If you stop at Westhampton Beach, the first Hampton on your way East, you are likely to have a eureka moment when you realize, “I've found it.”
You can moor your vessel at the village's centrally located marina. From there it's a short walk to Main Street's deluxe shops, restaurants, galleries, and a performing arts center that is an East End magnet year-round. And if your idea of the perfect getaway includes a perfectly manicured village green with a Victorian gazebo, then stop. It's all here in Westhampton Beach.
Living in Westhampton Beach
The serene Hamptons neighborhood of Westhampton Beach sits on the Atlantic Ocean and treats residents to world-class golf facilities, multiple public beaches and a small downtown area full of historic New England homes. An eclectic food and drink scene with everything from micro-roasteries to fusion cuisines also gives the area an impressive choice of culinary delights.
The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center draws a who’s who of live events to the neighborhood and provides locals with a chance to indulge in performances often reserved for bigger towns. With reasonable access to New York City via the Montauk line of the Long Island Railway, a day trips or long weekend into the Big Apple is also a reasonable endeavor.
Westhampton Beach real estate
Single-family houses of varying sizes characterize the real estate options here. Larger four- to six-bedroom luxury homes in Westhampton Beach typically sit along the waterfront with unimpeded views of the ocean and stunning daily sunsets via multi-story decks. Outdoor amenities in these homes often include heated pools, hot tubs and private dock space, while interior perks range from cathedral ceilings to large fireplaces and custom flooring.
Smaller houses with one to three bedrooms typically sit farther away from the waterfront, but offer shorter travel times to the quaint downtown area and give Westhampton Beach real estate shoppers a viable alternative. Other benefits include large manicured yards and immediate access to sidewalks for strolls and dog walks, while stainless steel appliances, jacuzzi tubs and open floor plans make up some of the enticing indoor features. A small selection of condos exist, too, and most sit on top of downtown retail spaces with features like private terraces, upgraded central air conditioning and cozy fireplaces.
Westhampton Beach history
The history of Westhampton Beach is tied to the early English settlement of nearby Southampton. Seeking new land in the 17th century, colonizers left Southampton and established a handful of settlements farther west. While the new settlements drew the ire of local Shinnecock Indians, a land deal reached in 1666—including present-day Westhampton Beach—spurred new development in the area and a waterfront community soon sprung up.
Remnants of these early years remain in the greater Westhampton Beach area with a smattering of estates and houses placed on the National Register of Historic Buildings. Present-day Westhampton Beach’s small downtown area and collection of older New England-style residences still bring back memories of the neighborhood’s storied past as a quiet Long Island oasis.
Westhampton Beach restaurants
For a morning boost, you’ll want to visit the Hampton Coffee Company for locally-roasted coffee and top-notch espresso drinks served with breakfast favorites like freshly-made muffins and cinnamon rolls. The bustling cafe serves food later in the day as well, with a selection of homemade soups and wraps available until early evening. Local homeowners appreciate the available bags and pods of coffee to keep their homes fully stocked with caffeine for any occasion.
Baby Moon’s Italian-inspired cuisine has tempted locals since 1970. White tablecloths, floor-to-ceiling wine racks and exposed wooden rafters give the upscale establishment a great atmosphere for quiet evening meals paired with your favorite wine—all next to the restaurant’s crackling fireplace. Locals give two big thumbs up to the fresh seafood platters, veal parmigiana and low fat options like baked eggplant and brown rice penne.
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a better dining atmosphere in Westhampton Beach than the Mill Roadhouse. The charming eatery, housed in a historic clapboard and brick building, boasts an expansive lawn with trees adorned in Christmas lights and benches next to firepits. Dishes like pan-roasted monkfish, duck breast and a daily brunch top the menu options, while happy hour specials, two bar areas for every sporting event and live music provide plenty of excuses to visit the hot spot time and time again.
Locals often prefer the Margarita Grille’s immaculate setting for relaxed social events and gatherings paired with lighter Mexican-style dishes like yellowfin tuna tacos, fresh salads and coconut shrimp. With an expansive outdoor gazebo, one-of-a-kind cocktails and holiday parties open to the public, the restaurant is a hit year-round for networking and socializing with Westhampton Beach neighbors.
Westhampton Beach golf
Westhampton Beach residents love hitting the links at Westhampton Country Club. The historic golf course, designed by Bobby Jenkins in 1910, sits within a mile of the Atlantic Ocean in the heart of downtown. Golfing aficionados also appreciate the on-site driving range, practice greens and professional trainers—making it easy to improve your game without straying far from home.
The immaculate Hampton Hills Golf and Country Club, Westhampton’s biggest golfing draw, sits just north of downtown and features a unique 18-hole course built in 1965. Golf fanatics and first-timers alike rave about the course’s stunning beauty and panoramic views of Long Island from some of the highest points in the area. With a stately clubhouse, open-air patio and dining room overlooking the 18th hole, members also enjoy great perks before and after their round.
Calling All Wine Enthusiasts
"Westhampton Fine Wine and Spirits is a hidden local gem. The owner, Karl Hansen, stocks everything from rare to up and coming wine. Stop in the Montauk Highway location and tell them Ashley Farrell sent you!"
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