Bring on the rosé and Jitney rides… it’s time to talk one of our all-time favorite summer destinations. The Hamptons are made up of over 20 unique villages spread throughout the towns of Southampton & East Hampton. Whether you want to get dressed to the nines for a glam night or just throw on your sandals and pop into a low-key seafood shack, here are our favorite activities & spots:
Shop: Look no further than East Hampton. Okay, we’re slightly biased since we always head straight to the Lilly Pulitzer store on the corner of Newtown Ln. But, in reality East Hampton is a shopping mecca. Stroll down Main Street and shop till you drop or just take in the elaborate window displays.
Beach: Sunny day? The beach is a must. You really can’t go wrong with any of the beaches but here are our favorites… East Hampton – Main Beach, Southampton – Coopers Beach, Montauk – Ditch Plains (mainly because of the cute surfer boys). For the ultimate beach experience, reserve a cabana on the sand at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa.
Surf Lodge: Head to Montauk to enjoy sunset cocktails, dinner or stay late for a wild night at the bohemian Surf Lodge. Make sure to make it to one of their free Sunday concerts in the summer… it’s worth the late trip back home.
Polo: Enjoy a match at Bridgehampton Polo Club… you can scope out the A-list celebrity scene every weekend throughout July and August.
Sloppy Tuna: Located on the beach in Montauk, it’s a guaranteed fun time for day or night. Jam out to a live band… we love beachside reggae music. Cyril’s Fish House in Amagansett is another day party option…. not located on the beach but always a blast. Make sure to have an extra BBC (Bailey’s Banana Colada) for us.
Stephen Talkhouse: You might be catching on to a theme… live music. Stephen Talkhouse is the go-to place for just this in Amagansett. This down-to-earth venue has been a local favorite for years.
Tour the Vineyards: From boat cruises to DJs, the Hamptons vineyards provide a matchless wine-tasting experience. Take a day away from the beach (we can’t believe we’re saying this…!) and visit some of the most impressive wineries on the East End. Bridgehampton’s Wolffer Estate is one of our favorites to sit back and enjoy endless rosé.
FlyWheel: Be bikini ready & energized after an indoor cycling experience unlike any other. Get ready to burn anywhere from 500-700 calories during the ride… don’t worry the friendly instructors will show you everything you need to know. East Hampton is the company’s largest studio & offers FlyBarre too.
It’s time to get away from the crowds, the hustle and bustle and stare off into the waves. Montauk is the place. Sandy beaches, lots to see and plenty of adventure: we’re in. This print was inspired by the chic surf town and the perfect waves that are a siren song for surfers everywhere. Kick back in your new favorite print, toes in the sand, book in hand, and get away! SHOP THIS PRINT.
Explore the Towns: The Island is made up of a variety of unique towns, each with their own personality. We LOVE them all… just depends on your taste. Visit Chilmark, home to the towns of Menemsha & Aquinnah, for the most authentic experience full of stunning views & sunsets. Edgartown & Oak Bluffs are the most happening with lots of dining (only non-dry towns on the island) & activity options. Best advice- remember it’s an island… so when in doubt, just keep circling.
Beaches: Bask in the sun in one of beautiful, secluded beaches. If staying in Edgartown, South Beach is the most popular. Hidden gem: venture on a 20-minute bike ride to the south shore for Long Beach (Long Point Wildlife Refuge)… it’s well worth the views of the Atlantic Ocean and freshwater pond. Get the full beach scoop here.
Gay Head Clay Cliffs: The multi-colored clay cliffs at the western end of the island (Aquinnah) are a must see. The Gayhead Light, the first lighthouse on Martha’s Vineyard, and beautiful vistas make for THE perfect photo-op. Rainy day? Even better. The clay from the cliffs turn the water our favorite color- PINK.
Chilmark Chocolates: Stop by the famous chocolate shop to satisfy your sweet tooth. The tiny shop can only accommodate about 10 people at a time but is WELL worth the wait. Our favorite: the milk almond crunch.
Flying Horses Carousel: Head to Oak Bluffs and take a ride on the nation’s oldest platform carousel. Make sure to take a stroll around Oak Bluff’s adorable “gingerbread houses” that have carousels carved into the woodwork afterwards.
#BuyMeLilly: Visit our friends at In the Pink in Edgartown for your Lilly fix.
