If you're a New Yorker, the first day of June means one thing: It’s time to clear the sticky streets and hit the beach! Only a short two-hour drive away (not including the inevitable traffic jams), the Hamptons is a destination of choice for sun and fun seekers—but how do you avoid the influx of Manhattanites who invade the otherwise quiet Long Island towns each summer? Get tips from a true local.
We cornered Hamptons local Joey Wölffer of Wölffer Estate Vineyard at a recent dinner, firing off a Proust-style questionnaire to get her to share her best-kept local secrets with us. The free-spirited entrepreneur has not only joined the family business—and most beloved local winery—but also owns a gorgeous boho-chic clothing line and vintage shop, The Styleliner. Needless to say, as far as the Hamptons goes, there’s no better person to ask. From where to get the most delectable lobster roll to where to shop for antiques, we’ve got it all.
First things first: Where should we stay in the Hamptons? "The Maidstone in East Hampton is so chic and cozy."
Your favorite clothing store: "Well, I’m biased: The Styleliner by Joey Wölffer is open all summer on Main Street in Sag Harbor, and we’ve also opened a summer store in Nantucket!"
Your go-to brunch spot: "Wölffer Kitchen. My favorite dish is the lobster roll."
Your décor store of choice: "Black Swan Antiques in Sag Harbor. They’ve got a great assortment of industrial furniture, antiques, and contemporary designers. Randy [Kolhoff, co-owner] has a great eye, and his pricing is really fair."
Hit the Beach
The best hidden beach: "Gibson Beach [in Sagaponack] is certainly not hidden, but it’s my favorite!"
Your must-visit museum or gallery: "I love CMEE (the children’s museum). It’s such an incredible addition to the community. We also love The Parrish. They have a great permanent collection as well as a fantastic curator, so the shows are always interesting."
The best meal you’ve had in the Hamptons: "My brother’s ceviche at his house in Sagaponack."
Your local surf shop: "I don’t surf—I am too afraid of sharks."
Your local indulgence: "I love BuddhaBerry’s frozen yogurt in Sag Harbor."
Where are you at happy hour? "My daughter Nell turns 1 in July, so happy hour is at home with a bottle (of milk!). Friday evenings at Wölffer Wine Stand is also a great place for drinks. We’ll be meeting up with a lot of friends and babies there this summer."
Your idea of a Sunday Funday: "Breakfast with the family, riding my horses, a fun brunch with friends and babies at the Wölffer Kitchen, followed by a stroll around town and an evening walk with our dogs."
Have a Picnic
Your go-to date night restaurant: "Because we’re parents now, we love to grill at home with our daughter and dogs running through the yard, but we also love a good gig at The Surf Lodge followed by dinner. Their Sunday night music series is amazing!"
Your local bucket-list item: "I want to try the trapeze at the Hayground School."
Your local farmers market: "Serene Green in Sag Harbor. They are the best and sweetest family around. I love a good family business."
What’s a good family-friendly activity? "Wölffer Wine Stand!"
Where do you drink rosé? "At home on our deck."
What do you do when you’re stuck in traffic? "Try to keep myself and Nell from having a meltdown!"
The best cocktail in the Hamptons: "The Main Street Margarita at Wölffer Kitchen. It’s delicious!"
Your favorite antique/vintage store: "Besides Black Swan Antiques, I live for a good yard sale. I love hunting for finds!"
Where is the best lobster roll? "Wölffer Kitchen (I’m biased) and The Lobster Roll (and not just because I love The Affair)."
The new spot you’re dying to try this summer: "It’s not a new spot, but this is our first full summer with Nell, so I can’t wait to have her spend more time at Wölffer Stables, where I ride every week."
Which locals would you invite to your dream dinner party? "This question could get me in trouble!"
Where do you take your parents to dinner on a special occasion? "Wölffer Kitchen—we’re close with the owners."