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    The Hamptons Guide

    For those of us who will be in or passing through any one of the Hamptons this summer, we've compiled a best of. And for those of you who aren't/don't/don't care, check out our Turkish towel collaboration (I'm obsessed with these towels).

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    Ina Garten’s Local’s List

    Ina Garten is an iconic Hamptons resident who, of course, would know the best gourmet shops, etc. to stock up at.

    Cavaniola’s
    89B Division St
    Sag Harbor
    +1 (631) 725 0095

    A cheese shop as masterful as any in the center of a big city, tucked away in Sag Harbor. Knowledgeable staff. A must.

    Photo by John Musnicki

    Mary’s Marvelous
    209 Main Street
    Amagansett
    +1 (631) 267-8796

    Perfect sandwiches, soups, cookies and snacks. Open 7 days a week at long last. Try the turkey meatloaf sandwich.

    Pike Farms Farm Stand
    82 Sagg Main Street,
    Sagaponack

    From June to November, Pike Farms provides gorgeous produce – both fruits and vegetables from their 65 acre farms and the best of nearby producers.

    Bloom
    43 Madison Street
    Sag Harbor
    +1 (631) 725 5940

    Rustic, airy and elegant homeware and furniture that’s perfect for the beach house. Owner Mona Nerenberg gracefully combines a mixture of antiques and new finds from all over the world. Recently the store has expanded to include a space adjacent to the store that is based on Mona’s home kitchen.

    Bridgehampton Florist
    2400 Montauk Highway
    Bridgehampton
    +1 (631) 537 7766

    Michael Grim and Jim Osburn’s flower shop supplies locals with beautiful arrangements for all occasions. They’ve got a great variety that extends to the vases they have in stock as well. They also make arrangements in situ in your own home.

    Tracy Anderson’s Local’s List

    My business partner, Tracy Anderson calls Sag Harbor home when she’s not commuting between Los Angeles and Manhattan running her other Tracy Anderson Method studios. We asked her for a list of her favorite local spots and here they are below:

    La Fondita
    74 Montauk Highway
    Amagansett
    +1 (631) 267 8800

    The best for Mexican food out here… A great snack stop for casual and authentic Mexican dishes like tacos, tortas, and sopa de tortilla. The food is all freshly made including the tortillas. They also stock Mexican sodas, beers, and make “Micheladas” which is beer mixed with spices, clammato, salt and lime juice.

    Vine Street Café
    41 South Ferry Road
    Shelter Island
    +1 (631) 749 3210

    When indulging in fries, Tracy hits the elegant Vine Street Café on Shelter Island,a foodie destination which serves up classic American dishes using local and seasonal ingredients. Just a ferry ride away from Sag Harbor.

    The Juicy Naam
    51 Division St
    Sag Harbor
    +1 (631) 725 3030

    Besides the juice cleanses which they’re famous for, this is Tracy’s spot for a delicious Gazpacho and Mung Bean Soup. Their juices and cleanses are also available in East Hampton and at The Surf Lodge this summer in Montauk.

    Pepalajefa
    7 Main Street
    Sag Harbor
    +1 (631) 899 4630

    New this year in Sag Harbor is this little gourmet shop. Here’s where to buy a few sandwiches for a beach picnic or several salads and a few mains if you’re entertaining and don’t feel like cooking. All the food here is made with European inspiration – Tortilla Espanola,Gazpacho,Gratins and more. Tracy suggests the “Poulet Farci aux Crevettes et Coquilles St. Jacques”

    Sag Harbor Baking Company
    51 Division Street
    +1 (631) 899 4900

    “Their galettes, pies and cookies are my favorites!,” says Tracy. This spot just opened in December of this year for some very happy local customers.

    Sen
    23 Main St
    Sag Harbor
    +1 (631) 725-1774

    “Best shrimp tempura” according to Tracy. An upscale and citified sushi lounge in the middle of Sag Harbor. It’s a big favorite among locals, and a great choice when you’re looking for something a little healthier for dinner. It’s a wait to get in, but if you leave your name and number they’ll call you when tables open up.

    Rube
    156 Main St
    Amagansett
    +1 (631) 267 6117

    Rube carries a small and strictly curated selection of goods for men and women. Brands include James Colarusso, Loup Charmant, Chimala, and R13 among other finds.

    Stay

    There are plenty of cozy inns to stay at and here’s a selection of the ones we hear are the best.

    The Inn at Windmill Lane
    23 Windmill Lane
    Amagansett
    +1 (631) 267 8500

    A luxurious inn with simply and elegantly decorated rooms with marble bathrooms and wood burning fireplaces. There are also three cottages available, each with their own gym and steam room. This is definitely more of a quiet couple’s retreat than a family spot.

