Year after year, summers in the Hamptons slip away too quickly. There’s so much shopping to be done at seasonal pop-up shops, and so many soirées to attend, that by mid-summer one can feel like the season is already fading away. But this year, take the opportunity to switch up your usual weekend plans to schedule something truly memorable and exquisitely unique.
Whether you take a mini staycation weekend or perhaps extend your getaway into the work week, the three-bedroom cottage at Gurney’s Montauk will make you feel like you stepped onto the set of a Nancy Meyers film. Or, if you need some peace and tranquility, there’s the Shou Sugi Ban House to deliver a full wellness experience. Instead of lunch or dinner out why not bring a feast to the beach, courtesy Hamptons Clambake, or indulge in a picnic planned and executed by the Plaza Hotel. Plus, take an excursion to see where the wine you’ve been sipping all summer long is made at the Wölffer Estate Vineyard. Finally, to make sure your itinerary goes smoothly, avoid traffic headaches by flying on a Blade helicopter.
Let this serve as your reminder and your permission to make the most of your time out East and take advantage of the best the Hamptons has to offer. Go. Indulge.
Dom Pérignon Private Yacht and Omakase Pairing
A day on the water just got a lot more glamorous thanks to Dom Pérignon, which is delivering a private Michelin-starred experience on board a 88-foot San Lorenzo superyacht from August 17 through the end of the month. The champagne house teamed with 3-star Michelin chef Masa Takayama of Masa, Kappo Masa, and Bar Masa, to create a special sushi omakase concept to pair with recent Dom Pérignon vintages including, Vintage 2012, Rosé 2008 and Vintage 2003 Plénitude 2. The four-hour charter is available for up to six guests and explores the waters of Sag Harbor and Montauk. There’s also door-to-dock chauffeur service in the Hamptons, an on-board butler, on-board DJ and more. domperignon.com
Weekend at Gurney’s
If you want to enjoy one last weekend getaway with friends, book a stay at Gurney’s Montauk — specifically, the three-bedroom oceanfront cottage that can sleep eight and has the dreamiest seaside décor. It has beach access to walk right onto the sand, plus it overlooks The Beach Club, which features hundreds of chairs and umbrellas on the beach with DJ performances all weekend long. What better way to soak in the remaining days of summer than by watching the sunrise and sunset right from your own private oasis? gurneysresorts.com
Get Zen at Shou Sugi Ban House
If you’re in need of serious R&R, Shou Sugi Ban House will deliver the full wellness experience you’re craving. The 13 guest studios are surrounded by pools, pathways with fountains, and Japanese-inspired gardens exemplifying the spa’s Japanese design principles. The space provides personalized wellness journeys with global healing practices like Watsu and cupping, as well as yoga, meditation, fitness, nutrition, advanced skin care, therapeutic massage, and bodywork, plus, a rotation of experts on the property. From July 1 to 17, there will be a Rituals for Transformation experience for those navigating new phases in life, and a Plant Spirit Journey to discover the healing properties of plants and botanicals. From July 25 to August 8, there’s The Embodied Feminine & Sensual Lover with Juliet Lippman and the The Embodied Feminine to channel inner harmony. shousugibanhouse.com
Jetset in Style with Blade
You can plan the ultimate Hamptons weekend but run into roadblocks as soon as you step on the gas pedal thanks to vacation traffic. Avoid the hassle of driving and the headache of jammed highways with a super simple solution: Blade. Blade helicopters and seaplanes have scheduled flights, shared flights, and private charters from the East and West side of Manhattan into Southampton, East Hampton, Montauk, Westhampton, Sag Harbor Bay, Shelter Island, Fishers Island, and Fire Island. You’ll ride and relax in style, with pre- departure lounges stocked with Casa Dragones tequila and wines from Château La Coste. At the end of the day, having peace of mind during a busy summer travel season is always priceless (and the in-flight views make for great Instagram content). blade.com
Clambake on the Beach
Whether you want to throw a large reception or just a friendly get-together, Hampton Clambake will make your catering dreams come true — all while delivering the best to the beach. Order a traditional clambake or BBQ to get exceptional service and food set up at your home or on the sandy shores. Sample lobster from Maine, try the renowned mussel and clam appetizer, and indulge in made-to-order strawberry shortcake. If you want to make it even more special? Hampton Clambake will provide linens, tables, chairs, pillows, tiki torches, and even a s’mores setup to make for a memorable bonfire. hamptonclambake.com
Sip + Tour at Wölffer Estate Vineyard
Find out where the wine you’ve been sipping all season long comes from with an afternoon visit to the Wölffer Estate Vineyard. They’re the masterminds behind the iconic “Summer in a Bottle” rosé and offer 45-minute guided vineyard tours and tastings where guests can try four different wines while learning about wine making in the region. (They also make red, white, cider, spirits, and non-alcoholic options, too.) Make a reservation for the tasting room afterwards to keep the festivities going. exploretock.com/wolfferestatevineyard
Picnic with the Plaza Hotel
The Plaza Hotel is taking an ordinary beach day to whole new heights (literally), with its new Hamptons picnic package. The hotel will transport guests to the Hamptons from Manhattan via Wings Air (which will provide a tour of the city en route) for a two-hour picnic experience. A glass of champagne will greet guests upon arrival beachside, where they can snack on locally sourced seafood from little neck clams and Peconic oysters, or shrimp cocktail and caviar blinis. There’s also steamed lobster with lemon wedges and truffle butter. Picnic experts handle all the heavy lifting so you can cruise from the Plaza to the Hamptons seamlessly. Available now through September 30, 2022. theplazany.com