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Not to state the obvious, but it’s August in the Hamptons. Coincidentally, it’s August in other places as well. But that’s neither here nor there. Our point, and we do have one, is that you need to know where to go, especially since getting around the Hamptons in late summer is something akin to a military operation. Here’s our list. As always, all activities support local businesses.
1. Wake up. It’s dawn. Get your coffee fix at any one of our fave places, such as Mary’s Marvelous (don’t miss the the sourdough chocolate muffin) in East Hampton or Amagansett. Or stop by the Springs General Store in Springs for coffee, a freshly made croissant and conversation on the porch, see photo. Or if you really know what you’re doing try the Mad Max (coffee with a shot of espresso) at Jack’s Stir Brew in Amagansett or Sag Harbor.
2. Presumably you’re in shape. (If not, skip ahead to the next question OR it’s not too late for a barre classe at Elements Fitness in East Hampton or Physique 57 in Bridgehampton). But why not hit the water? Go standup paddle boarding — the Hamptons is consistently ranked top in the country for SUP — by renting boards at Paddle Diva in Springs or Main Beach Surf & Sport in Wainscott. Or better yet: Rent a longboard at Air & Speed in Montauk and get your surf on at Ditch Plains.
3. If you’ve worked out and now have the munchies, try a smoothie at Simply Sublime in Springs (we’re partial to the Mr. Green) or at Provisions in Sag Harbor. Or stop by Montauk Juice Factory for a cold-pressed juice. Those feeling a little less healthy can head to Goldberg’s (there’s nearly one in every hamlet, including a new outpost in Wainscott) for an everything bagel and some nova. Or if you’re really feeling indulgent, have a stack at John’s Pancake House in Montauk or a freshly made donut at the newly opened Grindstone Coffee & Donuts in Sag Harbor.
4. If it’s raining and you have children, head to the Children’s Museum of the East End in Bridgehampton (we recommend the giant Lite-Brite). If it’s raining and you do not have children, then head to The Dock dive bar in Montauk, and prepare to drink and tip heavily. If you are feeling more virtuous, take a yoga class at Mandala Yoga in Amagansett or Hamptons Hot Yoga in Bridgehampton or Montauk. If you’re into gardening, enjoy a leisurely stroll through Marders in Bridgehampton, where you can gawk at trees for sale for $55,000.
5. Gosh, it’s already lunchtime. If lobster rolls are what you’re after, we recommend the roadside Clam Bar in Napeague or Gosman’s in Montauk (or if you want to deal with even more crowds, there’s always The Lobster Roll, an institution long before “The Affair.”) If you like Mexican, try the Hideway in Montauk, followed by a walk on the docks. Want meat to go? There’s always Townline BBQ in Sagaponack. Or for something more gourmet, try Pierre’s Market (the old Sagg General) or old standby Golden Pear (our favorite is the location in Southampton).
6. It’s time to head to the beach. If for some unknown reason you do not already own a pair of flip-flops, then go immediately to Kai Kai in Montauk and buy a pair. Other beach essentials: White’s Apothecary lip balm, a Tideline Tunic from the Monogram Shop in East Hampton and Wolffer’s Rosé, which now comes with a screw top (thank you, Wolffer).
7. It must be time for ice cream, don’t you think? Head to John’s Drive-In in Montauk or Carvel’s in Bridgehampton. Or if you’re more hipster, head to Ahab’s in Spring for the straight-from-Brooklyn vegan dairy treats.
8. Stock up on alcohol. (This is a favorite pastime in the Hamptons.) We like Springs Wines & Liquors, Wainscott Main, Finest Kind in Montauk, and Park Place in East Hampton and if we’re feeling a little more low-budget (no judgment), then Atlantic Wine & Liquor in Amagansett, next to the IGA.
9. Well now, it’s dinnertime. Favorites: South Edison in Montauk, with its cool vibe, or the newly opened Arbor, also in Montauk, with its pleasant ambiance and delicious wines. There’s Bay Kitchen Bar in Springs, perfect for watching the sunset. If you’re feeling adventurous, head to Shelter island, were you can try Red Maple at The Chequit or SALT Waterfront Bar & Grill. And of course, there’s everybody’s favorite place to watch the sunset, Dockers in East Quogue, which never fails to delight. Or if you’re grilling at home, pick up fresh seafood at Stuart’s Seafood Market or at Amagansett Seafood, otherwise known as “that place owned by Irish Mike” (whose cerviche will kick your cerviche’s a**, just saying). If you were really smart, you stocked up at Merken Fisheries’ “Lady J Seafood” stall at a local farmers market.
10. Now what can we do in the early evening? If you’re into art, then we have good news: There’s a show opening, somewhere, and if you’re lucky, there will be free wine in addition to halfway decent art. We like the White Room in Bridge, Tulla Booth in Sag Harbor, the Drawing Room and Eric Firestone gallery in East. If you like to feel the wind on your back, go for a sail on the Mon Tiki catamaran. Or saddle up at Deep Hollow Ranch for a beach ride.
11. Catch some live music. After Armageddon in the spring, live music seems to have returned to Montauk. Catch it at Zum Schneider Montauk or Westlake Fish House. Or enjoy some tunes at Baron’s Cove in Sag Harbor. There’s always Stephen Talkhouse, a chill spot where — if you can’t catch Cold Play — you can always hear something good.
12. Head back to the beach for a bonfire. Make sure you have a container and some firewood, both available at Village Hardware on Newtown Lane in East Hampton. Bring a pie from Blue Duck Bakery in Southampton, some beer from Montauk Brewing Co., and a blanket from Hildreth’s. Go home, go to bed, wake up and repeat.
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