MONTAUK, N.Y. (TheStreet) -- Memorial Day weekend kicks off summer in the Hamptons.
Whether arriving to that grand second or third home along the water in East Hampton or simply crashing at one of the numerous surf shacks and inns that dot the area, visitors will inevitably arrive to a Hamptons flush with upgraded hotels, renovated restaurants and renamed nightclubs that operate out of old spaces that seem to take on a different look and theme every other year. Like so many summers before, a fresh coat of paint and new name goes a long way in the Hamptons where everything old becomes new again.
If you haven't secured your Hampton vacation home, you'll have a number of hotel options. In recent years, travel stories have focused on Montauk and motels such as the Surf Lodge and the Sole East Resort, which offer hip lobby bars and modest rooms.
Summer visitors will be greeted by new waterfront restaurants and bars.
This year, there is a more grown-up option in Montauk.
The Panoramic View
is one of the few oceanfront hotels in the Hamptons. It's perched atop a lush inlet that is home to a renovated seaside hotel that also offers private villas available for purchase for $1.9 million and up. White siding and oversized picture windows contain cottage-style rooms that won't win any interior design awards, with their chunky slip-covered furnishings and metal headboards. But their large ocean-facing balconies and private beach access guarantees a peaceful night of sleep at a surprisingly affordable price.
in Amagansett offers a seven-suite and three-cottage retreat that's equal parts luxury inn and private home. A shingled facade with crisp white picture windows and wooden pergolas lead to a small reception and communal kitchen. You'll find English antiques, modern art and roaring fireplaces. Despite its intimate size, its rooms offer private entrances, loft-style kitchenettes with marble counters, terraces with outdoor fireplaces and dramatic bathrooms with porcelain tubs.
The dining scene in the Hamptons is a bit like musical chairs.
replaces Wei Fun in East Hampton. The Grill offers a playful dining space of mod '50s accents and a menu of meatloaf, burgers and shellfish.
Race Lane will cater to the glitzy crowds of Della Femina and Nick & Toni's. It's located in the former Laundry space and owned by Jay and Rowaida Plumeri, who run New York's 41 Greenwich. The East Hampton outpost of New York's
will also be vying for diners' dollars.
Three Mile Harbor is making a resurgence with two new eateries. Located on the upper level of the Harbor Marina, the former owner of the Lodge and Bamboo in East Hampton has opened
.The space gives a glimpse of the new Three Mile Harbor, with a cozy fireplace and a swanky shingled facade that's also home to the nearby Harbor Bistro with a new dining room that serves a $29 three-course menu of calamari, salmon and chocolate profiteroles.
Derek and Daniel Koch moved their
Saturday brunch to East Hampton Point from the Capri Hotel in Southhampton. At the bar at the East Hampton Point Marina, you'll find fedora-wearing guys and model look-alikes sipping pink Champagne. Those arriving by car should prepare to be one-upped by a yacht valet that assists anyone with a boat bigger than 150 feet. The party kicks off starting Memorial Day Weekend and runs through Labor Day.
Pink Elephant will no longer be part of the Hamptons scene, leaving its long-held space at the Capri Hotel. If you're looking for Hampton nightlife action, stay close to East Hampton and Montauk.
has survived a series of management shifts and interior upgrades that have helped with last year's water issues.
returns through its partnership with Axe Lounge, which brought body scented nightlife to men over 30.
is also back with a new sponsorship with Grey Goose vodka.
-- Reported by Michael Martin of JetSetReport.com in Los Angeles.
Michael Martin is the managing editor of JetSetReport.com -- a luxury travel and lifestyle guide based in Los Angeles and London. His work has appeared in In Style, Blackbook, Elle, U.K.'s Red magazine, ITV and BBC.