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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 18:26

Exploring The Hamptons

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The Hamptons may be internationally renowned as a playground for the rich and famous, but there’s so much more to this striking region on the eastern end of Long Island, New York than parties and polo within Gatsby-esque luxury homes.

For starters, while the sidewalks of the hamlets and villages that make up the area collectively known as the Hamptons are often teeming with a who’s who of bold-face names and C-suite executives, the beaches are the real stars here. From Westhampton and Southampton to Bridgehampton, Easthampton and the easternmost tip of Montauk, miles of coastline showcase pristine white beaches and the magnificent Atlantic Ocean.  Such is their splendor that National Geographic named these beaches among the top ten in the world, set among one of the premier luxury real estate markets for condos, mansions and estates worldwide.    

Boasting a long list of writers, artists and actors in residence, cultural events like concerts, readings, plays and regularly scheduled gallery openings are a consistent here. Beyond the flip-flop feel of eternal summer is the prestigious Hamptons International Film Festival, which draws thousands every fall. But this area is also a place of farm stands and wineries, historic sights and maritime heritage. Picturesque Sag Harbor, for instance, is a former whaling port settled in the early 1700s and listed on the National Register of Historic Villages.  Like Southampton and East Hampton, its walkable Main Street features plenty of fashionable shops, elegant boutiques and highly rated restaurants.  More laid back and rustic is Montauk, where a historic lighthouse originally commissioned by President George Washington beams towards the Atlantic. Equestrians, golfers and anglers stay busy here.

As abundant as its lifestyle activities is the range of real estate options. From charming, historic shingle-style cottages and Victorians to sweeping estates and contemporary mansions on multi-acre parcels, there’s architectural diversity to indulge all tastes. Residences with private tennis courts and pools are among common country club-type amenities. This is a luxury real estate market that has been on an upward swing for years, with eight-figure home sales going strong as Manhattanites, West Coasters and overseas investors continue to be drawn to the majestic coastline and enchanting neighborhoods of the Hamptons.

Sunday, 05 October 2014 21:52

Montauk

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Montauk is an Easthampton hamlet located on Long Island’s south shore that attracts visitors due to its rich history and numerous state parks. Named after the local Montaukett Native American tribe, Montauk is the home of New York State’s first lighthouse, Montauk Point Lighthouse, which remains the fourth oldest in the country that still operates. The US Congress authorized its building in 1792, under George Washington, and the lighthouse was finished by 1796. Montauk also, incidentally, houses the United States’ oldest cattle ranch. 

Montauk’s gorgeous state parks include Hither Hills State Park, Shadmoor State Park, Montauk Downs State Park, Amsterdam Beach State Park, Camp Hero State Park, and Montauk Point State Park, along with several others, including Theodore Roosevelt County Park, and a number of Nature Conservancies. 

Montauk maintains its quaint Hampton charm by local governmental regulations that do not allow any chain stores, chain restaurants, or chain hotels in the area. In other words, all businesses are locally owned. In fact, tourists have the option of around 50 locally owned hotels to choose from, such as Gurney’s Inn, which is famous for being the first-ever spa to open on the East Coast and includes rooms with their own private decks, and cottages with fireplaces and hot tubs, Hartman’s Briney Breezes, Sole East Resort, Ocean Beach Resort, Ocean Resort Inn, Beachcomber Resort, and The Memory Motel, which has its own rich pop culture history. It is located right near land owned by Andy Warhol and is where The Rolling Stones stayed while touring in the mid-seventies. They even named a song after it. 

Local restaurants of various varieties (most spotlighting seafood) include the Surfside Inn, Manucci’s, Gosman’s Restaurant, Crow’s Nest Restaurant, Harvest Restaurant, and East by Northeast Restaurant. There are also a number of coffeehouses, like Joni’s. Meanwhile, Montauk also offers a number of local bars and taverns such as Point Bar & Brill, O’Murphy’s Pub, Liars’ Saloon, Second House Tavern, Shagwong Tavern, Endless Summer Bar & Grill, and Sunset Saloons. For people craving to kick up their heels and dance, the local restaurant and bar, Nick’s, turns into a dance club late at night, which some nights also offers karaoke. Montauk also presents community theater productions at the Montauk Playhouse and films at Montauk Movie. 

Great places to shop include Haven, an eclectic shop that offers vintage and antique items, as well as interesting new pieces, The Book Shoppe, and At Home en Provence, a gift shop full of French and French-themed items. People can also buy seafood at markets such as Duryea’s, known for its fantastic lobster, and Gosman’s Fish Market. 

