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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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Top Summer Family Activities in the Hamptons

LongHouse Gardens

Top Summer Family Activities on the North Fork

LongHouse Gardens

More than ever, the Hamptons is booming with plenty of fun-filled activities across the region for the whole family. From Hampton Bays and out to Montauk, we highlight ten summer family activities that you would not want to miss out on.

Become Immersed in Play at the Children’s Museum of the East End, Bridgehampton

The Children’s Museum of the East End, located off of the Bridgehampton Turnpike in Bridgehampton, offers every type of imaginative play and learning experience for children of all ages. From Baby and Me classes to immersive, interactive play, the Children’s Museum (CMEE) offers the ideal environment for using play to learn science, language arts, social studies and the arts. These activities including arts and crafts, gardening, theater, building, and more.

During the summer months, CMEE offers a wide variety of summer camp classes from Chinese and Spanish immersion, cooking and music classes, and general summer camp programming for children ages 3 and up. 

The Children’s Museum of the East End is currently open for timed admission Friday-Wednesday from 9:30-11:30am, 12-2pm, and 2:30-4:30pm. Click here to make your reservation. 

Discover Your Natural Surrounds at the South Fork Natural History Museum, Bridgehampton

The South Fork Natural History Museum and Nature Center, located directly across from CMEE on the Bridgehampton Turnpike, invites family members of all ages to explore, learn about, and engage with the East End’s natural habitat and wildlife. SOFO is the only state-of-the-art natural history museum on the South Fork of Long Island.

When visitors arrive to the museum, they are guided by an expert environmental educator as they experience the museum’s galleries. The galleries feature live and recreated natural habitat exhibits; colorful floor-to-ceiling photo murals of forests, ponds, and ocean landscapes. Downstairs is a Marine Touch Tank where visitors can, in the water, hold sea stars, crabs, urchins, and whelks. 

In addition to the museum, SOFO offers several outdoor events and tours, as well as virtual events, year round. These include live animal zoom presentations, sunset nature tours, whale watching cruises, bird hikes, kayak tours, beach cleaning initiatives, and more. 

SOFO is open seven days a week from 10am-4pm. The museum is open for an additional hour from 4-5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year (Mid September – Mid June) for free admission.

Rainy Day? There’s Plenty of Indoor Fun at the Clubhouse, East Hampton

The Clubhouse, opposite the East Hampton Airport on Daniel’s Hole Road, offers many different indoor and outdoor games and activities for children and adults. There is the popular 10-lane bowling alley that features lane side drinks & dining, as well as multiple game play options. In addition, The Clubhouse has arcade games, corn hole, and outdoor mini golf. During the summer months there are a variety of fitness class pop ups and events held throughout the venue. 

The Clubhouse also has an onsite restaurant that offers indoor and outdoor dining and features sandwiches, burgers, farm fresh salads, crudo, rustic pizzas and more. Kids even have their own ‘Caddy’ children’s menu. For the adults, Happy Hour is Thursday-Friday from 4-6pm and includes specialty cocktails, drafts, house wines, pizza, and wings. Live music and comedy shows are scheduled regularly throughout the summer season. They are open Thursday-Monday. 

Dip Into Nautical History at the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, Sag Harbor

Set in the heart of Sag Harbor Village on Main Street is the Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum, just opposite the John Jermain Library. Originally built in 1845, the museum exhibits historical artifacts, photographs, and more that paint a picture of rich history of Sag Harbor as a whaling and fishing village. 

One of the most recent exhibitions was a photograph exhibition of Sag Harbor and the East End taken by William Wallace Tooker circa 1895. Children of all ages will marvel at the town’s dynamic nautical history all with a fascinating learning experience. During the holiday season, the museum comes to life with festive decor throughout, including the stunning Sage Parlor. 

The Sag Harbor Whaling and Historical Museum is open Thursday from 10am-4:30pm. The last entry is at 4pm. The museum is still offering their virtual museum: enjoy exhibits, enter contests, listen to music, watch short films, and more from home. 

Unleash Your ‘Wild’ Side at Quogue Wildlife Refuge, Quogue

Quogue Wildlife Refuge is a 300+ acre nature reserve with over seven miles of trails where guests of all ages can become immersed in the East End’s natural habitats. The variety of habitats include pine Barrens, bogs, wetlands, and a tidal estuary, to name a few.

