Plans for a Hamptons guide will begin soon, so until then, please enjoy a Glimpse of this famous area by Samantha Mollett, a former Fashion Editor and stylist. Samantha lives in Greenwich, CT with her husband and their 3 children. She spends her summers enjoying the beach and everything else the Hamptons has to offer with her kids in Southampton, NY.
Upscale restaurant? I’ll take casual over upscale in the Hamptons any day, but Pierre’s or Topping Rose in Bridgehampton are fun for a night out, or if you really want old school upscale, the outdoor garden at San Ambroeus in Southampton is lovely. Bagatelle is opening in Sag Harbor this summer and Eleven Madison Park opened a summer pop-up that I’m sure will be delicious, if I can get a reservation!
Casual restaurant? Sunset Beach on Shelter Island. Best enjoyed when you can arrive by boat!
This is a great long boozy lunch spot! It isn’t casual per se, but you can roll up in a bathing suit and cover up with no shoes which I love.
Restaurant with kids? Sip n Soda for breakfast can’t be beat. LT Burger, Cowfish and Townline BBQ are other favorites…World Pie for pizza al fresco.
Best bakery? Tate’s Bake Shop of course. We bike there and stock up on cookies and pies for visiting house guests…and always get a few treats to refuel for ride home.
Clothing boutique for yourself? Henry Lehr, Clic, Tenet and Calypso, and the boutique at Surf Lodge.
Clothing boutique for kids? Pink Chicken or Egg
Home decor store? Mecox and Homenature
Jewelry store? Styleliner
Skincare store? Knockout Beauty – my friend Cayli Cavaco Reck opened this boutique last year and she carries amazing niche skincare lines that are mostly natural. She knows it all when it comes to skin care.
Paper store? Hildreth’s isn’t a paper store but they are one of the oldest small department stores in the country and they carry everything from linens, furniture, gifts, kitchen wares and baby/children’s gifts. It’s a great one stop shop that is unique to the Hamptons.
With kids? The summer concert series in Southampton is a weekly Wednesday night tradition. It alternates from Cooper’s Beach to Agawam park and everyone brings dinner and drinks and enjoys the music and sunset. But our favorite thing to do is go to the beach! It’s all about the beaches in the summer In the Hamptons! They really are the most beautiful and uncrowded I have seen in the US. Love “The Cut” at Scott Cameron – the ocean and Mecox Bay meet and so it’s great for wading and crabbing. The kids love it. Old Town Road for beach bonfires and Road G for driving on and enjoying a Long Beach day. The farm stands all over the island are amazing. The best local produce, eggs, cheeses and flowers!! I love a good trip to the farmers market! Seven Ponds also has lots of wooden play structures for the kids to play on and pick your own fruits and veggies. Also not to be missed is Round Swamp Farmstand in Bridgehampton. The best prepared foods to bring on a picnic or for an easy yet delicious dinner at home. Expensive but everything they make is delicious! If you are visiting in the Fall then you must go to Hank’s Pumpkintown. It’s the place to get pumpkins, get lost in a corn maze and eat apple cider donuts.
With your husband? If we find ourselves without plans and have a sitter we love to grab drinks and dinner at the bar at Sushi Zuki in Watermill after going for a beach run or playing tennis.
With friends? We regularly meet up on one of the beaches in Southampton village that still let you drive on and have big tailgates and bonfires. Sometimes we bring all the kids and they make smores and scamper about in the dunes, and other nights we do adults only until the wee hours. Always my favorite nights of the summer. We also love a good old fashioned BBQ/pool party – especially if we can bike over to our friends’ houses.
With visiting friends? The farmstand at Wolffer is always fun. You can bring the kids, enjoy live music in the vineyard and drink rose – what’s not to like!? We also usually rent a water sports boat to water ski, tube etc and have them drop us off at Salt on Shelter Island for drinks and casual dinner. The Children’s Museum of The East End is an amazing kids’ museum. I spent countless hours there when my kids were younger. Definitely a must for people visiting with younger kids!
Hotel Favorites…I don’t really know that much about hotels in the area because we like to have friends stay with us. We love a full house!
But if Samantha had to pick…
For a romantic weekend? Gurneys or Topping Rose house
For your parents/in-laws? 1770 house or 1708 house
For visiting single friends? Sunset Beach
For visiting families? Gurneys or the Southampton Inn
Neighborhood/area? We are partial to Southampton, but all the towns are charming and have their own flavor and attractions. Amagansett and Montauk are further out so they are harder to get to but they have some really fun and cool restaurants and eateries. I have to have at least one Surf Lodge night a summer. Sag Harbor has a bit of an artsy feel to it and I love all the old Shipping Captains homes. Sag harbor is on the bay and has lots of small unique shops and restaurants.
Park? Agawam in Southampton for the playground overlooking Agawam lake and Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge for a nature walk and bird watching.
Museum? Parrish Art Museum in Watermill
General travel favorites…
Destination with kids? Roatan Honduras or Harbour Island
Destination with spouse? Paris or Mexico
Stroller? I’m finally out of strollers but I’m an Uppa Baby gal.
Kids travel bag? LL Bean rolling duffle.
Your handbag? Too many to name just one favorite but I can always justify splurging on a designer handbag based on cost per wear
Airplane activity for kids? Ipad and activity books.
Airplane activity for yourself? A good book while the kids are watching their show.
Must-have for your child’s carry on? Change of clothes, lovey and lots of snacks!
Must-have for your carry-on? Water, sunglasses, a book and my phone charger.
Tips? When going somewhere warm I try to pack a swimsuit and flip flops for my family in my carry on in case the luggage is lost, we can at least take a dip in the ocean!