Ride Free, Ride Fun, Ride Nonstop in the Hamptons

Everyone knows TRAFFIC SUCKS IN THE HAMPTONS. But while sitting on 27 is great for getting through your audio book and podcast backlog, it’s not exactly fun when you’re due at an appointment or need to get to that precious reservation on time!

Anyway, with all the driving I do for showing and cavorting around the East End, I’ve been searching for ways to be a happy passenger instead of a cranky driver. Here are a few that I discovered that could help you avoid Hamptons road rage.

Hampton Hopper

Recognizable by their big, blue school buses, this inexpensive, app-based ride service runs daily loops in Montauk from 10 a.m.–10 p.m., with stops at all the hotspots, resorts and activity hubs, including Hither Hills Campground, Gosman’s Dock, Gurney’s, Kirk Park Beach, the LIRR station, Montauk Chamber of Commerce and more. They also offer private charters. Get all the details at hamptonhopper.com.


Coming back for summer 2021, Rove provides nonstop transportation between Manhattan, Brooklyn, and the Hamptons—so you get on in one place and get off at your destination, with no stops in-between. Instead of a big bus, you’ll travel in a Mercedes Sprinter Van, which takes off from Rove’s partner hotels in SoHo or Williamsburg and drop off at some of the Hamptons’ most happening locations. You can also charter a private ride, and pets are permitted if they’re 25 lbs or less! Check them out at ridewithrove.com. They also have a Sag Harbor village shuttle service called Rove loop. You can check their website for details.


Presented by founders and East Hampton natives Alex Esposito and James Mirras

as a greener ride option, Circuit (formerly Hamptons Free Ride) uses easy-to-spot all-electric vehicles to shuttle passengers to the beach in Southampton, East Hampton and Montauk—and it’s free! Visit ridecircuit.com to find out more.

Whether you’re making the journey from points west or tooling around town, these services are often fun, social gatherings on wheels. And they’re definitely a safe bet for anyone who should not get behind the wheel while enjoying a boozy summer day.

I’ll see you on the road!


Veterinarians International Dog Walk and Shopping

As we’ve established, I’m a smitten dog lover who can’t get enough of my Russell and Bella—not to mention supporting the many animal shelters and wildlife preservation orgs out here (remember the Walk for Awareness Dog-a-Thon?). With that in mind, I urge you to attend a very special event, Shop for Species Survival, a dog walk and shopping experience for animal and wildlife welfare at J. McLaughlin in Southampton this Saturday, June 26. I hope you and your pup(s) will join us at the corner Jobs Lane and Main Street at 10:30 a.m., when we’ll walk and then enjoy shopping from noon– 5 p.m. to benefit Veterinarians International, which helps provide veterinary aid and education to animals and communities around the world (visit vetsinternational.org to register).


The founder of Veterinarians International, Dr. Scarlett Magda—a vaunted local resident, veterinarian and animal activist—will be on hand as we shop and sip at J. McLaughlin, which is donating 15% of the proceeds to her excellent organization. Dr. Magda will also share some compelling stories about animal welfare and conservation issues globally, including updates on plans for Sri Lanka’s first elephant hospital and much more.

I saw Dr. Magda speak at Bridgehampton Tennis & Surf Club benefit a few years agao and was thoroughly blown away by her message. Before hearing her speak, I was totally unaware of how closely human health, animal health and the health of our ecosystem are so tightly linked. It was a truly eye-opening experience. Check out Dr. Scarlett Magda online to get the full picture of her many accomplishments and important efforts to protect the world’s wildlife, ease animal suffering and stop the spread of zoonotic diseases, which is surely something close to all our hearts in these troubling times. 


BORED? Maybe it’s time for you to play HAMPTONS BINGO! What better way to commiserate …..errr i mean CELEBRATE Summer ’21… with your friends at the next get together. Simply, print this card for hours and hours and hours of fun at your next dinner party! Sadly, I think I have all but 3 boxes filled.

BTW, I thought I was so orignal with this blog but alas they did it on Curbed.com about 10 years ago. So, this is the new and improved version of Hamptons Bingo. As Curbed editor at the time Laura Euler suggested, feel free to laminate this collectors piece of Hamptons life 2021.


Sag Harbor Baking has gone to the BIRDS.

Sad news…. apparently the gang behind Sag Harbor Baking Company kneeded a break and have closed up shop. The confectionary establishment which was a favorite with locals for the past few seasons closed last fall and apparently decided not to reopen. But the news isn’t all bad. Going into it’s place at 51 Division Street will be a new gourmet chicken cafe called “Lil’Birdie.” Featuring brined 24 hour fried or rotisserie chickens along with sandwiches, side salads and a promising menu of fries this could be just want this village needs. They currently have their menu online but I haven’t receieved any information yet on opening day. I’ll keep you guys informed.

Meanwhile, if you didn’t try it last year you need to go this summer and try V-Cafe located at 172 Buckskill Rd. in East Hampton. Operating out of the former snack stand at Hampton Raquet the cafe orders a limited but perfect array of Vietnamese goodies. The chicken and shrimp summer rolls are my personal favorites. You can order to go or actually dine by the courts. This may also be the best deal in town with salads starting at $8 and chicken and steak satay’s going for $10. While they don’t have a liquor license, feel free to bring your own favorite wine or beer! Open every day from 10 am to 8pm (except Sunday till 3p) the V-Cafe should be on the must list for Summer 2021! You can find them online or give them a call at 347-217-0944.

Shrimp Summer Rolls…. Perfect for a light summer bite!!