With 4th of July weekend upon us, summer is in full swing. If you live in New York, that usually means one thing- when the weekends roll around, you head east. So Michelle and I did just that. We headed east to find all the scrumptiously delicious food and fashion that the North Fork has to offer. Whether it’s on the weekend or a weekday, if you’re driving in from the city or flying across the country from California, we hope this guide helps you have your own Hamptons summer getaway (and don’t forget to check out Michelle’s guide, “The Foodie’s Style Savvy Guide to the Hamptons”, here).
I also hope you have a very happy 4th of July! I’ll be spending the holiday out of the country, which is a first for me, so enjoy some extra fireworks and watermelon for me (and don’t forget to follow along on my #RCwanders via Instagram and Snapchat, UN: runway chef).
WHERE TO EAT
Trendy Brunch/Lunch at 75 Main (Style Article // Restaurant Article)
Before you hit the stores, start your day with a brunch/lunch at Southampton’s hot spot, 75 Main. My favorite thing on the menu: the Watermelon and Arugula salad….it’s light and refreshing, filling but not so filling that you won’t want to hit the beach later, and it has just the right amount of tang (from the feta cheese) and crunch (from the pistachios).
Oceanside Dinner at Dockers Waterside (Style Article // Restaurant Article)
Take advantage of being by the ocean and enjoy a serene sunset dinner right on the water at Dockers Waterside, where the food is just as incredible as the atmosphere. The Butter-Poached Lobster is to-die for, but make sure you save room for dessert because the Moose Tracks Pie (which Michelle insisted I had to try and I’m oh so glad she did!) is basically everything! I washed it all down with a delicious Golden Blonde cocktail, which is the perfect cocktail for toasting an amazing sunset dinner! FYI, they offer live music on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday nights and a$5 Happy Hour on Fridays.
Farm Fresh Picnic Eats & On-the-Go Snacks (Style Article // Restaurant Article)
With beach days, visits to wineries and everything in between, I know you’ll want to have some fresh and healthy, grab-and-go snacks and eats. Enter Round Swamp Farm. With everything from meats, to seafoods, to produce, to baked goods, to prepared foods, you won’t need to stop anywhere else. I recommend stocking up on a few of the prepared foods and baked goods and having a beach or waterside picnic, like Michelle and I did. Some of my favorites: the quinoa and lentil meatballs, the pasta salad and the shaved brussel sprouts salad.
Round Swamp Farm
184 Three Mile Harbor Road
East Hampton, NY 11937
(If you’d prefer to skip their farm location, you can also stop in the Bridgehampton shop, located at: 97 School Street, Bridgehampton, NY 11932)
Seafood/Lobster Roll Stop (Style Article // Restaurant Article)
No beach getaway is complete without a lobster roll, or a stop at a casual seafood restaurant, for that matter. While you’re out in the Hamptons or Montauk, make sure you stop by The Lobster Roll for what may be one of the best lobster rolls of your life. I promise it is so worth the drive! The friendliness of the staff, the oldies playing in the background and the touch of good ol’ fashioned American nostalgia in every corner, are all just added bonuses to the delicious food. Of course, you have to get the lobster roll (I loved the hot version), but the fish and chips was also incredible (the fish was light and buttery and not greasy or overly battered), as was their lobster bisque. You know I saved room for dessert and I highly recommend you do, too. The Key Lime Pie was bomb dot com as was the strawberry rhubarb pie, and believe it or not (I found it hard to believe until I tried it) the gluten-free cupcakes are pretty rad! And do me a favor, make sure you wash it all down with a frozen lemonade!
The Lobster Roll
1980 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, NY
WHAT TO DO
Get Your Workout On With all the delicious eating you’re doing, working out isn’t an option, it’s a necessity (especially since you’re on a beach getaway!). But working out doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! With PRIV (yes, the same amazing company Michelle and I worked with to get pampered for our NYC Guide), you can book a fitness class for yourself, two people or even a group, for everything from yoga to pilates to personal training and kickboxing. Like the makeup and hair, the instructor will come right to you. Since Michelle and I were staying in her family’s beach house, we decided to take advantage of the waterfront location and do a yoga session outside. I mean, can you possibly think of a better way to start your day than a private yoga class (easily booked and paid for right from your phone) by the peaceful water just as the morning is starting? I sure can’t!
Head Out On the Water for Kayaking and Paddle Boarding A great way to kick off your morning or to unwind from your day and enjoy the sunset; bonus- it’s also a great workout! Michelle and I went paddle boarding (her) and kayaking (me) both for a sunset and also one morning, and it was easily one of the more relaxing things I’ve done in a long time. This is a great list of places where you can rent kayaks, canoes or paddle boards in The Hamptons and North Fork area.
Go Exploring Most people don’t understand just how much area is encompassed in the term ‘The Hamptons’. There are an abundance of great little areas to explore, including Southampton, East Hampton and Sag Harbor (some of my favorites), each with excellent shopping, tasty restaurants, and small-town charm. For shopping, there are stores such as BCBG, J.Crew, Theory, Club Monaco, Calypso St. Barth, and Intermix, as well as more unique options like Aerin, Jildor Shoes and Blue & Cream. For a coffee and baked treat, pop into The Golden Pear (one of my faves) and definitely don’t miss Tate’s Cookies (I never ever buy pre-made cookies but I make an exception for Tate’s cookies because they seriously are that good! Just be careful, once you open the package, it’s hard to stop eating them!).
Head to the Beach There are no shortage of beautiful beaches in Eastern Long Island, but some of my favorites (include Ditch Plains Beach) are in Montauk.
Visit a Winery For a change of scenery (and a fun activity), check out some of the delicious and beautiful wineries situated on the North Fork (see a list of some of the vineyards here)
Enjoy Sunset Cocktails Catch an epic sunset from Montauket all while enjoy beers and cocktails (but skip the food and save your appetite for one of the restaurants Michelle and I listed up above)
WHERE TO STAY