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Romantic Activities in The Hamptons

The Hamptons is an ideal destination for romance: cozy bed and breakfasts, sun kissed beaches, sprawling vineyards, and gourmet farm to table cuisine all in one place. Discover what to see and do during your Hamptons getaway to create the perfect couple’s outing year round.

Visit the Art Museums and Galleries

Making a day or afternoon of exploring the museums and art galleries across the Hamptons is perfect for incorporating into a romantic getaway. In East Hampton, for example, the Pollack-Krasner House & Study Center on Springs-Fireplace Road is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike who appreciate art entwined with local history.

The Pollack-Krasner House was the home of married couple Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner that reflects their lives together as iconic artists. Their house is now a historic landmark and regularly hosts exhibitions and tours. They are open Thursday-Sunday for guided tours by advanced registration only.

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill hosts several educational programs, events, and exhibitions year round. The museum also has an onsite shop and cafe, perfect for catching up for a light conversation over coffee and lunch.

Upcoming exhibitions include Peter Campus: Images Around Shinnecock Bay, and Virginia Jaramillo: Harmony Between Line and Space.

Tip: for the entire month of September, first responders and healthcare workers will be granted free admission to the Museum, with thanks to their sponsor, Bank of America.

The Southampton Arts Center is another great destination for couples to visit during a trip to the Hamptons. In addition to year round events, and exhibitions, their outdoor gardens are ideal for a bit of relaxation and reflection together. The Southampton Arts Center is conveniently located on Jobs Lane in Southampton, with parking right in front and ample parking in the back. Pair a visit with a stroll through Southampton Village.

Explore the Outdoors

After or before a visit to an art exhibition, visit the (locally) famous Duck Pond on David’s Lane in East Hampton, within walking distance to the village. Bring some corn kernels or thawed frozen corn to feed the ducks if you wish (as opposed to bread). Spend a few moments walking along the wooden bridges and paths within this wildlife sanctuary. This is also a perfect spot to have a romantic afternoon picnic with your special someone.

If you are looking for a more in-depth nature tour, visit the Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge off of Noyack Road in Sag Harbor that is open year round. Parking is available onsite and visitors can spend their morning or afternoon strolling through the estuaries and viewing the diverse wildlife of the East End from migratory songbirds to white-tailed deer and black ducks.

The refuge opens ½ hour before sunrise and closes ½ hour after sunset.

Tip: bring your cameras, sunscreen, bug spray, and wear comfortable waterproof walking shoes.

In addition, late October through early April are the best times to view waterfowl at the refuge.

Stroll Along the Beach

The Hamptons is filled with many picturesque ocean and bay beaches that are perfect for a romantic early morning or evening stroll. Some of the most notable beaches to visit for either a day visit or even just for a brisk walk include Cooper’s Beach in Southampton, Georgica Beach in East Hampton, Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack, and Long Beach in Sag Harbor. Be sure to note which beaches require parking permits at certain hours and locations. However, most beaches do not require a beach sticker after 5 or 6pm in the evening.

You may also choose to get complimentary transportation via The Circuit from either the village of Southampton or East Hampton.

Grab Tickets to a Show or Concert

A selection of theaters and performing art centers that host live shows and or screenings year round include the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, the Southampton Arts Center, and the Southampton Cultural Center across from Agawam Park (another beautiful destination to stroll and see wildlife).

If you are traveling further east on the South Fork, theaters include the Sag Harbor Cinema and Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, Guild Hall and the Stephen Talkhouse in East Hampton.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Centers is known for their comedy shows and concerts, with upcoming headliners including Michael Feinstein, Los Lobos, and the Spin Doctors. The Sag Harbor Cinema is a newly renovated theatre that showcases a brilliantly curated mix of classic cinema and current blockbuster feature films. Plus, a photo in front of their iconic red neon ‘Sag Harbor’ sign is a must!

Share a Local, Farm to Table Meal

The Hamptons is home to several romantic restaurants, from more casual farm to table eateries to award-winning fine dining restaurant establishments. In Sag Harbor and Southampton, for example, there is Tutto Il Giorno that offers authentic coastal Italian cuisine and offers pristine outdoor dining and cozy indoor dining.

Topping Rose House is a Hamptons staple that serves award-winning cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Their outdoor wraparound veranda and lounging chairs on their expansive lawn is perfect for an afternoon of relaxation.

The American Hotel in Sag Harbor is a romantic restaurant that evokes old-world elegance. Guests will be welcomed by their gracious host and impeccable service, complemented by an award-winning extensive wine list and top notch American cuisine. If you can, reserve a table on the front patio, perfect for people watching and photographs.

For a more casual romantic dining experience, visit La Fondita off of Montauk Highway in Amagansett on your way out to Montauk. La Fondita serves traditional Mexican cuisine as part of their all-day menu. Bring your favorite taqueria dishes to the beach or enjoy at one of their onsite picnic tables.

And of course if you are craving local seafood, head to the Dock House on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor for some of the freshest chowder, seafood platters, and of course their famous lobster roll. Dine at one of their outside high top tables or head to the picnic tables just behind the Windmill or go straight to the beach.

Visit the Wineries

A favorite romantic daytime activity for couples in the Hamptons is strolling through the vineyards paired with a wine tasting and tour. Wolffer Estate Vineyard on Montauk Highway in Sagaponack is famous for their Thursday-Saturday musical performances in the evenings during the summer months. They also offer a variety of events during the summer and autumn months.

Duck Walk Vineyard in Southampton is open daily and offers flight tastings. Lastly, Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton offers flight tastings seven days a week with advanced registration.

Spend a Cozy Night in at a Hamptons’ Bed and Breakfast

Cap off a romantic day exploring the Hamptons by staying at one of the Hamptons’ coziest bed and breakfasts or inns. Some of the most romantic places to stay in the Hamptons are the Mill House Inn in East Hampton, the Baker House 1650 in East Hampton, and The Reform Club in Amagansett.

Each of these romantic bed and breakfasts is located within an easy walking distance of the village of East Hampton and Amagansett, respectively. Amenities include everything from onsite spa services, cozy robes and slippers, jacuzzi tubs, in-room fireplaces, plush bedding, and much more.

Tip: several hotels and bed and breakfasts across the Hamptons are pet friendly, in case you wish to not leave your furry best friend behind at home. These include: Mill House Inn, Baron’s Cove, and Southampton Inn.

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