Owls, falcons, hawks, and other native New York animals that have permanent injuries are housed in the Outdoor Wildlife Complex that can be visited any day of the year. Inside their Nature Center, guests can view wildlife exhibits, live animals, a nature library, and shop in their gift shop. 

A selection of events take place throughout the year for children and families. These include Paddle the Pond, Tree Time Toddlers, Meet the Native Animals, Earth Yoga, and much more. Quogue Wildlife Refuge also offers summer camp programs. Little Naturalists is for children ages 4-6, Summer Ecology is for children entering grades 2-6, and they offer the Young Explorers and Explorers programs for middle and high school students. 

The Refuge Center is open daily year round from sunrise to sunset. 

Horseback Riding at Deep Hollow Ranch, Montauk

Deep Hollow Ranch, the oldest cattle ranch in the United States, is located on three thousand acres of park land and offers riding activities for all ages and abilities. Their beach trail rides are the most popular for couples and families. Spend the morning or afternoon peacefully riding along Montauk’s nature trails and stunning beaches.

A great way to round out your visit to Deep Hollow Ranch is with a self-guided tour of the Montauk Point Lighthouse, and enjoying lunch and shopping on Gosman’s Dock. 

Call in advance to make your reservation. Deep Hollow Ranch on Montauk Highway is open year round. Please note that cash, check, or Venmo are the only accepted payment methods. 

Arts & Crafts at Mind Offline, Sag Harbor

Mind Offline is located at Hampton Street on the corner of Jermain Avenue. This creative and natural discovery center offers a variety of classes for children and accompanying parents that immerses you in plenty of hands on creativity. Classes include Ceramic Painting, Surf + Camera Swap, Meditation, Singing, and more. There is also a rotating, curated healing market that includes specialty handpicked items.

Mind Offline is open Monday-Saturday 11am-5pm. 

Tour Through the Sculpture Gardens at LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton

LongHouse Reserve, located off Hands Creek Road in East Hampton, is a 16-acre reserve and sculpture garden. The sculpture garden features pieces from Buckminster Fuller, Yoko Ono and Willem de Kooning, to name a few. These pieces are in addition to rotating sculpture exhibitions like Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads that were featured during the 2020 season. Educational programs for children and their families take place seasonally during the spring, summer, and early autumn. 

LongHouse Reserve is currently open on select days (Wednesday-Sunday) with advanced online registration. LongHouse is also currently offering twilight tours on Mondays from 6-8pm with advanced registration, limited to a small group of 15.

Putt-Putt at Hamptons Mini Golf, Southampton

Putt-Putt your way through notable Hamptons landmarks with the family at Hamptons Mini Golf. The course includes 18 holes of mini golf with landmarks including Dune Road, the Water Mill Museum, the Montauk Point Lighthouse, Old Hook Mill, and much more. Up for even more fun? Check out their driving range, batting cages, golf simulator, local burger and ice cream shop, and more! Hamptons Mini Golf is open seven days a week from 9am-11pm. 

Play on the Farm at Corwith Farmstand, Water Mill

Visitors of all ages are welcome to visit Corwith Farmstand, located on Head of Pond Rd in Water Mill. The farmstand is most famous for their goat yoga classes on select Fridays and Saturdays. They also offer an after-school program for 90 minutes beginning at 3:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays for children 4-8 years old. Parents are welcome to stay and relax at their picnic benches. You may also wish to pick up some of their fresh produce during your visit. 

Corwith Farmstand also offers a summer farm camp for children ages 3-8, with a weekly theme that rotates each week. Example themes include Produce Week: The Fruits and Vegetables we Grow and Eat, and Weather Week: The Sun and Rain.

Top Summer Family Activities on the North Fork

Top Summer Family Activities on the North Fork

Long Island Aquarium Mermaid
Swim with the Mermaids at the Long Island Aquarium

There is a tremendous variety of activities across the North Fork for everyone of all ages. From getting to know the farm animals and discovering plenty of sea creatures to traditional campground activities and so much more, we highlight ten terrific activities from Calverton and Riverhead to further east in Greenport. 

