Marcelo, who is now 10, attended a camp in Canada this summer (his first, more in another post). After dropping him in Ottawa, Amalya Lior and I headed to Long Island (near NYC) to revisit friends and places that I’ve loved all the years that we lived in New York. It was all pre-children…
Our 2-weeks turned into a mini road trip as we went from the Hamptons to Shelter island and last, to Fire Island. The journey involved a fair amount of ferry tripping too. LI is that busy stretch of land going North of New York City towards the West but once the highway ends, the air turns decidedly fresher and quieter.
On the South Fork of LI, you’ll find the famously chic and beautiful Hamptons, with long beaches, sand dunes and some huge houses. I had forgotten how postcard-pretty every inch of this area is. It’s hard not to be moved by the prettiness all around, although it’s also a bit too carefully staged.
Back in the days (pre-children, no money, working around the clock), we sometimes stayed in Westhampton with friends, which seats at the very beginning of the hamptons but lacks in charm and charisma, or we did ‘a share’ in Quogue, i.e.. we’d get a room for one week end out of the month, in a house carefully divided among many many people. That was (and still is i hear!) the thing to do if you’re single in the city. Quogue is surprisingly quick to access fro NYC yet rather under the radar compared to the rest of the Hamptons.
Following Quogue and West Hampton, you have Southampton (which is most associated to fancy houses and old money), then Water Mill and Bridgehampton (perhaps more laid back), then East Hampton, the flashiest of all and a full-on luxury shopping destination. Last on the South Fork, you have quaint little Amagansett with its pretty square and 1960’s houses hidden among pine trees in the dunes (remember when Woody Allen takes Annie Hall and cooks her a lobster dinner..?). And finally Montauk, which used to be a super low key surfer’s spot with cheap and yummy lobster rolls but has become a fief of hipsterness with the opening of the Surf Lodge hotel… Oh, and it’s worth mentioning Sag Harbor too, a very pretty little town on the bay side of the South Fork, which tends to be rather lively all year long.
Upon landing at LGA airport in NYC and renting our car (with Enterprise, which is super customer friendly, and you clear immigration in Canada, easy peasy), we headed straight to East Hampton and stayed with my dear and old friend Ele aka Eleanor.
WHERE TO GO & WHAT TO DO:
Our routine was straightforward: early wake up, beach after breakfast, back for lunch, more swimming after nap time, and early dinner. repeat the next day. So I can’t talk much about where we went & what we did other than 2 delicious meals that we enjoyed as take aways 1/ La Fondita, a yummy mexican shack on the road between Amagansett and East Hampton, and 2/ Bostwick’s, also on Montauk Highway where I satisfied my craving for lobster roll and clam chowder (i hear they organize amazing clam bakes on the beach, a summer tradition in the hamptons)
However, it’s not too difficult to find good addresses about the Hamptons:
the chic de la chic guide to the Hamptons by Amanda Ross
Gwyneth Paltrow knows a thing or two in terms of chic (but not always cheap) so that’s her Goop guide
And if those above were not enough, this link will get you going.