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The East End Al Fresco!

Looking for a way to make the most out of summer on the East End? We look to embrace the multitude of outdoor activities across the North and South Forks of Long Island, including everything from water sports and bike tours to exploring the many nature trails and state parks. Below, we round up several different types of outdoor activities on the East End for everyone to experience this summer, with select activities available year-round.  

North Fork

Long Island Canoe Kayak Rentals at Treasure Cove Resort Marina

Looking for fun on the forks? Spend a few hours – or an entire day – discovering the natural beauty of Long Island’s local waterways. Ideally located on the picturesque Peconic River, Long Island Canoe Kayak Rentals, part of Treasure Cove Resort Marina, features in-season canoe, kayak, stand up paddle board, fishing pole, electric tour board, and bicycle rentals. Seasonal guided tours also offered.

Peconic Water Sports

Ready for some thrills on the water this summer? Peconic Water Sports based in Southold offers a wide variety of water sports activities for everyone of all ages. They also have two additional locations, one in Montauk and one in Noyack. Water sports activities, perfect for the outdoor enthusiasts in your life, include tubing, boat rentals, charters, fishing, water skiing, surfing, and so much more. 

Reflextions Riverhead

Located in Milton L Burns Park, or also known as Grangebel Park, in downtown Riverhead, Reflextions offers both a daytime and nighttime walkable component of stunning standalone reflective art displays. At nights the magic begins when the art pieces are illuminated during their special events throughout the summer and into the fall. Each illumination event includes live performing arts and other onsite activities.

Tour the North Fork Breweries

The North Fork is home to several notable breweries, many of which offer ample outdoor seating space and activities including live music, local business pop ups, trivia nights, and more. Many of these breweries and cider houses throughout the North Fork also have outdoor tasting rooms, outdoor fire pits like Woodside Orchards in Aquebogue. Other notable breweries include Tradewinds Brewing Company, Peconic County Brewing, Jamesport Farm Brewery, and Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

Relax and Play at Mitchell Park 

Mitchell Park is located in the heart of Greenport Village on Front Street and offers a variety of playful activities and serves as a relaxing oasis for families of all ages. In addition to strolling along the marina, there is the rustic antique carousel, plenty of space to picnic and relax on the lawn, and come wintertime there is an ice skating rink. 

East End Bike Tours

Looking to explore the bounty and beauty of North Fork’s vineyards? East End Bike Tours offers guided tours that include a scenic 13.5-mile journey through the North Fork. Pass architectural landmarks, picturesque vineyards, and more. A bike ride with East End Bike Tours is the perfect outdoor activity on the East End for groups of friends and family members whether visiting the region for the first time or for those who frequent the region. 

Eastern Long Island Kampground

Go camping (or even glamping) at the Eastern Long Island Kampground in Greenport. The campground features more than 20 acres of stunning campground space for tents and RVs in addition to glamping sites, cabins, and safari tents. Create a connection with nature and the outdoors with a variety of activities including archery. Great for families and friends of all ages.

The Cranberry Bog Nature Preserve

Become reconnected with the outdoors on the East End of Long Island at The Cranberry Bog Preserve in the wetlands of Riverhead. The park is what remains of an abandoned cranberry-growing sector. The 150+ acre preserve is a natural reservoir for Long Island’s fresh water supply. Spend the day hiking and exploring the Little Peconic River, birds species, reptiles, and the different types of other local wildlife. 

Stroll along the Peconic Riverfront Park

The stunning Peconic Riverfront Park is in the heart of downtown Riverhead. After visiting the local restaurants and shops and strolling down Main Street, relax on the riverfront with your family and watch the wildlife or taking a relacing stroll. A perfect way to unwind outdoors, Ammann Park on the Peconic Riverfront has two gazebos, several benches along the waterfront, and picnic tables. 

Live Music at the Wineries

Several wineries across the North Fork, many of which are family and pet friendly, offer a live outdoor music series throughout the summer season. A sample of wineries offering live outdoor music during the summer season include Pindar Vineyards, Clovis Point, Suhru Wines, Osprey’s Dominion Vineyard, and more. It is best to check with each individual winery for their rotating lists of musicians and the live music schedule. 

Harbes Family Farm

A perfect family friendly destination for plenty of outdoor activities, Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck hosts a variety of festivals throughout the summer including Peach Harvest Festival and Tomato Harvest Festival, both held in August. Additional outdoor summer activities for visitors to the North Fork are visiting the farm animals, the trike track, duck racing games, the spiderweb climber, play tractors, giant sandboxes, and so much more. 

Lavender by the Bay 

Lavender by the Bay has two locations: East Marion and Calverton. Both offer the ideal outdoor activity spot for those spending the weekend exploring the North Fork. Spend the afternoon relaxing in and exploring the lavender fields, taking breathtaking photos, and purchasing freshly picked and dried lavender. Must have items from their shop include their essential oils, lavender honey, lavender soap, and sachets. Note that their peak growing season is typically in mid-July. 

Splish Splash

Splish Splash in Riverhead is the perfect destination to cool off this summer season. As New York’s largest outdoor waterpark, Splish Splash has a wide range of outdoor activities and water rides for family and friends to enjoy all summer season long. Rides range from calm to thrilling like Dragon’s Den, Riptide Racer, Bombs Away, and the Lazy River. Onsite eateries and other activities are widely available throughout the park. 

East End Seaport Museum Lighthouse and Cruise tours

The East End Seaport Museum, located in Greenport, has a full schedule of lighthouse cruises and tours for the summer season. A great way to get out to sea and explore the outdoors on the North Fork, the lighthouse and cruise excursions are family friendly and offer an excellent way to learn about the unique nautical history of Greenport. The lighthouse is open daily during the summer, except Tuesdays. 

South Fork

Tour LongHouse Reserve

LongHouse Reserve, located in picturesque East Hampton, is a collection of gardens and sculptures amongst 16 acres filled with unique pieces by such notable artists as Buckminster Fuller and Willem de Kooning. The sculpture gardens are open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:30-5pm. Timed ticketed entries are available. A full summer calendar is in full swing at LongHouse Reserve, including a summer outdoor concert series and a variety of tours, wellness classes, and camp activities led by Shine NYC.  

Explore Quogue Wildlife Refuge

The Quogue Wildlife is a stunning nature preserve filled with plenty of outdoor exploration activities, events, and educational programming. In addition to offering plenty of outdoor activities during the summer months, Quogue Wildlife Refuge is open year-round. The Refuge is home to seven miles of trails for exploring their diverse habitats. See if you can spot the ecologically rare Dwarf Pines in the Pine Barrens. Then, come inside to visit the owls, falcons, hawks, and other native New York animals who are unable to return to the wild and call the Outdoor Wildlife Complex home. 

Lighthouse Loop Trail/Explore the beach and grounds of the Montauk Point Lighthouse

The Montauk Point Lighthouse is one of if not the most famous landmark on Long Island. Group tours of the lighthouse and grounds are available to groups of 20 or more and must be booked in advance. Near the lighthouse is the Lighthouse Loop Trail that takes you through Montauk State Park as well as the beautiful cliff beaches. The serene beauty makes for one of the best outdoor photo opportunities on the East End. Plus, a great outdoor event to check out is the Montauk Music Festival

Walking the Dunes of Hither Hills State Park

Hither Hills State Park on the Napeague Stretch near Montauk is a beautiful destination to walk and explore the outdoors on the easternmost part of Long Island. Hither Hills State Park offers nature trails to ocean beaches, picnic tables, seasonal recreation programs, a playground, fishing, and a campground with tent and trailer sites. 

Long Pond Greenbelt Trail

Located in Bridgehampton on the South Fork, the Long Pond Greenbelt Trail offers a variety of expansive outdoor exploring opportunities for families of all ages. The Greenbelt is a unique preserve that is home to coastal plain ponds, freshwater swamps, wetlands, and woodlands. In particular, the Greenbelt is home to thirteen rare coastal plain ponds. At the southern end of the Greenbelt is Sagaponack Pond which opens to the Atlantic Ocean. 

Explore Madoo Conservancy

Take your family and friends to the beautiful gardens at Madoo Conservancy on Sagg Main Street in Sagaponack on the South Fork. This special haven is open by appointment only. Admission is free and openings times are Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 12-4pm. Unique exhibitions and events rotate throughout the summer season. 

Guided nature walks and hikes with East Hampton Trails Preservation Society

Outdoor and nature lovers from all over will enjoy the wide variety of activities and trails available or offered through the East Hampton Trails Preservation Society. Scheduled activities throughout the season include beach walks, area tours, maintenance hikes, and much more. Plus, there are free hikes, bike rides, and paddling all year long. 

Visit Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge 

The Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge, located near Sag Harbor, is one of the most beautiful and scenic outdoor destinations on the East End of Long Island. The refuge offers dozens of acres of exploration year-round. The winding trails of the refuge take visitors through diverse habitats including sandy and rock beaches, forests, fields, and the beach. Wildlife you may spot include deer, painted turtles, eastern chipmunks, osprey, long-tailed ducks, green frogs, and many more types of animals. Note that the refuge opens a half hour before sunrise and closes a half hour after sunset.

East Hampton Main Beach Saturday Yoga/Film Night on Tuesdays

The South Fork of Long Island is perhaps most famous for being home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. East Hampton’s Main Beach offers a variety of activities and events throughout the summer season including free yoga on the pavilion every Saturday beginning at 8:30am through Labor Day weekend. There is also a rotating schedule of outdoor live music every Tuesday evenings throughout the summer. 

Wolffer Estate

Sunset Fridays and Saturdays are some of the most popular outdoor summer events on the South Fork. Taking place at Wolffer Estate in Sagaponack on Montauk Highway, visitors enjoy a casual and fun night among the vines paired with a gorgeous sunset, live music, and Wolffer wine. Music starts at 5pm and goes until sunset. Wine and ciders are available by the glass or bottle. No reservation is required. 

Cozy Fireplaces on the East End

Escape the winter chill in the Hamptons and on the North Fork. Discover several restaurants across the East End that have cozy indoor and outdoor fireplaces. Settle in and warm up with a cocktail or your favorite classic comfort food dish at one of these East End restaurants, including the North and South Forks (the Hamptons).

The Hamptons

Baron’s Cove, Sag Harbor

Baron’s Cove hotel and restaurant offer one of the coziest spots for dining in the Hamptons. The waterfront hotel and restaurant offers sweeping harbor views of the Sag Harbor Marina. This luxurious year-round resort offers three wood-burning fireplaces for guests to enjoy.

The forest fireplace is in the hotel lobby lounge, a popular retreat for happy hour, live local music, and where guests gather for pre-dinner artisanal cocktails.

After cocktails, guests may head upstairs to dine fireside at The Restaurant at Baron’s Cove. The third wood-burning fireplace is located on the hotel’s covered veranda. The veranda is an ideal spot for small plates and drinks in the warmer months.

Most notably, Baron’s Cove is located within an easy walking distance from Sag Harbor’s main attractions and town center. Notable guests throughout the years at Baron’s Cove include Paul Newman, Art Garfunkel, Billy Joel, Richard Kind, and Truman Capote.

Bostwick’s Chowder House, East Hampton

Heading out to Montauk this fall? Stop by Indian Wells Beach for a romantic stroll, shop in Amagansett Village, then warm up next to the fireplace at Bostwick’s Chowder House on Montauk Highway. Enjoy their famous lobster roll or fish tacos while you sip on a Bostwick’s Breeze.

Don’t forget a cup of their famous chowders as there is nothing quite like a delicious warm bowl of New England on a crisp fall day paired with a cozy fireplace in the Hamptons.

Centro Trattoria & Bar, Hampton Bays

Salvatore Biundo is the owner of Italian eatery Centro Trattoria & Bar, the ultimate farm-to-fork Italian restaurant in Hampton Bays. Re-illuminating the cozy dining experience in the Hamptons is the grand patio deck.

Surrounding the lively dinner setting is an exquisite outdoor garden fountain and cozy fireplaces, both indoor and outdoor.

Rowdy Hall, East Hampton

Rowdy Hall, next to London Jewelers, boasts a wood-burning fireplace in the dining area with the signature logo head engraved on the mantle just above it. The rustic wooden tables surrounding the fireplace are the coziest of course, but the entire tavern warms up in the winter months making for a cozy meal. Enjoy some of their favorite dishes including their Chili, Butternut Squash Lasagna, and Fish & Chips, paired with their hot apple cider.

Southampton Inn, Southampton

Visitors to the Southampton Inn in the village of Southampton can keep cozy as the weather turns chilly with one or both of the Inn’s fireplaces. The first fireplace is located in the spacious lobby. This is the perfect spot for readers to relax and unwind.

For those who welcome the chill, there is a firepit on the grounds, perfect for toasting marshmallows and sipping hot cocoa.

The 1770 House, East Hampton

The 1770 House is an 18th century colonial home on Main Street in East Hampton’s historic district. Both a year-round restaurant and inn, The 1770 House has good old-fashioned comforts and modern conveniences including six working fireplaces!

The first fireplace is located in the parlor as guests arrive to dine and stay at The 1770 House. The second cozy fireplace is in the main dining room, and the third is located in their downstairs rustic Tavern. The additional three fireplaces are located in two separate guest rooms, with the last located in the Inn’s Carriage House.

Townline BBQ, Sagaponack

Townline BBQ on Montauk Highway offers a rustic wood-burning fireplace in the bar area, perfect for pairing with a winter warmer cocktail. The large brick fireplace is detailed with a reclaimed wood mantle and the restaurant’s signature boar’s head above it.  

A perfect dining spot in the Hamptons to grab a drink, some appetizers, and even play a game of pool by the cozy fireplace.

North Fork

American Beech, Greenport

American Beech is a boutique luxury hotel and restaurant in the heart of Greenport Village on Main Street. This popular restaurant and bar has both an outdoor patio and indoor cozy fireplace to relax near during the cooler months.

American Beech is open for dinner year round. American Beech is currently open Wednesday-Sunday for dinner. Lunch and brunch are served on the weekends.

Cooperage Inn, Baiting Hollow

The Cooperage Inn on Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow at the gateway to the North Fork has a cozy fireplace inside their main dining room. Come warm up at any one of their tables inside that has ample access to the warmth of the fireplace. Their most popular dishes include their pot pies including the Lobster Pot Pie and Chicken Pot Pie.

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner seven days a week beginning at 11:30am.

