Bridgehampton, The Hamptons Travel Guide
- Vibe that is both relaxed and glamorous
- Numerous art galleries and antique shops
- Home to some of the Hamptons' few attractions -- a children's museum and the Madoo Conservancy
- The Hamptons' "horse country," Brdigehampton hosts the Polo Challenge and the Hamptons Classic Horse Show.
- Very little parking available
- A bit more removed from the beach than other areas of the Hamptons
What It's Like
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.
Where To Stay
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.