Hampton Daze

My Perfect Day: Westhampton

My perfect day in Westhampton would start with a coffee at Beach Bakery Cafe on Main Street. This cafe is right in the heart of Westhampton Beach and offers a wonderful selection of pastries and coffee.

After, I would do a little shopping, making a few stops along Main Street. Gloria Jewel is a Hamptons standard. In addition to shops in Amagansett, Bridgehampton, and East Hampton, owner Megan Leary also has a spot in Westhampton Beach. The shop is named after Leary’s two grandmothers, Gloria and Jewel. Leary handpicks the pieces for all of her stores and offers an array of diverse styles for every woman.

I would also stop by Good Westhampton, a modern-day general store that offers a perfect selection of gift and home items.

For lunch, it would be off to Brunetti Pizza, a small pizza bar on Main Street. This brick oven pizza spot, which also has a location in the West Village, prides itself on “fresh ingredients, family recipes, and a whole lot of passion.”

Just like most Hamptons towns, one of the best activities is to head down to the ocean. Westhampton is home to many beautiful ocean beaches on Dune Road. And also, one of the most happening beach clubs around, Dune Deck. Although it’s a members-only club, it’s safe to say it’s the place to be in Westhampton. So, if you can snag an invite, you probably want to try it out (on my perfect day I would have one).

But whether you enjoy Westhampton’s pristine ocean beaches from a swanky beach club or while packing a picnic on a public beach, you really can’t go wrong with either situation.

For an afternoon treat, I would head over to Sydney’s “Taylor” Made Cuisine. The treats, like macaroons and flourless chocolate cake, rival those of the finest patisserie in Paris. The sunroom and front porch of this 1860s refurbished farmhouse offer dining options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, also in the heart of the village, is celebrating 20 years this year. The space opened as a movie theater in 1932. Now, it serves the community as a year-round arts organization that presents world-class arts, music, dance, comedy, and cinema. I would end my night with a visit.