A jump on the Jitney, a buzz down the Long Island Expressway, or a seat on a Blade helicopter is all it takes to get out of the city and out to New York’s coastal getaway: the Hamptons. Combining the small-town charm of a beach lifestyle with the luxe and lavish amenities of the city, the array of villages and seaside communities have remained a hotspot for both the elite and locals of New York City and tourists for decades. The allure of the Hamptons is sure to remain as millions of visitors descend upon the quiet seaside villages every year for family road trips, romantic getaways, and friend-cations. A trip to the Hamptons, be it for a quick weekend or a week-long stay, is always a good idea.
What started as a fishing village along the eastern points of Long Island, New York, the Hamptons have been a popular tourist destination since the late 19th century. Vacationers flock to the villages and hamlets of the Hamptons community for the quaint seaside atmosphere, upscale boutiques and restaurants, and for the relief it provides those New Yorkers needing a breather outside of the city. Many a celebrity frequents the island to enjoy the lavish locale far away from the prying eyes of Los Angeles. The Hamptons have provided backdrops for movies and television shows, and for good reason: the Hamptons are simply stunning. One visit is all it takes to fall in love with the Long Island scenery.
With farmland in the interior and coastline all around, the Hamptons are the quintessential “small beach town” in which you have always wished you’d grown up. There is great fun in the simplicity of taking in a visit to a fish and farmer’s market in Montauk, then zipping to East Hampton for boutique shopping. For some family fun, grab a bicycle and feel the ocean air waft through your hair as you lazily peddle along Main Street. Or, spend an entire day soaking up the sun on iconic Cooper’s Beach and finish the evening on a romantic visit to a local vineyard for a wine tasting. You can even charter a boat out of Sag Harbor for a sunset cruise or enjoy some fishing for a unique end to an adventure packed day!
Whether you are a new tourist or a seasoned visitor, finding the right accommodations can be a bit tricky. There are several unique places to stay in the Hamptons that make it more difficult to make a choice on the best lodging for you and your family.
From hoity-toity resorts to charming B&B’s, Long Island’s eastern end is chock full of historic to modern houses-turned-inns or luxe resorts. Looking for something reminiscent of Gilmore Girl’s Independence Inn? There are numerous inns to fit your style and budget. Wanting something a little more in line with an all-inclusive resort and spa? Or maybe you want something oceanfront, with the beach in the back? Whatever accommodations you desire, the Hamptons have that perfect place to hang your hat, and your rod and reel, too!