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Antiques Shop

Chris Croft in Southampton gets shipments from England; it's not outrageous or whimsical furniture, it's just solid and very useful, like tables that you always use and nice armchairs. American Wing in Bridgehampton has amusing rattan and bamboo things that aren't expensive.
Mica Ertegun, interior designer

The Cedric Dupont collection in Southampton has some wonderful things -- really, really fabulous things and very important antiques, not just medium things or the country type of antique. Ann Madonia on Job's Lane also has wonderful things, and I always go to the antiques show in Southampton College, usually at the end of August.
Mai Hallingby

The Bridgehampton Community House has many antiques shows that are terrific for browsing, and you can get wonderful buys. Don't laugh -- I got some stone poodles, the kind that greet you at the door. A few too many of them, but then, I own giant white poodles.
Karen LeFrak

There's a lot of old, great-looking stuff -- real treasures -- at Ruby Beets in Bridgehampton. I got a dressing table for my bathroom there; it's all sort of understated and distressed.
Pamela Gross


The Maidstone Arms in East Hampton is just a brilliant, stunning place; they also have separate outdoor cottages and a terrific kitchen. Each one of the eight rooms at The American Hotel in Sag Harbor is decorated differently; they're exquisite. They're my friends over there, and I called and said a top exec at Warner Bros. Pictures was coming; they said, "Oh, no, forget it," and they blew me off.
Steven Gaines

I've stayed at Sunset Beach, which is beyond; it's like staying at the Chateau Marmont, it's so well designed and chic and fabulous inside.
Lucy Sykes


Artistry in Flowers in Southampton, where the owner is the most accommodating young man. He knows the people you're sending them to, and he knows where they might place them, he's been around so long. I could spend a couple of hours watching them arrange flowers at Mecox Gardens in Southampton: They have beautiful, impeccable style.
Karen LeFrak

Topiaire in Southampton does everybody's flowers. The woman there comes to the house to see what your décor is and she works with you; she always gets things there the same day or the day you want them.
Pamela Gross


What's so great about Sen in Sag Harbor? That it's Japanese, and it's out here. The sushi is very fresh. I go there a few nights a week.
Ross Bleckner


Marty Richards has an oceanfront house in Southampton with a legendary rose garden. Jack Lenor Larsen at Round House in East Hampton and Bob Dash of Madoo in Sagaponack both run foundations based on their gardens. Charlotte Ford's in Southampton is a beauty; it's about 10 acres, and she has a pond. She's got everything from a driveway lined with perfectly manicured crab-apple trees to the traditional cutting garden.
Preston Phillips


Ralph's Barbershop in Southampton is right out of Mayberry R.F.D. He's a young man, a beefy bass fisherman who lives in Sag Harbor, and he's got a one-man operation. He gives a great haircut for $12, but it's basically sit-down-and-take-a-number. It doesn't matter who you are; very often have to wait an hour.
Steven Stolman


They just redid La Carezza in Southampton and expanded it, so it's totally clean and modern. Everybody's nice, and they do a really good job with manicures, pedicures, and waxing.
Pamela Gross

Gay Hangout

Paradise in Sag Harbor goes completely gay at about nine o'clock on the weekends. Then there's late-night dancing at The Swamp in Wainscott -- still the only show in town.
Steven Gaines

Swimming Pool

Marty Richards's in Southampton is mega-Olympic, and he keeps it nice and warm. The gardens are spectacular, and honey, from an English girl, you can't get a better compliment.
Ann Dexter-Jones

Tennis Court

There's nowhere better on earth than Southampton's Meadow Club. What is it -- 36 grass courts? I don't think there's anything nicer or softer on your knees.
Jamee Gregory

Golf Course

I've never played Shinnecock and I've never played the Maidstone, because I'm Jewish. But I have played the fabulous Hebrew National, which is the Atlantic in Bridgehampton. It's the best course I've played on. I also belong to Hampton Hills in Westhampton, which is the best hidden, unknown course. It's not a pretentious course -- it's a very, very low-key nice course, and from what I understand, it's also a course that has a richer membership than any of them out there.
Robert Morton

Irish Bar

The Pig n' Whistle between Amagansett and Montauk is an offshoot of the West Side bar of the same name, and it's packing the kids in. It's staffed by Irish college kids who do the summer work in bars and restaurants out here, so there are genuine Irish guys pulling the beers.
Neil Travis, gossip columnist


Bob Taft and Philip Moloney's Hill Street lawn in Southampton just defies description. Bob's a former publicist at Hill & Knowlton; Philip is a retired Wall Streeter. Their lawn looks like a Stark carpet, and they nurture it as if it were their child.
Steven Stolman


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