Living in Westhampton
It’s easy to see why the Westhampton lifestyle wins over seasonal visitors and year-round residents alike. Offering an ideal balance of blissful beaches and cultural entertainment, its sparkling waterfront provides a stunning backdrop for several bustling restaurants, colorful boutiques and a full calendar of world-class performance arts events.
Nestled less than 80 miles from Manhattan, the hamlet of Westhampton is easy to reach by car, jitney, train or airplane. Having long been a tranquil retreat for the city-weary, Westhampton continues to appeal to those looking for a seasonal summer escape or a charming waterside village to permanently call home.
Dining in Westhampton is often a casual affair, with many family-run eateries serving a relaxed brunch well into the afternoon. The old-fashioned Beach Bakery Cafe is a perfect pit stop for a light bite or something sweet before you explore the quaint village of Westhampton Beach.
Of course, Westhampton’s proximity to the ocean means that succulent seafood and al fresco waterside dining is readily available. Embrace the beachy atmosphere at John Scott's Surf Shack as you tuck into the catch of the day and tap your feet along to live music. Water views and a friendly bar make it the ideal spot to enjoy crimson sunsets and a cocktail or two.
If you’re looking for a more upscale dining option, try the outstanding Starr Boggs in Westhampton Beach. Housed in a traditional historic home, its namesake chef creates seasonally-inspired menus featuring local vegetables and fresh-off-the-boat fish. Remember to come hungry on a Monday evening to partake in its legendary all-you-can-eat lobster bake. A veritable feast of appetizers – from seafood to seasonal salads and sausage – precedes a hearty main of ‘surf & turf’, with the steak and lobster cooked to perfection.
Westhampton real estate
Whether you’re after a relaxed weekend retreat or the luxurious Hamptons lifestyle, Westhampton real estate offers something for everyone. The wide availability of Westhampton rentals attracts a seasonal crowd to the sun-soaked beaches. And among Westhampton homes for sale, you can find everything from celebrity-style waterfront mansions to modest vacation homes and modern condos.
Architectural styles vary to suit all tastes with Westhampton real estate. Whether you’re seeking out a quaint beach cottage or an expansive luxury retreat, you’re sure to feel right at home.
To make the most of Westhampton’s relaxed nightlife scene, stop by for happy hour at any number of waterside bars or welcoming lounges. Live music is a regular evening occurrence, and on a given night you could enjoy anything from an upbeat cover band to mellow renditions on an acoustic guitar.
For specialty beers and foot-stomping music, head to the rustic Mill Roadhouse. With two bars spread over two floors, you can choose the ambience that best suits your mood, or retreat outside and gather around the firepit to listen to the bands play.
Lined with flower pots, old-fashioned shop fronts and gently blowing American flags, Westhampton’s Main Street is full of one-of-a-kind boutiques. Catering to summer visitors as well as long-time locals, finds from upscale fashions to nautical-themed furnishings are easy to come by. On the warm summer weekends, you can browse late into the evening while you enjoy the free concert series.
For fresh-from-the-farm food shopping, stop by the Westhampton Beach Farmer’s Market on Saturdays. With upwards of 50 different vendors offering everything from fragrant herbs to freshly picked fruit and organic meats, you can easily stock up on your weekly groceries in a single trip.
Westhampton’s enviable access to crystal clear waters and immaculate beaches along Dune Road make it a haven for sunbathers and water sports enthusiasts. Spend a lazy afternoon on a chartered sailboat or get the adrenaline pumping standing atop a wakeboard or water skis. Thrill-seekers can also take their fun from water to sky in Westhampton. The joint civil-military Gabreski Airport is the epicenter of the Westhampton’s airborne entertainment – from balloon and glider rides to sky-diving and flying lessons.
If you have a taste for culture and live entertainment, you won’t be bored in Westhampton. The Westhampton Chamber of Commerce organizes a full calendar of outdoor concerts, art shows and family-friendly events each summer. The region is also rightfully proud of the jewel-box Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Full of the charm from a bygone era – from its red velvet curtains to gilded décor – the center has hosted some of today’s most lauded musicians, dancers and comedians.
The little village of Westhampton Beach is the cultural heart of the greater hamlet of Westhampton. Moor your vessel at the centrally located marina, and you’re just moments away from the eclectic shops of Main Street and the perfectly manicured village green.
It’s the first Hampton you’ll reach as you retreat East from New York City, and it’s little wonder why so many who stop by Westhampton Beach choose to stay. Its small-town feel, waterfront vistas and welcoming atmosphere will put you instantly at ease.
Waterfront and Bays
""Easy access to the waterfront has drawn people to Westhampton for hundreds of years...when the wind blows and the sun glistens off the waves, a sailboat speeding across the bay is a beautiful sight." -- From Âround Westhampton by Meredith Murray."
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