Nicky Hilton’s guide to Bellport restaurants, shopping and more

Hotel heiress Nicky Hilton might have grown up calling the Hamptons her second New York house, however now the style designer, 37, prefers the “chilled, creative vibe” of Bellport, on Long Island.

“It is 45 minutes nearer to the city than the Hamptons and is its antithesis in many ways,” Hilton tells Alexa. “You are more likely to see chickens in someone’s yard than a sports car!” And she wouldn’t have it every other manner.

It’s now been almost three years since Hilton and her British banker husband, James Rothschild, purchased their six-bedroom, two-story Georgian Colonial, which sits on 4.5 acres within the Brookhaven Hamlet, simply north of Bellport.

It’s the right place from which Hilton and her daughters Lily-Grace, 4, and Teddy, 3, discover close by nature reserves and sustainable farms.

Both of which simply might need influenced her two latest vogue collabs: a sustainable, cruelty-free footwear assortment, Nicky Hilton x French Sole, and a low-maintenance youngsters’s clothes line, Dotty Dungarees x Nicky Hilton.

Here, she shares her favourite close by haunts.


Restaurants + Food

The Bellport Restaurant
A berry properly crafted dessert dish on the Bellport.
The Bellport Restaurant

“This is the locals’ dinner spot on weekends, and has a really varied menu, fantastic staff and a fun atmosphere — especially on Friday nights, when it can get really festive. It is like dining in a very bohemian home with a lot of close friends!”

Deer Run Farms
Deer Run focuses on produce and snackage.
Valerie Nolan

“These fifth-generation farmers have a great selection of produce, and their cookies, muffins and mozzarella cheese are all amazing. I love a family-run business!”

Beverages on a beach
Cool off with some wholesome, rainbowy drinks from It’s Only Natural.
It’s Only Natural

“This health-food store sells organic, local groceries as well as my morning coffee and smoothie.”

A creamy treat from Copper Beech.
A creamy deal with from Copper Beech.
Joey Wharton Photography

“This is one of my favorite shops anywhere. That is a strong statement, but I have not come across a more tastefully curated store in all my years of shopping! It is a chic general store founded by Thomas O’Brien and Dan Fink where every item has been selected individually from unique sources all over the world. You can go in looking to buy a baguette and come out with a Japanese coffee grinder or a nightstand. I went there for prepared foods for a party or for a cool toy for my kids, and I discovered Nightingale ice cream sandwiches, which are now my newest guilty pleasure.”

Exterior of Carla Marla's
Hilton satisfies her candy tooth at this charming sweet store.
Carla Marla’s

“This old-school candy cottage is as classic as it gets. The windows are lined with jars of candy, and it even has a white picket fence outside. They have everything from ice cream and milkshakes to candy. My personal favorite is the birthday bash ice cream.”


Shopping

Clothes at Bellport General.
Pick up some new threads at Bellport General.
Bellport General

“Another thoughtfully curated, small local store that carries everything from a unique sweater to a delicious pastry!” 


Activies + Events

A great white heron
Keep a chook’s-eye view out for an important white heron within the wetlands.
Alamy Stock Photo

“I love going on nature walks here. It is tranquil, calming and was a real blessing during the pandemic when we needed to decompress. It is beautifully protected and managed by the Post-Morrow Foundation. My kids love spotting herons and other birdlife on walks around the marshes there.” 

Art exhibits at Marquee.
Marquee is full of colourful reveals.
Marquee Projects

“The gallery has installations from seasoned artists as well as new ones, and it embodies the artistic-leaning community. Each July Fourth, Artists on the Lane is a show produced by the South Bay Art Association that brings in an astounding range of artists from all over the US.”

A boy by a chicken coop at Mama Farm.
This natural farm can be an occasion house fashionable, apparently, with omelet followers.
Davide Luciano

“This gorgeous organic farm in Brookhaven is run by Elettra Wiedemann. Her mother, Isabella Rossellini, founded it in 2013. They have a CSA [Community Supported Agriculture] program with all of the produce they grow as well as their honey, eggs and more. They are always putting on interesting events, like farm-to-table dinners by renowned chefs or theater productions and musical performances.” 

Exterior of the Gateway Playhouse.
Catch a present on the Gateway Playhouse.
The Gateway Playhouse

“The area is awash with artists, fashion designers, photographers and architects, so there is always something to see. However, for a true throwback, go to the Gateway Theater for the largest drive-in movie theater in Long Island.”

Beach Ball event for the Boys & Girls Club of the Bellport area.
A seashore ball occasion broke out on the space’s Boys & Girls Club.
HeyMrJasonPhotography

“The state-of-the-art facility includes teen and junior game rooms, learning centers and computer labs. It has been a lifeline during the pandemic for many young people, but has helped provide a safe space for kids for much longer. This year, my husband and I are hosting the annual Beach Ball benefit at our home in August.” The occasion will probably be held on Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021. For more particulars and tickets, please contact Diane Kennedy at diane@bgcbellport.org

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