While “summer in the city” may be a popular refrain in songs, when the temperatures begin to rise in Manhattan, the city’s residents find themselves in a fast and furious search for more temperate climes. Luckily, just a few miles off Manhattan’s eastern coast lie the Hamptons, the quintessential summer retreat for New York’s most stylish who escape to their million dollar beach homes and condominiums. As the heat in the city reaches a boiling point come July, the events calendar in the Hamptons is likewise heating up.
Starting with the first week of July, the Hamptons’ party schedule kicks into high gear, with Fourth of July celebrations — and their requisite fireworks displays — exploding across the sky in areas including Montauk, Southampton, and Westhampton. As the city swelters, cool off with some culture at Bridgehampton’s Fine Art and Craft Show, taking place on July 5. For those looking for a bit of high-stakes fun, the Hamptons’ Poker Championship, celebrating its second year, is a great way to indulge a competitive spirit while raising money for charity. And, of course, no summer in this cultural capital would be complete without a celebration fit for royalty, with folks clamoring to strut their stuff at Shelter Island’s famed Black and White Ball.
While events are tailored for adult audiences abound in these beachfront communities, there’s still more than enough family-friendly fun available to keep both parents and children entertained, like milling demonstrations at the Water Mill Museum and drip painting workshops at the home of famed artist Jackson Pollock. After working up an appetite swimming and sandcastle-building, families can enjoy an Italian feast at Southampton’s La Parmigiana, a favorite for both kids and adults alike with offerings ranging from gluten-free pizza to lobster ravioli.
For Southamptoners on the go, the recent addition of a new branch of Manhattan favorite Citarella is the perfect spot to pick up both picnic rations and grown-up fare. When the kids become weary of browsing the store’s inimitable selection of fresh produce and pre-made treats, let them cool their heels at the newly-minted Pottery Barn Kids right across the street, where they can design their dream room for their dream condominium, and, if they’re well-behaved, maybe even earn a toy or two.
As Manhattan gets muggy during the dog days of summer, the Hamptons’ non-stop entertainment schedule and stunning natural beauty make the city’s humid hustle and bustle seem to pale in comparison. Whether your trip to the Hamptons comes via Jitney or private jet, there’s no better place to escape the city summer than this Long Island locale.