Montauk Lighthouse Hamptons

8 Things Not To Miss On a Trip to the Hamptons

We had way too much fun on our trip to the Hamptons.  If you are thinking about going, book it!  Here were our favorite things to do to help guide you along your visit.

  1. Visit all the amazing specialty food shops – I wrote a guide to our favorite local shops and farms you can access here.  If you have a kitchen, definitely take advantage and cook some meals at home. If you don’t, there are still plenty of things you can buy for beach or porch picnics.  I recommend getting a variety of cheeses and condiments from Cavaniola’s, our favorite cheese shop, or pick up some Challah from Fairview Farms to eat with fresh heirloom tomatoes.
    omatoes at farmers market in the Hamptons
  2. Get outside – Walking the beach is always a delightful option any time of the day.  We enjoyed a great walk around the beach just beneath the Lighthouse in Montauk.  Next time we hope to check out the hikes at Hither Hills.
    Montauk Beach Hamptons
  3. Go wine tasting – We visited two wineries, Channing Daughters Winery and Wolffer Estate Vineyard.
    Wolffer Estate Winery Hamptons Grapes
    We had a great time trying the wine at Wolffer Estate which has a cozy dining room where you can relax.  We found the food was a rip-off but the wine was nice, I got a surprisingly delightful glass of Rose.
    Anna and Petrina Wolffer Estate VineyardWe had the opposite experience at Channing Daughters.  There is only a tasting room so it’s not a good spot if you want to sit and relax.  The woman working was perfectly nice but the wine was just…bad…I mean, like, really bad.  They ended the tasting with a vermouth that was seriously disgusting.  I’m so confused how it has such good reviews.
  1. Sample Local Brews – We also went beer tasting at Montauk Brewing Company. We were just a day early to try their fall brews so enjoyed the last taste of summer with the Watermelon Session Ale.  We enjoyed it so much we bought some to bring home!
    Montauk Brewing COmpany OutsideDavid Watermelon Sessions Ale Montauk Brewery
  2. Go Shopping – We had so much fun poking around Sag Harbor and East Hampton.  Sag Harbor had a bunch of cute boutiques while East Hampton had upscale shops like Intermix, Aerin, Brunello Cucinelli, Loro Piana, etc.  Next time we hope to visit the oldest store in the USA, Hildreths in Southampton, and the garden store Marders in Bridgehampton.
  3. Visit LongHouse Reserve Gardens and Sculpture Park – Unfortunately we did not get to visit this spot because it was not open while we were in town. BUT I’ve read wonderful things and would definitely add it to your itinerary if you get the chance.  Something to look forward to for next time!
  4. Have Breakfast at Estia’s – We loved this little breakfast place. They do not take reservations and there is always a wait but it’s actually great because they have a coffee cart located behind the restaurant in their beautiful garden where you can relax and caffeinate while waiting.
    PEtrina and David Estia's Garden Coffee CartOr you can grab some mimosas and bloody marys from the bar and enjoy them in the garden.  I would almost be disappointed if they didn’t have a wait!
    Petrina and Anna Estia's Sag Harbour
    8. Relax! – We had such a nice time soaking in the laid back vibe and enjoying our cozy Airbnb.  We spent lazy mornings drinking coffee and making big breakfasts, and evenings playing cards, drinking wine and watching Something’s Gotta Give.It’s so nice to be on vacation and not be go-go-go.  Afterall, the Hamptons are all about getting away from it all.
    Anna David and PEtrina Montauk Brewery Hamptons
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  • Reply PetrinaSeptember 25, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Take me back! Such a lovely post. Wishing we were having coffee right now!

    • Reply AnnaSeptember 25, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Me toooooo! I didn’t savor the moment enough.

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