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A Couple’s Guide to the Hamptons, Long Island

A couple embracing
A couple embracing | © David Núñez / Unsplash
Pristine beaches, sun-soaked vineyards, and a vibrant farm-to-table food scene make the Hamptons an ideal getaway not just for relaxing but also for romance.

Share an upscale meal

North Fork Table & Inn has remained among the most sought-after reservations in the Hamptons’ trendy East End. Order dishes that feature fresh seafood, as well as herbs and produce picked right from the restaurant’s own garden.

A dish at the North Fork Table & Inn © North Fork Table & Inn

Or go more casual at a farm-to-table restaurant

The Southwest-inspired American cuisine isn’t the only reason to visit Estia’s Little Kitchen. The restaurant, which specializes in “true farm to table cooking,” is a welcome respite from the white-tablecloth establishments that dominate Sag Harbor Village. Ingredients are harvested either from the on-site garden or local farms. Our favorites? Try the Big Al’s Burrito, fish tacos, and the apple pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert.

Go antiquing

The Hamptons’ antiquing scene is worth exploring even if shopping isn’t on your to-do list. Find unique home furnishings or a date outfit at luxury interiors and fashion consignment shop Collette in Southampton. Or visit Laurin Copen Antiques, which offers a stunning inventory of furniture and décor in a rustic farmhouse.

Ride the waves

Hit the waves in Southampton with the help of Flying Point Surf School, which provides surf lessons for adults and children. If that sounds too intense, the school also offers private stand-up paddling lessons, while the area boasts plenty of bays for kayaking.

For information, call +1 516 885 6607

Tour a vineyard (and sample its products)

Wine lovers shouldn’t miss Long Island’s many vineyards and wineries. Hamptons couples can experience the former close to home at Sagaponack’s Wölffer Estate Vineyard. The 55 acres at this European-inspired establishment were made for getting lost in—and for producing award-winning wines (including one Instagram-famous rosé) that guests are sure to enjoy. If possible, time your visit for a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday when Wölffer will host live music performances all summer long.

The terrace at Wölffer Estate Vineyard © Wölffer Estate Vineyard

Explore an art museum with a romantic past

While their heart rates return to normal, Hamptons couples can explore a slower-paced art museum. The Pollock-Krasner House & Study Center, once home to American artists and married couple Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner, now houses artifacts from their lives, plus a studio where Pollock honed his iconic abstract painting style. The building, a homestead dating to 1879, is now a National Historic Landmark open Thursdays through Saturdays.

Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center © Pollock-Krasner House

Hit the beach

If you visited the Hamptons but didn’t lie lazily on a white sand beach, did the visit really happen? An iconic Hamptons experience awaits couples at Coopers Beach in Southampton. White quartz sand and grand mansion views make this secluded beach one of America’s most beautiful, according to environmentalist Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, better known as Dr. Beach. However, if those surf lessons have whetted your appetite, Ditch Plains Beach in Montauk boasts the best waves on the island.