Before the swell of summer visitors transcend, the East End in spring is still a relatively quiet time to explore what the Hamptons, North Fork and Shelter Island have to offer. Arts, culture and nature reign, complementing the prominent food and wine scene. Discover historic places and works of art, shop local mom-and-pops and spend time on the water. In anticipation of warmer days, these are six places to explore this spring.
Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill
Culture is very much a part of the Hamptons lifestyle. Beyond the beaches and the glam of summer living, discover other locals through their art at the Parrish Art Museum. A range of mediums by important artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, April Gornik, Chuck Close and Childe Hassam are part of the collection amassing more than 2,600 works. The East End light and landscape has long drawn artists to the Hamptons, and many of the pieces on view reflect these ideals. The museum has several arts and culture programs lined up this spring as well. Address: 279 Montauk Highway Click to go
Georgica Pond, Wainscott
As long as the sun is out, it is always a good time to get out on the water. East Hampton’s Georgica Pond offers lush, scenic views perfect to explore with a paddle in hand. Rent a kayak offered by Main Beach Surf and Sport or bring your own standup paddleboard to navigate this coastal lagoon encompassing 290 acres. Take in the sights and sounds of local wildlife, and revel in a peaceful afternoon on the water. If visitors travel far enough through one of the East End’s most secluded waterways, they can even make it to the Atlantic Ocean.
Harbor Books, Sag Harbor
In the digital world, there is still something romantic and nostalgic about turning the pages of a good book with a cup of tea in hand. In the calming months of spring, visitors can enjoy this same experience at Harbor Books in the historic Sag Harbor Village. Find an old classic or discover a new favorite in this bookshop outfitted with a Dobrá Tea counter. Curl up with a global blend of teas and your new book on one of the shop’s oversized leather chairs or walk down the Long Wharf and dive into the pages near the water. Phone: 631-808-3401 | Address: 20 Main Street Click to go
Stroll Love Lane, Mattituck
A quaint street that has both charm and beauty, Love Lane in Mattituck is perfect for a stroll, especially when spring is in bloom. Though it is just a short walk from one end to the other, each store is worth a stop. Dine outside at Love Lane Kitchen before popping into Lombardi’s Love Lane Market for fresh Italian specialties. Slip into the Roanoke Vineyards tasting room across the street for tastings or enjoy a glass of wine out back. Then pick up funky and delicious cheeses from The Village Cheese Shop. It is spring after all, so don’t forget fresh flowers from the Mattituck Florist.
Lieb Cellars, Cutchogue
Bud break is a magical time for East End vineyards. Though it is not certain when the weather will be warm enough for the vines to grow again, there is definitely a place you’ll want to stay and sip. Lieb Cellars on Oregon Road is tucked away from the main wine trails and is one of the more innovative wineries. Think boxed and canned wine in the lineup, and table service on the weekend. Guests can enjoy tastings and glasses inside and on the patio with an assortment of cheese, meat and tartines while listening to live music. Phone: 631-734-1100 | Address: 13050 Oregon Rd Click to go
Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, Shelter Island
Shelter Island’s Sylvestor Manor was once a Native American hunting and fishing ground, and since 1652 it has been home to 11 generations of its original European settler family. Today, the historic manor and educational farm serves as a reminder of times past, aiming to ensure that food and art remain connected to the community and land. It’s reopening April 2 with chances to enjoy concerts on the lawn, farm-to-table dinners, workshops and field trips to discover the 243-acre historic plantation and nonprofit educational farm. Phone: 631-749-0626 | Address: 80 North Ferry Road Click to go