East Hampton Travel Guide

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    Main St, Oct 10
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East Hampton Things to Do

  • Southampton

    This is another of “the Hamptons”. You have Westhampton, Bridgehampton and Hampton Bays as well. Each has its own character. Southampton is a mixture of old money and the brash new - often show business new. Walk up and down the main streets to get a flavour of the place - the shops and pubs, gardens and houses.I’ve never quite worked out if I like...

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  • Sag Harbour

    Is this part of the Hamptons? Not sure... It’s on the Peconic Bay side of the South Fork, and not the ocean, for a start.Probably it is. Shame.It does feel a bit different, however. I’ve always liked it. A former whaling port, but that’s ancient history.Go see - lovely main street and harbour area.

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  • Montauk

    This is The End. That’s how it’s known locally. The road goes no further. It’s name comes from the Montaukett natives.It falls into 3 segments. The town is what you come to first. I’ve never stopped. Nothing against the place, but the other 2 bits are better.Turn left after the town to get to the harbour. A working fishing harbour. A ferry terminal...

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  • Montauk Lighthouse

    The Montauk Lighthouse is actually really cool, even if you're not a lighthouse...admirer? lol Anways, there's a museum inside and you can go to the top and look straight across the Atlantic. Worth the trip to Montauk.

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  • Main Beach

    Main beach is the biggest beach in East Hampton. It is very nice, very sandy. There is ample parking, and also a nice "beach bar" which sells sandwiches and drinks etc. Get there early though, or there won't be any room!Also, keep in mind that in order to be allowed to park at the beach, you need to have a beach permit. Residents get this free, but...

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  • Indian Wells

    Indian Wells is another beach, a little farther west of Main Beach. It is a little more popular with younger people. But it is equally as crowded as Main Beach. You also need a parking permit for Indian Wells.

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  • Visit the home of Jackon Pollack and Lee...

    Jackson Pollock the Abstract Expressionist. In 1945, he married fellow artist Lee Krasner and moved from New York City to Long Island. They purchased this location overlooking Accabonac Creek in The Springs, near East Hampton. Open May, September and October by appointment only. Guided tours Thursday, Friday and Saturday, on the hour from 11 a.m. -...

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  • Hamptons Film Festival October 19-23

    I've seen some fantastic films here. And you can be the envy of your friends when the film becomes a block buster. You can say you've already seen it.Don't gawk, you'll likely be sitting next to someone famous! Many celebs live in teh Hamptons and usually make the film fest.

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  • Go Sailing!

    If it's your first time I would suggest the Bay. The Ocean is a bit rough, although my 70-odd year old aunt has no problem taking her boat out on the ocean. Impressive.

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East Hampton Hotels

  • East Hampton House

    226 Pantigo Road, East Hampton, New York, 11937, United States

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Business

  • Hedges' Inn

    74 James Lane , East Hampton, New York, 11937, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • East Hampton Inn

    488 Montauk Highway, East Hampton, New York, 11937, United States

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

East Hampton Restaurants

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    Iconic... eclectic... idiosyncratic?That’s The Dock, at Gosman’s Dock in Montauk. Right where the fishing boats land their catch. Right at the furthest easternmost tip of Long Island, or The End as its known locally.On a beautiful sunny October Sunday, it’s hard to imagine a more idyllic place for lunch. We just walked in off the street - we being...

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  • Southwestern cooking

    This place was exactly what I needed. After going out to a bunch of chic and fancy places, I needed a relaxed and fun restaurant. It has a live band, you eat with your hands, and you’re drinking like you’re on a desert island. Oh, and it’s pretty loud. This place has the best ribs I have ever tasted! They also have a bit of Mexican with their...

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  • My Favorite Place

    Rowdy Hall is a really great place to go for lunch or dinner. It's sort of a Pub style looking place. The food is diverse, ranging from French Onion Soup to Tuna Steak. At any rate, pretty much anything you order will be fantastic. I can get crowded on the weekends though, so make reservations. The Rowdy Burger! The best burger I've ever had. Its...

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  • French Bistro

    Almond has become sort of a "fad" restaurant. Billy Joel goes there often. It's a pretty simple menu, with only a few things on it each night. It would be wise to call and make reservations, otherwise you probably won't get a table. Steak Frites, available almost every night.

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  • Mexican

    The Blue Parrot is a nice Mexican restaurant right in East Hampton Village. They have a nice outside area. I liek all Mexican food, but I would the most unique thing are the tortilla chips they have and the salsa. Very good.

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  • Fresh Fish!

    Enjoy magnificent sunsets and water views overlooking scenic Three Mile Harbor. MAke sure to book your table in advance! Fresh local seafood. The oysters a wonderful. So are the crab cakes. You really can't go wrong here!

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East Hampton Nightlife

  • Cool Venue

    Stephen Talkhouse is a cool bar with Live Music. Acts range from local bands to Paul Simon and Paul McCartney. When I was a freshmen in highschool my band played at the open mic night lol. Cover charges can range from 5 to 100 dollars. It's worth going. Something is happening every night. Casual

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  • Drunk Highschool students

    Resort Lounge is probably the hippiest night life spot in the Hamptons. It was renovated in 2003 and now it's all orange and filled with palm trees and stuff lol. It would be a cool place if it wasn't always filled highschool kids that got in with fake I.D.'s but anyways. lolMake sure to check it out before you go because they have a lot of private...

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East Hampton Transportation

  • the choices...

    On my last visit we drove out from Queens, early on a Sunday in October. But obviously I’ve been travelling to and from the town for a while.The traffic will be hellish on summer weekends due to the invasion of city folks. The LIRR (Long Island Railroad) serves the town. You can get coach services like the Hampton Jitney.

