interior beams and large American flags displaying his unique vintage clothing line.) Around the corner from Main Street on Newtown Lane are more shops, including designer Tory Burch’s boutique, Scoop NYC and a favorite mainstay, The Monogram Shop.
On June 21, 2013Debora Toth answered the question:The Hamptons may be known as a playground for adults, but our Forbes Travel guide editors found that there are many activities catered toward kids. Here are five of the best:
1. Visit the windmills. Take a peek into those large windmills dotting the Hamptons landscape — East Hampton’s Hook Mill, Pantigo Mill and Gardiners Mill, all built in the 18th and 19th centuries, will capture a child’s imagination.
2. Go crazy for candy. Hit up the unique and colorful Dylan’s Candy Bar in East Hampton (owned by Dylan Lauren, daughter of the famous Ralph). It’s filled with hundreds of sweet treats in a rainbow of colors.
3. Hit the beach. Cooper’s Beach in the exclusive enclave of Southampton has been voted the top beach in the country — and for good reason. Its soft-white sand, enticing ocean waves, designated lifeguard area, and wooden beach chairs and umbrellas make for an idyllic day for you and the kids.
4. Board it up. Seeking adventure? Sign up for a stand-up paddleboard or surf lesson at Main Beach Surf & Sport in Wainscott.
5. Indulge in ice cream. For a special end-of-the-day treat, try the Bridgehampton Candy Kitchen offering homemade ice cream and fudge.
On June 21, 2013Debora Toth answered the question:Whether you visit for a beachy weekend getaway or for a posh summer-long escape, the Hamptons are flush with things to do and see. Here are five of the best:
1. Explore East Hampton. The most historic and chic village is East Hampton, with its lovely central park, freshwater pond and noteworthy buildings and windmills. In this picturesque town, you’ll see the influence of the early Dutch and English settlers as well as iconic beaches and glorious mansions.
2. Watch softball. You may want to plan your trip for mid-August when the annual Artists and Writers Charity Softball game is played in East Hampton’s Herrick Park. This fun charity event has drawn celebrities such as Christie Brinkley, Chevy Chase, Alec Baldwin and Dustin Hoffman.
3. Escape in Montauk. At the very end of Long Island sits Montauk, a low-key but hip fishing and surfing village known for its historic lighthouse and fishing dock (which famously inspired the movie Jaws).
4. Gawk at Sag Harbor. This old whaling village was settled in the early 1700s, but today its Long Wharf Marina offers up-close views of jaw-dropping mega-yachts docked in its harbor.
5. Watch polo. The sport of kings is played each Saturday at the Bridgehampton 2013 Polo Challenge. The season opens in July and runs through August. Join spectators as they divot-stamp and admire the handsome polo players.