North Fork, Long Island (NY)
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Originally published June 2010
We just spent two days on the North Fork area of Long Island visiting the towns of Riverhead, Greenport, Orient Point, and Shelter Island.
The area between Riverhead and Greenport is also known as Long Island Wine Country and is dotted with picture perfect vineyards, farm stands and B&Bs. And the towns of Greenport, Orient Point and Shelter Island are adorable seaside towns mixed with rolling meadows, forests and historic country charm. Orient also boasts a nice collection of homes designed by modern architects that breaks up the old lady feel of the place which the NY Times covered a few years back. There is also a small number of sleek hotels (see below) and restaurants popping up all along the North Fork that cater a bit more to the NYC crowd.
While we were there, we went on a two hour bike ride, partied in a barn with The Golden Filter and Fixed DJs, swam, ate tea sandwiches and quiche, watched the sunset, rode the ferry, drank lots of rose wine, and admired some architecture. Can’t wait to go back!
It takes about 2 hours to get to North Fork and you can reach the area via the Long Island Railroad (LIRR), but we recommend renting a car instead so you can cruise around to the different spots. Note: Shelter Island can only be reached by ferry. As with any seasonal towns, the weekends can get pretty crazy, so try to go during the week.
The Greenporter in Greenport.
Sunset Beach on Shelter Island.