There are many places to choose from, but being a local does have its advantages! One is knowing where to go and where not to go. Here are a list of my personal favorite places and why!

Daytime acivities

Main Beach Surf and Sport
Located in Easthampton, this place has everything for the weekend warrior or family outing. Whether you’re looking to kayak, Paddle Board or learn to surf, this place has the gear to outfit everyone from beginner to expert! 631-537-2716 www.mainbeach.com
 
 
Sailing/kayaking
With Long island surrounded by wind and water, the Hampton’s has some of the best sailing and instruction anywhere. My favorite place is in Sag Harbor – Sag Harbor Sailing who offers everything imaginable when it comes to sailing on all skill levels. They have rentals with and without a captain and Kayak’s too! Check out:  www.sailsagharbor.com www.sailsagharbor.com or call 631-725-5100.
 
 
Boating
When it comes to boat rentals there’s only one place I recommend that isn’t a total rip-off and that is Uihlein Marina & Boat rental  in Montauk. You do have to drive out to Montauk to get there, but compared to other places the savings are worth the trip (not a bad ride either!) Uihlein’s rents power boast of all shapes and sizes for either ½ day or full day charters. You can bare boat a rental or if you want someone else to do the driving they offer charters with a captain too. They even have jet skis! 631-668-3799 www.uihleinsmarina.com
 
 
Biking
One word – Bike Hampton! Located in Sag Harbor on Main street, this place is the one stop shop for biking in the Hampton’s – period. 631-725-7329 www.bikehampton.com
 
 
Wineries
They’re all great in one way or another, but here are my top three favorite Wineries on the South fork any time of year:
 
 
Wolffer Estate Vineyard
 
 
Channing Daughters Winery
 
 
Duck Walk Vineyard
 

Restaurants & bars

Bobby Vans Steak House
A Hampton's landmark and some of the best food in the Hampton's. Located in Bridgehampton, it’s known for its late night scene and steaks! If you’re hungry, order the Porter house for 2 medium rare - Incredible! 631-537-0590 www.bobbyvans.com
 
 
World Pie
Another "landmark" eatery, World Pie is famous for their comfort food, large portions and extensive menu. The Brick Oven Pizza's are just out of this world andthe Eldiablo Salad is my personal favorite!!! Located on Montusk Highway, Main street Bridgehampton, this is a staple not to be missed!631-537-7999 http://worldpiebh.com/
 
 
Easthampton Point
Truly an incredible location, this water front restaurant specializes in sea food and killer sunsets! To be honest, the location is better than the food, but go there for sunset some night anyway and order the fried calamari and a margarita! You can't go wrong! FYI - Sunday evenings is live Reggae! 631-329-2800 www.easthamptonpoint.com
 
 
The Beacon
Speaking of sunsets, the Sag Harbor establishment has some of the best food and sunsets one could ask for. Resting right on the Marina, this is hands down some of the best food in Sag Harbor. Order the Lobster Rigatoni!! My personal favorite! 631-725-7088 www.beaconsagharbor.com
 
 
LT Burger
Hands down the best all around burger joint in the Hampton's located in Sag Harbor. Reasonably priced, kid friendly, right on main street and great healthy salad's too!! Don't forget to try the fried Pickles!!!! http://www.ltburger.com/
 
 
The American Hotel
What can I say about this iconic Sag Harbor establishment other than you have to go. What I will tell you is that it is traditional and slightly formal so if you looking for a chilled, laid back scene this is not the place. This is fine white linen dining in a beautiful atmosphere. The bar is small, but usually packed with all types. An older crowd, this place is best enjoyed sitting on the front deck with a Bloody Mary watching the world go by! 631-725-3535 www.theamericanhotel.com
 
 
Vine Street Inn
Although a bit out of the way - located on Shelter Island, this place is just out of this world! The food is amazing, spectacular and incredible - if you can get it! Very popular despite its location, they specialize in American cuisine that's just mouth watering. A Hampton's must!   631-749-3210 www.vinestreetcafe.com
 
 
Sen
Located in Sag Harbor, this awesome Sushi house is one of a kind. If you’re willing to wait (it can take as long as an hour!) the Sushi is amazing and the scene is just as good! Great for people watching, this main street establishment has been around the Hampton’s forever keep Sushi lovers very satisfied! Their sister restaurant next door (Cuddy) has great Thai food, but is really know for their late night bar scene! Young with lots of energy, if you’ve got the staying power, check it out! 631-725-1774 www.senrestaurant.com
 
WOLFERS KITCHEN
Also located in Sag Harbor, (rigtht next door to SEN!), is a great restaurant / Bar that gets a younger crowd, but appeals to people of all ages. Amazing food and the staff and bartenders are the best! Comfort cuisine and hand-crafted beverages. Five draft beers, available seasonally and seven bottled beers compliment the full bar. We use local, organic produce and ethically raised, sustainably farmed meats and fish whenever available. 631-725-0101 Live music too!!!!!
 
