In many ways, Bridgehampton embodies the stereotypical Hamptons town with a quaint, but chic, downtown area and miles of beautiful beaches. But Bridgehampton is an important hamlet in Long Island. Not only is it the hub of antique shops in the Hamptons, but it is also the Hamptons' "horse country," where the Mercedes Benz Polo Challenge and the Hamptons Classic Horse Show (both celebrity and socialite favorites) take place.
The small downtown area has a few main streets lined by art galleries, boutiques, and restaurants (including the Hamptons staple, the Golden Pear). But driving just a bit farther out of downtown, one can find stretches of farmland, and farmstands selling local produce. Bridgehampton is also home to a children's museum and the Madoo Conservancy, with beautiful gardens dotted by statues.
Many visitors to the Hamptons rent houses, so hotels can be a little difficult to find. As Bridgehampton is a small area, there are few hotels, but there are several B&Bs to choose from -- though they book up quickly. Fortunately, the Hamptons are easy enough to navigate so, as long as you have a car, you can visit Bridgehampton for the day if you're staying elsewhere.
|John F. Kennedy International Airport|
|Peak:||June - Aug.|
|Electricity:||120 V, 60 Hz|
|Tipping:||15-20% at restaurants|