Traditionally, Memorial Day symbolizes the opening of the Hamptons season with all the fun summer activities it has to offer. While locals (aka Hamptonites) do know all the hidden gems in each village, for a first time visitor it might seem like there is not much going on out East. To make your stay a bit more eventful and exciting, I start posting the Hamptons city guides for each town. We are jumping up the series with East Hampton where I spend the majority of the weekends every summer.
Where to Stay: Best Hotels in East Hampton
The Baker House 1650 (181 Main Street, East Hampton | 631.324.4081)
This beautiful hotel with a cozy garden features some of the best rustic decors in the Hamptons. Not to mention the famous Baker SPA where you can rejuvenate your body and mind while relaxing at the pool or soaking in a Jacuzzi.
c/o The Maidstone (207 Main Street, East Hampton | 631.324.5006)
This boutique hotel is adored by fashion lovers and art fanatics for its spectacular eclectic décor created in a ‘Scandinavian Cozy’ style. Enjoy a wide range of elegant treats in your room, such as organic coffee and chilled champagne or take a tour on one of the complimentary bikes.
What to Visit: Best Entertainment in East Hampton
Pollock Krasner House & Study Center (830 Springs Fireplace Road, East Hampton | 631.324.4929)
Everybody knows Jackson Pollock’s art, but not many people are aware that the artist spent a huge part of his life in East Hampton, where is moved in with his wife Lee Krasner in 1945. This house and studio museum are recognized as nation’s most important cultural spots, so if you are interested in art, definitely check them out.
Guild Hall (158 Main Street, East Hampton | 631.324.0806)
Without exaggeration, this complex is a main cultural center of the East Hampton village. Art exhibits, film screenings, theatrical performances, concerts – Guild Hall’s calendar is always busy so everyone can find a cultural event for their taste.
Book Hampton (41 Main Street, East Hampton | 631.324.4939)
This cozy bookstore hosts a lot of great (and free!) events such as a book signing by Gwyneth Paltrow and reading with Alec Baldwin. Check out store’s schedule and arrive ahead of time to secure your spot. Otherwise, stop by anytime to pick up the best books to read on the beach.
Where to Eat: Best Restaurants in East Hampton
Babette’s (66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton | 631.329.5377)
The restaurant features a lot of healthy and vegan options together with classic seafood dishes, which makes it a perfect match for “vegan meets non-vegan” kind of gathering.
Bostwicks Chowder House (277 Pantigo Road, East Hampton | 631.324.1111)
There is always a line to this restaurant and I totally understand why. This restaurant serves the best tacos I’ve ever tried in my life so definitely check it out!
Dreesen’s Donut Shop (33 Newtown Lane, East Hampton | 631.324.0465)
This tiny café is famous for its impressive selection of ice cream and freshly baked donuts. Expect a long line as it’s a major tourist attraction ever since the shop was featured on the “Chowdown Countdown” show.
Where to Shop: Best Stores in East Hampton
Zimmermann (27 Newtown Lane, East Hampton | 631.604.6291)
This bohemian chic shop is my absolute favorite! Definitely, stop by it if you are looking for a gorgeous lace dress or a pattern chiffon romper!
The Monogram Shop (7 Newtown Lane, East Hampton | 631.329.3379)
Looking for a preppy-style present or just can’t get enough of monogrammed accessories? Then check out this all time favorite shop of New York prepsters.
Calypso St. Barth (21 Newtown Lane, East Hampton | 631.329.0033)
Without jokes, I can spend hours in this boutique! They have a few options of everything: softest cotton cover-ups, trendy swimsuits, lots of jewelry and home décor options. It’s a shopaholic’s dream come true!
Elie Tahari (1 Main Street, East Hampton | 631.329.8883)
This spacious and chic store is a perfect destination for finding your next office outfit or a new favorite versatile dress. I purchased some of my most beloved dresses (for instance, this red dress and this floral print dress) at this store.
Alice & Olivia (48 Main Street, East Hampton | 631.324.8604)
No matter which piece of clothing you forgot to bring with you to the Hamptons, you’ll find it here! From sophisticated off-the-shoulder dresses to trendy pom-pom sandals and fancy straw bags, Alice + Olivia got you covered!
Intermix (87 Main Street, East Hampton | 631.907.8025)
Stop by at this beautifully decorated store for some retail therapy! Pick up a pair of heeled sandals or an evening bag, invest in a designer dress, or just get a brightly toned top – the options are seemingly unlimited!
Where to Sweat: Best Fitness Classes in East Hampton
Soul Cycle (68 Newtown Lane, East Hampton | 631.324.6600)
Some people compare this elaborate cycling studio to religion, as people are getting hooked on how dramatically this cycling program transforms their bodies. If you are one of the Soul Cycle girls in the City, you might need to check out this gorgeous studio too, as consistency is the most important in any workout routine.
Tracy Anderson (30 Park Place, East Hampton | 631.604.6529)
If you want a celebrity-like body, you might need an advice from an expert in building Hollywood-worthy bodies. Observe how your body transforms with the help of famous the Tracy Anderson Method workouts!