Halloween Events & Happenings on the East End

What’s happening this Halloween on the East End? No tricks, just treats out east! We unveil several events across the East End for celebrating Halloween with family and friends for a spooky good time!

The North Fork

Bats, Barnacles, and Broomsticks at Long Island Aquarium

The Long Island Aquarium, at the gateway to the North Fork, is hosting their annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 23rd from 11am-3pm. Those in costume receive 50% off their admission. Trick-or-treating, Halloween animals, giveaways, vendor tables, and so much more. The Long Island Aquarium is located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Riverhead.

Crawloween, Riverhead

Crawloween, a craft spirits crawl and after party event series on the North Fork, is set to take place Friday, October 29th from 6-11pm. Guests should arrive between 6-7pm to pick up their bracelets and masks at the Montauk Distilling Company, North Fork Brewing Company. Then, explore and taste spirits from Montauk Distilling, North Fork Brewing Co., Tradewinds, and Peconic County Brewing from 6-9pm. All are located in Riverhead.

The after party includes Craft’d (food and drink specials), Montauk Distilling Co (DJ), Diggers (live band) and Riverwalk Bar and Grill (DJ).

General admission begins at $14.99. The ticket price is $19.99 in-person/day of the event. Tickets include signature cocktails at Montauk Distilling, $5 craft beer at each brewery, additional discounts on food and beverage, and more.

Ticket proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society: Making Strides Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in Downtown Riverhead on 10/30.

Haunted Tree House at Long Island Aquarium

This is a brand new event for Halloween 2021 at Long Island Aquarium! This brand-new Halloween Tree House event in Riverhead includes five levels of Halloween fun! Bring the whole family and visit the aquarium for an immersive experience as you climb the 62 steps to the top of the tree house. This fun North Fork Halloween event is perfect for children ages 3-11 and accompanying parents.

This event takes place Friday-Sunday throughout October from 8-10pm. $20 in advance when reserved online or $25 at the door. One parent attends free of charge with a paid child.

Note: in the event of severe weather, please check the red scrolling news ticker on the homepage of their website for cancellation information.

Trunk or Treat at Hallockville Museum, Riverhead

The annual Trunk or Treat Halloween event on the North Fork will take place on October 30th from 3-6pm. The event at Hallockville Museum on Sound Avenue will feature Mike the Silly Magician beginning at 4pm, a silent auction and raffle, pumpkin decorating, scary stories, games, and a costume parade and contest.

The event will also feature an Adopt a Halloween Kitty hour with Last Chance Animal Rescue from 3-4pm, a Mummy Wrapping Contest, and the Trunk or Treat beginning at 5:15pm.

Event admission is $15 per person and $50 for a family of 4. Children under 5 are free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from local food trucks.

The Hamptons

A Halloween Party at Calissa, Water Mill

Celebrate the Halloween weekend in the Hamptons with Calissa. Located on Montauk Highway in Water Mill, Calissa is hosting a Halloween party. Come in for dinner in a costume and receive a complimentary glass of bubbles to kick off the evening. Dinner reservations should be made in advance.

A DJ will start spinning at 9:30pm. Spooky seasonal drinks will be available at the bar. For bottle service table reservations, email directly to concierge(at)calissahamptons(dot)com.

Halloween Trivia Night at the East Hampton Library

Get ready for a frightfully fun time! Halloween Trivia Night is taking place at the East Hampton Library on Main Street across from Guild Hall on Friday, October 29th. Trivia Night will be held from 6-8pm. Guests may play as an individual or as part of a team. The highest scoring team or individual wins a prize. Note: if playing on a team, all members must be signed up in advance. Call the East Hampton Library directly at 631-324-0222.

Little Lucy’s 20th Annual Pet Parade, Southampton

Bring your furry friend to Agawam Park, just across the street from Little Lucy’s Boutique. Registration begins at 1pm, and the cost is $10 per dog. The parade begins down Jobs Lane, and then onto Main Street. Furry friends will return to Agawam Park for a party, costume awards, raffle prize winners, and more. This fun annual Hamptons Halloween event will also include live music and food vendors.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Kent Animal Shelter. Please call Little Lucy’s in case of rainy weather at 631-287-2352.

The Southampton Animal Shelter’s 3rd Annual Wag-O-Ween Spooktacular

This fun, family-friendly annual event takes place on Sunday, October 24th at the Southampton Animal Shelter off of Old Riverhead Rd in Hampton Bays. This East End Halloween event begins at 12pm with a doggie costume contest and paradise (note that there is a $5 donation per dog). Next at 2pm, there is a kiddie costume contest and parade ($5 donation per child). There is so much more to discover for everyone this afternoon with a photobooth, raffles, merchandise, bake sale, costumes and toys for sale, face painting, games, prizes, and much more.

Walk-in guests are welcome but pre-registration for the photobooth and costume parade are preferred. Email events(at)sasf(dot).org or call 631-728-7387.

What to do during your Fall visit to the North Fork

The first signs of autumn in the North Fork are the rows of bountiful farm stands selling endless varieties of squash, pumpkins, freshly baked pies, and everything apple cider. Explore the rows of apple fields, stroll through the corn mazes, and pumpkin patches. 

So, it is time for you to discover the best fall food on the North Fork. Leap into the season and create your own fall food tour across the North Fork. We have curated some of the top fall farm stands on the North Fork, from Riverhead and out to Greenport. 

1760 Homestead Farm

1760 Homestead Farm on Sound Avenue in Riverhead offers a continuous supply of autumn baked goods. Their most famous pies include the grape pie, shoo fly pie and brownie pecan pie, a must for celebrating the fall season on the North Fork. Fall is pie season in fact! To note, they will be offering pie flights on select weekends up until Christmas.

Every Sunday from 12-4pm, 1760 Homestead Farm showcases farm produce through sauces, salads, and soups for take away or to enjoy in the picnic area.

Briermere Farms

At the gateway to your fall food tour of the North Fork is Briermere Farms on Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Brieremere’s is famous for their wide range of produce, flowers, apple cider, and baked goods, especially their pies.

Fall on the North Fork always means a visit to this farm stand! Popular pies to complement any autumn gathering include Cranberry-Pear, Peach Raspberry, Pumpkin, and Boysenberry. They also have a variety of cream pies such as Chocolate Cream, Cherry Cream, and Blueberry Cream. 

Please note that all sales and pick ups are done outside on the farmstand. 

Bayview Market & Farms

Discover plenty of local, fresh fruits and vegetables, and flowers at the local farm stand, Bayview Market & Farms off of Main Road in Riverhead. They sell fresh, locally grown produce through late fall with specialty items such as meats, dairy, and sauces that rotate throughout the season. 

This six-generation farm sells everything from potatoes, pumpkins, cauliflower, carrots, pears, turnips, and more. In addition, if you are in Calverton, Laurel, or Mattituck, you can stop by any one of their farm markets for a bounty of peak season fresh produce to take home for your autumn feast. 

Country View Farm Stand

Country View Farm Stand on Main Road in Southold is a must stop during your fall food tour of the North Fork. Their pies are baked fresh daily, and they also sell fresh brown eggs, Long Island duck, asparagus, and sugar snap peas. 

Pick up local vegetables at this third generation North Fork farm stand like cauliflower, hot peppers from Kevin’s pepper patch, as well as Claudia’s wide variety of local refrigerated soups like Indian Dal and Vegetable, and Ginger & Rice Noodle Soup. 

