Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) and the official start of the East End’s busy summer season is around the corner, so now’s the time to take advantage of all the special things that will be nonexistent or difficult to enjoy in the Hamptons once the crowds arrive from points west.
We continue our countdown of 20 things to do before Memorial Day in the Hamptons with:
#13: Enjoy Delicious Homemade Ice Cream
Like many small, intimate communities, the Hamptons are filled with local businesses that have special, homemade items you can’t find anywhere else. Of course, all the local ice cream parlors will be absolutely packed with customers on Memorial Day weekend, and with good reason—the East End has some amazing frozen treats.
Here are a few places you and your family might try before the lines get too long.
Sip ’n Soda
40 Hampton Road, Southampton
Stepping inside this Southampton landmark for the first time is a great feeling. With a small-town America vibe, friendly staff and old-fashioned soda shop menu, Sip ’n Soda evokes a simpler time. Their homemade ice cream comes in traditional flavors, like vanilla and chocolate, and you can also enjoy it in an egg cream, ice cream soda, milkshake, malted and more.
Joe & Liza’s
Bay Burger, 1742 Sag Harbor Turnpike, Sag Harbor
In addition to its homemade buns and burgers, Bay Burger is also the home of Joe & Liza’s Ice Cream. Made with Hudson Valley Fresh Farmer’s Cooperative’s milk and cream, Joe & Liza’s lineup of vanilla, cookie jar, chocolate, strawberry, coffee and pistachio flavors are also available in shops and restaurants across the East End.
9825 Main Road, Mattituck
If you’re willing to take the drive out to the North Fork, we guarantee you’ve never had ice cream quite like Magic Fountain. Along with year-round flavors that include black cherry bourbon, chocolate raspberry truffle and hazelnut biscotti (among many more), Magic Fountain offers monthly and seasonal flavors like white wine peaches, ginger, goat cheese, coconut avocado and more.