The Hamptons have become the summer hot spot for Hollywood types and all manner of jet setters seeking to get away from the blistering Manhattan heat. But real insiders know that the Hamptons, once a collection of sleepy fishing villages on the edge of Long Island, is even better in the off-season when the hoards are traveling to warmer climes. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the Southampton Inn is a discreet 90-room gem in the middle of all the hubbub.

Southampton Inn: Winter

Southampton Inn: Winter

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Rooms are generously sized and appointed in classic beachy Hampston’s style with original works of art on the walls, lovingly collected by proprietor Dede Gotthelf. The weekend uInterview visited Yeou-Cheng Ma, Yo-Yo Ma’s sister, a friend of Gotthelf’s, performed in the Inn’s cozy library for guests.

Southampton Inn: Guest Room

Southampton Inn: Guest Room (Lenny Stucker)

Just a short walk to the famed Cooper’s beach, the Southampton Inn is perfectly situated for those looking for a few days in the sun. Guests can wash off the sand in the large pool that’s open from mid-May to mid-October. The Inn is a popular destination for wedding parties and corporate retreats looking for a non-institutional feel for their events. The all-season tennis court doubles as a reception area when women want a heel-safe surface.

Southampton Inn: Patio & Garden View

Southampton Inn: Patio & Garden View

It’s easy to see why a long list of celebrities from Harrison Ford to Kate Hudson have booked rooms at the Southampton Inn. It the middle of all the fabulous social swirl, it’s nice have refuge from it all.