Strawberry Season in the Hamptons and North Fork

Strawberry Picking on the East End


Strawberry season on the East End of Long Island is one of the most celebrated annual traditions. Long Island strawberries are some of the freshest picks, and visiting the East End farms offers a ton of fun for you and your family. Discover where to pick-your-own strawberries, where to purchase, and learn about the annual strawberry festival and events that take place out east each season.


Before you visit, remember to call ahead or check websites/ social media for the times as many of these activities and farm stands are weather dependent and supply is based on availability.   No pets allowed in U-pick fields.


Strawberry Season on the North Fork

By the middle of June, the North Fork strawberry crops reach their peak and several farms offer the experience of picking your own quarts. Strawberries are bursting with flavor and are always such a treat to enjoy and share with others. Many locals take this time to purchase strawberries and make their own strawberry jam.


Garden of Eve

gardenofevefarm.com   |   4558 Sound Avenue, Riverhead, NY 11901   |   631-722-8777   @gardenofevefarm

June   |   9a – 6p   |   Minimum one quart purchase to enter fields.

Garden of Eve Organic Farm and Market is located on the North Shore and opens seasonally April – October.  The farm offers a wide variety of U-pick fruits and vegetables besides strawberries; blueberries, blackberries, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, corn and pumpkins. There is an onsite market and brewery plus a wide assortment of children’s activities.  Known for their Garlic Festival each September, Garden of Eve also hosts a wide variety of special events throughout the season.  Visit their website for an updated calendar.


Golden Earthworm Organic Farm

goldenearthworm.com   |   652 Peconic Bay Blvd, Riverhead, NY 11901   |   631-722-3302

June   |   Wednesday – Saturday   9a – 5p

Golden Earthworm Organic Farm, located off the beaten bath on Peconic Bay Boulevard, in Riverhead is known for their own freshly harvested, certified organic produce, flowers, farm produced honey, hand-made African market baskets, and much more. The farm has been growing certified organic produce with a focus on their strawberries for the past 27 years.

Their strawberry fields are pristine, certified organic, and no-spray!  In addition to strawberry picking, the farm shop is open to the public June – November.  @goldenearthworm


Hodun Farms

hodunfarms.com   |   3642 Middle Country Rd., Calverton, NY 11933   |   631-369-3533

June   |   Daily   8a – 6p   |   CASH only

Hodun Farms, locally owned for over 50 years, is open June – October and offers a large variety of fresh vegetables, some fruits as well as jarred specialties.  In addition to U-pick strawberries, you can pick your own  tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant (these pick by the bushel only) August to October.


Lewin Farms

lewinfarm.com   |   812 Sound Ave, Calverton, NY 11933   |   631-929-4327

Late May – June   |   Daily 9a – 4:30p   |   CASH only

Picking days vary week to week depending on availability and weather.

Lewin Farms offers a wide selection of strawberries for picking on their 20+ acre farm and for purchasing. Their snack window at the farm stand sells half pints of their own strawberry ice cream and sorbet, as well as cold drinks, popcorn and cider doughnuts. @lewinfarms 


Patties Berries and Bunches

pattysberriesandbunches.org   |   410 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952   |   631-655-7996

June   |   Daily  9a – 6p

In addition to strawberries, this female-owned farm stand offers U-Pick and ready-picked; raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. They have various flower varieties; peonies, dahlias, sunflowers and more, which are also available for weddings and events.  After picking strawberries, enjoy seasonal ice cream, baked goods, honey and jams from the produce stand. Open for the season June – November. @pattysberriesandbunches


Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm

@rottkampsfoxhollowfarm   |   2287 Sound Ave, Calverton, NY 11933   |   631-727-1786

June  |   9a – 5:30p   |   Minimum 4 quarts per family – CASH only

Opening in early June, this North Fork farm is widely known for their sunflower mazes throughout the season as well as U-pick pumpkins in October. You can also purchase their sweet corn, lettuce, fruits, tomatoes, cakes, beans, summer and fall squash and yellow baby watermelons.


Sang Lee Farms

sangleefarms.com   |   25180 County Road 48, Peconic NY 11958   |   631-734-7001

Farm stand ONLY – No U-Pick   |   Daily 9a – 5p

Sang Lee Farms in Peconic is a certified organic farm and kitchen. Located on County Road 48, they are sought after for their selection of some of the freshest produce including asparagus, tomatoes, and of course, strawberries. Check their Instagram page @sangleefarms for regular recipe posts, and unique facts and information about the East End’s local produce.


Wickham’s Fruit Farm

wickhamsfruitfarm.com   |   28700 Main Road, Cutchogue, NY 11935   |   631-734-6441

June   |   Monday – Saturday  10a – 4p

U-Pick is open to MEMBERS ONLY; forms are available at the farm and membership is $20 per family per year.  Check their Facebook page for updates.

Wickham’s Fruit Farm is an historic, bicentennial farm, set near the waters of Peconic Bay. It is one of the largest farms on the North Fork with approximately 300 acres. Wickham’s also has U-pick apples, raspberries, cherries, peaches and pumpkins and sells a wide selection of produce, baked goods, cheeses, jams, preserves, and more. Group tours, hayrides and picnic areas are also available. The farm opens seasonally May – December.


Windy Acres Farm

3810 Middle Country Rd, Calverton, NY 11933   |   631-727-4554

June   |   Daily 9a – 6p   |   Check their Facebook page for updates.

Windy Acres is a 4th generation family owned and run farm offering a variety of U-pick options during the season besides strawberries; raspberries, blueberries,apples, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant and pumpkins. For the young at heart, the farm has a corn maze, petting zoo, and horse drawn hay rides.  Windy Acres Farm opens for the season May – November.


The Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival

mattituckstrawberryfestival.org   |   1105 North Rd, Mattituck, NY 11952   

Annual June Event – visit their website for the current year’s days and times 

The Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival is a beloved annual event tradition for friends and family across the North Fork and Long Island. Guests can enjoy fresh, local strawberries, chocolate covered strawberries, and alcohol-free daiquiris, as well as a variety of games, rides and an international food court. Festival also includes an evening of Fireworks. Note that the Strawberry Festival is rain or shine!


Strawberry Season in the Hamptons

While there are no U-pick fields in the Hamptons, the Strawberry season is still a highly sought after treat for locals and visitors. Highlighted below are some farm stands and stores to check out for the juiciest and sweetest local East End strawberries. It is best to call each farm stand or store in advance to become informed of their supply as strawberries tend to sell out rather quickly.


Balsam Farm


Amagansett Farmstand   |   293 Town Ln, Amagansett, NY 11930   |   631-267-5635

Montauk Market   |   662 Montauk Hwy, Montauk, NY 11954   |   631-238-5119

Daily 9a – 6p  ( until 7p Memorial Day through September) closed Tuesdays

The delicate strawberries at Balsam Farm in East Hampton are never to be missed! Their strawberries are available at their farm stand or at their store in Montauk. Balsam Farms also offers home delivery. Local chefs love to use their strawberries to make strawberry and vanilla cakes and strawberry shortcakes, among many other delicious sweet and savory treats.


Green Thumb

greenthumborganicfarm.com   |   829 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976   |   631-726-1900

Opens end of April – check their website for updated hours

The Green Thumb sells a range of local produce and has an extensive selection of potted herbs. Their family owned and operated certified organic farm has an array of strawberries that they grow on their own farm. Food Network Chef and East End locations, Katie Lee Biegel recently exclaimed on her Instagram page that their strawberries are “better than candy”! Don’t be surprised if you begin eating their strawberries in the car on the way home! @greenthumborganicfarm


Round Swamp Farm


97 School Street, Bridgehampton, NY 11932   |   631-296-8078   |   @roundswampfarm_bh

184 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton, NY 11937  |  631-324-4438  |   @roundswampfarm

71 South Elmwood Avenue, Montauk, NY 11954   |   631-668-8488   |   @roundswampfarm_mtk

Visit the website for updated hours at each location.

Round Swamp Farm is a famous stomping ground for homemade baked goods, prepared meals, local seafood, and produce. All three of their locations are stocked with local strawberries, sourced from Falkowski Farm in Bridgehampton. 


Schmidt’s Market

schmidtscountrymarket.com   |   146 Jessup Avenue, Quogue, NY 11959   |   631-653-4191  

Monday – Saturday  5a – 6p  &  Sunday  6a – 3p

Schmidt’s is best known for their fresh produce, daily specials, and fully prepared meals. They regularly sell produce from local farms, including their selection of strawberries. Deliveries come in each morning and sell out quickly. Call Schmidt’s Market in advance to confirm that their fresh, local strawberries are still in stock. @schmidtscountrymarket


Serene Green Farm StandSerene Green Farm

serenegreenfarm.com   |   3980 Noyack Rd, Sag Harbor, NY 11963   |   631-808-3203

Daily 10a – 5p

Serene Green farm stand offers fresh, local produce and is open year round. They are best known for their local fruits, vegetables, seafood, fresh flowers, prepared foods, and local dairy items. Serene Green Farm sources their strawberries from the North Fork and are sold by the quart and pint.


Visitors Tip

Ask each farm stand which fruits and vegetables they grow themselves and which they source locally. You may wish to ask if the fruits and vegetables are certified organic, etc.


Travel Tips!

Hampton Jitney

The gateway to the Hamptons and North Fork of Long Island is approximately 75 miles away from midtown Manhattan. If you are coming from New England, Riverhead is just over 20 miles away from the Port Jefferson ferry station. Though there are many convenient ways to get to the East End, whether it be by car, train or bus, it is essential to know the easiest routes and methods to save precious time and added expense.
From the most useful driving routes throughout the East End to practical time frames for travel, we break down easiest and most convenient routes for traveling to and within the Hamptons and North Fork.

Traveling to the Hamptons and North Fork


Travel by Car>>

Whether you own or rent a vehicle, driving to either the Hamptons or North Fork is the most convenient method of transportation. take five 495 E. towards exit 70, then take RT 111 through Manorville, to Montauk highway, also known as NY 27. In Manorville, you will find some restaurants, gas stations, and other convenient stores.
The most essential fact to keep in mind, is how to effectively navigate the potential traffic buildup during the high season (July & August), and in the early mornings during the week, Monday through Friday between the hours of 6:30am-9am. This weekday traffic buildup is also known as the “trade parade” by locals. The traffic may span as far back at exit 64 off of Montauk highway in Hampton Bays and continue all the way to Amagansett.
To help alleviate running into this traffic congestion, first, avoid traveling during these peak hours, that includes leaving the Hamptons in particular to go back west. Leave either before 3:30pm Sunday-Friday or after 8pm those same days.
Your main route through the Hampton Taste is Montauk Highway. Whereas sound Avenue and Route 25 are your main route through the North Fork. Route 114 connects you from East Hampton all the way through Shelter Island if you want to reach the North Fork.
Cycling through Shetler Island may be your best option if you enjoy riding through the quiet countryside. Park your vehicle at either small lot adjacent to the South Ferry in North Haven, or in Greenport if you are coming from the North Fork. Please keep in mind that Shelter Island does not have many bike paths, so please ride with caution. Wear a reflecting vest when riding at night as there are also very few street lights.
Should you wish not to drive as frequently out east, taxis, Uber and Lyft vehicles are readily available.