East on Main, Mattituck

East on Main on Main Road in the heart of Mattituck has a cozy fireplace for guests located in their bar area. Customers may sit and enjoy drinks and dinner at the main bar or at any one of their tables nearby.

East on Main on the North Fork is well known for traditional, home cooked inspired fare as well as their signature cocktails. Notable cocktail choices include their Rum Punch, Tropical Margarita, and The Beach Bum. Dinner is served Wednesday-Sunday, and lunch is served on Sundays beginning at 12pm.

North Tavern, Wading River

North Tavern on North Country Road in Wading River is well known for its cozy fireplace in the main dining room for restaurant guests to enjoy during their visit. The rustic stone fireplace is at the center of the dining room and is often decorated for the holiday season with a beautiful large wreath with a red bow.

North Tavern is open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday beginning at 4pm. This North Fork restaurant is also well known for hosting private parties from business dinners to cocktail parties.

Sound Avenue Bistro, Riverhead

Sound Avenue Bistro in Riverhead has a fireplace inside for a cozy dining experience all winter long. This North Fork restaurant is well known for their freshly caught seafood, farm fresh produce, and delicious desserts.

Favorite dishes at Sound Avenue Bistro, according to the locals, are their French Onion Soup, Lobster and Shrimp Mac n Cheese, and Prime Rib Night on Friday nights. Bingo Night is also very popular at Sound Avenue Bistro.

Tweed’s, Riverhead

Tweed’s is located in the heart of historic downtown Riverhead on East Main Street. Tweed’s is considered to be the oldest continuing bar and restaurant in RIverhead and on the North Fork. The now restored restaurant even operated during the Prohibition era utilizing innovative and secretive methods for serving like dumbwaiters and hidden doors. Tweed’s also has a cozy fireplace for diners in their restaurant, close to a table for six.

Tweed’s Restaurant is famous for being open 365 days a year. Their most popular dish is anything made with bison. These choices include Bison Filet Mignon and Bison T-Bone.

Windamere, Mattituck

Windamere, located at Strong’s Water Club & Marina on Wickham Avenue in Mattituck, has a gorgeous white fireplace in their main dining room. This cozy fireplace in the heart of the North Fork is decorated with festive tinsel and a wreath for the holiday season. It also has a country chic wooden mantel.

Windamere is currently open for dinner Thursday through Sunday until 8pm. Lunch is served Friday and Saturday starting at 12pm, and on Sunday beginning at 11am. Dockage is also available for Windamere dinner guests. There is a 4-hour minimum stay.

Winter Outdoor Dining on the East End

The Hamptons and the North Fork on the East End of Long Island have several options for outdoor dining. These East End outdoor dining picks include igloos, heated patios and decks and more. Read on for the most cozy outdoor dining experiences this winter on the North and South Forks.

The Hamptons

The American Hotel, Sag Harbor

The American Hotel in the heart of Sag Harbor Village on Main Street has five unique dining areas within their restaurant. One of the most coveted dining areas, no matter the season, is their front porch. The front porch allows their outdoor dining guests to take in the cheerful Sag Harbor scene while creating those perfect photo op moments with the florals and historic elements surrounding you.

Advanced reservations are highly encouraged. The American Hotel is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Claude’s Restaurant at the Southampton Inn, Southampton

Claude’s Restaurant on the edge of Southampton Village is open daily and year round for breakfast, lunch and dinner beginning at 7am and is open until 11pm.Weekend brunch is served from 11am-2pm. Claude’s at Southampton Inn is also within easy walking distance of Southampton’s various shops for plenty of festive shopping experiences.

Guests may dine at Claude’s café on their spacious outdoor patio. Note that the courtyard patio is not covered and dining is weather permitting. Guests may also sit outside and enjoy a Hot Toddy or their favorite winter cocktail by the firepit.

Flora, Westhampton Beach

The gorgeous and popular Hamptons restaurant, Flora, offers a beautiful outdoor dining space. Their heated winter garden features private igloos for brunch, lunch and dinner. Igloos seat up to six guests. Reservation allotments are up to 90 minutes during lunch and up to two hours for brunch and dinner. Brunch is served exclusively on the weekends.

Click here to book your reservation directly and to learn more. Reservations are strongly recommended. Flora in Westhampton Beach is currently open daily for lunch and dinner beginning at 12pm Monday through Friday, and at 11:30am on Saturday and Sunday.

Fresno, East Hampton

Fresno is considered to be East Hampton’s best kept dining secret. This Hamptons’ favorite dining spot is located within a short walking distance from the East Hampton train station. It features a beautiful and spacious outdoor patio. The cozy outdoor patio features six space heaters and incredible lighting for mingling and reading the menu. There are two large, quiet filters allowing lots of air movement.

The restaurant features nightly dinner specials and menu highlights include spicy “buffalo” cauliflower with a creamy blue cheese vinaigrette and scallions; salmon tartare with jalapeños, scallions, and crispy homemade potato chips; slow braised beef short ribs with local red cabbage, white polenta and apple gremolata; and cazuela roasted local cod with dashi broth, wild mushrooms, baby bok choy, rice noodles and an Asan slaw. Fresno is also well known for their comfort-food inspired desserts.

Main Street Tavern, Amagansett

Main Street Tavern in the center of Amagansett Village offers daily happy hours from their classic and innovative beverage list. This Hamptons restaurant also serves 10pm bites for late-night indulgences.

Their outdoor garden dining space features heated seating at their cozy picnic tables. Their beer garden is also both indoors and outdoors. Favorites from their menu include the late-night Tavern Burger or the new Steamed Dumplings and Chicken Bites. From their Brunch menu, the top selections are the Brioche French Toast and Grilled Hanger Steak.

T-Bar, Southampton

T-Bar Southampton, located diagonally across the street from the Southampton train station, serves a variety of classic cuisines with a modern twist this winter indoors and outdoors on their covered stone patio. Diners can remain in comfort thanks to the covered patio, high hedges, and state of the art space heaters. T-Bar in the Hamptons serves dinner Wednesday-Sunday beginning at 5pm. Reservations for outdoor dining are encouraged.

Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton

Topping Rose House at the corner of Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor Turnpike offers extensive outdoor dining options all year round. During the winter months, their wrap-around verandah is heated with ample space heaters. In addition, guests may choose to enjoy a coffee or cocktail at their outdoor firepit in the garden.

Topping Rose House is a luxury hotel and restaurant in the heart of the Hamptons. They are open year round and are open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Brunch is served on the weekends.

North Fork

American Beech, Greenport

American Beach Hotel and Restaurant in the heart of Greenport Village offers cozy, heated outdoor dining. Their outdoor dining features cute, private domes for dinner guests looking to cozy up this winter season.

American Beech is open for dinner Wednesday through Friday beginning at 5pm. Lunch and dinner are served Saturday and Sunday beginning at 12pm. Lunch is served from 12-3pm. Reservations for heated outdoor dining are encouraged.

Buoy One Seafood Restaurant and Bar, Riverhead

Buoy One Seafood Restaurant in Riverhead on West Main Street in Riverhead offers ample outdoor dining for the winter season. The restaurant features a clear tent that is completely heated, allowing for a warm and cozy outdoor dining experience for those visiting the North Fork.

Buoy One Restaurant is the original restaurant, with an additional East End location in Westhampton. The restaurant is open year round and is famous for their daily, freshly caught seafood, in addition to their seafood market. They are open seven days a week beginning at 11am.

Farm Country Kitchen, Riverhead

Farm Country Kitchen, located on West Main in Riverhead close to the downtown area, offers outdoor dining and seating during the winter months. The restaurant is nestled inside a colonial home on the banks of the Peconic River and creates a true essence of country North Fork dining. Favorite dishes include the Park Bench Salad, Bonfire Wrap and BBQ Shrimp, to name a few.

Farm Country Kitchen is open for lunch and dinner six days a week (closed Tuesdays) from 11:30am-9:30pm.

Main Road Biscuit Co., Jamesport

Main Road Biscuit Co. on Main Road in Jamesport offers plenty of comfort food favorites along with a covered outdoor courtyard with string lights and space to move around. Popular dishes for the winter include their biscuit sampler, Biscuit & Gravy, and their Oyster Fry.

Main Road Biscuit Co. is open seven days a week. Their hours are Monday through Thursday from 9am-3pm, and Friday through Sunday from 8am-4pm.

The Preston House & Hotel, Riverhead

The Preston House & Hotel, set in the heart of downtown Riverhead and directly across from the Long Island Aquarium, offers a spacious and cozy outdoor dining experience for the dinner guests. Their outdoor dining space features an enclosed porch with full air circulation and heaters so that diners can dine in a comfortable space while still enjoying some scenery.

Outdoor dining is also available under our pergola which has full heat lamps so it is not enclosed but remains very comfortable as guests tend to enjoy the ambience under it.

The Preston House is currently open Wednesday to Thursday from 4-9pm, Friday from 4-10pm, Saturdays from 11:30am to 10pm, and  Sundays from 11:30 AM to 9pm.  

Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays from 11:30am-2:30pm.  Outdoor dining is always available  and it is first come first serve, even with the reservation

The Ram’s Head Inn, Shelter Island

The Ram’s Head Inn is a popular mainstay for visitors and locals on Shelter Island. Open year round, this iconic waterfront hotel and restaurant is once again offering their igloo outdoor dining experience in their spacious backyard. There are also plenty of lawn games and activities for friends and family to partake in.

The Ram’s Head Inn is open seven days a week for dinner. Reservations for their igloo dining experience are strongly encouraged. The restaurant is also hosting regular bingo nights, trivia nights, and live music. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11:30am. The Ram’s Head Inn also offers a picnic lunch Monday through Friday from 11am-4pm.

Windamere, Mattituck

Windamere on the waterfront in Mattituck offers a unique outdoor dining experience with private igloos. Their heated igloos can accommodate up to eight guests. Located on their patio, guests will enjoy a cozy North Fork outdoor dining experience paired with stunning views of the water. Advanced reservations are strongly recommended.

Windamere, located at Strong’s Water Club & Marina, is currently open Thursday through Sunday until 8pm. Lunch is served Friday through Sunday beginning at 12pm.

Holidays on the East End

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Get ready for plenty of holiday cheer this season, festive events are back and in full swing! Below we highlight several East End holiday events on both the North and South Forks. Events are in order by date.

Friday, November 26th

Carriage House Holiday Shop, Southampton Historical Society, Southampton

The Southampton History Museum on Meeting House Lane in Southampton will host The Carriage House Holiday Shop and Designer Tree Auction. Martha Stewart and many well-known designers are creating tabletop holiday trees to benefit the museum’s free education programs. The silent auction begins Friday, November 26th at 11am and ends Saturday, December 4th at 4pm.

Mandala Yoga Holiday Bazaar, Amagansett

Mandala Yoga at 10 Amagansett Square on Main Street in Amagansett is hosting a Holiday Bazaar featuring some of the Hamptons’ finest local designers. Vendors include Hamptons Handpoured, Promised Land Jewelry, Sea Gyspy Botanicals, and Hidden Gem, among others. The Holiday Bazaar will take place from 1:30-5:30pm.

Saturday, November 27th

25th Annual Tree Lighting and Parade of Lights, Southampton

Southampton Village celebrates the 25th annual Firetruck Parade of Lights beginning at 4:45pm. There will be Christmas Carols by “VOSH” and “MOSH”, the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, and a Spectacular Fireworks Display to round out the night. The event is sponsored by the Christmas Decorations Committee. Click here to learn more.

Lighting the Light, Montauk Lighthouse, Montauk

The most recognized landmark on Long Island, the Montauk Lighthouse, is celebrating their annual lighthouse lighting ceremony beginning at dusk or at approximately 4pm on Saturday, November 27th. On Sunday, Santa will make his traditional visit to Montauk Point. Sunday’s Christmas at the Light will take place from 11am until 3pm. This event is free for everyone.

Santa at The Homestead, 1760 Homestead Farm, Riverhead

Saturdays November 27th and December 11th, and Sundays November 28th and December 12th

For two separate weekends, from 11am-4pm each day, 1760 Homestead Farm on Sound Avenue in Riverhead is hosting time slots for family photos with Santa. Santa on the Farm requires advanced reservations (each 15 minute photo session is $45). Reservations for the photo sessions may be made by clicking here. The sessions also include a matted 5×7 photo. While you are visiting the farm, choose the perfect Christmas tree and or wreath at the farm shop. Also, pick up one of the handmade famous pies from the farmhouse.

Sunday, November 28th

Menorah Lighting in Sag Harbor

This annual Menorah Lighting tradition is sponsored by the Egosi family and the Sag Harbor Inn on the Long Wharf in the village of Sag Harbor. The Menorah Lighting begins at 6pm on the first night of Hanukkah.

Home for the Holidays, Mattituck Historical Society, Mattituck

Home for the Holidays takes place at the Mattituck-Laurel Historical Society on Main Road in Mattituck from 2-7pm. Refreshments will be served, along with a gift and bake sale for holiday shopping. Bring the children and enjoy kid’s crafts, tours of the museum (2-4:45pm), and visit Santa from 3:30-5pm. The caroling and tree lighting will take place from 5-5:30pm. The event is free for everyone. Call Lori for more information at 631-3841474.

Wednesday, December 1st

Holiday Lighting at The Big Duck, Flanders

This free event runs from 7-9pm and will feature a visit from Quackerjack, the Long Island Ducks baseball team mascot, duck carols led by students from the Riverhead Middle School Show Choir, refreshments and the ever-anticipated arrival of Santa Claus by fire truck.

Victorian Christmas, East Hampton Historical Society, East Hampton

Visit the East Hampton Historical Society on Main Street in East Hampton for a special holiday exhibition at the Thomas & Mary Nimmo Moran Studio. The exhibition runs through December 23rd, open from 11am-3pm, featuring festive décor, period clothing, antique postcards, and period period toys to recreate the atmosphere of a 19th century Christmas celebration. Pre-registration is requested. Tickets are $5 per person. Click here to register.

Thursday, December 2nd

First Annual Holiday Stroll, Westhampton Beach

Celebrate the season with the first annual Holiday Stroll on Main Street in Westhampton Beach from 6-9pm. Shop local and support the arts! This evening of shopping features many local Westhampton Beach businesses and restaurants. Each business is partnering to raise money for WHBPAC. Holiday strollers will pick up a punch card at the box office. Then, they will collect stamps from each participating retailer along Main Street. After shopping, guests could enter to win a deluxe holiday raffle while listening to the dueling piano show, @savagepianos.

