Mastering the Hamptons: 2018 Guide

New Yorkers return each summer to the East End playground on Long Island, known colloquially as the Hamptons—encompassing Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Sag Harbor, and Montauk.

From Memorial Day to Labor Day an influx of visitors and New York players come in search of social activity and relaxation. Here are some of the essential people, places, and events to engage with, enjoy and be seen.

Where to Stay

Amongst several acres of manicured lawns and gardens in the heart of the Village of Southampton on Long Island’s stunning East End, Southampton Inn provides an idyllic, year-round escape for visitors from all over the world. The winner of numerous awards, including “Best Breakfast,” “Best Hotel,” and “Best Wedding Location.” This summer, experience the all-new restaurant Claude’s 18.


Where to Eat

Union Cantina, owned by Southampton Social Club’s Ian Duke and David Hilty, teamed up with Southampton Social Club’s award-winning Executive Chef Scott Kampf to create this innovative modern Mexican eatery. Chef Kampf, who has been featured on Iron Chef America, brings his dedication to Union Cantina.


The new restaurant Claude’s at the Southampton Inn serves its famous breakfast daily from renowned Executive Chef James Carpenter. Claude’s will be open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and also serve lunch and dinner. At Claude’s, guests enjoy locally sourced options plus entertainment in the form of pianist Konstantin Soukhovestski every Thursday evening and Carry Out Claude’s service for those who need a picnic on the move.


Zach Erdem has transformed 75 Main into the Hamptons summer dining staple and a year-round hotspot. Erdem reinvented the Southampton eatery, combining the classic style of the Hamptons with the enticing elements of New York City nightlife. Celebrity guests have included Leonardo di Caprio, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, 50 Cent, and Sarah Jessica Parker.


This season, Southampton Social Club returns to set the standard for dining, drinks, and dancing. As the pre-eminent fine dining supper club in the Hamptons. Executive Chef Scott Kampf’s cuisine “is enhanced by the summer 2018 cocktail program featuring many new refreshing libations. Each week, the entertainment will reach a crescendo with live music and DJ’s performing together creating the vibe to set your summer to.


Where to Go

Be nice to animals and support the Wildlife Rescue Center of the Hamptons Get Wild! event Saturday, June 23 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. hosted by Joan and Bernard Carl. This annual event will be at Carls’ home, “Little Orchard” in Southampton. It will include an honoree presentation, an exciting auction, and an opportunity to meet the animals the Center helps and supports.


Attend this year’s Hamptons Happening from the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation held on the grounds of philanthropists Kenneth and Maria Fishel’s Bridgehampton estate. This year’s 14th annual event honors Chef Matt Lambert and Ramy Brook.


Michael Milken’s Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization which remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and quickly fund groundbreaking cancer research programs globally, will host its annual gala at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, NY on August 25. The gala supports the 14th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament.

The Ferrari-Maserati Private Charity Brunch and Luxury Showcase will be held at a private estate in Water Mill this July produced by RAND Luxury in association with Ferrari Maserati of Long Island. On display will be the latest models and the opportunity to experience a ride in these fine marques. The private event is by invitation only.


Where to Sweat

Voted a top 10 place to sweat in the Hamptons by Well & Good, Elements Fitness is a high-energy boutique style health and wellness studio located in the Hamptons, Manhattan, and Miami. Under the direction of Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger, Elements offers signature classes in barre and dance fusion and SUP barre classes. Andrea has worked with celebrity clientele including Parker Posey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Kirsten Dunst, and Christy Turlington.


With the U.S. Open golf tournament returning to Shinnecock Hills why not improve your own golf game and join Hampton Hills Golf & Country Club? When you pick up a club at Hampton Hills, you will join the ranks of such celebrity golfers as Tommy Hilfiger, Kelsey Grammer, Michael Strahan, Justin Tuck, John Starks, FOX’s Bill Hemmer, and Nick Mangold of the New York Jets.


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