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Where Do America's Rich and Famous Go to in the Summer?

American socialite Tinsley Mortimer compares the Hamptons and Newport escapes.
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Having spent many summers in Southampton as a New Yorker, and as someone whose family has a place in Newport, I have a strong affinity for each place. Still, the Hamptons and Newport are decidedly different in their appeal. Here's where to go—and what to expect when you get there.

THE HAMPTONS


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THE PEOPLE


New York chic. Old and new money flock here, but gradually Southampton is being taken over by the financial scions. Overall, this is a sophisticated New York hangout.

THE ATTITUDE


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Sophisticated casual. Southamptoners think they are being beachy, but they are far more dressy than Newport. Stylish wedge shoes and sandals for ladies—silk caftans or long casual pants. Very upscale. Preppy clothes for men, and jackets are required at some restaurants.

THE RESTAURANTS


Tutto il Giorno

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St. Ambroeus

75 Main

Little Red

THE NIGHTLIFE


Capri Hotel

Southampton Social Club

AM Southampton

Cookouts at home/friend's house

THE SHOPPING


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Tenet

Intermix

Ralph Lauren

Kyle By Alene Too

THE MUST-DOS


Southampton Historical Museum

Thomas Halsey Homestead

Conscience Point Historic Site and Nature Walk

Agawam Park

People watching in the village

THE ENTERTAINMENT


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Invited events, cookouts at home, clambakes on the beach.

THE TRANSPORTATION


BLADE Helicopters

Blacklane Car Services

Hampton Ambassador

Jitney

THE BEACHES


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Southampton Village Coopers Beach

Bathing Corp. Beach (Private)

Flying Point Beach

Beach at the end of Dune Road

THE CELEBRITIES


You don't talk about celebrities in the Hamptons!

NEWPORT


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THE PEOPLE


Palm Beach, New York, Boston, Connecticut; many more North-easterners than Southerners

THE ATTITUDE


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Extremely laid back in dress, with very casual tourists.

THE RESTAURANTS


The Grill at 41 North

The Black Pearl

The Fifth Element

White Horse Tavern (oldest tavern in the U.S.)

Clarke Cooke House

THE NIGHTLIFE


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Boom Boom Room at Clarke Cooke House

Sky Bar at Clarke Cooke House

41 North

THE SHOPPING


Mandarine by Terra Mandarine

Michael Hayes

Laura Jean

THE MUST-SEES


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The Preservation Society of Newport County (my favorites include The Elms, The Breakers, Rosecliff, and all the others if you have time)

Rough Point (home of Doris Duke)

Cliff Walk

Ocean Drive

Newport Art Museum

Redwood Library

THE ENTERTAINMENT


Coaching Weekend (every three years)

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Preservation Ball

Newport Flower Show

Newport Hospital Ball

THE TRANSPORTATION


Drive from the Northeast

Amtrak straight to Kingston Station

Fly to Providence and Uber to Newport

THE BEACHES


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Bailey's Beach (private)

Easton's Beach "First Beach"

Second Beach

THE CELEBRITIES


Mena Suvari

Larry Ellison of Oracle fame

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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