Concierge services abound in Hamptons
Need a playdate for your dog? Last-minute dinner reservations on a Saturday night? A good baby-sitter in a pinch? You don't necessarily need to go to a five-star hotel to receive pampering concierge service. In the Hamptons, these services will cater to you, your family -- even your dog's -- every whim.
ENTERTAIN THE KIDS
Hamptons Family Concierge
INFO 631-259-3764, hamptons-family-concierge.goodsie.com
COST From $200 a week to $1,500 for summerlong service
Founders Kim Stengel and Jennie Magaro of Southampton can make your kids stop whining about how bored they are. A concierge service that specializes in family fun, the pair can sign your children up for almost anything they could want to do -- horseback riding, private tutoring, art classes and lessons in surf, tennis and music are popular. The big advantage: you escape the hassle of researching vendors to find the best instructors. "You really care who it is and who is providing the service," Stengel says. The company also throws birthday parties, and can find a vetted baby-sitter or plan a family day trip to places like Montauk, where families have toured the lighthouse and gone on a fishing excursion.
FUN FOR FIDO
Hamptons Canine Concierge
INFO 631-255-8556, hamptonscanineconcierge.com
COST $45-$85 an hour
Your canine companion needs a vacation, too. Hamptons Canine Concierge will make sure that your dog is living the life by providing everything from on-location vet services to dog wedding planning. "It's so busy . . . you want to make sure that the dog is covered on most bases," says co-founder Cindy Bressler. With their help, your dog could be taken on a run on the beach in the morning, get groomed afterward, eat a gourmet lunch of lobster rolls, have a spa appointment and socialize with other canine friends before heading home.
SNEAK IN A WORKOUT
InForm Fitness Bus
INFO 516-541-4300, informfitness.com
COST $125 a session ($800 for eight)
Can't find time to make it to the gym? No matter, the gym can come to you this summer. Adam Zickerman, founder of Manhattan-based InForm Fitness, has retrofitted a 27-foot bus with workout equipment. Starting at the end of June, it will be traveling through the Hamptons to provide patrons with a quick workout. A trainer will lead you through the "Power of Ten," a 20-minute high-intensity resistance workout that Zickerman says compresses a week's worth of exercise into just 20 minutes. Sound too good to be true? "It works," Zickerman says. "Otherwise, I don't think I'd be in business."
PLAN A NIGHT OUT
INFO 646-963-0378, hamptonangels.com
COST $30 an hour for planning (a la carte pricing for activities)
Between the long lines and catering mix-ups, partying in the Hamptons can be a logistical nightmare. The Hampton Angels can take the stress out of planning a night out. Founders Samantha Cole and Mani Malee Cofield can get you to the front of the line at clubs such as Dream, South Pointe and Social Club -- and even line up a security guard for your posse. The Angels have planned bachelorette parties, for example, that had the group bouncing around the Hamptons club scene in a limo stocked with gratis drinks, enjoying private tables at each stop. "Some places, we can get a table completely comped," says Cole.
The pair can also nab dinner reservations or arrange for a private chef to whip up a romantic dinner, among other services.