Besides all of the parks, people can also spend outdoor time at any one of Montauk’s three beaches, the Ditch Plains beach, the Gin Beach, and one at Hither Hills State Park, one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, as well as a large number of marinas, such as Gone Fishing Marina, Montauk Marine Basin, Montauk Yacht Club Resort Marina, Star Island Yacht Club & Marina, Uihlein’s Marina, and West Lake Fishing Lodge. 

As far as transportation, people can get from Manhattan to Montauk and vice versa via Long Island Rail Road and the Hampton Jitney bus. The local bus routes are the 10C and the S94, via Suffolk Transit. Montauk also has a small airport. 

Sunday, 05 October 2014 18:19

East Hampton

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In 1648, East Hampton was first settled by thirty Puritans from Lynn, Massachusetts. Located on the eastern end of Long Island’s South Shore, East Hampton is now an even larger town in the Hamptons that encompasses the hamlets, Amagansett, Montauk, Springs, and Wainscott, and the Village of East Hampton. East Hampton spans an area that houses eight state parks, New York’s biggest fishing fleet, and Gardiner’s Island, the largest United States island to be privately owned. 

One of East Hampton’s best-known landmarks is the Mulford House, which has been around almost as long as the town itself. The adjoining farm provides visitors with a look at what life on a 17th century farm was like. Modern artist Jackson Pollock also lived in the area and painted some of his most famous pieces of art in his studio here. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was born and lived in the area for many years. More recent celebrities of the area include the Clintons, Jerry Seinfeld, Martha Stewart, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and Alec Baldwin. 

The numerous parks in the area include Shadmoor State Park, Napeague State Park, Camp Hero State Park, Amsterdam Beach State Park, Montauk Point State Park, Hither Hills State Park, Montauk Downs State Park, Cedar Point County Park, Theodore Roosevelt Park, and Sag Harbor State Golf Course. 

Tourists can stay at such lovely hotels as The Millhouse Inn. Most hotels in the area are located in Montauk and South Hampton. 

Among East Hampton’s many places to eat are Chiquita Latina, Snowflake Drive-In, Turtle Crossing, Pumpernickel’s Deli, John Papa’s, Sam’s, The Golden Pear, Villa Italian Specialties, O’Mally’s, Hampton Market’s Produce, Babette’s, Luigi’s Italian Specialties, Chen’s Garden Cuisine, and East Hampton Gourmet Food. 

Among the area’s top annual festivals and events are the East Hampton Fire Department Fireworks Display at Main Beach, the Artists and Writers Softball Game charity benefit, which in the past has attracted such players as Bill Clinton and Kurt Vonnegut, the Hamptons International Film Fesitval in October, the Annual Sports Car Road Rally and Vintage Car Tour, the Annual Birdhouse Auction, the Annual Fall Festival, the Full Moon Wine and Cheese Tour, and the East Hampton Rotary Club’s Antiques and Collectibles Show. 

Within East Hampton is located East Hampton Village, which has a large number of beaches that include Georgica, Main Beach, Wiborg Beach, Egypt Lane Beach and Two Mile Hollow. Unlike some other beaches in the area, those in East Hampton are part of the mainland and thus more easily accessible. They are also generally cleaner and have very little development alongside them. 

The East Hampton Union Free School District serves the students of East Hampton. The main local school is the public East Hampton High School, where students from East Hampton, Springs, and Montauk attend. The Bonackers is the school’s unique mascot, so named after Springs’ Accabonic Harbor. There is also Pierson Middle-High School, which though physically located in East Hampton, is a Sag Harbor school. The Hamptons’ most expansive private school is also located in East Hampton, namely the Ross School. 

Transportation includes the Long Island Rail Road and the Hampton Jitney bus, both of which connect Easthampton to Manhattan, and vice versa. People in cars can also drive back and forth between Manhattan and East Hampton via the Long Island Expressway. 

For more information: 
http://www.easthampton.com 

Sunday, 05 October 2014 18:19

Southampton

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Homes for Sale southamptonSouthampton is best known for its famous estate section, sandy beaches and a downtown filled with name brand retailers as well as local boutiques. Southampton Village lies at the heart of Southampton Town. The village is dedicated to its culture and history and is host to The Parrish Art Museum, Rogers Memorial Library, Southampton Cultural Center, Southampton Historical Museum and a fun-filled 4th of July parade. 
 
