Shou Sugi Ban House
337 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill
While many consider the Hamptons an escape from the city heat, sometimes you need a vacation from your vacation. The just-opened Shou Sugi Ban House straddles the line of hotel/retreat/spa.
Erika Bloom Pilates Water Mill
760 Montauk Hwy., Unit 2D, Water Mill
Fans of Erika Bloom have come to rely on her workouts in New York, Connecticut, and Los Angeles. And she’s added the Hamptons to the mix, with a studio tucked into a quaint, bright cottage in Water Mill. Some of Bloom's best instructors rotate through the East End, curating super-personalized routines that integrate pilates, yoga, the Alexander technique (for improved posture), the Feldenkrais method (for a better mind-body connection), and weight training. They're big on breathwork and alignment as a foundation for any practice, which means meditation is just as much a part of a session as working up a sweat. There's also an on-site boutique stocked with products from Tata Harper, Alo Yoga, and Sakara Life. The original East Hampton location is open year-round, and both studios make house calls. Photos: Chris Fanning
1020 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill
James Mallios, one of the partners behind this Greek eatery, has been vacationing on Mykonos for the last two decades, so his time spent on the island well-informs the menu–with mainstays including whole Montauk dorade with olives, fennel, and capers, and farro salad with hazelnut, loukaniko sausage, and yogurt.
Tracy Anderson Method Water Mill
903 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill
Tracy Anderson is a Hamptons local, and she opens up her normally members-only studios here in the summertime to those interested in trying the method on a pay-per-class basis. While the NYC, LA, and East Hampton studios remain temporarily closed, the Water Mill outpost is open for outdoor classes from July 17 through September 7. The TA team has ticked every box when it comes to COVID-19 safety and social distancing. Training happens on the outdoor lawn, and there are shades to block the sun, wireless headphones, and the same mirror and custom cardio-floor experience clients are used to. Book in early (click here for the schedule or email [email protected])—these outdoor classes are limited to fifteen participants.
Parrish Art Museum
279 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill
Set in a Herzog & de Meuron-designed building that references the area's rural architecture (it's very barn-like) and surrounded by manicured fields, the Parrish Art Museum is a great afternoon outing. This season's exhibition: John Graham mind-bending modernist portraits.
688 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill
This just might be the best sushi in the Hamptons. The Chicken Teriyaki Salad and the "Tuna Sandwich" are both particularly popular choices.
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