Page 63
This restaurant with it's outside cafe seating, warm and friendly staff, (Stephanie the bartender is reason enough to just go!!!), amazing foor and central location in the heart of Sag Harbor, is a great destination (631) 725-1810 http://www.page63main.com/ Don't forget to go to "Back Page" during the season. It's the ONLY cool, late night spot for great food and lots of action!
 
 
Surf Lodge
A new arrival to the Hampton’s, this “surfer themed” Montauk restaurant and bar has been a huge hit! Located right alongside Fort pond, this place is the who’s who of the Hampton’s boasting a serious singles scene and celebrity hang out! Expensive with decent food, I go there for the live music, sunset and the chilled atmosphere of Montauk 631-238-5190 www.thesurflodge.com
 
 
Clam Shack / Lobster Roll
Both located out on the “Napeague Stretch” (east of Amagansett), these two super casual road side seafood restaurants are a must see lunchtime or après beach destination. Specializing in fried clams, fish & chips and KILLER lobster rolls, these two places are a favorite among families and those who like to dine in their bathing suites! Super chilled, both offer outside seating. FYI the Clam Shack is ONLY outside seating so make sure you go on a warm day or afternoon! www.clambaronline.com  & www.lobsterroll.com
 
 
GIG SHACK!!
What can I say other than WOW!!! This Montauk gem is a super cool, surfer themed, inside/outside bar restaurant that is one of the finest on the island! Their fish taco's, Corn Mussels and countless other selections are so yummy it's sinful!!!! This is A MUST GO if your in Montauk. Staff and owners (Tracy & Lewis) are all amazing!! They have live music too with tons of great local artists that are fab!! 631-688-2727 http://www.668thegigshack.com/
 
LU LU Kitchen & Bar
Wood-fired, Mediterranean-inspired fare takes center stage at this upscale locale in Sag Harbor, where locavore plates include raw bar offerings and weekly dinner specials. Plush leather booths and a luxe zinc-topped bar outfit the intimate setting with an open kitchen and Main Street views.
Address126 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
 
MJ DOWLINGS
For a truly "local" down home comfort dining experience and "open Mic" music on Wednesdays, MJ Dowlings is a great stop for anyone looking for a great burger or their famous Quasadia's on Wednesday nights! MJ Dowlings - 3360 Noyack Rd, Sag Harbor, 
(631) 725-4444
​WWW.MJDOWLINGS.COM
 
Dopo La Spiaggia - Easthampton & Sag Harbor
Upscale Tuscan fare served in a casual space offering harbor views & occasional celebrity sightings.
Address6 Bay St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
 
Barons Cove Restaurant & Bar

The restaurant at Baron’s Cove is a classic, all-American dining room, lounge and bar, welcoming hotel guests, as well as local families and visitors.Enjoy panoramic views from a table on the deck. Choose from beloved, classic, American fare including surf and turf, expertly grilled burgers and succulent fish, buttery lobster rolls and chef signature dishes. All prepared with fresh and local ingredients by one of the Hamptons’ most acclaimed chefs, Matty Boudreau.With its second-floor location, our dining room offers stunning views of the harbor.
Address31 W Water St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Phone(844) 227-6672
www.baronscove.com

 
Sunset Beach 
My absolute personal favorite, this place is like St. Bart’s meets the Hampton’s. Cool and casual this beach side bar, club, restaurant and hotel has one of the best summer scenes around! Located on Shelter Island, this hard to find oasis is a great daytime, afternoon or evening destination. If you own a boat, it’s also a great place to tie up, have some cocktails and watch the tide roll in. No matter how you get there, this very hot scene is where the beautiful people in Bikini’s and board shorts party down! 631- 749-2001  www.sunsetbeachli.com/restaurant.html

Nightlife

Miss Chloe
Located in Easthampton, this late night club scene has it all. In addition to a huge dance floor  with world famous DJ’s spinning the tunes, this place also sports the New York based Kobi Beach club delivered by famous NY restaurateur Jeffery Chodorow. Lily Pond is a great destination for dancing, seeing and being seen in one of the Hampton’s hottest nightclubs! 646-619-1217 http://www.jetsetreport.com/nightlife.php?articleId=177
 
