Every summer, New Yorkers beat the heat and head out east for trips to the Hamptons.  Located just an hour and a half by car or two and a half hours aboard the Jitney train, it’s a popular and well-known destination for summer escapes. Though this seaside town might be synonymous with beach houses and sipping rosé, there is so much more to do and explore. We’ve rounded up our favorites below to ensure an unforgettable experience.  

EXPLORE
Near East Hampton lies the Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center where the work of famed abstract expressionist artist, Jackson Pollock, comes to life. After Pollock married fellow artist Lee Krasner, they moved to this small home overlooking the Accabonac Creek. At the House and Study Center, viewers can take a tour of where the artist created his masterpieces and can even experience an art exhibit you can walk on.  Where else can you actually touch a Pollock?

EAT + DRINK
It may be best known as an enclave for the rich and famous but there are many ways to experience the Hamptons without emptying your bank account. One of the most popular happy hour spots is at Dockers in East Quogue. Every Friday crowds gather for $5 specials on cocktails, beer, wine and appetizers. Even better? Dockers boasts million dollar views of the water. 

SHOP
Spending time in the Hamptons also means spending as much time as you can outdoors. Luckily, some of the best shopping can be found at the local farmer’s markets. Scattered throughout all parts of the city, our favorites include the Southampton Farmer’s Market (held at the Southampton Art Center), the Round Swamp Farm (located in both Bridgehampton and Southampton), and the Nurel Farmer’s Market (held in Hampton Bays). All the markets include organic produce as well as bakery items and even select wines and spirits. 

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