The Hamptons Experience
Sightseeing and Attractions: (Duration: 6 hours with a Licensed NYC Tour Guide)
A two-and-a-half-hour drive from New York City or a 30-minute helicopter ride will whisk you to a wonderland of opulence, exquisite scenery, magical forests, world class beaches and charming villages known as The Hamptons, the playground of the rich and famous.
Your guide will escort you through the historic Southampton Village, the oldest English settlement in New York State, through former farmlands, now the location of the estates of its celebrated residents. A stop at America’s Number 1 beach – Cooper’s Beach is a must. Taking a stroll on Cooper’s is a sublime experience and affords a firsthand look at where Southampton Village’s residents like to relax, enjoy a swim or eat at its renowned café. From there, your journey will take you to the heart of Southampton Village’s shopping district where your guide will point out Village landmarks including, Hildreth’s, America’s oldest department store, the charming boutiques of Job’s Lane and the delightful eateries that line the tree lined and lushly planted streets. From Southampton Village you will travel the route to Conscience Point, the location where the English settlers landed in 1640. A short walk to the Point gives you the opportunity to take in the natural beauty of Southampton’s Peconic Bay. Our journey continues to Sag Harbor, once the center of the whaling industry, now the home of historic neighborhoods, fabulous yachts, excellent restaurants and wonderful shops. There is an option to stop at the Whaling Museum where you will hear the amazing history of whaling in Sag Harbor and or the Whaler’s Church. Lunch will be in Sag Harbor Village where there is the largest concentration of restaurants in the Hamptons including the historic American Hotel among many other fine eateries. The tour continues to Sagaponack, America’s most expensive zip code as well as Bridgehampton. Once again we will travel past some of the most beautiful homes in the country. From Steven Spielberg to Ina Garten, your guide will be sure to tell you who lives in many of the homes on the route. While in East Hampton and if time permits, we will stop at the Ladies Village Improvement Society Thrift Shop where many celebrated locals donate items that are practically new. A purchase from this famed thrift store is the perfect souvenir of your day in the Hamptons and helps sustain National Geographic’s description of East Hampton as one of the most beautiful Villages in the United States.
As there are many touring options on the East End of Long Island encompassing the Villages that are known as The Hamptons and the North Fork, home of 40 wineries, tours can be tailored to your interests. From private gardens to renowned museums and galleries and high profile social and cultural events, a visit to the East of Long Island will be a memorable experience.
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