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Shore Thing: What to See and Do in Southampton, NY

Dig your toes in the sand, savor tasty morsels and tastier shopping, and stroll through history in Southampton.


For most people, Southampton, New York, is synonymous with vacationing celebrities. But beneath the glamazon veneer beats a salt-of-the-earth, kick-back-and-stay-awhile Americana heart. Sure, you can get a four-course seafood dinner or shop at designer stores, but you can also pick up an ice cream cone (or three), roll up your khakis, and dangle your feet off the pier while watching the sun set.

Our friends at Hildreth’s Home Goods, who oversee 80,000 square feet of home-decor heaven in three locations, share their tips for planning your Southampton travel getaway.

Best place to stay

A quick stone’s throw from Southampton’s famed shopping and restaurants, the 1708 House is an intimate, picturesque gem of a B&B. As several travelers have commented online, “It’s like staying in a friend’s home.”

1708 House, 126 Main St.

Best places to eat

Quoth the sages of Hildreth’s: “Schmidt’s Market is hands-down the best place to get everything from a quick, monster egg sandwich to rare French cheeses.” They also give a shout-out to Sip ’n Soda for their homemade ice cream and old-fashioned lime rickeys. For the royal treatment, they instruct, “Ask for Mark!”

Schmidt’s, 120 North Sea Rd.

Sip ’n Soda,  40 Hampton Rd.

Best places to shop

Charming, historic Main Street, where Palm Produce Resortwear rubs shoulders with artisanal-foods specialist The Village Cheese Shop, literary haven BookHampton, and more. Jobs Lane also hosts designer boutiques and sand-and-surf shops Breezin’ Up and Sunrise to Sunset. Check out a complete list of stores, courtesy of Hamptons.com.

Best florist

We’re blooming with excitement over Topiaire Flower Shop. This European-designed “secret garden” offers cut flowers, topiaries, plants, bouquets, tabletop arrangements, and more.

Topiaire Flower Shop, 51 Jobs Lane

Best beaches

Ramble along 500 feet of gorgeously maintained Atlantic shoreline at Coopers Beach, or head out for an overnight stay on the sands of Southampton Inlet, where, with an outer-beach permit, you can “sleep under the stars, wade in the ocean or the bay, and wake up early to cast a line in the surf for striped bass.”

Coopers Beach: 268 Meadow Ln.

Southampton Inlet: Dune Rd.

Best attractions

Southampton is a beach-lover’s paradise, but if you’ve had your fill of waves and water, take a walk, bike ride, or run along Dune Road. Afterward, meander through the historic Parrish Art Museum, which features an Italian sculpture garden and also hosts movie screenings, concerts, art workshops, and lectures.

Parrish Art Museum, 25 Jobs Ln.

Best-kept secrets

More than one sweet tooth has found its way to Tate’s Bake Shop, where locals line up for owner Kathleen King’s trademark sweet-and-salty chocolate chip cookies. Don’t forget to try the addictive cupcakes and carrot cake. Then work it all off with a trip to Agawam Park, a great place to take the kids.

Tate’s Bake Shop, 43 North Sea Rd.

Agawam Park, 2 Pond Ln.

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