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Culture Vulture: Escape to the Hamptons

| August 20, 2014 | Reply

By Gwen Wunderlich-Smith

Leaving the city and escaping to the Hampton’s this summer? Craving the best seafood? Looking for the hotel with the best view? From the best places to catch up with some friends over a drink, to bringing out the adventure at night, we’ve got you covered as you trade your high heels and pavement for bare feet and sand! Here are all the hottest places to go before anyone else …


STAY: Gurney’s in Montauk

When it comes to hotels in the Hamptons, Gurney’s is in a league of its own. Being the only oceanfront hotel in the Hampton’s, what more could you ask for? A seawater pool and Thalasso spa pool, that’s what! 

For summer 2014 the food and beverage offerings have been taken over by hotel tycoon Jennifer LeRoy and the new executive chef will be providing a menu to delight the senses. Staying at Gurney’s is in an experience of its own. A property deep rooted in Hamptons history, this beachfront resort boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, private verandas, nightly bonfires, a brand new spa and weekly happenings for the jet-set crew. 

A makeover of The Beach Club at Gurney’s is complete with day beds, a new beachfront restaurant and bar and a “Beach Concierge” that we’re loving most. See you on the beach!

290 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY 11954 • 631-668-2345,  

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SAIL: Little Dutch Sailing

Because there’s nothing better than a day glamming it up on the water, sun in your face, champagne in your hand, you’ll be happy to know that boat or no boat, Little Dutch Sailing has got you covered. Whether you’re looking for an excursion with a small group for your best friend’s birthday for a few hours or bigger groups to really get the party started, this is your way to set sail!  

Day and Night options are available and, of course, we can’t forget the perfect sunset cruise. Consider an ideal day sunbathing, napping, stargazing, or pretending your Beyonce in the South of France. 

If you want to hang out and enjoy the views, or you want to make a splash, Little Dutch Sailing wants to make your experience in the water one to remember.

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DINE: Bay Kitchen Bar

Dinner and drinks with a waterfront view and picture-perfect sunset? The Bay Kitchen Bar offers just that – and more! The dining experience combines local and East Coast seafood classics. Eric Miller, executive chef; co-owner Richard Silver; and Keith Rennie, chef de cuisine, rely on their relationships to serve the freshest seafood around. 

The atmosphere includes a spacious bar, a luminous dining room, outdoor dining terrace and an awesome open-air lounge that caters to all needs. Special events are being planned for the season that include clambakes, barbecues and whole animal roasts in Miller’s BBQ smoker. 

For the Hamptonites looking to unwind in sophisticated setting with exceptional food and drinks, this is your go to!  

39 Gann Road, East Hampton, NY 11937 •


HEAL: Sea Change

After a dreary winter, there’s nothing that a visit to Sea Change in Southampton won’t fix. Mind, body and soul will reach no boundaries with the help of Dr. Deborah Musso. Your life will be transformed through a new service called Reorganizational Healing. Not only does this process bring a change, but also it helps you out in sustaining the wellness, growth and behavioral adjustments everyone is dying to have. With clients such as Donna Karen, Mary Kate Olsen, Tony Robbins and Jerry Seinfield, you are guaranteed an incomparable feeling of a gratification.

51 Bridies Path, Southampton, NY 11968 • 


PADDLE: Main Beach Surf + Sport

Summer in the Hamptons is nothing without the beach and there’s no better way to get the full experience without the moonlight paddle at Georgica beach with our friends over at Main Beach Surf. The outing starts where groups meet and enjoy a bonfire overlooking the sunset. The beach is adorned with tiki lamps, wine and cheese, and local snacks are available and for a get together. Your group and crew then prepare the crafts and set out for a memorable paddle in the moonlight and stars. This is one of our surefire summer faves. 

352 Montauk Highway Wainscott, NY 11975 •

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DRINK: The Wine Bar at Noah’s

Greenport’s treasure, Noah’s, has decide to expand by opening a wine bar. This extension comes quick after Executive Chef Noah Schwartz and his wife Wine Director Sunita Schwartz just opened the New American restaurant in January 2010. With a list that changes seasonally and about 10 red and 10 white wines that remain constant, the restaurant remains true to its local vineyards. Not to mention, the great prices and calm décor! 

You could not feel anymore local or at home than you will here. Noah’s is a great place for a great glass of wine and soothing atmosphere to start the night off.

136 Front St, Greenport, NY 11944 •

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