The train is one of the fastest and most direct methods of transportation to travel to either the Hamptons or North Fork of Long Island. You would take the Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train out of New York’s Penn Station and either transfer at Jamaica Station in Queens or in Ronkonkoma.
To get to the North Fork by train, take the Ronkonkoma Branch of the LIRR, which eventually turns into the Greenport Branch after Ronkonkoma. Stops include Riverhead, Mattituck, Southold, and Greenport.
To get to the South Fork by train, take the Montauk Branch, which stops in Patchogue, Westhampton, Hampton Bays, Southampton, Bridgehampton, East Hampton, Amagansett and Montauk.
24 hour and 7-day parking options are available at or near most train stations.


The two main bus companies that transport passengers to and from New York City are the Hampton Jitney/Hampton Ambassador and the Hampton Luxury Liner. The Hampton journey operates year round. Hampton Luxury Liner runs during the spring, summer and early autumn season.
The least expensive option is to pay for your ticket in advance online. Check your tickets carefully before making your purchase to make sure that you are aware of which cross street to pick up the bus in Manhattan, and your drop off location.


There are two main ferry routes from New England. The first is the Port Jefferson/Bridgeport ferry from Bridgeport, Connecticut. The second is the Long Island Sound Ferry that goes between Orient Point on the North Fork and New London, Connecticut.
Reservations should be made in advance online. It is recommended that you arrive at least a half hour prior to departure. Long-term/day/overnight parking is available on a limited basis in both Orient Point and in Port Jefferson. Ferries run on or close to schedule, with additional ferry times during peak season.
In between the North and South Fork via Shelter Island, there is the North Ferry and the South Ferry. Please note that these ferries accept cash only. One way and round trip options are available.


With less than an hour of travel time, there’s no faster way to get to the Hamptons than one of the regular helicopters that depart Manhattan.
Blade, known as the “Uber for helicopters” schedules a couple of flights per week to East Hampton Airport off of Daniels Hole Road, for $795 per seat one-way. Perhaps this may be an opportunity to treat yourself and your guest for the ultimate and luxurious comfort on your way out east. It certainly does beat the potential of sitting in heavy traffic!
Please note that any luggage or parcels you bring will be strictly limited to 25 pounds.

Traveling within the Hamptons

When traveling within the Hamptons during the hi season, or between memorial day and Labor Day, it is recommended to avoid driving on Montauk highway for long lengths of time during peak hours. Peak hours are in the mornings Monday through Friday, and during the weekend until 8 PM on Sunday. The most congested areas are as you head east into Water Mill, the Bridgehampton in Shopping Plaza, and just before you enter Wainscott.
To help avoid this traffic, use the back roads through Sag Harbor and Southampton via Noyack Road and Scuttle Hole Road through Bridgehampton and Water Mill.


Both the Hamptons and North Fork have ample parking options throughout each town and village.
The key takeaway is to make sure that you read the signs carefully for parking. Note which spaces must be paid for in advance, versus parking options that are complementary. If parking is complimentary, take a careful note of the time frame. For instance, throughout the Hamptons, many parking spaces are only allotted for two-hour time slots.
Parking attendants/traffic monitors are very strict and will impose a fee should you go over the time limit. Note also that most of his time limit and at about 6 PM, a perfect time to go out to dinner and or to the movies.

Tip: A Free Transportation Option

The town of East Hampton offers complimentary transportation via the Hampton Hopper on the Montauk Loop. Free rides span from June 24th to September 6th. The Hampton Hopper runs daily between 10am-10pm and stops at various popular destinations throughout Montauk approximately every 30 minutes including the Montauk Yacht Club, Gosman’s Dock, Montauk Chamber, Gurney’s Montauk, and others.

Download their app to learn more!  or
Download the 2021 East Hampton Hamptons Hopper Schedule

Hamptons Hopper

A Cozy Stay

This article was updated on July 26th, 2021

You want to getaway and catch up on some much-needed R&R, but also be able to do things. We want you to be able to experience what it’s like out here when you visit. We decided to share a sample itinerary for a stay on the eastern part of the North Fork in Greenport. We’ve selected destinations for lodging, dining and tasting, with a little shopping and exploring thrown in. 

Greenport is a quaint seaside village with many of its best spots to see within walking distance – even in winter. We recommend a stay at The Inn at Harbor Knoll, located on Fourth Street. This inn has a breathtaking water view and is tucked away in a peaceful spot. However, it is also situated within walking distance of the village. The village provides all that you’d need in terms of shopping and browsing through galleries. It also has gourmet and more casual eateries, as well as cocktail hot spots. The Inn at Harbor Knoll provides breakfast and many nice amenities in all seasons. Our favorite is the hidden bar that the innkeeper opens for you just before you head off to dinner. View their website for more.

When dining cozy in Greenport, definitely check out First & South, located on the corner of First Street and South Street. The food is fresh and creative, featuring local seasonal dishes. It is also really inviting, with dim lighting and super comfy seating. We think the staff makes the experience what it is with their welcoming and friendly personalities. Check out their website for a menu and more details.

If you do visit with your car or decide to have a car service pick you up, we recommend you visit a couple of nearby tasting rooms. Since this is a cozy stay, we will include some of the more boutique tasting rooms. One to visit would be Coffee Pot Cellars. The wine is excellent, the tasting room offers comfortable open space but is not large, and the pricing is also good. We love the family pug dog, who is also their mascot.

Since two wine tastings seem to be a good number, we also suggest Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue. The tasting room offers some tables, so you can have the option of being seated for your wine flight. Their wines are amazing, with a good variety to suit your taste preferences. In addition, we love their cheese menu. We recommend ordering this with your tasting and get the warm bread.

There are many cozy places and things to do on the East End of Long Island. Plan your getaway for the day, the weekend or longer. Be sure to visit our Events page and explore attractions, more dining, wineries, shopping, lodging and more.

