Check out any map of the eastern coast of the US and youíll quickly realize how close everything is, and how diverse. Within a dayís drive, you can go from rustic mountain peaks to ritzy shoreside mansions. If spending a day at the beach in the most well-heeled surroundings sounds appealing to you, consider a trip to East Hampton.
Lodging: The Hamptons are synonymous with second homes for wealthy New Englanders. For those of us not quite so fortunate, a stay at an area hotel, B&B, or vacation rental is certainly an option. Nearby communities like Amagansett and Southampton provide additional vacation rental home opportunities.
Location: Occupying a peninsula on Long Island, East Hampton is nearly surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean in the form of no less than three bays and Block Island Sound.
History: Founded in 1648, East Hampton has been attracting wealthy residents almost from the start. It is primarily famous now for its rows of aristocratic old mansions, a thriving artist community, and Hampton International Film Festival in October.
Add in nearly a dozen state and local parks, excellent restaurants, and plenty of history in easy reach, and itís easy to see why East Hampton and its neighbors remain a popular and prestigious vacation destination.