Westhampton, also known to many as “The First Hampton”, has a reputation of being a more family-friendly locale when compared to that of its South Fork counterparts. The overall vibe in Westhampton is a bit more laid-back and relaxed then the rest of the area. That is not to say there are not many businesses and restaurants that cater to an upscale and also single crowd. That, perhaps, is the beauty of Westhampton; that it continues to be a destination for both families as well as people looking for fabulous dining and a fun night life.
The picturesque village of Westhampton Beach is loaded with restaurants, stores, and ice-cream shops, geared toward a family crowd. Margarita Grille on Main Street is a low-key restaurant serving dishes varying from burgers to mexican with a large outdoor space and good food that the whole family can enjoy. Then there is the long-standing Westhampton Beach favorite, Magic’s Pub serving up tasty burgers. Through the back of the pub is Artful Dodger a local hangout bar which features live music many nights in the summer. Post Stop Café is a local landmark offering a menu of consistent favorites and dining on the front porch. Main Street offers several ice cream hot spots, and a favorite for all kids is the toy store, Sugar Daddy’s. Moms, don’t miss out on the many children’s clothing stores including No Worries Life is Good, Shock Kids, Fahrenheit 4 Kids, and Beach Blossoms, an adorable children’s clothing store with a new Main Street address. Shopping is certainly not lacking in this town with trendy stores such as Calypso St. Barth, the Lynn Stoller Collection, Imrie and Shoe-Inn.
Many Westhampton regulars will agree that the central hub of the village is the Beach Bakery Café serving up delicious coffee, cookies and pastries. In the summer the bakery hosts live music on the sidewalk where patrons gather to listen. Live music is a big hit in this town so be sure to bring your lawn chairs and picnic baskets to the Village Green every Thursday evening this summer for concerts on the lawn. The Village Green is also home to several art shows throughout the season.
Anyone looking to cook with great fresh local produce can visit the Farmer’s Market on Mill Road on Saturdays between 9am and 1pm. You also don’t want to miss out on Dean’s Farmstand. In business for over 30 years, Dean sells local vegetables, fruits, and flowers out of an umbrella covered wagon in his front yard on Library Avenue off Main.
Let’s not forget about the beautiful Westhampton Beaches. If you’re looking for a social scene then Rogers Beach is the place to be. For those wanting the convenience of public restrooms and a snack bar, as well as beach chairs and umbrellas for rent, this is a great spot. Lashley Beach is a bit more low key. A preferred local surf spot, Lashley offers a more relaxed atmosphere with lifeguards, restrooms and an outdoor shower. Both beaches are accessible with permits for Village residents and some surrounding towns. Public beach options include Pikes Beach , located on Dune Road in Westhampton Dunes. This beach is free with Southampton Town permit or open to public for a fee. Cupsogue Beach, located at the west end of Dune Road, offers off-road access with an outer beach permit and is home to the Beach Hut, a fun spot for lunch, dinner, or drinks with live music on many days and nights. If you would prefer the private beach club experience check out Swordfish Beach Club or La Ronde Beach Club. There is also Westhampton Bath and Tennis Hotel and the Dune Deck Hotel which both offer oceanfront accommodations in Westhampton.
For the adult-only crowd there are some great restaurants and bars to finish off a day in the sun. Known as one of the premier restaurants in Westhampton, Starr Boggs boasts a fabulous menu, excellent wine selection and social outdoor bar. The Patio at 54 Main is another Westhampton favorite with excellent food, live music and cool bar scene. Micole’s, a newer restaurant located on Montauk Highway, is definitely worth a try featuring a well-rounded menu of American cuisine. If you want after-beach casual, check out John Scott’s Surf Shack on Dune Road for a few drinks and a bite bayside. A night on the town would not be complete without a stop at Casey’s Dance Hall and Saloon. It’s been around forever and you are guaranteed a good time.
Westhampton has a special Hamptons distinction of having something for everyone. It’s a beach town where families can relax, feel comfortable and enjoy. Adults of all ages can find lots to do with great shopping, gorgeous beaches, fine dining and more. It’s definitely worth the trip!