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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Artsy in the Hamptons

An ever-expanding roster of galleries adds a contemporary edge to this historic artists’ colony.


1. Where to Stay

Capri's rooms were designed by Meyer Davis Studio with help from Cynthia Rowley.  

Bunk with two artists at the year-and-a-half-old Art House Bed and Breakfast (from $295) in the historically artsy Springs area of East Hampton. The owners, glass artist and painter Rosalind Brenner and mixed-media artist Michael Cardacino, built the home with customized details, including exterior stone patterns and the lavender-bordered pool, and they’ll happily show you their studios and sell work off the walls.

Find Nordic influences at c/o The Maidstone (from $225) a 150-year-old East Hampton inn that last year re-opened under new, Swedish ownership with colorful décor and rooms inspired by the likes of Alfred Nobel and Edvard Munch. The public spaces function as galleries that feature rotating photography exhibits, and there’s free yoga every morning in the Buddha garden.

Immerse yourself in the stylish scene at the newly reopened Capri (from $195), where you can buy the art displayed in public areas or at the Cynthia Rowley-curated shop through a partnership with the website Exhibition A. The modern-nautical rooms are all huddled around the pool, which turns into a lounge at night with a DJ spinning on the deck.

Get some art history with breakfast at Blakes B&B, (77 Pantigo Rd., East Hampton; 631-324-1815; from $179 with two-night minimum), an 1810 shingled farmhouse owned by Jeanie Blake, a 30-year veteran of the New York gallery world. Her four-room inn is filled with art by friends like Keith Sonnier, Brice Marden, and Mark di Suvero.

Published on Jul 28, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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