Learn more and purchase tickets at whbpac.org or call 631-288-1500.

Saturday, December 4th

The Spirit of Christmas, Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue, Baiting Hollow

The Spirit of Christmas encompasses holiday events all taking place at Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue, located at 2746 Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow, December 4th, 11th and 18th. These three Saturdays in December include holiday farm tours with Mrs. Claus and the elves, storytime, and a meet-and-greet with the Equine Reindeer. A nominal donation is requested for entry. Book online.

On Saturday, December 11th at 7pm, there is Line Dancing with Deanna. Tickets are $15 each with advanced sales only. No tickets will be sold at the door. Call 631-875-0433 for more information.

Fire & Ice Christmas Market, Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue, Baiting Hollow

Saturdays, December 4th and December 18th, 4-9pm. Free admission.

The Fire & Ice Christmas Market will be held at Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue in Baiting Hollow. This outdoor Christmas Market is inspired by the German Christmas Markets. Guests will enjoy magical lights, ice carvings, and fire dancing. Shop for unique gifts and taste baked goods, hot cocoa, and cider. An on-site gift wrapping service is available.

Holiday Tree Lighting, Shoppes at East Wind, Wading River

The annual holiday tree lighting will take place at the Shoppes at East Wind, located on NY-25A from 3-7pm. Guests will be able to write letters to Santa and place them in Santa’s mailbox. Holiday fun includes shopping at their Winter Fest, a live DJ and dancing, and much more. Santa will arrive and greet guests on a firetruck to light the tree and take photos with families. Free admission. Rain date is Sunday, December 5th.

Note: Santa will also be at the Shoppes Winter Fest on Saturdays, December 11th and 18th from 11am-5pm.

Railroad Museum of Long Island, Riverhead

Visit the Railroad Museum of Long Island, located at 416 Griffing Avenue in Riverhead, decorated for the holiday season on Saturday, December 4th and Sunday, December 5th from 11:30am-3pm each day. Santa arrives each day at noon. Refreshments will be served and the gift shop will be open. There is also a LIONEL Polar Express Trainset raffle. Free admission for everyone.

Pet Photos with Santa and The Grinch, Southampton Animal Shelter Foundation, Hampton Bays

Visit the Southampton Animal Shelter on Old Riverhead Road in Hampton Bays for pet photos with Santa and the Grinch from 10am-4pm. Schedule your photo sessions in advance! Email events@sasf.org to schedule. Photos are $20 and directly support the animal shelter. DIgital copies will be emailed to you, and physical photos will be sent to your mailing address. Call 631-728-PETS (7387) to learn more.

Light Up The Harbor, Sag Harbor

Light up Sag Harbor with the spirit of the season. The Sag Harbor Historical Society’s candle-lit walk leads to the Long Wharf for the annual Tree and Windmill Light-up tradition. The event begins at the Annie Cooper Boyd House on Main Street at 5pm. Guests are encouraged to bring their own battery-powered candle. Caroling and a countdown to the holiday light-up begins at 5:30pm. Holiday music will be played by WLNG radio station.

Annual Candlelight Tour, Southold Historical Society, Southold

The Southold Historical Museum’s Holiday Fair at Peconic Lane Community Center will take place from 9am-4pm. Find unique holiday gifts for everyone on your list. The event will feature a bake sale, crafts room and face painting for children. Santa will also be visiting to greet everyone! Lastly, there will be a holiday auction that features gift bakers for all ages. Admission and photos with Santa are free.

Village Green Tree Lighting, Cutchogue

The annual Village Green Tree Lighting will take place in Cutchogue on Route 25 beginning at 4:30pm. The event takes place at The Village Green, a collection of historic houses that tells the story of Cutchogue from 1640 to present day. Santa will visit, and delicious holiday cookies will be served. Call 631-734-7122 for more information.

Parade of Lights and Tree Lighting, Greenport

The annual Christmas parade in Greenport begins at 5pm from the corner of Main Street and Center Street. It will then continue through the village to Mitchell Park and will go until 7pm. The parade is presented by the Village of Greenport and the Greenport Fire Department. Rain Date is Sunday, December 5th.

Holiday Open House, LVIS, East Hampton

The Ladies Village Improvement Society (LVIS) will welcome everyone to the Gardiner Brown house at 95 Main Street in East Hampton from 2-4pm. Cider, cookies, and eggnog will be served. Mrs. Claus will make her appearance and will greet others and take photos with families.

Sunday, December 5th

Long Island Aquarium Santa Brunch, Riverhead

Celebrate the season with the annual Santa Brunch at the Long Island Aquarium in downtown Riverhead. Families enjoy a delicious buffet brunch in the Sea Star Ballroom. After the brunch, the family is welcome to take a tour of the aquarium. The visit to the aquarium is included in the brunch ticket price. Seating times are as follows: 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Advanced reservations are required and can be made by calling 631-208-9200 ext 426. Hotel packages are also available.

Wednesday, December 8th

Holiday Musical Bingo, North Fork Brewing Co., Riverhead

Have fun playing bingo while listening to holiday tunes from 6:30-8:30pm at North Fork Brewing Co. on East 2nd Street in Riverhead. Guests can grab a bingo card with a beverage purchase. Event goers will also have a chance to win some free draft beer vouchers and other great prizes. Free to play. Seating is on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday, December 11th

Downtown Riverhead Holiday Parade & Riverfront Bonfire, Riverhead

Come see the Riverhead Lions Club 69th Annual Holiday Parade in downtown Riverhead beginning at 3pm. The parade begins on Main Street and loops south to the Peconic Riverfront where the Downtown Riverhead bonfire is taking place at 4pm. Visit Santa in the town’s Gingerbread House and take photos with him and your family. Be sure to bring your own thermos for complimentary hot cocoa and holiday treats. Santa’s House will be open from 5-7pm. Rain Date is Saturday, December 18th.

Holidays at the Hangar Artisanal Craft Fair, East Hampton Airport, East Hampton

Explore the holiday shopping event held at East Hampton Airport at 173 Daniels Hole Road from 12-4pm. Holidays at the Hangar will feature unique items for sale from local artists and artisans. These include jewelry, art, photography, glassware, holiday decor, woodworking, leather goods, and more. Crafts for kids, free coffee and hot chocolate, holiday treats, and visits from Santa will bring even more festive cheer. Contact Donna Fiumano for more information: 917-756-0184.

Sunday, December 19th

Holiday Concert with The Dickens Carolers, Sag Harbor

The Holiday Concert with The Dickens Carolers begins at 2pm, presented by the Sag Harbor Historical Society. There will be holiday treats and books for sale, along with a special outdoor holiday concert. The concert will be performed by The Dickens Carolers at the Annie Cooper Boyd House on Main Street.

North Fork Restaurants Offering Thanksgiving Dining

North Fork Table and Inn

Deciding on where to dine this Thanksgiving with your family? We have curated a list of dining options across the North Fork for Thanksgiving this season. Restaurants span from Wading River to Greenport.  

aMano, Mattituck

Located on Main Road in Mattituck, aMano is serving a Thanksgiving dinner this Thursday, November 25th. This local Italian restaurant will be open serving their festive dinner from 1-5:30pm. The dinner includes three courses for $49.95 per person. The first course dishes include Pan-Roasted Cauliflower, Roasted Beet Salad, and Butternut Squash Soup. The second course includes a varied selection of Pan-Roasted, Roasted Free-Range Turkey with Apple Bacon Cornbread Stuffing, and Braised Short Ribs. Desserts include a Warm Apple Crisp, Flourless Chocolate Cake, and Pumpkin Cheesecake. Reservations are recommended.

Birchwood of Polish Town, Riverhead

Birchwood of Polish Town Restaurant & Catering Hall, a local favorite in this beloved Riverhead neighborhood, will be offering their famous Thanksgiving buffet on Thursday, November 25th. Most notably, their Dinner Buffets are voted as the best in Riverhead! It includes a Deluxe Carving Station, Fresh Shucked Raw Bar, Cold Tuscan Appetizer Station, and even a dedicated Kids’ Station! A fun highlight is Jacqueline’s Giant Donut Wall, Chocolate Fountain, and Grand Dessert Table. Seating times are between 11:30am-7:30pm. Adults are $49.95 and children are $19.95 (ages 3-12).

Cooperage Inn, Baiting Hollow

Cooperage Inn on Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow is well known across not only the North Fork but the whole East End of Long Island for their annual Thanksgiving dinner. Their a la carte menu is available from 11am-8pm, with advance reservations strongly recommended. Their Thanksgiving menu includes starters, entrees, sides to share, and desserts. Notable dishes include Oven Stuffed Baked Clams, Seafood Bisque, Apple-Raisin Stuffed Pork Roulade, Turkey Pot Pie, and Surf & Turf. Cooperage Inn also offers to-go options for Thanksgiving. Call 631-727-8994 to make a reservation.

Desmond’s, Wading River

Desmond’s at East Wind Long Island is offering a Thanksgiving to-go catering menu. They prepare all of the food for their customers in advance. The package includes a Golden Brown Ready-to-Carve 14-16 lb Turkey with all the fixings. Hot and ready to serve! This package serves between 8 and 10 people. Orders are available to be placed until Tuesday, November 23rd. Pick up is on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th between 10am-2pm. Pick up is also available on Wednesday between 1 and 6pm (picked up cold with heating instructions). Call to pre-order: 631-846-2335. Click here to see the full menu.

Grace & Grit

Grace & Grit, located on Main Road in Southold, is offering a full Thanksgiving takeout menu. Please note that orders must be placed in advance. The menu includes a wide variety of options like Deviled Eggs, Stuffed Mushrooms, Fall Arugula Salad, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Roasted Root Vegetables, Bourbon Bread Pudding, Corn Custard, and so much more. Their Thanksgiving Dinner Package, for example, is a total of $325 and serves between 8-10 people. That package includes: fall arugula salad, 12 lb all natural turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, green bean casserole, homemade gravy, homemade citrus cranberry sauce.

The Halyard, Greenport

The Halyard, located on Route 48 in Greenport, with one of the most beautiful water views on the North Fork, is offering their specially curated Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 25th. Appetizers include a Raw Bar, and Cheese & Charcuterie. Side dishes will include Baked Macaroni & Cheese, Crispy Brussel Sprouts, and Roasted Chestnut & Mushroom Stuffing, and Caramelized Sweet Potatoes. Main courses are Carved Heritage Turkey, Spiral Ham, and Smoked Montauk Swordfish. Desserts are Apple Pie, Pumpkin Pie, and Profiteroles. The Thanksgiving dinner buffet will be served from 2-8pm. Advanced reservations are recommended.

Southold General, Southold

Chef John Fraser’s new general store, Southold General, is offering an “Everything but the Turkey” a la carte menu. Southold General is also offering delicious pies by acclaimed Pastry Chef François Payard. These are available on Wednesday, November 24th. A few notable menu items include spiced nuts, sage gravy, and smoked salmon mousse. Pies that will be available for Thanksgiving pickup include apple crumb with caramel, pecan with mascarpone cream, caramel and bourbon and pumpkin with marshmallow, orange blossom and fennel pollen. All info can be found in the pop-up menu by clicking here.                 

Stonewalls Restaurant, Riverhead

Located on The Woods Golf Course on Reeves Avenue in Riverhead, Stonewalls Restaurant  is offering a Thanksgiving dinner menu for Thursday, November 25th. First courses include Butternut Squash Soup, Stonewalls Classic Crab Cake, and a Spinach Salad with Poached Pears, and Crumbled Bleu Cheese. The second course offers patrons a Traditional Roasted Young Turkey with Apple and Sausage Stuffing, Crescent Farm Duck a l’Orange, and Dijon Hazelnut Crusted Halibut, among other selections. The third course includes a choice of Raspberry Pie, Apple Pie, or a Raspberry Souffle. Call 631-506-0777 Ext. 2 for reservations.. 2

North Fork Table & Inn, Southold

North Fork Table & Inn on Route 25 in Southold just launched a pre-order for their Thanksgiving Larder by Chef John Fraser. These are meant to be ordered ahead and enjoyed at home for 4 or 8 persons. Pick up is available at the restaurant on November 24th and 25th. Notable menu items include a carved roasted turkey, stuffed mushrooms, smoked sourdough, and butternut squash bisque. Online ordering information is available here.        

Thanksgiving Dinner in the Hamptons

Tutto Il Giorno Thanksgiving Hamptons

Ready to talk turkey in the Hamptons? Begin planning your Thanksgiving holiday weekend getaway soon! Hamptons restaurants are already taking dining reservations for Thanksgiving. Find out where you should consider making your holiday dining reservations across the South Fork from East Quogue out to Montauk.

The Restaurant at Baron’s Cove, Sag Harbor

The Restaurant at Baron’s Cove is offering a special Thanksgiving menu for those visiting and residing in the Hamptons this holiday season. Visit the cozy, waterfront restaurant for a festive farm-to-table Whole Turkey Thanksgiving.

The Thanksgiving feast includes a farm fresh turkey and sides as well as choice of a pumpkin or pecan pie. This festive dine-in offer feeds 6-8 people, and the cost is $540 per table.

For those interested in a 3-course option, there is also a pre-fixe Thanksgiving dinner menu featuring traditional favorites. These include Butternut Squash Soup with brioche crouton and butternut squash oil; Turkey Dinner with cranberry sauce, potato puree, haricot vert, and gravy; Stuffed Delicata Squash with dijon vinaigrette, brussel sprouts, and pepper jam; and seasonal sides such a Turkey Stuffing; Braised Mustard Greens; Potato Puree, and more. The cost is $90 for adults, $40 for children.

Claude’s Restaurant at the Southampton Inn, Southampton

Claude’s Restaurant is offering a beautiful 3 course Thanksgiving dinner from 1pm to 5pm. Adults are $42 per person and children are $28 per child.  Room rates start at $200 per night plus tax and fees.

On Friday, November 26th Claude’s will offer a dinner-and-show with Cristina Fontanelli. On Saturday, enjoy the annual Southampton Village antique fire engine parade of lights! End a splendid Thanksgiving weekend in the Hamptons with Claude’s brunch on Sunday.

Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa, Montauk

Guests looking to celebrate Thanksgiving in the Hamptons need look no further than Gurney’s Montauk where a delectable Thanksgiving buffet at Scarpetta Beach and Tillie’s will be served on November 25th. Menu highlights include venison meatballs with a sage, cherry and vermouth glaze; a crab bisque with fresh Maryland crab and brandy cream; and a traditional roast turkey brined in maple syrup, rosemary and black pepper with a classic gravy and cranberry apple sauce.