 
Pink Elephant
Located in Southampton right on Montauk highway, Pink Elephant is the Hampton’s sister club to the original NYC establishment featuring celeb DJ’s, outside seating and a heavy duty late night scene. The famous and infamous beautiful people of the Hampton’s come to the Pink Elephant to rock late into the night! 631-287-9888 www.pink-ny.com
 
 
Sunset Beach
My absolute personal favorite, this place is like St. Bart’s meets the Hampton’s. Cool and casual this beach side bar, club, restaurant and hotel has one of the best summer scenes around! Located on Shelter Island, this hard to find oasis is a great daytime, afternoon or evening destination. If you own a boat, it’s also a great place to tie up, have some cocktails and watch the tide roll in. No matter how you get there, this very hot scene is where the beautiful people in Bikini’s and board shorts party down! 631- 749-2001 www.sunsetbeachli.com/restaurant.html
 
Stephen Talk House: Located in Amagansett, "The Talk House" as it is referred to, is the iconic land mark live music venue on the East end. Every major act imaginable has played there at one time or another. Go to: www.stephentalkhouse.com
for their event calendar of up coming acts!!!! 
 
Union Cantina - Southampton
Updated Mexican dishes are served in rustic-chic quarters with a patio & a well-stocked tequila bar. Great night life, live music, NY & local scene year round!
Address40 Bowden Square, Southampton, NY 11968
 
 
LIVE MUSIC ON THE EAST END!! If your a fan of live music on the east end (Hampton's), make sure to check out www.hamptonjams.com  for all of the live music goings in the Hamptons

Beach info

Hands down, the Hampton’s has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world without a doubt. With that said, almost any beach you go to is going to be perfect. The only features that distinguish one from the other are their location, town or village, snack bar or not, sticker or no sticker and the parking. A seasonal beach permit will cost $275 for non-residents and must be affixed to 1 vehicle. Here are a rundown on the major beaches west to east:
Southampton – Coopers Beach (Village):
This is the grand daddy of Southampton and has it all – snack bar, life guards, lots of parking and DOES require a beach sticker to use. You can pay a daily freight during the week, but not on weekend. ONLY cars with beach stickers can park.
Flying Point Beach – Southampton (Town)
I grew up at these two beaches and they are just beautiful. They don’t come with all of the bells and whistles of some of the beaches, but they’re beautiful all the same. Both require a sticker, but at the first one you can pay the daily freight.  
Bridgehampton
Sagg Main Beach (Village):
This is Bridgehampton’s main beach as well and also has the same terms and conditions of Coopers Beach. You can pay your way during the week, but must have a beach permit on weekends to park. Vending trucks provide the food, but it’s pretty good all the same. This beach has life guards, a family scene and lots of parking.
Ocean Road Beach (Town)
Also in Bridgehampton, this beach is at the very end of Ocean Road, has no life guards, no snack bar and requires beach permits to park. It’s also popular with Dog owners after 5:00PM when dogs are allowed on the beaches.
Georgica Beach  (Village)
Georgica beach is located in the town of Easthampton and is the first major beach you hit in Easthampton – it’s also one of my favorites. Not as crowded as other, this beach is beautiful, but bring food and drink cause there’s nothing to purchase there whatsoever. Surfing is big in the Hampton’s and the jetty at Georgica serves up decent surf pretty reliably.
Easthampton Main Beach (Village)
This is the Mac Daddy of beaches no matter where you are and comes with everything imaginable: Full snack bar, bathrooms, outdoor showers, private cabana’s, life guard’s and tons of parking. This is my personal favorite being a blend of just about every type of person, but if you wanna bag rays here, you’re gonna need a permit or get dropped off!
Egypt Beach (Town)
Next to Maidstone Gold Club in Easthampton – Quite, secluded, never anyone there (well practically) and a permit is required. Simple beautiful however…
2 Mile Hollow Lane Beach – (Town)
Amagansett – Yes another beautiful beach as you head east that is one of the few that doesn’t require anything to park – no sticker – no nothing. Plenty of parking this beach is beautiful and very popular with locals and families.
Indian Wells Beach – (Town)
Amagansett – Another popular beach in Amagansett, this beach is not as crowded as some and is also popular with families. Plenty of parking, but that’s about it. Beach sticker also required.
Atlantic Beach – (Town)
Amagansett – This is a biggie! Atlantic beach has it all too! Bathrooms, snack bar, life guards and parking. A favorite among all types, but especially people who are staying in Amagansett. As with all of the beaches, this one is beautiful, but does require a beach permit.