Hallock’s Cider Mill

This beloved North Fork farmers market, Hallock’s Cider Mill, is located on Main Road in Jamesport. They are a family owned country roadside market that has been a fixture on the East End for generations. Come stop in for all your fall food needs, including homemade pies, homemade jams, cheese, soups, chowders, their own local honey, gift baskets, their own farm fresh eggs, their famous crumb cake, and so much more. All in addition, most of their produce sold at the Cider Mill is organic.

Current hours are 9am-5pm seven days a week. Hallock’s Cider Mill closes for the season in December, and reopens usually in early May. 

Helen’s Flower Farm

A favorite for families during the autumn months is a visit to Helen’s Flower Farm in Riverhead. Located on Union Avenue, this interactive farm is a great spot to visit with the family for plenty of autumn family fun.

There to greet you is a pumpkin farm, corn maze, a wide variety of flowers, baked goods, and so much more. You can easily spend hours at Helen’s Flower Farm, exploring the maze and pumpkin patch, followed by shopping their baked goods, including their wide variety of freshly baked fruit pies. 

Their farmstand remains open until Thanksgiving Eve, and reopens in the spring. 

North Fork Roasting Company

North Fork Roasting Company is well known for their fall inspired coffee beverages. Exclusive for autumn is the Dirty Pumpkin Chai, Caramel Apple Latte, and of course the Pumpkin Spice Latte. 

Their chai is made in house by simmering whole milk with chai, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. North Fork Roasting Company gives it a seasonal spin by adding our pumpkin purée with fall spices and then they make it dirty by pouring a shot of espresso in.

The Caramel Apple Latte is special thanks to their homemade apple caramel syrup. It’s just like taking a bite into a caramel apple and can be made with any of our alternative milks. Created by barista and shop manager Claudia La Du.

Lastly, the homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte is back for the fall season! This beloved harvest beverage is crafted with espresso, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, honey, and most importantly real pumpkins!

North Fork Roasting Co. on Main Road is open seven days a week from 7am-4pm. They have a sister store in Westhampton Beach on Main Street, open Thursday-Monday from 7am-4pm. 

North Fork Chocolate Company

An autumn destination staple for chocolates, gifts, and so much more is North Fork Chocolate Company off of Main Road in Aquebogue. All of their chocolates are made on the premises from scratch and make for the perfect local fall gift, straight from the North Fork!

Some additional great fall dessert options to try include their Belgian Liege Waffles. These are made fresh to order, and you can top yours with a variety of toppings. They also sell homemade ice cream, fudge, and individual sized gourmet desserts like Granny Apple Caramel Pie, and S’mores Pie. 

North Fork Chocolate Company is currently open every day except Monday, beginning at 11am. You may also shop online

Patty’s Berries and Bunches

This North Fork farmstand in Mattituck on Sound Avenue is a female-owned farmstand, offers a U-Pick visiting experience, as well as produce, flowers, and a variety of onsite activities. Discover many of your favorite autumn foods including seasonal ice cream, cider baked goods, jams, honey, and more. This is also the perfect stop for gorgeous floral bunches or ornamental pieces for your fall centerpiece table.  

Patty’s Berries and Bunches is currently open daily from 9am-6pm. They are also pet friendly, though to note that pets are not allowed in the picking rows. 

Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farms

Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm in Baiting Hollow on Sound Avenue is perfect for visiting for the whole family to pick pumpkins and explore the fields, while shopping for fresh, local produce. You may also see a local food truck parking at the farm! The pumpkin picking field usually closes the last week of October before Halloween.

If you decide to visit just before the beginning of the autumn season on the North Fork, Rottkamp’s has a stunning sunflower maze to explore. The maze is usually open until mid September. 

Fall Food Guide to The Hamptons

The first signs of autumn in the Hamptons encompass fields of massive bright orange pumpkins on the vine, buckets of beautiful gourds in all shapes and sizes and stretches of apple orchards along both sides of Montauk Highway. It’s time for a fall food tour of the Hamptons! In addition, get a sensation for fall by visiting the local farm stands, bakeries, and specialty food shops across the South Fork. 

We share some of the most coveted farms and shops to visit to savor a taste of autumn straight from the Hamptons, from Westhampton to Amagansett. 

Tate’s Bake Shop, Southampton

As a Hamptons staple known and praised around the world, Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton Village sells even more than their signature crispy chocolate chip cookies. Come in to this popular bakery and take away some delicious sweet treats to enjoy during your visit and to take home for loved ones. 

Though of course their baked goods are perfect for any occasion, their autumn month selection really knows how to hit that sweet post.

Their Harvest Treats collection includes an Assorted Cookie Gift Pack (also available in gluten free), the Cozy Morning Breakfast Tray, the Best of Southampton that includes their scrumptious Chocolate Chip Pie. Another perfect way to start a weekend brunch in the Hamptons is with their Sour Cream Coffee Cake. An added bonus? These are also available to purchase online!

The Milk Pail, Water Mill

Looking for a farm stand in the Hamptons? The Milk Pail has three different locations open in the Hamptons for the fall season: the U-Pick Farm on Horsemill Lane, the Fresh Market on Montauk Highway, and the Farm Stand on Mecox Road, all in Water Mill. They are most famous for their wide variety of apples for apple picking in addition to pears, peaches, berries, and other produce. Their apples are available at the market well into the following summer. 

The U Pick Apple and Pumpkin farm is open seasonally Friday through Sunday and on holidays. The farm is a beautiful spot for photos! 

Visit milk-pail.com for updated hours and information. Note that the Fresh Market is closed on Tuesdays.

Online shopping is available directly via Milk Pail Fresh Market Local deliveries are also available on select days. 

Hank’s Pumpkintown, Water Mill

If you are looking for the ultimate fall family fun destination in the Hamptons, Hank’s Pumpkintown on Montauk Highway reigns supreme! It is the most popular pumpkin patch in the Hamptons, so get ready for some pumpkin picking. In addition to dozens of play places, a corn maze, and wagon rides, Hank’s has an onsite market that sells every fall treat you can imagine. These include Apple Cider Slushies, Roasted Corn, Cider Donuts, Fresh Baked Pies, Hand Dipped Candy and Caramel Apples, and so much more!

It is best to arrive as early as possible (at 9:30am) on the weekends to grab the perfect parking spot on the main road. There is additional parking directly across Montauk Highway. Check hankspumpkintown.com for further information and regular updates.

Mecox Dairy Farm, Bridgehampton

Mecox Dairy Farm is a very popular dairy family farm that sells a wide variety of cheeses and baked goods. This is a great place to stop if you happen to be celebrating the autumn season or holidays in the Hamptons. 

This farm raises local, farm-fresh, free-range turkeys at their farm in Bridgehampton. They have been doing so for more than 30 years. Turkeys can be pre-ordered on their website, mecoxbaydairy.com and customers will pick up their turkeys on Tuesday, November 23 or Wednesday, November 24 at their Farm Store. 

During turkey pickup days, the Farm Store will be fully stocked with other local seasonal treats as well as their usual farm-fresh products: artisan raw milk cheeses, grass-fed beef, and Berkshire pork. 

The Farm Store is self-serve and always open! They also have a local delivery service, Mecox Direct. They offer Friday home delivery between Southampton and Montauk.

Carissa’s Bakery, East Hampton

Carissa’s Bakery is located on Montauk Highway and on Newtown Lane in East Hampton as you are on your way to Amagansett. This Hamptons hotspot is most famous for their artisanal breads as well as their cakes and pies that are each a work of art.