The first English settlement in New York, Southampton was settled in 1640 by twelve families from Lynn, Massachusetts on land known as Old Town, with the help of the native Shinnecock Indians, who still exist in the area on a 750-acre reservation housing 375 people. Over the course of the next few years, an additional forty-three families moved to the area. The Southampton Hospital is, in fact, built on the location of Southampton’s original meetinghouse. The Halsey House—the home of one of the original families—is still the oldest remaining house in the area. A place rich in history, Southampton has forty-seven cemeteries. The region was later named Southampton after the English home of many settlers. It remained mostly a quiet farming village until the late 19th century when the Long Island Rail Road was extended to Sag Harbor and affluent New Yorkers began making the East End their summer destination. 

Southampton has many ocean beaches. Coopers Beach, located just off Meadow Lane, is regarded as one of the best beaches in the country. Meanwhile, Southampton beach stretches for 11 miles from Shinneock Inlet to Sagaponack Pond and has beautiful, high dunes, large summer homes, smaller, guarded beaches, and ponds. Southampton hosts some of the most desired oceanfront homes in the world. The heart of the resort area, the Shinnecock Canal which boasts Long Island’s sole operational lock system, connects the Great Peconic Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. Without it, boats in the south would have to make a far wider trip around Montauk Point to the east before redirecting north. 

The town of Southampton comprises a number of incorporated villages and unincorporated hamlets, including the aforementioned Village of Southampton, along with North Haven, Quogue, Sag Harbor, Sagaponack, Westhampton Beach, Bridgehampton, Eastport, East Quogue, Flanders, Hampton Bays, Northampton, North Sea, Noyack, Quiogue, Remensburg, Riverside, Shinnecock Hills, Speonk, Tuckahoe, Water Mill, and Westhampton. 

Some of Southampton’s most famous restaurants include Little Red, Tutto il Giorno, 75 Main, Silver's, Sant Ambroeus, BLT Steak, Delmonico's, Red Bar, and the Publick House among others. The Publick House has been making beer since the 1800s and has survived through the years in a number of different incarnations. During Prohibition, the owners of the Publick House ran a restaurant with a speakeasy hidden in the back that attracted such famous people as Gary Cooper, Clark Gable, and Babe Ruth. Southampton also features a number of popular nightclubs, such as Pink Elephant at Cabana, and Tavern. 

Tourists who want to visit the area can stay at such lavish bed and breakfasts as Box Farm in Southampton and The Mainstay Inn in Southampton.

Students in the area attend a number of schools, including Southampton Elementary, Intermediate, and High Schools as well as the Tuckahoe School and Southampton Montessori School.

Restaurants

Little Red: http://www.littleredsouthampton.com
Tutto Il Giorno: https://foursquare.com/v/tutto-il-giorno/4dd86b51c65bee535acc1217
Delmonico's: http://www.delmonicosrestaurantgroup.com/southampton/
75 Main: http://www.75main.com
Silvers: http://www.silversrestaurant.com
Red Bar: http://www.redbarbrasserie.com
San Ambroeus: http://www.santambroeus.com/sa_southampton.html
Publick House: http://www.publick.com
BLT Steak: http://caprisouthampton.com/blt_steak

 

Monday, 31 December 2012 17:47

Amagansett

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The hamlet of Amagansett, located within the town of East Hampton, is widely regarded as one of the country’s most beautiful resort areas with magnificent East Hampton real estate. With miles of white sandy beaches, Amagansett is a world-famous ocean-side resort just 100 miles from New York City. The lovely village offers a wide range of fine restaurants, shops, art galleries and a wonderful Village Square with many very special shops. Amagansett’s famous Farmers Market offers a variety of special foods, boasts a large garden center and is a perfect meeting place on weekend mornings. Amagansett real estate offers easy access to many sporting activities, a world-class golf club, fishing, sailing and biking to the many ocean and bay beaches.

Monday, 31 December 2012 17:46

Sagaponack

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Sagaponack is conveniently located approximately 95 miles from Manhattan. Renowned for its rural beauty Sagaponack, Hamptons rentals in this area offer outstanding facilities for golf, boating, tennis and horseback riding. The ocean beaches are among the world's best, while deep ocean bay waters provide ideal conditions for competitive sailing. Nearby Bridgehampton annually hosts the renowned Hampton Classic Horse Show, and neighboring East Hampton and Southampton provide many fine boutiques, theaters, restaurants and art galleries.