Whitewashed Victorian Home a Short Walk from the Beach
The Hamptons have justly earned their reputation as the preferred summer vacation destination of notable New Yorkers, such as Steven Spielberg and Martha Stewart. The small villages and hamlets along Long Island’s South Fork are dotted with rolling dunes, unspoiled beaches, and multimillion-dollar mansions. During winter months, the crowds retreat, and the sandy beaches are relatively serene. On the edge of Westhampton Beach, within a mile of the shore, sits The Grassmere Inn, a whitewashed Victorian inn with a wraparound porch. The inn is home to 36 newly renovated guest rooms, each with warm quilts, lots of windows, and a private or shared bathroom.
The innkeepers provide transportation to and from the nearby Eastside Tennis Academy, and the center of town is within walking distance. Here, you’ll find a charming square lined with restaurants, a movie theater, and the Westhampton Performing Arts Center.
The Hamptons: Long Island, New York's Glamorous Seaside Destination
About 75 miles east of Manhattan lies the South Fork of Long Island, collectively known as the Hamptons. South Fork comprises the towns of Southampton and Easthampton, plus a series of smaller picturesque villages and hamlets (not all necessarily ending in "-hampton"). During the summertime, the area, known for it's peaceful beaches, regularly draws rich and famous New Yorkers, many of whom have second homes here. In cooler months, it’s relatively quiet; spend your days beachcombing, shopping for farm-fresh produce, or strolling past the giant mansions that line the seaside.
Because they’re clustered together, it’s easy to visit several small towns in the Hamptons during your stay. Westhampton Beach, where The Grassmere Inn is located, is known for its busy Main Street, populated by boutiques, cafés, and Zagat-rated restaurants. Frommer’s calls the village’s beaches “some of the best on Long Island.” In neighboring Eastport, antique stores abound, and in Southampton, you’ll find several historic estates and chic shops. Trendy Easthampton is home to top-tier restaurants and celebrity mansions, including those of Jerry Seinfeld and Billy Joel.
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