The Hamptons Guide
NYC’s playground seems to change almost as much as the city itself. Every summer brings a brand-new group of shops, restaurants, and workout studios to the crowds that descend on this bucolic strip of coast. We spent the winter and spring combing through all the new outposts to find the places we’re most excited about—whether it’s SoulAnnex classes in a converted barn in Bridgehampton or the lobster rolls and wood-fired pizzas at the reinvented East Hampton favorite Moby’s. We’re also happy to be back this year with another goop pop-up, this time in Sag Harbor, where we’ve filled a classic bayside cottage with a summer-themed range of fashion, home, and beauty items to try—though we’d love you to come by just to hang out in the backyard garden. Summer is finally here, and it’s brought with it all the places we spent the winter dreaming about.
Hampton Luxury Liner631.537.5800
This is the bus equivalent of flying first-class: the leather seats recline, the snacks are plentiful (there's also a self-serve bar in the back of the bus), and entertainment comes in the form of overhead screens. But most importantly, absolute silence is expected of everyone on board, so you're guaranteed a peaceful trip.
Catching the iconic green-and-white bus at any of the numerous pick-up points in the city and then suffering through hours of LIE traffic with fellow riders is a pretty iconic New York experience. And while it's not the most time-conscious way of getting to the Hamptons, it is the most economical (on average, a ticket will run you $30) and has the potential of being the most fun, too, especially if socializing is at the top of your weekend to-do list.
This NYC-based membership service functions kind of like a traditional car service, but greener: In addition to GoGreen's hybrid-only fleet, they go as far as purchasing carbon credits to ensure carbon neutrality. Booking happens via their gloriously simple App, which has options for instant car requests, future scheduling, and by-the-hour bookings—a godsend when trying to bang out multiple errands when back in the city.
Barton & Gray617.728.3555
Though not quite as fast as a helicopter or a private jet, a membership with Barton and Gray gets you unlimited, year-round access to a fleet of tricked-out, fully staffed yachts. In summer, this means stops in Martha's Vineyard, the Hamptons, Nantucket, and more; winter harbors include Miami, Sarasota, and numerous islands. Annual fees are steep—like 30k-to-start steep.
Good news in the affordable ride department: Uber is back operating in the Hamptons. After a two-year hiatus fueled by local regulations, the ride-sharing app returned last summer.
Fly The Whale| 212.221.1203
In 35 minutes, Fly the Whale can take you from the heart of Manhattan to Montauk, East Hampton, or Westhampton for around $535. Better yet: their amphibious planes take off and land on the East River.
This service is backed by the people behind The Standard hotels, so extra attention is paid to client experience—which makes sense, since snagging a seat on one of the sea planes starts at $595 each way. Scheduling-wise, pickups are on Thursdays and Fridays from the East River, with return trips on Sundays and Mondays.
It’s certainly not cheap, but this App lets you book a seat on a helicopter out to the Hamptons—or, you can just book the whole thing and crowdsource the seats to others, if there isn’t a flight at the time you need to take off. If inclement weather persists, they’ll drive you to your destination in a Cadillac. Hilarious.
The good news is that JetGet will get you to Long Island in under 30 minutes. The bad news is that a flight on one of their slick private planes will cost you at least $500. For frequent flyers and big spenders, the $3,000 monthly membership option might make the most sense.
Hampton Hopper[email protected] | 631.259.7076
It's notoriously difficult to get around the Hamptons, as taxis are few and far between and Ubers aren't as reliable as we'd like. Given those facts, Hampton Hopper has the potential to be a major game-changer. Their buses are on a loop from Hampton Bays to Montauk and back (there's an express service, too), and the buses can be tracked live on their App, so you'll know exactly when they're arriving. It's $20 for a full-day pass—which, when you think about the price of cabs around these parts, sounds awfully reasonable.
Last year, Uber returned to the Hamptons after a two-year absence, and Lyft is joining it this summer, offering rides that’ll span from Westhampton to Montauk. While we can’t guarantee short wait times, another car service option on the East End is bound to alleviate some transportation anxiety.