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.
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.
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
Cookouts at home/friend's house
People watching in the village
Invited events, cookouts at home, clambakes on the beach.
Southampton Village Coopers Beach
Bathing Corp. Beach (Private)
Flying Point Beach
Beach at the end of Dune Road
You don't talk about celebrities in the Hamptons!
Palm Beach, New York, Boston, Connecticut;
Extremely laid back in dress, with very casual tourists.
White Horse Tavern (oldest tavern in the U.S.)
The Preservation Society of Newport County (my
Rough Point (home of Doris Duke)
Coaching Weekend (every three years)
Newport Hospital Ball
Drive from the Northeast
Amtrak straight to Kingston Station
Fly to Providence and Uber to Newport
Bailey's Beach (private)
Easton's Beach "First Beach"
Larry Ellison of Oracle fame
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