Dogcation: Navigating dog friendly Amagansett for sun, beach, and great food in the Hamptons

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Another great summer spot for you and your dog is out in Amagansset, NY, on the eastern end of Long Island. It takes about 2.5 hours to get there from NYC, so it’s a better multi-day trip than a day trip, but it offers fresh air, a laid back town, good food, and an awesome stretch of beach.

Getting there

You are probably going to have to drive out to Amagansett (104 miles from NYC), because Long Island Railroad only really allows small confined dogs (or service dogs). If you don’t have a car, rent one and put down a dog seat car protector to help avoid any car cleaning fee from dog hair. Consider driving at off hours (after 7pm, before 8am, middle of the day) to avoid commute and vacationer traffic.

Where to Stay

This is a tricky one given summer rates for rental houses and hotels are expensive. We were fortunate enough to have a friend invite us out. Consider coming in the fall or spring before rates get sky-high. Here are some dog-friendly hotels and rentals in the area.

  • Cottage 1 at The Inn at Windmill Lane, via http://innatwindmilllane.com

    Gansett Green Manor (273 Main Street, Amagansett, NY): Suites and cottages with private patios make this a good choice for dog-friendly lodging in Amagansett. $25 extra/night for dogs. Rates run $300-$450.

  • The Inn at Windmill Lane (23 Windmill Lane, Amagansett, NY): Super luxury private cottages with fenced yards for you and your dog are expensive ($450-$2100/night) but very nice. The three cottages are dog friendly as is Suite 2. $50 extra/night for dogs.
  • VRBO Rentals: Check VRBO.com for Amagansett homes for rent that are pet friendly. They range from $200/night to $15,000 per week so the variation is extreme.
  • AirBnB: Rent out a pet-friendly room in someone’s home in Amagansett, or the whole place for between $114-$4000/night.

The Beach

Two Mile Hollow Beach

Two Mile Hollow Beach

The ocean beaches are closed to dogs (on leash or off) from 9am to 6pm during the summer months (mid-May to September 30th), but before 9am or after 6pm, your dog can go nuts playing on the sand and in the water. Remember, it stays light out pretty late these days, so you can have a sunny dinner on the beach with your dog, or some early morning play time. It’s also a lot less crowded during the week.

[Note some recent legislation states that your off leash dog must be at least 300 feet from the entrance to the beach, so look for the markers before you pick your beach spot. Most people are pretty relaxed but there is a $250 fine for violations so be careful.]

Ocean Beaches

  • Atlantic Avenue Beach (Amagansett)
    Off of Atlantic Avenue, Map
  • Atlantic Drive Beach (Amagansett)
    Off of Atlantic Drive, Map
  • Egypt Beach (East Hampton)
    Old Beach Lane, Map
  • Georgica Beach (East Hampton)
    Off of Lily Pond Lane, Map
  • Indian Wells Beach (Amagansett)
    Off of Indian Wells Highway, Map
  • Main Beach (East Hampton)
    Off of Ocean Avenue, Map
  • Napeague Lane Beach (Amagansett)
    Off of Napeague Lane, Map
  • Navahoe Road Beach (Amagansett)
    Off of Navahoe Road, Map
  • Two Mile Hollow Beach (East Hampton)
    Off of Two Mile Hollow Road, Map

Bay Beaches:

Note there are also beaches on the bay side, and often these are more lax with leash laws. Here are a few.

garden behind Jacks coffee

garden behind Jack’s coffee

Dog-friendly food spots

  • Hampton Chutney Company: Located in Amagansett Square (6 Main Street), grab a dosa and a cardamom coffee and hang out at the outdoor picnic tables and grass with your dog (on leash).
  • Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee: Also in Amagansett Square (146 Montauk Hwy Amagansett), Jack’s serves up some of the best coffee in the Hamptons, as well as ice cream, and tons of local New York specialty items. In the back thee is a shaded area with outdoor tables and chairs for you and your dog to chill out at (on leash).
  • Mary’s Marvelous: In the center of the town of Amagansett (207 Main St, Amagansett, NY), Mary’s has awesome takeaway sandwiches (breakfast and lunch) and treats to grab before hitting the beach. You can’t bring your dog inside, but it’s pretty quick to grab a sandwich and go.
  • Bostwick’s Chowder House: Pretty close to Two Mile Hollow Beach, you can get a take out order of fish tacos or lobster roll¬† at Bostwicks (277 Pantigo Road in East Hampton) and then head on over to eat at the beach (after 6pm) with your dog. Not the best lobster roll in the Hamptons, but convenience is key.
  • Springs General Store: Out in the adjacent Springs area, hit up the Springs General Store for sandwiches, lemonade and coffee. It was frequented by artist Jackson Pollock back in the day when he lived nearby. They have picnic tables where you and your dog can have a picnic lunch near a pond.
  • Balsam Farmstand: The corn out here is some of the best you will ever have. Stop by the Balsam Farm Stand (Near windmill lane & town lane, amagansett ny) in August to get some fresh corn and other veggies and local cheeses for dinner.

Dog Park

  • Springs Dog Park: Not to far away is the 20+ acre Springs Dog Park if you want some dog-friendly open space at any time of day. On your way, stop by

Veterinarians

Need a vet? Maybe your dog picked up a nasty tick or ate something funky off the beach (dead crabs?)

  • East Hampton Vet Group (22 Montauk Highway , East Hampton, NY): Head to the East Hampton Vet Group (22 Montauk Highway , East Hampton, NY).¬† Added bonus – You may find rates to be 50% less than in Manhattan. We have actually done booster shots while out there to save on vet bills. 631-324-0282

 

 

 

 

 

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