Exploring the Hamptons West of the Shinnecock Canal
Westhampton Beach is wonderful place to visit any time of the year, with restaurants, boutiques and art galleries lining Main Street. The showcase of the business district is the Westhampton Beach Performing Art Center (WHPAC), which hosts nationally known acts as well as community based theater arts programs. Check their schedule for the latest shows – you may find your favorite artist coming soon!
Quogue and East Quogue are sweet little whistle stops worth exploring. They have a quintessential Hamptons vibe that is just irresistible. Travel the streets of Quogue to find delightful early 20th Century architecture homes mixed with modern contemporaries as you make your way to one of the three bridges to Dune Road and access to ocean beaches. Also find the Quogue Wildlife Refuge for nature trails and to meet rehabilitated wildlife or take a nature walk. East Quogue has a municipal boat ramp to access Shinnecock Bay, and you can talk up the locals at the cafes and watering holes.
Hampton Bays is the unofficial "hub" of the western Hamptons, all the amenities you could require during a Hamptons getaway. Shop Main Street for antiques, boutiques, a movie theater, restaurants at all price points and cuisines, and even a scaled down version of Macy's department store. For apres beach fun, continue the party at the Boardy Barn for a true Hamptons party experience.
When you are finished admiring St. Andrews's, make your way back to the business district to park the car and stroll the sidewalks. You will find art galleries, boutiques, restaurants and even the historic Hildreth's Department Store—the oldest department store in America. It's a great place to browse and buy, especially if you are looking for something classically "Hamptons."