Fall in love with autumn in the East End
As the air turns crisp and the leaves begin to fall, the change of season ushers in some of the best the East End has to offer. From pumpkin picking to harvest festivals, hot cider made from apples fresh from the orchard to hikes when the leaves change color, there’s plenty to do this time of year. We were curious: What activities are realtors in the Hamptons and North Fork particularly looking forward to this fall?
Dominic Couzens, compass
“Fall, harvest season, what a beautiful time of year! Exercising is definitely at the top of my list. I enjoy watching NFL football and playing, coaching and watching basketball. The NBA kicks off shortly and NCAA basketball is right behind. The World Series will be here before we know it and this fall, for the first time at this time of year, we have the World Cup. Unbelievable. The change of season brings a completely different experience. Quieter beaches and less traffic make for great biking, hiking, swimming, and relaxing with family and friends. Getting tee times for some essential rounds of golf is also much easier! This is truly one of my favorite seasons in the East End.
Judi Desiderio, Town and country real estate
“Sweater weather is one of my favorites. The light is amazing on the East End. The water is still warm and the fishing is in full swing. When my husband, John, comes home with some fish, we light the fireplace and have dinner with family and friends. For me, the harvest season is heaven since I am a gardener and a baker. I also have the opportunity to try new recipes for soups and stews. J love to sit in the back to watch the water and the birds. There was a family of dolphins in Gardiner’s Bay last week. The sea life lately has been spectacular.
Mary Downes-Sabo, Nest Seekers International
“There’s nothing I love more than dropping in the Hamptons. To the east the water stays pretty warm in early fall and I love enjoying those last licks at the front beach. let the cold not set in. There’s nothing quite like the October sun setting on a tranquil shoreline Fun events like SouthamptonFest showcase the best our community has to offer by providing activities for the whole family and remembering that even though we are an international summer hotspot, the Hamptons really are a small town at heart.
John Frangeskos, The Corcoran Band
“Fall is one of the best seasons in the Hamptons. The charm of the region and classic Americana are on full display. Fall gives you the luxury of cool temperatures, endless farm stalls to enjoy, and my favorite – apple cider donuts from Hank’s Pumpkintown. Love spending time in Water Mill horse country with the scenic farm views and open roads. The weather is also perfect for my all-court basketball games. It’s the perfect time to get out and enjoy nature and our spectacular coastline. The beaches are peaceful and you can see for miles and miles. This fall in particular is an exciting time for our builder customers as many of their new development projects are nearing completion! »
Evan Kulman, Compass
“Fall is my favorite time of year in the Hamptons! The weather is usually still sunny and warm, except for the occasional refreshing chill in the morning air, the ocean is great for swimming and traffic isn’t as noticeable as it was in mid-August. Once October rolls around, I personally look forward to the Hamptons International Film Festival. All of the creatives come together to celebrate all facets of film. film industry, and this year the festival will last more than a week! Pumpkin farms always seem to open earlier over the years, which is something people come to enjoy from near and far. Reconnecting with old friends and new is always a favorite activity without the chaos of the summer months.
Ann Gegelys, Sotheby’s International Realty
“Fall out East is truly exceptional…from the changing colors to the diminishing crowds, what’s not to love?! As the crisp crisp air begins to linger and the days are getting a little shorter, I try to take advantage of the weather outside. One of my favorite fall destinations is the Milk Pail U-Pick Farm at Water Mill for apple picking. As a picker of seasoned apple lover who is counting the days until I can visit this beautiful orchard, I look forward to the many varietals Milk Pail has to offer.From a semi-tart Macoun to a tart Jonamac apple, there is no never hard to find an apple that tempts my taste buds or inspires me to cook my favorite apple recipe!Another one of my favorite fall destinations that requires very little energy is to take my fun-loving dog Carter , on our favorite ocean beach, Beach Lane in Wainscott.With less restrictions from off-season dog beach, Carter can run, run and run (just like any good Vizsla does!). We enjoy the cooler breezes and spectacular views, while Carter enjoys a world-class workout!
Nicole B. Brewer, Town and Country Real Estate
“Fall is fabulous on the North Fork! There’s nothing quite like a morning run along Oregon Road in Cutchogue when the air is crisp and the mist clears the fields. It’s so quiet and peaceful and the best way to reset after a crazy week It’s grape harvest time at the vineyards and I love to taste what the winemakers have been working on at Peconic Bay Vineyards, Macari Vineyards and Pugliese Vineyards. Midweek is the best time to get a reservation – Legends and aMano restaurants are great places to grab a big table to catch up with friends when our weekends are so busy. and unique gifts at the Farmer’s Market and local farms – you never know what you’ll find, and I like to cook what’s in season. And there’s nothing more beautiful than a sunset at North Fork…it’s perfect all year round.
Stephen Karl, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
“I can’t think of a better place to spend the fall than on the North Fork. Our family loves spending time outdoors, bouncing from playgrounds to parks, venturing the trails at Inlet Pond County Park in Greenport, navigating the corn maze at Krupski Farm in Peconic and picking up dead leaves wherever we go to bring them home. craft projects. Fall is a time when we especially love hosting our friends and family, sipping local wine while sitting around the fire pit after a day of exploring the North Fork farms and vineyards. In the evenings, when darkness has already set in, I relax in the kitchen, cooking meals with my family, roasting squash and simmering soups, enhanced by produce bought from Deep Roots Farm in Southold .
Kimberly Cammarata Douglas Elliman
“The activity I look forward to the most during the fall season is spending time with my friends and family! The summer season is so busy in real estate that it can be difficult to align social calendars with those that matter most. Whether it’s picking pumpkins at Harbes Farm, enjoying a glass of wine under the stars at Paumanok Vineyards, sharing a meal at the new restaurant in town, or watching the sunset on the beach, fall in the Hamptons is a wonderful place. While the bustle in the east never really slows down, it’s always nice to see familiar faces in the community and enjoy the beauty this season brings.
William McIntosh, Daniel Gale Sotheby’s International Realty
“We real estate brokers, like the general public, are enjoying all that the East End has to offer in the fall. Last weekend I took the kids pumpkin and apple picking. We brought some cider to enjoy warmed up with a cinnamon stick and maybe a little rum for the adults. Striped bass fishing is particularly successful in the fall, and the skies are at their best of the year as the clouds light up dramatically as the sun sets. On Wednesday evenings, the sailing regatta around Robins Island is fun to watch and cheer on your favorite sailors. You can watch from the New Suffolk pier or get a bird’s eye view if you can, from the water. The vineyards are of course a highlight and offer something for everyone. Many allow you to bring snacks and provide music. Others are more discreet and offer peace and quiet with lovely views of vines laden with ripe fruit and ready to harvest. If you’re looking for lively entertainment, head to Greenport where Claudio offers live music on the weekends. Lovely shops line Main and Front streets and offer unique items as well as many locally made products. If art and antiques are your thing then browse the galleries and consignment shops also in Greenport. Finally, let’s talk about the food. Did you say you were greedy? Well, we have you! From Riverhead to Orient, the dining scene has exploded on North Fork. There are plenty of new and old restaurants, cocktail bars with a cool vibe and even an oyster bar where you shuck them yourself. Come stay at a B&B or hotel for the weekend and maybe you’ll fall in love like I did and buy your own piece of The Forks.