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Anyone else feeling the “Um, where did summer go?” vibes this week? Us too. But there’s a silver lining: Autumn is the perfect time of year for a laid-back getaway on the East End. Here’s what to do long after the summer crowds are gone.

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1. Have a blissful off-season beach day. Post Labor Day, the beaches empty out and you’ll likely have the sand all to yourself. (But be forewarned there may not be any lifeguards, so we’d advise strolling over swimming.)

2. Go to a concert at the original Hamptons nightspot Stephen Talkhouse without having to fight for elbow room.

3. Brush up on your art history at the Pollock-Krasner House (open through October).

4. Rejoice at the ability to get from point A to B without tearing your hair out in traffic.

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5. Catch the sunset while sipping a Moët Ice Impérial cocktail (the first-ever Champagne designed to be enjoyed specifically over ice) at the Surf Lodge through September.

6. Eat your weight in homemade apple, pumpkin and pecan pies at The Blue Duck Bakery.

7. Or pick your own apples for pie-making at Water Mill’s Milk Pail, which opens for the season on September 1.

8. Surround yourself in art at the Parrish Art Museum. The crowds tend to thin out in the fall, making for a much more pleasant perusal experience.

9. What’s better than a dozen oysters? A whole weekend dedicated to oysters, crab, fish tacos, ceviche… you get the idea. The Montauk Seafood Festival goes down September 8 and 9.

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10. It’s not fall without the obligatory pumpkin-patch ’Gram. Snap a few (and pick up some seasonal decor) at Hank’s Pumpkintown, open for pumpkin picking beginning September 8.

11. Last call for lobster rolls: Duryea’s is open until September 23.

12. Catch one of the performances at the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. We’re particularly amped for husband-and-wife folk duo Johnnyswim and Broadway legend Tovah Feldshuh.

13. Three words: apple cider doughnuts. Get your fill at Fairview Farm at Mecox before heading into the corn maze.

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14. Visit Montauk Brewing Company and discover your new favorite beer (like the new and uber-delicious Milkshake IPA).

15. Dance the night (and day) away at Sag Harbor’s American Music Festival, September 27 to 30.

16. See the year’s most talked-about movies before anyone else—like the psychological thriller The Kindergarten Teacher, starring Maggie Gyllenhaal—at the Hamptons International Film Festival, October 4 to 8.

17. Whether you prefer yours Manhattan, Rhode Island or New England style, Montauk’s got a clam chowder for you at the town’s annual festival, October 6 and 7.

18. Make it a wood-fired pizza night. Hamptons mainstay Nick & Toni’s welcomes the arrival of fall by putting pizza back on the menu.


19. Lace up your hiking boots and hit some of the East End’s best trails. You’ll have a better chance of spotting wildlife—and enjoying some much-needed tranquility—during this quieter time of year.

20. Do a little dance, eat a little chowder and celebrate Southampton at SouthamptonFest, October 13 and 14.

21. Tell your own ghost story this Halloween with a hike through the historic ghost town in East Hampton.

22. Ooh and aah at the adorable kids dressed up in their Halloween costumes during  Southampton’s Annual Rag-A-Muffin Parade & Pumpkin Trail on October 28.

23. Find the perfect hard cider complement to your Thanksgiving feast at Wölffer Estate.

24. Deck the… lighthouse? Witness the Montauk Point Lighthouse getting all dressed up for the holidays on November 24.

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