our hamptons travel guide

the hamptons we know and love is not white parties and glam shopping. this nook of long island is one of our all-time favorite places for a laid back escape: barefoot beach days, hiking on the cliffs, paddle boarding, farmer’s stand hauls, picnics on the bay at sunset, and maaaybe some late night dive bars. 

over the years we’ve been lucky enough to spend time uncovering some true gems that are more our pace. read on below for our list. 

xo katie & erin



amagansett 

 

 

tied for our top pick to spend time, there are so many cool boutiques, like love adorned and deep blue vintage, coffee shops, like jack’s, and tiny restaurants here in this more laid back town. 

* lazy point -  erin’s fave. claudia, the owner, is enchanting and curates the best vintage jewelry around. she also carries homegoods and lesser known clothing brands. 

* moby’s: ok, maybe a little more scene-y but trust us. the beautifully designed space and yard are magical on a summer night, and the yummy burrata and pizza top it off. 

* mandala yoga - the best classes and teachers in town. 

* deep blue vintage - a new gem located in an old barn. it carries special pieces from the 1920's to ‘80s  t-shirts. erin found her favorite vintage find of the year there: an old painter's jean shirt. 

* love adorned - eclectic finds for the home plus a fabulous selection of jewelry. 

* rosie's - coffee, lunch, and dinner with late hours, in case you want to pop in after dancing the night away at the talkhouse.

 * the talkhouse - for both old and new bands in an intimate setting. you can find us dancing in the corner by the cigarette machine.  

 *ganeaux -  handmade gold rings, necklaces and pendants, plus custom designs and clothing.

 

springs

 

 this under-the-radar enclave on the bayside is sometimes overlooked but shouldn’t be. it’s a haven for artists (including jackson pollock & willem de kooning) and continues to be a quiet retreat free of hot spots but home to some gems.

* rita cantina - tequila cocktails, upscale mexican food in a kid-friendly environment (or go sans kids for late night drinks and dancing!) 

* maidstone beach - ideal beach for a quiet morning swim (no waves!) among the sailboats and sensational sunsets. there’s a playground and baseball field for the littles and paddle diva is nearby for a sup lesson.

* s&s corner store - a slice of hudson valley in springs. grab your morning coffee with the locals and stay to shop a well curated mix of homegoods, pantry staples and accessories from small makers. katie almost filled a suitcase last trip.

*ehp resort & marina - pop in for coffee and some of the best pastries around at buongiorno bakery, or enjoy al fresco happy hour overlooking the harbor at their restaurant si si.

* paddle diva - the best paddle boarding instructors. it’s a great workout but you’ll be so distracted by the views of the harbor and beaches that you won’t mind breaking a little sweat.

 

montauk 

 

 

 you can still find a sleepy beach town in montauk. it’s a little drive through the state park (and past lobster roll heaven, “the lobster roll”) before the sea looms in front of you and you sigh because you’ve officially arrived at “the end of the world.”

* crow's nest - no secret but a must. our outright fav for food and atmosphere and it’s great for kids as well to run down the hill, swing, and play in the bay. get here early to get a table outside but walk down to the water for sunset drinks while you wait 

* duryeas - lunch on the pier with the most beautiful view and delicious food makes waiting for a table so worth it. order their rosè and feel like you're in the med. another spot to get to early (10:45)

* shagwong tavern - for late night dancing and a good trucker hat

*ditch plains beach - join the surfer crowd at this picturesque sandy beach surrounded by cliffs 

 

east hampton

 

 east is home to some favorite work out spots, like Anna Kaiser, takeaway food spots, like Clarissa’s, and storybook farm stands. 


* hampton chutney - moved here from amagansett this year. we pine for the oat milk cardamom iced coffee all year and the dosa are huge and delicious

* round swamp - the best pre-made meals and straight from the farm produce. erin’s favorite is the detox salad, and the gluten free brownies are to die for.

* clic - when we started MIRTH, selling to this incredible store was our dream–-and we definitely have a *moment* walking in now and seeing our dresses there. It’s the best for beach dresses, caftans, and summer bags that are hard to find. it’s always packed. 

* anna kaiser - if you're looking for a work-out that kicks your booty. you'll be happy you did it when it's over!

* clarissas - amazing sandwiches and to-die-for baked goods you can eat in their beautiful space or take for a beach picnic.

* sam's pizza - a staple in town for to-go pizzas and salads when you want to chill at home.

* spa 27 - mani/pedis and the best facials in town. book early, it fills up fast!

 

 

thank you for reading our hamptons travel guide! we hope to run into you next time you head out east.


August 15, 2022 by Margaret O'Donnell
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