    The Crow’s Nest Inn
    4 Old West Lake Drive
    Montauk
    +1 (631) 267 8500

    A surf chic inn with views of the lake. Each room is decorated with a rustic and nautical nod to its surroundings – both homey and beachy at the same time. If you’re a larger group, go for the two bedroom cottage. Definitely one of the better spots to stay in Montauk. Try the restaurant for its locally inspired menu.

    c/o The Maidstone
    207 Main Street
    East Hampton
    +1 (631) 324 5006

    The Maidstone experienced a Nordic revamp a few years ago so now each room is themed around a famous Scandinavian. For example, the Josef Frank room is splashed floor to ceiling with the designer’s bold prints and the Arne Jacobsen room is suitably modern and minimal. This eco-friendly hotel welcomes dogs, offers daily yoga in the summer, boasts Hästens beds (of course), and Swedish massages at the Spa.

    The Surf Lodge
    183 Edgemere St
    Montauk
    +1 (631) 668 1562

    Montauk's busy hipster hangout is made cooler this summer by a series of hip concerts by the likes of The Kills, Chairlift and Ra Ra Riot, healthy juicing courtesy of Juicy Naam, fitness classes provided by New York’s current exercise craze, SLT, not to mention rustic yet completely equipped hotel rooms and bathrooms with organic amenities by the brands that the hotel carefully curates.

    Restaurants

    There’s great American seafood to be had in each of the Hamptons and in Montauk.

    Dave’s Grill
    468 West Lake Drive
    Montauk
    +1 (631) 668 9190

    A standout and one of the best restaurants in Montauk. Lobster, french fries and an epic dessert called "The Barbara" (a brownie with an ice cream sundae on top) round out the fresh delish seafood menu. Call after 4 pm for a table the same night. No advance reservations.

    Clam Bar
    2025 Montauk Highway
    Amagansett
    +1 (631) 267 6348

    There is a cool and barren stretch of highway between Amagansett and Montauk and on it is the Clam Bar. Practically an institution, they've been serving casual American seafood, from fried clams to clam chowder to lobster rolls and fries for more than 30 years. Stop by for lunch under an umbrella’s shade on your way to Montauk.

    Nick & Toni’s
    136 N Main St
    East Hampton
    +1 (631) 324-3550

    Night after night, Nick & Toni’s fills up and serves a seasonally changing menu of fresh and local Mediterranean and Italian-inspired dishes from the wood-burning grill and oven. The service is always friendly and the food is always good.

    The Crow’s Nest
    4 Old West Lake Drive
    Montauk
    +1 (631) 668 2077

    The restaurant at The Crow’s Nest Inn, which is open for the summer and early fall, emphasizes local and seasonal and does it well. Each night, starting at 5:30 pm, they light the fire pit outside and guests get to stand around the pit or enjoy the views before sitting down to dinner. The menu is short and well edited and the seafood is excellent as is the atmosphere. Your best bet is to get there early for a table.

    Navy Beach
    16 Navy Road
    Montauk
    +1 (631) 668 6868

    The real pull here is the view and the beachside setting. Get lunch on the beach or go for cocktails (from a thoughtful list) in the nautically themed dining room and watch the sunset. A family friendly spot, make a reservation, as it’s a popular destination.

    Ruschmeyer’s
    161 Second House Road
    Montauk
    +1 (631) 668 8249

    Ruschmeyer’s is always packed and we could go as far as to say that it’s a scene. Get there and start with a few cocktails while you wait for your table and enjoy the hotel and restaurant’s “adult campsite” décor. Once you’re seated for dinner, the food is light and fresh – updated American beachside classics and plenty of surprising fish dishes from the guys behind The Fat Radish in New York.

    LT Burger
    62 Main St
    Sag Harbor
    +1 631 899 4646

    Burger shack cuisine taken up a notch or two. I had their Heritage Turkey Burger when I was there and it was fantastic. All the classic burgers, shakes, s’mores and ice cream desserts have been revamped. The vibe inside this white tiled restaurant is fun and always bustling.

    Byron
    183 Edgemere St
    Montauk
    +1 631 238 5216

    This summer at The Surf Lodge, Australian chef Chris Rendell brings inspiration over from his native country’s best beach cuisine – curries, tofu, tons of fresh fish. This is definitely a great place for a truly healthy meal out. As this is one of the most popular places to be this summer, be sure to book in advance.

    Suki Zuki
    688 Montauk Highway
    Water Mill
    +1 (631) 726-4600

    Best sushi out here; the Chicken Teriyaki Salad and the "Tuna Sandwich" are both particularly popular choices.

    Specialty Shops

    There are some truly special specialty shops for the foodies that come through and live here. Nearby farms supply many of the shops and you can pretty much eat local always.

    Goldberg’s
    100 Pantigo Place
    East Hampton
    +1 (631) 329 8300

    The greatest bagels on Long Island. Lox, lots of cream cheese varieties, there’s very little more to be said.