Their Salty Pickled Rye Bread is a year round favorite, perfect for making sandwiches, avocado toast, and more. A great choice for fall is their Pain Au Raisin, available at each bakery. Other fall dishes include the Sourdough Waffles with toasted walnut syrup, and Shakshuka with roasted red peppers, tomatoes, a touch of harissa, and two poached eggs. 

Their current fall hours are as follows:

Montauk Highway is open Thursday-Monday from 8am-3pm.

Newtown Lane is open thursday-Saturday from 8am-3pm, and on Sunday from 8am-2pm. They also ship a selection of their products within the USA. Look out for their NEW location in Sag Harbor at 3 Bay Street coming soon.

Balsam Farms, Amagansett

A popular destination for locals and visitors alike, Balsam Farms has a beautiful pumpkin patch for strolling through and of course those perfect picture moments. It is one of the finest fall farms in the Hamptons.

Balsam Farms is located on Town Lane and Windmill Lane in Amagansett. They also have a market in Montauk. During the autumn months, they sell 20 varieties of winter squash, 3 varieties of sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, sprouting broccoli, sprouting cauliflower, several varieties of cabbage, brussel sprouts, 7 varieties of potatoes, carrots, 3 varieties of beets, over 20 varieties of herbs, and a wide variety of salad and sauté greens, pumpkin bread, other treats, and more! 

Balsam Farms is currently open for the fall season 7 days a week from 9am-6pm at their Amagansett Farm Stand (corner of Windmill and Town Lane), and their Montauk Market (662 Montauk Highway).

Online ordering and home delivery are also available.

Round Swamp Farm, East Hampton and Bridgehampton

Ready to shop for gourmet food in the Hamptons? Round Swamp Farm is a very well known destination for Hamptonites and it is a must visit for those coming out to the East End.

Popular picks for fall include Lisa’s Cinnamon Rolls, Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies, as well as their wide variety of jams and sauces. Their brownie bites are also unbeatable! This is a perfect place to stop for some autumn treats and gifts to take home with you. 

Round Swamp Farm’s current fall hours are Wednesday-Saturday in East Hampton from 8am-6pm and Bridgehampton from 8:30am-6pm. They also have a market in Montauk. 

Sydney’s Taylor Made Cuisine, Westhampton

Their market menu has a wide variety of offerings for everyone’s tastes and interests. In particular for fall is their full service brunch that is served from 10am-2pm. 

Dishes that are perfect to enjoy in the autumn months are the Potato Onion Fromage (a baked egg dish topped with cheddar and gruyere cheese), and Banana Pancakes served with caramelized bananas. 

Fall desserts to try include pear tarts, pecan squares, and an apple spice cake. 

Current hours are as follows: open daily at 10am. Closes Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 5pm, and Friday and Saturday at 6pm. 

View their online market menu: sydneysgourmet.com

Hampton Coffee Company, Water Mill, Southampton, and Westhampton

Indulge in all things autumn, and of course plenty of pumpkin goodies at Hampton Coffee Company. HCC has locations in Westhampton, Southampton, Water Mill and Montauk, in addition to Aquebogue on the North Fork. 

Pumpkin everything includes pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice tea, caramel apple tea, pumpkin cold brew, and of course pumpkin spice lattes. Their coffee menu also includes Pumpkin Pie with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. 

Hampton Coffee Company also has an online store. 

Amber Waves Farm, Amagansett

Amber Waves Farm is a 501(c)3 non-profit farm off of Montauk Highway in Amagansett. A perfect place to visit during the autumn months, customers still get to enjoy the farmer’s bounty without the crowds.

Did you know that out of the 350 varieties of vegetables grown at Amber Waves Farm, 90 are tomatoes! Be sure to pick up a bunch when you visit. Eggplant, squash, fennel, bok choy, kale, brussel sprouts, radishes, and so much more are found at the farm during the autumn season. 

Amber Waves Farm also has a sit-down cafe. Cafe customers may order online. The Amber Waves Farm market is currently open Sunday-Thursday from 8am-5pm, and Friday-Saturday from 8am-6pm. The cafe closes at 3pm and is closed on Thursdays. 

What to do this weekend.. Sept 25 & 26th

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Oktoberfest, Mix Tape Exhibit, Sag Harbor Music Festival and more..


Discover what’s happening in Riverhead this weekend (September 25th & 26th). Plus, if you are heading further east to the Hamptons, we have what’s happening there too!


Oktoberfest: Reflections Art in the Park


Celebrate Oktoberfest during Reflextions Riverhead this Saturday, September 25th (rain date Sunday, September 26th) beginning at 4pm. The event will feature four local craft breweries: Peconic County Brewing, Tradewinds Brewing, North Fork Brewing Co., and Long Ireland Beer Co. 


This premiere Oktoberfest event on the East End will feature live music and entertainment from “Who Are Those Guys”, an Americana, country, and folk group from Mattituck. In addition, there will be a Beer Stein Holding Contest, Costume Contest, and German inspired food from Seaside Grill. All are welcome! This is a free family friendly event. 


The Reflextions Riverhead event will take place after the Oktoberfest celebration from 8-10pm at Grangebel Park in Downtown Riverhead. Stroll about the park and witness plenty of Instagrammable moments! 


Reflextions is an interactive art experience that features an assortment of light, including illuminated sculptures and exhibits. The lighting elements include LED, black light, photo luminescent displays, and even fire! 

Illumination event will include various live performing arts.

Reflextions Riverhead is hosted by the Riverhead Business Improvement District. It is made possible with public funding from Suffolk County and grants from I LOVE NY, Discover Long Island, and East End Tourism Alliance.


Riverhead Town Cleanup


Come together and help make Riverhead even more beautiful with our morning cleanup. The Riverhead Town Cleanup will take place before Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 25th from 8am-10pm. Supplies for the cleanup can be picked up at Riverhead Town Hall between 8-9am that Saturday. 


The cleanup is sponsored by The Riverhead Anti-Litter Committee in partnership with Relic Sustainability. To register, please email: deborahjwetzel [at] gmail [dot] com. 


24th Annual Snapper Tournament


The 24th Annual Snapper Tournament will be held Saturday, September 25th from 11am-3pm. Registration begins at 10am. Pre-register by September 24th to guarantee a shirt. Shirts are available to the first 50 registrants. Ages 15 and under are $10, and those ages 16 and up are $20. Hot dogs are available for all registrants. Bring your own bait.


East End Arts Gallery Mix Tape Exhibition


The Mix Tape exhibition, featuring works by Ernie Paniccioli, Julie Kramer, and Louis Navas will take place from September 25th-November 13th, 2021. The art exhibition will showcase captured moments of the 90’s hip hop, R&B, post-punk, alternative rock, and grunge using photography from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame music historian, Ernie Paniccioli, and veteran WFNX radio disc jockey, Julie Kramer. It will also include in-gallery mixed-genre performances by the East end Arts Rock band. 


The opening reception, hosted by Julier Kramer and Mark MK will take place on Saturday, September 25th from 4-8pm. There will be two locations: EEA Main Gallery at 133 E. Main Street, and 11 West Gallery at 11 W. Main Street, both in Riverhead. 


The fall gallery hours are Thursdays from 12-5pm, Fridays from 2-7pm, and Saturdays from 12-5pm. 


There will also be a Virtual Artist Talk, brought to you by Mark MK on Tuesday, October 19th beginning at 6pm. 


