Heading out East this summer? A handful of members with homes by the beach gave us their insider picks for where to eat, drink, shop and more. Consider this your summer checklist.
Melanie Brandman (Founder & CEO, The Brandman Agency)
Goop Pop Up in Sag Harbor
This thoughtfully curated store from Gwyneth Paltrow and her Goop team makes for some lovely shopping after lunch with rose. You really can’t go wrong with anything here. From swimmers to your favorite organic skin products, it’s a great pitstop when in Sag Harbor.
Hitch a ride on a friend’s boat to Sunset Beach for lunch
If you have a friend with a boat in the Hamptons, definitely encourage them to take it for a whirl to Shelter Island and drop anchor near Sunset Beach, or as we like to call it, St. Tropez in the Hamptons. Swim in (was we often do) or take the tender if you’re wearing your chicest gear. And don’t forget to make a table reservation on Resy!
Yoga in the Vines at the Wolffer Wine Stand
Yoga and wine. Of course, it’s the Hamptons. This is my Saturday morning ritual. A great way to start the day with a fantastic yoga practice among the vines at Wolffer Estate in Sagaponak Afterwards, head down to Sag Harbor for a totally delicious lunch at the Wolffer Kitchen restaurant on Main Street.
Wölffer Estate Vineyard
Fresh Produce Stands
If you are looking for a fabulous hostess gift, drop by one of the many farm stands and specialty stores. If you follow me on Instagram, you will know I’m obsessed with Round Swamp (Bridgehampton and East Hampton) for their salads, fried chicken, incredible pies and muffins. Your hosts will thank you, your credit card will not. Serene Greens is also a good roadside produce and seafood stand in Sag Harbor and I do love the more traditional Halsey Farm Store Farmers Market in Watermill.
Maneesh Goyal (Founder & CEO, Pineapple Co) - Bellport
Friday nights are alive at The Bellport! The fried chicken and the salmon tikka are our favorites—as is table-hopping.
Thomas O’Brien has created a magical jewel in Bellport with his shop. Not only the most spectacular housewares but also delicious food and drinks. Perfect pre-beach pit stop.
A very cool concept store that just opened in Bellport! The best part? The gorgeous coffee and snack selections.
Tara Levy (Founder, TL Projects) - North Fork
Have a great glass of wine on the patio and relax in a low-key vineyard setting. Or decide to stay overnight in their beautiful B+B.
Love Lane Kitchen
Perfect for breakfast or lunch, a cozy neighborhood spot in Mattituck well known to locals.
Lovely Greenport shop with home decor, clothes and accessories. Perfect spot to pick up something for a beach house or to wear to dinner on the North Fork.
Sang Lee Farms
Stop by their farmstand for fresh and organic veggies and fruits.
Can’t wait to try this new Greenport restaurant on the water; opened by Frank DeCarlo of Peasant and Bacaro.
Orient Beach State Park
Large sandy beach with biking and hiking trails throughout at the end of the fork (or the world!).
Blair Clarke (Founder, Voltz Clarke Gallery) - Sag Harbor
The Whalers Museum and renovated library are two of my fave spots. And Baron's Cove, Yoga Shanti and the Five and Dime.
Lisa Smith (Founder, The PR Net) - Springs
S&S Corner Shop
Adorable artisanal store for groceries and homewares, run by a lovely young family. Try the truffle cheese!
S&S Corner Shop
Springs Farmers Markets
On Saturdays 9am-1pm at the Ashawagh Hall, the Springs Farmers Market is a small but tasty array of mainly foodie items. I love the smoked fish patés with bread from Zabar’s.
Bostwick’s Chowder House
Not in Springs, but a short drive away, I often go to Bostwick’s for a casual seafood meal: amazing lobster fritters, fish tacos and more.
As consumers, we have the power to vote with our dollars. And for many of us, that means supporting brands that align with our values. We expect brands to do more than sell us a pretty product. We want them to stand for something.
Melody Serafino, co-founder of No. 29 Communications, writes on five socially conscious brands that are tackling some of today’s most important issues, from sustainability and supply chain to global economic development and children’s health.
The 7 Virtues
This is my new favorite fragrance brand for so many reasons: The 7 Virtues supports farmers from countriesrebuilding after war or strife; their perfumes are organic, hypoallergenic and don’t contain anyharmful chemicals; and the scents are fresh and contemporary.
