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:
#17: Visit Real Locations from “The Affair”
Showtime’s hit Montauk-set drama The Affair is returning for a third season later this year, and we’re big fans. Not only is the show excellent, parts of it are actually filmed in the Hamptons and Montauk. These spots will likely be packed come Memorial Day, so hop in the car and check them out now while you can still find a parking space!
Lunch, aka The Lobster Roll
1980 Montauk Highway, Amagansett
Don’t worry, sleazy Oscar Hodges doesn’t actually own this East End staple! With its famous lobster rolls, this casual dining spot is always busy, but if you get there before Memorial Day you’ll have a much easier time finding a table. We can’t guarantee you’ll meet the love of your life there, unfortunately.
Montauk Point Lighthouse
2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk
Noah and Allison see each other by the lighthouse in the very first episode of the series, before he walks her home. Turtle Cove beach was not actually used—it’s far too rocky for the smooth, sandy ambience of the show—but you can see the lighthouse in the background. The iconic Montauk landmark really kicks off its season on Memorial Day weekend, but it’s got limited hours for the next few weeks.
Deep Hollow Ranch
1929 Old Montauk Highway, Montauk
The oldest working ranch in the USA, Deep Hollow Ranch was called “Lockhart Ranch” on The Affair. Run by the Lockhart family, there were many pivotal moments here, including the sad scene where Noah’s son releases a sick horse. Call for hours and tours.
Montauk LIRR Station
Edgemere Street and Fort Pond Road. One mile north Old Montauk Highway, Montauk
When you embark on your all-things-The Affair trip, take the Long Island Rail Road to its terminus—the Montauk LIRR station, which appears in Season 2, Episode 5. The LIRR express train to Montauk, called the Cannonball, goes back into service from Penn Station in NYC starting May 27. Visit lirr42.mta.info for schedules, fares and more info.
There are plenty of other, smaller locations you can explore too, though some of them are residential. If you do make this The Affair pilgrimage, take some pictures and send them our way!