Dinner and a Movie Performances at Suffolk Theater


Suffolk Theater in Riverhead will host the following show performances over the weekend: Al Di Meola on Friday, September 24th, and Melvin Seals and JGB on Sunday, September 26th. For both events, the doors, bar and restaurant will open at 6:30pm. Both shows will begin at 8pm, respectively. 


What’s happening in the Hamptons this weekend?


Sag Harbor American Music Festival


The Sag Harbor American Music Festival is an annual, free musical event taking place from Thursday, September 23rd-Sunday, September 26th, 2021. All shows take place outdoors, rain or shine. The festival features a wide variety of local musicians and bands that perform and several different business outlets and public venues throughout Sag Harbor. 


Bands and musicians on the schedule include Hopefully Forgiven, Alfredo Merat Trio, Soul Inscribed, Bodega Tall Boys, Nancy Atlas Project, Chloe Halpin, Gene Casey and The Lone Sharks, and Winston Irie & The Selective Security Band. Venues include the Marine Park, Steinbeck Park, Sag Harbor Inn, Baron’s Cove, Sen Restaurant, and Sag Pizza. 


By Vanessa Gordon


Hamptons International Film Festival Guide

The Hamptons International Film Festival is a staple autumn event in the Hamptons. The film festival takes place annually beginning for Thursday evening before Columbus Day weekend and running through that following midweek. This year, the Hamptons Film Festival, or HIFF as it is affectionately called, is scheduled to take place from October 7-13th.

Make the 29th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival seamless and fun by reserving the majority of your time at the theater or out to dinner, rather than scrambling to find parking or stuck in traffic.

We have created a special Hamptons film festival guide so that you may make the most out of your experience.

Where to Dine

The Hamptons is full of exceptional options for dining. To avoid being late to your film and finding that ideal parking space, dine at a restaurant within walking distance to the theater/venue. In East Hampton, we recommend The 1770 House, Rowdy Hall, and The Palm. Rowdy Hall, in particular, usually offers a dine-in special in conjunction with HIFF. Make your dining reservations in advance and be sure to have your vaccination card handy, just in case.

In Sag Harbor, we would suggest the American Hotel, Tutto il Giorno, and Lulu Kitchen & Bar. In Southampton on your way out east, visit the Southampton Publick House, Sant Ambroeus, and The Village Cheese Shop for a sandwich and soup.

What to Wear

Layers! Comfortable walking shoes are a must, a cropped jacket or tailored coat that can easily fold over the seat. Always keep an umbrella or poncho in your bag as well as a scarf for unexpected weather changes. A shawl or poncho is a great option for staying cozy and warm in the theater and transitions well to dinner afterward.


In East Hampton, park in the 24-hour lot or the Lumber Lane parking lot. Another option is near the train station or at Guild Hall for their scheduled screenings. You may also park at the church parking lot off of Buell Lane if you don’t mind a brisk walk.

In Sag Harbor, there is a parking lot opposite The Beacon restaurant and one diagonally across from Provisions. In Southampton, you may park for three hours behind the Southampton Arts Center, or behind the shops on Jobs Lane (not one side is 2 hour parking and the other side is long term parking). There is a third parking lot adjacent to Agawam Park.

Pace Your Day

Do not overload your schedule! If you want to focus on seeing the films, we recommend viewing no more than two per day, plus one event/curated talk. Have some time to rest, walk around, and stretch. If you are into fitness, take a class no later than 9:30 am to jumpstart. Eat your meals early, if possible.

Where to Stay

The Baker House 1650 is very beautiful and usually books up rather quickly. They also usually host events in tandem with the festival or events during that same weekend. Mill House Inn and The 1770 House are great choices as is The Maidstone Hotel. These three hotels are within an easy walking distance to the cinema on Main Street.

In Sag Harbor, stay at Baron’s Cove or next door at the Sag Harbor Inn. In Southampton, Southampton Inn, and the 1708 House on Main Street in Southampton Village are two great locations and within walking distance to the theaters.


In addition to the regular Hampton Jitney shuttles, Lyft and Uber are available. Carpooling is always smart, especially for efficiency when finding parking. Make sure to note the parking times very carefully. There are select parking lots that offer paid/long-term parking.

Be very careful not to park in any private parking lots as there are also personnel who check the vehicles on a regular basis.

COVID-19 Protocol

Attendees of the Hamptons Film Festival will be required to show proof of vaccination for all in-person events. Event goers will also  be required to wear masks over their nose and mouth.

Share your Hamptons International Film Festival moments with the hashtag #EndUpHere.

Introducing the East End. What Does ‘End Up Here’ Mean to our Local Community?

Montauk Lighthouse- Montauk Point State Park

By Vanessa Gordon


As we begin to open our business and community even further this summer, we welcome and invite visitors to the East End of Long Island to discover what to see, where to go, and what to do. In addition, we introduce you to members of our beloved New York region that encompasses the North and South Forks.


When we asked several longtime locals on the East End, “What does ‘End Up Here’ mean to them?”, their answers embodied the heart and soul of where they have called home and have established businesses.


We invite you to get to know just some of the many incredible people that represent the East End tourism destination.




Soak In What’s Around Us


Growing up and working on Long Island, and owning a business is such a unique experience. Many of us take for granted the beautiful surroundings we are lucky enough to call home.


“Ending up” on the east end means taking some time to look around, [and] soak in what we have. It means taking a staycation right here!


Make time to stop at a local market & experience what we grow, stop at a local brewery or restaurant & taste what other locals are working hard to create. Visit a park or beach and realize that we’re surrounded by local beauty, and really make the most of that.”


Sheila Malone, Manager of Long Ireland Beer Co.


A Labor of Love


“Ending up here for us is a labor of love. Having grown up on the South Fork, our family has planted our roots firmly in Greenport Village to be nearer to local and sustainable food, country vibes and the breathtaking water culture.


We having come from Switzerland and feel a strong kinship with our community as their lifestyle has so many similarities to our heritage.


Our three restaurants highlight what ending up here is all about- discovering Craft BBQ and Music at Green Hill Kitchen & ‘Cue, celebrating the maritime cuisine through our retail fish market and dinning room at Anker and our roots by presenting a new concept-in Alpina: a wine bar and Swiss-Italian cuisine.”


Robin Mueller of the Green Hill Group, Greenport


Where We Began


“For us, “end up here” is really about ending up where we began. When we were little, my sister and I came to Drossos to play mini golf with our dad every Sunday (mom got to sleep in!).


Over the years, we got to know the family that made it such a wonderful place, and to have the opportunity to work alongside them, serving Jennie’s great food to new families, is just such a thrill.”


– Andrew Werts, co-owner Werts East LLC “Jennie’s at Drossos” & “Ellen’s on Front


A Life-Long Community


“After a leap of faith in 1998 I bought a deli and building after seeing it for sale in the local classifieds. After founding Duffy’s Deli I was lucky enough to meet my wife Wendy shortly after. She worked across the street at the Elbow Room.


Over the next 18 years we raised 2 boys who now work in the deli as well. Both of them spent time on the back counter in car seats for many long afternoons as infants.


In the 22 years I’ve owned the deli I’ve seen Jamesport transform from a farming community to an ‘agritourism’ destination.


I’ve been an active member of the Jamesport FD for 20 years. The friendships that have gained from being a central part of the Jamesport community are life-long and this way of life is ingrained in the community.  I am very lucky to have “ended up here.”


–Duffy Griffiths, owner of Duffy’s Deli


A Dream Destination


“Ending up here is the dream that our visitors get to appreciate for a moment, but us locals get to experience every day of our lives.


