When you head to the East End—whether it’s for a day, weekend or week-long visit—you know you’ll be splurging on luxe food, top-notch drinks and many different activities; the price of which all add up quickly. Not looking to spend your whole paycheck on all of the above? Here are the best ways to save on money without sacrificing East End fun.
Retail shopping and expensive outdoor excursions aren’t the only ways to spend your downtime in the East End (although we won’t argue that those are fun, too). If you’re trying to save money, opt for the free activities the East End has to offer: snap a picture of The Big Duck in Flanders (Riverhead), spend the day apple and pumpkin picking at Milk Pail’s U-Pick Farms in Water Mill, take a hike through Shelter Island’s beautiful Mashomack Preserve or—for a historical and educational outing—visit the Havens House on Shelter Island.
However, if your budget has some wiggle room for fun activities, this East End Bike Tour will give you a lot of bang for your buck. Not only do you get to experience the North Fork’s wine country via a 15-mile guided tour, but the $149 fee includes wine tastings, oil and vinegar tastings, a gourmet lunch, a paint lesson and additional refreshments.
To help save on food expenses, look for AirBnB’s that include a kitchen. This way, you can bring your groceries to the East End and cook while you’re there rather than eating out every night. If you’re looking to shop locally, check out the delicious meat, seafood and bread selection at Citarella’s—with locations in East Hampton, Bridgehampton and Southampton—or stop by Marie Eiffel’s on Shelter Island for imported cheeses, organic produce, baked goods and much more.
When you do eat out, finding restaurants that are BYOB—such as Farm Country Kitchen in Riverhead (there is a $10 corking fee)—can be a huge money saver.
Another way to save? Skip the expensive hotel rooms and stay in a quaint and cozy bed and breakfast instead. Usually featuring a complimentary continental breakfast (so no need to spend money on breakfast!), bed and breakfasts can help you feel like a local without spending a ton of dough. Sunrise Guest House is an ocean view Bed and Breakfast in Montauk that has a variety of suite and room sizes—some of which are equipped with a fireplace—making it the perfect fall getaway.
The Hedges Inn—located in East Hampton—is a five-star rated historic Bed and Breakfast that has thirteen rooms of varying sizes and prices and includes beach passes to Village Beaches and a fridge upon request—so you can keep leftovers from when you dine out or stock it with fruits, cheeses and drinks.
The Baker House 1650 in East Hampton is a boutique Bed and Breakfast—which has been nominated for Condé Nast’s “Award for Excellence”—and features an indoor swimming pool. Guests are also provided with passes to the nearby East Hampton gym, beach permits and with a spa on site, guests can purchase massage and facial services without having to travel for a day of pampering.
Spending money on bottles of water is a waste (both environmentally and financially), so packing reusable bottles for your trip—and keeping them with you throughout the day—can help cut back on wasteful spending. If you forget to pack them (you are human after all), not to worry, because Flying Point Surf Boutique has your back.
With locations in Montauk, Greenport, Sag Harbor and Southampton, you can find a variety of reusable water bottles, such as Corckicle’s, Yeti’s and S’well’s. Although you may have to spend money on a reusable bottle this trip, you’ll save money in the long run—plus, it can be your East End souvenir.