The Met: Charles James Exhibit – Get to the Met before August 10! Really, get yourself there as often as possible but now you have a couture-driven deadline, our favorite kind to have. Bring your best fashion-loving friend and seek out the Charles James exhibit, which is a retrospective full of glamorous ball gowns through James’s life as a couturier. If those dresses could talk…
Lilly Pulitzer – Madison Avenue – Buy. Me. Lilly. Explore our store (on Madison Ave., between 78th and 79th), which is full of the surprises and special touches you love in all our stores. No spoilers here – you must see for yourself! Ok. One hint – the best staircase in the city.
Alice’s Tea Cup – Tea time. There’s never a wrong time for tea, so pop over a couple blocks to Alice’s Tea Cup and enjoy a cuppa while planning your next Manhattan adventure.
Bryant Park – Wander over to Bryant Park, which is four acres of green space backing the famous New York Public Library. Make sure to see the big stone lions out front, because it wouldn’t be a Lilly adventure without some wild animals. Psst – Bryant Park was also home to the New York Fashion Week tents for many years and is one of our favorite spots for ice skating when it’s winter (if it must be winter, may as well skate).
High Line Park – Originally built in the 1930s to keep trains above and away from street traffic, it has now been reclaimed as a beautiful urban park. Walk along and see views of both the city and the river.
Eataly – At night, sign up for a wide range of cooking classes at Eataly’s Fifth Avenue location to learn about summer pasta, Italian cocktails, or how to make the perfect risotto. (And then eat it.)
Bike the Island: Bike paths run throughout most of the 14 miles that span Nantucket. It’s the perfect way to see a lot of the island. If you weren’t able to bring your Lilly Cruiser with you, we recommend Young’s Bicycle Shop & Nantucket Bike Shop in the main part of town. Pedal in print!
Siasconset Bluff Walk: Stroll down our favorite walking path and take in the stunning mansions on one side and the ocean on the other… perfection. See the rose-covered cottages that ‘Sconset is known for and visit the adorable town & market. Make sure to stop at ‘Sconset café for lunch—delicious food.
The Beach: Nantucket has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Get the full scoop here. Our favorites are Miacomet & Nobadeer (aka the party beach), Brant Point to watch the incoming boats & Madaket Beach for the best sunsets on the island. Make sure to hang out with all of the surfers at Cisco Beach’s long sand bar too.
Cisco Brewery: The perfect after beach hangout spot. Enjoy live music & a Whale’s Tale Pale Ale or their killer blueberry mojito (FYI it’s home of Triple 8 Distillery too) at this local brewery/ large picnic venue. Major plus, they often have scheduled activities for kids to enjoy while parents sit back & relax.
Bartlett’s Farm: A little farther past the brewery, you’ll find this hidden gem. This isn’t your typical grocery store—think the Whole Foods of Nantucket but better. Almost all of their products are grown right on the farm. Plus, for unbelievably delicious, fresh fish to cook, visit East Coast Seafood (167) nearby on Hummock Pond Road.
Shop: The best shopping is in the heart of town on Main Street and the wharf. Make sure to visit our friends at In the Pink for your Lilly fix. #BuyMeLilly
Juice Guys: Thirsty from all of your shopping? Walk down Straight Wharf and visit the creators of Nantucket Nectar.
Chicken Box: THE bar in Nantucket. A mile away from the main part of town but everyone ends up here. Jam out to the live music and cheers to the night. “Lazy Monday” night here is a MUST. Pre-Chicken Box, get drinks at The Gazebo (literally a giant gazebo with a bar in the middle) which is located in between The Tavern and Straight Wharf in Harbor Square.
Just like SPF, we’ve been using #SummerInLilly liberally. When Lilly Pulitzer first started opening her stores, she chose locations where her friends lived. Just like Lilly, we got some help from our friends to celebrate National Wear Your Lilly Day. We hope your Instagram feed was the brightest EVER in honor of the first day of summer:
Picture this – it’s the height of summer‚ you’ve reached your sun–kissed peak‚ are dripping in gold jewelry and are attending your best friend’s annual summer soiree. It’s not that you’re trying to make a scene‚ but the crowd can’t help it – you will see and be seen no matter where you go. What’s more fabulous than a party when the stars align? This print was inspired by the movement in the sea – crabs‚ fish and fun sea life will dance on your dress as you shimmy the night away in your new favorite print. SHOP THIS PRINT
Meet our fantastic Summer 2014 class of interns, or Pinkterns as we lovingly say at the Pink Palace. We’re so excited to have them, their enthusiasm and their love of Lilly here. Each one brings so much to their departments and we can’t wait to see all the hard work they’ll do (and fun they’ll have). Now, the Pinkterns…