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Seeing as how warmth and luxury never go out of season, the best time to visit Jedediah Hawkins Inn is whenever you decide to make reservations. Ward off winter’s chill during a romantic getaway with your better half where you can relax in front of a remote-controlled gas fireplace — most rooms have one. Stay cozy in your room on heated bathroom floor tiles and under feathered bedding, or warm up at the bar with a glass of local red and a cheese platter from nearby Catapano Dairy Farm.
In spring, head over to one of the 14 area vineyards offering inn guests a complimentary tasting. The staff at the luxury inn can arrange a personalized tour of any of the vineyards, including Sherwood House in Jamesport and Paumanok in Aquebogue. Upon your return to Jedediah Hawkins, stroll the grounds’ 22 acres and peek in on some of the character-filled outbuildings, including the rustic barn built on the footprint of the property’s original barn. The space is now used as a gallery showcasing local artists.
When summer arrives, cool off in the waters of the Great Peconic Bay, less than a mile from the inn, or catch up on some reading in a hammock under the trees in the luxury hotel’s scenic yard. If you feel like taking a walk, beat the heat under the shade of the pergola-lined path out back while sipping your favorite cocktail. The pergola, alight with fragrant wisteria in summer, is made from logs straight from Amish country. From there, take a look at the property’s impressive garden for a preview of what you might find on your plate the next day. Of course, summer is high season in the Hamptons. Manhattanites make the 1.5-hour drive to sun on the beach or hit up the North Fork's more than 50 vineyards for some wine tasting.
Come autumn, North Fork farms are brimming with the bounty of the season. Pick some pumpkins or a variety of apples, and then hit a fall festival at an area farm. Or, you could spend the day browsing the shops of quaint downtown Jamesport or Greenport then dining on a picnic lunch arranged by the staff at JHI at an area winery (minus the summer crowds). When you return, stroll the property and say hi to the chickens that live on site or play a game of bocce over by the gazebo.