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Too often people go away and stumble around trying to determine what there is to do and where to do it. What a waste of precious time! We tell you what there is to do and with whom to do it. Whether it is the best golf course, where to charter a boat, what museums not to miss, you’ll know what you want to do and where to do it before you ever get there.
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The Hamptons beaches are renowned for their pristine beauty. Long wide stretches of white sand. One travel magazine rated them among the best in the world. What is somewhat unusual is that there are ocean and bay beaches. The bay beaches being less crowed with calmer surf.

Main Beach in East Hampton is the preferred beach by most, it is where all the beautiful people flock. Many, however, like Georgica Beach, Apaquogue Road and Lily Pond Lane. Equally as beautiful, less crowded with a backdrop of mansions and estates. In season, parking is an issue without a town permit. Best to take bicycles. My favorite beaches are in Montauk, unspoiled, uncrowded and no attitude.

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Montauk Downs State park. 15 minute drive from East Hampton. Called, “Shinnecock Hills for the poor unwashed” Some think it is the best public course in America. As close to Scottish golf as you can get. Greens fees an unbelievably low $36.

An 1 1/2 hours away in Farmingdale is the mecca of public golf, Bethpage, sight of the 2002 U.S. Open. Great golf is never too far!

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There are public courts at East Hampton High School (2 Long Lane), Bridgehampton High School (Montauk Highway), Southhampton High School (Leland Lane) and Mashashimuet in Sag Harbor (Main Street). Fees range from $10-$20/hour. The East Hampton Indoor Tennis Club offers both indoor and outdoor facilities to non-members.

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You can bike just about anywhere. Montauk Highway has a wide shoulder which makes it easy to get from town to town. Bike routes are marked. My favorite walking/running area is the East Hampton Village Trail, a beautiful wooded trail along a brook, accessed from David’s or Hunting Lane. Best place to rent bikes is Bike Hampton, Main Street in Sag Harbor.

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Boat Rental

Puff & Putt, Main Street, Montauk, rents canoes, rowboats, kayaks and small sailboats for use on Fort Pond. Main Beach Surf & Sport, Montauk Highway, Wainscott is located across from Georgica Pond and has just about anything you may need for water related sports. Uihlein's in Montauk does the same.

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Boat Ride

East End Kayak Tours at Main Beach Surf & Sport (above) offers group kayak tours of Georgica Pond and Harbor Tours, on the 45 foot wooden American Beauty, Long Wharf in Sag Harbor offers 90 minutes sightseeing tours of Sag Harbor and Peconic Bay narrated by a nature and history guide ($35) or a 2 hour sunset cruise ($25)

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Montauk is considered the “Sportfishing Capital of the World” because many of the world record fish were caught off Monatuk. Three choices for fisherman; surf fishing (for striped bass) which can be done just about anywhere, but Montauk beaches are considered the best, charter boats (up to six people) or party boats (up to 100 people).

ProSport Charters (
631-668-2154) can arrange a charter for you or call the Blue Fin IV Most of the party boats are out of Montauk. Viking Fishing Fleetis the largest, Flying Cloud and Marlin VI are other options.

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Horseback Riding

Deep Hollow Ranch, Montauk Highway, Montauk. Oldest working cattle ranch in the country. There are 1 1/2 hour trial rides for $40, but the better choice is the 2 hour beach ride for $50. Pretty special.

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“Long Island has the potential to be the East Coast version of the Napa Valley, a food and wine mecca.” Marvin Shanken, Publisher, Wine Spectator. Long Island is home to over 50 vineyards ranging in size from 2 acres to 600 acres. The wines are winning awards nationally and internationally and are served in some of the finest restaurants in New York City. Visit their web-site (See our Weekend Planner) for directions and times of tours and tastings.

Here's some favorites; Clovis Point is a relatively new winery with great wines and a beautiful tasting room. They even serve cheese and crackers and breads. Carmela and Sal are the "charming and knowledgeable staff" and are great fun. Don't miss it. Paumanok also has a great tasting room. Old Field's tasting room is an old shed with a wood burning store and chickens and roosters running around outside. Macari has some of the best wines on the island and another great tasting room. Other notables most mentioned by the locals; Croteaux Farm Vineyards, Shinn Estate Vineyards, Lenz Winery, Bedell, Castello di Borghese. Look for events like the Long Island WinterFest.

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Art galleries are big time in the Hamptons and if you are there during the season, there seems to be art show openings every night. There are galleries scattered in many towns, but the largest concentration is in East Hampton. Ann Kolb on Main Street features American crafts and folk art, Wallace Gallery on Main Street specializes in 19th and 20th century American art and Wally Findlay Galleries, Main Street displays old masters, impressionists and contemporary artists.

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The Hamptons offer a treasure trove of interesting and exquisite antique shops. Many are only open during the summer. We’ve listed a few of the more interesting which are open year round. Call for hours.
English Country Antiques. Bridgehampton and Southampton. As the name suggests, specializes in English antiques and reproductions.
Urban Archeology. Bridgehampton. Great idea. Salvages architectural pieces from buildings about to be demolished.
Fisher's Antiques. Sag Harbor. Country pine antiques and reproductions. Painted and distressed furniture.
Second Chance. Southhampton. Wide variety of items including lines, drapes, silverware etc.
Simply French. Southampton. 18th and 19th century French antiques, with the emphasis on province.

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Plenty to keep the shopaholic busy. Many designers, Betsey Johnson, Cynthia Rowley, Eileen Fisher to name a few, have shops in East Hampton in the summer. There’s Tiffany’s and Polo and Coach in East Hampton, a Villeroy and Boch Factory Outlet in Southhampton and many shops and boutiques in the other towns. East Hampton, Southhampton and Sag Harbor have the most choices.

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