PAULA'S SOUTHAMPTON BLOG: THE HAMPTONS, Best Place In The World For A Vacation!!

THE HAMPTONS, Best Place In The World For A Vacation!!

THE HAMPTONS, Best Place In The World For A Vacation!!

If you are planning a vacation during the Summer or the Fall this year, don't overlook the one spot where you will be sure to have the best vacation ever! Many vacationers come to The Hamptons every summer-they may own a home here or they may rent. Whatever their situation, the level of enjoyment and repeat vacation time spent in this resort area tells you that you can't have a better vacation than right here on the Eastern End of Long Island.  

In this article I will cover some of the treasures that I have discovered over the years that I have been here in Southampton. Many of these treasures are in North  Sea, just North of Southampton Village and the place made famous when the first settlers came ashore at Conscience Point--They came from Lynn Massachusetts, separating themsleves from the rest of the first settlers who came to this country in the early 1600's.  

But first let me tell you how to get beach stickers in case you want to go to the famous ocean beaches tha dot the Southern Shores of the Eastern End of Long Island

Fishing, hiking, swimming, boating, kayaking, clamming and many other outdoor activities can be enjoyed here....take a long bike ride to Montauk Point; swim in the ocean, take an excursion on a Deep Sea Fishing Boat and take your chance ATLANTIC OCEANat catching the fish of a life time!THE GREAT PECONIC BAY 

 Every water sport can be enjoyed here on the ocean and bay beaches.

You can buy a beach sticker at Town Hall to be able to freely go to all the beaches in Southampton Town....Located in Southampton Village, Both Town Hall and Village Hall have the ability to sell you stickers for your car. You need your registration and a lease or a deed to get one for free. See the link here to get instructions and fees for getting a sticker: SOUTHAMPTON TOWN FEE SCHEDULES


Hiking in the Hamptons is a well known pass-time. In the following link  you will find the most popular trails here in Southampton.   LONG ISLAND TRAIL LOVERS COALITION

Enjoy the sites of the "wilderness" that is still left here in the same spot where settlers first came ashore in 1640. Conscience point is the one place where you can still feel the beauty of those who came here then from Lynn Massachusetts; this is what they saw when they first came ashore and decided that this would be the place to settle down and plan their future in the New World!

The sign marks the head of the original trail that was used by the earliest settlers. Unassuming and breathtaking in it's unspoiled beauty, Conscience Point is a place NOT to miss when you come here. Follow North Sea Road from the Village of Southampton and go North all the way to the end. Conscience Point is on the right side of the road. Here, there is an unassuming road that goes back in to a parking area where you can park and take the lovely walk to the point of entry.

 The earliest families who came to The Hamptons looked for the Bay life to fill their summer vacation needs. Many of these families came from Connecticut, looking for a summer of fishing and quiet enjoyment. Many built their homes right on the inlets and the tributaries that the North Sea Area is known for.  Small fishermen cottages dot the landscape and many have been there since the turn of the 20th century. EARLY FISHERMAN'S COTTAGE  SAIL FISHING AND KAYAKING ARE FAVORITE PASS-TIMES

Back on the road, you will pass the intriguing Salms Estate on the left as you head North towards the Great Peconic Bay.

Oil Tycoon Henry Huttleson Rogers bought 1200 acres and built the Lodge for his family and friends as an escape from the lavish home (Black Point) in the estate section in Southampton Village. It is the location of famous hunting grounds called Cows Neck with its estuaries well stocked for fishing and an intriguing Port for the property, famously called "The Port of Missing Men". There are two explanations for the unusual name of the Salms Estate. One is that "The Port of Missing Men" was named after the 17 men who died in a shipwreck in the port in the early 1800's. There is also another fable about the Shooting lodge and its very popular and world famous waterfront lodge and estate: Since its inception the lodge was a place where large numbers of hunters gather to shoot and enjoy the sporting life. "The Port of Missing Men" is said to be the name that was given to the waterway upon which the lodge is built because of its reputation as place where men "disappear" for undetermined lengths of time as they enjoyed the sporting life! Either or both of these stories have been repeated over the decades to the famous guests of this fabled estate.

Here, men have gathered over the decades to hunt and to enjoy respite from the business world--It is also a favorite of European royalty who have enjoyed frequent pheasant hunting parties over the years. Currently, the Lodge is owned by Willie Salm, widow of Peter Salm who was the son of Millicent Rogers and her Austrian husband. The Lodge is still used during the winters for the remaining family members and their traditional gatherings. There is an extensive history available regarding the Port Of Missing Men and it's most famous owner Millicent Rogers, granddaughter of the famous owner and a society princess from 1900 until her death in 1950. 


The majestic entry to the fabled lodge and estate stands open and welcoming as you drive past it on Norht Sea Road. However, rarely is the public invited into this American Treasure.  Once in a great while Willie Salm will hold an open house in conjunction with the Southampton Historical Museum.

Fund raisers for the museum have been held there with enormous success. The Lodge is a copy of European Shooting Lodges, with an enormous fireplace a the end of the main Hall. There, the family still gathers at certain winter holidays and a tradition from the earliest part of Southampton history becomes real once again.    