The east end, in my opinion, is one of the most amazing places you could ever live, work or visit. It has so much to offer and so many incredible things to see. I am proud to live and run my business on the east end.


I thank God every day for these blessings.”


– Jerry Dicecco, owner of Jerry and the Mermaid


There Is No Place Better


“Herb Mandel was a successful realtor and businessman. He would show up at my restaurant at 6:00 a.m. before I opened my doors. “Coffee George,” he would say behind his newspaper, not much more.


One day he asked me if I had a minute. He told me that he had traveled all over the world and had often been on cruises that circumnavigated the entire planet. He said, “There is no place better to live on the planet then the North fork of Long Island.”


I was sixteen and thought he was insane. Too rural for a teenager I guess. He was a wise man.”


–George Giannaris, owner of Hellenic Snack Bar & Restaurant


Where Summer Begins


“’End Up Here’ instantly reminds me of summers at The Lobster Roll. Ending up here is where summer begins. And most importantly, everyone can end up here. The Lobster Roll restaurant is very family friendly in so many ways from priority ordering and food delivery for our youngest customers, to activities and signature freshly baked dessert favorites for children. We are also pet friendly with a special deck area outside for seating.


Our philosophy is meeting the needs of our customers. We are here to serve them.”


-Andrea Anthony, owner of The Lobster Roll AKA Lunch


Much To Offer


“There are so many places to end up at on the east end of Long Island. For me, the whole east end is paradise. I love boating around Shelter Island and Sag Harbor. It is even free to dock your boat in Riverhead!


There are so many different farm stands, and different breweries. It is also phenomenal how many different ethnic restaurants have opened up in these past few years. In Riverhead, for example, we have a Turkish restaurant, a Jamaican restaurant, and Argentinian steakhouse, a taco restaurant, and of course seafood restaurants. There is so much to offer when you end up here!”


-Bob Kern, President of the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce


The Ideal East End Getaway


“When you end up here you get to embrace and take in all the beauty of the East End of Long Island, and the beaches to the vineyards to the quaint towns what a beautiful parks and the unique artist and culture the East End has some thing for everyone.


Begin in the walking-friendly town of Greenport. Then, take the ferry to Shelter Island, eventually ending up in Sag Harbor.


Or, a multiple day trip may include staying in Riverhead at the Hyatt East End on the water. Then, head to the North Fork and enjoy the vineyards and farm stands.


On the next day, head to the South Fork and take in the fantastic towns of the Hamptons and beaches all the way out to Montauk to see the lighthouse or go horseback riding on the beach.


If you end up here, you will have cherished memories to last a lifetime.”


– Bryan DeLuca, Executive Director of the Long Island Aquarium


All Roads Lead to Montauk


“Having been a Montauk resident since childhood and having owned and operated many travel and tourism-based businesses on the East End for over 40 years, the term end up here simply means to me that “all roads lead to Montauk”.


While in the past that may have been a well-kept secret, it is certainly no secret now that Montauk is one the most wonderful travel destinations in the country. Our combination of pristine, white sand beaches coupled with thousands of acres of preserved open spaces and parkland creates the backdrop for some of the best vacation memories available.


Although it’s hard to put into words the uniqueness of the Montauk attitude, I can attest to the fact that once you’ve experienced it you will be forever drawn to return.


With our thousands of guest accommodations, a wealth of casual and fine dining establishments and a multitude of outdoor recreational activities, Montauk has long been and will continue to be the destination of choice for visitors to the east end.”


-Paul Monte, President, Montauk Chamber of Commerce


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Top Camping Sites and Activities Across the East End


Top Camping Sites and Activities Across the East End

Group,Of,Young,Friends,Sitting,By,The,Fire,At, Camping

The scenic campgrounds across the East End of Long Island include some of the most breathtaking ocean views, hiking trails, and unique wildlife habits. The scenic surroundings capture the beauty and bounty of the region, making it the ideal year-round camping destination.

We highlight the best campgrounds across the North and South Forks as well as all sorts of camp-related activities that will make you feel like a kid again. These include state and town parks, and privately owned camping sites.

North Fork

Cliff and Ed’s Campground, Cutchogue

Cliff and Ed’s Campground, located off of Schoolhouse Road, is a full hookup park for RVs and is ideal for short-term and long-term camping stays. Water, sewage, and electric hookups are available on all sites. Picnic tables are also available for outdoor dining and food prep.
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Eastern Long Island Kampground, Greenport

Eastern Long Island Kampground, located on Queen Street in Greenport, is Long Island’s largest private campground. The campsite offers a variety of onsite activities for everyone of all ages including archery, an outdoor swimming pool, a newly renovated recreation center featuring a foosball table, pool table, and much more. 

Glamping tents, RV camping sites, and cabins are available for booking as are can . Reservations well in advance are encouraged.

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Indian Island County Park, Riverhead

The 275-acre Indian Island County Park is located off of Route 105 at the estuarine mouth of the Peconic River. Indian Island County Park is connected to the mainland by a causeway composed entirely of white sands. 

This North Fork campground is open to the public year-round. Activities include hiking, fishing, picnicking, bird watching, and an activity field. The Park offers trailer and tent campsites for organized groups, individuals and camping clubs. Restrooms and shower facilities are available onsite. 

Reference link: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Indian-Island-County-Park

Peconic River Campground, Calverton

Peconic River Campground is located on River Road in Calverton. Visitors to this rustic North Fork campground enjoy nature walks, canoeing, hiking, and fishing, among other outdoor recreational activities. This pitching tent only campground also includes picnic tables, campfires, and diverse natural areas for walking and exploring. 

There is a $40 minimum per night up to a family of four. Each additional child is $10. 

Reference link: https://peconicrivercampgrounds.com

Village of Greenport McCann, Greenport

The McCann’s Campground on Moore’s Lane, about one mile from the waterfront village of Greenport. The camp is most ideal for RVs and trailers, with tenting campgrounds allocated  as well.  Water, sewer, and electricity are available onsite. 

Occupancy is limited to four persons per site. There is a $5 fee per guest per night. Pets must be registered upon entering the campground. 

Reference link: http://villageofgreenport.org/mccann-campground-camping-greenport-village.php

South Fork

Cedar Point County Park, East Hampton

Located in East Hampton’s Northwest Woods, this 600+ acre peninsula campsite boasts views of Gardiners Bay and Shelter Island off in the distance. There is a freshwater lake with a playground, walking trails, and canoe rentals. Popular activities include fishing, rowboating, hiking, and hunting. Perhaps this may be the spot where you try some scuba diving. 

There is a general store on site that offers a snack bar as well as free Saturday night family movies, recreational equipment, and more. This is also a beautiful campsite for hosting private dinners and small events. Open from April until mid-November. 

Reference link: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Cedar-Point-County-Park

Hither Hills Campground, Montauk

Hither Hills features a stunning two-mile sandy ocean beachfront, and a 40-acre freshwater lake, scenic picnic areas with fireplaces, sport fishing, a playground, and a 190-site campground on the ocean. The campground includes showers, restrooms, and a general store.

The park has a beach open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The camp also features an organized recreation program in the summer. The program includes family movies, folk and line dancing, children’s summer theater, magic shows, and various environmental interpretation programs. Additional activities throughout the year that can be organized include horseback riding, biking, boating, hunting, and wintertime cross-country skiing.

Advanced booking reservations for 2022 are now open.

