Ina Garten Just Planned Your Ultimate Hamptons Vacation—Here's What's on the Itinerary
Cookbook author, playlist-curator, TV host, gardener, cook and entertainer extraordinaire Ina Garten can now add "tour guide" to her resume. That's because for the past two summers running, Garten has gathered her all-time local favorites to highlight on Instagram.
Many New Yorkers know that summer in the Hamptons is the move. With this inspiring social media campaign continuing from 2021 into 2022, Garten seems to be on a mission to inspire all of her fans to head to the east end of Long Island's South Fork to dip their toe into the seaside community's waters (plus its culinary scene, local boutiques and more).
"I know the Hamptons has a reputation for being really 'fancy,' but what I love are the farm stands and local food shops. Here are some of my favorite places to visit," Garten explains on her Instagram gallery about the vacation guide she pulled together for her Barefoot Contessa website in 2021.
The dreamy images inspired one fan to comment, "I need to come visit! Looks amazing," to which Garten kindly replied, "Please come visit!! ❤️❤️❤️"
Ahead, a blend of her best-of picks from the past two years. We don't know about you, but we're already trying to clear our calendars so we can follow in the culinary queen's footsteps ASAP.
9 of the Best Places to Visit in the Hamptons, According to Ina Garten
"A lot of people ask about my favorite places to visit in the Hamptons," Garten explains in her 2021 travel guide. "'The Hamptons' is actually a string of historic villages including East Hampton, Bridgehampton and Southampton on the south coast of Long Island, and each town has its own special character." While there are so many must-stop spots "that I can't possibly list them all," according to Garten, "here's a list of some of my favorites!"
Breakfast: Carissa's the Bakery
One of Garten's fans accurately assesses the scene on her Instagram guide, noting, "A bread shop in the Hamptons is another version of heaven." We wholeheartedly agree, especially when it's Carissa's the Bakery, the shop that Garten deems "my favorite for breakfast, lunch or takeout. Love the pastries, breads and shakshuka."
Snack: Cavnaiola's Gourmet
For "gorgeous cheese," Garten says, including her personal "obsession," pecorino with truffles, don't miss Cavaniola's Gourmet in Sag Harbor and Amagansett. They also have plenty of crackers, desserts and other picnic building blocks if you're in the mood to savor it all al fresco.
Lunch: Loaves & Fishes Specialty Food Store
The Loaves & Fishes menu had us at "Open-Faced Sandwich with Heirloom Tomatoes and Tarragon Mayonnaise" and "Fig and Ricotta Tart." Swoon.
See: Monc XIII
Craving a seat after snacking your way through the villages? Step inside Monc XIII in Sag Harbor. The chic store showcases "very stylish furniture, lighting, accessories and tableware" Garten says. All of the items sold here are selected by Natasha Esch who, one Garten fan confirms, "has impeccable taste. 🙌"
Dinner: 1770 House Restaurant
Known for their three-course, seafood-forward, locally sourced prix fixe dinners, we can already imagine pulling up a chair at this restaurant accurately named for its location in a home built in 1770. 🤯 (You can also book a room in the hotel portion of the space to make the 1770 House your Hamptons home away from home!)
Stay: Topping Rose House
Beyond being an absolutely stunning, resort-like property, this hotel features 16 guest rooms and six one-bedroom suites. Oh yes, and the Topping Rose House's farm-to-table restaurant is run by culinary legend Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Shop: Round Swamp Farm and Pike Farms
For "the best produce, prepared foods, and baked goods," including everything from corn and quinoa cakes and chicken piccata to blueberry-peach muffins and carrot cake, swing by Round Swamp Farm in East Hampton, Garten recommends.
Then keep the ingredient investment-palooza going at Pike Farms in Sagaponack. This is where "the best corn on the planet" is hiding, according to Garten. They also sell canned produce to keep the summer vibes going all year as well as local honey. (Talk about perfect souvenirs!)
Visit: Amber Waves Farm Stand
This female-owned nonprofit uses sustainable practices to grow the produce for their CSA shares and farm stand. Plus, Amber Waves Farm Stand offers programming to connect kids (and kids at heart) to local foodways and the environment through pizza nights, outdoor dinners, interactive workshops and more.
Treat Yourself: Sag Harbor Florist
Well-known by those who follow Garten on Instagram, visiting this floral boutique that creates bouquets that often grace Garten's tables will feel like stepping into a plant paradise. The Food Network star is such a fan, Sag Harbor Florist made the best list in 2021 and 2022.
"If you're coming to the Hamptons, you'll need to buy flowers! @sagharborflorist not only has gorgeous flowers but they also group them on tables in complimentary colors so you can make your own arrangements. Or they'll make one for you! #evenbetter"