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Curbed Hamptons Pocket Guide: Spring 2017

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Spring is here and we have a great map of our favorite things to do and see in the area: the places and things that absolutely make the Hamptons the Hamptons in spring. Enjoy the "blue and golden warmth of Indian summer," as Peter Matthiessen once put it.

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1. Walking Dunes

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Napeague Harbor Rd
Napeague, NY
This unique ecological site offers fascinating land forms, a wide variety of plants, animal tracks, and great views. The area is made up of three parabolic dunes that are continually shifting ("walking"), swallowing up trees and plants as they progress towards the southeast.

2. Montauk Point Lighthouse

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2000 Montauk Hwy
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-2554
The oldest lighthouse in New York State, Montauk Lighthouse was authorized by the Second Congress, under President George Washington, in 1792. The lighthouse still serves as an active aid to navigation; after the climb up the tower, you'll be rewarded with great views.

3. Main Beach

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104 Ocean Ave
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 324-8158
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One of the most beautiful beaches in America--forget that, the world. Pack a lunch and some suncreen and relax. You've made it.

4. Guild Hall

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158 Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 324-0806
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Guild Hall offers performances and movies all year around in the beautiful John Drew theater, as well as art exhibitions.

5. Clinton Academy

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151 Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937
(631) 324-6850
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Clinton Academy, built 1784, was one of the first academies in New York State. Local citizens contributed to its construction at the request of the Rev. Samuel Buell, the pastor of the East Hampton Presbyterian Church. The school was co-ed. Instruction was in Latin with some Greek and French.

6. South Fork Natural History Museum

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377 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Learn about the rich natural history of our area via the museum’s scientifically accurate galleries, featuring live and recreated natural habitat exhibits, a Marine Touch Tank, terrariums and aquariums featuring local wildlife, and a Nature Library; the museum also offers a variety of outdoor nature walks and programs.

7. Parrish Art Museum

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279 Montauk Hwy
Water Mill, NY 11976
(631) 283-2118
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In its beautiful home by Herzog & de Meuron, the Parrish Art Museum focuses extensively on artists from the East End of Long Island, including contemporary artists such as Chuck Close and April Gornik, as well as past masters such as Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and Willem de Kooning; American Impressionist William Merritt Chase and American realist painter Fairfield Porter.

8. Southampton Historical Museum

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17 Meeting House Ln
Southampton, NY 11968
The beautiful Rogers Mansion Museum Complex contains the original building (owned by the Rogers family from 1648 to 1880) and, on the grounds behind the house, Southampton historic structures, including a 19th century paint store, a blacksmith’s shop, a cobbler’s shop, a one-room schoolhouse, and a colonial era barn that was seized by British soldiers to lodge their horses during the Revolutionary War.

9. Watermill Center

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39 Water Mill Towd Rd
Water Mill, NY 11976
The Watermill Center, founded by theater and visual artist Robert Wilson, is a “laboratory for performance.” Drawing inspiration from all areas of the arts and cultures, Watermill puts on interdisciplinary performances throughout the year as well as tours. Outside there are eight-and-a-half acres of artist-designed and landscaped grounds.

10. Children's Museum Of The East End

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376 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY 11962
Don't miss the physics-themed mini-golf, and then herd the kids inside to look at the fun interactive exhibits. CMEE also presents frequent family events and classes.

11. Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum

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200 Main St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Come learn about the fascinating history of the industry that made Sag Harbor an economic powerhouse. The museum is housed in an 1845 mansion.

12. Lazy Point

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Lazy Point Rd
Napeague, NY
Any time of year, this land of ponds, fields, salt marshes, and water holes is picturesque. You'll easily see birds of prey here.

13. Camp Hero State Park

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Camp Hero Rd.
Montauk, NY 11954
Originally commissioned by the Army in 1942, Camp Hero was a coastal defense station disguised as a fishing village. Much of the old gun emplacements, etc, remain; the area is also home to rare salamanders.

14. Conscience Point National Wildlife Refuge

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N Sea Rd
Southampton, NY 11968
Conscience Point is part of a unique wetland network known as the Cow Neck Complex, which includes about 300 acres of open water, salt marsh, irregularly exposed tidal flats, and aquatic beds.

15. Longhouse Reserve

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133 Hands Creek Rd
East Hampton, NY 11937
The 16 acres of gardens at Longhouse Reserve are at their best this time of year, complemented by the many outdoor art installations.

16. Antiquing in Sag Harbor

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26 Main St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Within easy walking distance in downtown Sag Harbor are several notable antique shops, including Black Swan at 26 Main St, Ruby Beets at 25 Washington St, and La Maisonette at 34 Bay St among others.

17. Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course

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With low greens fees, Montauk Downs is sometimes called the best public course in the US. Other accolades include “as close to Scottish golf as you can get” and “Shinnecock Hills for the poor unwashed.” Fore!

18. Georgica Pond

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Rent a kayak from Main Beach Surf & Sport and get on out there. Main Beach also offers lessons. Or dig out your stand-up paddleboard and peace out.
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19. Bonfire on Kirk Park Beach

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95 S Emerson Ave
Montauk, NY 11954
Beach fires are very special, even in autumn. Bundle up with your honey, bring some wine, and enjoy the ambiance. Make sure to completely extinguish it before you leave, though.