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  • Cabs

    There are many small cab companies in the Hamptons. There are numbers posted at all the convience stores etc. If you are in Montauk there are 2 famous cab companies called "Pink Tuna Taxis" and "Celtic Taxis," the fist having pink cars, the latter having green cars. They are expensive, not like in the city, but if you don't have a car there isn't...

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  • Take the Train from NY

    You can bring a bike on the train. Get yourself a local map to get around once you get off the train at East Hampton. You can also get off at Amagamsett, from the Montauk Branch.There is also a private bus company, The Hampton Jitney. You quite often see actors, newcasters, artists and writers on the bus. Keep your eyes peeled. It's a bit more...

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East Hampton Shopping

  • by WillAntoniou Written Nov 13, 2006

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    Everyone knows Saks Fifth Avenue. Well, of course there's one in the Hamptons lol. After all, where will all the celebrities get their clothes?

    What to buy: Whatever you have the money for

    What to pay: A lot

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    • Romantic Travel and Honeymoons

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East Hampton Warnings and Dangers

  • Permits

    Make sure you read the signs if you're going to the beach and want to park your car. Most parking spots require a permit. If you do have a permit from the Hotel you are staying at -make sure you read it because most permits only allow you to park your car at one beach, not all of them. Most beaches are private so make sure you are allowed there....

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  • CROWDED

    In the summer the Hamptons get totally overrun. It makes sense because summer is really the only time worth going. But just don't expect to be alone out there lol.

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East Hampton Tourist Traps

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    by GoodGirl16 Written Sep 21, 2004

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    One of the hottest spots to go during the summer if you'r from or visiting NYC is the Hamptons. But trust me DONT GO IN THE SUMMMER!!!!!!!! i was born there and summered there every summer of my LIFE! (even though thats only 16 summers, hey!, i think i would know what im talking about about now) Its a beatiful town, or should i say towns, but this past summer ive never seen it that bad. There were sooooo many people and most of them are from the City and stupid. Not to mention the worst driving in the UNIVERSE...and thats an understatment. What a tourist trap in the Hamptons is the town in which you are visiting, the beaches, and the movie theathers on the weekends. Also if it happens to rain during the summer and your stuck in the Hamptons i highly suggest you DONT go into town...its swarming with tourists. Locals no better not to show their faces

    Unique Suggestions: In East Hampton one of my favoirte places to go when im bored or just for kicks is Book Hampton. Its the local book shop. i love reading and they have a good seclection on different books to read. And if your into more eccentic and artsy, with an indian flare of style i DEMAND you go to Sag Harbor!! Its one of my favorite places to go because the main street is full of the coolest shops for all ages. Sag Harbor is so down to earth out of all the Hamptons you cant help but say, "aww what a great little place this is." You havent expericenced the true Hamptons until you at least walked down the main street in Sag Harbor. Its HONESTLY a place for all types and ages of people. Take this from a sixteen year old who enjoys book stores and Durer exhibits.

    Fun Alternatives: Are you ready to get pampered?? Well my friends, Gurneys in Montauk which is only 20-30 minutes away depending on traffic is a fab joint to get that silk rap for your nails or a full body message. Not to mention that both the mens and womens sections in the Spa have AMAZING steam baths, sauna, a secret pool thats enclosed in a cave like cove with underwater light and a splendid water fall, andfor a finishing touch, a Roman salt water bath big enough to do your exercises. For only $25 for the "Spa" is quite a deal. But messages and things are extra. Never fear though, because if your on vacation you dont have to move very far or drive since Gurneys is a hotel and fancy resturant as well. Pretty neat huh.

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East Hampton What to Pack

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    by GoodGirl16 Updated Sep 21, 2004

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    Luggage and bags: It doesnt matter what kind of bags you have but people would definently check out your stuff. A good piece of advice to know is, when vacationing in The Hamptons, anyone who is anyone dresses and acts like they are someone. Now of course you dont have to listen to me, but if you want to be let into the high end clubs, or mingle with others from your opposite sex, trust me if you remember this one simple rule, you know everything you need to know...dress like success...

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Anything designer or something that resembles designer...if you dont own anything that designer i highly recommend that you pick up the latest copy of Vogue or Hamptons' Gotham and start taking what the women and men in those mags are...models, and use your traveling skills and adapt QUICK!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: In The Hamptons?!?! Please...even the servants quaters have the nicest possible toiletries from Paris or God knows where!

    Photo Equipment: Ant camera will do..or you can do what the rich people do any hire your own personal staff of photographers...for just a coulple hundred bucks they'll get the job done..but why stop there?! ...for a few extra thousand they'll also be your personal slaves!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you like Camping the best place to go in The Hamptons is Ceder Point with out a doubt. Its a lot of fun and my friends from Germany and i used to rent out a camping spot for a night and have the best bon fires and walks on the beach. But if your a beachy kinda person there are so many beaches to choose from its all depending on your style. And beleive me, its not hard at all to find the nearest beach...all you have to do is follow all the traffic. You may think im joking but just you wait until you come to The Hamptons, you'll be regretting you didnt go to some seculded island in Fiji.

    Miscellaneous: Everything is terribly expensive here...i think this is the only place where they serve an ice cream cone for $5 and a bottle of water for $3.

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East Hampton Sports & Outdoors

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    by iaint Updated Sep 17, 2007

    Autumn and spring, Montauk Rugby take to Herrick Field (its the baseball park right in the centre of town). For those unfamiliar with local conditions, the season breaks at the end of November as the winter is too severe for rugby!
    I played in the autumn of 1978. Great way to get to know local people.

    Equipment: For playing, all the usual stuff (including beer money). To watch, sunscreen in September; warm clothes in November!

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