Barton & Gray
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.
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.
2400 Main St., Bridgehampton
For most, florals are a deeply personal matter of taste, and it takes a thorough, skilled florist to nail it every time. Luckily, this beloved flower-and-gifts shop has two: owners Michael Grim and Jim Osburn. While they’ll gladly put together a beautiful monotone bouquet, their specialty is color—think violet and fuchsia orchids, magenta roses, and ombre hydrangeas—which they deftly apply to arrangements and centerpieces of every size and style.
Driver On Tap
With houses so spread out and few drivers available, it's no secret that hailing an Uber is an imperfect science in the Hamptons. But App DriverOnTap is an ingenious solution to that problem: Their drivers can be summoned via the App at any hour, but instead of picking you up in their car, they'll drive you home in yours. The whole process is surprisingly seamless, and offers a brilliant workaround when you've had one too many but the car is parked somewhere it shouldn't stay overnight.
Since 2015, Lexi Ritch and Louisa Young have gained a following on the Hamptons with the launch of their farm-fresh (and vintage chic) food truck business, Hamptons Aristocrat. Now the health-conscious duo is upping the ante by delivering their locally sourced recipes directly to our doors. Farm-to-Fete, delivered offers a full menu of ready-to-eat organic meals served on custom wooden boards. With a menu fit for all diets, the service caters to a variety of summer events, from intimate dinner parties to weddings and holiday fetes.
Fly The Whale
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 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.
For about $400 each way, this helicopter ride-sharing service will get you from the city to East Hampton (or Nantucket, or Martha's Vineyard) in less than an hour. What separates Gotham from other Uber-esque operations is that you can charter a single seat as opposed to the entire helicopter. At a price, they'll even organize a flight from Manhattan to any local airport in as little as 20 minutes.
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.
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.
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