Tuesday, October 21, 2014

100 Places To See With Your Dog: The Hamptons, Long Island, New York

The Hamptons.  The ultimate Summer playground conjures up images of celebrities and mega millionaires for many people.  But for most New Yorkers it's a weekend getaway where you can sunbathe on the most pristine beaches, dine on freshly caught seafood, shop 'til you drop (or run out of money, whichever comes first!), party all night long, and pick up fresh local produce at farm stands on the way home!

But there's another side to The Hamptons, a quieter time when you can bring your dog along and have some fun.  I could have written a post about the Foo-Foo and Fifi side of  The Hamptons, spotlighting chic doggy boutiques and people carting tiny dogs around as they shop for hours and attend polo games.  Instead, I opted to focus on the part of The Hamptons that may not seem as glamorous to most "Summer people", but would be an absolute blast for you and your dog! 

Gorgeous, pristine Road D beach in Them Hamptons, Long Island NY.  Super crowded in Summer but much less crowded and more dog friendly in early Fall.
Icy enjoying an empty beach and plenty of sunshine at Road D beach in Southampton
Early Fall can be one of the best times to head to The Hamptons.  The crowds are thin and you don't have to worry as much about heatstroke, sunburn, hot walking surfaces or dehydration.   More importantly, restrictions to beach access for both humans and dogs are greatly relaxed after September 15th.  During the Summer, restrictions to accessing the fabulous Atlantic ocean beaches can be a bit insane. 

Beaches in The Hamptons, Long Island NY get super crowded in Summer and access to dogs is more restrictive.  Go after September 15th and it's much more relaxed without the crowds
I love the sound of waves crashing on the beach, but Icy prefers to swim in the calmer waters of beaches on the Bay side.
In Summer, beaches have both access and parking costs and restrictions for people, and access restrictions for dogs.  You need to study the rules for the beach you want to go to, each one is a bit different.  If you violate the rules, you'll end up with stiff fines and your car is likely to be towed.  You practically need a PhD to figure out which beach you can go to and when, whether or not you can park, and whether or not and when you can bring your dog!  The good news is that many beaches on the Bay side of The Hamptons (on the Northern side of The Hamptons) are dog friendly all year long.  They are not as pristine as the Atlantic ocean beaches but the waves are gentle and there's always something interesting to see (and sniff!) along the shoreline.  Your dog will have fun romping along the shores of Bay side beaches, sniffing all the interesting stuff that has washed up along the beach!

Beaches on the Bay (Northern) side of The Hamptons, Long Island NY are more dog friendly than those along the open ocean beaches to the South.  They're just as fun & interesting!
Beaches on the Bay side of The Hamptons may not be as pristine as the ocean beaches, but they are pretty and interesting in their own way.

If you enjoy seeing historic lighthouses this one on Cedar Point Beach in East Hampton, Long Island, NY is really interesting.
It looks more like a haunted house, but historic Cedar Island lighthouse, is on Cedar Point beach, on the Bay side in E. Hampton.  At the time of this writing, the light was being restored and had been temporarily removed from the top.
We always look forward to heading out to The Hamptons between September 16th and late October.  The weather is still beautiful, quite warm and sunny in September.  In October the weather is cool & brisk and farm stands are loaded with pumpkins and apples!  The traffic and crowds have calmed down, everything goes on sale in the stores, you rarely have to wait for a table at restaurants. Best of all, you can bring your dog to just about any beach.  It's divine!
At dog friendly Beach Bakery Grand Cafe in The Hamptons, Long Island NY

We stop for breakfast at one of the many dog friendly cafes before we hit the beaches and shops.
Dog friendly Beach Bakery Grand Cafe in West Hampton is a great place for breakfast or lunch with your pooch
Beach Bakery Grand Café in West Hampton.  Dog friendly & Delish!
There are lots of shops where you can find the latest (human & doggie) fashions, unique home décor, and antiques throughout The Hamptons.  Shopping out there is Expensive, but you can score big with end of season sales in early Fall!

Shopping in The Hamptons, Long Island NY is pricey but you can score great deals in the Fall
Shopping in The Hamptons is fantastic, but pricey so bring your credit card!
 
The Tuscan House restaurant in South Hampton, NY has great food, great service, and is very dog friendly
The Tuscan House in Southampton, a fantastic Italian restaurant that is so dog friendly.  We love this place!
At the end of a beautiful September day in The Hamptons, we had dinner at the very dog friendly Tuscan House for a heavenly meal and great service.  Of course, we had to stop at several farm stands on the way home!

If you enjoyed this blog post, you might also enjoy my posts on:
Dog Friendly Montauk, Long Island, right next door to The Hamptons.  AND Pet Friendly Travel destinations & Pet Travel Tips in the PET TRAVEL tab on this blog's home page.

5 comments:

  1. Love the lighthouse, and the fact they have dog friendly cafes. So cool! Will have to put on the bucket list of places to see.

    Thanks for sharing the pic!

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    1. Definitely a great bucket list destination, The Hamptons is mostly dog friendly, but the beaches do have restrictions. Thanks for stopping by today, Suzanne!

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  2. Absolutely gorgeous photos!!!
    All wonderful places too!
    Hope your having a great week!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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    1. Thank you Jenna, I appreciate that! I take dozens of photos and cull them down drastically to find a few good ones! Thanks for stopping by today!

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  3. I have never been to The Hamptons, but would love to visit some day. I like your idea of visiting in the Fall and avoiding the crowds. Although I love the ocean (either one) and would love to live on one of the coasts some day, Ruby is a true midwestern dog. Last summer we took a road trip to MA to visit my dad. I had dreams of taking Ruby to the ocean and her just loving it. We searched and searched for a dog friendly beach, finally found one and guess what ...she hated it. She wanted absolutely nothing to do with water, waves, or sand. LOL

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