8 Things to do in the Hamptons (That Aren't the Beach)

Published by Olivia on 31st Jul 2020

It's August and even though we are at the peak of Summer, we have to face the sad reality that Summer is almost over. So we decided to go out with a bang. We're living our best life until the very end! Here are 8 things you can do in The Hamptons

East Hampton

1. East Hampton Grill

For dinner and a show, head to East Hampton Grill, where restaurant-goers dine amidst paintings and photos inspired by the surrounding area. Chef Colin Stafford has curated a selection of dishes that showcases a wide variety of meats and seafood. Menu highlights include the Heavenly Biscuits, EHG Cheeseburger, served on a homemade bun and the Scottish Salmon.

Hampton Sun Save: If you are planning on going during a weeknight, try to call a week in advance for a reservation.

Sag Harbor

2. Sen

For a modern take on Japanese, look no further than Sen. Their extensive menu offers some of the best sushi in the Hamptons and is very vegetarian friendly (AKA not just edamame and avocado rolls, although they do have that). The newly renovated space feels fresh and inviting, and offers table and bar seating. The restaurant is open for lunch Monday through Friday and dinner is served daily. They also offer a late night menu on Fridays and Saturdays until 12 a.m. and a ladies night on Fridays after 10:30 p.m., where ladies receive a drink on the house.

Hampton Sun Save: Skip the line and order takeout for the beach.

3. Buddhaberry

Open daily, this Sag Harbor sweet spot offers 12 different flavors of frozen yogurt and a generous spread of toppings. Buddhaberry is not your typical frozen yogurt store. Nancy, the store’s founder, wanted to make healthier options that her family could enjoy regularly, so set out to create desserts made from whole foods using real fruits, nuts and other flavoring. Flavors range from cookies and cream to almond milk, with vegan and sugar free options. The shop also makes acai bowls, coffee, waffles, smoothies and lunch fare and is equipped with a candy wall.

Hampton Sun Save: Ask for a scoop of edible cookie dough on top of your yogurt. It’s homemade and way better than eating scoops of a Tollhouse bucket!

credit: Wolffer Estate


4.Picnic at Wӧlffer Estate Wine Stand

Enjoy a glass or bottle – no judgement! – while taking in the sprawling vineyards. The Wine Stand doesn’t allow outside food or drink, but offers a selection of cheese and charcuterie boards to munch on. Catch the sunset or listen to one of the live bands featured daily, starting at 5 p.m..

Hampton Sun Save: While there is seating, it is scattered and fills up quickly, so bring your own blanket or chairs.


5. Tate’s Bake Shop

As you approach the birthplace of the world famous cookies, the aroma of freshly baked goods wafts out the door. Besides a selection of crispy cookies, the bakeshop sells cakes, pies, coffee and ice cream sandwiches. Stop by before heading to the beach or pick something up for a friend. The shop is gluten free friendly and sells a selection of cookies and bars for those with allergies.

Hampton Sun Save: Try a shop exclusive Tatewich – ice cream sandwiches using their signature cookies!

6. Southampton Arts Center

The SAC serves as an artistic hub for the people of Southampton and surrounding areas. With a new theatre upgrade, the center now hosts musical guests, film screenings and performances. Explore a wide variety of exhibits, lectures and activities available to the community including a collection of National Geographic photos and followup kids’ workshop as well as an outdoor Latin music concert. Admission is a suggested donation of $5 and free for children 12 and under.

Hampton Sun Save: Check out the events calendar, available on the center’s website.

Multiple Locations

7. Windmill Tour

A symbol iconic to the Hamptons, windmills are a unique aspect of the area’s history. Each has their own story – Southampton Windmill is even said to be haunted by the ghost of Beatrice Clafin, who as a young girl, fell down the steps while playing and broke her neck. There are six mills, all easily accessible via Montauk Highway, that run from Southampton to East, and make for a nice drive. Check out this map to see the exact location of all the windmills.

8. Berry Picking

Summer is berry season! There are a number of farms throughout the Hamptons where you can pick your own berries. Bhavana Berries is a certified organic farm with a U-Pick blueberry patch. They also offer a variety of vegetables at their farmstand. Seven Ponds Orchard, located in Water Mill, offers a larger selection of pickable goods. According to their Facebook page, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, sugar snap peas, string beans and yellow cherry tomatoes are all available right now.

Hampton Sun Save: Be kind to the environment and bring your own reusable container to store your hand picked fruit. Take home too much? Make jams to store all year long. 

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