By Katie DeTar
The summer season officially kicks off in the resort town of Southampton, New York, this weekend. From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the Hamptons—as the beach towns on the East End of Long Island are collectively known—bustle with summer activity. Wealthy New Yorkers return to their waterfront mansions while tourists hope to glimpse celebrities. The Hamptons are the place to see and be seen.
For those of us looking to get in on some of the summer action, yet enjoy a relaxing stay, the low-key Southampton Inn offers an affordable, cozy option. The charming two-story structure is reminiscent of an English cottage, with many of the 90 guest rooms overlooking gardens and green space.
The Inn’s central location is great for a variety of activities. Southampton Village, with its gourmet foods shops, boutiques, and restaurants is an easy stroll or bike ride away. Nearby, Agawam Park offers a waterfront spot to picnic, or enjoy a baked treat from Tate’s, Southampton’s famed cookie shop.
The beach is one mile from the inn, and certainly a main attraction. But the Inn’s outdoor heated pool and courtyard bar, right outside the rooms, is a great spot to relax the day away. If rain moves in, snuggle up near the fireplace with Clyde, the Inn’s resident cat, and a good book in the comfortable lobby. The staff is also eager to assist with restaurant recommendations, museum tickets, and wine tours.
Throughout the year, Southampton Inn offers special events themed to holidays, and midweek summer specials. For those really looking to escape and join the Hamptons’ seasonal crowd, Southampton Inn offers 30-day stays, at a special rate, during the months of May through September.
The Southampton Inn is a simple, homey spot to be close the action, the beach, or to simply relax by the pool.
- Located within walking distance to town attractions, dining, and shopping
- Free beach shuttle
- Free Wi-Fi
- Heated outdoor pool
- Tennis court, lawn games, bicycle rental
- 90 guests rooms, all with mini refrigerators
- 7,100 square feet of indoor meeting space
- Pet friendly rooms available with additional fee
- Dining menu available daily from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Pool side bar and dining
- Odds of Encountering Children: Lowest in the shoulder seasons. Request a king room, located in a quieter wing of the hotel.
About Southampton, New York…
The charming and wealthy towns along the south shore of Long Island offer fine dining, wide stretches of Atlantic beaches, upscale shopping, and wineries to explore. Southampton is the oldest English settlement in the state of New York, first occupied by Puritans in 1640. The town’s historic Halsey House, built in 1648, is now operated by the Southampton Historical Museum—a collection of village buildings, former schoolhouses, homes, and shops now open to the public for tours and events.
Southampton is perhaps most famous for its real estate, with the region’s 11962 zip code having the highest median home sale price in the U.S. A popular visitor activity is to peer through the tall hedges that line the village lanes to spot Cape Cod-style upscale homes and modern mansions. Celebrities including Martha Stewart, Brooke Shields, Howard Stern, and Billy Joel all reportedly own mansions in the area.
Southampton’s Coopers Beach is a popular and wide stretch of sand for sunbathing and surfing. Amenities include a concession stand, chair rentals, and restrooms with showers. Take the free hotel beach shuttle to avoid the $40 per day parking fee.
Retreat to nature, and experience the East End as it may have appeared when the settlers first arrived in the 17th Century, before money and style dominated the landscape. The Elizabeth Morton National Wildlife Refuge, north of Southampton, includes a peninsula of land stretching into the Peconic Bay—the waterway that splits Long Island’s North and South Forks. A trail leads to a quiet beach, where plovers nest, and gentle waves roll into shore. Bring birdseed: the chickadees will land on your hand to feed, while curious wild turkeys get almost too close for comfort.
The recently opened Union Cantina offers a fresh take on Mexican food in a large, former brewery space. The lobster tacos are light, fresh, and flavorful—perfect for a beach vacation. Kick off the meal with the stuffed poblano peppers—flavorful but not too spicy. Of course, wash it all down with a margarita; there are 100 tequilas to choose from.
Avoid the weekly weekend traffic rush with public transit options to the Hamptons. The Hampton Jitney operates bus service from New York City to the East End of Long Island, 365 days a year. The Long Island Rail Road offers service from Manhattan’s Penn Station to the Hamptons seven days a week.
91 Hill Street
Southampton, NY 11968
– Photo Credits: first three courtesy Southampton Inn; remainder by David Lalley / Katie DeTar
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