Spend $15 on a dirty martini at a Hamptons club and you'll fit right in. Pick your own apples, though, and the only thing dirty will be your hands. Following are 10 spectacularly un-chic ways to spend an autumn day on the East End.
1Go fish. Try your luck on the town dock in Sag Harbor, where the fall catch includes snappers and porgies. Autumn's striped-bass run is among the best in the world; head to any of the area's ocean beaches for a little surfcasting.
Find fresh flowers -- and a corn maze -- at the Fairview Farm in Bridgehampton.
Tight Lines Bait and Tackle (Bay Street, Sag Harbor, 631- 725-0740) will supply you with everything you need. An entry- level rig is about $100 (no rentals).
2 Get on a bike. Once the BMWs and Land Rovers have thinned out, almost any of the Hamptons' flat terrain lends itself to pedaling, but the roads of Sagaponack, Springs and Promised Land stand out. (In Springs, be sure to stop at the famed Green River Cemetery, final resting place of painters Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner and Stuart Davis; press critic A.J. Liebling; and corporate titan Steve Ross.)
For a list of shops that rent bikes, check with the East Hampton or Southampton chambers of commerce (see Details, this page).
3 Grab an oar and start paddling. A yacht may be snazzy, but a kayak will take you into coves and inlets a larger boat could never manage. Grab a sandwich at the Springs General Store (29 Old Stone Hwy., Springs, 631-329-5065) and use one of its kayaks to explore Accabonac Harbor. It'll rent through Thanksgiving weekend, if the weather's warm enough. Main Beach Surf & Sport rents kayaks, canoes and paddleboats at Cedar Point County Park through mid-September (for directions, call 631-852-7620; for rental info, call the shop at 631-537-2716). Main Beach also launches kayaks and canoes later into the fall at Sagg Bridge in Bridgehampton -- and ask about its private guided tours.
4 Pack a picnic. The Villa and Razzano's are Italian delis that rank with the best. Both make their own mozzarella, not to mention sandwiches that will leave you unable to think about dinner. This is definitely not the delicate finger food passed around at tony Hamptons benefits. If you have any room left, head to the Candy Kitchen for your ice cream fix.
A hefty hero will run you less than $10 at both the Villa (7 Railroad Ave., East Hampton) and Razzano's (Bridgehampton Commons Mall, Bridgehampton). Treats at the Candy Kitchen (Main Street, Bridgehampton) start at $2.75 for a single-scoop cone.
5 Pick your own. The Halsey family has been farming the East End since the 1640s, and their farm store (the Milk Pail on Route 27) is legendary -- not only for some of the planet's best peaches, but come fall, for two dozen varieties of apples, excellent cider and cider doughnuts. Visit their U Pick Apple & Pumpkin Farm a couple of miles away and pluck your own Macouns and luscious Fujis.
UPick Apple & Pumpkin Farm, 757 Mecox Rd., Water Mill. The Milk Pail, Route 27 between Bridgehampton and Water Mill. Info: 631-537-2565, www.milk-pail.com.