The full menu and children’s menu may be read here. Reservations may be made by clicking here.

Highway Restaurant and Bar, East Hampton

For Thanksgiving in the Hamptons, guests of Highway Restaurant and Bar on Montauk Highway in East Hampton may begin making reservations two weeks in advance of Thursday, November 25th.

For dessert on-the-go, Highway Restaurant is providing their Milk Pail Apple Pie to-go.

For those interested in private dining, Highway offers private Chefs for hire with a special Thanksgiving Menu, compiled with traditional and seasonal offerings. These offerings are flexible based on the client’s request! In addition to the main event: the Roasted Organic Turkey with cranberry orange relish, salads will include a Lemon Quinoa Salad, and a Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad, among other selections.

Side dishes include crispy smashed potatoes, sausage and apple stuffing, buttermilk biscuits, glazed carrots, and roasted acorn squash, among many other selections.

Lulu Kitchen and Bar, Sag Harbor

Lulu Kitchen and Bar will be open for Thanksgiving. The restaurant in Sag Harbor Village near the Variety Store will offer a traditional turkey dinner from 12-8pm.

The Hamptons Thanksgiving holiday themed entrée will include fresh roasted turkey served with cranberry sauce, stuffing, sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and gravy. The Thanksgiving dinner price is $96 per couple/for two people. Please note that there is a minimum of two persons at a table for placing an order.

Smaller portions for children at half price will be made available. In addition to their Thanksgiving menu, Lulu Kitchen and Bar will have their a la carte menu available.

Reservations are recommended. Please call Lulu Kitchen and Bar directly. 631-725-0900

Sí Sí at EHP Resort & Marina, East Hampton

EHP Resort & Marina’s restaurant Sí Sí is offering a family-style Thanksgiving dinner menu with a Mediterranean twist. The menu features elevated traditional dishes such as warm delicata squash, herb roasted heritage turkey breast and Moroccan spiced roasted brussel sprouts and is priced at $105 a person and $65 for children under the age of twelve. Mediterranean-inspired plates include Za’atar roasted cauliflower, mezze, and ras el hanout spiced lamb chops.

Paired with gorgeous views of the East Hampton Marina, this is an idyllic way to celebrate Thanksgiving in the Hamptons.

The 1770 House, East Hampton

Hamptons mainstay, The 1770 House on Main Street in East Hampton will offer a traditional Thanksgiving dinner 2-8pm on Thursday, November 25th. The 1770 House will offer their special Thanksgiving menu for dinner guests. Advanced reservations are required. Thanksgiving dinner will be served in their main dining room and downstairs Tavern.

Award-winning Chef Michael Rozzi has curated a four-course prix fixe menu. His menu features traditional and alternative holiday selections. The menu includes such first courses as Spicy Montauk Fluke Tartare, Hot Smoked Salmon Salad, and a Local Apple Tart with Burgundy Truffle. The cost per head is $125.

The second course includes Shaved Brussel Sprouts, and Butternut Squash Bisque. Thanksgiving dinner main courses include a traditional organic Amish turkey with sage gravy sausage stuffing, Seared Montauk Sea Scallops, and Braised Domestic Lamb Shank, among others. Desserts offered include a decadent Pumpkin Creme Brulee, and The 1770 House’s beloved Sticky Date Cake with vanilla ice cream.

Stone Creek Inn, East Quogue

Stone Creek Inn on Montauk Highway in East Quogue, an elegant French restaurant beloved by locals, is offering a 3-course, prix fixe Thanksgiving menu on Thursday, November 25th. The price per person is $95. A children’s menu will be available at $65 per child under the age of 12. Dinner service is set between 1-6:30pm.

Dishes for this Hamptons Thanksgiving feast at Stone Creek Inn will include appetizers like Lobster Bisque, Warm Oishi Shrimp Salad, Fresh Burrata, and a Roasted Acorn Squash and Watercress Salad. Entrees on the menu are a Roasted Natural Turkey, Roasted Long Island Duck Breast, Roasted Halibut, Filet Mignon au Poivre, and others. Side dishes are Country Bread Stuffing, Truffle Mac and Cheese, a Cheese Plate served with Quince Paste, and other selections.

Desserts include Cinnamon Sugar Donuts, a Pear Sundae, and Chocolate Cremeux.

Tutto Il Giorno, Sag Harbor and Southampton

Tutto Il Giorno in both Sag Harbor and Southampton Village is hosting a traditional Hamptons Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 25th. Seating for Sag Harbor is from 2:30-7:30pm, with the addition of a limited a la carte menu. Seating for their Southampton location is from 2-7:30pm. Advance reservations are required.

Sag Harbor’s Thanksgiving menu at Tutto Il Giorno includes Butternut Squash with Potato Gnocchi, Whole Baked Orata, and Pumpkin Pie, among other selections. The price per person is $75 or $95 per person with a wine pairing.

Their Southampton menu offers Carciofo (stuffed artichoke hearts), House Made Fettucine, and Ricotta Cheesecake with a local cherry confit for dessert, among other choices. The price per person is $80 or $115 with a wine pairing.

Halloween Events & Happenings on the East End

What’s happening this Halloween on the East End? No tricks, just treats out east! We unveil several events across the East End for celebrating Halloween with family and friends for a spooky good time!

The North Fork

Bats, Barnacles, and Broomsticks at Long Island Aquarium

The Long Island Aquarium, at the gateway to the North Fork, is hosting their annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 23rd from 11am-3pm. Those in costume receive 50% off their admission. Trick-or-treating, Halloween animals, giveaways, vendor tables, and so much more. The Long Island Aquarium is located on Main Street in the heart of downtown Riverhead.

Crawloween, Riverhead

Crawloween, a craft spirits crawl and after party event series on the North Fork, is set to take place Friday, October 29th from 6-11pm. Guests should arrive between 6-7pm to pick up their bracelets and masks at the Montauk Distilling Company, North Fork Brewing Company. Then, explore and taste spirits from Montauk Distilling, North Fork Brewing Co., Tradewinds, and Peconic County Brewing from 6-9pm. All are located in Riverhead.

The after party includes Craft’d (food and drink specials), Montauk Distilling Co (DJ), Diggers (live band) and Riverwalk Bar and Grill (DJ).

General admission begins at $14.99. The ticket price is $19.99 in-person/day of the event. Tickets include signature cocktails at Montauk Distilling, $5 craft beer at each brewery, additional discounts on food and beverage, and more.

Ticket proceeds will be donated to the American Cancer Society: Making Strides Breast Cancer Awareness Walk in Downtown Riverhead on 10/30.

Haunted Tree House at Long Island Aquarium

This is a brand new event for Halloween 2021 at Long Island Aquarium! This brand-new Halloween Tree House event in Riverhead includes five levels of Halloween fun! Bring the whole family and visit the aquarium for an immersive experience as you climb the 62 steps to the top of the tree house. This fun North Fork Halloween event is perfect for children ages 3-11 and accompanying parents.

This event takes place Friday-Sunday throughout October from 8-10pm. $20 in advance when reserved online or $25 at the door. One parent attends free of charge with a paid child.

Note: in the event of severe weather, please check the red scrolling news ticker on the homepage of their website for cancellation information.

Trunk or Treat at Hallockville Museum, Riverhead

The annual Trunk or Treat Halloween event on the North Fork will take place on October 30th from 3-6pm. The event at Hallockville Museum on Sound Avenue will feature Mike the Silly Magician beginning at 4pm, a silent auction and raffle, pumpkin decorating, scary stories, games, and a costume parade and contest.

The event will also feature an Adopt a Halloween Kitty hour with Last Chance Animal Rescue from 3-4pm, a Mummy Wrapping Contest, and the Trunk or Treat beginning at 5:15pm.

Event admission is $15 per person and $50 for a family of 4. Children under 5 are free. Food and drinks will be available for purchase from local food trucks.

The Hamptons

A Halloween Party at Calissa, Water Mill

Celebrate the Halloween weekend in the Hamptons with Calissa. Located on Montauk Highway in Water Mill, Calissa is hosting a Halloween party. Come in for dinner in a costume and receive a complimentary glass of bubbles to kick off the evening. Dinner reservations should be made in advance.

A DJ will start spinning at 9:30pm. Spooky seasonal drinks will be available at the bar. For bottle service table reservations, email directly to concierge(at)calissahamptons(dot)com.

Halloween Trivia Night at the East Hampton Library

Get ready for a frightfully fun time! Halloween Trivia Night is taking place at the East Hampton Library on Main Street across from Guild Hall on Friday, October 29th. Trivia Night will be held from 6-8pm. Guests may play as an individual or as part of a team. The highest scoring team or individual wins a prize. Note: if playing on a team, all members must be signed up in advance. Call the East Hampton Library directly at 631-324-0222.

Little Lucy’s 20th Annual Pet Parade, Southampton

Bring your furry friend to Agawam Park, just across the street from Little Lucy’s Boutique. Registration begins at 1pm, and the cost is $10 per dog. The parade begins down Jobs Lane, and then onto Main Street. Furry friends will return to Agawam Park for a party, costume awards, raffle prize winners, and more. This fun annual Hamptons Halloween event will also include live music and food vendors.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Kent Animal Shelter. Please call Little Lucy’s in case of rainy weather at 631-287-2352.

The Southampton Animal Shelter’s 3rd Annual Wag-O-Ween Spooktacular

This fun, family-friendly annual event takes place on Sunday, October 24th at the Southampton Animal Shelter off of Old Riverhead Rd in Hampton Bays. This East End Halloween event begins at 12pm with a doggie costume contest and paradise (note that there is a $5 donation per dog). Next at 2pm, there is a kiddie costume contest and parade ($5 donation per child). There is so much more to discover for everyone this afternoon with a photobooth, raffles, merchandise, bake sale, costumes and toys for sale, face painting, games, prizes, and much more.

Walk-in guests are welcome but pre-registration for the photobooth and costume parade are preferred. Email events(at)sasf(dot).org or call 631-728-7387.

What to do during your Fall visit to the North Fork

The first signs of autumn in the North Fork are the rows of bountiful farm stands selling endless varieties of squash, pumpkins, freshly baked pies, and everything apple cider. Explore the rows of apple fields, stroll through the corn mazes, and pumpkin patches. 

So, it is time for you to discover the best fall food on the North Fork. Leap into the season and create your own fall food tour across the North Fork. We have curated some of the top fall farm stands on the North Fork, from Riverhead and out to Greenport. 

1760 Homestead Farm

1760 Homestead Farm on Sound Avenue in Riverhead offers a continuous supply of autumn baked goods. Their most famous pies include the grape pie, shoo fly pie and brownie pecan pie, a must for celebrating the fall season on the North Fork. Fall is pie season in fact! To note, they will be offering pie flights on select weekends up until Christmas.

Every Sunday from 12-4pm, 1760 Homestead Farm showcases farm produce through sauces, salads, and soups for take away or to enjoy in the picnic area.

Briermere Farms

At the gateway to your fall food tour of the North Fork is Briermere Farms on Sound Avenue in Riverhead. Brieremere’s is famous for their wide range of produce, flowers, apple cider, and baked goods, especially their pies.

Fall on the North Fork always means a visit to this farm stand! Popular pies to complement any autumn gathering include Cranberry-Pear, Peach Raspberry, Pumpkin, and Boysenberry. They also have a variety of cream pies such as Chocolate Cream, Cherry Cream, and Blueberry Cream. 

Please note that all sales and pick ups are done outside on the farmstand. 

Bayview Market & Farms

Discover plenty of local, fresh fruits and vegetables, and flowers at the local farm stand, Bayview Market & Farms off of Main Road in Riverhead. They sell fresh, locally grown produce through late fall with specialty items such as meats, dairy, and sauces that rotate throughout the season. 

This six-generation farm sells everything from potatoes, pumpkins, cauliflower, carrots, pears, turnips, and more. In addition, if you are in Calverton, Laurel, or Mattituck, you can stop by any one of their farm markets for a bounty of peak season fresh produce to take home for your autumn feast. 

Country View Farm Stand

Country View Farm Stand on Main Road in Southold is a must stop during your fall food tour of the North Fork. Their pies are baked fresh daily, and they also sell fresh brown eggs, Long Island duck, asparagus, and sugar snap peas. 

Pick up local vegetables at this third generation North Fork farm stand like cauliflower, hot peppers from Kevin’s pepper patch, as well as Claudia’s wide variety of local refrigerated soups like Indian Dal and Vegetable, and Ginger & Rice Noodle Soup. 

Hallock’s Cider Mill

This beloved North Fork farmers market, Hallock’s Cider Mill, is located on Main Road in Jamesport. They are a family owned country roadside market that has been a fixture on the East End for generations. Come stop in for all your fall food needs, including homemade pies, homemade jams, cheese, soups, chowders, their own local honey, gift baskets, their own farm fresh eggs, their famous crumb cake, and so much more. All in addition, most of their produce sold at the Cider Mill is organic.

Current hours are 9am-5pm seven days a week. Hallock’s Cider Mill closes for the season in December, and reopens usually in early May. 

Helen’s Flower Farm

A favorite for families during the autumn months is a visit to Helen’s Flower Farm in Riverhead. Located on Union Avenue, this interactive farm is a great spot to visit with the family for plenty of autumn family fun.

There to greet you is a pumpkin farm, corn maze, a wide variety of flowers, baked goods, and so much more. You can easily spend hours at Helen’s Flower Farm, exploring the maze and pumpkin patch, followed by shopping their baked goods, including their wide variety of freshly baked fruit pies. 

Their farmstand remains open until Thanksgiving Eve, and reopens in the spring. 

North Fork Roasting Company

North Fork Roasting Company is well known for their fall inspired coffee beverages. Exclusive for autumn is the Dirty Pumpkin Chai, Caramel Apple Latte, and of course the Pumpkin Spice Latte. 

Their chai is made in house by simmering whole milk with chai, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. North Fork Roasting Company gives it a seasonal spin by adding our pumpkin purée with fall spices and then they make it dirty by pouring a shot of espresso in.

The Caramel Apple Latte is special thanks to their homemade apple caramel syrup. It’s just like taking a bite into a caramel apple and can be made with any of our alternative milks. Created by barista and shop manager Claudia La Du.

Lastly, the homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte is back for the fall season! This beloved harvest beverage is crafted with espresso, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, honey, and most importantly real pumpkins!