    Hampton Chutney Co.
    Amagansett Square
    6 Main St.
    +1 (631) 267-3131

    What started out as a Chutney making operation for Gary and Isabel MacGurn (who, fittingly, met at an Ashram in India) has become a classic stop in Amagansett for their famous trademark chutneys and delicious dosas. Order them to-go and take them to the beach for a healthy breakfast or lunch.

    Jack’s
    146 Montauk Hwy
    Amagansett
    +1(631) 267-5555

    Best coffees going on the East End. Come here early in the morning for excellent coffee before the heat sets in.

    Joni’s
    South Etna Plaza
    Montauk
    +1 (631) 688 3663

    A major stop for Montauk’s surfers, Joni Brosnan's (a goop contributor) shop provides family friendly, super healthy sandwiches, salads, smoothies, juices and more. A big hit are the protein-rich breakfast wraps.

    Stuart’s Seafood Market
    41 Oak Lane
    Amagansett
    +1 (631) 267 6700

    Stuart's provides some of the best seafood in the area. They also have a pantry which is a closet full of dream ingredients (panko, anchovies, San Marzano tomatoes) and the best pre-made cocktail sauce ever. It's a one stop shop for the cook.

    Round Swamp Farm Market
    184 Three Mile Harbor Road
    East Hampton
    +1 (631) 324 4438

    This family-run market (it’s bigger and much more plush than a farm stand) sells their own 20-acre farm’s crops along with the best of what's nearby, fresh fish brought in daily by Charlie Niggles, a local fisherman, and their own baked goods and deli items. Don’t miss their delicious prepared food and home-baked pies.

    Amagansett Farmer’s Market
    367 Main St, Amagansett
    +1 (631) 267 3894

    Eli Zabar revamped this historic market and made it into what it is today. The market makes a point of supporting local farms by selling their produce. In the mornings it’s great to grab coffee, a freshly squeezed oj and a fresh pastry from the Amagansett Loaf, housed inside the market making fresh bread each day.

    Shopping

    East Hampton is the spot for the big name shops from Scoop to Brunello Cucinelli. A few favorite stops are Steven Alan (One of my favorites...great for fall stuff at the end of the summer), James Perse and Roberta Freymann and below are a few spots that are unique to the area.

    Blue & Cream
    60 The Circle
    East Hampton
    +1 (631) 329 1329

    Blue & Cream is the perfect place to shop if you arrive and find that you’ve underpacked and need some good clothes for going out to dinner or to a bar. Each season they carry a solid selection of unknowns and brands like A.L.C, Philip Lim, Elizabeth & James and more.

    The Surf Bazaar
    183 Edgemere St
    Montauk
    +1 (631) 668 8131

    Come to the boutique at the Surf Lodge Hotel for bikinis, bathing suits, coverups and all your beachy essentials. Fun brands like Mikoh, Lemlem, Electric Feathers, Pret-a-Surf and more.

    Warby Parker at Maison 24
    2424 Montauk Highway
    Bridgehampton
    +1 (631) 537-2488

    Pick up your sunglasses and frames at Warby Parker’s pop-up store in store at Maison 24, full of quirky lifestyle and home accessories. For every pair you purchase, one pair goes to a person in need.

    Monc XIII
    40 Madison St
    Sag Harbor
    +1 (631) 808 3333

    New this year is Monc 13, an interior design store stocking antique and vintage furniture plus smaller accessories for the home, like linens, cushions, cutlery and glassware. The look is eclectic, extremely livable and elegant.

    The Monogram Shop
    7 Newtown Lane
    East Hampton
    +1 (631) 329 3379

    An old favorite, here’s where to get anything and everything monogrammed for your home – towels, linens, cushions, anything. I love their personalized notepads.

    The Pink Chicken
    137 Main Street
    Amagansett
    +1 (631) 267 6494

    Stacey Fraser’s shop in Amagansett features her prints and designs for cute and comfy play clothes for kids.

    Beauty & Fitness

    Here are the places to recharge and relax.

    Tracy Anderson Method
    903 Montauk Highway
    Water Mill
    +1 (212) 965 1408

    My business partner, Tracy Anderson, is a Hamptons local, and she opens up her studio here in the summer time. There are lots of classes, both two hour studio classes and master classes, available each day in the studio.

    La Carezza
    43-45 Windmill Lane
    Southampton
    +1 (631) 283 7683

    Both a salon and spa that has been around for more than 20 years, the place is large and has a long list of services available, from hair to makeup to massage, hydrotherapy, facials and more. They also have an “Out of Spa” service where one of their professionals will come to you. Book ahead!

    Water’s Edge Salon
    542 Main St
    Amagansett
    +1 (631) 267 7766

    A good all around beauty salon. They do a great job on waxes, manis, pedis, etc. You’ll definitely need to make an appointment as it gets booked up.

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