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el2995 East Hampton - A travel report by USC
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Amagansette: Out Beyond the Hamptons

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Amagansette, located out on New York's Long Island just beyond the exclusive 'Hamptons', made for a very pleasant weekend. It's laid back rural environs, reminiscent of California's Wine Country, are a complete 180-degrees out of phase from the frenetic streets of Manhattan and the congested Long Island Expressway that must be negotiated en route.

Favourite spots:
Amagansette is a rather quaint town in a fairly wooded area dotted with Cape Cod-style homes, which lies within a short drive from both the Northern and Southern shores of the island. As I recall, the northern shore seemed to offer calm waters and smooth beaches of fine sand, whereas the southern shore features rocky beaches with much better waves for body surfing. The town's Dutch roots are evidenced by a restored old windmill and sizeable house scenically nestled in a well-manicured park-like setting as you approach the center of town. The town is home to some of the 'Rich and Famous', which at one time including the likes of Paul McCartney and Billy Joel.

What's really great:
Be sure to take a drive out to scenic Montauk, which is situated on the eastern tip of Long Island. The main draw is the old lighthouse that sits out on the point, though I did also see some surf fishermen working the waves and others fishing the rocks.

Restaurants:
We generally ate home cooking complements of the friends we stayed with, though I understand there is no shortage of fine (read: expensive) restaurants in town. The area offers a good selection of local seafood. A friend of the friends owns a fish farm on the northern shore where he raises lobsters and flounders, including a genetically-tuned lobster breed he calls 'bullets', which have virtually no claws, very small heads and legs and incredibly large tails which he raises in a series of cut-down wine barrels. Fresh seafood was the theme of the weekend.

Other recommendations:
Just west of The Hamptons was a small Indian reservation (I don't recall the name of the tribe) that was having a pow-wow, which featured a variety of tribes, with dancing exhibitions and a large number of booths offering Indian handicrafts for sale.


Published on Wednesday February 19th, 2003


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