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Accommodations range from small motels to extravagant resorts to tiny historical inns. Amagansett's sleepy Reform Club, 23 Windmill Lane (tel. 631/267-8500) combines a modern, design-y aesthetic with a laid-back beach-house feel; rooms start at $700 per night. Another splurge-worthy option: the elegant Arts and Crafts-style Baker House 1650, 181 Main St., East Hampton (tel. 631/324-4081). The more affordable (and decidedly hipper) Solé East, 90 Second House Rd., Montauk (tel. 631/668-2105), offers recently renovated bungalow-style rooms in a low-key Zen-like setting, while East Deck, right next to Ditch Plains, Montauk (tel. 631/668-2334), is a bare-bones but clean and friendly option beloved by surfers and relaxed families. Another wallet-friendly choice: The Inn at Baron's Cove, 31 West Water St., Sag Harbor (tel. 631/725-2100).

Campgrounds -- Hither Hills State Park, Montauk (tel. 631/668-2554), is a gem of a beach park without the pretension of the Hamptons. It also has a rarity: camping just steps from the 2-mile-long white-sand beach. A campground in chic East Hampton seems like an anomaly (and it is), but Cedar Point County Park (tel. 631/852-7620) is set in a densely wooded area of East Hampton overlooking the Long Island Sound. The 190 campsites, which are a few minutes' walk from the water, can be used for tents and campers, though none have electric hookups.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.