Silver Service Hospitality
in the Heart of the Hamptons

What To Do

The "Hamptons" - actually, a collection of small, postcard-pretty villages strung like pearls on the South Fork of Long Island - have long been a retreat for the wealthy. Surrounded by pristine ocean beaches, the East End of Long Island features spectacular natural beauty that has also attracted artists and writers since before the turn of the last century. Between the villages, agricultural and viniculture land offers open vistas, and Long Island wines on both the South and North Forks continue to gain international acclaim. 

For some, the chief attraction of our beautiful area is our pristine ocean and bay beaches; for others, it's wandering our quaint villages. Whether you've never been to the East End or are a frequent visitor, here are some links and information to some of many activities.

Hamptons Itinerary

Developed because Kim and Chris found that this was what we took our out-of-state families to see when they came to visit, our itinerary is an informal, 3-page tour of the East End from Southampton Village to Montauk Point to Sag Harbor.

Touring the Hamptons from A Butler's Manor:

Turn left out of the driveway onto North Main Street, and go approximately 1/4 mile to the stop sign, then turn left and continue into the village of Southampton. The main shopping streets are Main Street and Job's Lane.

Fun to wander through: Hildreth's Department Store - the first department store in the United States. No clothing unless you're below Kindergarten age, but lots of housewares and gifts.

Good places for antiquing: Thrift shops such as Colette's on Main Street, and the Southampton Hospital Thrift Shop in the car park behind Herrick's Hardware.

Good lunch choices: Silver's (on Main Street), Le Chef (on Job's Lane). More casual lunch: the Driver's Seat (Job's Lane), Southampton Publick House (Bowden Square) and 75 Main (Main Street). All are good for hamburgers, sandwiches, & pasta dishes. Three choices for a grab-and-go sandwich are at Schmidt's Greengrocers (North Sea Road), The Golden Pear (Main Street) and Job's Lane Deli (Job's Lane).

Of interest: Take a drive through the estate district: Continue on Job's Lane to the stoplight (Agawam Park is on your left). The road becomes Hill Street. Continue past the movie theatre and take the first left turn (First Neck Lane). Wind your way through the streets south of Hill Street towards the ocean (First Neck...Captain's Neck... Ox Pasture...Great Plains, etc.)

On the corner of Meadow and First Neck Lanes: The huge property behind the hedges is the (very private) Meadow Club. 36 grass tennis courts - almost as many as Wimbledon!

Drive down Meadow Lane to take a peek at some of the oceanfront summer "cottages," which certainly vary in style. A stroll on the beach will allow you to view their ocean faces, but be aware that there are parking restrictions in place from Memorial Day through mid-September.
***Unrestricted parking, year round, is available at ROAD D.***

Click here to view and print the full itinerary  

 

Restaurants

The villages that comprise "The Hamptons" are fortunate to have a fine variety of good restaurants, some within walking distance of A Butler's Manor, running the gamut of very casual to fine dining. Kim and Chris take the testing of our local restaurants very seriouslyand try to eat out as often as possible to stay current with menu selections and new openings. A full binder of local menus is available for perusal in our living room, but here is a sample of places we most often recommend.

Southampton

  • Plaza Café - 631-283-9323
    Zagat & Wine Spectator Awards winner. Seafood, fresh local fare, boutique American wines in a classy, Tuscan-inspired atmosphere.
  • Tuscan House - 631-287-8703
    Great Italian food (and large portions of it!)
  • red bar brasserie - 631-283-0704
    A favorite in Southampton. Candlelight, floor to ceiling windows on three sides, a lively atmosphere, great food.

Sag Harbor/Noyac

  • MUSE Restaurant & Aquatic Lounge - 631-899-4810
    Creative food and a great atmosphere, now located a stone's throw from Long Wharf in Sag Harbor.
  • American Hotel - 631-725-3535
    Elegant dining with a 5-star wine list. If you're in the mood for caviar, this is the place! Reservations essential.
  • Dockside - 631-725-7100
    Don't let the fact that Dockside is located in the historic American Legion building stop you. Located across the street from the marina, dine inside or out on great seafood and much more.
  • Harlow - 631-725-5858 (summer only)
    Open for lunch,in between and dinner, on the waterfront in Sag Harbor. Large patio for outdoor dining; great sunsets.

Bridgehampton

  • Bobby Van's - 631-537-0590
    Known for its steaks! The dining room is light and airy and the whole front facade folds open in summer, offering excellent people-watching and fresh air.

East Hampton

  • The Library, c/o The Maidstone - 631-324-5006
    207 Main Street
    East Hampton NY 11937
    Great restaurant with a Swedish flair, a slow food movement participant.
  • The 1770 House, - 631-324-1770
    143 Main Street
    East Hampton NY 11937
    Charming romantic restaurant with great food and service. Don't forget to drop into the tavern downstairs for a drink or just a snack.

For a more comprehensive listing of restaurants on the South Fork, please click here

Special Events

Some are renowned; others are our favorite low-key things to do. For current information of local events, click here.

