In season or off, the Hamptons provide New York City’s greatest escape. The best reflection of what east coast beaches can be, there is sun and sea and a breeze that can carry away the most congested city day. Of equal importance, the culture from NYC carries over—with food, art galleries and the best in relaxation amenities. A little over two hours by car or train to the eastern end of Long Island, every town has something worth touching upon. For a historic village feel, drop by Sag Harbor, their newly renovated Watchcase Factory stands as an architectural gem. Bay Burger’s fast food approach almost sells short the high end quality of its food. The Bay Burger itself is delicious and substantial. The Sag Harbor Farmer’s Market is worth a stroll as much as a purchase. The farm fresh offerings hail from the surrounding lands, which even New Yorkers forget contain the best in farmland output. Retailer Aesop has opened a pristine, inventive product showcase in neighboring East Hampton. Their luxuriant bath and body products dash a little refinement to every self-grooming approach. Sant Ambroes, sister to a restaurant in New York, reflects the best in Southhampton seafood. Rich, meticulous plates pair ocean fresh and local veggies for dishes that wow. Their seafood risotto stands as one of the finest selections. Drop by Kamadeva Yoga for thoughtful, energizing exercise. And don't forget to venture to the very end, where even in the dead of winter the chateau-like Montauk Manor will provide you free shuttle service back and forth around the haven for Manhattanites.