Hamptonite of the Week: Michael Wudyka
June 25, 2012 | Talk of the Town
Occupation: Owner, Enclave Inn Hotels and East Hampton Studio
When did you start coming to the Hamptons?
I moved here full-time in February of ’99 from Detroit, Michigan.
What’s your best, worst, or most hilarious Hamptons memory?
Some of my best memories are at the ocean with my two sons; boogie boarding and hanging at the ocean all day and night. It's pretty magical.
Do you have an inner circle or group of friends that you hang out with most often in the Hamptons?
I live in the Hamptons full-time but do have a group of wonderful summer friends that have become more year-round. Josh Guberman is my oldest and closest friend. We met through a mutual friend about seven years ago.
What are your East End traditions or must-dos every summer?
I am a big fan of the Monday drum circle, going to the ocean late at night, especially when it's raining, and polo matches with my sons. They are getting older and it’s not as cool to hang out with me, but we have always gone to at least one or two polo matches and The Hampton Classic together.
Who throws the best parties?
Way to hard to say! Coming from inner city Detroit, any party in the Hamptons is a step up!
Where do you go for a drink and what’s your usual?
I’m not a big drinker, but I love to people watch. My favorite is iced tea at Golden Pear or wine at 75 main. Keith [Davis] and Zach [Erdem] both do a great job and are friends.
What’s the best thing you’ve ever eaten in the Hamptons?
I love Danny at Fairway Restaurant. It's my type of place. I get the same thing every time for the past 12 years. I also love The Hamptons Players Club—it's a new place in East Hampton. Frank [Cilione], Neil [Levinbook] and Dave [Levinbook] make you feel like family. It has everything you want in a place to eat.
Where do you go to totally unplug?
I'm a beach guy. Put me in a chair with waves hitting my feet and I'm good!
What’s the last thing you bought in the Hamptons?
I bought East Hampton Studio, a giant movie production facility that I am trying to do concerts, events, and host charities at. On a smaller level, this morning I bought a slice of pizza for a late breakfast.
Last night of the summer, where can we find you and what are you doing?
I have been with Josh [Guberman] and the crew the last handful of years, so I guess the same this year as well.
What’s the difference between a true Hamptonite and a weekender?
I don't believe there is a difference. I only think of nice people and ‘not so nice’ people!