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The Insiders’ Guide To An Idyllic Hamptons Getaway

Duryea’s Beach Club at Orient Point

The charming towns, villages and beaches that comprise the Hamptons remain treasured destinations for many wishing to escape the city. Keen to discover this summer’s hot spots? Here, six stylish tastemakers reveal their insider secrets for the perfect Hamptons getaway – from incredible new openings to beautiful, lesser-known locales. By KATIE BERRINGTON

Lifestyle

Athena Calderone, designer and founder of EyeSwoon

My most-loved place

“I would have to say that Amber Waves Farm in Amagansett is my favorite place. [Its] connection to the local farmers has not only inspired my culinary journey, but it has also taught me more about the importance of knowing where my food comes from, eating seasonally and locally, and developing deep relationships within our community. I am part of the Community Supported Agriculture program, which delivers new produce weekly – I get to pick berries and flowers on the farm and have even hosted dinners in the growing fields. And that is just the farm itself… we haven’t even touched on the market, which I am obsessed with! They have both local provisions and delicious made-to-order and prepared foods. Did I mention it is owned by two amazing female farmers who I get to call friends now, too?”

The best dining destination

“Il Buco al Mare is what the Hamptons had been waiting for. Or, at least, what I had been waiting for in the years I have lived here. [Think] unbelievably full-flavored fare that is seasonal, sea-inspired and exceptionally prepared by the ever-talented master Justin Smillie and conceived by Donna Lennard. I also love The Crow’s Nest for the vibe, and Duryea’s for the sunsets.”

The serene spot

“To switch off and relax, I go to the local beach in the teeny hamlet of Barnes Landing, where I live, on the cusp on Amagansett and Springs. It is so serene and barely anyone is ever there. I walk daily along the calm shores to collect shells or take my pup for a stroll at sundown. It is a little slice of heaven.”

To switch off, I go to the local beach in the teeny hamlet of Barnes Landing… I walk daily along the calm shores to collect shells or take my pup for a stroll at sundown. It is a little slice of heaven
Athena Calderone
Shop for seasonal produce at the Amber Waves Farm stand or enjoy farm-to-fork fare at its café

Eny Lee Parker, artist

My most-loved place

“Sunset Beach Hotel – it’s a nice escape from Southampton and East Hampton, and the cocktails are great. For creative inspiration, it’s The Watermill Center [a hub for the arts and humanities].”

The best food destination

“Green Thumb Organic Farm – I love going there and getting an assortment of fresh veggies and eggs to make a cute breakfast.”

The insider tip

“Summer in the Hamptons is nice, but the fall is really beautiful and much quieter. The water stays warm until October.”

Artist Eny Lee Parker at the NET-A-PORTER and Ralph Lauren garden party in the Hamptons. Hosted in a private residence in Water Mill, guests enjoyed fresh local fare, summer cocktails, pool-side games and music curated by DJ Ruby Aldridge
Duryea’s in Montauk is a chic seafood eatery with waterfront views of Fort Pond Bay

Sofia D’Angelo, singer-songwriter

My most-loved place

“Sammy’s Beach [in East Hampton]. I love the ocean, but the fact that you have views of both the bay and Three Mile Harbor makes this place a winner for me. It’s a great spot to explore, go for walks and meditate.”

The best dining destination

“The Beacon in Sag Harbor. The sunset views are unbeatable, everything on the menu is delicious, and the cocktails are so tasty (order The Mireya). The Beacon bouillabaisse is the best for good reason, too – my European friends even say it’s better than some versions they’ve eaten in the Mediterranean. There’s also no better owner or host than David Loewenberg.”

My creative inspiration

“Guild Hall always hosts beautiful installations in its gallery, as well as inspiring performances and conversations in its theater.”

The insider tip

“This place is chill. We’re all here to get away from the stress of the city, so don’t bring the stress of the city here.”

Guild Hall always hosts beautiful installations in its gallery, as well as inspiring performances and conversations in its theater
Sofia D’Angelo
Southampton, on the east end of Long Island, shines in the summer, as sandy beaches and spectacular holiday rentals make it the place to be

Roxanne Assoulin, designer

My most-loved place

“My favorite spot is Indian Wells beach [at sundown]. The sun sets to the right, the moon rises to the left; it’s extraordinary.”

The best dining destination

The serene spot

“For me, it is in nature… the beach, the dunes, the woods.”

The insider tip

“The best months to visit are May and June or September and October. The nights are cool, the days are warm, the beaches are empty, there is no traffic, and the light is spectacular. It is pure magic.”

Il Buco al Mare focuses on Italian dishes using local seafood and produce, such as ancient-grain focaccia, roasted clams and seared striped bass

Cassi Namoda, artist

My most-loved place

“My favorite place is my painting studio in East Hampton, which is in an area that has a lot of historical ties to the older generation of artists. It feels like such an honor to be there to work.”

The best dining destination

The serene spot

“I have many little secret spots where I swim in the nude while no one is around – it’s such a magical feeling to be all alone with nature. I feel completely calm. But, if I shared them, they wouldn’t be a secret…”

The insider tip

“You can turn right on red!”

I have many little secret spots where I swim in the nude while no one is around – it’s such a magical feeling to be all alone with nature
Cassi Namoda
Creative entrepreneur Pamela Tick and interior designer Libby Gillette at the NET-A-PORTER and Ralph Lauren garden cocktail party in the Hamptons

Pamela Tick, entrepreneur and DJ

My most-loved place

“Walking along Dune Beach, with my baby and bulldog.”

The best dining destination

“Rumba in Hampton Bays. It’s an island-inspired restaurant on the water with reggae playing and low-key vibes.”

Head to Round Swamp Farm for regional fare with next-level flavor – and a tasty chicken salad

The creative inspiration

“Embracing the nature of this place with ‘less is more’ – barefoot and sun-kissed – [whether that’s] what I eat, what I wear or what I use. I’m always inspired by the sunrises and sunsets during the summer, and the little farmers’ markets, too – they all have different sparks and treasures.”

The insider tip

“The chicken salad from Round Swamp Farm.”