Located 75 miles east of NYC,the Hamptons is a string of elegant little beach towns on the east end of Long Island, N.Y. With plenty of sun, sand, shopping and fine dining, it’s no wonder celebs like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jerry Seinfeld own homes in the area. But while Jerry’s palatial pad cost a reported $32 million, you don’t need a superstar budget to sample the Hamptons’ A-list lifestyle this year.
STAY: Montauk’s Panoramic View Resort & Residences offers beach cottages with fantastic ocean views. “It’s breathtaking,” recent celeb guest Jill Zarin told OK! of the resort’s chic new decor and 1,000-foot-long beach. Studios start at $475 per night. (distinctiveventures.com)
SHOP: East Hampton’s Main Street is the East End’s shopping mecca, where luxe brands like Tiffany & Co. sit beside unique local stores like Blue & Cream at 60 The Circle. Mariah Carey and Whitney Port shop Blue & Cream’s own line of cozy basics, plus designer pieces by the likes of Charlotte Ronson.
EAT: Dine alfresco at Race Lane in East Hampton. With mouthwatering short ribs and organic chicken, it’s a low-key date night fave for locals like Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos. For lunch, pick up a lobster roll at East End Clambakes, a spot Leonardo DiCaprio has been known to frequent.
PARTY: After dark, Southampton’s AXE Lounge at 1181 North Sea Road attracts the hottest young stars on Friday and Saturday nights. Kourtney Kardashian, whose boyfriend Scott Disick grew up in the Hamptons, and Paris Hilton, who stays at her family’s nearby estate, have both been spotted recently.
HAMPTONS BUZZ: New this summer, the Cîroc Cabana Club in Water Mill is rumored to be hosting Kellan Lutz, Jamie Kennedy and Jessica White. Also in Water Mill, mark your calendar for Super Saturday 14 on July 30, the star-studded annual garage sale raising funds for Ovarian Cancer research. Can’t make it? Watch it live on QVC from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.!