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Top 10 Hamptons Inns

From the March 24, 2003 Issue of New York

The Bridgehampton Inn
A tiny white clapboard on Bridgehampton’s Main Street. Gourmands will appreciate that Anna and Detlef Pump, owners of the famed Loaves and Fishes, are in the kitchen ($255–$420; 631-537-3660; bridgehamptoninn.com).

The Enclave Inn
Formerly owned by Martha Stewart’s daughter, Alexis, this Bridgehampton retro motor lodge has lush grounds and a heated swimming pool, in case the two miles to the ocean seems too far ($75–$229; 877-998-0800; enclaveinn.com).

The American Hotel
Built in 1846, this brick inn is still Sag Harbor’s classiest. The hotel bar and restaurant—renowned for its wine list—stays packed till the wee hours (from $230; 631-725-3535; theamericanhotel.com).

The Maidstone Arms Inn
Probably the best-known spot on East Hampton’s main drag, the sixteen-room Maidstone is perfectly situated halfway between Main beach and the town’s shopping center. Strange but true: The inn’s antiques are for sale ($195–$475; 631-324-5006; maidstonearms.com).

The Mill House Inn
This sweet East Hampton Colonial looks like the country home you’ve always wanted—albeit one with a flat-screen TV and a stereo in every room ($200–$650; 631-324-9766; millhouseinn.com).

Gansett Green Manor
All guests get their own suite or cottage with private kitchen. The recently renovated property is a short walk to the ocean and the beloved Amagansett Farmers Market ($200–$450; 631-267-3133; gansettgreenmanor.com).

The 1770 House
For sheer luxury, East Hampton’s 1770 House is tough to beat—some of the eight guest rooms have fireplaces, and all have private baths. Families should check out the very cute carriage house ($525 a night for four, plus $50 per extra person) with its upstairs loft ($100–$525; 631-324-1770; 1770house.com).

White Sands Resort
True beach bums will choose ocean views—the motel is right on the Amagansett dunes—over Frette sheets any day ($95–$260; 631-267-3350; whitesands-resort.com).

The Inn at East Hampton Point
Dock your boat at the marina and check into a country cottage or studio overlooking the water. The tennis courts, swimming pool, and fitness center are new. East Hampton town is fifteen minutes down Three Mile Harbor Road ($145–$495; 631-324-9191; easthamptonpoint.com).

Ocean Beach Resorts
Step out onto your private sun deck at this Montauk hideaway and then onto the sand to join the surfers. It’s a short walk to the village for breakfast, Ben & Jerry’s, or a movie ($70–$325; 631-668-4000; duneresorts.com).

-- SARAH BERNARD

Related Stories on New York Metro
The Hidden Hamptons (June 2002)
11 Ways to Get to the Hamptons (June 2002)
Most Popular Hamptons Beaches (June 2001)
Top 10 East End Dining (June 2001)
Hamptons 2000 (July 31, 2000)
The Best of the Hamptons (August 9, 1999)

Related Websites
Hamptons Online - A directory of Hamptons-focused websites. Extensive hotel, restaurant, shopping, and real estate sections.
East Hampton Star - Newspaper site with movie, real estate, and restaurant coverage.
Hamptons Travel Guide - Sure, it's a brochure site, but there are also maps, road tours, and beach profiles.
EastHampton.com - Slick and informative with everything from a community events calendar to multi-media postcards to camps for kids and a guide to restaurants and inns.

 
Photographs: Courtesy of the Bridgehampton Inn and the 1770 House.