10 Restaurants in the Hamptons Every Visitor Should Know

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1770’s House in East Hampton, Photo by Vanessa Gordon

The Hamptons are home to some of the most noteworthy restaurants for couples and families alike. Choose from casual family-friendly Italian and traditional French, to restaurants boasting some of the most beautiful sunsets you could ever imagine. Many of these restaurants have received several accolades over the years, including for their exceptional wine lists and unbeatable farm to table cuisine.

We introduce you to ten notable restaurants across the East End’s South Fork from Southampton and out to East Hampton. Learn which restaurants require a reservation in advance, only accept walk ins, offer outdoor dining, and much more.

Armin and Judy

Armin and Judy is a French Mediterranean inspired restaurant and bakery located in Bridgehampton on Montauk Highway close to the King Kullen shopping plaza. The restaurant sells handmade pastries and pasta, local and sustainably sourced seafood. There is a full bar, with a cocktail list and detailed wine list. Their Boulangerie menu includes a Gruyere & French Ham Sandwich, Brie & Jam Sandwich, Pain Au Lait, and more. Pastries include a Salted Chocolate Rye Cookie, Goat Cheese Galette, Croissants, and a Pistachio Slice.

Indoor dining, and tables on the verandah and patio terrace are available as are roadside picnic tables. Their retail bakery is open from 8am-2pm. Breakfast and lunch are served from 9am-2pm, and dinner is served from 5-9:30pm. Between 2-5pm, the cafe, bar, and bakery are open. Armin and Judy is open year round.

The Beacon

The Beacon, located on the waterfront of the Sag Harbor Marina, the restaurant is famous for boasting some of the most beautiful sunset views in the Hamptons. This summer, The Beacon is offering a 2-course $75 menu. Beverages, desserts, extra courses & supplements are additional. Takeout, however, is available at their regular a la carte pricing. Tables of 2-4 will be allotted 1.5 hours & tables of 5 or more 2 hours. Dishes to try are the Local Tomato Carpaccio, Scallop Kinilaw, and the Lobster Rigatoni.

Indoor and outdoor dining is available, as well as takeout. Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are welcome. The Beacon is open seasonally from about May to September. The Beacon is open for dinner beginning at 5:30pm. Closed Tuesdays.

Their sister restaurants are Fresno in East Hampton and Bell & Anchor on Noyac Rd. in Sag Harbor.

Coche Comedor

Coche Comedor is a popular Mexican restaurant on Montauk Highway in the village of Amagansett within the town of East Hampton. It is best to arrive early as tables fill up fast. Small and large plates adorn the menu as do ceviche and side dishes. Popular small plates include Chips and Guacamole, Chiccharones, and Queso Fundido. Large plates, great for sharing, are the Apricot-Tamarind Glazed Half Duck, Pork Rib Carnitas, and Chicken Adobo.

The restaurant is open for indoor and outdoor dining Wednesday-Sunday from 5-10pm. Takeout is also available. They are adjacent to their sister restaurant, La Fondita.

The Dock House

The Dock House in Sag Harbor is restaurant and seafood market located on the Long Wharf off of Bay Street. This eatery serves as the ideal destination for lunch or dinner for boaters and those visit the village. Their New England Clam Chowder has been voted the best in Sag Harbor over the last several years. Choose from a wide variety of soups, starters, and salads, as well as grilled and fried seafood platters. Standouts include their clam strips, mussels, lobster roll, waffle fries, and crab cakes.

A very limited number of tables are available outside. Or, take your meal to the nearby beach or picnic tables. The Dock House is open 11am-8pm daily.

Dopo Argento

Dopo Argento, located on Main Street in Southampton, is a restaurant and cocktail bar that offers a handsome indoor dining and a charming outdoor dining space on the sidewalk. Argento is popular particularly for a lunch and early dinner. Dishes to try include Beef Carpaccio, Chitarra (squid ink pasta), Branzino, and Wild Tiger Prawns. Rotating daily specials include Filet Mignon, Lamb Chop, Halibut, and Tuna Tartare.

Takeout and delivery orders are available via their website. Dopo Argento is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner beginning at 12pm. Dopo Argento is open year round.

Estia’s Little Kitchen

Estia’s is a true favorite amongst visitors and locals, most notably for their scrumptious breakfast dishes. The restaurant is located right off the Sag Harbor Turnpike in Sag Harbor, close to the park and a short distance away from the village. This roadside cafe serves of Mexican-American dishes most often made with a variety of local produce. Favorite breakfast Isabelle’s Request. dishes are Gringo Hash, Huevos Rancheros, and . Rotating specials have include Cornbread French Toast and Long Island Duck Carnitas Tacos.

Estia’s Little Kitchen is open every day except Tuesday beginning at 10am. Breakfast and lunch are served from 10am-3pm. Dinner is served from 5-8pm Friday and Saturday. Take away orders are available to be placed over the phone.

Il Capuccino

Il Capuccino has been a staple of the Hamptons for many years, and is considered to be a favorite for those craving authentic Italian paired with an experience filled with hospitality and warmth. Start with their famous garlic knots, followed by a wide selection of soups, salads, pasta dishes, and main entrees. A full wine and cocktail list is available. Their pumpkin raviolis are a must when visiting during the autumn season. Desserts are exceptional and are generously sized for sharing. Tartufo, Flourless Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Mousse Cake, and Rainbow Sherbet are sensational choices.

Il Capuccino is open seven days a week for dinner beginning at 5:30pm. The restaurant offers indoor and limited outdoor dining. Reservations are available to be made in advance. Note that reservations are made for parties of four or more. Il Capuccino is open year round.

