No, wait! Summer – come back!
I am already going through withdrawl at the thought of summer’s end. I need a won’t-accept-the-end-of-summer-vacation! Alas, instead of planning one, I am remembering my dreamy weekend spent on Long Island’s North Fork at the start of my summer.
On the lesser famed split of the Long Island Hamptons, this beautiful laid-back postcard community quietly preserves the tradition of an easy, country, summer-by-the-sea. A destination for summering since as far back as the Victorian era, the North Fork has remained subdued, earning itself the nickname the “un-Hamptons”.
A two-hour train ride out of the noise and grit of Manhattan is a peaceful escape in the hamlet of Mattituck. Located between the Peconic Bay and Long Island Sound it has that easy beach town feel, but wait, there’s more. In the midst of the Long Island wine region and surrounded by farms, it is a locavore paradise offering fresh catch and shellfish, farm to table produce, and vineyard hopping to satisfy any foodie, or just someone who likes to eat good food.
Stepping onto the train station platform, immediately I begin to decompress. During the fifteen minute drive to our rented beach house a molten sunset appears then disappears behind tall marsh grass, snapshots of evening-sun-bathed farmland flash between views of dense forest and the scent of lush green vegetation soothes away city tension. If you’re seeking fresh air and relaxation then this is the place for you. It could be said it’s a genius choice, considering that Albert Einstein is reputed to have spent the happiest summer of his life on the North Fork.
A bicycle with a basket made this quick escape a charming adventure complete with antique stores, farmer’s markets, and vineyards. Greensport, the center of commerce, is a twenty minute drive offering more culture, dining, and sight-seeing options.
Beaches, and bicycles and vineyards, OH MY! I have always loved to travel, but living in New York city I have deemed it a necessity to get out of the city, and to do so on a budget. One can surely drop some dollars vineyard hopping and antiquing, however, in a setting so lovely and relaxing it isn’t even necessary to spend a lot of money to just enjoy being.
Points of Interest:
- Shinn Estate Vineyards
- Mattebella Vineyards
- Sparkling Pointe
- Jedediah Hawkins Inn and Restaurant
- Material Objects Eclectic Store of Original Objects and Furniture
As a non-driver my exploration was somewhat limited, however for driving advice and other points of interest I recommend Fodors Travel site.
*Taste The East End – Free Shuttle Weekends October 11-12 and November 8-9*
It’s never to early to start a vacation dream fund, or start planning for your next opportunity, happy travels!