Fitness & beauty

Fitness

East Hampton

East Hampton Gym
Complete facility including free weights, Cybex Eagle machines, Procor EFX elliptical, Cybex treadmills, Cybex,ARC trainers, Scifit Rex trainers, Cybex uprignt & recumbent bikes, Concept II rowing ergometers, Cardio theater personal viewing screens, towel service and personal training. 2 Fithian Lane (behind Citarella) East Hampton, NY 11937 (631) 324-4499 http://www.hamptonsgymcorp.com/index.html
Zone Hampton Spinning
Well respected & very popular spinning studio where in 45 minutes you will tone your arms, shape your abs and work your legs while riding to great music. 65 Montauk Highway East Hampton, NY 11937 (631) 329-8622 http://www.ridethezone.com/
KamDeva Yoga
KamaDeva Yoga teachers come from diverse yogic backgrounds, and the class schedule reflects many of the different styles of Yoga that are practiced. Although all styles are based on the same physical poses (asanas), they often vary in their emphasis. All levels of student are welcome in all Open Level Yoga classes, so you can continue to test a variety of styles until you find one that suits you. 66 Newtown Lane East Hampton, NY 11937 (631) 604-1382 http://www.kamadevayoga.com/

Sag Harbor

Sag Harbor Gym
Complete facility including free weights, Cybex Eagle machines, Procor EFX elliptical, Cybex treadmills, Cybex,ARC trainers, Scifit Rex trainers, Cybex uprignt & recumbent bikes, Concept II rowing ergometers, Cardio theater personal viewing screens, towel service, group classes & personal training. One Bay Street (next to Bay Street Theater) Sag Harbor, NY 11963 (631) 725-0707 http://www.hamptonsgymcorp.com/index.html
In Balance Pilates Studio
The original Pilates studio of the Hamptons, is a state-of-the-art space by the water in Sag Harbor village. The staff is comprised of the area's most experienced and qualified instructors. They’ll teach you to stretch, strengthen, and lengthen your body. Private, duet & group mat classes available. In Balance Pilates Studio 34 Water Street Sag Harbor, New York 11963 (631)725-8282 http://www.pilatesofthehamptons.com

Bridgehampton

Soul Cycle
With a nearly cult like following this is one not to be missed if you are a regular spinner or someone who is just beginning. Check in at their breezy wrap-around deck and enjoy your full-body ride in a beautiful historic barn. The Barns at Butter Lane 264 Butter Lane Bridgehampton, NY 11932 (631)537-3630 http://soul-cycle.com
Physique57
Physique 57™ is a focused and proven cardiovascular program of isometric exercises and orthopedic stretches. Physique 57™ tones your seat, abdominals, thighs and arms; strengthens your legs and back; and improves posture to produce a beautiful, sexy body. Interval training sets use your own body weight for resistance, and through dynamic exercises your muscles are targeted and overloaded to the point of fatigue, then stretched for relief. The Barns at Butter Lane 264 Butter Lane Bridgehampton, NY 11932 (631) 537-5722 http://www.physique57.com
One Ocean Yoga
A vibrant wellness refuge. Exceptional teachers from many different yogic disciplines as well as fitness and nutritional backgrounds assist our students in remembering their own highest nature! Director John Seelye, an Anusara certified teacher, exuberant from his own practice and study with John Friend, welcomes into this space a broad spectrum of yoga styles including Anusara, Iyengar, Kripalu, ISHTA, Jivamukti and Kundalini Yoga. The Barns at Butter Lane 264 Butter Lane Bridgehampton, NY 11932 (631) 537-5522 http://www.oneoceanyoga.com/

Southampton

Southampton Gym
Complete facility including free weights, Cybex Eagle machines, Procor EFX elliptical, Cybex treadmills, Cybex,ARC trainers, Scifit Rex trainers, Cybex uprignt & recumbent bikes, Concept II rowing ergometers, Cardio theater personal viewing screens, towel service and personal training. 395 Country Road 39A Southampton, NY (631) 283-4770 http://www.hamptonsgymcorp.com
Symmetry Studio Southampton
A true Pilates workout on genuine Pilates apparatus under the direction of trained and certified Pilates intructors. Symmetry Studio instructors have completed a rigorous training and certification program, and hundred of hours of supervised training in the Pilates method. In your private or semi-private Pilates session, you will be carefully guided on proper form to insure that you get the maximum benifit from every movement. 395 County Road 39 A Southampton, NY 11968 (631) 204-0122 http://www.symmetrystudio.com
Radu
World-renowned fitness leader, Radu Teodorescu, known as Radu to his celebrity clientele, brings his unique methods of training to help Southampton. Under the aegis of his unique Radu Physical Culture Methodology, he emphasizes all physical qualities of strength, speed, endurance, flexibility and balance. Private training & group classes. 33 Hill Street Southampton, NY 11968 (631) 283-9303 http://radusouthampton.com/

