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10 UN-HAMPTONY THINGS TO DO

6 Buy your own. Harry and Barbara Ludlow's fall crops at Fairview Farm include fresh-picked corn, tomatoes, red and green leaf lettuce, and fingerling potatoes. If your lodging doesn't have a kitchen, be sure to pick up some of their roasted corn on the cob -- perfect fall beach food. Harry's brother, Art, began selling his camembert and tomme cheeses commercially only a year ago, but he's already a master cheeseman. When you drive down their nearly undeveloped road, you'll catch a quick glimpse of Bridgehampton as it was. And if you're bringing kids (or even if you're not), check out the corn maze ($9 adults, $6 children).

Fairview Farm is off Mecox Road on Horsemill Lane in Bridgehampton. Info: 631-537-6154.


Find fresh flowers -- and a corn maze -- at the Fairview Farm in Bridgehampton.

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10 Un-Hamptony Things to Do

7 Eat a lobster while a chicken watches. Some call it the Fish Factory, some call it the Fish Farm, but its official name is Multi Aquaculture Systems. Don't quibble about the name -- just go. This is about as un-Hamptony as it gets -- industrial-size lobster tanks, a retail fish operation and a few beat-up picnic tables where you can eat great seafood as long as the warm weather lasts. The bay-and-marsh-grass view is killer, and the steamers just jumped out of the ocean. BYOB and settle in for the afternoon, but watch out for the patrolling chickens -- they're waiting for your leftovers.

429 Cranberry Hole Rd., Amagansett. Lunch for two is about $30. Info: 631-267-3341.

8 Go natural. The beach is far from the only eco-amazement on the East End. Forage for mushrooms, explore the chain of ponds hidden away between Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor (the Long Pond Greenbelt); investigate the sci-fi-scape that is the Walking Dunes in Amagansett (so named because the shifting winds constantly make the sand "walk," and change the dune formation); or investigate the Nature Conservancy's Big Woods Preserve in Southampton or the vast acres of the conservancy's Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island.

For trail maps, guided walks and other activities, contact the South Fork Natural History Society (631-537-9735, www.sofo.org), East Hampton Trails Preservation Society (631-329-4227, www.hike-li.com/ehtps), Southampton Trails Preservation Society (631-537-5202, www.hike-li.com/stps) or the Group for the South Fork (631-537-1400, www.thehamptons.com/group/main.html).

9 Gaze at a sunset. Anywhere on the bay side of the island is the place for this. Two great spots are the Gardiners Bay beach at the end of Gerard Drive in Springs and another directly across the narrow channel at Louse Point (a 1963 Willem de Kooning painting is "Rosy-Fingered Dawn at Louse Point"). If you must have a cocktail with your color, try the Dockside Bar & Grill (26 Bay St.) in the American Legion Hall in Sag Harbor or Montauk's fabulously cheesy Montauket Hotel bar (88 Firestone Rd.), on a hilltop overlooking Fort Pond Bay.

10 Watch a movie. The seats at the old Sag Harbor Cinema aren't comfortable, the smell is Eau de Must and the projection's not exactly state of the art. But there's always something interesting onscreen, the ladies' room holds a comfy armchair and you're likely to have most of your row to yourself.

90 Main St., Sag Harbor. Info: 631-725-0010.

-- Anne Glusker


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