The Quieter Side of Eastern LI

The Quieter Side of Eastern LI

North Fork of Long Island NY: The Quieter Side of Eastern LI

by MALERIE YOLEN-COHEN on AUGUST 24, 2016

WHY GO: Historically, the North Fork of Eastern Long Island, a mere 120 miles from Manhattan, has been sleepy and rural, lacking the dazzle of the movie-star-rich Hamptons on the oceanfront South Fork. But that is changing quickly. For 40 years, wineries have been replacing family farms out here, bringing newcomers who are sick and tired of the celebrity spectacle on the “other fork,” and who just want to unwind with wine in beautiful surroundings without having to glam up or jostle with paparazzi.

These wineries, too, have also drawn star chefs and stylists who’ve opened up fantastic restaurants and boutiques. So this Getaway, which begins on a timesaving ferry for those coming from New England, incorporates these new hot spots without forgetting the North Fork’s farming and maritime roots. And for added offbeat pleasure, we throw in a surprisingly nice hotel, located on the grounds of a marina just three miles from Greenport.

Fifteen Fantastic Things to Do on The North Fork of Long Island NY

Fifteen Fantastic Things to Do on The North Fork of Long Island NY

East End Seaport Museum is #7

 08/24/2016 04:08 pm ET | Updated 3 days ago

The North Fork, the quiet finger of the victory sign that extends out to the Easternmost region of Long Island NY- 120 miles from Manhattan and many dozens of farm stands away - is the fork that doesn’t have “Hampton” in any town name. This is the section of Long Island most preferred by those who shun the jostle of paparazzi and glitterati; those who wish to linger over a good espresso and scone in the morning and a just-purchased bottle of wine from a family-owned vineyard at dusk.

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UNDERRATED TOWNS ON LONG ISLAND THAT ARE BETTER THAN THE HAMPTONS

By KATY LYN

Summer unleashes a fervent need to escape the sweltering city for coastal breezes and open air. But who wants to trade crowded streets and overpriced drinks for jam-packed beaches and restaurants catering to the ultra-rich? Trust us, there are much better options out east than fighting for elbow room on a crowded Jitney. For a real change of pace, skip the Hamptons and head to one of these underrated Long Island towns.

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Greenport

Why it's so great: The allure of this North Fork hamlet is that it still remains relatively undiscovered by the swarms of summer visitors that descend on the Island every weekend. A former shipbuilding center, Greenport's nautical history is notable all over town. It’s home to the Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation, honoring the area's rich maritime tradition. The historic village even has a working blacksmith, housed in a replica of the original building from the 1870s. All of this surrounds the town's waterfront epicenter of Mitchell Park.

What to do: Wander the streets around Mitchell Park for shopping at independent boutiques and antique stores. For lunch, go for a classic Long Island staple -- a platter of local steamers enjoyed dockside -- at Claudio's Clam Bar. If you need a change of scenery, take the shuttle to Shelter Island for further exploring (it leaves every 12 minutes) or stick around for dinner at the Frisky Oyster. The ocean-to-table restaurant is lauded for its interesting twists on fresh seafood. Finish the day with a cocktail at Brix & Rye, a bar that aims to elevate classics like the gin gimlet or Sazerac to new heights.

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Katy Lyn is a magazine editor and LI resident whose goal is to visit every brewery on this island (wineries don't hurt either).

Greenport’s Otto Schoenstein

Greenport’s Otto Schoenstein

Otto Schoenstein is a living legend.

Little did he know when he designed and built his first boat at age 11 that the stage was being set for a lifelong adventure of craftsmanship and creations that would touch so many lives. And little did I know when I called him to talk about the Kayak Derby he started for the Maritime Festival 14 years ago I would end up spending a few hours getting the most interesting Greenport history lesson ever.