North Fork Roasting Co. on Main Road is open seven days a week from 7am-4pm. They have a sister store in Westhampton Beach on Main Street, open Thursday-Monday from 7am-4pm. 

North Fork Chocolate Company

An autumn destination staple for chocolates, gifts, and so much more is North Fork Chocolate Company off of Main Road in Aquebogue. All of their chocolates are made on the premises from scratch and make for the perfect local fall gift, straight from the North Fork!

Some additional great fall dessert options to try include their Belgian Liege Waffles. These are made fresh to order, and you can top yours with a variety of toppings. They also sell homemade ice cream, fudge, and individual sized gourmet desserts like Granny Apple Caramel Pie, and S’mores Pie. 

North Fork Chocolate Company is currently open every day except Monday, beginning at 11am. You may also shop online

Patty’s Berries and Bunches

This North Fork farmstand in Mattituck on Sound Avenue is a female-owned farmstand, offers a U-Pick visiting experience, as well as produce, flowers, and a variety of onsite activities. Discover many of your favorite autumn foods including seasonal ice cream, cider baked goods, jams, honey, and more. This is also the perfect stop for gorgeous floral bunches or ornamental pieces for your fall centerpiece table.  

Patty’s Berries and Bunches is currently open daily from 9am-6pm. They are also pet friendly, though to note that pets are not allowed in the picking rows. 

Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farms

Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm in Baiting Hollow on Sound Avenue is perfect for visiting for the whole family to pick pumpkins and explore the fields, while shopping for fresh, local produce. You may also see a local food truck parking at the farm! The pumpkin picking field usually closes the last week of October before Halloween.

If you decide to visit just before the beginning of the autumn season on the North Fork, Rottkamp’s has a stunning sunflower maze to explore. The maze is usually open until mid September. 

Fall Food Guide to The Hamptons

The first signs of autumn in the Hamptons encompass fields of massive bright orange pumpkins on the vine, buckets of beautiful gourds in all shapes and sizes and stretches of apple orchards along both sides of Montauk Highway. It’s time for a fall food tour of the Hamptons! In addition, get a sensation for fall by visiting the local farm stands, bakeries, and specialty food shops across the South Fork. 

We share some of the most coveted farms and shops to visit to savor a taste of autumn straight from the Hamptons, from Westhampton to Amagansett. 

Tate’s Bake Shop, Southampton

As a Hamptons staple known and praised around the world, Tate’s Bake Shop in Southampton Village sells even more than their signature crispy chocolate chip cookies. Come in to this popular bakery and take away some delicious sweet treats to enjoy during your visit and to take home for loved ones. 

Though of course their baked goods are perfect for any occasion, their autumn month selection really knows how to hit that sweet post.

Their Harvest Treats collection includes an Assorted Cookie Gift Pack (also available in gluten free), the Cozy Morning Breakfast Tray, the Best of Southampton that includes their scrumptious Chocolate Chip Pie. Another perfect way to start a weekend brunch in the Hamptons is with their Sour Cream Coffee Cake. An added bonus? These are also available to purchase online!

The Milk Pail, Water Mill

Looking for a farm stand in the Hamptons? The Milk Pail has three different locations open in the Hamptons for the fall season: the U-Pick Farm on Horsemill Lane, the Fresh Market on Montauk Highway, and the Farm Stand on Mecox Road, all in Water Mill. They are most famous for their wide variety of apples for apple picking in addition to pears, peaches, berries, and other produce. Their apples are available at the market well into the following summer. 

The U Pick Apple and Pumpkin farm is open seasonally Friday through Sunday and on holidays. The farm is a beautiful spot for photos! 

Visit milk-pail.com for updated hours and information. Note that the Fresh Market is closed on Tuesdays.

Online shopping is available directly via Milk Pail Fresh Market Local deliveries are also available on select days. 

Hank’s Pumpkintown, Water Mill

If you are looking for the ultimate fall family fun destination in the Hamptons, Hank’s Pumpkintown on Montauk Highway reigns supreme! It is the most popular pumpkin patch in the Hamptons, so get ready for some pumpkin picking. In addition to dozens of play places, a corn maze, and wagon rides, Hank’s has an onsite market that sells every fall treat you can imagine. These include Apple Cider Slushies, Roasted Corn, Cider Donuts, Fresh Baked Pies, Hand Dipped Candy and Caramel Apples, and so much more!

It is best to arrive as early as possible (at 9:30am) on the weekends to grab the perfect parking spot on the main road. There is additional parking directly across Montauk Highway. Check hankspumpkintown.com for further information and regular updates.

Mecox Dairy Farm, Bridgehampton

Mecox Dairy Farm is a very popular dairy family farm that sells a wide variety of cheeses and baked goods. This is a great place to stop if you happen to be celebrating the autumn season or holidays in the Hamptons. 

This farm raises local, farm-fresh, free-range turkeys at their farm in Bridgehampton. They have been doing so for more than 30 years. Turkeys can be pre-ordered on their website, mecoxbaydairy.com and customers will pick up their turkeys on Tuesday, November 23 or Wednesday, November 24 at their Farm Store. 

During turkey pickup days, the Farm Store will be fully stocked with other local seasonal treats as well as their usual farm-fresh products: artisan raw milk cheeses, grass-fed beef, and Berkshire pork. 

The Farm Store is self-serve and always open! They also have a local delivery service, Mecox Direct. They offer Friday home delivery between Southampton and Montauk.

Carissa’s Bakery, East Hampton

Carissa’s Bakery is located on Montauk Highway and on Newtown Lane in East Hampton as you are on your way to Amagansett. This Hamptons hotspot is most famous for their artisanal breads as well as their cakes and pies that are each a work of art.

Their Salty Pickled Rye Bread is a year round favorite, perfect for making sandwiches, avocado toast, and more. A great choice for fall is their Pain Au Raisin, available at each bakery. Other fall dishes include the Sourdough Waffles with toasted walnut syrup, and Shakshuka with roasted red peppers, tomatoes, a touch of harissa, and two poached eggs. 

Their current fall hours are as follows:

Montauk Highway is open Thursday-Monday from 8am-3pm.

Newtown Lane is open thursday-Saturday from 8am-3pm, and on Sunday from 8am-2pm. They also ship a selection of their products within the USA. Look out for their NEW location in Sag Harbor at 3 Bay Street coming soon.

Balsam Farms, Amagansett

A popular destination for locals and visitors alike, Balsam Farms has a beautiful pumpkin patch for strolling through and of course those perfect picture moments. It is one of the finest fall farms in the Hamptons.

Balsam Farms is located on Town Lane and Windmill Lane in Amagansett. They also have a market in Montauk. During the autumn months, they sell 20 varieties of winter squash, 3 varieties of sweet potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, sprouting broccoli, sprouting cauliflower, several varieties of cabbage, brussel sprouts, 7 varieties of potatoes, carrots, 3 varieties of beets, over 20 varieties of herbs, and a wide variety of salad and sauté greens, pumpkin bread, other treats, and more! 

Balsam Farms is currently open for the fall season 7 days a week from 9am-6pm at their Amagansett Farm Stand (corner of Windmill and Town Lane), and their Montauk Market (662 Montauk Highway).

Online ordering and home delivery are also available.

Round Swamp Farm, East Hampton and Bridgehampton

Ready to shop for gourmet food in the Hamptons? Round Swamp Farm is a very well known destination for Hamptonites and it is a must visit for those coming out to the East End.

Popular picks for fall include Lisa’s Cinnamon Rolls, Sea Salt Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies, as well as their wide variety of jams and sauces. Their brownie bites are also unbeatable! This is a perfect place to stop for some autumn treats and gifts to take home with you. 

Round Swamp Farm’s current fall hours are Wednesday-Saturday in East Hampton from 8am-6pm and Bridgehampton from 8:30am-6pm. They also have a market in Montauk. 

Sydney’s Taylor Made Cuisine, Westhampton

Their market menu has a wide variety of offerings for everyone’s tastes and interests. In particular for fall is their full service brunch that is served from 10am-2pm. 

Dishes that are perfect to enjoy in the autumn months are the Potato Onion Fromage (a baked egg dish topped with cheddar and gruyere cheese), and Banana Pancakes served with caramelized bananas. 

Fall desserts to try include pear tarts, pecan squares, and an apple spice cake. 

Current hours are as follows: open daily at 10am. Closes Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday at 5pm, and Friday and Saturday at 6pm. 

View their online market menu: sydneysgourmet.com

Hampton Coffee Company, Water Mill, Southampton, and Westhampton

Indulge in all things autumn, and of course plenty of pumpkin goodies at Hampton Coffee Company. HCC has locations in Westhampton, Southampton, Water Mill and Montauk, in addition to Aquebogue on the North Fork. 

Pumpkin everything includes pumpkin muffins, pumpkin spice tea, caramel apple tea, pumpkin cold brew, and of course pumpkin spice lattes. Their coffee menu also includes Pumpkin Pie with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. 

Hampton Coffee Company also has an online store. 

Amber Waves Farm, Amagansett

Amber Waves Farm is a 501(c)3 non-profit farm off of Montauk Highway in Amagansett. A perfect place to visit during the autumn months, customers still get to enjoy the farmer’s bounty without the crowds.

Did you know that out of the 350 varieties of vegetables grown at Amber Waves Farm, 90 are tomatoes! Be sure to pick up a bunch when you visit. Eggplant, squash, fennel, bok choy, kale, brussel sprouts, radishes, and so much more are found at the farm during the autumn season. 

Amber Waves Farm also has a sit-down cafe. Cafe customers may order online. The Amber Waves Farm market is currently open Sunday-Thursday from 8am-5pm, and Friday-Saturday from 8am-6pm. The cafe closes at 3pm and is closed on Thursdays. 

What to do this weekend.. Sept 25 & 26th

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Oktoberfest, Mix Tape Exhibit, Sag Harbor Music Festival and more..


Discover what’s happening in Riverhead this weekend (September 25th & 26th). Plus, if you are heading further east to the Hamptons, we have what’s happening there too!


Oktoberfest: Reflections Art in the Park


Celebrate Oktoberfest during Reflextions Riverhead this Saturday, September 25th (rain date Sunday, September 26th) beginning at 4pm. The event will feature four local craft breweries: Peconic County Brewing, Tradewinds Brewing, North Fork Brewing Co., and Long Ireland Beer Co. 


This premiere Oktoberfest event on the East End will feature live music and entertainment from “Who Are Those Guys”, an Americana, country, and folk group from Mattituck. In addition, there will be a Beer Stein Holding Contest, Costume Contest, and German inspired food from Seaside Grill. All are welcome! This is a free family friendly event. 


The Reflextions Riverhead event will take place after the Oktoberfest celebration from 8-10pm at Grangebel Park in Downtown Riverhead. Stroll about the park and witness plenty of Instagrammable moments! 


Reflextions is an interactive art experience that features an assortment of light, including illuminated sculptures and exhibits. The lighting elements include LED, black light, photo luminescent displays, and even fire! 

Illumination event will include various live performing arts.

Reflextions Riverhead is hosted by the Riverhead Business Improvement District. It is made possible with public funding from Suffolk County and grants from I LOVE NY, Discover Long Island, and East End Tourism Alliance.


Riverhead Town Cleanup


Come together and help make Riverhead even more beautiful with our morning cleanup. The Riverhead Town Cleanup will take place before Oktoberfest on Saturday, September 25th from 8am-10pm. Supplies for the cleanup can be picked up at Riverhead Town Hall between 8-9am that Saturday. 


The cleanup is sponsored by The Riverhead Anti-Litter Committee in partnership with Relic Sustainability. To register, please email: deborahjwetzel [at] gmail [dot] com. 


24th Annual Snapper Tournament


The 24th Annual Snapper Tournament will be held Saturday, September 25th from 11am-3pm. Registration begins at 10am. Pre-register by September 24th to guarantee a shirt. Shirts are available to the first 50 registrants. Ages 15 and under are $10, and those ages 16 and up are $20. Hot dogs are available for all registrants. Bring your own bait.


East End Arts Gallery Mix Tape Exhibition


The Mix Tape exhibition, featuring works by Ernie Paniccioli, Julie Kramer, and Louis Navas will take place from September 25th-November 13th, 2021. The art exhibition will showcase captured moments of the 90’s hip hop, R&B, post-punk, alternative rock, and grunge using photography from Rock & Roll Hall of Fame music historian, Ernie Paniccioli, and veteran WFNX radio disc jockey, Julie Kramer. It will also include in-gallery mixed-genre performances by the East end Arts Rock band. 


The opening reception, hosted by Julier Kramer and Mark MK will take place on Saturday, September 25th from 4-8pm. There will be two locations: EEA Main Gallery at 133 E. Main Street, and 11 West Gallery at 11 W. Main Street, both in Riverhead. 


The fall gallery hours are Thursdays from 12-5pm, Fridays from 2-7pm, and Saturdays from 12-5pm. 


There will also be a Virtual Artist Talk, brought to you by Mark MK on Tuesday, October 19th beginning at 6pm. 


Dinner and a Movie Performances at Suffolk Theater


Suffolk Theater in Riverhead will host the following show performances over the weekend: Al Di Meola on Friday, September 24th, and Melvin Seals and JGB on Sunday, September 26th. For both events, the doors, bar and restaurant will open at 6:30pm. Both shows will begin at 8pm, respectively. 


What’s happening in the Hamptons this weekend?


Sag Harbor American Music Festival


The Sag Harbor American Music Festival is an annual, free musical event taking place from Thursday, September 23rd-Sunday, September 26th, 2021. All shows take place outdoors, rain or shine. The festival features a wide variety of local musicians and bands that perform and several different business outlets and public venues throughout Sag Harbor. 


Bands and musicians on the schedule include Hopefully Forgiven, Alfredo Merat Trio, Soul Inscribed, Bodega Tall Boys, Nancy Atlas Project, Chloe Halpin, Gene Casey and The Lone Sharks, and Winston Irie & The Selective Security Band. Venues include the Marine Park, Steinbeck Park, Sag Harbor Inn, Baron’s Cove, Sen Restaurant, and Sag Pizza. 


By Vanessa Gordon


Hamptons International Film Festival Guide

The Hamptons International Film Festival is a staple autumn event in the Hamptons. The film festival takes place annually beginning for Thursday evening before Columbus Day weekend and running through that following midweek. This year, the Hamptons Film Festival, or HIFF as it is affectionately called, is scheduled to take place from October 7-13th.