Photo by: Jon Kassel

 

Museums, Theaters, Historic Attractions

 

Beach Information

Regardless of who owns the spectacular house in front of it, the ocean beaches are open to the public...but parking at them varies. In Southampton village, Cooper's Beach is our large, beautiful public beach, complete with a pavilion that sells food, rents umbrellas and other beach equipment, and has bathrooms and showers. Parking during the summer season runs about $40 per carload per day. There is one FREE beach at Road D, where the 50 or so parking spaces are filled on a first-come, first served basis. The remainder of the beachfront is fully accessible by bicycle or by foot, but the limited parking at these beaches requires a Resident Permit.

For this reason, Kim and Chris offer our guests complimentary shuttle service to and from Cooper's Beach. Just ask!

 

Outdoor Activities

BICYCLE RENTALS

  • Rotations
    Sales, Rentals and Weekend Group Rides
    32 Windmill Lane
    Southampton
    631-283-2890 
  • Weekend Warrior Tours & Outfitters
    Road and Mountain Bike Tours
    8 Main Street
    Sag Harbor, NY 11963
    (631) 725-5950

GOLF

TENNIS

HORSEBACK RIDING

  • Deep Hollow Ranch
    Montauk Highway
    Montauk
    631-668-2744

STAND UP PADDLING, SURFING, WINDSURFING

 BOAT RENTALS & TOURS
  • Shelter Island Kayak Tours
    Rte 114
    Shelter Island
    631-749-1990 or 631-453-0205
  • Main Beach Surf & Sport
    Kayak/Canoe Rentals
    352 Montauk Highway
    Wainscott, NY 11975
    631-537-2716
    sales@mainbeach.com
  • "American Beauty"
    Sightseeing, Nature Cruises, Sunset Cruises and Charters
    Long Wharf
    Sag Harbor
    631-725-0397
  • Sailing Yacht "Dove"
    53 ft. Multi-cabin Sloop
    Full Day, Half Day Charter, Lunch and Sunset Cruises
    Sag Harbor, NY
    (631) 379-5379

FISHING CHARTERS

  • Flyfish Montauk
    Flyfishing and light tackle trips from East Hampton to Montauk Point on Long Island. For striped bass, bluefish, tuna, Bonito, false albacore, and more.
    Montauk
  • Montauk sportfishing
    On the charter boat Montauk
    Montauk
  • Montauk Fishing Charters
    Independent charter service featuring the latest electronic navigational and safety equipment.
    Montauk
  • Movin On Charter Boat Service
    Offering saltwater sport fishing trips for a range of fish including shark, tuna and striped bass.
    Montauk

GYMS

Spas & Massages

Sometimes the best getaway includes some personal pampering. Whether you prefer the serenity of a dedicated day spa or a private massage in your room at A Butler's Manor, here are some of our favorites:

DAY SPA 

Med Spa at AgeFocus

Zen-like surroundings. Massages, facials (fabulous!), body treatments.

365 County Road 39A

Southampton, NY 11968

631-243-3628

 

LICENSED MASSAGE THERAPISTS

These professional LMTs all travel to give you a massage in the comfort of your room.  Before arranging for your massage in the room, we require a current Certificate of Insurance from the masseuse therapist with A Butler's Manor B&B, LLC being named as an additional insured. Otherwise we cannot be held responsible for any claims made against us or our insurance company.

HAMPTONS MASSAGE, INC -- Kathy Abugel, LMT
516-353-7659

www.hamptonsmassage.com

Christine Brady, LMT
631-327-2708

Kristin White, HHP, LMT
631-377-3037

 

 

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I have never stayed at a B&B where the owners' pride and sheer enjoyment of running such an establishment was so apparent. Everything was great! We look forward to returning!

- Mike and Kelly
New York

Our B&B experiences have all paled in comparison to our stay at A Butler's Manor. Kim and Chris are the most kind and gracious hosts!

- Mark & Sheila
New Jersey

Chris and Kim made us feel most welcome in their beautiful house. From the moment Chris picked us up at the station, nothing was too much trouble. They were kind, generous and helpful... a wealth of information about Southampton and its environs which we exploited ruthlessly.

- Mark and Karin
Ireland

We had a wonderful visit! This being our first b&b experience, you have exceeded our expectations. Thanks you for your comfort and hospitality...we felt like we were visiting family. We enjoyed everything and the breakfast was spectacular!

- Tanya & Karl
Naples, FL

Thank you for a special weekend. Your personal touch separated A Butler's Manor from a hotel experience. The food and garden and lovely china made for a wonderful stay. We hope to return soon!

- Laurie & Roland
Atlanta, GA

You made our stay very enjoyable with your attentiveness to the smallest details. Thank you for your directions to the Hampton Classic, and about town. We loved Southampton and Sag Harbor and your home. You are special people and we are looking forward to coming back.

- Kim & Jim
CT

Thanks you for a most delightful stay! This was our first time in the Hamptons, and hopefully not our last. Your hospitality has been so wonderful. The food, and the very interesting stories have made our stay most memorable!

- Scott & Kirsty
Sydney, Australia