During the summer Long Island’s chic and ritzy Hamptons hosts some of the most rich and famous of the world along with scores of everyday New Yorkers who share rental houses. They go for the gorgeous Atlantic Ocean setting, trendy bars and restaurants and to party throughout the day and night on and off the beach. The season winds down after the frantically fun Labor Day weekend. While it might be difficult to score a room at this late date, if the Hamptons is on your mind for a Labor Day escape here is a short guide to some good choices to stay, eat and play:
Where to Stay
Southampton Inn—perched on several acres of manicured lawn adorned with gracious gardens the Inn sits smack in the heart of the Village of super swank Southampton on Long Island’s stunning East End. The award winning property has been given the prize for “Best Breakfast,” “Best Hotel,” and “Best Wedding Location,” There are just 90 well-appointed guestrooms which are located just steps away from the town’s fine dining restaurants, designer boutiques, art galleries, parks and museums, and a short drive from highly-rated Coopers Beach, the Inn is the perfect home-away-from-home to explore the scenic Hamptons.
Panoramic View Resorts & Residences—this cozy hotel hugs a beach in the thriving city of Montauk. Rooms come with kitchenettes where you can fix a meal or two to save time and money. If you want to go out there are plenty of places within walking distance. Set within a 10-acre nature sanctuary with 1,000 feet of pristine beaches, Panoramic offers towel, chair, and umbrella service for lounging on the sand as well as an on-site heated pool with cabanas and pool house. There is also one- to five-bedroom turn-key luxury residences with access to an on-site fitness center, massage therapists, personal trainers and year-round staff.
Ocean Dunes–Four acres of nature preserve surround this oceanfront resort with private beach access within walking distance of upscale Amagansett. Rent one Ocean Dunes Resort’s one- or two-bedroom units and look out over the surrounding environment from the private balcony, relax by the outdoor heated pool, or dine al fresco at the on-site picnic area. The resort is also within walking distance of transportation, making travel between Ocean Dunes and NYC fast and convenient.
Osteria Salina–After three years of creating a loyal following and serving authentic Sicilian cuisine highlighting the specialties of Salina located in the Aeloian islands. Osteria Salina has decided to move from 95 School street in Bridgehampton and relocate to 108 Wainscott Stone road in Wainscott. The new Osteria Salina is undergoing a thorough refurbishing that will restore the grandeur of this iconic location known formerly as Sapore di Mare. With bucolic views of Georgica Pond, dining in an old world setting featuring a castle like fireplace, original hand hewn beams, a wood burning pizza oven and a classic baby grand piano bar lounge, Osteria Salina will continue its tradition of serving fresh clean local fare coupled with genuine Sicilian hospitality.
75 Main–Recognized as one of Long Island’s best brunch spots by USA Today, 75 Main has attracted such high-profile clientele as Barbara Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Leonardo Di-Caprio, Joe Biden, and Alex Rodriguez with James Beard Award-winning Executive Chef Mark Militello’s menu of creative classics. Tuck into seasonal items like watermelon salad with arugula, crumbled feta, chopped pistachios, red onion and passion fruit vinai-grette; truffle crumb stuffed chicken breast with broccoli rabe and Portobello mushroom fries; or Mark’s Burger—a massive sandwich topped with onion-tomato jam, bacon, aru-gula, Gruyere, blue cheese and a secret sauce—then stay into the wee hours to toast the summer with specialty cocktails like the 75 Main Cosmopolitan or Tuscan Sunset Martini while well-known DJs spin the hottest tracks of the summer.
The Hamptons, which New Yorkers refer to as the “East End,’ is composed of a group of villages and hamlets in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton, which form the South Fork of Long Island, New York. It offers year around accommodations and diversions and while the area hosts more tourists and visitors during the summer, it is a truly cool spot for a winter getaway, too especially when the wind blows over the ocean and you can hear fog horns from a distance. There are a few ways to get to the Hampton such as a jet jitney, car, bus service, on road jitney service and boat which you can find information on and more here.
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