Make the 29th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival seamless and fun by reserving the majority of your time at the theater or out to dinner, rather than scrambling to find parking or stuck in traffic.

We have created a special Hamptons film festival guide so that you may make the most out of your experience.

Where to Dine

The Hamptons is full of exceptional options for dining. To avoid being late to your film and finding that ideal parking space, dine at a restaurant within walking distance to the theater/venue. In East Hampton, we recommend The 1770 House, Rowdy Hall, and The Palm. Rowdy Hall, in particular, usually offers a dine-in special in conjunction with HIFF. Make your dining reservations in advance and be sure to have your vaccination card handy, just in case.

In Sag Harbor, we would suggest the American Hotel, Tutto il Giorno, and Lulu Kitchen & Bar. In Southampton on your way out east, visit the Southampton Publick House, Sant Ambroeus, and The Village Cheese Shop for a sandwich and soup.

What to Wear

Layers! Comfortable walking shoes are a must, a cropped jacket or tailored coat that can easily fold over the seat. Always keep an umbrella or poncho in your bag as well as a scarf for unexpected weather changes. A shawl or poncho is a great option for staying cozy and warm in the theater and transitions well to dinner afterward.


In East Hampton, park in the 24-hour lot or the Lumber Lane parking lot. Another option is near the train station or at Guild Hall for their scheduled screenings. You may also park at the church parking lot off of Buell Lane if you don’t mind a brisk walk.

In Sag Harbor, there is a parking lot opposite The Beacon restaurant and one diagonally across from Provisions. In Southampton, you may park for three hours behind the Southampton Arts Center, or behind the shops on Jobs Lane (not one side is 2 hour parking and the other side is long term parking). There is a third parking lot adjacent to Agawam Park.

Pace Your Day

Do not overload your schedule! If you want to focus on seeing the films, we recommend viewing no more than two per day, plus one event/curated talk. Have some time to rest, walk around, and stretch. If you are into fitness, take a class no later than 9:30 am to jumpstart. Eat your meals early, if possible.

Where to Stay

The Baker House 1650 is very beautiful and usually books up rather quickly. They also usually host events in tandem with the festival or events during that same weekend. Mill House Inn and The 1770 House are great choices as is The Maidstone Hotel. These three hotels are within an easy walking distance to the cinema on Main Street.

In Sag Harbor, stay at Baron’s Cove or next door at the Sag Harbor Inn. In Southampton, Southampton Inn, and the 1708 House on Main Street in Southampton Village are two great locations and within walking distance to the theaters.


In addition to the regular Hampton Jitney shuttles, Lyft and Uber are available. Carpooling is always smart, especially for efficiency when finding parking. Make sure to note the parking times very carefully. There are select parking lots that offer paid/long-term parking.

Be very careful not to park in any private parking lots as there are also personnel who check the vehicles on a regular basis.

COVID-19 Protocol

Attendees of the Hamptons Film Festival will be required to show proof of vaccination for all in-person events. Event goers will also  be required to wear masks over their nose and mouth.

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Introducing the East End. What Does ‘End Up Here’ Mean to our Local Community?

Montauk Lighthouse- Montauk Point State Park

By Vanessa Gordon


As we begin to open our business and community even further this summer, we welcome and invite visitors to the East End of Long Island to discover what to see, where to go, and what to do. In addition, we introduce you to members of our beloved New York region that encompasses the North and South Forks.


When we asked several longtime locals on the East End, “What does ‘End Up Here’ mean to them?”, their answers embodied the heart and soul of where they have called home and have established businesses.


We invite you to get to know just some of the many incredible people that represent the East End tourism destination.




Soak In What’s Around Us


Growing up and working on Long Island, and owning a business is such a unique experience. Many of us take for granted the beautiful surroundings we are lucky enough to call home.


“Ending up” on the east end means taking some time to look around, [and] soak in what we have. It means taking a staycation right here!


Make time to stop at a local market & experience what we grow, stop at a local brewery or restaurant & taste what other locals are working hard to create. Visit a park or beach and realize that we’re surrounded by local beauty, and really make the most of that.”


Sheila Malone, Manager of Long Ireland Beer Co.


A Labor of Love


“Ending up here for us is a labor of love. Having grown up on the South Fork, our family has planted our roots firmly in Greenport Village to be nearer to local and sustainable food, country vibes and the breathtaking water culture.


We having come from Switzerland and feel a strong kinship with our community as their lifestyle has so many similarities to our heritage.


Our three restaurants highlight what ending up here is all about- discovering Craft BBQ and Music at Green Hill Kitchen & ‘Cue, celebrating the maritime cuisine through our retail fish market and dinning room at Anker and our roots by presenting a new concept-in Alpina: a wine bar and Swiss-Italian cuisine.”


Robin Mueller of the Green Hill Group, Greenport


Where We Began


“For us, “end up here” is really about ending up where we began. When we were little, my sister and I came to Drossos to play mini golf with our dad every Sunday (mom got to sleep in!).


Over the years, we got to know the family that made it such a wonderful place, and to have the opportunity to work alongside them, serving Jennie’s great food to new families, is just such a thrill.”


– Andrew Werts, co-owner Werts East LLC “Jennie’s at Drossos” & “Ellen’s on Front


A Life-Long Community


“After a leap of faith in 1998 I bought a deli and building after seeing it for sale in the local classifieds. After founding Duffy’s Deli I was lucky enough to meet my wife Wendy shortly after. She worked across the street at the Elbow Room.


Over the next 18 years we raised 2 boys who now work in the deli as well. Both of them spent time on the back counter in car seats for many long afternoons as infants.


In the 22 years I’ve owned the deli I’ve seen Jamesport transform from a farming community to an ‘agritourism’ destination.


I’ve been an active member of the Jamesport FD for 20 years. The friendships that have gained from being a central part of the Jamesport community are life-long and this way of life is ingrained in the community.  I am very lucky to have “ended up here.”


–Duffy Griffiths, owner of Duffy’s Deli


A Dream Destination


“Ending up here is the dream that our visitors get to appreciate for a moment, but us locals get to experience every day of our lives.


The east end, in my opinion, is one of the most amazing places you could ever live, work or visit. It has so much to offer and so many incredible things to see. I am proud to live and run my business on the east end.


I thank God every day for these blessings.”


– Jerry Dicecco, owner of Jerry and the Mermaid


There Is No Place Better


“Herb Mandel was a successful realtor and businessman. He would show up at my restaurant at 6:00 a.m. before I opened my doors. “Coffee George,” he would say behind his newspaper, not much more.


One day he asked me if I had a minute. He told me that he had traveled all over the world and had often been on cruises that circumnavigated the entire planet. He said, “There is no place better to live on the planet then the North fork of Long Island.”


I was sixteen and thought he was insane. Too rural for a teenager I guess. He was a wise man.”


–George Giannaris, owner of Hellenic Snack Bar & Restaurant


Where Summer Begins


“’End Up Here’ instantly reminds me of summers at The Lobster Roll. Ending up here is where summer begins. And most importantly, everyone can end up here. The Lobster Roll restaurant is very family friendly in so many ways from priority ordering and food delivery for our youngest customers, to activities and signature freshly baked dessert favorites for children. We are also pet friendly with a special deck area outside for seating.


Our philosophy is meeting the needs of our customers. We are here to serve them.”


-Andrea Anthony, owner of The Lobster Roll AKA Lunch


Much To Offer


“There are so many places to end up at on the east end of Long Island. For me, the whole east end is paradise. I love boating around Shelter Island and Sag Harbor. It is even free to dock your boat in Riverhead!


There are so many different farm stands, and different breweries. It is also phenomenal how many different ethnic restaurants have opened up in these past few years. In Riverhead, for example, we have a Turkish restaurant, a Jamaican restaurant, and Argentinian steakhouse, a taco restaurant, and of course seafood restaurants. There is so much to offer when you end up here!”


-Bob Kern, President of the Riverhead Chamber of Commerce


The Ideal East End Getaway


“When you end up here you get to embrace and take in all the beauty of the East End of Long Island, and the beaches to the vineyards to the quaint towns what a beautiful parks and the unique artist and culture the East End has some thing for everyone.


Begin in the walking-friendly town of Greenport. Then, take the ferry to Shelter Island, eventually ending up in Sag Harbor.


Or, a multiple day trip may include staying in Riverhead at the Hyatt East End on the water. Then, head to the North Fork and enjoy the vineyards and farm stands.


On the next day, head to the South Fork and take in the fantastic towns of the Hamptons and beaches all the way out to Montauk to see the lighthouse or go horseback riding on the beach.


If you end up here, you will have cherished memories to last a lifetime.”


– Bryan DeLuca, Executive Director of the Long Island Aquarium


All Roads Lead to Montauk


“Having been a Montauk resident since childhood and having owned and operated many travel and tourism-based businesses on the East End for over 40 years, the term end up here simply means to me that “all roads lead to Montauk”.


While in the past that may have been a well-kept secret, it is certainly no secret now that Montauk is one the most wonderful travel destinations in the country. Our combination of pristine, white sand beaches coupled with thousands of acres of preserved open spaces and parkland creates the backdrop for some of the best vacation memories available.


Although it’s hard to put into words the uniqueness of the Montauk attitude, I can attest to the fact that once you’ve experienced it you will be forever drawn to return.


With our thousands of guest accommodations, a wealth of casual and fine dining establishments and a multitude of outdoor recreational activities, Montauk has long been and will continue to be the destination of choice for visitors to the east end.”


-Paul Monte, President, Montauk Chamber of Commerce


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Top Camping Sites and Activities Across the East End


Top Camping Sites and Activities Across the East End

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The scenic campgrounds across the East End of Long Island include some of the most breathtaking ocean views, hiking trails, and unique wildlife habits. The scenic surroundings capture the beauty and bounty of the region, making it the ideal year-round camping destination.

We highlight the best campgrounds across the North and South Forks as well as all sorts of camp-related activities that will make you feel like a kid again. These include state and town parks, and privately owned camping sites.

North Fork

Cliff and Ed’s Campground, Cutchogue

Cliff and Ed’s Campground, located off of Schoolhouse Road, is a full hookup park for RVs and is ideal for short-term and long-term camping stays. Water, sewage, and electric hookups are available on all sites. Picnic tables are also available for outdoor dining and food prep.
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Eastern Long Island Kampground, Greenport

Eastern Long Island Kampground, located on Queen Street in Greenport, is Long Island’s largest private campground. The campsite offers a variety of onsite activities for everyone of all ages including archery, an outdoor swimming pool, a newly renovated recreation center featuring a foosball table, pool table, and much more. 

Glamping tents, RV camping sites, and cabins are available for booking as are can . Reservations well in advance are encouraged.

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Indian Island County Park, Riverhead

The 275-acre Indian Island County Park is located off of Route 105 at the estuarine mouth of the Peconic River. Indian Island County Park is connected to the mainland by a causeway composed entirely of white sands. 

This North Fork campground is open to the public year-round. Activities include hiking, fishing, picnicking, bird watching, and an activity field. The Park offers trailer and tent campsites for organized groups, individuals and camping clubs. Restrooms and shower facilities are available onsite. 

Reference link: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Indian-Island-County-Park

Peconic River Campground, Calverton

Peconic River Campground is located on River Road in Calverton. Visitors to this rustic North Fork campground enjoy nature walks, canoeing, hiking, and fishing, among other outdoor recreational activities. This pitching tent only campground also includes picnic tables, campfires, and diverse natural areas for walking and exploring. 

There is a $40 minimum per night up to a family of four. Each additional child is $10. 

Reference link: https://peconicrivercampgrounds.com

Village of Greenport McCann, Greenport

The McCann’s Campground on Moore’s Lane, about one mile from the waterfront village of Greenport. The camp is most ideal for RVs and trailers, with tenting campgrounds allocated  as well.  Water, sewer, and electricity are available onsite. 

Occupancy is limited to four persons per site. There is a $5 fee per guest per night. Pets must be registered upon entering the campground. 

Reference link: http://villageofgreenport.org/mccann-campground-camping-greenport-village.php

South Fork

Cedar Point County Park, East Hampton

Located in East Hampton’s Northwest Woods, this 600+ acre peninsula campsite boasts views of Gardiners Bay and Shelter Island off in the distance. There is a freshwater lake with a playground, walking trails, and canoe rentals. Popular activities include fishing, rowboating, hiking, and hunting. Perhaps this may be the spot where you try some scuba diving. 

There is a general store on site that offers a snack bar as well as free Saturday night family movies, recreational equipment, and more. This is also a beautiful campsite for hosting private dinners and small events. Open from April until mid-November. 

Reference link: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Cedar-Point-County-Park

Hither Hills Campground, Montauk

Hither Hills features a stunning two-mile sandy ocean beachfront, and a 40-acre freshwater lake, scenic picnic areas with fireplaces, sport fishing, a playground, and a 190-site campground on the ocean. The campground includes showers, restrooms, and a general store.

The park has a beach open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. The camp also features an organized recreation program in the summer. The program includes family movies, folk and line dancing, children’s summer theater, magic shows, and various environmental interpretation programs. Additional activities throughout the year that can be organized include horseback riding, biking, boating, hunting, and wintertime cross-country skiing.

Advanced booking reservations for 2022 are now open.

Reference link: https://parks.ny.gov/parks/hitherhills/details.aspx

Montauk County Park, Montauk

Montauk County Park offers outer beach access and camping for self-contained trailers with a permit. The park also offers salt and freshwater fishing, hiking, horseback riding with Deep Hollow Ranch, kayaking, canoeing, and more. 

Montauk County Park is open from April to mid November. 

Reference link: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Montauk-County-Park

Sears Bellows County Park, Hampton Bays

Sears Bellows off Bellows Pond Road is a 979-acre park that offers tent and trailer camping. The camping site has on site showers, and activities that include fishing, hiking, and horseback riding with a permit. The park also features row boat rentals that are offered on Bellows Pond. The park also has a playground, several picnic tables and barbecue grills. This county park is open from April to mid November.

Reference link: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Sears-Bellows-County-Park

Shinnecock East County Park, Southampton

Shinnecock East County Park is an inlet beach park off of Dune Road in Southampton that offers 100 self-contained camping sites on the outer beach (no tents) and recreation areas. Activities include fishing, swimming, and bird watching. The campsites are available to self-contained campers with a valid Suffolk County Parks Green Key Card.