Lulu Kitchen & Bar

Lulu Kitchen & Bar is one of the newest restaurants to hit the Hamptons scene and they have remained extraordinarily popular ever since their open a few years ago. Wood-fire cooking are at the center of their colorful, vegetable focused dishes. Popular menu selections include their Signature Heirloom Cauliflower, the Seafood Tower, Burrata, Mussels A-La-Plancha, and BBQ Swordfish Steak. They also have a variety of eye-catching dishes that rotate throughout the seasons

Lulu is open Wednesday-Saturday beginning at 12-3:30pm for lunch, and beginning at 5:30pm for dinner. They are open Sunday-Monday beginning at 11:30am. Brunch is served on Sunday from 11:30am-4pm. Closed Tuesdays. Indoor and outdoor dining is available. Takeout and delivery are available to order via their website. Also, visit their sister restaurant in Montauk, Duryea’s.

Nick and Toni’s

Nick and Toni’s, located on North Main Street in East Hampton, has been a mainstay within the Hamptons dining scene for over thirty years. This beloved restaurant offers delicious and seasonally inspired meals, with many of the ingredients grown directly in their onsite garden. Start with their Hampton Sourdough Artisan Bread or Zucchini Fritto, followed by Balsam Farms Salad and Wood Roasted Mussels. Main dishes include their House-Made Ricotta Cavatelli, Free Range Chicken, and New York Strip. Desserts are always a must and include the Meyer Lemon Tart, Ricotta Cake, and Chocolate Budino.

Nick and Toni’s is open for dinner Wednesday-Sunday beginning at 5:30pm. Takeout is also available. They are open year round.

The 1770 House

The 1770 House, located on Main Street in East Hampton, is an award-winning restaurant and inn set in an 18 century colonial home. Open year round, restaurant serves New American cuisine with a focus on local bounty. Their 150-bottle wine list, for example, is a year-on-year Wine Spectator Award of Excellence recipient since 2007.

The menu at their main dining room and downstairs tavern rotates with the season. Dishes every visitor must try include Seared Montauk Sea Scallops, Roasted Scottish Salmon, and Heritage Pork Rib Chop. In the tavern, try the famous meatloaf most beloved by Ina Garten as well as the Tavern Burger. For dessert, the Sticky Date Cake seals the deal.

The 1770 House is open for dinner seven days a week. Takeout is also available.

The Art of Wine: Pair local art with wines on the East End


This article was updated on July 15, 2021

Local artistry and Long Island wines are synonymous. Both are described as bold and colorful, distinctive and stimulate conversations. Additionally, both are easy to find when visiting the East End of Long Island with plenty of opportunities to suit your artistic style or wine preference.

Whether you are looking for a landscape, a watercolor, Rosé or red blend, we are confident you will find the perfect match.

Parrish Art Museum + Duck Walk Vineyards, Water Mill

Take a drive to the Hamptons and where 27 East merges into Montauk Highway in Water Mill, get ready to stop for a wine tasting followed by an amazing art experience.  Duck Walk’s Hamptons tasting room neighbors Parrish Art Museum and makes for a great South Fork day to experience a taste of the renowned wines from dry to sweet, sparkling and dessert. They are known for their chic labels, nodding to their Hamptons locale, such as the Windmill Series or Southampton White, depicting a beach scene. Enjoy a flight, a glass or a bottle on their patio, along with cheese accompaniments and live music on weekends.

After your wine experience, hop next door (or just beyond the vineyard) to the Parrish Art Museum where you can delve into more than 3,000 paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and mixed media, as well as learn more about artists and individual art works.  There are many new things to discover that will capture your senses and interests.

To find out more about Duck Walk, visit duckwalk.com; or the Parrish Art Museum, visit parrishart.org.

Sparkling Pointe, Southold + Art Galleries, Greenport

Begin your weekend on the North Fork with sparkling wine and gallery visits.  Sparkling Pointe, on Route 48 in Southold (minutes from Greenport), offers a variety of sparkling wines from dry to fruity and even red. It is a bright, spacious tasting room, filled with lots of light and a crystal chandelier as the focal point in the center. This is the perfect start to your outing in Greenport Village where you will find established art galleries, artists’ studios, as well as shops, restaurants and hotels with a strong focus on local and contemporary art.

For more information about tastings at Sparkling Pointe, visit sparklingpointe.com.

Also, explore our website listings for more art galleries, vineyards and experiences like this to help you plan your getaway for the day, the weekend or longer.


Hidden Gems on the East End: North Fork Dining

This Article Was Updated On July 21st, 2021

The North Fork of Long Island has become a popular touring destination for its wine country tasting rooms, farm stands and restaurants that have become inclusive of the aforementioned, offering local wine and seasonal farm-to-table dishes on their menus. Many of these dining locations have become hot spots in the hamlet hubs and villages, making them very well-known among visitors. This blog is all about those restaurants that are somewhat hidden or at least considered best kept secrets in this region. We hope you find these helpful in your food adventures on the East End.

  1. Ram’s Head Inn, Shelter Island

The Ram’s Head is located on the quiet and scenic Shelter Island, with a beautiful view of the water just beyond their sprawling property that sits atop a gradual-sloping hillside. We think their restaurant and bar, with a warm wooden glow, is a hidden gem simply for its island location amidst the trees, off of the winding road of Ram Island Drive.

Their restaurant’s menu highlights the current season and includes items such as: free range chicken breast, filet mignon, local duck Cassoulet, Littleneck clams, and pumpkin seed crusted salmon. They host a Sunday brunch and even have a special bar menu, which includes truffle mac and cheese, mushroom flatbread, tuna tartare and even a signature burger. Additionally, you’ll find an extensive wine list with inclusions from Long Island as well. For more about Ram’s Head Inn, visit theramsheadinn.com.


  1. Touch of Venice, Cutchogue

This gourmet Italian restaurant doesn’t have a hidden location by any means, as you’ll find it on Main Road/Route 25 in Cutchogue, but we consider it a hidden gem because it will surprise you. Their sophisticated authentic dishes from Italy with a flair will impress you, along with their beautiful, cozy dining room and first-class service. They offer seasonal specials as well as repeated favorites that guests find they go back for again and again.