Reference link: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/hitherhills/details.aspx

Montauk County Park, Montauk

Montauk County Park offers outer beach access and camping for self-contained trailers with a permit. The park also offers salt and freshwater fishing, hiking, horseback riding with Deep Hollow Ranch, kayaking, canoeing, and more. 

Montauk County Park is open from April to mid November. 

Reference link: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Montauk-County-Park

Sears Bellows County Park, Hampton Bays

Sears Bellows off Bellows Pond Road is a 979-acre park that offers tent and trailer camping. The camping site has on site showers, and activities that include fishing, hiking, and horseback riding with a permit. The park also features row boat rentals that are offered on Bellows Pond. The park also has a playground, several picnic tables and barbecue grills. This county park is open from April to mid November.

Reference link: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Sears-Bellows-County-Park

Shinnecock East County Park, Southampton

Shinnecock East County Park is an inlet beach park off of Dune Road in Southampton that offers 100 self-contained camping sites on the outer beach (no tents) and recreation areas. Activities include fishing, swimming, and bird watching. The campsites are available to self-contained campers with a valid Suffolk County Parks Green Key Card.

Reference link: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Shinnecock-East-County-Park


The Horse Lover’s Guide to the East End: Where to Ride, the Hampton Classic, and More


The Horse Lover's Guide to the East End: Where to Ride, the Hampton Classic, and More


Whether you are an experienced equestrian or have a special bond with horses, our curated guide below includes where to head for horseback riding lessons for children and adults, riding excursions and tours, and visiting and interacting with rescue horses. These stables, ranches, and equine rescue centers are located throughout the North and South Forks.

The Hamptons

Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue, Bridgehampton

Amaryllis Farm’s main sanctuary is located on Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton. This non-profit organization provides a safe haven for horses and ponies and offers horsemanship care, and foundational riding lesson workshops. Visiting hours are on Saturdays beginning at 11:15am via reservation, pre-paid in advance. Volunteer opportunities are available for adopters.

Amaryllis also offers a Gentle Pony Camp on Mondays and Fridays for children ages 5-12. Horsemanship and riding workshops are available for children and teens ages 6-14. More workshops are also available throughout the summer and fall.


Deep Hollow Ranch, Montauk

Deep Hollow Ranch off of Montauk Highway is home to a backdrop of thousands of acres of nature preserve, miles of scenic ocean, and miles of stunning trails. Deep Hollow Ranch works closely with many of the local campgrounds to offer horseback riding experiences for everyone of all ages. For example, if visitors are camping on the Montauk County Park property, Deep Hollow Ranch has popular horseback rides available to the beach for park visitors.

Some of the most popular booking options include group or private horsebacking riding tours along the trails and ocean. They also offer a Summer Pony Camp for children ages 7-12. Campers are required to bring their own boots, helmet, jeans, and a snack. Please note that Deep Hollow Ranch only accepts cash or Venmo for horseback riding excursions and lessons.

Reference link: Deep Hollow Ranch – Home

East End Stables, East Hampton

East End Stables on Oakview Highway in East Hampton’s Northwest Woods is a popular horseback riding center for children and adults looking to perfect their horsemanship. The stables also offers horseback riding lessons year round as well as semi private lessons.

Reference link: Home | East End Stables | Horse Riding Camp | East Hampton

Gray Horse Farm, Bridgehampton

Gray Horse Farm on Hayground Road in Bridgehampton was originally founded in 2001 and offers horseback riding lessons for children and adults as well as a Summer Pony Camp from mid June to August. This Hamptons based camp is for children ages five and up and is scheduled from Tuesday-Friday, 9am-1pm. All riding levels are welcome. Private and semi private lessons are also available, including private lessons after camp hours.

Gray Horse Farm also has horse shows as well as lessons for polo riders. The ponies and horses are also available on long-term leases and for sale. The Farm is open every day of the week, except Wednesday, from 8am-5pm.

Reference link: Gray Horse Farm Hamptons: Bridgehampton (ghfhamptons.com)

Silver Tide Stable, Bridgehampton

Silver Tide Stable on Meadow Court in Bridgehampton specializes in training riders of all ages from hunters and jumpers to those on horseback for the first time. In addition to a range of horseback riding lessons, Silver Tide Stables offers a spacious indoor ring as well as an expansive outdoor area. These are both ideal for year round, all-weather rides.

Their Grand Prix field is adjacent to the outdoor arena. This field is perfect for horseback riding lessons or leisurely rides across the fields to exercise their horses. STS also offers a Pony Camp during the summer months.

Reference link: Welcome to Silver Tide Stable

Stony Hill Stables, Amagansett

Stony Hill Stables on Town Lane is a popular horseback riding destination for everyone of all ages and experience levels. This stable was founded over fifty years ago and is considered to be one of Long Island’s premier riding facilities.

Stony Hill Stables offers state of the art riding amenities including five indoor and outdoor riding areas, professionally designed jump courses, and grass paddocks. They also have a 21 stall barn and a custom finished tack room.

In addition, they offer Summer Camp that is offered in five-day weekly sessions from 9am-12:30pm, with the option of an extended day program. They offer different camps for different equestrian riding levels and skills. Lastly, Stony Hill Stables offers private horseback riding lessons and boarding/leasing opportunities.

Reference link: Stony Hill Stables | Amagansett, NY


The Hampton Classic

The Hampton Classic Horse Show is a popular, week-long event that takes place annually the week before and including Labor Day weekend in Bridgehampton. It is one of the largest outdoor Horse shows in the United States and the premier destination for equestrians and horse lovers alike. The Hampton Classic traditionally takes place over eight days during the last full week of the Hamptons summer season, ending the Sunday before Labor Day.

In addition to a week-long event of riding competitions, the Classic has plenty of onsite shopping opportunities, food and drink vendors, an interactive petting zoo and play area for children, and much more.

Reference link: https://www.hamptonclassic.com

North Fork

Hedgewood Farms, Laurel

Hedgewood Farms on Main Road in Laurel offers English riding lessons as well as boarding, showing, leasing, and camps for all ages and skill levels. The Farm is home to two rings, an indoor and outdoor ring, for year-round riding opportunities. Full-service boarding options are available.

Hedgewood Farms hosts a summer camp during the month of August. Hours for the five-day per week camp are 8:30am-12pm. Camps are limited to ten children per session. Year-round half hour and hour lessons are also available.

Starting just before fall or in mid-September, visit Hedgewood Farms for their ‘FRIYAYS on the Farm’. They host fun barn experiences for children ages five and up from 6-8pm every Friday. The cost is $20 per person for the drop-off program. A packaged snack and beverage will be served. Plenty of activities are scheduled for the fall including a movie night, ice cream social, and Halloween Party.

Reference link: Hedgewood Farm

Highwind Farm, Mattituck

Highwind Farm on Old Main Road in Mattituck is situated on 60 lush acres close to Peconic Bay. The horseback riding farm offers a well-lit indoor ring, heating during the winter, and a round pen with all-weather footing just outside the indoor barn. Highwind Farm is also home to a 24-stall barn, a carpeted tack room, and plenty of riding trails for boarders. For those who wish to perfect their equestrian skills, Highwind Farm offers customized training programs for every rider from beginner to advanced competitor. Year round youth riding programs are scheduled each season as well as multidisciplinary clinics, and a summer and holiday mini-camp.

Highwind Farm is available for lease for special events.

Horses are available for sale and lease as well.

