It’s Not Too Late

Your End of Summer To-Do List

  • Happy Hour at Morty's Oyster Stand

The calendar officially ends in “…ber” there’s an edge in the breeze that wasn’t there a month ago and oh heck NO was that a leaf changing color we just saw? We’re not ready! Lucky for us, there are still a few sweet days of sunshine before we all have to go back to our real lives [grumble, grumble] and we’ve got 10 great ways to fill them with all the summery goodness you can…

1. Get Happy
Summer can’t really end until we all stop slurping oysters, right? That’s why we’re headed to happy hour at Morty’s Oyster Stand, where from 4 to 5 p.m. daily, you can savor all the briny bivalves they can shuck, on the half shell, al fresco. Pair them with a glass of local Channing Daughters rosé or The Sure Shot: fresh-pressed Granny Smith apple juice, fresh ginger and your spirit of choice, for just $10. (2167 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett)

2. Sing Along
Nothing beats live music on warm summer nights, and The Surf Lodge has extended their summer music season right into September, with Lukas Nelson bringing his soulful rock and folk to the stage on September 2 at 6 p.m. And let us be absolutely clear: when Willie Nelson’s son and Neil Young’s band leader and lead guitarist plays, we show up. And sing. And sway. And, as his latest album title commands, Turn Off the News (Build a Garden). (183 Edgemere St., Montauk)

3. Mangia Bene
Sure, they’ve got locations back in the city. But does any outpost of Il Mulino have the same magic as the one here?? After all, Mediterranean olives and grilled octopus were meant to be enjoyed under a summer sunset sky, and that’s a lot tougher with all those pesky skyscrapers in the way. Savor one more splurge supper before you get back to the rat race. Because here, the hardest decision you have to make is how you’ll take your local clams: on the half shell, oreganata, posillipo or casino? (108 Wainscott Stone Rd., Wainscott)

4. Just Jump
Get away – up, up, and away, that is! – and end your summer with a skydive at Hamptons Skydiving. No matter how many beautiful ocean vistas and sunny days you’ve seen this summer, nothing compares to the view from high above it all. Long Island stretches out beneath you in both directions, from Manhattan to Montauk, and all you have to do is take a deep breath, take it all in“and jump. (133 Dawn Dr., Shirley)

5. Savor Culture
We don’t often wish for rain, but sometimes, it gives us a welcome excuse to get out of the sun and experience some of the world-class culture that the Hamptons have to offer. So before we kiss Summer 2019 goodbye, let’s spend a rainy day at the Southampton Arts Center. Their photo exhibition, National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Sartore is on display through September 8, with stunning up-close images of wildlife, and on September 6 and 7, they’ll screen a selection of culturally rich, adventure- packed documentary films in their fifth- annual Mountainfilm on Tour,” series. (25 Jobs Ln., Southampton)

6. Work It Out
The end of summer doesn’t mean you have to lose your groove! Let the expert instructors at New York Pilates motivate you and help you keep that warm-weather Zen feeling all year long with classes at either of their Hamptons studios. The beautiful setting is comfortable and inviting, and the community of like-minded athletes will help you achieve your fitness goals – all set to the killer tunes of their famously motivating soundtrack. Because the end of beach season shouldn’t mean the end of the beach body you worked so hard for! (649 Montauk Hwy., Montauk, and 5 Windmill Ln., Southampton)

7. Spend the Night
With cooler weather looming, it’s tempting to sneak in one more late-summer night at “the end of the world” in Montauk. And with so many amazing places to stay, it can be hard to choose. Our picks for your end-of-season escape? Duck the thumping crowds and take in the lull of the waves crashing at Marram, the Uruguayan-inspired hotel whose warm cedarwood aesthetic will chase autumn’s chill from your mind, or take over the sanctuary that is Sea Roost, a two-cottage compound set on a half acre of mature landscaping perfect for really getting away from it all.

8. Dress Up
Forget leaving all the style of the Hamptons behind – take it with you for fall! The menswear at Ryland Life Equipment and women’s styles at Frances Valentine are understated and timeless; we just call them perfect souvenirs of a summer well spent.,” We especially love the casual luxury of Ryland’s cashmere zip-up hoodie and the colorful warmth of Frances Valentine’s chunky knit flower cardi coat, both perfect for bringing a bit of the East End to your fall wardrobe back home. (26 Madison St., Sag Harbor and 78 Main St., Sag Harbor)

9. Raise a Glass
There’s no time like harvest season to visit a winery, and Duck Walk offers an exceptional setting to take it all in: a stunning Normandy chateau perched among their 30 acres of lush vines. Their expansive tasting room offers ample room for large groups, and their list of styles to taste runs from sweet to dry, white to red, Pinot Grigio to Pinot Noir. (And after all, if you didn’t Instagram a selfie in the gazebo at Duck Walk, did you even really visit the Hamptons this summer?) (231 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill)

10. Roll Along
The debate over the East End’s finest lobster roll might endure forever – and we kind of hope it does, so that chefs keep trying to out-do one another (and we get to keep trying new lobster rolls!) But year after year, Lunch AKA The Lobster Roll remains a favorite. Maybe it’s the huge outdoor seating area. Maybe it’s the simply perfect quality of the lobster roll itself. Maybe it’s the comforting thought that, even on a chilly evening in early fall, we can stop by for one of our all-time favorite summer meals – or change it up with a warm crock of creamy, sherry-scented lobster bisque. (1980 Montauk Hwy., Amagansett)