The Wanderlust: Hamptons Edition
The Wanderlust, our stylish subscription box chock full of must-have travel, style, beauty and fitness gear, has taken us to some seriously exotic locales in the past few months (if you missed the Bali and Rio editions, we feel your pain). The latest edition is no less dazzling but surprisingly domestic: You don't need a passport to get to the Hamptons, but this East Coast hotspot is so exclusive and hard to decipher that it might as well be Timbuktu sometimes. Launching on May 1, The Wanderlust: Hamptons edition is the ultimate summer escape in a box.
Located on the south fork of New York's Long Island, the Hamptons, which are actually a series of coastal towns and hamlets, techinically only encompass the towns between West and East Hampton—but any local who says they're heading to the Hamps for the weekend could be crashing anywhere from Quogue to Montauk (fittingly nicknamed "The End" since it's the most eastern point of Long Island). Home to some of the U.S.'s priciest, most exclusive real estate, this seasonal playspace for the rich and famous has earned worldwide renown for its manicured lawns, private beaches, and insane nightlife.
Whether you're hopping on the Jitney—a chic commuter bus outfitted with wifi and Sakara Life catering, or crawling along the traffic on Route 27 East, the commute out to the Hamptons on a Friday afternoon is part of the scene. If you're smart (and loaded) you hop in a helicopter on NYC's West Side and touch down in the East Hampton airport a cool 35 minutes (and $595) later. But when you're jetting to a Maiden Lane mansion, money's no object, right? Or maybe you're part of the hipster Hamptons vibe, which extends all the way out to Montauk and Shelter Island, where Sunset Beach has become a rosé-all-day kind of jam, with its perfect sunset location and laid-back (but perfectly curated) bay beach vibes. The Surf Lodge, a colorful spot smack dab in the middle of Montauk, has become the stuff of legends: raucous late nights lead straight into early morning yoga restoration, with plenty of green juice and haute hippie style in the mix.
Back in the heart of the Hamptons, hydrangeas in pastel hues of blue and pink parade through the towns of East, West, and Southhampton, hosting garden parties, pool bbqs, and tons of al fresco dinners at the umpteen restaurants part of the see-and-be-seen scene. From Sag Harbor's Dopo La Spiaggia (after the beach) to Pierre's in Bridgehampton, if you're perfectly tanned and toned, you want a prime table for the ultimate people-watching and delicious noshing (last summer, Kozu was the boozy brunch res to score).
If shopping is your cardio, East Hampton's Main Street is host to more big-name boutiques than any other town, with gorgeous, beachy shops like Calypso St. Barth and Roberta Freyman selling aspirational shore-thing wares and new must-sees like The Line and Copious Row in Sag Harbor offering a bit of everything in a gorgeously arranged space. BookHampton is where you'll pick up your next beach read, and Figue is where all the boho babes buy their beach-to-drinks tunics.
Culturally, the Hamptons offer a wealth of diversions—if you can get your butt off of the beach. The Parrish museum in Water Mill was recently re-designed and is an architectural marvel in itself—its impressive permanent collection and gorgeously manicured landscape make it the perfect late afternoon excursion, as is The Longhouse in East Hampton. Galleries abound throughout the towns, with The Fireplace Project setting up shop across from the Jackson Pollack house and the intriguing Tripoli gallery on Jobs Lane in Southampton, curated by surfer-cum-gallerist Tripoli Patterson.
Are you thirsty yet? Good. Because along with all the hustle and bustle of the Hamptons comes a refreshingly new wave approach to winemaking. The vineyards of the South Fork are earning their stripes, churning out solid vintages of uber-drinkable reds and whites—but really, it's rose that everyone comes for. Wolffer Estate hosts weekend tastings and hangs on their gorgeous green fields, and Channing Daughters is another local fave. There's nothing like sunset drinks on a sprawling green with your friends milling around—if we had to sum up the vibe of the Hamptons, that would be it. Sunshine, good friends and great vibes. Which is why we're psyched to take you there with our next edition of The Wanderlust—did we mention it drops May 1st?