Durell Godfrey

Cool, Quiet Amagansett

Amagansett just might be the most diverse of the Hamptons' many small communities, with its miles of unspoiled ocean beaches, tranquil bays, farmland, woods, and a charming business district free of the glitz encountered elsewhere. Tall trees line Main Street, and the quiet lanes that lead down to Bluff Road and the ocean have become highly desired real estate for their charm and great location. There are still large tracts of undeveloped woodland here and public hiking trails that wind their way through them and out toward windswept Napeague State Park.

For breakfast, visitors enjoy grabbing something at the Amagansett Farmers Market run by Eli Zabar and eating on outdoor tables on the lawn. Other early options include D'Canela and Jack's Stir Brew Coffee. Restaurants offering dinner include Indian Wells Tavern, Sotto Sopra, the Meeting House, and a couple of miles east on Montauk Highway, the Clam Bar, Lobster Roll, Cyril's, and Banzai Burger. Takeout lunches, snacks, and the like are available at Brent's General Store, Luz's Deli, Old Stone Market, Hampton Chutney, La Fondita, and Mary's Marvelous. For outdoor seafood in a decidedly odd setting, you can search out the Sea Slug Lounge at Multi-Aquaculture Systems, a working fish farm where they breed Rhodesian ridgebacks on the side.

At night, there is often live music at the Stephen Talkhouse, a no-frills roadhouse that can draw both big name performers from the rock and blues world as well as overflow late-night crowds. Astro's Pizza, a short walk away, stays open late. The Amagansett I.G.A. food market has a good supply, and there is a liquor store next door. Brent's and Luz's have beer and soft drinks; the nearest beer distributor with kegs and a big selection is Peconic Beverage on the highway closer to East Hampton Village. The Balsam Farm stand, north of the hamlet center on Town Lane at the end of Windmill Lane, has organic produce, as well as cheese, bread, preserves, and the like.

There are several galleries in Amagansett. Ille Arts shows emerging artists. Single-artist exhibits are often mounted at Sylvester and Co., a furnishings store. The Crazy Monkey generally favors group shows. Accommodations can be found at Gansett Green Manor, a guesthouse, at the quirkier Sea Breeze Inn, or at the very-high-end Inn at Windmill Lane. Out past the Lobster Roll restaurant on the Napeague Stretch of Montauk Highway/Route 27, you'll find a number of oceanfront resorts, including the Sea Crest, Hermitage, Ocean Colony, and Driftwood. Parking at the Amagansett beaches is by permit only, except at Atlantic Avenue, where there is paid parking on weekdays. Bicycle rentals can be arranged at the Amagansett Beach and Bicycle Co., from where it's only a short pedal to Indian Wells. There is usually a food truck and ice cream vendor at Indian Wells. Atlantic Avenue Beach has a concession stand. There are pubic restrooms at Atlantic Avenue and Indian Wells, as well as at Fresh Pond and Albert's Landing on the bay.

Beaches: Atlantic Avenue Indian Wells Napeague Lane Bay Beaches Albert's Landing Abraham's Landing Fresh Pond Barnes Landing Lazy Point

Food: Astro Pizza Banzai Burger Best Taste Brent's General Store The Clam Bar Cyril's Fish House D'Canela Felice's The Fish Farm Hampton Chutney Indian Wells Tavern La Fondita Mary's Marvelous The Meeting House Old Stone Market Sotto Sopra