Reference link: https://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/Departments/Parks/Our-Parks/Shinnecock-East-County-Park


The Horse Lover’s Guide to the East End: Where to Ride, the Hampton Classic, and More


The Horse Lover's Guide to the East End: Where to Ride, the Hampton Classic, and More


Whether you are an experienced equestrian or have a special bond with horses, our curated guide below includes where to head for horseback riding lessons for children and adults, riding excursions and tours, and visiting and interacting with rescue horses. These stables, ranches, and equine rescue centers are located throughout the North and South Forks.

The Hamptons

Amaryllis Farm Equine Rescue, Bridgehampton

Amaryllis Farm’s main sanctuary is located on Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton. This non-profit organization provides a safe haven for horses and ponies and offers horsemanship care, and foundational riding lesson workshops. Visiting hours are on Saturdays beginning at 11:15am via reservation, pre-paid in advance. Volunteer opportunities are available for adopters.

Amaryllis also offers a Gentle Pony Camp on Mondays and Fridays for children ages 5-12. Horsemanship and riding workshops are available for children and teens ages 6-14. More workshops are also available throughout the summer and fall.


Deep Hollow Ranch, Montauk

Deep Hollow Ranch off of Montauk Highway is home to a backdrop of thousands of acres of nature preserve, miles of scenic ocean, and miles of stunning trails. Deep Hollow Ranch works closely with many of the local campgrounds to offer horseback riding experiences for everyone of all ages. For example, if visitors are camping on the Montauk County Park property, Deep Hollow Ranch has popular horseback rides available to the beach for park visitors.

Some of the most popular booking options include group or private horsebacking riding tours along the trails and ocean. They also offer a Summer Pony Camp for children ages 7-12. Campers are required to bring their own boots, helmet, jeans, and a snack. Please note that Deep Hollow Ranch only accepts cash or Venmo for horseback riding excursions and lessons.

Reference link: Deep Hollow Ranch – Home

East End Stables, East Hampton

East End Stables on Oakview Highway in East Hampton’s Northwest Woods is a popular horseback riding center for children and adults looking to perfect their horsemanship. The stables also offers horseback riding lessons year round as well as semi private lessons.

Reference link: Home | East End Stables | Horse Riding Camp | East Hampton

Gray Horse Farm, Bridgehampton

Gray Horse Farm on Hayground Road in Bridgehampton was originally founded in 2001 and offers horseback riding lessons for children and adults as well as a Summer Pony Camp from mid June to August. This Hamptons based camp is for children ages five and up and is scheduled from Tuesday-Friday, 9am-1pm. All riding levels are welcome. Private and semi private lessons are also available, including private lessons after camp hours.

Gray Horse Farm also has horse shows as well as lessons for polo riders. The ponies and horses are also available on long-term leases and for sale. The Farm is open every day of the week, except Wednesday, from 8am-5pm.

Reference link: Gray Horse Farm Hamptons: Bridgehampton (ghfhamptons.com)

Silver Tide Stable, Bridgehampton

Silver Tide Stable on Meadow Court in Bridgehampton specializes in training riders of all ages from hunters and jumpers to those on horseback for the first time. In addition to a range of horseback riding lessons, Silver Tide Stables offers a spacious indoor ring as well as an expansive outdoor area. These are both ideal for year round, all-weather rides.

Their Grand Prix field is adjacent to the outdoor arena. This field is perfect for horseback riding lessons or leisurely rides across the fields to exercise their horses. STS also offers a Pony Camp during the summer months.

Reference link: Welcome to Silver Tide Stable

Stony Hill Stables, Amagansett

Stony Hill Stables on Town Lane is a popular horseback riding destination for everyone of all ages and experience levels. This stable was founded over fifty years ago and is considered to be one of Long Island’s premier riding facilities.

Stony Hill Stables offers state of the art riding amenities including five indoor and outdoor riding areas, professionally designed jump courses, and grass paddocks. They also have a 21 stall barn and a custom finished tack room.

In addition, they offer Summer Camp that is offered in five-day weekly sessions from 9am-12:30pm, with the option of an extended day program. They offer different camps for different equestrian riding levels and skills. Lastly, Stony Hill Stables offers private horseback riding lessons and boarding/leasing opportunities.

Reference link: Stony Hill Stables | Amagansett, NY


The Hampton Classic

The Hampton Classic Horse Show is a popular, week-long event that takes place annually the week before and including Labor Day weekend in Bridgehampton. It is one of the largest outdoor Horse shows in the United States and the premier destination for equestrians and horse lovers alike. The Hampton Classic traditionally takes place over eight days during the last full week of the Hamptons summer season, ending the Sunday before Labor Day.

In addition to a week-long event of riding competitions, the Classic has plenty of onsite shopping opportunities, food and drink vendors, an interactive petting zoo and play area for children, and much more.

Reference link: https://www.hamptonclassic.com

North Fork

Hedgewood Farms, Laurel

Hedgewood Farms on Main Road in Laurel offers English riding lessons as well as boarding, showing, leasing, and camps for all ages and skill levels. The Farm is home to two rings, an indoor and outdoor ring, for year-round riding opportunities. Full-service boarding options are available.

Hedgewood Farms hosts a summer camp during the month of August. Hours for the five-day per week camp are 8:30am-12pm. Camps are limited to ten children per session. Year-round half hour and hour lessons are also available.

Starting just before fall or in mid-September, visit Hedgewood Farms for their ‘FRIYAYS on the Farm’. They host fun barn experiences for children ages five and up from 6-8pm every Friday. The cost is $20 per person for the drop-off program. A packaged snack and beverage will be served. Plenty of activities are scheduled for the fall including a movie night, ice cream social, and Halloween Party.

Reference link: Hedgewood Farm

Highwind Farm, Mattituck

Highwind Farm on Old Main Road in Mattituck is situated on 60 lush acres close to Peconic Bay. The horseback riding farm offers a well-lit indoor ring, heating during the winter, and a round pen with all-weather footing just outside the indoor barn. Highwind Farm is also home to a 24-stall barn, a carpeted tack room, and plenty of riding trails for boarders. For those who wish to perfect their equestrian skills, Highwind Farm offers customized training programs for every rider from beginner to advanced competitor. Year round youth riding programs are scheduled each season as well as multidisciplinary clinics, and a summer and holiday mini-camp.

Highwind Farm is available for lease for special events.

Horses are available for sale and lease as well.

Reference link: HIGWIND FARM | MATTITUCK, NY (wixsite.com)

North Fork Equestrian, Riverhead

North Fork Equestrian off of Roanoke Avenue is a picturesque riding complex home to over 21 acres of farmland and is perfect for everyone of all skill levels, including the casual rider to the Grand Prix athlete. The facility offers an expansive, insulated indoor riding area and several outdoor riding rings. Equestrians can visit year round for riding, lessons, and boarding.

Reference link: North Fork Equestrian | Horse Boarding & Riding Lessons | Long Island, New York

Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue, Baiting Hollow

Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation’s mission is to rescue horses who have been abused, neglected, or unwanted. Their rescue center off of Sound Avenue offers tours and clinics throughout the year. They also offer counseling and support services in tandem with their rescue horses. The rescue center is home to several beautiful, rehabilitated horses, goats, cows, and even a friendly turkey named Larry that has been at the center since birth.

Spirit’s Promise is open Saturday and Sunday from 10am-6pm by appointment only.

Reference link: Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue (spiritspromiserescue.org)


Romantic Things to Do in the Hamptons


Romantic Activities in The Hamptons

The Hamptons is an ideal destination for romance: cozy bed and breakfasts, sun kissed beaches, sprawling vineyards, and gourmet farm to table cuisine all in one place. Discover what to see and do during your Hamptons getaway to create the perfect couple’s outing year round.

Visit the Art Museums and Galleries

Making a day or afternoon of exploring the museums and art galleries across the Hamptons is perfect for incorporating into a romantic getaway. In East Hampton, for example, the Pollack-Krasner House & Study Center on Springs-Fireplace Road is a popular destination for locals and visitors alike who appreciate art entwined with local history.

The Pollack-Krasner House was the home of married couple Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner that reflects their lives together as iconic artists. Their house is now a historic landmark and regularly hosts exhibitions and tours. They are open Thursday-Sunday for guided tours by advanced registration only.

The Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill hosts several educational programs, events, and exhibitions year round. The museum also has an onsite shop and cafe, perfect for catching up for a light conversation over coffee and lunch.

Upcoming exhibitions include Peter Campus: Images Around Shinnecock Bay, and Virginia Jaramillo: Harmony Between Line and Space.

Tip: for the entire month of September, first responders and healthcare workers will be granted free admission to the Museum, with thanks to their sponsor, Bank of America.

The Southampton Arts Center is another great destination for couples to visit during a trip to the Hamptons. In addition to year round events, and exhibitions, their outdoor gardens are ideal for a bit of relaxation and reflection together. The Southampton Arts Center is conveniently located on Jobs Lane in Southampton, with parking right in front and ample parking in the back. Pair a visit with a stroll through Southampton Village.

Explore the Outdoors

After or before a visit to an art exhibition, visit the (locally) famous Duck Pond on David’s Lane in East Hampton, within walking distance to the village. Bring some corn kernels or thawed frozen corn to feed the ducks if you wish (as opposed to bread). Spend a few moments walking along the wooden bridges and paths within this wildlife sanctuary. This is also a perfect spot to have a romantic afternoon picnic with your special someone.

If you are looking for a more in-depth nature tour, visit the Elizabeth A. Morton Wildlife Refuge off of Noyack Road in Sag Harbor that is open year round. Parking is available onsite and visitors can spend their morning or afternoon strolling through the estuaries and viewing the diverse wildlife of the East End from migratory songbirds to white-tailed deer and black ducks.

The refuge opens ½ hour before sunrise and closes ½ hour after sunset.

Tip: bring your cameras, sunscreen, bug spray, and wear comfortable waterproof walking shoes.

In addition, late October through early April are the best times to view waterfowl at the refuge.

Stroll Along the Beach

The Hamptons is filled with many picturesque ocean and bay beaches that are perfect for a romantic early morning or evening stroll. Some of the most notable beaches to visit for either a day visit or even just for a brisk walk include Cooper’s Beach in Southampton, Georgica Beach in East Hampton, Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack, and Long Beach in Sag Harbor. Be sure to note which beaches require parking permits at certain hours and locations. However, most beaches do not require a beach sticker after 5 or 6pm in the evening.

You may also choose to get complimentary transportation via The Circuit from either the village of Southampton or East Hampton.

Grab Tickets to a Show or Concert

A selection of theaters and performing art centers that host live shows and or screenings year round include the Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center, the Southampton Arts Center, and the Southampton Cultural Center across from Agawam Park (another beautiful destination to stroll and see wildlife).

If you are traveling further east on the South Fork, theaters include the Sag Harbor Cinema and Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, Guild Hall and the Stephen Talkhouse in East Hampton.

The Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Centers is known for their comedy shows and concerts, with upcoming headliners including Michael Feinstein, Los Lobos, and the Spin Doctors. The Sag Harbor Cinema is a newly renovated theatre that showcases a brilliantly curated mix of classic cinema and current blockbuster feature films. Plus, a photo in front of their iconic red neon ‘Sag Harbor’ sign is a must!

Share a Local, Farm to Table Meal

The Hamptons is home to several romantic restaurants, from more casual farm to table eateries to award-winning fine dining restaurant establishments. In Sag Harbor and Southampton, for example, there is Tutto Il Giorno that offers authentic coastal Italian cuisine and offers pristine outdoor dining and cozy indoor dining.

Topping Rose House is a Hamptons staple that serves award-winning cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner by Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Their outdoor wraparound veranda and lounging chairs on their expansive lawn is perfect for an afternoon of relaxation.

The American Hotel in Sag Harbor is a romantic restaurant that evokes old-world elegance. Guests will be welcomed by their gracious host and impeccable service, complemented by an award-winning extensive wine list and top notch American cuisine. If you can, reserve a table on the front patio, perfect for people watching and photographs.

For a more casual romantic dining experience, visit La Fondita off of Montauk Highway in Amagansett on your way out to Montauk. La Fondita serves traditional Mexican cuisine as part of their all-day menu. Bring your favorite taqueria dishes to the beach or enjoy at one of their onsite picnic tables.

And of course if you are craving local seafood, head to the Dock House on the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor for some of the freshest chowder, seafood platters, and of course their famous lobster roll. Dine at one of their outside high top tables or head to the picnic tables just behind the Windmill or go straight to the beach.

Visit the Wineries

A favorite romantic daytime activity for couples in the Hamptons is strolling through the vineyards paired with a wine tasting and tour. Wolffer Estate Vineyard on Montauk Highway in Sagaponack is famous for their Thursday-Saturday musical performances in the evenings during the summer months. They also offer a variety of events during the summer and autumn months.

Duck Walk Vineyard in Southampton is open daily and offers flight tastings. Lastly, Channing Daughters Winery in Bridgehampton offers flight tastings seven days a week with advanced registration.

Spend a Cozy Night in at a Hamptons’ Bed and Breakfast

Cap off a romantic day exploring the Hamptons by staying at one of the Hamptons’ coziest bed and breakfasts or inns. Some of the most romantic places to stay in the Hamptons are the Mill House Inn in East Hampton, the Baker House 1650 in East Hampton, and The Reform Club in Amagansett.

Each of these romantic bed and breakfasts is located within an easy walking distance of the village of East Hampton and Amagansett, respectively. Amenities include everything from onsite spa services, cozy robes and slippers, jacuzzi tubs, in-room fireplaces, plush bedding, and much more.

Tip: several hotels and bed and breakfasts across the Hamptons are pet friendly, in case you wish to not leave your furry best friend behind at home. These include: Mill House Inn, Baron’s Cove, and Southampton Inn.

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End Up Here: A North Fork Weekend Getaway

Hellenic Snack Bar, East Marion

The North Fork of Long Island is considered the heart and soul of the East End. This is where to discover dozens and dozens of longtime local businesses, mom and pop shops, farms, and vineyards. In fact, the North Fork is home to over three-dozen wineries from Calverton to Greenport.




Where to Stay

Located at the gateway to the North Fork, what better way to start your vacation than by staying at the Preston House & Hotel, across the way from the popular Long Island Aquarium. The Preston House is also within walking distance to several notable shops and restaurants on Main Street like Star Confectionery, Farm Country Kitchen, Che Argentinian Steakhouse, and Tweed’s. The twenty-room boutique hotel entwines Civil War era history with a chic and modern design and luxurious amenities. They also have an on-site restaurant.

