With historic landmarks, colonial homes, perfect white beaches and a multitude of restaurants, galleries, and shops, it comes as no surprise that East Hampton is at its most popular during the summer months. For those who are visiting the area for the first time, here are a few of the places that you should definitely make time to explore.
The Northwest Woods
The Northwest Woods is a 5000 acre stretch of forest, which many would consider to be the most rural part of East Hampton Town. The white pine forest is the biggest appeal here, as this is the only sizeable white pine forest on all of Long Island, and boasts a shimmering golden-tan floor of pine needles. The best way to explore this area is by hiking, and there are several trails to choose from, all of which are maintained by the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society. With over 200 miles of trails to choose from, you could easily spend days exploring the Northwest Woods.
The Best Beaches
There are a number of different beaches to be found around East Hampton, with Main Beach being one of the best, having been ranked as one of the top beaches in the entire country. With incredible views out over the Atlantic Ocean, plus on-duty lifeguards and a well-stocked snack bar, this beach can sometimes become quite crowded, but the atmosphere here is worth it. Other beaches to check out include Two Mile Hollow Beach, Georgica Beach and Egypt Beach.
East Hampton Town Marine Museum
The East Hampton Town Marine Museum features three floors of exhibits that tell the story of the Long Island community that have lived here over the years, as well as their relationship with the sea. With everything from photography to artefacts to models, this museum is a great way to learn more about how the marine environment has had such a huge impact on the economic, recreational and social life of the area’s residents. One of the exhibits that you should definitely not miss is the Claus Hoie Gallery of Whaling, which features paintings by local artist Claus Hoie, that depict the tale of a 19th century whaling exhibition.
There are around 20 different wineries in the East Hampton area, each one producing their own one-of-a-kind ranges of fine wine. Winery tours are popular here, but if you only have time for one, make it the Wolffer Estate, which was transformed from a potato farm to a winery around 22 years ago. The estate itself spans an area of around 170 acres, and in addition to producing more than 12 varieties of wine, they also boast an equestrian center, a farm, and a farm stand, where you will find the unique Wolffer cheese.
One of the most extravagant of the Hamptons villages, East Hampton is elegant and graceful, but also maintains a unique historic charm. With so much to see and do in the area, it is likely that you, just like all the others that visit East Hampton, will soon find yourself wanting to return, to see what else you can discover.