Thursday, September 19, 2013
Best Kept Secrets of the Hamptons
This month, September, is proverbially the most beautiful of the year on the forty-mile stretch at the eastern tip of Long Island known as the Hamptons. When the summer renters and group house vacationers go back to the city, the homeowners and year-round residents heave a sigh of relief at having gotten through another season and emerge to enjoy the many pleasures of early fall on the beach, on the farms, and in the garden.
Most Septembers (barring those pesky hurricanes that sometimes strike),the grasses and waters sparkle, the sky is profoundly blue, the air is balmy, and the ocean, having spent the whole summer warming up, is at its best for swimming. The beach, packed solid on Labor Day weekend, is deserted the day after the holiday, perfect for long walks, meditational sunbathing, and maybe even a little discreet skinnydipping if you avoid the public beaches.
Another treasure of the area, crowded on holiday weekends but sparsely populated the rest of the time, is Gerard Drive in Springs, the part of East Hampton that was cheap enough in the 1950s to attract such artists as Jackson Pollock and Willem DeKooning. Now it’s prime real estate, and in the wetland areas, which include Gerard Drive, not much new building is done.