We've found that it's best to keep it a secret that we summer in the Hamptons. As soon as people find out, even the vaguest of acquaintances become bold enough to ask for a weekend invitation. For these unwelcome guests, we plan to point them to one of these new lodging options:
161 Second House Road, Montauk
From the savvy geniuses that brought the world the Surf Lodge comes Ruschmeyer's, which promises to be the place to be this summer. The Feast has a great behind-the-scenes interview with Robert McKinley, one of the owners, who explains that the inspiration for the restored resort is a made-up character named Commodore Captain Ruschmeyer III "who explored the seas sailing around collecting things from the 50s to the 80s. This is his place." There will be 19 individual cabins for overnight guests and plenty of activities for daytrippers, including a beer garden, restaurant (from the people behind The Fat Radish), bar, and fire pit (for s'moores, natch).
281 County Road 39A, Southampton
The Capri was snapped up last year by the team behind the W South Beach and is slated to make a big splash when they officially open this Memorial Day Weekend. The rebooted resort will be home to a new Nobu restaurant, a Cynthia Rowley boutique, and lively pool scene (called The Bathing Club).
La Maison Blanche
11 Stearns Point Road, Shelter Island
Move over Sunset Beach, there's a new place for pétanque on Shelter Island. This 8-room boutique hotel near Crescent Beach is a more tranquille addition to the Hamptons hotel scene and features a bakery, French brasserie (helmed by Charles le Tous of L'Absinthe fame), and thoughtfully designed wine and cocktail menus.
The Atlantic and the Bentley
1655 County Road 39 and 161 Hill Station Road, Southampton
One of the new Capri co-owners has also taken over the neglected Atlantic and the Bentley hotels and is hard at work restoring them "to their former glory" with an aesthetic that will be very "simple, crisp, clean, white-on-white." The Atlantic will be more "zen and quiet" while the all-suite Bentley will serve up some weekend programming in the pool area (à la Solé East).