Southampton NY town comprises seven villages, including the Village of Southampton and sixteen unincorporated hamlets including Northampton, Bridgehampton, and Water Mill. Named after the Earl of Southampton, the Village of Southampton is the commercial hub of Long Island and also one of the most prestigious areas within The Hamptons. Known as "Malibu East," this part of Long Island has long been the summer vacation spot for the wealthy residents of New York City. Visitors will find some of the most beautiful beaches in the Hamptons along the coastline in Southampton. The variety of activities is also very appealing; active tourists will love the array if options for cycling, tennis, fishing and golfing. Southhampton and the surrounding area is also well known for some pretty incredible antiquing, with treasures small and large found across the island in antique stores and other similar shops. Spending time by the water, there is plenty more to do, from sailing to kayaking, canoeing, swimming, surfing, and more.
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In 1640, Southampton town was founded by Lynn Massachusetts settlers who obtained land from the Indian nation of Shinnecock. These initial settlers included one woman, a boy, and eight men who arrived at Conscience Point together and more families followed. By July 7th of the same year, town boundaries were determined and over the following years, almost fifty more families joined the community. Number 249 Main Street is the first house to be built there; it still exists today. There are nearly fifty private and public cemeteries, many of them within the Village of Southampton. One of the most important historic attractions in this part of Long Island is located in the town town of Sag Harbor, which is partly in Southampton and partly in East Hampton. The attraction is Sagamore Hill, the former estate of President Theodore Roosevelt. It is a National Historic Site that during Roosevelt's administration was known as the Summer White House.
Southampton NY Beaches
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There are eleven Southampton NY beaches, providing plenty of choice for all tastes and needs. These beautiful ocean beaches span more than seven miles and feature clean, white sand. Cooper’s Beach is the most popular because of the lifeguards in duty, it offers good shade trees, and it spans almost three miles. There are day and seasonal passes available along with restrooms, showers, concessions, and a pavilion. Rules here are fairly tight but keep the beach safe and enjoyable, especially when summer crowds arrive. There is also a shopping center with a general store, medical center, pharmacy, and more. Other great beaches in Southampton NY include Fowler, Little Plains, and Halsey Neck Lane.
Southampton NY Hotels
Southampton NY Hotels
Upscale and exclusive in its own right, Southampton NY has less than a dozen hotels to choose from, several presenting the upscale style and exclusivity Southampton is known for. There are hotels, inns, and motels, most in the mid-range price scale. The Village Latch Inn (pictured) offers rooms and four private villas all with free wireless internet. The grounds are expansive and include an outdoor pool. The Enclave Inn is a quaint lodging option just minutes from the ocean with only 11 rooms offering ideal peace and quiet. The inn also offers free internet and a swimming pool, typical of most hotels in the area. The Bentley Hotel is a long, two storey hotel with a great sundeck and outdoor pool. Rooms are bright, spacious, and fresh and features separate living rooms and furnished balconies for added comfort. The Southampton Inn is set on five acres of lovely grounds in the heart of the village. For those seeking an exclusive getaway on par with their surroundings and don’t mind shelling out a small fortune per night, there are many privately owned villa rentals available fixed with all the amenities one could want and more.
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