Labor Day may have passed, but there’s still so much fun to be had in the Hamptons now that the crowds are gone.

This year is my sweet sixteen – the anniversary of 16 summers in the Hamptons, which means I know all of the places the locals love. It was a favorite retreat for both me and my husband Andy before we even met and now our children have had many milestones there, from first steps to lost teeth! I met Andy in Sagaponack, which also makes it pretty special.

Over the years, I’ve found a few places that I consider Hamptons gems.

The beaches, the farms, the beautiful landscapes and the saturated, radiant sunlight are all inspiring. I am able to truly relax in the Hamptons, and that relaxation allows creativity to happen.

I like to grab a cozy MILLY sweater and have an evening barbeque with friends on Scott Cameron Beach—there are beautiful ocean and bay vistas.  All the kids play together in the shallows of the bay while the adults enjoy drinks around a bonfire.

Here are some of my favorites for fall:

In late September, after the fashion shows, I love to go apple picking and pumpkin picking with my family at The Milk Pail on Mecox Road. Bonus: they have the most amazing fresh donuts and cider.

In October, nothing beats the Hamptons International Film Festival. Grab tickets here.

The best music venue in town is Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett. Everyone has a fun story about a crazy night there!

I’m excited about the Parrish Art Museum’s new location in Watermill—the architecture, the art, the children’s programs; I feel lucky it is so close to my home!

I love a  Bloody Mary on fall weekend afternoons. Swing by my place for a really good one.

I’m pretty low-key when I’m in the Hamptons–you’ll find me in a t-shirt and jeans most of the time, but luckily in case of a sartorial emergency, I can always pop into the MILLY East Hampton boutique! Come by – you might catch me there. (54 Main Street, East Hampton; 631-604-6544) 

Stock up on fall essentials - from leather pants (my favorite staple) to tweed jackets.

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