hamptons-beachThe playground of the beautiful people, the Hamptons are made up of half a dozen historic towns at the eastern end of Long Island. They mix world-class beaches, Madison Avenue-worthy shopping, see-and-be-seen restaurants, culture, vineyards and spot-on celebrity sightings. Here, our tip sheet to navigating this quintessential summertime playground.

SOUTHAMPTON

Settled in 1640 and slightly stereotyped as a blue-blood, low-key retreat, Southampton is perhaps the preppiest of the Hamptons…

Watch for: Howard Stern, Beth Pstrosky, Calvin Klein…

Hop from Ralph Lauren to Christopher Fischer for luxe cashmere then stop at Elegant Setting with its stunning array of china, porcelain and note cards…

redbarCatch the celeb scene and French bistro fare at Red Bar/Brasserie…

BRIDGEHAMPTON

Bridgehampton is a shopper’s paradise: there are beautifully edited, one-off clothing and antiques stores as well as outposts of the national chains tucked away in Bridgehampton Commons Shopping complex. Bridgehampton is also the setting for the annual late-August Hampton Classic Horse Show.

Watch For: Aerin Lauder, Christie Brinkley, Molly Sims, Billy Joel…

pizzaEnjoy a wood-fired pizza outdoors at World Pie; sup on steak at Bobby Van’s and savor the French flair at Pierre’s (order the bouillabaisse).

Don’t miss the incredible selection of home furnishings at the eclectic, colorful Maison 24, owned by the charming Allison Julius…

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