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Is a car necessary for getting around the Hamptons?

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Is a car necessary for getting around the Hamptons?

We are planning a 2 night stay in East Hampton (in March 2013- we realise it will be cold and possibly wet but it is about having a couple days out of Manhattan!)

We are hoping to stay at an Inn or B&B with some character and olde world charm but would like to know if any are recommended for people who will be arriving on the Jitney and then probably walking everywhere else? (anything up to $400 pn weeknight is fine). Have checked a few on Trip Advisor but unsure from reviews whether they really are walking distance to the village (and we would like a wander to see the beach too).

The other question is once in the East Hamptons is there any public transport (obviously off season) to get around to other villages for a visit?

When you take the Jitney - can you stop at Sag Harbour on the way to or from Manhattan for a couple of hours?

Feel free to tell us to just hire a car when we get there if this is ridiculous!

Thankyou in advance.

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1. Re: Is a car necessary for getting around the Hamptons?

Definitely get a car. You will feel a bit stranded without one.

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2. Re: Is a car necessary for getting around the Hamptons?

It is possible to manage without a car, but its a lot easier with one. There's local bus service between the various villages, but it's not all that frequent and mostly designed for workers to get to and from their jobs. That said, it does run and the are taxis between the villages if you really can't or sont want to drive.

There are several inns in East Hampton right near the Jitney stop, all in historic old buildings.. The Jitney stops right in front of the Huntting Inn. The 1770 House, Hedges Inn, Baker House and Maidstone Arms are all along Main st. Maidstone Arms is owned by Scadinavians who've redecorated with quirky charm and is the least old-y worldy looking inside now but I love it and their restaurant is excellent. The others will be more traditional. I've seen the rooms at Baker House and 1770. 1770 is more recently done and very nice. Baker House feels like you're staying at a very wealthy friend,s house. ;)).

March is a tough month in the Hamptons and some of these might actually be closed then. Also be warned that many of the shops may be closed during the week in March and many of the restaurants may only be open on the weekend or Thurs- Sun. There will be enough that are open most days like the Palm in the Huntting Inn which is a steakhouse, the Living Room inside Maidstone Arms, Cittanova for Italian and Rowdy Hall for American stay open and are within walking distance of those inns, so you wouldn't starve; but midweek in March is not the best time to visit the Hamptons.

There are some Jitneys that make stops in Sag Harbor (you generally have to make a transfer somewhere though) but you couldnt get off in Sag Harbor and then later use another Jitney to get to another village. The Jitney doesnt provide local service between villages. You could get a taxi.

Here,s a link to the bus map. 10a,b,c & 92 are the buses that service the area

www.sct-bus.org/assets/sct_systemmap.pdf

You should be able to find a schedule online.

You can rent a car locally. There's an Enterprise location right at the main Jitney office stop in Southampton so even if you stay n East Hton, you could ride the Jitney as fara s Southampton, get the car and drive the rest of the way, not far.

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3. Re: Is a car necessary for getting around the Hamptons?

Thankyou so much or the time taken to reply, I really appreciate it. Nothing like insider knowledge. Sounds like we might rent a car as time is limited and will even see about perhaps one day being a weekend day. As usual NYers are great with the advice. Can't wait to be there again. I hope this finds you and your loved ones all ok in the aftermath of Sandy.

Edited: 01 November 2012, 20:45
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4. Re: Is a car necessary for getting around the Hamptons?

Thanks for the good wishes. Lots of power outtage in the Hamptons and lots of trees down, but it was the seashore of New Jersey, Brooklyn, Queens and the western end of Long Iland that took the worst hit from the storm.

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5. Re: Is a car necessary for getting around the Hamptons?

We have been living part time in the Hamptons a little more than two years now.We have happily learned ( through exploration, by car) that the only way to see the vast beauty of the area is by car.

The true Hamptons, starting at the Shinnecock Inlet to Montauk Point covers a lot of ground. Don't expect to see everything in just one weekend visit. Rent a car (with GPS) in Southampton at Enterprise Car Rental at the Jitney Depot. Make sure you arrive during daylight, When driving at dusk or dawn be extra alert for deer that dart out into the road.

There is plenty to do and see all year round out there any month of the year and any day of the week.

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6. Re: Is a car necessary for getting around the Hamptons?

You should definitely get a car!

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