 This is just one part of the Hamptons you  can enjoy--there are many! Watch for other articles as I take you on a journey through the wonderland called The Hamptons!!                                                        



                                     **ALL INFORMATION AND CONTENT IN THIS BLOG IS ORIGINAL TO PAULA I. HATHAWAY.  The views expressed herein are my personal views and do not reflect the views of Douglas Elliman Real Estate


Paula I. Hathaway, Senior Broker Associate, Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Southamtpon Village Real Estate Specialist since 1995;  Also Specializes in North Sea, Noyac, Water Mill and Bridgehampton, New York

Diamond , Gold and Chairman's Circle Awards; Top Producer since 2005


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Comment balloon 16 commentsPaula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA • February 26 2011 09:40PM


Paula, great post about beautiful Southhampton, NY

Posted by Nancy Fraser, Realtor, Massapequa Homes for Sale 516-729-0278 (Exit Realty Premier) almost 8 years ago

Nancy:  Thank you for reading it! You should put it on your list for this coming summer! We have a very active rental market going on right now and will probably have a record number of houses rented this year....of course, if you are lucky enough to have a home here---who knows, I may see you in July!!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Very appealing post, Paula, and gorgeous photos. I feel peaceful, happy, and blissed out just reading about Southhampton

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 8 years ago

Yes, it is a wonderful place.  I know many that go there every summer and/or almost every weekend of every summer.  You are lucky to live in such a wonderful place.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) almost 8 years ago

Just what a great vacation spot should have, lots and lots of water.

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Hi Paula, awesome post about Southampton NY! I learned a lot. Last week they had The Hamptons on the Selling New York show. One agent was looking for a rental home for the Summer for his family. I am sure it was a repeat but thought it was cool.

Posted by Jackie Connelly-Fornuff, "Moving at The Speed of YOU!" (Douglas Elliman Real Estate in Babylon NY) almost 8 years ago

Hi Paula,  Great post.  The pictures make me want to get on a plane right now.  Is the snow gone yet?

Posted by Will Hamm, "Where There's a Will, There's a Way!" (Hamm Homes) almost 8 years ago

Lottie: Than you---it is blissful in this part of the Hamptons...many of the summer residents take the little fisherman cottages and make them a "summer camp" feeling with the essentials of a modern home. Many families who no longer use the cottages themselves rent them out to homeowners who have rented out their own larger village homes. 

Debbie: There is a whole "dance" that happens from Memorial day to Labor Day here---especially with the down economy. Homeowners spend weeks getting ready to rent their  houses out for top dollar to those who have money but don't want to own a home here (Many have homes all over the world and don't need another one) They get top dollar, with some ocean fronts getting $800K for the summer! The owners then rent the smaller homes that are available for a fraction of what they get for their homes. Then there are the regular folks who rent houses for the summer and then come out every weekend just to get out of the heat of the city. Many are doing that this year since they don't want to buy yet---want to see what happens with prices. We have avery busy rental season going on right now.

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Lenn: yes, we do have a lot of water---the name Long Island came from that idea--however, the best waterways are the tributaries off the bays and inlets where the wildlife is protected and the grasses grow low and green--perfect for the natural habitat needed for the little critters and they love it!!! The most awesome sight is to be walking along a path and as you approach the water and it's green marsh area, you may get a glimpse of a 4' tall tern standing on one leg, waiting for the right moment to dip his head into the water for the favorite fish or insect...Then there are the swans on the inlets; always in twos and sometimes with their signets. It really is beautiful here!

Jackie: Yes, we do get the summer renters here....they usually are repeat renters from the city as well---once you find your way to the Hamptons for the first time, it is very hard to resist coming back the following year and then for years after that. It is almost essential to do that because the heat in the concrete city is so oppressive that city dwellers seek out the escapes nearby, such as the Hamptons....anywhere near the water! The North Fork is good as well but has never caught on as the Hamptons has.

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Will: The snow is almost all gone---still some left in the spots where the sun and the rain don't get to.  The Hamptons are going to be great this summer---whenever we have a hard winter it seems that drives people out early to find a house to rent. We get many of our buyers in the Fall from the summer renters. August is our best month ususally for sales!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

I can tell you really love your beautiful area, Paula. No wonder you are such a great Realtor choice.

Posted by Lottie Kendall, Helping make your real estate dreams a reality (Compass) almost 8 years ago

Lottie: That I do!! ....and it was loveat first sight! I am from Michigan and the water is a must for I setteled here in the early ninetys--from the city-- and have not looked back!!!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Paula what refreshing shots and warm and inviting blog after this harsh snowy winter!

Posted by Ellen Caruso (Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty) almost 8 years ago

Ellen: Yes, and I am ready for the onslaught! The public is ready too and I think maybe more than ever after all that snow!!! The rentla markt is red hot so that ususally indicates that there is a since or normalcy out there....

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Hi Paula.  Haven't been to the far end of Long Island since I was in college - getting to be almost too many years ago to remember!  But I do manage to retain some misty recollections of some fabulous beach parties in the summer of 68 when all the "summer help" let off a lot of steam most evenings.  My guess is that still happens a lot.  Now I look back and wonder where those innocent days went.  All the guys worried about shipping out to Vietnam and it was truly a terrible fear on the horizons of our lives.  But compared to what we, and all our children face now in the 21st century, it was still a pretty idyllic time.  Perhaps not The Summer of 42, but an age of innocence that seems long gone.

Posted by Vance Booher (Re/Max Select, SRES) almost 8 years ago

Vance: I discovered the Hamtpons in the 70's and never forgot it---When I moved to NYC it took 20 years or so to decide to move away from that energy vortex and live full time in the Hamptons...I have never looked back. It is no longer about the bashes and beach parties for me since I am now in real estate, but those things still go on here!

Posted by Paula Hathaway, REALTOR, LBA, ...The Most Informed Agent In The Hamptons! (Douglas Elliman Real Estate) almost 8 years ago