Touch of Venice supports local wines and you’ll find an extensive Long Island wine list among other favorite brands. You will even enjoy local craft beer on tap. Their menu includes: veal ricotta meatballs (famous dish!), stuffed artichokes (continued favorite), Peconic escargot, pasta favorites, Red Snapper, grilled rib eye, veal dishes and more. They even offer platters for sharing. Find out more at touchofvenice.com.


  1. The Jamesport Manor Inn, Jamesport

Inside this grand, traditional manor house lives an extraordinary restaurant that incorporates local ingredients and a welcoming atmosphere. It is a well-kept secret, located on Manor Lane in Jamesport, on the less traveled path. You’ll find on their dinner menu items such as: roasted beet salad, local oysters, almond crusted fried brie with truffle honey, basil pine nut crusted Berkshire Pork Milanese, local striped bass, lobster pappardelle, truffle mushroom ravioli and more. They offer a separate lunch menu, and host weddings as well as private events and celebrations.

This memorable and romantic location delivers in atmosphere, service and perfectly prepared dishes. Upon visiting their website, you are able to view a menu gallery as well as get a peek into their dining room gallery, the Rosalie Dimon Gallery, decorated with a variety of mediums of colorful landscape artwork. You’ll find their details at jamesportmanor.com.

These three restaurant selections are just a taste of the many hidden gems that you will discover on the North Fork to suit your food cravings. This article is the first in a series. Look for our next one that will highlight Hidden Gems in Montauk Dining. We will be featuring a variety of these best kept secrets or hard to find places in lodging and touring. Stay tuned!

There are many dining options all season long on the East End of Long Island. Plan your getaway for the day, the weekend or longer. Be sure to visit our Events page and explore attractions, more dining, wineries, shopping, lodging and more.

Hidden Gems on the East End: Dining in Montauk

This article was updated on July 19th, 2021

Montauk has become a hotspot among foodies. It stands out for its character – of course the proximity to the ocean beaches, being the Island’s end, and having beautiful accommodations. These traits help draw visitors at all times of the year. The dining scene has definitely grown in Montauk, and there are some standout places that we’d like to recommend that you may not have found in your recent travels there. This is our Hidden Gems series! Last time, we focused on the North Fork. Today, we bring you a more focused blog about those restaurants that are somewhat hidden or at least considered best kept secrets at ‘The End’ of the East End of Long Island. We hope you find these helpful in your food travels.

  1. Inlet Seafood Restaurant & Sushi

    This restaurant fits into our Hidden Gems topic perfectly. I would have never known about this spot, if my friend didn’t bring me here. It’s located at 541 East Lake Drive. Serving both lunch and dinner featuring fresh, local fish and artfully prepared sushi, this place offers spectacular harbor views, especially at sunset. They provide the freshest seafood possible, “almost always locally-landed by one of their boats, while adhering to the strictest conservation standards.” Their tagline reads: Respect the ocean. Harvest the bounty. Feed the people. Who wouldn’t want to go here? 

  2. Muse at the End

    Muse is a great find that is more unexpected when you walk in and order. It is an unpretentious, cozy spot in the middle of town that surprises guests. Their menu offers Modern American cuisine with inspirations derived from its locale of Montauk. A Chef Matthew Guiffrida production, this dining spot is open all year. It can be found amidst the village at 41 South Euclid Avenue. Guests will enjoy live music every weekend by local artists, along with a regular dining room, bar with Happy Hour, and early bird Prix Fixe menu daily (excluding holiday weekends). 

  3. Montauk Circle

    Montauk Circle is a new-comer to Montauk this year and has gotten amazing reviews from quite a few visitors, placing it in the Top 10 Best Burgers in the Hamptons list on TripAdvisor. The Montauk Circle is in the heart of town is a must try. Montauk Circle Burger (MCB) has taken over a familiar location (the former home of O’Murphy’s Pub and Saltbox). We decided to put this choice in our Hidden Gems list because the service as well as the burgers are extraordinary. This is not your typical pub or burger place. It is above and beyond expectations. We recommend planning this into your visit. You’ll find this spot around the circle in town at 99 Carl Fisher Plaza. 

These three restaurant selections are just a taste of the many hidden gems that you will discover in Montauk to suit your food cravings.

There are many dining options all season long on the East End of Long Island. Plan your getaway for the day, the weekend or longer. Be sure to visit our Events page and explore attractions, more dining, wineries, shopping, lodging and more.

Chocolatier Known for Delicious Local Treats and Unique Gifts

This Article Was Updated On July 21st, 2021

Handcrafting with products from local farms and purveyors is what defines North Fork Chocolate Company as an artisanal chocolate company located on the East End of Long Island that manufactures their handcrafted centers from locally grown and sourced products on the East End of Long Island. North Fork Chocolate Company was established in 2012 and in January 2013 the company was approved to begin working out of the Stony Brook University Incubator program in Calverton. The Calverton Incubator originally started as an Agricultural Science Center and built on a commercial share kitchen developing a program to aide entrepreneurs in the culinary industry.

In late 2012, the Stony Brook Incubator at Calverton opened its doors to welcome these new entrepreneurs and that is where co-founders, Ann Corley and chocolatier/executive chef, Steven Amaral of North Fork Chocolate began their journey. An approved company must be fully insured and obtain both a license to operate through NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets, and a Suffolk County Food Managers Certificate. Ms. Corley and Chef Amaral began manufacturing an individual gourmet dessert line, and artisanal small batch Belgian chocolates selling wholesale to gourmet markets including Wild by Nature, Taste NY (Long Island Welcome Center and Penn Station), local vineyards, restaurants, and country clubs. They went on to retail their products attending farmers markets, and community events. In the fall of 2013, they opened up the first local brand pop-up in Tanger Outlets, Riverhead. From there they grew into their first brick and mortar shop on the North Fork at 740 Main Road, Aquebogue, which opened to the public in February of 2015.

