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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Get Artsy in the Hamptons


5. Oddball Day

Remnants of Pollack's famous drip paintings cover the floors of the studio at the Pollack-Krasner House.   

Spend a day outside the galleries and enjoy the outdoors. Start with a walk along Accabonac Road in the Springs area of East Hampton, where the abstract expressionist movement began in the 1940s, or join the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society for a free, guided walk of the area, including the Pollock-Krasner House, where Jackson Pollock lived and worked. Make an appointment in advance for a tour ($5-$10) of the house and studio ($5-$10). Afterward, head over to Green River Cemetery (Accabonac Road and Lilla Lane, East Hampton) where you’ll find Pollock’s signature on a huge rock, large film reels signifying the grave of a filmmaker Stan Vanderbeek, and the resting places of various other artists and creatives with ties to the area. Head to Amagansett for a hearty lobster roll on house-made brioche ($21) in the funky Sea Slug Lounge at Fish Farm Multi-Aquaculture Systems (429 Cranberry Hole Rd.; 631-267-3341). Bring a bottle of wine and grab a spot at a picnic table with a view of Gardners Bay. Afterward, detour to the Bargain Box Thrift Shop and scour the racks for Jil Sander, Armani, Ralph Lauren, and other designer discards, and get the clerk to open the Furniture Barn out back. End your day with a rum and tonic ($12.50) on the porch of 165-year-old The American Hotel in Sag Harbor, a historical gathering spot for area intellectuals. Spend some time sitting under the smoking moose-head in the clubby tap room and order a glass from what Wine Spectator calls one of the most extensive wine cellars in the world. On Sunday evenings, an artsy crowd of locals gathers for cocktails, including painter Donald Sultan, filmmaker Max Scott, sculptor Elaine Grove, and photographer Jane Martin.

Published on Jul 28, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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