Outdoor Adventure at Long Island Sports Park, Calverton

Find everyone’s favorite sporting activity at Long Island Sports Park on Edwards Avenue in Calverton. Enjoy a great day of fun and adventure while exploring a wide array of activities. These include Disc Golf, Foot Golf, Paintball, Airsoft, and much more. Summer camp is also available for children. 

There are also several events and festivals that take place throughout the year at Long Island Sports Park, including a Mud Run coming up in September. 

Aquatic Adventures at Splish Splash Water Park, Calverton

Splish Splash Water Park is a popular annual family tradition on the East End. Splish Splash features 96 acres fun and exhilarating water rides for the whole family. Families of all ages can enjoy over 20 water slides, 2 wave pools, a large Kiddie Area, lazy river, a tropical bird show, and many different food and merchandise locations. High speed slides include Bombs Away, Riptide Racer, and Bootlegger’s Run. Bootlegger’s Run is the one and only hydromagnetic water coaster in New York full of breathtaking drops, including one from nearly five stories high. For those who wish to take it easy at the park, there is the Lazy River and Soak City.

Splish Splash Water Park is open from May-September. Daily and annual passes as well as parking passes are available to purchase online or in person. This year, the Water Park is celebrating their 30th anniversary, so be on the lookout for discounted tickets, including 25% off weekday park passes. 

Tour and Learn at Spirit’s Promise, Baiting Hollow

Visitors to Spirit’s Promise Equine Rescue and Rehabilitation at Blossom Hollow Ranch are able to take part in a guided tour and meet the horses and other animals who call the Center home. Spirit’s Promise, a non-profit organization, rescues and cares for horses and many other barn animals who have been abused, neglected, or unwanted. In addition to several beautiful horses, each with very different stories, other barn animals include pigs, goats, cows, guinea hens, a dog named Jo, and a very friendly Turkey named Larry. 

Spirit’s Promise is located on Sound Avenue in Baiting Hollow. 45-minute horse and farm tours are available for booking, in addition to youth clinics, school field trips, youth clinics, parties, and farm theraputic recreation. Visitors are also welcome to become members. 

An Undersea Adventure at Long Island Aquarium, Riverhead

Long Island Aquarium, open year round, is always packed with plenty to do for everyone including year round events and functions, tours, indoor and outdoor exhibits, and private animal encounters. Bring you and your family to the aquarium and take them on a magical journey through a wide range of exhibits that bring undersea wonders to life. Outdoor exhibits range from Otter Falls and Penguin Pavilion to Ancient Reptile Ruins and Creatures of the Night. For those rainy days, indoor exhibits include Butterflies, Critter Corner, the Lost City of Atlantis Shark Exhibit, and many more. 

The aquarium hosts dozens of spectacular events throughout the year perfect for children of all ages. These include Princess Tea Parties, Swim with the Mermaids, and many interactive animal experiences like a personalized penguin encounter, and the bug encounter. 

Long Island Aquarium on East Main Street is open seven days a week. Hours are 10am-4pm Monday-Friday, and 10am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. 

Rich Railroading Heritage at Railroad Museum of Long Island, Riverhead and Greenport

The Railroad Museum of Long Island is a railway museum is a perfect destination for train lovers and enthusiasts of all ages. 

In Riverhead, current exhibitions for the 2021 season include recent artifacts from the ongoing restoration of Pennsylvania Station. Visitors to the Greenport museum can witness a celebration of Long Island Agriculture and the Long Island Rail Road, updates to our Conductors and Ticketing exhibit and what we believe is the very last, surviving wooden grade crossing sign from the LIRR

The Railroad Museum of Long Island is located in Riverhead on Griffing Avenue, and further east in Greenport on 4th Street. Both the Riverhead and Greenport museums are open on Saturday-Sunday seasonally from April-November. Riverhead is open on the weekends from 10am-4pm, and Greenport is open from 11am-4pm. Visitors are encouraged to travel between our two museum sites on the LIRR “Greenport Scoot” on weekends, once each day, from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Visitors can then step back in history as you ride through the North Fork. 

Admission tickets and memberships are available. 

Monkey Around at Safari Adventure, Riverhead

Safari Adventure is home to a huge 18-foot indoor playground and gaming center for children. Let your children climb, play, and explore together and meet new friends. The soft play equipment is ideal for children ages 1-10. 

