Gray Malin has turned beach photography into fine art. His cheery aerial shots of destination shorelines are probably on every design enthusiast's wall — a career that started as a hobby. Last month, Malin released "Beaches," a travelogue that weaves together his iPhone case-worthy images with insider tips and anecdotes.
The project also falls in line with Malin's personal philosophy, "Make every day a getaway," he tells us. "I want people to take a moment and escape when they see a piece of my work."
When a seasoned beach goer like Malin calls the Hamptons "the most charming beach community in America," we couldn't pass up the chance to ask him about his go-to spots in the area.
In addition to the tasty restaurants, Sunset Beach on Shelter Island offers a gorgeous scene. "It kind of feels like you're in St. Tropez," says Malin. "It shocked me — it just has a different feel to it."
1 Ocean Road, Bridgehampton
"It's the best place to grab a drink with friends on a summer night," he says. "They serve a great Manhattan."
15 Main St., Southampton
The classic spot, which is only open for lunch, features an "incredible" lobster roll, according to the photographer.
If you're searching for a scene that's more off the beaten path, check out Fowler Beach. "It's nice, nearby and charming, with these cool sand dunes," Malin says.
The Fudge Company
67 Main St., Southampton
Located on Main Street, The Fudge Company serves all kinds of classic desserts including ice cream, chocolates, fudge and saltwater taffy. "It's truly the most quintessential, all-American ice cream shop. It probably hasn't changed in 20 years, and I love it."
66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton
For a charming breakfast/brunch spot, look no further than Babette's in East Hampton. Malin says the coffee and pastries are a nice way to start off the mornings.
Tate's Bake Shop
43 North Sea Road, Southampton
Tate's serves good coffee, but Malin says to head straight for their ice cream cookie sandwiches. "It's half-dipped in chocolate, and it's the best thing ever. It's a staple every day when I'm there."
2468 Main St., Bridgehampton
"It has a pretty cute sidewalk and outdoor seating with martinis, oysters, that kind of thing."
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