Reference link: HIGWIND FARM | MATTITUCK, NY (wixsite.com)

North Fork Equestrian, Riverhead

North Fork Equestrian off of Roanoke Avenue is a picturesque riding complex home to over 21 acres of farmland and is perfect for everyone of all skill levels, including the casual rider to the Grand Prix athlete. The facility offers an expansive, insulated indoor riding area and several outdoor riding rings. Equestrians can visit year round for riding, lessons, and boarding.

Reference link: North Fork Equestrian | Horse Boarding & Riding Lessons | Long Island, New York

Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue, Baiting Hollow

Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation’s mission is to rescue horses who have been abused, neglected, or unwanted. Their rescue center off of Sound Avenue offers tours and clinics throughout the year. They also offer counseling and support services in tandem with their rescue horses. The rescue center is home to several beautiful, rehabilitated horses, goats, cows, and even a friendly turkey named Larry that has been at the center since birth.

Spirit’s Promise is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm by appointment only.

Reference link: Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue (spiritspromiserescue.org)


Romantic Things to Do in the Hamptons


Romantic Activities in The Hamptons

The Hamptons is an ideal destination for romance: cozy bed and breakfasts, sun kissed beaches, sprawling vineyards, and gourmet farm to table cuisine all in one place. Discover what to see and do during your Hamptons getaway to create the perfect couple’s outing year round.

Visit the Art Museums and Galleries

Making a day or afternoon of exploring the museums and art galleries across the Hamptons is perfect for incorporating into a romantic getaway. In East Hampton, for example, the Pollack-Krasner House & Study Center on Springs-Fireplace Road is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike who appreciate art entwined with local history.

The Pollack-Krasner House was the home of married couple Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner that reflects their lives together as iconic artists. Their house is now a historic landmark and regularly hosts exhibitions and tours. They are open Thursday-Sunday for guided tours by advanced registration only.

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill hosts several educational programs, events, and exhibitions year round. The museum also has an onsite shop and cafe, perfect for catching up for a light conversation over coffee and lunch.

Upcoming exhibitions include Peter Campus: Images Around Shinnecock Bay, and Virginia Jaramillo: Harmony Between Line and Space.

Tip: for the entire month of September, first responders and healthcare workers will be granted free admission to the Museum, with thanks to their sponsor, Bank of America.

The Southampton Arts Center is another great destination for couples to visit during a trip to the Hamptons. In addition to year round events, and exhibitions, their outdoor gardens are ideal for a bit of relaxation and reflection together. The Southampton Arts Center is conveniently located on Jobs Lane in Southampton, with parking right in front and ample parking in the back. Pair a visit with a stroll through Southampton Village.

Explore the Outdoors

After or before a visit to an art exhibition, visit the (locally) famous Duck Pond on David’s Lane in East Hampton, within walking distance to the village. Bring some corn kernels or thawed frozen corn to feed the ducks if you wish (as opposed to bread). Spend a few moments walking along the wooden bridges and paths within this wildlife sanctuary. This is also a perfect spot to have a romantic afternoon picnic with your special someone.

If you are looking for a more in-depth nature tour, visit the Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge off of Noyack Road in Sag Harbor that is open year round. Parking is available onsite and visitors can spend their morning or afternoon strolling through the estuaries and viewing the diverse wildlife of the East End from migratory songbirds to white-tailed deer and black ducks.

The refuge opens ½ hour before sunrise and closes ½ hour after sunset.

Tip: bring your cameras, sunscreen, bug spray, and wear comfortable waterproof walking shoes.

In addition, late October through early April are the best times to view waterfowl at the refuge.

Stroll Along the Beach

The Hamptons is filled with many picturesque ocean and bay beaches that are perfect for a romantic early morning or evening stroll. Some of the most notable beaches to visit for either a day visit or even just for a brisk walk include Cooper’s Beach in Southampton, Georgica Beach in East Hampton, Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack, and Long Beach in Sag Harbor. Be sure to note which beaches require parking permits at certain hours and locations. However, most beaches do not require a beach sticker after 5 or 6pm in the evening.

You may also choose to get complimentary transportation via The Circuit from either the village of Southampton or East Hampton.

Grab Tickets to a Show or Concert

A selection of theaters and performing art centers that host live shows and or screenings year round include the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, the Southampton Arts Center, and the Southampton Cultural Center across from Agawam Park (another beautiful destination to stroll and see wildlife).

If you are traveling further east on the South Fork, theaters include the Sag Harbor Cinema and Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, Guild Hall and the Stephen Talkhouse in East Hampton.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Centers is known for their comedy shows and concerts, with upcoming headliners including Michael Feinstein, Los Lobos, and the Spin Doctors. The Sag Harbor Cinema is a newly renovated theatre that showcases a brilliantly curated mix of classic cinema and current blockbuster feature films. Plus, a photo in front of their iconic red neon ‘Sag Harbor’ sign is a must!

Share a Local, Farm to Table Meal

The Hamptons is home to several romantic restaurants, from more casual farm to table eateries to award-winning fine dining restaurant establishments. In Sag Harbor and Southampton, for example, there is Tutto Il Giorno that offers authentic coastal Italian cuisine and offers pristine outdoor dining and cozy indoor dining.

Topping Rose House is a Hamptons staple that serves award-winning cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Their outdoor wraparound veranda and lounging chairs on their expansive lawn is perfect for an afternoon of relaxation.

The American Hotel in Sag Harbor is a romantic restaurant that evokes old-world elegance. Guests will be welcomed by their gracious host and impeccable service, complemented by an award-winning extensive wine list and top notch American cuisine. If you can, reserve a table on the front patio, perfect for people watching and photographs.

For a more casual romantic dining experience, visit La Fondita off of Montauk Highway in Amagansett on your way out to Montauk. La Fondita serves traditional Mexican cuisine as part of their all-day menu. Bring your favorite taqueria dishes to the beach or enjoy at one of their onsite picnic tables.

And of course if you are craving local seafood, head to the Dock House on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor for some of the freshest chowder, seafood platters, and of course their famous lobster roll. Dine at one of their outside high top tables or head to the picnic tables just behind the Windmill or go straight to the beach.

Visit the Wineries

A favorite romantic daytime activity for couples in the Hamptons is strolling through the vineyards paired with a wine tasting and tour. Wolffer Estate Vineyard on Montauk Highway in Sagaponack is famous for their Thursday-Saturday musical performances in the evenings during the summer months. They also offer a variety of events during the summer and autumn months.

Duck Walk Vineyard in Southampton is open daily and offers flight tastings. Lastly, Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton offers flight tastings seven days a week with advanced registration.

Spend a Cozy Night in at a Hamptons’ Bed and Breakfast

Cap off a romantic day exploring the Hamptons by staying at one of the Hamptons’ coziest bed and breakfasts or inns. Some of the most romantic places to stay in the Hamptons are the Mill House Inn in East Hampton, the Baker House 1650 in East Hampton, and The Reform Club in Amagansett.

Each of these romantic bed and breakfasts is located within an easy walking distance of the village of East Hampton and Amagansett, respectively. Amenities include everything from onsite spa services, cozy robes and slippers, jacuzzi tubs, in-room fireplaces, plush bedding, and much more.

Tip: several hotels and bed and breakfasts across the Hamptons are pet friendly, in case you wish to not leave your furry best friend behind at home. These include: Mill House Inn, Baron’s Cove, and Southampton Inn.

