Summer is fast approaching and for many New Yorkers that typically means taking off to the Hamptons! For those who are new to ‘New York summers’, like myself, many of us have only seen the Hampton’s holidays on various television shows and movies. So what is there to do for those who are heading to the Hamptons for the first time?
First you have to decide what part of the Hamptons you plan to visit. There are several villages in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton on Long Island, New York. These areas are the most populated parts of the Hamptons in the summer time and are the location of some of the most expensive properties in the United States of America.
Rent a Vacation House
One of the best ways to enjoy the Hamptons is to rent a vacation property. Rentini.com has a number of stunning houses situated in both Southampton and Hampton Bays. The properties sleep up to eighteen or twenty occupants, has stunning views and each has a large, inviting swimming pool.
Renting a vacation house can give your trip away that extra special touch. You’re not confined to a small hotel room, you have all the comforts of home and in the case of Rentini’s properties can fit a number of people under one roof.
Make the most of your time
A trip to the Hamptons pretty much defines a luxurious beach vacation.
The beaches in the Hamptons are known for their pristine beauty. With long stretches of white sand, sparkling blue water and the perfect summer climate, it’s no surprise they’ve been rated among the best in the world. Each beach has something different to offer. The water at the bay beaches are always much warmer than that of the Atlantic. They’re also perfect for windsurfing and with the kid without the rough ocean. However if you prefer slightly more of a surf there is plenty of that on the main beaches, for surfers, body boarders or general swimming amongst the waves!
If you’re into a spot of sport, there is plenty of that to go around in the Hamptons. Whether you’re looking for a round of golf or a game of tennis, the Hamptons has it! The Shinnecock Hills golf course has been touted the best public course in America yet if you want to drive a bit further, Farmingdale is the home of public golf with Bethpage being the location of the 2002 U.S. Open. Public tennis courts can be found at East Hampton High School, Bridgehampton High School, Southampton High School and Mashashimuet in Sag Harbor giving you plenty of opportunities to get out for a hit on the courts!
A great way to explore the various areas of the Hamptons is by walking or biking. Biking in particular will take you just about anywhere. It’s reasonably ease to get from town-to-town and bike routes are easy marked so you can easily follow the roads of the beautiful wooded trails around the villages. For something a little different, why not try a 2 hour horseback ride along the beach.
Since you’re enjoying your vacation right beside the water, why not take it one step further and get out on the water itself! There are many places around the Hamptons where you can rent canoes, rowboats, kayaks and small sailboats for a great day out in the water, however if you’d prefer there are a number of companies offering guided kayak tours, and harbor boat cruises. While you’re out on the water be sure to partake in a little fishing. Montauk is considered the sport-fishing capital of the world due to the world record number of fish caught at Montauk.
While you’re in the Hamptons, you could easily dedicate you’re entire weekend to visiting the different wineries. The Wine Spectator once touted Long Island as the East Coast version of the Napa Valley. There are over 50 different vineyards ranging in size and the wines have won national and international awards. Some wineries serves breads, cheese and crackers along with their wine, others have a full barnyard around the tasting room, complete with chickens and roosters to give you quite the unique experience.
If you’re looking for something out of the sun, why not check out the numerous galleries in the Hamptons. If you’re there during the right season, you could come across a different art show opening every night. The largest group of art galleries is located in East Hampton, however there are galleries all over the area. If you’re into art, you should definitely have a scout around these galleries and see some of the fantastic works on display.
Aside from the artwork, the Hamptons have a large offering of shops and antique stores. The antique stores in particular are well worth checking out, and for those shopaholics, many prominent designers have set up shops in East Hampton each summer.
The numerous events, the beach, the scenery, the water activities, the sports, the shopping and the galleries make the Hamptons a perfect place to visit in the summer time.
What are your favorite things to do in the Hamptons?