East Hampton is one of the chicest Hamptons destinations, with upscale shops and restaurants, beautiful beaches, and enormous mansions; it is known as the "new money" area. But in the Hamptons, even the "new money" is old. East Hampton became a playground for the rich in the late 1800s, and has seen many famous (and infamous) residents over the years. Billy Joel has a home there, as does Martha Stewart. Jackie Onassis' aunt and cousin lived in squalor in a crumbling East Hampton mansion for decades, which became the topic of the 1975 documentary Grey Gardens, and then later of the 2009 HBO film. East Hampton also has a past as an artists' colony; Jackson Pollock had a home there that is now a museum.
Many historic buildings have been maintained and now serve as museums and art galleries in the downtown area. The downtown area is a bit larger than in other Hamptons towns, and offers plenty of shops for window-shopping and splurging; the elm-lined streets make it a nice spot for a stroll. If you're heading to the Hamptons for the see-and-be-seen beaches, you'll want to check out Main Beach's mansion-lined white sands. Want to hang ten? Georgica Beach is the best spot for surfing in East Hampton.
Many visitors to the Hamptons rent houses, so hotels can be a little difficult to find. There are a number of upscale B&B-like options in East Hampton, though they book up quickly. To save some green, try a B&B that's slightly outside of the downtown area, or lacks amenities such as a pool.
|John F. Kennedy International Airport|
|Peak:||June - Aug.|
|Electricity:||120 V, 60 Hz|
|Tipping:||15-20% at restaurants|