The play center has giant inflatables, a hands on area, toddler area, calming spa with weighted blankets, plus over 30 video games and skill games for children of all ages. 

Safari Adventure, located on Pulaski Street, is now open seven days a week from 11am-6pm. Note that reservations are no longer required. Memberships and a rewards program are available for visitors. 

Farm Fun at Catapano Dairy Farm, Peconic

Catapano Dairy Farm is a beloved goat farm and shop located in Peconic on the North Fork. A selection of interactive events are held during specific seasons, including baby goat yoga and farm yoga. Goat meet and greets are held after each yoga class. 

Visit Catapano Dairy Farm for a tour and learn how to milk a goat, make goat cheese, and learn how a dairy farm operates while meeting the goats! The tours also include samplings of their delicious goat cheese. Tours are offered Tuesday-Thursday by appointment. 

Catapano Dairy Farm on North Road is open 10am-5pm daily except most Tuesdays. Goat milking is at 4pm. The Farm is open the first Tuesday of the month for a half-priced farm tour at 1pm. Their onsite store is open 10am-5pm Friday-Sunday, and every day except Tuesday from May 31st for the season. 

Their cheese selection is available seasonally and only for local pickup! Body soaps and crème available year-round and ship within the continental USA, perfect for sending to loved ones as gifts back home.

Plenty of Play at Harbes Family Farm, Mattituck

Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck may be considered the epicenter of family fun on the North Fork! Children will immediately fall in love with the animals at Harbes Barnyard Adventure, which features 8 acres of family fun, including farm animals, a Gnome Hedge Maze, Hayrides, Canna Bulb Flower Field, and much more! You could easily spend half the day at Harbes with the wide variety activities on hand for all ages, including weekend harvest events like the Sweet Corn Harvest, Tomato Harvest, and Watermelon Harvest, just to name a few. 

Be sure to stop by the Mattituck Farmstand for plenty of farm-fresh produce on the East End. Produce ncludes Harbes own farm-grown super-sweet corn, tomatoes, peaches, watermelon, and apples. A must-try are Harbes’ signature fresh apple cider donuts made with real apple cider.

Harbes Family Farm is located on Sound Avenue and is open every day beginning at 10am. Harbes Orchard in Riverhead is also on Sound Avenue, and Harbes Farms is located on Main Road in Jamesport. Harbes Orchard reopens in September for apple picking. Harbes Farm Jamesport also opens for the autumn season in September and offers acres of pumpkin and fall festivals every weekend. 

Explore the Seaside Wonders in the Village of Greenport

The Village of Greenport is one of the most diverse family friendly destinations on the East End. The historic seaside village is home to dozens of shops, indoor and outdoor activities, restaurants, museums, and so much more. Greenport also hosts dozens of festivals and events throughout the year.

Greenport Village has things to do for the whole family year round. Notable attractions include the Antique Carousel, East End Seaport Maritime Museum, and taking the family to the annual Maritime Festival in September. One of the best aspects about Greenport is that it is a very walkable village and very simple to navigate. Wish to visit Shelter Island via the North Ferry? Just hop on board! Shelter Island is great for older children and adults for cycling excursions. 

Explore the Outdoors at Eastern Long Island Kampground, Greenport

Located just minutes away from downtown Greenport, Eastern Long Island Kampground is filled with plenty of outdoor (and indoor) activities for everyone in the family. ELIK is the largest privately owned Kampground on Long Island. Onsite activities range from archery and a swimming pool to indoor activities like foosball, a pool table, and chess. For overnight stays, guests may choose from a cabin suite, camper rental, or even a luxury safari tent. 

The 2021 season extends until October 31st, making Eastern Long Island Kampground the ideal spot for venturing to for a weekend getaway, Columbus Day Weekend, or Halloween.


Romantic Things to Do on the North Fork


With so many wineries, restaurants, and beaches, the North Fork of Long Island offers many activities for date nights and memorable romantic weekend getaways. Let us help plan your trip across the North Fork while learning about some of the most romantic venues and points of interest.

