What to Do in the Hamptons This Summer

Still planning your Hamptons weekend getaway? We have a list of East End must-dos.
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Jelly croissants from Montauk Bake Shoppe. Photo: Kathy YL Chan

Still planning your Hamptons weekend getaway? We got a list of East End must-dos from Fathom contributor and Curbed Hamptons editor Laura Euler.


The Plaza, Montauk; +1-631-668-2439

The owners insist they're jelly croissants, and while they are crescent-shaped, they're fried in classic doughnut-style. (I consider them crullers.) No matter what you call them, they're utterly delicious.

Sandwiches at Mary's Marvelous

207 Main St., Amagansett; +1-631-267-8796

I recommend the chicken salad with grapes, and while you're there, grab one of their fantastic cupcakes. Not the coconut one -- that's mine.


Martha Clara Vineyards, 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead; +1-631-599-9297

I am freaking out over this summer's All For The East End (AFTEE) benefit concert featuring Nile Rodgers + Chic. It's happening August 19th from 5 p.m. at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead. There's also going to be a plethora of food trucks there.


Shopping in Sag Harbor

I love the quaintness of this old whaling village. I feel like a kid again poking around in the variety store -- so few left of this type of shop. Favorites include: buying shells in Blooming Shells (11 Washington St.; +1-631-725-9504), and looking at dollhouses in the Wharf Shop (69A Main St.; +1-631-725-0420). For more grownup shopping, I head to gorgeous vintage and new interiors boutique MONC XIII (40 Madison St.; +1-631-808-3333).

The author and her siblings circa 1976. It was a lot less crowded back then. Photo: Laura Euler


Gin Beach

541 E. Lake Drive, Montauk

This is the beach where I grew up, and no summer is complete without a few solid beach days here. Yes, loving the beach is a cliché -- but for good reasons. There is no place more relaxing or better loved than a Montauk beach. As Isak Dinesen said, "The cure for anything is salt water: tears, sweat, or the sea."

East Hampton Fire Department Fireworks

Main Beach, East Hampton

I love ending the summer with a bang at the fireworks show put on by the East Hampton Fire Department at Main Beach. It's always the Saturday before Labor Day, and while it's bittersweet to think about a Hamptons summer drawing to a close, the fireworks tradition makes it something to look forward to.

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