Peconic Land Trust’s Quail Hill Farm
On the Home Front
Since 2005, celebrated fashion and interior designer Jarlath Mellett has been bringing high-end materials and craftsmanship to the East End. Visit this stunningly curated boutique to peruse the latest collection of clothing, lighting fixtures and home goods. The shop is transformed seasonally to reflect the ever-changing design scene and features many of the world’s best labels, such as Cleybergh dishes, Sempre furniture and Baobab Collection candles, on top of an eclectic collection of vintage pieces. 255 Main St., 267- 6455
|Blueberry muffins from Mary’s Marvelous|
|Outside of The Stephen Talkhouse|
Reservations Not Required
For lunch, head over to La Fondita. Relying on fresh local ingredients, La Fondita serves authentic Mexican street food accompanied by its own line of homemade hot sauces. Try the taco de pescado, a Baja-style fish taco with chipotle mayonnaise and shredded cabbage, and be sure to sample the homemade tortilla chips (served warm) with creamy guacamole. You will see why some California transplants call it the best Mexican food on the East Coast. 74 Montauk Hwy., 267-8800
Visit Meeting House for both the romantic ambience of beachside dining as well as a casual, satisfying gourmet meal. Start with the crab and avocado salad served with local cherry tomatoes, a drizzle of lemon oil and a sprinkling of coarse sea salt. Also not to be missed is the chicken Milanese and the creamy macaroni and cheese with a perfect crispy topping. Bring along the kids—Meeting House has a great children’s menu, and once dinner is done, you can let your brood run free in Amagansett Square while you finish one of the restaurant’s signature Aperol Spritz cocktails. 4 Amagansett Sq., 267-2764
Did You Know?
Founded in 1680, the village got its name from the Montaukett Indian word meaning “place of good water,” after a water source near Indian Wells Beach. It is no wonder that Amagansett has been the coastal destination of so many luminaries over the years. Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller spent a summer here in the late 1950s, and Sir Paul McCartney, Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, and Alec Baldwin all have called it home.
On your way home from the beach, make sure to stop by the Balsam Farms stand on Town Lane. The cherry tomatoes are candy-sweet, and the local corn is always fresh. In the fall, the stand features heirloom pumpkins, which look like something straight out of a fairy tale and are delicious roasted in the oven and baked into breads and pies. Windmill and Town Lanes, 316-8784
Corral your friends and meet on Atlantic Beach for a traditional East End clambake, but let Stuart’s Seafood Market do all the work. Stuart’s prepares lobster dinners complete with little neck clams, mussels, corn on the cob and potatoes, all cooked and ready to serve (melted butter and lemons). The more adventurous can order all the dinner components layered in a disposable kettle and cook the meal themselves over a bonfire on the beach (s’mores not included). 41 Oak Lane, 267-6700
Start the day by indulging your sweet tooth at Mary’s Marvelous, home of the most scrumptious homemade muffins, scones and cupcakes. Try the classic oatmeal-currant scone or the banana-walnut-granola muffin. Another local favorite is zucchini-hazelnut-ginger—just like your grandma used to make (if your grandma was a world-class baker). If you are unable to pick just one, try them all—Mary’s offers bite-size versions that are just as delicious. Early risers are rewarded with warm muffins straight from the oven, so be sure to set your alarm. 207 Main St., 267-8796
The Stephen Talkhouse has been rocking eastern Long Island since it opened in 1970. The venue features local rock stars such as Nancy Atlas, Winston Irie and Booga Sugar, as well as reggae greats Steel Pulse and Toots and the Maytals and national icons such like Judy Collins. During the summer months, the outdoor bar is a great place to drink a beer and momentarily escape the craziness of the main bar, but make sure you don’t stay out there too long—you could miss Jimmy Buffett making a cameo on stage! 161 Main St., 267-3117
PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF PECONIC LAND TRUST (QUAIL); NICK KRAUS (THE STEPHEN TALKHOUSE)