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September 2021

The New Hamptons Classics

Think you’ve been there, done that, in the Hamptons? We’ve got news for you—and a list of Best Kept Secrets to try while vacationing on the East End in August. These just may become your favorites. We know they’re ours.

The Baker House 1650

181 Main Street, East Hampton, N.Y. 11937
Always a houseguest, never a guest? We love to invite ourselves to Baker House and roll around in Frette sheets without worrying about getting sand in our bed! Last time we went, we didn’t want to leave our room’s wood-burning fireplace and whirlpool for the beach. So we hopped down to the spa for a dip in the lap pool followed by the sauna. For breakfast, try the tarte tatin in the warm and welcoming garden-side breakfast room. Rooms run $695 to $950 per night from June 25 through September 7, including breakfast. And if you can tear yourself away, Baker House provides guests with one priceless perk—parking passes to East Hampton Village beaches. Don’t leave the inn without them!


84 Wainscott NW Road, Wainscott, N.Y. 11975
We bake all the time, but our kids still clamor for BreadZilla’s corn muffins. And if you don’t get there first thing in the morning, you’re out of luck. And the cinnamon bread? We inexplicably went through two loaves in ten minutes. Huh. BreadZilla makes breads, bagels, pastries, pies and cakes. But they have a salty side too, preparing lunch dishes to go that run the gamut from grilled grouper tacos to quinoa salad with roasted sweet potatoes and cauliflower. Open 8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday; 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. Sunday. Closed Monday.

Estia’s Little Kitchen

1615 Sag Harbor Bridge Hampton Turnpike, Sag Harbor, N.Y. 11963
We all love Estia’s for breakfast, especially the Florentine egg-white omelet with spinach and feta. You’d never know it was good for you. But what you should know is that Estia’s is open for dinner. Thursday through Sunday, from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m., Chef Colin (now, you know his name) prepares yummy dishes like shrimp and sweet-corn risotto with truffle oil. And he uses that wonderful local produce we all love along with herbs and fruit from Estia’s own gardens. They have a wine list, half local, and luscious homemade desserts like flan, chocolate pudding and chocolate cake. See you there!

Special: Get a complimentary 16-ounce Rosita (watermelon and lemonade) when you spend $7.50 or more on lunch or dinner. Through August 1, 2009.

Style Bar

One Bay Street, Sag Harbor, N.Y. 11963
We may love the beach, but we keep the beach bum look at bay with great manicures and pedicures at this cozy salon in Sag Harbor. We always request Andrea or Dey for one coat of Essie’s Sugar Daddy and one of Pink Glove Service. We bring our own Essie’s Curtain Call for our toes. And, just in case you thought our wind-swept look came from the wind, we’ll spill our Best Kept Secret—get Sean to do a blow out. It’s hair the way nature intended—if nature were a man who wielded a blow dryer as well as Sean does!


54 South Erie Avenue, Montauk, N.Y. 11954
We love to Tauk. Every time we go into this funky shop full of home furnishings, clothing and art, we want more than our little arms can carry. Last time we bought some beautiful horn cups to display and some hippie-chic macramé-and-bead bracelets for birthday gifts. Now, we have our eye on some limited-edition prints that would be great in our guest room. And Tauk’s stable of local jewelers, photographers and accessory designers guarantees you’ll find unique items.

Special: Receive 15% off when you mention AskMelissa. Through July.

Claire Thompson

When stress and tension—or just the need for a little self indulgence—follow us to the Hamptons, nothing makes us happier than a massage from Claire Thompson. And, she makes house calls! With her massage table, heating pad, aromatherapy oils and soothing music, Thompson gives the best deep-tissue massages we’ve ever had. Sessions are an hour ($120) to an hour and a half ($180). In the winter, she’ll go anywhere in New York, Queens and Long Island.

Marko Zelenovic

Learning how to ride a bike was hard, but learning a new sport can be trickier. Marko Zelenovic is our Best Kept Secret. Tennis instructor to those in the know—and those on Page 6—Zelenovic has improved our technique during private lessons in the Hamptons. He’ll come to you or find another private court to play on. Like groupies, we follow this charming tennis ace indoors each winter to Sutton East in Manhattan. Lessons are one to two hours ($180/hour), and he teaches beginners as young as three to tournament players. At any level, it’s a great workout.

Special: Be among the first 10 people to mention AskMelissa, and receive 10% off one session. New clients only.

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