Stroll Up and Down Love Lane

Begin your visit in Mattituck walking along the charming Love Lane, set in the heart of the North Fork. Enjoy breakfast at Love Lane Kitchen, open seven days a week. This quaint cafe known for their upscale comfort meals, house-roasted coffee, and daily specials. Try their Pastrami Hash and Eggs or Stuffed French Toast stuffed with cheesecake filling and topped with a warm berry compote.

Interested in planning a picnic? Visit the Village Cheese Shop for a wide selection of domestic and European cheeses. The cheese shop also serves Fondue al Fresco in their picnic-style outdoor garden. Or, walk across the street to Lombardi’s Love Lane Market known for their rustic food menu that features ingredients from several local purveyors. Favorites from their ‘Local Loves’ menu include Fiesty Acres Quail Eggs, North Fork Chocolate Company, Charissa Spices, The Farm Beyond, and Holy Schmitt’s Horseradish.

Visit the Farm Stands

There are so many excellent farmstand across the north fork that sell everything from local produce to flowers, coffee, and cheese. 8 Hands Farm in Cutchogue is a well known sustainable family farm that is perfect for visiting for a true “Farm to Fork” experience. Enjoy a guided farm tour and pick up some vegetables, prepared foods, and some great gifts for each other.

Browder’s Birds in Mattituck is a sustainable and certified organic poultry and livestock farm that is well known for their pasture-raised certified organic chicken and eggs. Visit their super cute farm stand on the weekends. If you visit in wintertime, a great purchase is their Cotswold Blanket in a variety of colors, also sold online.

Catapano Dairy Farm is a fun, friendly farm to visit for some delicious goat cheese and other goat’s milk products. Come visit and try a goat yoga class on select days, followed by a meet and greet with the goats.

Hubbard’s Farm Stand is a very photogenic farm stand off the main stretch on the back roads of Aquebogue. Their adorable pumpkin display is a must for photos during the autumn months. They also have a wide variety of farm fresh produce, and flowers.

Sang Lee Farms in Peconic off of County Road is a certified organic farm known for their variety of produce including carrots, zucchini, garlic, specialty herbs, and so much more. A must try is their homemade soup as well as their dressings. Sang Lee Farm also offers plant medicine workshops during the summer.

Wine Tastings Across the North Fork

For the perfect romantic getaway to the North Fork, we recommend visiting the stunningly diverse vineyards and wineries, each with their own character and unique wine varieties. Bedell Cellars in Cutchogue is a picturesque family owned winery that hosts a number of events during the summer season including live music, and a sunset cruises. Share a glass of First Crush Red 2020 or do a tasting in one of their expertly appointed tasting rooms.

Kontokosta Winery is a beautiful waterfront winery overlooking the Long Island Sound in Greenport. They are considered to be a bucket list destination for visitors to the North Fork. Notable wines to try include the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, and 2016 Cabernet Franc Reserve.

Macari Vineyards in Mattituck is a very popular destination for local and visiting couples. Enjoy a seated tastings paired with cheese and charcuterie on their covered deck and Private Barrel Cellar. The winery features an impressive collection of vineside tasting tents, Bergen Road Bungalows, that will be opening up again during the early autumn.

Sannino Vineyard in Cutchogue is a romantic Italian-inspired vineyard, ideal for couples to visit for a taste of true North Fork hospitality and luxury. Visit their Tasting Room overlooking the vineyards and wine making facilities. During the summer, try their Watermelon Mint Wine Slushy, White Fruit Sangria, or of course a wine flight paired with bites from their extensive snacking menu.

Take a Leisurely Boat Tour

Layla Sailing based in Greenport is a highly regarded, female owned and operated charter sailing company that treats every guest like family. Sit and relax on their comfy beanbag chairs under the sails while sipping a sparkling rosé. A sunset charter makes for a most romantic activity while visiting the North Fork and is a must do for anyone who loves to sail.

For plenty of fun and thrill, check out Peconic Water Sports based in Southold. They offer a variety of water sport activities from kite boarding to water skiing, perhaps making this the perfect opportunity to try something new! Fishing charters and sunset charters are also available for your leisure.

Stroll Through Flower Fields

Lavender By the Bay has two location: Calverton and East Marion. Their immensely picturesque lavender farm and fields offer the perfect photo ops during the mid summer. During your visit, purchase fresh bundles of lavender, dried lavender, sachets, bath & body products, and other gifts. Find them on social media to know when exactly their lavender fields are at their peak season.

