Planning a fall family vacation is a fun way to get outdoors and take in the changing season. Get the kids interested in active adventures and nature excursions, or escape on a less-traveled beach stay with your partner for some alone time. Either way, autumn is a fun blank canvas for outdoorsy travelers.
Harbor seals bark under the wharf, a dog sits patiently under a picnic table, I’m standing at the rail watching a rubber-suited fisherman crank the winch and lower a crate of fresh rock cod on the dock. This is Lucas Wharf, a high ceilinged, window-walled restaurant in Bodega Bay, where I just lunched, inside, on a mini crab cake dish. (As always, where there’s a culinary specialty that I like, including Dungeness Crabs, I order it in every restaurant.)
Montauk, in the town of East Hampton, is the last pearl in the string of coastal villages known collectively as The Hamptons. Located at the tip of Long Island, Montauk Point is 118 miles from New York harbor or about 120 miles from Midtown Manhattan. People travel there through the longest and largest island in the contiguous United States. (It’s 23 miles at its widest, between the Great South Bay and the Long Island Sound). They drive, take the Hampton Jitney or ride Long Island Railroad trains. Some folks arrive by boat and a good number fly in to the local airport.