September is the best month in The Hamptons. The ocean is warm, the beaches are empty, and town is a lot less crowded. Long Island is the perfect place to recharge, see friends, and eat all that your heart desires. This is one of my favorite places in the world to spend time, and the September skies will keep you coming back every year. Here are some of my favorite things to do when I am spending some time in this little paradise.
Provisions serves delicious and nutritious breakfast all day. It’s the perfect place to eat organic, healthy food with friends. The cafe has seats both inside and outside, a great breakfast menu and possibly the best home made chai tea. It also hosts a full market with everything you could ever need, making organic shopping easy and convenient after breakfast. (7 Main Street, Sag Harbor (631) 725-3636)
Paddle Diva : there is no better way to see nature out East than by floating on it. Paddle Diva in East Hampton provides rentals, lessons, group tours, and yoga classes on Gardiners Bay. You can Paddle on the ocean or the bay and get the best core work out imaginable while looking at the most beautiful scenery. It’s a fun activity done alone or with friends! (219 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton 631-329-2999)
Pilates with Erika Bloom
Erika Bloom brings the best from New York City to The Hamptons. With great instructors, you can work and tone your body to pilates perfection in a tranquil country setting. Their two locations East Hampton and Watermill make it very easy to work out. (760 Montauk Highway, Water Mill 212-288-3410 )
Knockout Beauty is a place to talk about products, skin issues, and all your beauty needs.
Knockout Beauty in Bridgehampton has the best selection of beauty products for the face and body. The highly curated selections from guru Cayli Cavaco Reck will have you lingering and curious about each brand and remedy. Cayli is extremely knowledgeable and beauty obsessed, so everything in her store has been tried and tested by Cayli herself. Don’t be shy about asking questions and sharing tips; Knockout Beauty is a place to talk about products, skin issues, and all your beauty needs. Check out her Instagram account @knockingonforty for more information and great posts. (2400 Montauk Hwy, Bridgehampton)
Pierre’s is one of my favorite spots, year round, and happens to be located right next to a market ideal for take-out, smoothies and pastries of all kinds.
Pierre’s Bridgehampton is a lively scene with delicious French bistro cuisine and healthy juices. In addition to Croque Monsieur, escargot and moules, the restaurant features a selection of local seafood dishes, a great burger, and many vegetarian options. It’s one of my favorite spots, year round, and happens to be located right next to a market ideal for take-out, smoothies and pastries of all kinds. (Pierre’s 2468 Main Street, Bridgehampton 631-537-5110)
Two of my favorite stores are Tenet in Southampton (Tenet 91 Main Street Southampton) and Tiina in Amagansett (216 Main Street, Amagansett). Tenet has a large selection of clothing for men and women, and features everything wearable, cool and casual. Tiina is also super chic with items by interesting European designers. She stocks her store to perfection with shoes, a few things for the home and jewelry.
Aerin’s beautiful shop has a little bit of everything with merchandise that changes seasonally. It’s the perfect shop for home, make up, jewelry, shoes and other special items. Aerin’s personal taste and style touches everything in the store so be sure to treat yourself along with your hostess.
Hair and Make-up
27 Hampton Salon offers all services, year round. It’s best place for a blow out, make-up application, nails and now cryogenic facials. This eco chic salon also offers many safer products for all your grooming needs. It has a very friendly atmosphere with a knowledgeable staff that will make at home away from home. (27 Hampton Road, Southampton (631) 377-3107 27)
Sag Town Coffee in Sag Harbor.
Hampton Coffee in Watermill.
Both of these coffee shops have great coffee and yummy snacks, nice spots for an afternoon break. These are great places to sit and relax with your cuppa jo, check out the scene and catch up on emails.
Spend some time decompressing as Thuyen Nguyen works his magic in the skin fitness studio. By the end, your face will have a youthful glow and feel plumper than it has been in years.
Thuyen Nguyen has spent years perfecting his technique for lifting, toning and sculpting faces, sans surgery and injections. He believes that exercising the muscles and skin on the face and neck is equally as important as exercising the body. Spend some time decompressing as he works his magic in the skin fitness studio. By the end, your face will have a youthful glow and feel plumper than it has been in years. FaceXercise Skin Fitness Studio. (382 Montauk Highway Wainscott 631-604-6500)
Fernanda Niven is a native New Yorker with a passion for health, wellness, education, and food. Her background is at the intersection of fashion, business, and wellness. She has held executive roles at Vera Wang, Parasol – a sun protective clothing brand and was an early investor and lead strategist for Organic Avenue – a raw vegan juice company. Fernanda is on the board of Edible Schoolyard NYC and Madoo Conservancy in Sagaponack, NY. She has a BA in Fine Arts from NYU.