Main Street East Hampton Autumn
Years ago, it was called Tumbleweed Tuesday, that day after Labor Day when the streets were all but empty of cars. Storefronts ran sales and rolled down their shutters. Restaurants trimmed their hours and announced the day they would close for the season. One of our favorite Eastenders has a bit to say about the end of summer.
The abundance of the summer crowds has departed with tail lights shimmering along route 27. As we enter the first days of Autumn, East Hampton magically transforms back to the New England Village that is barely visible in season.
Newtown Lane East Hampton Autumn
The East End’s perfect time of the year has just begun:
- Parking is abundant
- Reservations for dinner are easy or not needed
- Tickets for music and the theatre are almost always available
- the stores are still open and wonderfully uncrowded
You might even see that previously mentioned sale sign in a window or two, not to worry . . . the shops are just making way for the Winter merchandise. Christmas shopping is right around the corner.
A morning walk on an ocean beach will be uncrowded, the waves will crash and the seagulls will squawk for their breakfast. What you will not see are many people, most likely you will see a Humpback Whale or a school of Bottlenose Dolphins swimming offshore. Parking permits and dog restrictions have faded with the end of summer.
Umbrella Beach Montauk Autumn
Make it a Special Autumn Day
Why not order Chef Carolyn’s breakfast sandwich and a cup of MHI Java to travel? Peruse Sylvia’s Ocean Beach Guide and plan a morning walk. Whatever your choice of camera, iPhone or Leica, you will be able to capture some of the best photographs of the season. HINT - bring a cooler, beach chairs, and towels from The Mill House Inn and stop by Book Hampton for some beach reading.
After leaving the beach I would suggest a stop at L&W Market in Bridgehampton. Jason and Jeremy’s food is amazing and they will be happy to setup the perfect picnic lunch for you. If your thirst is peaked why not stop at one of the South Fork Vineyards? Get a case to take home and a bottle for later!
Wolffer Estate Autumn
Gardiners Bay Sunset
When the traffic has departed, especially midweek, bicycling on the East End is at its very best. Please do have a look at Sylvia’s Guide on riding out East. Or, maybe a walk to the Cedar Point Lighthouse - before the hurricane of ’38 it was an island. Here is the rest of the story at the Smithsonian.
East Hampton Grill
Just because it’s Autumn
- Events at Amber Waves Farm - the market is always worth a visit – buy some pancake flour
- Jackson Pollock House Exhibitions - You might like to watch the movie Pollock in your suite as a refresher
- A Ghost Town Walk at the Grace Estate - Find out why it’s called a Ghost Town
- The Haunted Rodgers Mansion - The Paranormal & Frankenstein are on the menu
- Take ride to Montauk for a cocktail and the sunset at the Montauket
- Montauk Annual Fall Festival
- East Hampton Chamber Fall Festival
Fishing Montauk Jetty Autumn
And of course our local Farms at their best . . .
- Hanks Pumpkin Town - McIntosh, Cortland, Fuji, and Honeycrisp apples, Donuts, Cider, Roasted Corn and The Maze.
- Mecox Bay Dairy - Artisanal Cheeses, Grass Fed Beef, Raw Milk, Pork. Everything sold here is made here!
- The Milk Pail - Apples, Fall Vegetables, Flowers. The Halsey family has been farming here for 350 years!
- Fairview Farms - Pies, Flowers, Vegetables, and more. Plus a statement I just love: If you need product when we're closed, email or call us and we'll be happy to serve you as best we can!
- Oh! and about all the Pie - kind of a supernatural thing.
East Hampton Farm Stand Autumn
Lagniappe [lan-yap]: Cajun for a little something extra
The Last Lobster Roll of the season . . . and it’s no fair if you go to a seafood shack that’s open all year. It’s the seasonality of the challenge that makes it fun.
So post a pic on instagram, mention us and the MHI Lobster Roll Challenge and whoever eats the very LAST lobster roll of 2018 wins an extra night at MHI added to their next stay!
HINT: The Clam Bar stays open until the pipes freeze!