Real Estate Confab: What Have Been Your Favorite Things To Do On The East End This Summer?

Who knows the East End better than our brokers and sales agents? We asked some of our favorite realtors what they have been enjoying most this season. Here’s what they said:

Susan Breitenbach, The Corcoran Group

Susan Breitenbach. Courtesy of The Corcoran Group

My family loves being on the water and we keep two boats in Sag Harbor. It’s fun to go watch the July 4th fireworks and travel to Sunset Beach or Duryea’s in Montauk for lunch or dinner. Sometimes we even take bigger trips to Block Island, Newport, or Nantucket, but it’s very hard to leave the Hamptons! I play tennis and now pickleball, host quite a few family barbecues, and really enjoy our beautiful beaches! While there are plenty of great activities on hand, I spend most of my time selling real estate, so I’m very lucky I love what I do! As far as events, I was a member of the host committee for the Holiday Designer Showcase house. We had a great turn out with proceeds going to fight breast cancer. I am also on the committee for the East End Hospice’s Camp Good Grief, which is truly an amazing cause. It has helped so many children who have lost a family member. There are so many parties and events each week, but it’s also so nice to stay low-key and just enjoy family, friends, and this beautiful place where we live!

Learn more about Susan Breitenbach here.

Cynthia Kolbenheyer, The Corcoran Group

Cynthia F Kolbenheyer. Courtesy of the Corcoran Group

We are lucky to live in a region with some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Once summer arrives, I enjoy taking advantage of our spectacular natural surroundings by golfing, paddle boarding, biking the back roads, or spending some time on the beach with friends. I especially love the drive out to Montauk – a destination with a cool vibe, a plethora of venues offering live music with water views, and fabulous seafood restaurants. It’s truly “the End” and you feel miles away from the stressors of daily life! As a place to kick back and relax, it can’t be beat!

David Zazula, Saunders & Associates

David Zazula. Courtesy of Saunders & Associates

I like to play tennis, and swim in the bay and the ocean. I love the “Golden Hour” at the beach, while having a cocktail with friends. I love The Surf Lodge on Wednesday evenings with The Nancy Atlas Band. Sunday evening shows at Stephen Talkhouse can be magical. I love drinking my coffee early in the morning on my back deck. I love driving my convertible on the back roads. Bottom line, most anything outside is awesome on the East End in the summer.

Randi Ball, The Corcoran Group

Randi Ball. Photo by Ty Wenzel

One of the greatest joys about living in the Hamptons is there are always new places to discover. I was blown away at my first visit to Lisa Perry’s Onna House in East Hampton.  This beautifully curated space features only women artists both local and international. I met a wonderful young woman artist Kelly Chuning and can’t wait to hang one of her pieces I purchased in my home in Amagansett.

Learn more about Randi Ball here.

Sheri Winter Parker, The Corcoran Group

Sheri Winter Parker. Courtesy The Corcoran Group

My “Shopping with Sheri Events” for Stony Brook ELIH and CAST have really been fun and rewarding at the same time. I’ve also been enjoying the Willoughby Gallery at Vine and Sand in Southold, plus I love Rays Gallery, and Luca Naftali’s Fine Art Gallery, both in Greenport. Plus Vsop Gallery just opened in the old sweet Indulgence space — really fun!

I also enjoy visiting the restaurants as they come back from the hiatus of winter and all the new ones that come each year, like Zach Erdem’s new spots in Greenport and  Duryea’s in Orient Point is always such fun! Southold Social, The North Fork Table, and Pearl are always scrumptious. The Frisky Oyster is always a good time. Salumeria Sarto took over Kate’s Cheese Shop — the North Fork is popping and there are so many new places to discover. Reach out to me for the complete list!

Read about Sheri Winter Parker here.

Hal Zwick, Compass

Hal Zwick. Photo: Ty Wenzel

Summer has always been my favorite season. Having lived on the East End for twenty-five years, I have learned to navigate the crowds, whether at the beach, in the village business districts, or the hidden gems of the region. I am very loyal to the restaurants and retailers I have either done business with or have been a customer for years. I also love exploring the new options that open each year. I attend some of the benefits — those that I have an affinity to the cause. I love taking my dogs to the beach in the early morning and evening where the sense of community is strong. And importantly, I love going to small gatherings at friends’ or families’ homes to kick back and forget the outside world.

Read more about Hal Zwick here.


Ty Wenzel

Co-Publisher & Contributor

Ty Wenzel started her career as a a fashion coordinator for Bloomingdale’s followed by fashion editor at Cosmopolitan Magazine. She was also a writer for countless publications, including having published a memoir and written features for The New York Times. She is an award-winning writer and designer who covers lifestyle, real estate, architecture and interiors for James Lane Post. Wenzel is also a co-founder of the meditation app for kids, DreamyKid, and the social media agency, TWM Hamptons Social Media.

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