Beauty

East Hampton

Spray Tanning
Hamptons Tanning is the East End's premier luxury spray tan specialists. Using the exclusive Brazil Bronze Glow formulation which has been written up in Allure, Vogue, New York Post and the New York Times as the "bronze standard" in spray tanning. Best of all, their tanning specialist will come to you so there's no need to leave the comfort of your home! Perfect for special events, weddings and private parties. Vist http://www.hamptonstanning.com to book your session.
M Salon
The experienced and talented staff members at M Salon are among the most qualified in the industry. Whether you need a completely new hairstyle or a quick manicure, you'll find it here. Services include haircuts, blow outs, both single process and highlights, hair extensions, Keratin hair treatment, manicures, pedicures & waxing. 64 Park Place East East Hampton, NY 11937 (631) 324-3036 http://msaloneasthampton.com
A Studio Day Spa & Salon
With leading skincare & body products from Guinot & Yonka to the best nail care in The Hamptons, A Studio Spa has it all. Hair care, manicure, pedicure, waxing, massage, facials & body treatments 10 Main Street East Hampton, NY 11937 (631) 324-6996 http://www.astudiodayspa.com
Radu
World-renowned fitness leader, Radu Teodorescu, known as Radu to his celebrity clientele, brings his unique methods of training to help Southampton. Under the aegis of his unique Radu Physical Culture Methodology, he emphasizes all physical qualities of strength, speed, endurance, flexibility and balance. Private training & group classes. 33 Hill Street Southampton, NY 11968 (631) 283-9303 http://radusouthampton.com/

Sag Harbor

Spray Tanning
Hamptons Tanning is the East End's premier luxury spray tan specialists. Using the exclusive Brazil Bronze Glow formulation which has been written up in Allure, Vogue, New York Post and the New York Times as the "bronze standard" in spray tanning. Best of all, their tanning specialist will come to you so there's no need to leave the comfort of your home! Perfect for special events, weddings and private parties. Vist http://www.hamptonstanning.com to book your session.
Style Bar Day Spa
Full service day spa, located in the heart of the Hamptons, at One Bay Street in Sag Harbor. The Style Bar is a unique intimate experience for those who want to enjoy healing, numerous body treatments, state of the art facials and body massages. There is a full service body waxing room for women as well as today's men. Private parties, special events & bridal services available. One Bay Street Sag Harbor, NY 11963 (631) 725-6730 http://www.stylebarspa.com
Salon Xavier
Salon Xavier is the Hampton’s premier holistic salon and spa. Their professional team of Stylists, Colorists, Nail Technicians, Estheticians and Massage Therapists bring you the latest cutting edge techniques, products, and environmentally friendly services. Focusing on Organic products, hand blended food grade organic oils, scrubs and creams. 1A Bay Street Sag Harbor, NY 11963 (631) 725-6400 http://www.salonxavier.com

Bridgehampton

Spray Tanning
Hamptons Tanning is the East End's premier luxury spray tan specialists. Using the exclusive Brazil Bronze Glow formulation which has been written up in Allure, Vogue, New York Post and the New York Times as the "bronze standard" in spray tanning. Best of all, their tanning specialist will come to you so there's no need to leave the comfort of your home! Perfect for special events, weddings and private parties. Vist http://www.hamptonstanning.com to book your session.
Scott J Salon & Day Spa
Full service salon & day spa featuring award winning Aveda products. 2415 Main Street Bridgehampton, NY 11932 (631) 537-6696

Southampton

Spray Tanning
Hamptons Tanning is the East End's premier luxury spray tan specialists. Using the exclusive Brazil Bronze Glow formulation which has been written up in Allure, Vogue, New York Post and the New York Times as the "bronze standard" in spray tanning. Best of all, their tanning specialist will come to you so there's no need to leave the comfort of your home! Perfect for special events, weddings and private parties. Vist http://www.hamptonstanning.com to book your session.
Ananas Spa
Refresh your body. Rejuvenate your mind. Restore your senses. Experience it all at Ananas Spa, where your relaxation is their work of art. Located in Southampton Village, this full-service day spa is unlike any other. Ananas offers a full spa menu which includes massage, facials, skin care, nail care, hair cutting & color. Ananas is also great for private parties, bridal and home services. At Ananas, you'll always feel welcome. 71 Hill Street Southampton, NY (631) 287-9099 http://www.ananasspa.com