I had been wanting to go to the Hamptons and NYC for several years now; largely due to Gossip Girl. We started our trip in the Hamptons and we stayed at Gurney’s Montauk Resort. It is located right on the beach. Unfortunately it was still to early in the year to swim in the ocean. I always like to go to all of the lighthouses on any vacation we go on. We got to go up in the Mountauk lighthouse which offered great views of the area. East Hampton offers a lot of great high end shopping and off course we had to visit the Lilly Pulitzer store.
Many movies, TV shows, and music videos have been filmed at Oheka Castle located on Long Island. They offer tours of the castle and we actually had to reschedule our original tour since Royal Pains was going to be filming. This is also where Taylor Swift filmed her entire Blank Space music video. We got to go around the castle and they showed us where various productions had been filmed and told us about events that had been held there.
New York City
After a few days in the Hamptons, we continued our trip in NYC. We of course went to all of the standard tourist attractions and several key places in which Gossip Girl was filmed. If you are wanting to do tourist things while visiting make sure you plan well in advance. We were not able to go up in the Statue of Liberty since it was booked months out in advance. However, we did get to go up in the Empire State Building. It was really crowed as you can imagine, but there are really amazing views when you are up there since you can see the whole island. While we were there, they closed off part of the viewing deck for Sarah Jessica Parker.
We spent a lot of time walking around Central Park. There are a lot of great areas including the Bethesda Terrace which is where Chuck and Blair got married. We also walked around Grand Central Station, Rockefeller Center, Washington Square Park, Times Square, the High Line and the Brooklyn Bridge. We ended up eating at Shake Shack several times. They have really good food and we actually recently got a Shake Shack in St. Louis which is where the owner is originally from. One night we stopped for drinks at the Campbell Apartment which was featured in the first season of Gossip Girl.
As you would expect, there is a lot of great shopping throughout NYC. Some of the stores we went to were Bergdorf Goodman, Kate Spade, Tiffany’s, and Lilly Pulitzer. The NYC Lilly Pulitzer store is one of the larger ones and they were currently running their Splash into Summer promotion. We went there early in the day which ended up not being the best idea since we (my dad) had to carry my moms and my purchases all around Central Park.