It’s a Dinner
368 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack
Ana Hito is a true multi-hyphenate. The former goop food editor designs cute tees with inked anchovies on them, tends to her farm in the Hudson Valley, and hosts the most sublime dinner series ever, aptly named, It’s a Dinner. This summer, Hito is hitting the East End, curating a series of field-to-table dinners in Sagaponack. Reserve a weekend that suits well in advance, roll up with a group of friends to a seasonal cocktail, five courses of heavenly food (with wine pairings), and something sweet to end on. While Hito’s food is always insanely delicious, it’s the company that sets this dinner series apart from others: You might find yourself sipping a Cynar spritz with a magazine editor, passing the carrots to a local farmer, or swooning over the peach galette with a nuclear physicist.
The Art Farm in the Hamptons
This Sagaponack gem, along with its sister organization The Green School, is offering safe, socially distanced versions of watersports and pony camps, plus boat charters, riding lessons, and other activities on the farm. Camp sizes are limited, watersports are taught with no contact, masks are required, and all equipment is fully sanitized between uses. The Art Farm is also a great place for a memorable summer birthday celebration—get the family and a few close friends together for a private day at the farm learning the ropes and spending time with the animals.
618 Sagg Main St,, Sagaponack
Artist Robert Dash moved to Sagaponack from New York City in the ’60s and turned his two-acre homestead into a horticultural oasis. Visitors can stroll various gardens dreamed up by Dash and inspired by history, like the High Renaissance, the early Greeks, and the Tudors—a refreshing departure from the clipped, exacting lawns that tend to be the template for greenery here. Other quirky elements include a grove of ramrod-straight ginkgo biloba trees, and the Telephone Pole Path, a walkway made entirely of reclaimed, sliced telephone poles. Aside from strolling the grounds, guests can participate in Madoo’s range of cultural events, like the lecture series exploring landscape architecture, art exhibits, winter wreath-making workshops, and this year's summer benefit and auction celebrating Madoo's twenty-fifth anniversary as a beloved public garden.
3593 Montauk Hwy., Sagaponack
This casual barbecue spot and bar (complete with a pool table) serves chicken and ribs, pulled pork, collard greens, and the like counter-style. But Townline’s food is particularly fun for catered events, whether it’s a beach or house party—they'll deliver a buffet, or they can do a full-service, on-site cookout.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard
139 Sagg Rd., Sagaponack
While you might not think of the Hamptons as wine country, there are a surprisingly large number of local vineyards popping up in the area. Wölffer Vineyard, which occupies a portion of an enormous estate complete with acres of paddocks and a Grand Prix field, is a favorite. The wine stand—which is more of an indoor/outdoor gathering space than a stand, really—is open Friday and Saturday nights for live music, crisp rosé, and excellent views of the sunset.