20. Wölffer Estate Vineyard

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139 Sagg Rd
Sagaponack, NY 11962
Fall harvest season is the best time to visit a vineyard, and we tend to think Wolffer is the most interesting places to take a tour. Enjoy a wine flight along with charcuterie.
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21. The Old Burying Ground

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Union St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963
The Old Burying Ground’s first interment was in 1767, and it’s the resting place for at least 19 Revolutionary War soldiers, as well as whaling captains, seamen, and their families. The last burial was in 1870.

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22. Ghost Town Trail Walk

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S Pond Rd
East Hampton, NY 11937
Hike through the former flourishing settlement of East Hampton's Northwest, began in 1653, and now completely gone.

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23. Fish the Fall Blitz

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462 W Lake Dr
Montauk, NY 11954
This time of year, striped bass, false albacore, and bluefish are plentiful in the area before migrating south. Try the Viking Fleet for fishing excursions.
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24. Southampton Arts Center

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25 Jobs Ln
Southampton, NY 11968
(631) 283-0967

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The Arts Center’s main goal is to provide programming to the community. They’re constantly host to artists, performers, educators, and partner with other institutions to bring the East End great events. Something to check out this spring is their sustainability sculpture workshop.

25. East Hampton Historical Farm Museum

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131 N Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937

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Though the East End is known for its wineries now, it wasn’t too long ago that Long Island was a major source of farming. Potato farms littered the Hamptons before the vineyards opened. The East Hampton Historical Farm Museum allows people to experience the farming culture from the 1880s-1930s.

26. Gurneys Inn

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290 Montauk Highway
Amagansett, NY 11930
While Gurney’s is a popular tourist destination, it’s also a local favorite. At Gurney’s, you can, yes, have dinner and head to the bakery for their killer cheesecake, but a great way to feel like you’re on a vacation is to do a spa day.

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1. Walking Dunes

Napeague Harbor Rd, Napeague, NY
This unique ecological site offers fascinating land forms, a wide variety of plants, animal tracks, and great views. The area is made up of three parabolic dunes that are continually shifting ("walking"), swallowing up trees and plants as they progress towards the southeast.
Napeague Harbor Rd
Napeague, NY

2. Montauk Point Lighthouse

2000 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954
The oldest lighthouse in New York State, Montauk Lighthouse was authorized by the Second Congress, under President George Washington, in 1792. The lighthouse still serves as an active aid to navigation; after the climb up the tower, you'll be rewarded with great views.
2000 Montauk Hwy
Montauk, NY 11954

3. Main Beach

104 Ocean Ave, East Hampton, NY 11937
One of the most beautiful beaches in America--forget that, the world. Pack a lunch and some suncreen and relax. You've made it.
104 Ocean Ave
East Hampton, NY 11937

4. Guild Hall

158 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937
Guild Hall offers performances and movies all year around in the beautiful John Drew theater, as well as art exhibitions.
158 Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937

5. Clinton Academy

151 Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937
Clinton Academy, built 1784, was one of the first academies in New York State. Local citizens contributed to its construction at the request of the Rev. Samuel Buell, the pastor of the East Hampton Presbyterian Church. The school was co-ed. Instruction was in Latin with some Greek and French.
151 Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937

6. South Fork Natural History Museum

377 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11932
Learn about the rich natural history of our area via the museum’s scientifically accurate galleries, featuring live and recreated natural habitat exhibits, a Marine Touch Tank, terrariums and aquariums featuring local wildlife, and a Nature Library; the museum also offers a variety of outdoor nature walks and programs.
377 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY 11932

7. Parrish Art Museum

279 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976
In its beautiful home by Herzog & de Meuron, the Parrish Art Museum focuses extensively on artists from the East End of Long Island, including contemporary artists such as Chuck Close and April Gornik, as well as past masters such as Roy Lichtenstein, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and Willem de Kooning; American Impressionist William Merritt Chase and American realist painter Fairfield Porter.
279 Montauk Hwy
Water Mill, NY 11976

8. Southampton Historical Museum

17 Meeting House Ln, Southampton, NY 11968
The beautiful Rogers Mansion Museum Complex contains the original building (owned by the Rogers family from 1648 to 1880) and, on the grounds behind the house, Southampton historic structures, including a 19th century paint store, a blacksmith’s shop, a cobbler’s shop, a one-room schoolhouse, and a colonial era barn that was seized by British soldiers to lodge their horses during the Revolutionary War.
17 Meeting House Ln
Southampton, NY 11968

9. Watermill Center

39 Water Mill Towd Rd, Water Mill, NY 11976
The Watermill Center, founded by theater and visual artist Robert Wilson, is a “laboratory for performance.” Drawing inspiration from all areas of the arts and cultures, Watermill puts on interdisciplinary performances throughout the year as well as tours. Outside there are eight-and-a-half acres of artist-designed and landscaped grounds.
39 Water Mill Towd Rd
Water Mill, NY 11976

