My tips, notes & faves: The Hamptons, champagne dreams on a beer budget
Friday, August 28, 2009 at 6:24PM
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Ahhhhhh, the Hamptons…Just the word alone evokes images of fancy cars, P-Diddy (or whatever the hell he calls himself these days), wood-shingled mansions on the beach, fabulous outdoor soirees, the ladies of “The Real Housewives of NYC,” scenes from “Gossip Girl,” and the list goes on.
Think you’re too poor to enjoy a weekend/summer on Long Island’s sexy playground for the uber rich and famous?  Well I’m here to tell you that you’re not!  Allow me to introduce you to, as my friend Jasmin Rosemberg would call it, “How the Other Half Hamptons” (or how your’s truly calls it, “how P-Diddy doesn’t Hampton”).  This category describes folks like me, who spend summer weekends out East in share houses or a tiny hotel room split amongst four friends.  
I’m here to clarify a couple of the questions/responses/looks I get when people unfamiliar with the Hamptons learn that I’m spending my weekends there:   

“Oh look at you, Miss Thang!  You’re so fancy pants going to the Hamptons!” 

“Isn’t everything in the Hamptons like outrageously expensive?” 

There’s a niche out East for everyone!  While I can’t speak for Paris Hilton or Jill Zarin, I can give you some tips from a girl whose Hamptons style resembles "champagne dreams on a beer drinker’s budget."  So without further ado, here are some of my tips and recommendations...If not for this summer, then for next.  Enjoy:
Summer Shares

How far in advance do I need to start planning for a summer in the Hamptons  

This is going to sound crazy, but if you are looking to join a share house, then it’s best to begin your search in January/February for the upcoming summer. 

When you say “it’s best to begin looking,” what exactly do you mean?  Where can I “look” for a share house?

How much is too much to pay per weekend

Hotels/motels

Feel like you’ve outgrown the “summer share” experience

Transportation

I don’t have a car in the city.  How do I get out to the Hamptons?  

What to pack for a summer weekend 

What am I supposed to bring for a weekend out East? 

FYI
My personal favorite
Safe & happy (and bed-bug free) travels!
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