Sure, the name may be misleading, but this Water Mill institution is a fantastic choice for apple picking if you’re Out East. At Hank’s Pumpkintown, $30 gets you a one-peck bag of apples like Jonagolds, Cortlands, or Cameos. A peck, by the way, works out to approximately 10 pounds of apples (enough for all your wildest pie dreams). And yes, it’s also worth visiting closer to pumpkin season, when 30 acres of attractions will delight the inner-child in anyone (but be warned that it is incredibly popular, so plan ahead). Activities include everything from narrated hayrides through the corn maze to classic fall snacks like apple cider doughnuts and hand-dipped caramel apples (look out for a brand-new caramel recipe this season). And, of course, don’t forget to grab a fresh-baked pie from their market on your way out.
By public transport: 2 hours and 35 minutes. From Penn Station, take LIRR to Jamaica Station, then transfer to the Montauk Branch. Exit at Southampton and take a taxi two miles to Pumpkintown.
By car: 2 hours and 20 minutes