22 Brand New Things to do in the Hamptons This Summer
It may be nearing mid-July, but—deep breath—summer’s not over yet. In an effort to maintain fun-in-the-sun momentum, we compiled a list of goings-on in the Hamptons to keep you heading East through Labor Day.
The reopened Baron’s Cove Sag Harbor—the epitome of Hamptons chic, with 67 airy guestrooms (we recommend the harbor-facing loft suite); a cozy dining room, serving surf-and-turf specials; an outdoor terrace with twinkle lights; a heated saltwater pool; and a perfectly manicured lawn, natch.
An exclusive collaboration between Exhale Spa and Bridgehampton’s Topping Rose House, where guests can kick start their Saturdays and Sundays with group Core Fusion classes, or book private training sessions for up to four people.
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The hotel also just announced the rebranding of its on-site spa, to be operated in partnership with Townhouse Spa, an ultra-luxe retreat in Midtown Manhattan. The new menu will feature the same award-winning treatments as Townhouse’s NYC location, like the Star Facial, which uses a sonic polisher to diminish fine lines and sun damage.
Sant Ambroeus, now open on Main Street in Southampton. Need we say more?
Copious Row, the curated lifestyle e-boutique from David Chines—a former luxury maven, who cut his teeth at LVMH, Givenchy, and Fendi—has gone three-dimensional with the opening of a freestanding store in Sag Harbor. There, you’ll find candles by Karl Lagerfeld, home accessories from Tom Dixon, Christian Lacroix journals and notebooks, Finlay & Co. sunglasses, and more.
Winston’s Bar and Grill, a surf-and-turf haven set in the former East Hampton location of Nichol’s. Expect Caribbean-flavored dishes like rock shrimp salad with iceberg lettuce, and grilled chicken topped with roasted red peppers, onions, and fried plantains.
New classes at the Bridgehampton studio of Physique 57, including Focused Interval Training to tone “trouble spots” (seat sculpting sequences promise to tighten any backside) and the Physique Namaste Workshop, a 90-minute class that blends power yoga moves with arm, thigh, seat, and ab exercises.
The debut of Montauk’s Harbor restaurant, offering the picture-perfect setting for sunset cocktails like the Pink Flamingo Martini and the Sama Sama Spritzer. Insider tip: head there early for Greek-inspired fare (cue chicpeas with tomato, chili, yogurt, and cumin), but stay late—the space transforms into a late-night hotspot, with hip DJs, live music, and beautiful people galore.
Contemporary art exhibitions at Halsey McKay Gallery, in East Hampton. On view from July 18 to August 3, 2015: bold multimedia prints that reference construction materials (foam, wood, ceiling tiles) by New York-based artist Ethan Greenbaum, and photography by Bryan Graf, centered on the nostalgia of his family's history.
A new Shelter Island location for Wampum—the skate- and surf-inspired clothing company founded by native Montauk bothers Marley and Lennon Ficalora—at the historic Chequit Hotel.
Speaking of the Chequit Hotel…did we mention the property recently debuted a renovation under new owners David Bowd and Kevin O’Shea (of Salt Hotels fame)? The result is pretty chic: 37-rooms and suites with restored hardwood floors and fun two-toned walls; complimentary breakfast in bed; a cute café and bakery, serving Jack’s Stir Brew coffee and snacks by Baked; and a restaurant called Red Maple, helmed by chef Richard Pims.
Upgrades to Amagansett’s Inn at Windmill Lane, including: a new four-bedroom private home, called the 21 House, with its own chef’s kitchen, spa treatment room, and more; high-end takeout from neighborhood restaurants, for guests who prefer to dine in (which can be ordered on iPads, now found in each of the Inn’s rooms); and bespoke shopping services in partnership with über-chic retailer Intermix (includes transportation to-and-from the store in East Hampton, delivery of garments directly to your room, and a $50 gift card to Intermix upon arrival).
Updated food and beverage programming at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, fresh off the heels of a renovation last year. Highlights include: see-and-be-seen restaurant Scarpetta Beach—the new East End sister to an Italian hotspot of the same name in NYC’s Meatpacking District—and Regent Cocktail Club, a craft-cocktail lounge with Miami Beach flair (live Latin music, Bacardi cocktails, and authentic Cuban dancing).
The appointment of former Top Chef contestant Ron Duprat as executive chef at the Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina, a waterfront playground for East End luminaries since its founding in 1926 by entrepreneur Carl Fisher. Duprat’s influence can be seen throughout the resort’s culinary destinations, from new seafood options like jumbo scallops and local fluke munière at the Gulf Coast Kitchen to grab-and-go meals at the indoor-outdoor Hurricane Alley and a “docktails” menu for marina guests to enjoy group dining.
The first-ever flagship for L’Objet, the luxurious home goods brand known for its impeccably curated collection of—wait for it—objets d’art. Founder and Creative Director Elad Yifrach scours the globe in search of one-of-a-kind pieces, many of which are on offer at the Southampton boutique, like custom-made Fortuny surfboards, beach chairs and glassware by Segno Italiano, and functional green sculptures by Opiary.
Need new shades? Oliver Peoples has opened a pop-up shop in East Hampton, where the luxe eyewear company will sell its summer 2015 collection, as well as a curated selection of exclusive custom frames.
Lazy Point pop-ups at Montauk’s Memory Motel on Monday nights—for those looking to party, or kick back with a cocktail from the NYC mixology hotspot. Our picks: Beets by Dre (Fords gin, fresh beet juice, and rosemary simple syrup) and the Bramble Rose (Hayman’s gin, lemon, and house made rose jam).
Easier ways to eat right, thanks to a new partnership between Montauk hotspot the Surf Lodge and health food newcomer ALOHA. Hotel guests will receive curated breakfast boxes of ALOHA’s powdered green juice pouches, perfect at the beach or in bed (as you recuperate from a late night). Surf Lodge is also hosting a Joni’s Kitchen pop-up, meaning guests no longer have to walk to town for Joni’s tasty juices and smoothies, to which customers can now add ALOHA Protein or Daily Good Greens powders.
“Yoga in the Vines” at Wölffer Estate Vineyard, the famed winemaker whose rosé flows like water throughout summer in the Hamptons. Visitors can partake in beginner or advanced classes on the grounds, followed by a winery tour and tasting (booked separately).
The vineyard is also just opened its first stand-alone restaurant: Wölffer Kitchen, set on Main Street in Sag Harbor. The menu, from local chef Deena Chafetz, fuses American and Mediterranean flavors, with an emphasis on seafood, locally sourced ingredients, and of course an extensive list of wines—60 percent of which will be from Long Island.
A Southampton outpost of 3x1, the NYC-based luxury denim atelier and label founded by denim maven Scott Morrison (also of Earnest Sewn and Paper Denim & Cloth). The new shop will offer a curated selection of the brand’s ready-to-wear collections for men and women, as well as speedier orders on custom denim (a specialty for 3x1).
“Summer Split: LES to Montauk,” a package offered by New York City’s Ludlow hotel and the Crow’s Nest in Montauk—allowing you to pair two weekend nights in the City with two weekday nights out East. The package, available through September 3rd, also includes complimentary breakfast and Wi-Fi at both hotels, plus free bicycle and paddleboard rentals at the Crow’s Nest.