Local B&B owner Darolyn Augusta of the Harvest Inn in Peconic ordered chocolates for her guests who said, “These aren’t BonBons! They are works of art featuring everything local!”

Today, Mr. Amaral and Ms. Corley continue a new era in growth with their latest process; stone-grinding fair-trade organic cacao beans creating small batch chocolate bars they call Aquabogg Gold. Still using their niche of everything local Chef Amaral has crafted these stone-ground chocolate bars with local products such as; beer from Long Ireland, Coffee from the Hampton Coffee Company, and wines from several local vineyards.

Rites of Spring Music Festival

As a non-profit organization 501c3, every year Rites of Spring Music Festival showcases artists performing classic and contemporary music in unique venues, including museums, wineries and other iconic settings that celebrate the beautiful natural environment of Long Island’s North Fork. In just 5 years, the Rites of Spring Music Festival has become the premier classical and contemporary music festival on the North Fork of Long Island. In April 2016, the Festival was initiated to offer local residents and the numerous visitors to the East End a unique opportunity to experience the beautiful and significant repertoire of chamber music presented by young soloists and vocal and instrumental ensembles of international standing. In 2017, the program was expanded to offer contemporary music along with classical works.
The Rites of Spring Music Festival continued to grow in reputation and attendance through 2019 and was planning another exceptional program in 2020 when the Coronavirus social distancing restrictions forced the cancellation of traditional in-person events. With the challenge of stay-home orders and closed venues, the Festival adapted its program to present “Music & Tell,” a virtual performance series hosted weekly in May, June and July on Zoom. “Music & Tell” has served as a means to continue to fulfill our mission while serving as a bridge to what we hope will be a much-improved climate for live performances in 2021 and hopefully an opportunity for the Rites of Spring Music Festival to recover its audiences and reinforce its financial viability. The deep connection that Rites of Spring has developed with the community is clearly reflected in the community’s involvement and stake in the Festival’s success. In addition to the significant financial contributions provided by individuals and local businesses over the last five years, the Festival has benefited from valuable in-kind support in the form of considerable promotion from the local newspaper company, Times Review Media (Suffolk Times, Riverhead News Review, etc.), the North Fork Promotion Council (GoNOFO), and the East End Tourism Alliance. We have also been able to count on the generous support of our hosting venues that have provided concert space for free. Finally, we have enjoyed and appreciated the assistance of many volunteers at our concerts over the years.
The Festival was conceived and designed to make contemporary and classical music more accessible to the public, and to raise the community’s knowledge and appreciation of these genres. The programs have thus been designed to appeal to different age groups and ethnicities. For example, in 2019, our “Nature’s Sounds Concert” at Quogue Wildlife Refuge Center encouraged audience participation, especially among children, who were each given a branch to help build a giant nest. We also broadened our program with a specific appeal to the East End’s large Hispanic population with our “Art Songs from Latin America” concert at Castello di Borghese, which featured a mix of music for voice, guitar and percussion, including dances and love songs from Puerto Rico, Brazil, and the Dominican Republic.

As noted above, we have been very fortunate to have received in-kind promotional support over the years from local media and regional tourism promotion organizations. We will continue to count on these partners in 2021. We have also gained extensive visibility through calendar listings across Long Island and from our printed brochures and programs, which we will continue to use in 2021. We estimate that our average digital marketing reach is over 67,000 community members through various social media channels. Additionally, our printed brochures and programs have resulted in a further 14,000 impressions. And in 2019, our performances were listed by Suffolk Times/Times Review, Northforker.com Newsday, Dan’s Papers, Patch, Long Island Business News, SoutholdLocal, RiverheadLocal, 27East.com, WRIV and WNPR.
As Founder, Artistic & Director of the Rites of Spring Music Festival, my musical education includes studies with some renowned pianists, beginning at the Santa Cecilia Music Conservatory in Rome (Italy) and continuing at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, and subsequently at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, where I received his Masters’ Degree in Musicology of the 20th century. In 2006, I created a Masters’ Degree Program in Cultural Enterprise Administration at the University of Perugia. At the Venice Biennale, from 2008 to 2012, I was the General Coordinator of ENPARTS – European Network of Performing Arts – which promoted the creation of new works in dance, music and theater by young artists. From 2009 to 2014 I continued this work as Director of the Résonnance Italy, a Swiss-based nonprofit organization, where I was responsible for its artistic and humanitarian program, “bringing music to places where it is not heard,” producing more than two hundred concerts in hospitals, nursing homes and prisons to promote musical sensibilities and share the joy of music. From 2016 to 2020 I worked as  General Coordinator of Music Up Close Network at Santa Cecilia National Academy in Rome, which includes seven European orchestras that promote new orchestral works and support a new generation of musicians to connect with young audiences.

CSA Day & Why You Should Care

This article was updated on July 23, 2021

We love our local farms and the bounty we find at their stands. A CSA, Community Supported Agriculture, is a way to show loyalty to your favorite farm. In the traditional CSA model, people pay for a season’s worth of produce (a membership), sometimes months in advance. The CSA member then receives a box of fruits and vegetables every week throughout the harvesting season. This is great for the farmers because they get the revenue when they most need it to get ready for the growing season.

Today, there are many different ways to manage and be part of a CSA. CSA shares (the weekly delivery) come in different sizes (half-share, whole-share) and different frequencies (weekly, biweekly) to accommodate different household preferences. Some farmers offer add-ons like eggs, bread or flowers. In some models, the member can pick and choose what she wants in the box each week. Some CSAs more closely resemble buying clubs, where the members pay every month until they cancel.