The 7 Virtues
The brand was founded by human rights activist Barb Stegemann after her best friend was severely wounded while serving in Afghanistan. Continuing his mission of peace, Barb started purchasing legal orange blossom and rose essential oils from farmers in Afghanistan — paying them twice what they could make selling the illegal poppy crop (used for heroin production).
Today, the social enterprise works with farmers around the world to secure natural, organic and fair trade essential oils that create long-lasting fragrances and provide jobs, dignity and security to the farmers and their families. This includes working with a women-led cooperative that supports adult orphans and HIV widows who are survivors of the Rwandan genocide.
Look out for the new Peace Perfume collection now available exclusively online at Sephora and featured as part of Sephora’s “Clean Beauty” initiative coming to stores across the U.S. in August. I’m obsessed with the Orange Blossom fragrance, which is the perfect light summer citrus scent.
I was never a sneaker person until we started working with VEJA. Now I’m a total convert.The sustainable sneaker brand is beloved by fashion-forward, conscientious celebs like Emma Watson and Eddie Redmayne.
Headquartered in Paris and produced in Brazil, VEJA has created Fair Trade jobs for both producers and factory workers. For shipping, they work with Atelier Sans Frontières (ASF), which helps people facing social exclusion build a new life and find work.
From the beginning, VEJA has experimented with myriad sustainable technologies and fabrics, including plastic bottles and upcycled tilapia skin (yes, that’s a thing!).
And beyond being sustainable, they’re chic. They’re my go-to to pair with a casual summer dress or skirt.
Mezcal is having a moment, and with rooftop happy hour season upon us Ilegal is a must imbibe. The liquor brand is unapologetically political, sustainably produced and committed to paying fair wages.
You might recognize Ilegal for their political activism and ongoing and very popular campaign: "Donald Eres Un Pendejo" (translation: Donald, you're an asshole). The words and images have been plastered on posters around New York City and LA. With the campaign, Ilegal has raised tens of thousands of dollars for organizations including Niños De Guatemala and Planned Parenthood. As a brand, Ilegal supports the causes and initiatives near and dear to their team. These range from the arts to supporting the LGBTQ community.
Like most New Yorkers, I get home late from work and thrive on meals that are convenient and require minimal prep in my tiny kitchen. But it’s not always easy to find quick food options that are healthy, affordable and delicious.
Recently, I’ve been living off of LoveTheWild’s sustainable fish kits – available at Whole Foods, FreshDirect and specialty grocery stores nationwide. LoveTheWild is a female-founded, environmentally conscious seafood company that makes easy-to-prepare fish entrees with ingredients you can actually pronounce and fish from carefully vetted farms (every box lists the farm’s name, location and type of aquaculture).
With the rising global demand for seafood, overfishing has put tremendous pressure on our oceans—90 percent of the world’s fisheries are already fully exploited or facing collapse, according to the United Nations. LoveTheWild is empowering people to make a meaningful difference by only using sustainably farmed fish, like trout, striped bass, barramundi, and catfish.
Pop a kit in the oven and in 25 minutes or less you have impressive meals like Barramundi with Mango Sriracha Chutney and Rainbow Trout with Salsa Verde. Even Leonardo DiCaprio is an investor.
Noshi Food Paint
Noshi has one of the most heartwarming founder stories I’ve ever heard. The company was born from a unique friendship between two unlikely New Yorkers: Tomo Delaney, a fashion photographer-turned-stay-at-home-dad and Pegi Gorelick, a grandmother and former art teacher. When Tomo volunteered to do friendly visits with the elderly he was paired with Pegi’s husband who had recently suffered a stroke, and the three became fast friends. As they swapped stories of parenthood, Pegi was struck by the idea for Food Paint as a healthy way to get children more involved during mealtime.
The result: USDA organic certified fruit purées that kids can easily use to decorate their food. Noshi Food Paint comes in a set of three recyclable tubes of flavors: strawberry, peach, and blueberry and can be used on pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, yogurt, bread, ice cream, or as a dipping sauce. There’s no artificial flavors or added sugar, salt or preservatives. Think of it as a healthy alternative to chocolate sauce. Side note: they’re fun no matter what age you are.