A small hamlet within the town of Southampton, Bridgehampton is a picturesque New York community with scenic waterfront views and a small-town atmosphere. The area has a population of under 2,000 permanent residents and boasts an impressive amount of green space for relaxing and enjoying the sunshine.
Those lucky enough to find themselves with some free time to spend in Bridgehampton during the summer months can spend it doing water sports such as kayaking, paddleboarding, and windsurfing or getting a summer tan at Mecox Beach. They can also spend the afternoon perusing the trails of manicured flower beds and greenery at Bridge Gardens, have lunch on the boardwalk overlooking the ocean at Main Beach in East Hampton, or admire the various living and artificial sculptures, gardens, and plant collections at LongHouse Reserve, which is also in East Hampton. Guests with a thirst for knowledge and history can pay a visit to the South Fork Natural History Museum, where they can get up close and personal with interactive exhibits and a marine touch tank. Alternatively, guests who are of legal drinking age can spend an evening at the Channing Daughters Winery.
All of Bridgehampton’s rentals offer internet access and comfortable beds, as well as clean bathrooms and ample living space. Guests who are planning the ultimate relaxing vacation can do so in Bridgehampton, as many of the available rentals off private hot tubs in addition to other comforts.
The best time to visit is at the end of the summer for warm weather activities, or during November and December when tourists are at a low, for a more relaxing experience.
Bridgehampton’s food is just as diverse as its residents, offering everything from classic American BbQ to authentic Chinese and Greek. Visitors can enjoy a plate of gyros at Elaia Estiatorio, a pizza at World Pie, French-style seafood at Pierre’s, and steak and cocktails at Bobby Van’s.
The events in Bridgehampton and the surrounding areas are both beloved and fun for the whole family. A few of the most popular include the Annual Dragon Boat Race Festival, the Long Island Fair, the Wildwood Fall Festival, the Egyptian Festival, and the Harbes Orchard Apple Festival.
Families visiting during the fall months can visit Fairview Farm and challenge themselves to escape the corn maze, pick pumpkins, shoot the corn cannon, enjoy homemade donuts, sweets, and apple cider, and purchase farm-fresh produce and bakery items to take home. They could also make their way to The Mannix Studio of Art to participate in a guided art lesson, or to the Children’s Museum of the East End for educational programs, exhibits, and experiences.