The Hamptons may be at its finest in that brief period when day transitions into night. Our local sunsets and the kaleidoscopic skies that come with them are second to none. But where does one watch the breathtaking show? We have some ideas.
In beautiful Sagaponack, Wölffer Estate Vineyard (139 Sagg Road, 631-537-5106, wolffer.com) is definitely among the South Fork’s choice spots as the sun goes down. Beaches and bays may be the sunset standard, but there’s something magical about quaffing rosé at Wölffer as dusk settles over the vines. There’s a reason they won Dan’s Best of the Best Platinum awards for Vineyard Scenery and Wedding Location, among other accolades for winemaker (Roman Roth) and their various wines.
Montauk’s Navy Beach restaurant (16 Navy Road, 631-668-6868, navybeach.com) is well known for its prime sunset viewing. Set on a 200-foot private beach, this hotspot offers a spot to anchor your boat and seating on the sand so you can watch the sun drop in style. Two Navy piers are part of the epic Fort Pond Bay view, and they’ve won Best of the Best honors for Fried Chicken and Late-Night Cuisine.
Sag Harbor is sunset central, and The Beacon (8 West Water Street, 631-725-7088, beaconsagharbor.com) has one of the finest in the bunch. Nestled above Sag Harbor Cove Yacht Club, this restaurant has a gorgeous view across Sag Harbor Bay, all the way to Shelter Island. Sunsets are consistently beautiful here, and the restaurant’s inspired American, Mediterranean and Asian menu items include delights from both land and sea. It’s also a Dan’s Best of the Best Silver winner for Waterview Dining.
Further north, Sunset Beach (35 Shore Road, 631-749-2001, sunsetbeachli.com) on Shelter Island lives up to its name. This intimate 20-room hotel and restaurant gets pretty busy in the summer months—and its sunset view is one of the biggest draws. Take the ferry from the north or south, or anchor your boat right off the beach. This is a wonderful place to be.
West of the canal, and a bit closer to where the sun comes down, Dockers Waterside marina and restaurant (94 Dune Road, 631-653-0653, dockerswaterside.com) in East Quogue is beloved for its great atmosphere and stunning sunsets. All seating overlooks the water and puts the sunset square in the view of diners.
Of course you don’t have to eat or drink to enjoy nature’s best daily show. There are plenty of beaches, such as Cedar Point in East Hampton, with perfect views—and finding them is half the fun!
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