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Another clueless visitor!

Hi, any help gratefully received! My wife and I (mid fifties) have booked return flights to NYC and are thinking of driving to the Hamptons area in early May for 3 nights. We have a lot of questions:

What is the weather like in May?

Where should we base ourselves?

We want a nice quiet comfortable hotel, but near some nice restaurants:any suggestions?

How long to drive from NYC?

We are happy to pay top dollar if necessary, but what sort of costs should we anticipate?

What is there to see and do?

Thanks for any advice

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1. Re: Another clueless visitor!

Hi Deramore, Lets see if I can help you.

The weather in early May will probably be upper 50's F to low 60's F during the day. During the night it will probably be mid 40's F.

Where you should base yourselfs is a hard question. Ask anyone on this forum and you will get a different answer from each. Southampton is the largest town with the most shops. East Hampton is smaller but more high end. All hotels will still be quiet then and all have good restaurants near by. If you are looking for restaurants in walking distance of your hotel you may want to look at Montauk or Sag Harbor. Although any of the towns will have restaurants a short drive from the hotels.

You should expect at least a three hour drive from NYC. It will probably be more.

Cost is hard to say. Early May is still out of season, You may be able to find a room as low as $150 if you are lucky. The normal is more like $250 a night. Food can be anything from $25 at McDonalds to $500 for a lobster and a bottle of wine. It all depends on your taste and your wallet.

See and do.. there is always shopping. It will still be too cold for swimming but walking the beaches is still nice. There are plenty of wineries to tour and if you feel like getting some excercise you can climb the Montauk lighthouse. Alot of people just walk around the towns seeing if they can see anyone famous.

I hope this helps, enjoy

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2. Re: Another clueless visitor!

What is the weather like in May?

www.wunderground.com/travelplanner/index.asp

is a great travel planner and will give you historic temperatures for any location for any period of time. It's great golf weather at that time of year.

Where should we base ourselves?

Since you'll have a car, you can base yourselves anywhere you find a hotel that fits your budget and your tastes and be able to drive to the nearby towns. The heart of the Hamptons is considered from Southampton to Amaganssett, including Sag Harbor. The very nicest places (imo) are the inns in East Hampton like 1770 House, c/o the Maidstone and Hedges Inn but those will likely cost $500/night or more. For a lot less money you can stay at the Hampton Maid in Hampton Bays, across from the water and still be quite comfortable. You're not in walking distance of restaurants though at the Hampton Maid.

If you're willing to stay in a b & b, A Butler's Manor in Southampton gets rave reviews and in early May, the prices aren't too bad.

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g48658-d255231-…

Here's a map that shows those places

http://goo.gl/maps/34s4P

How long to drive from NYC?

Totally depends on day of week, time of day you go. Anywhere from 2-4 hours depending on traffic. If you go midweek and avoid rush hours, it's possible to do in 2 hours. Midweek will also be less expensive in hotels.

We are happy to pay top dollar if necessary, but what sort of costs should we anticipate?

A room can cost $200-700/night at that time of year. Dinner at a nice restaurant can easily cost $150+ for 2 with drinks but you can also eat less expensively and casually.

What is there to see and do?

Most first time visitors enjoy walking the various villages (Southampton, Sag Harbor, East Hampton, even Bridgehampton) looking at the shops. The beaches are gorgeous and while it may not be warm enough to swim, you could find it nice enough for sitting on the beach or at least walking. If you're into any sports, there are public golf courses including a 9 hole course with driving range called Poxabogue. You can rent kayaks, you can drive out to Montauk and go on a fishing boat or explore there. Visiting the lighthouse is popular. (Lots of Irish kids come to work in Montauk for the summer).

There are 3 wineries in the Hamptons that you can visit (and do tastings). Channing Daughters and Wolffers are both quite good. You can also drive or take ferries to visit Shelter Island (charming with lots of Victorian architecture) and can even go to the North Fork where there are many more vineyards. There's also a big discount shopping mall called Tanger in Riverhead where you can shop til you drop. That would be an easy stop on the way out or on the way back to Manhattan.

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3. Re: Another clueless visitor!

Thank you so much pjes and nywhiz, that's all really useful info. We hadn't realised it would be quite so cool in early May! But we will look at all the websites and places you mention before making a final decision.

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4. Re: Another clueless visitor!

It would only be cool in the evenings typically. But if you were hoping to swim, it's a bit early.

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5. Re: Another clueless visitor!

Hi there saw your post and replies from a very informed Hamptoner.

I too am clueless so hope you do not mind me jumping in here with your conversationtio.

We are going out to Hamptons on Monday 25 May 2015 for a 2 night stay at East Hampton, we do not care to drive as getting out of nyc for an Australian would not be pretty for any one. Looking to take jitney bus getting of at Sth Hampton as suggested to us then hoping to hi a car for the leisurely 3 days, seems we are struggling having car rentals open in Sth Hampton on Monday 25th can you offer any advise .

Please and Thankyou

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6. Re: Another clueless visitor!

Since #5 is a totally different question it would be better, and give the OP more attention, to submit a new question rather than tag onto an existing one.

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7. Re: Another clueless visitor!

May 25 this year is the last day of a bank holiday weekend here called Memorial Day, the official start of the summer season in the Hamptons. I find it hard to believe you cant find an open car rental. The bigger problem may be most car rentals that weekend won't be returned til Mon. evening so there may be no cars available til Tuesday.

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