North Fork Flower Farm in Orient is the perfect place to pick up a dazzling floral arrangement for that special someone. They also host a variety of floral workshops including a Bouquet Making Workshop, and Natural Dyeing Workshop.

North Fork Sunflower Maze in Mattituck usually opens for the season in late July. Touring the sunflower maze offers a unique opportunity to wander about these peaceful fields. A must is arriving about a half hour before the sunset for the most incredible photo opportunities.

Sip Local Beers at the Breweries

Greenport Harbor Brewery and Restaurant in Peconic as well as their location in Greenport are popular destinations for couples to taste their variety of beers. Their cans have very unique designs reminiecent of the North Fork seaside. They also have a wide selection of limited releases like Chocolate Covered Cherry Pie, Reduction Imperial Red Ale, and Double Duck Porter. Tastings flights are offered on weekdays at their Peconic location only.

Jamesport Farm Brewery on Sound Avenue in Riverhead is a pet-friendly microbrewery and tasting room. The brewery features a number of music and weekly events. For the summer, take your loved one to see a Movie Under the Stars or out for Comedy Night.

Peconic Country Brewing, one of the newest breweries that has opened on the North Fork, is located on Main Street in Riverhead. The brewery brews on location complete with a full kitchen and giant deck overlooking the Peconic River. Come in for ‘Hoppy Hour’ Monday-Thursday 4-6pm before going out to see a show. Hoppy Hour features $5 pints and $6 special apps.

Share an Ice Cream Sundae

Snowflake Ice Cream Shoppe is a fun retro ice cream shop that is very popular with the North Fork locals. There are rotating flavors of the week, in addition to fun creations like the Banana Boat, hand dipped ice cream, and novelties like ice cream sandwiches. If you brought Fido on your trip, Snowflake even has treats just for dogs!

Magic Fountain is a landmark ice cream and dessert spot on Main Road in Mattituck They dish up their famous housemade ice cream in a variety of flavors. They are also well known for their outrageously delicious ice cream cakes.

Ralph’s Italian Ice is a popular destination for soft-serve ice cream sundaes, sorbet, and milkshakes in the village of Greenport. After enjoying your ice cream, stroll together to Greenport Harbor and watch the boats sail in with a sunset backdrop.

Spend a Cozy Night at a North Fork Bed and Breakfast

The Coffey House Bed & Breakfast is a beloved romantic and restful retreat in East Marion, within an easy driving distance from the Orient Point Ferry. This charming bed and breakfast offers beautifully decorated rooms, each with a full private bath, and a full recreation room downstairs with a pool table, television, and snack/refreshment bar. They are also very well known for their delicious homemade breakfasts.

The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast in Cutchogue is a historic 19 century farmhouse that offers romantic, cozy guest rooms with antique furnishings. Located in the center of North Fork wine country, this bed-and-breakfast has an on-site farm where guests have the opportunity to meet the farm animals. They stay also features a hearty country breakfast featuring eggs from their own chickens and other locally sourced food.

Jedediah Hawkins is a popular boutique hotel for couples visiting from all parts of the United States and other countries. The hotel also features an upscale New American eatery as well as a rustic, cozy speakeasy, perfect for a nightcap after a busy day of exploring the North Fork.

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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

Strawberry Season in the Hamptons and North Fork

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 your 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 and check the times as many of these activities and farm stands are weather dependent.

Strawberry Season on the North Fork

By the middle of June, the North Fork strawberry crops reach their peak. These delicious strawberries are bursting with flavor and are always such a treat to enjoy and share with others. Many locals make this time to purchase strawberries and make their own strawberry jam.

Golden Earthworm Organic Farm

Golden Earthworm Organic Farm 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.

Located off the beaten bath on Peconic Bay Boulevard in Riverhead, their strawberry fields are pristine, certified organic, and no-spray! During the month of June, Golden Earthworm is open to the public Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9am-2pm. No reservations required. There is a six person maximum per group.

This season, strawberries are $7/quart.

Lewin Farms

Lewin Farms on Sound Avenue in Calverton offers a wide selection of strawberries for picking on their 20+ acre farm and for purchasing. It is recommended that you call ahead for strawberry picking. 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. Check out their Instagram page for regular updates!

