20 Things to Do Before Memorial Day in the Hamptons: Take a Long Drive

20 Things to Do Before Memorial Day in the Hamptons: #16 Take a Long Drive
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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:

#16: Take a Long Drive

If there’s one terrible thing the Hamptons is famous for in summer, it’s the traffic. That’s simply a sad, unavoidable fact. So, it’s only logical that one would want to take a nice long drive before the stop-and-go begins in earnest.

Take this time before Memorial Day, and the ensuing congestion, to hit the road in your favorite automobile, motorcycle, or even a Vespa. Driving from Southampton to Montauk can be a real pleasure when it’s not a 1–2-hour slog. And it’s already nice enough to put the top down (or at least roll down your windows if a convertible isn’t in your motor pool), put on some tunes and take a ride!

Feel the summer vibes without the summer traffic by making our Top 100 Songs of Summer your soundtrack, even if summer hasn’t quite commenced.

Three roads worth driving:

Route 27: This, of course, is the main road through the entire South Fork, but there’s only one way to take that straight shot to The End.

Deerfield Road: Far be it for us to promote speeding, but this backroad between Sunrise Highway in Water Mill and Noyac Road in Sag Harbor is made for opening up your engine and letting loose, within the limits required by law, of course…

Old Stone Highway: This looping, scenic road makes for a lovely drive between Springs and Amagansett. Make a detour down Louse Point Road and eat a sandwich at one of the most beautiful and secluded beaches around.

Obviously the Hamptons has plenty of other great roads to drive, so check your maps and express your freedom on four (or two) wheels! Our little part of the world is your vehicular oyster, but not for much longer.


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