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Surfer on a Montauk beach
Photograph: Jolie Ruben

The best things to do in the Hamptons

From sunny beaches to stunning wineries, these are the best things to do in the Hamptons

By Christina Izzo, Jennifer Picht, Tolly Wright and Stephen Milioti
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FYI: There are more things to do in the Hamptons than just getting a tan. Yes, that argument can be said for any of the beaches near NYC, but you wouldn’t just go to the Hamptons for a quick trip. Make no mistake, people do. But, in our opinion, the Hamptons is truly meant to be a destination at which you can kill time trying great restaurants, drinking frozen cocktails at outdoor bars, visitng wineries and lounging on beautiful sandy shores. Take a break from Gotham’s rooftop bars for these awesome things to do in the Hamptons.

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Best things to do in the Hamptons

Montauk Surf Lodge
Photograph: Courtesy Paul Burke Jr

2. The Surf Lodge, Montauk

Every weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day, this trendy Montauk motel becomes the destination for bands worth driving three hours to see in concert. The annual free concert series is a huge hit both among the surfing crowd and city beach tourists, so plan to get there early or, if you really want to see a band, book a room. 183 Edgemere St, Montauk, NY (631-483-5037, thesurflodge.com)

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Main Beach, East Hampton
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/cgc76
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Montauk, L.I., Ditch Witch
Photograph: Grant Monahan

5. Ditch Plains, Montauk

Hang ten at one of the best surfing spots in all of Long Island. The waves hitting the Montauk shore here are gentle enough for beginners while still being large enough for veteran longboarders. If you wipe out too many times, there’s no shame in quitting the sea early for a bite to eat at the local favorite Ditch Witch, a takeout truck offering sandwiches and quesadillas. Off Ditch Plains Rd.

Pollock-Krasner House and Studio, East Hampton
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/J. Zay
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Wölffer Estate Vineyard, Sagaponack
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Kilgub
Montauk Brewing Company
Photograph: Courtesy Montauk Brewing Company

8. Montauk Brewing Co., Montauk

Beer lovers, unite! If you’re not a fan of rosé, wet your whistle with a colorful can of Montauk-brewed ale. (We’re huge fans of the Watermelon version.) Hit the taproom for a tasting ($12 for six beers) and if you’re interested in a brewery tour, the spot doesn’t give walk-throughs. But if you’re really curious, ask the kind gents at the bar to give you a peek! 62 South Erie, Avenue (631-668-8471, montaukbrewingco.com)

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East Hampton, NY
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Rick Derevan

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