On the East End, there are great options to choose from for a Winter/Spring or Summer/Fall CSA share.  Favorites include Golden Earthworm, Riverhead; Garden of Eve Organic Farm, Riverhead; and Sang Lee Farms, Peconic; with more throughout.  Explore more farms on our website.

What is CSA Day? In 2015, Small Farm Central released the 2014 CSA Farming Annual Report, which gathered data from more than 250 CSA farmers and almost 53,000 memberships. Among some interesting facts, the report showed that the most popular day for CSA Sign-ups in 2014 was Friday, February 28. So in 2015, the first National CSA Sign-up Day was held on Saturday, February 28. CSA farmers offered special discounts and promotions and enjoyed an influx of sign-ups from members wanting to support local agriculture. This year, CSA Day is about more than getting lots of CSA sign-ups; it’s a whole day dedicated to the celebration of community-supported agriculture.

There are many benefits to joining a CSA. Garden of Eve Organic Farm shares with us what it’s all about.

A CSA is like a subscription, or a vegetable-of-the-week club. You get to enjoy a mini-farmers market, all in one pick up.
Shares of:

  • Vegetables – Fruit – Eggs
  • Sunflowers – Bread – Grassfed Meat
  • Gourmet Cheese
  • Vegetable and Herb Plants
  • Beer from the Garden of Eve Farm Brewery

You pay in full for your share before the distributions begin in early June, and in return for your commitment to our farm we provide you with just-picked organic produce at a good value, as well as farm trips, news, recipes, and a community of like-minded people to get to know. Summer/Fall Shares are 24 weeks, except sunflower shares which will be 10 weeks (July 1-Sept 6).

What are the benefits?

  • Cook healthier, more delicious dishes: The share includes more than 40 varieties of vegetables which will challenge you to eat more fresh foods.
  • Help the environment: We do not use any toxic pesticides, herbicides, or chemical fertilizers.
  • Support your local farmers and the local economy: Enjoy farm visits and tours, CSA member potlucks, and a relationship with your farm.

We recommend looking further into joining a CSA share program if you enjoy fresh, local produce. It helps you and the farmers in your community.

20 Things To Try On The East End

This Article was Updated on July 21st, 2021

The East End of Long Island offers endless options for activities, attractions, tastings, dining, shopping and lodging. A visit to the North Fork, the Hamptons or Riverhead brings with it choices for all of your varied preferences. Whether you are seeking R&R, adventure or a combination of both, you will find it here.

 As many do, we are thinking about what we want to be sure to do in the New Year. With that, we would like to make some suggestions for your New Year’s Bucket List. Below are 20 things we think you should try on the East End. (if you haven’t already).

  1. Spend a day at Splish Splash.
  2. Take the family to the Long Island Aquarium.
  3. Stay at a hotel/resort with a spa and catch up on some you time.
  4. Go camping.
  5. Stay a few days at a Bed & Breakfast.
  6. Go to a farmer’s market.
  7. Plan a wine tasting/touring day on the North Fork.
  8. Go wine tasting in the Hamptons.
  9. Try out some of the renowned craft beers on the East End.
  10. Attend a foodie event.
  11. Visit a dairy farm.
  12. Go to Briermere Farms and pick more than one pie.
  13. In season, eat only local vegetables with each dinner.
  14. Visit a museum.
  15. Go on a gallery walk.
  16. Take a boat tour to Bug Light with East End Seaport Museum.
  17. Rent a canoe, kayak or stand-up paddle board.
  18. Build a sand castle at the ocean beach.
  19. Watch the sunset on the Long Island Sound.
  20. Make a reservation for date night at a restaurant you have been meaning to try.

Make this your year. Explore more about each of the above on our website.

Our Family Day at the Long Island Aquarium

A family day spent at the Long Island Aquarium as described by a contributor to the East End Getaway blog.

This article was updated on July 23rd, 2021

Today, I am thrilled to share my experience at the Long Island Aquarium. Upon our arrival, we decided to take my toddler out of her stroller. We knew this was taking a risk but did it anyway. It was the best moment. The older girls grabbed her hand, and they headed over to the turtle tank. The baby was in awe of the adorable faces of the turtles, and I was in awe at how everyone was getting along and taking their time to view.

As we crossed the bridge to the main indoor area, our excitement grew. Of course, the clownfish tank with “Nemo” and “Dory” in it is always a favorite, along with the large tank of colorful tropical fish. My mom and grandmother enjoyed the atmosphere. However, the overall choice for the baby was the shark tank. She kept waving at the sharks and the giant stingray. Every few moments, she would yell, “Hi!” and “Yay!” It was priceless.

Has anyone ever checked out the Butterfly, Bugs & Birds Exhibit? This was the first time that we experienced such extraordinary bird interaction! The parakeets were landing on our shoulders, arms, and head. My eight-year-old loved that she had two spending time on her hoodie sweatshirt. The butterflies were breathtaking too. I recommend adding this to your ticket. It rounds out the day.

Lunch was great, as they always have kid-friendly items along with healthy options for us moms on a diet. The aquarium was busy but kept very clean, and the staff was on point. We ran into the co-founder and aquarium curator, whom I’d met back in the summer at an event. He is affectionately known as Joe Fish and can often be found walking around with the staff or checking on a tank. Joe answered questions, such as what the Piranhas ate and how often they fed the fish. He even explained to my niece that she could do the shark dive when she turned twelve. People like this make us feel welcomed and keep us wanting to return to this destination.

Whether you are traveling to the area to stay or visiting for the day, I highly recommend planning an outing to the Long Island Aquarium. They’re a destination for families, couples, and friends alike. Be sure to check out what they have planned on their calendar ahead of time if you’re interested. In addition, they are always hosting special events throughout each season. Click here for their website to explore more about visiting.