As much fun as it is prepping our fall wardrobe (leather skirts! Topcoats! Lace-up booties!), we can't help but daydream about summer. The lobster rolls, the ocean breeze, the sweet smell of sunscreen — okay, we miss the beach a little too much.

Have you ever wondered, though, why places like the Hamptons empty out as soon as Labor Day comes? The beaches are still there, the weather is even more pleasant (goodbye humidity!), and a plethora of restaurants and hotels are still open. Plus, since most people don't think of the Hamptons as anything more than a summer destination, the towns are so much more relaxed in the off-season. It's easier to make reservations, hotel rates are lower, crowds everywhere are thinner, and there are some awesome events that happen in the months that follow.

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When it comes to New York City boroughs that aren't Manhattan, the Bronx is often overshadowed by Brooklyn (thanks to hipsters and Jay Z) and Queens (hello, beer gardens, nature, and amazing Italian food). And, when it does come up, the conversation likely involves Yankee Stadium. Or, Jennifer Lopez. Even Anthony Bourdain — a New Yorker who has ventured all over the world — was surprisingly late to the party on this one. 

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When you’re on your way to Montauk from Manhattan, it might feel like you're headed towards the end of the earth, but it’s only the end of Long Island. And we promise, it’s worth it. Which is exactly why so many of us park our beach chairs there for the summer. 

Montauk is the perfect location for those who love the high energy of the Hamptons, but require a little peace and quiet every now and then. It is rare that those two qualities blend together so easily, and Montauk has it down. One minute you are dancing poolside to the sickest DJ in the East End, the next you are passing by old storefronts that transport you back to the '50s. 

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