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End Up Here: A North Fork Weekend Getaway

Hellenic Snack Bar, East Marion

The North Fork of Long Island is considered the heart and soul of the East End. This is where to discover dozens and dozens of longtime local businesses, mom and pop shops, farms, and vineyards. In fact, the North Fork is home to over three-dozen wineries from Calverton to Greenport.




Where to Stay

Located at the gateway to the North Fork, what better way to start your vacation than by staying at the Preston House & Hotel, across the way from the popular Long Island Aquarium. The Preston House is also within walking distance to several notable shops and restaurants on Main Street like Star Confectionery, Farm Country Kitchen, Che Argentinian Steakhouse, and Tweed’s. The twenty-room boutique hotel entwines Civil War era history with a chic and modern design and luxurious amenities. They also have an on-site restaurant.

For a stay filled with historic charm, come to Jedediah Hawkins Inn on Jamesport Ave. in Riverhead. Their onsite restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining for dinner and brunch on the weekends. Each of their six guestrooms is distinctively unique from the fanciful and unexpected to more traditional in decor. Their luxurious rooms offer fireplaces, smart TVs, streaming Netflix, garden views, and more. Perfect romantic weekend destination, Jedediah Hawkins Inn guests will receive a voucher from their winery partners for complimentary wine tastings, and more. For an evening cap, the Inn is also home to a speakeasy.

Continue into the North Fork and come to The Farmhouse B&B in Cutchogue. Under new ownership, the bed and breakfast is a renovated farmhouse fit with beautifully appointed bedrooms and en suite bathrooms. Guests are treated to a full country breakfast including fresh eggs from their own farm. Fresh baked cookies and fruit are available in the afternoon. Spend the afternoons reading on their wraparound porch and in the evenings, watch the sunset around the backyard fire pit. Nearby farm stands are Sang Lee Farms and Wickham’s Fruit Farm, which is within walking distance of the B&B.

In East Marion, the Coffey House Bed and Breakfast is open year-round and offers three charming traditional bedrooms and one spacious luxurious suite. All guestrooms are furnished with antique wrought iron queen size beds, high quality plush comforters and linens, and bathrobes. In their living, guests will find a selection of board games, books, and a cozy fireplace. The recreation area in the finished basement includes a pool table, and a large flat screen television and a full DVD library. The Coffey House serves their signature three-course breakfast that may include cinnamon pecan scones, a fresh fruit parfait, and their farm-to-table frittatas.

Where to Explore

Of course, a trip to the North Fork is never complete without exploring their vast array of wineries. Currently there are forty wineries across the North Fork including Macari Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, Jamesport Vineyards, and Raphael Winery. Each winery and tasting room offers a unique and distinctive experience. Live music, events, food trucks, and so much more pop up and take place at the North Fork wineries year-round so there’s always something new to experience.

Round out your visit by checking out some of the terrific breweries across the North Fork, including Greenport Harbor Brewery and Restaurant, Jamesport Farm Brewery, and North Fork Brewing Company. Live music and food trucks also pop up regularly at the breweries. Tours and reservations are usually made in advance, and the breweries on the North Fork can be quite family friendly.

Great options for the whole family include the Long Island Aquarium, and touring and shopping at the dozens of farms and farm stands across the North Fork. Two in particular to note are Catapano Dairy Farm where you can enjoy Baby Goat Yoga on the weekends or schedule a farm tour during the week, and Lavender By the Bay. Lavender By the Bay has two locations: one in Calverton and one in East Marion. Purchase fresh lavender bunches and other gifts for family and friends back home.

Where to Dine

Start your day at Star Confectionery on Main Street in Riverhead. Star Confectionery is a classic soda fountain restaurant open for breakfast and lunch. They serve up classics like omelets and French Toast for breakfast, and a Classic Tuna Melt and Reuben for lunch, as well as homemade ice cream and holiday chocolates. Another great classic eatery on the North Fork is Modern Snack Bar on Main Road in Aquebogue. Modern Snack Bar is a landmark on the East End, known for their warm, friendly hospitality and delicious home cooking. Must try dishes include their Roast Turkey, Stuffed Flounder, and finishing with a slice of their famous Lemon Meringue pie.

For lunch (or dinner), head to Hellenic Snack Bar in East Marion, which happens to be a neighbor of the Coffey House Bed and Breakfast. Hellenic serves up a variety of homemade Greek specialties like Saganaki and Grilled Tomatoes, Pastichio, and Moussaka. Finish with a selection of their homemade Hellenic Gelato. Another great option for a weekend lunch or early dinner is Noah’s in Greenport. Noah’s is known for their new American small plates with an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients. Dishes to try include Peconic Bay Little Neck Clams, Crescent Farm Duck BBQ, and Rhubarb Glazed Baby Back Ribs.

For dinner, the North Fork Table & Inn has been highly regarded for years as one of the best restaurants on the North Fork, if not Long Island. At the helm is Michelin starred Chef John Fraser who has recently revitalized the historic property and continues to emphasize the farm to table philosophy that embodies much of the North Fork. Chef Fraser is also recognized as one of the world’s leading vegetable chefs. In addition to dinner Thursday-Sunday, brunch is served on the weekends. They also have an onsite food truck Friday-Sunday.

Lastly, Cooperage Inn in Baiting Hollow is a top-rated American restaurant loved by locals and visitors alike. Cooperage Inn boasts a cozy and relaxed atmosphere and is a particularly popular destination for family gatherings, especially during the holiday season. Popular dishes include Mussels Brousse, Lobster Clam Bake, Chicken Pot Pie, and the Roasted Half Duck.

Where to Shop

The North Fork is home to a diverse array of small businesses, mom and pop shops, markets, and farms for purchasing gifs for yourself or friends and family back home. The North Fork’s antique and vintage shops, for example, sell everything from vintage clothes and accessories to antique furniture and art. The variety of unique treasures at these shops is just waiting to be discovered! Notable shops to check out include Lumber + Salt in Jamesport, In the Attic Too in Laurel, and North Found in Peconic.

Visiting the farm stands across the North Fork will allow you to sample the incredible local bounty of this region. From pies and jams at Briermere Farms and organic produce at Sang Lee Farms to fresh eggs and honey at Browder’s Birds and fresh milk at Ty Llywd Farm, you are bound to find so many delicious treats to bring home and sample throughout your trip.

For shopping day trips, walk down Love Lane in Mattituck and discover so many great shopping options, including the Village Cheese Shop for local and international cheeses. Then, continue heading east to Greenport Village to find a great selection of shops for everyone in the family from children’s clothing shops to a unique hot sauce store called Greenport Fire.

With so many ways to support the local businesses of the North Fork, it is certain you will not leave empty handed.

Where to Play

There are so many activities for everyone to take part in across the North Fork as part of a weekend getaway. Round out your visit to the North Fork by diving into some watersport activities at Peconic Water Sports in Southold. Peconic Water Sports offers boating rentals, charters, fishing excursions, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and more.

For activities on land, the Eastern Long Island Kampground offers luxury safari tents, an archery range, a recreation center, outdoor pool, and a moonlight theater. The safari tents even have private showers and full bathrooms for the ultimate glamping experience!

Discover Harbes Family Farm for the whole family with activities in season like hayrides, farm animals, and harvest events, fruit, and vegetable picking in season. Pick fresh apples, peaches, pumpkins, watermelon, corn, and much more depending upon which season you visit.

There are also a variety of festivals across the North Fork each year like the Mattituck Lions Strawberry Festival in June, the North Fork TV Festival in August, the Long Island Garlic Festival and Maritime Festival in September.




Jedediah Hawkins
Jedediah Hawkins

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