Southampton’s Sizzling, Summer Fun
An exquisite community for New York Metro Area
by Alyssa Nightingale, Nightingale & Nightingale
The majestic hamlet of Southampton is unlike any other place that one can visit. It is one of New York’s wealthiest waterfront locations, a playground for the New York Metro Area jetsetters, celebrities and local residents. It is part of what is known as “The Hamptons,” considered one of the most prestigious communities in the country.
Southampton itself is a quaint little village in the southeast part of Suffolk County, New York, about 90 miles east of Manhattan. Known as the oldest English settlement in New York State, Southampton’s name is believed to come from the “Earl of Southampton.” Several famous and well-known residents have included Michael J. Fox, Howard Stern, Calvin Klein, and Felix Rohatyn who saved New York City within a matter of hours from bankruptcy in the mid/late 70s.
Southampton hamlet is known locally and even internationally as a diverse mix of cultural groups living together in a community of prestige with an abundance of amenities to enjoy. You will see many multi-million dollar residences as well as unique upper middle class and middle class communities. The village itself offers plenty of entertainment, an abundance of cultural and historic experiences, premier selections for fine dining, shopping, outdoor recreation and much more.
If you are looking for an overall fascinating dining experience, this is the town to visit. Plaza Café is one of the favorites of Southampton locals. If dining while “Celebrity Watching” is your thing, then try out Red Bar Brasserie. This establishment is known for its reliably attentive staff, as well as an overall amazing dining experience.
As far as accommodations are concerned, there is no shortage of wonderful Bed and Breakfasts, hotels and motels. All are “top-shelf” establishments. You can enjoy the Southampton Village Motel which has been a fixture in the community. The locals as well as famous residents swear by this establishment for their out-of-town guests. If a restored Bed and Breakfast Inn close to everything is more your style, do not overlook the 1708 House. It is known for its historic amenities and wonderful breakfasts.
For the shopping enthusiast, Southampton Village leaves little to the imagination. There are literally so many different types of shops, you could spend an entire weekend here and still not see everything.
Southampton also boasts an incredible array of art and cultural venues and entertainment opportunities. There is the Southampton Cultural Center which sponsors summer concerts in Agawam Park and Coopers Beach, the Southampton Strings Festival, ongoing art exhibits, theater and more. If you love history, be sure to check out the Southampton Historical Museum. It consists of four historic properties, furniture as well as an archive of historic documents and offers education programs and exhibits which are designed to preserve and promote the history of the town.
If theater is your thing, then check out the world famous “Hamptons International Film Festival” in the fall. There is also the Southampton Arts Center, located in the heart of Southampton Village. It is the former home of the Parrish Arts Museum and provides quality programming through partnerships with world-class artists, performers and more.
For the outdoor enthusiast, there are numerous parks, walking/hiking areas, and great public beaches to enjoy. You will find a nearly endless supply of outdoor activities awaiting you upon your arrival.
Visit Southampton and experience the magic which many who have visited and who call this community home can attest to.