Our trip to the Hamptons was our first location in the string of trips that were my graduation presents, which culminated with our vacay in Miami last year. Since my parents had already done New York City multiple times, we decided to visit the Hamptons on Long Island, as well as other areas around the city. So to begin with, we set our compass West and went all the way down to Montauk.
In case you don’t know (like I didn’t at the time), the Hamptons is the easternmost area of Long Island. It’s made up of lots of small villages and hamlets. Together they form the luxurious and popular seaside resort with the same name. (Gossip Girl, anyone?)
Our visit to the Hamptons was a bit before the summer season started, so while we didn’t get to sunbathe, we luckily missed the crowds. We were free to take in the sights and to stare at the sumptuous houses, as the area features some of the most expensive and luxurious properties in the U.S.
Apart from the aforementioned ridiculously gorgeous houses, you can also find some really stunning beaches. And when the summer season kicks in there are plenty of activities to choose from: canoeing, kayaking, jet skiing, tubing, kitesurfing, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling, surfing, paddleboarding, horseback riding, hiking…
MONTAUK POINT LIGHT
We made it to the Montauk lighthouse, which is the easternmost point of Long Island. We climbed the stairs to the top and were welcomed by gorgeous views of the Atlantic Ocean and Long Island from above. Montauk Point Light is the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the U.S., and also a National Historic Landmark.
There’s a lot of information about the lighthouse and its history to be found at the museum downstairs. The museum also harbours a lot of other marine life-related curiosities. Such as this one: Pirate Captain Kidd was said to have buried treasure at the foot of the lighthouse site around 1699 at two ponds which today are called “Money Ponds.”
On our way back, we stopped at one of the marinas where we just had to stare at the myriad of fishing boats and yachts parked there. We also stopped at one last beach, where the path to the little lighthouse at the end seemed really fun to walk on.
We stopped for a bite to eat at this beautiful restaurant with outside terrace, Pierre’s in Bridgehampton. We had French onion soup for starters, and steamed mussels prepared with shallots and white wine, Maine lobster fricassée with Cognac and tarragon, and roasted chicken. The mussels were especially excellent.
ON THE ROAD
It took us about 2 hours to get to Montauk from New York by car on a weekday. You can also take the Long Island Rail Road or the Jitney, a luxury bus service. Once you’re there though, a car comes in very handy to get from place to place.
We left Queens at about 10 am, and arrived back around 8 pm and spent close to 5 hours on the island. The trip back was loooong because, of course, we had to catch the 5 pm people-leaving-work-getting-home death zone.
We found this little gem of a memorial somewhere on the road and stopped to take a closer look. Mostly because my dad wanted to take photos of the tank. 🙂
All in all, we had a lot of fun, and can definitely see why people are attracted to this location, especially in the summer! In the offseason, though, it’s a very quiet place where you can relax, eat great food, and take as many solo strolls on the beach as you like. 🙂
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