For a stay filled with historic charm, come to Jedediah Hawkins Inn on Jamesport Ave. in Riverhead. Their onsite restaurant offers indoor and outdoor dining for dinner and brunch on the weekends. Each of their six guestrooms is distinctively unique from the fanciful and unexpected to more traditional in decor. Their luxurious rooms offer fireplaces, smart TVs, streaming Netflix, garden views, and more. Perfect romantic weekend destination, Jedediah Hawkins Inn guests will receive a voucher from their winery partners for complimentary wine tastings, and more. For an evening cap, the Inn is also home to a speakeasy.

Continue into the North Fork and come to The Farmhouse B&B in Cutchogue. Under new ownership, the bed and breakfast is a renovated farmhouse fit with beautifully appointed bedrooms and en suite bathrooms. Guests are treated to a full country breakfast including fresh eggs from their own farm. Fresh baked cookies and fruit are available in the afternoon. Spend the afternoons reading on their wraparound porch and in the evenings, watch the sunset around the backyard fire pit. Nearby farm stands are Sang Lee Farms and Wickham’s Fruit Farm, which is within walking distance of the B&B.

In East Marion, the Coffey House Bed and Breakfast is open year-round and offers three charming traditional bedrooms and one spacious luxurious suite. All guestrooms are furnished with antique wrought iron queen size beds, high quality plush comforters and linens, and bathrobes. In their living, guests will find a selection of board games, books, and a cozy fireplace. The recreation area in the finished basement includes a pool table, and a large flat screen television and a full DVD library. The Coffey House serves their signature three-course breakfast that may include cinnamon pecan scones, a fresh fruit parfait, and their farm-to-table frittatas.

Where to Explore

Of course, a trip to the North Fork is never complete without exploring their vast array of wineries. Currently there are forty wineries across the North Fork including Macari Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, Jamesport Vineyards, and Raphael Winery. Each winery and tasting room offers a unique and distinctive experience. Live music, events, food trucks, and so much more pop up and take place at the North Fork wineries year-round so there’s always something new to experience.

Round out your visit by checking out some of the terrific breweries across the North Fork, including Greenport Harbor Brewery and Restaurant, Jamesport Farm Brewery, and North Fork Brewing Company. Live music and food trucks also pop up regularly at the breweries. Tours and reservations are usually made in advance, and the breweries on the North Fork can be quite family friendly.

Great options for the whole family include the Long Island Aquarium, and touring and shopping at the dozens of farms and farm stands across the North Fork. Two in particular to note are Catapano Dairy Farm where you can enjoy Baby Goat Yoga on the weekends or schedule a farm tour during the week, and Lavender By the Bay. Lavender By the Bay has two locations: one in Calverton and one in East Marion. Purchase fresh lavender bunches and other gifts for family and friends back home.

Where to Dine

Start your day at Star Confectionery on Main Street in Riverhead. Star Confectionery is a classic soda fountain restaurant open for breakfast and lunch. They serve up classics like omelets and French Toast for breakfast, and a Classic Tuna Melt and Reuben for lunch, as well as homemade ice cream and holiday chocolates. Another great classic eatery on the North Fork is Modern Snack Bar on Main Road in Aquebogue. Modern Snack Bar is a landmark on the East End, known for their warm, friendly hospitality and delicious home cooking. Must try dishes include their Roast Turkey, Stuffed Flounder, and finishing with a slice of their famous Lemon Meringue pie.

For lunch (or dinner), head to Hellenic Snack Bar in East Marion, which happens to be a neighbor of the Coffey House Bed and Breakfast. Hellenic serves up a variety of homemade Greek specialties like Saganaki and Grilled Tomatoes, Pastichio, and Moussaka. Finish with a selection of their homemade Hellenic Gelato. Another great option for a weekend lunch or early dinner is Noah’s in Greenport. Noah’s is known for their new American small plates with an emphasis on local, seasonal ingredients. Dishes to try include Peconic Bay Little Neck Clams, Crescent Farm Duck BBQ, and Rhubarb Glazed Baby Back Ribs.

For dinner, the North Fork Table & Inn has been highly regarded for years as one of the best restaurants on the North Fork, if not Long Island. At the helm is Michelin starred Chef John Fraser who has recently revitalized the historic property and continues to emphasize the farm to table philosophy that embodies much of the North Fork. Chef Fraser is also recognized as one of the world’s leading vegetable chefs. In addition to dinner Thursday-Sunday, brunch is served on the weekends. They also have an onsite food truck Friday-Sunday.

Lastly, Cooperage Inn in Baiting Hollow is a top-rated American restaurant loved by locals and visitors alike. Cooperage Inn boasts a cozy and relaxed atmosphere and is a particularly popular destination for family gatherings, especially during the holiday season. Popular dishes include Mussels Brousse, Lobster Clam Bake, Chicken Pot Pie, and the Roasted Half Duck.

Where to Shop

The North Fork is home to a diverse array of small businesses, mom and pop shops, markets, and farms for purchasing gifs for yourself or friends and family back home. The North Fork’s antique and vintage shops, for example, sell everything from vintage clothes and accessories to antique furniture and art. The variety of unique treasures at these shops is just waiting to be discovered! Notable shops to check out include Lumber + Salt in Jamesport, In the Attic Too in Laurel, and North Found in Peconic.

Visiting the farm stands across the North Fork will allow you to sample the incredible local bounty of this region. From pies and jams at Briermere Farms and organic produce at Sang Lee Farms to fresh eggs and honey at Browder’s Birds and fresh milk at Ty Llywd Farm, you are bound to find so many delicious treats to bring home and sample throughout your trip.

For shopping day trips, walk down Love Lane in Mattituck and discover so many great shopping options, including the Village Cheese Shop for local and international cheeses. Then, continue heading east to Greenport Village to find a great selection of shops for everyone in the family from children’s clothing shops to a unique hot sauce store called Greenport Fire.

With so many ways to support the local businesses of the North Fork, it is certain you will not leave empty handed.

Where to Play

There are so many activities for everyone to take part in across the North Fork as part of a weekend getaway. Round out your visit to the North Fork by diving into some watersport activities at Peconic Water Sports in Southold. Peconic Water Sports offers boating rentals, charters, fishing excursions, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and more.

For activities on land, the Eastern Long Island Kampground offers luxury safari tents, an archery range, a recreation center, outdoor pool, and a moonlight theater. The safari tents even have private showers and full bathrooms for the ultimate glamping experience!

Discover Harbes Family Farm for the whole family with activities in season like hayrides, farm animals, and harvest events, fruit, and vegetable picking in season. Pick fresh apples, peaches, pumpkins, watermelon, corn, and much more depending upon which season you visit.

There are also a variety of festivals across the North Fork each year like the Mattituck Lions Strawberry Festival in June, the North Fork TV Festival in August, the Long Island Garlic Festival and Maritime Festival in September.




Jedediah Hawkins
Jedediah Hawkins

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End Up Here: A Hamptons Weekend Getaway

By Vanessa Gordon

No matter which season you decide to visit, the Hamptons is always filled with plenty of exciting activities for everyone of all ages. Learn where to stay and play, including top destinations you must pinpoint as you navigate some of the best things to do in the Hamptons.

Where to Stay~

Southampton Inn, located within the village of Southampton and within easy walking distance to the shops, parks and restaurants, is particularly convenient for those traveling with children and or pets. Their onsite restaurant, Claude’s, offers spacious outdoor and indoor dining with an adjacent playroom for kids to unwind. During the warmer months, there are outdoor lawn games, a pool, and tennis court.

Also dog and family friendly is Baron’s Cove, an all-American styled resort located in the village of Sag Harbor opposite the marina. Baron’s Cove has a seafood-centric restaurant onsite that offers breathtaking views of the harbor. Spend the mornings taking a yoga class, followed by a ride to the beach on one of their complimentary bicycles. Finish the day with a cocktail paired with live music in the lounge.

Mill House Inn is both a luxurious and charming boutique hotel to stay at in the heart of the village of East Hampton. Known for their unbeatable signature breakfast spread, start the day with an irresistible selection from a fruit and yogurt platter with whole-wheat bacon cheddar scones and a cold-pressed juice, to an omelet with aged cheddar cheese and applewood smoked bacon. Their breakfasts are currently served picnic style to enjoy in their outdoor garden or to take to the beach.

The Roundtree in Amagansett is conveniently located on Main Street. The Roundtree is easily accessible from the Hampton Jitney stop and less than a mile from the Long Island Railroad. This seaside boutique hotel is a short walk from the ocean, restaurants, boutique shops, and historic landmarks. Relax among two acres landscaped luscious gardens perfect for daytime picnics or BBQ dinners, luxurious amenities, and more. Looking to bring some local treats home? Stop in to Amber Waves Farm and Market just a few minutes’ walk away.

What to See~

In between activities, get to know the region by exploring the notable historic and picturesque sights of the Hamptons. From the gorgeous windmills to the beaches, there will be plenty of photo ops to capture while in town. Though the most easily accessible windmill is at the entrance to the Long Wharf in Sag Harbor village, one that is a perfect backdrop for a family picnic outing is off of Hildreth Ave. Look closely and you will see a time capsule plaque!

Spending a day at the beach is an essential to-do while in the Hamptons. Discover the famous Cooper’s Beach in Southampton and Main Beach in East Hampton to bay beaches from Long Beach in Sag Harbor to Maidstone Bay Beach in Hampton. Spend the day at one beach, and then have a BBQ dinner that evening at a different beach. Note that parking fees and limitations, so it may be best to visit during afterhours or choose to bike to your favorite beach.

One of the most exciting re-openings in the Hamptons is the unveiling of the Sag Harbor Cinema that unfortunately caught fire in December of 2016. Films, including the newest blockbusters and restored Hollywood Classics, are now screening at the cinema. Before the show, snag some sunset photo ops at the long wharf with the array of yachts as a partial backdrop. Another excellent photo opportunity is right in front of the iconic red ‘Sag Harbor’ sign at the cinema.

Where to Explore~

If you love a good nature walk, you may choose to start your day at the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge in Sag Harbor. Explore acres and acres of scenic tranquility while discovering the diverse habitat of the peninsula. Spot wildlife including songbirds, painted turtles, chipmunks, white-tailed deer, turkeys and black ducks, just to name a few! Bring your binoculars for an incredible wildlife viewing experience.

Next, head to the vineyards across the South Fork including Duck Walk Vineyard, Channing Daughters, and Wölffer Estate. Enjoy a wine tasting flight after strolling through the vineyards and taking in the gorgeous scenery. Select wineries offer live music and other events throughout the year, so be sure to check their calendars or call before your visit. Bring home some of your favorite bottle of wine for loved ones back at home.

For an extensive selection of local bounty, visit the farms stands across the Hamptons. Some are located on Montauk Highway like The Milk Pail that is famous for their extensive apple selection and cider doughnuts. Others are tucked away on the back roads like Balsam Farms, well known for their top-notch fruit and vegetable selection, and Mecox Bay Dairy where everything sold there is made there.

A one-stop shop option is the farmers markets across the Hamptons. These include the East Hampton Farmers Market on Friday mornings, Sag Harbor Farmers Market on Saturdays, and Southampton Farmers Market on Sundays.

Where to Relax~

During a visit to the Hamptons, dedicate some time to rest and renew. The Hamptons has a wide variety of wellness centers and spas with dozens of different treatments. Organic Edge in Water Mill is offering a summer-reset package to kick off the season. The package includes two cryo slimming treatments, 2 colonics, and four infrared sauna pod sessions for $1000.

Also in Water Mill is Shou Sugi Ban House, a luxury wellness resort that transports you to a meditative Japanese spa. Shou Sugi Ban House has everything from an onsite restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to a wide selection of wellness offerings and workshops. Private local excursions are also available exclusively for resort guests.

Where to Dine~

The Hamptons has some of the best restaurants all in one location. For breakfast, Estia’s in Sag Harbor has expansive outdoor seating and is renowned for their farm to table dishes. Loved by both locals and visitors alike, Estia’s serves up hearty American cuisine with a southwestern influence.

Settle in at Armin and Judy for the freshest French pastries, lunch, or dinner. Enjoy fresh air and your meal on their outdoor terrace or roadside tables. Their retail bakery offers French classics like baguettes, pain au chocolat, and their popular brie and house-made jam sandwich.

The Beacon, located above the Sag Harbor Cove Yacht Club, is a popular Hamptons’ mainstay. Dinner at The Beacon is paired with beautiful views from their deck. Enjoy the upscale-casual atmosphere with notable dishes like the Lobster Rigatoni and Halibut Baked in Parchment.

For those searching for an unbeatable lobster roll, The Dock House in Sag Harbor on Long Wharf has one of the best lobster rolls around. Grab one to enjoy on the beach or while admiring the yachts and sailboats docked at the marina.

Another great choice for lunch or dinner is Tutto Il Giorno. This coastal Italian restaurant has locations in Southampton, and in Sag Harbor in the same space as Urban Zen. Tutto serves plates of delicious pastas, seafood, and more paired with refreshing cocktails and an outstanding wine list.

Where to Shop~

The Hamptons is a renowned shopping destination, mixing family-owned boutiques with internationally recognized luxury brands. The villages of Southampton and East Hampton have a more upscale vibe when it comes to shopping, whereas Amagansett and Sag Harbor have more of a selection of boutiques shops with gifts you would only find in the Hamptons. You will also see a number of art galleries that feature a mix of local and international artists’ works for sale. There are also a variety of street fairs, festivals, and exhibitions year-round.

Notable high-end brands on the Hamptons’ stage include: Akris, Gucci, Louboutin, Ralph Lauren, Zimmermann, and many more. Boutiques to visit are: Goldie, SatoriRelax Sag Harbor, and Fishers Home Furnishings in Sag Harbor; and Botanica Bazaar, Ganeaux, and Lazypoint in Amagansett.

Where to Play~

The Hamptons has an impressive range of indoor and outdoor sports as well as recreational locations. The Clubhouse in East Hampton could be considered the heart and soul when it comes to the diverse range of sports available to play. Choose from tennis, mini golf, bowling, a full arcade, and more all with an onsite restaurant, and outdoor and indoor bar, and lounge.

Tee off at Poxabogue Golf Course in Wainscott, Sag Harbor Golf Course, or Shinnecock Hills Golf Club, to name a few. If you want to spend most of your time at the beach, consider sailing, surfing, paddleboarding, or even kitesurfing lessons offered at many beaches across the Hamptons. This may be the destination where you try something brand new and are instantly hooked from that first lesson.

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