10. Children's Museum Of The East End

376 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike, Bridgehampton, NY 11962
Don't miss the physics-themed mini-golf, and then herd the kids inside to look at the fun interactive exhibits. CMEE also presents frequent family events and classes.
376 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike
Bridgehampton, NY 11962

11. Sag Harbor Whaling & Historical Museum

200 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Come learn about the fascinating history of the industry that made Sag Harbor an economic powerhouse. The museum is housed in an 1845 mansion.
200 Main St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

12. Lazy Point

Lazy Point Rd, Napeague, NY
Any time of year, this land of ponds, fields, salt marshes, and water holes is picturesque. You'll easily see birds of prey here.
Lazy Point Rd
Napeague, NY

13. Camp Hero State Park

Camp Hero Rd., Montauk, NY 11954
Originally commissioned by the Army in 1942, Camp Hero was a coastal defense station disguised as a fishing village. Much of the old gun emplacements, etc, remain; the area is also home to rare salamanders.
Camp Hero Rd.
Montauk, NY 11954

14. Conscience Point National Wildlife Refuge

N Sea Rd, Southampton, NY 11968
Conscience Point is part of a unique wetland network known as the Cow Neck Complex, which includes about 300 acres of open water, salt marsh, irregularly exposed tidal flats, and aquatic beds.
N Sea Rd
Southampton, NY 11968

15. Longhouse Reserve

133 Hands Creek Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937
The 16 acres of gardens at Longhouse Reserve are at their best this time of year, complemented by the many outdoor art installations.
133 Hands Creek Rd
East Hampton, NY 11937

16. Antiquing in Sag Harbor

26 Main St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
Within easy walking distance in downtown Sag Harbor are several notable antique shops, including Black Swan at 26 Main St, Ruby Beets at 25 Washington St, and La Maisonette at 34 Bay St among others.
26 Main St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

17. Montauk Downs State Park Golf Course

Montauk, NY 11954
With low greens fees, Montauk Downs is sometimes called the best public course in the US. Other accolades include “as close to Scottish golf as you can get” and “Shinnecock Hills for the poor unwashed.” Fore!

18. Georgica Pond

East Hampton, NY
nysurfgirl/websta.me
Rent a kayak from Main Beach Surf & Sport and get on out there. Main Beach also offers lessons. Or dig out your stand-up paddleboard and peace out.

19. Bonfire on Kirk Park Beach

95 S Emerson Ave, Montauk, NY 11954
Beach fires are very special, even in autumn. Bundle up with your honey, bring some wine, and enjoy the ambiance. Make sure to completely extinguish it before you leave, though.
95 S Emerson Ave
Montauk, NY 11954

20. Wölffer Estate Vineyard

139 Sagg Rd, Sagaponack, NY 11962
Via Wolffer
Fall harvest season is the best time to visit a vineyard, and we tend to think Wolffer is the most interesting places to take a tour. Enjoy a wine flight along with charcuterie.
139 Sagg Rd
Sagaponack, NY 11962

21. The Old Burying Ground

Union St, Sag Harbor, NY 11963
The Old Burying Ground’s first interment was in 1767, and it’s the resting place for at least 19 Revolutionary War soldiers, as well as whaling captains, seamen, and their families. The last burial was in 1870.

A photo posted by Allison Meier (@allisoncmeier) on

Union St
Sag Harbor, NY 11963

22. Ghost Town Trail Walk

S Pond Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937
Hike through the former flourishing settlement of East Hampton's Northwest, began in 1653, and now completely gone.

A photo posted by Amanda Iacono (@feraltime) on

S Pond Rd
East Hampton, NY 11937

23. Fish the Fall Blitz

462 W Lake Dr, Montauk, NY 11954
Via Viking Fleet
This time of year, striped bass, false albacore, and bluefish are plentiful in the area before migrating south. Try the Viking Fleet for fishing excursions.
462 W Lake Dr
Montauk, NY 11954

24. Southampton Arts Center

25 Jobs Ln, Southampton, NY 11968

A post shared by Jill Malusky (@museumjilt) on

The Arts Center’s main goal is to provide programming to the community. They’re constantly host to artists, performers, educators, and partner with other institutions to bring the East End great events. Something to check out this spring is their sustainability sculpture workshop.
25 Jobs Ln
Southampton, NY 11968

25. East Hampton Historical Farm Museum

131 N Main St, East Hampton, NY 11937

A post shared by Amy Sullivan (@amysul123) on

Though the East End is known for its wineries now, it wasn’t too long ago that Long Island was a major source of farming. Potato farms littered the Hamptons before the vineyards opened. The East Hampton Historical Farm Museum allows people to experience the farming culture from the 1880s-1930s.
131 N Main St
East Hampton, NY 11937

26. Gurneys Inn

290 Montauk Highway, Amagansett, NY 11930
While Gurney’s is a popular tourist destination, it’s also a local favorite. At Gurney’s, you can, yes, have dinner and head to the bakery for their killer cheesecake, but a great way to feel like you’re on a vacation is to do a spa day.

A post shared by Martha Miller (@martyymills) on

290 Montauk Highway
Amagansett, NY 11930