Insider Guide to the Hamptons

Navigate the posh enclaves of the Hamptons like a local with writer Kate Betts' guide to the best and lesser-known spots to dine, shop, and relax.

Waterfront home on East Hampton Beach
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Stunning Waterfront Views

Everyone has their postcard-perfect picture of the Hamptons—an indelible first image of the Atlantic's ferocious waves crashing on East Hampton's Main Beach, or the pastel evanescence of Napeague Bay at sunset. Where else in the world do verdant lawns and boxy privet hedges creep so near to the glistening sea? No wonder this landscape—and the light it reflects—has attracted so many generations of artists, from 1891, when American impressionist painter William Merritt Chase started the Shinnecock Hills Summer School of Art, to the 1950s, when Jackson Pollock and later Willem de Kooning immortalized it in their work.

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