Sang Lee Farms

Sang Lee Farms in Peconic is a certified organic farm and kitchen. Their farm stand is open everyday from 9am to 5pm. 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. This year, Sang Lee Farms is selling a limited supply (due to the growing season) of their deliciously sweet strawberries. Check their Instagram page for regular recipe posts, and unique facts and information about the East End’s local produce.

Wickham’s Fruit Farm

Considered to be one of the most popular places to pick strawberries on the North Fork, Wickham’s Fruit Farm in Cutchogue is the ideal place to bring your friends and family. Wickham’s Fruit Farm is an historic, bicentennial farm, set near the waters of Peconic Bay. Wickham’s also sells a wide selection of produce, baked goods, cheeses, jams, preserves, and more. U-Pick strawberries is available on Saturdays from 10am-3pm while in season. The farm is closed on Sundays.

The Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival

The Mattituck Lions Club Strawberry Festival is a beloved annual event tradition for friends and family across the North Fork and Long Island. This year’s 66th annual Strawberry Festival is set to take place Wednesday, June 16th-Monday, June 21st. This year’s festival will be modified from previous years as we emerge out of the global pandemic.

This year, expect a variety of games, rides, and an international food court. Guests can also enjoy fresh, local strawberries, chocolate covered strawberries, and alcohol-free daiquiris. Fireworks will be held Thursday thru Saturday night at 10:15pm, weather permitting. Note that the Strawberry Festival is rain or shine!

In celebration of Father’s Day, dads receive free admission and ride free with a paying child.

Strawberry Season in the Hamptons

Strawberry season in the Hamptons is always a highly sought after treat for locals and visitors. 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. Highlighted below are some farm stands and stores to check out for the juiciest and sweetest local East End strawberries.

Babinski Farm (Lisa & Bill’s), Wainscott

Babinki’s Farm Stand in Wainscott off of Beach Lane is a very popular destination for fresh produce, particularly among local residents. Locals especially love to buy their strawberries to incorporate into cakes and jams. Their strawberries are super sweet and highly sought after, so make sure you arrive early in the day! Babinki’s sell their strawberries by the quart.

Balsam Farm, East Hampton & Montauk

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.

The Green Thumb, Water Mill

The Green Thumb, located on Montauk Highway in Water Mill, 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!

Round Swamp Farm, Bridgehampton, East Hampton & Montauk

Round Swamp Farm is a famous stomping ground for Lisa’s delicious 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.

Round Swamp Farm recommends pairing their strawberries with Lisa’s shortcakes and whipped cream for the perfect early summer dessert!

Schmidt’s Market, Southampton

Schmidt’s is a Southampton staple beloved by both locals and visitors. This Hamptons food market is best known for their fresh produce, daily specials, and fully prepared meals. They regular 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.

Serene Green Farm Stand, Sag Harbor

Serene Green is located on Noyack Road in Sag Harbor, equidistant from the village of Sag Harbor and the country roads of Bridgehampton. Their 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.

Share your favorite farm stands across the Hamptons and North Fork on social media with #EndUpHere and tag @EastEndGetaway. Where will you end up next?

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.

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.

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.


15 Not to Miss Summer Events on the East End

Kids having fin
Kids having fin

15 Not to Miss Events on the East End in 2022

Highlighting the best of the Hamptons and North Fork summer season encompasses dozens of annual galas, fundraisers, and festivals for couples and families of all ages. The majority of these events take place during the day or on the weekends, with several that span the course of a half or full week. There are also some well known nighttime gala fundraisers that will surely make for a memorable experience!

Below are top ten summer events on the East End to help make the most of your getaway.

Clothesline Art Sale

The annual Clothesline Art Sale at Guild Hall has been a staple summer event for art enthusiasts for over seventy years in East Hampton. For 75 years, the Clothesline Art Sale has provided accessible artwork to the community, while supporting the local artists who thrive here. Throughout the years, famous artists such as Alfonso Ossorio, James Brooks, John Little, Jackson Pollock, Lee Krasner, and Elaine and Willem de Kooning have shared their talents to support Guild Hall in this unique annual fundraising effort. Local and visiting artists are able to take part in the art sale by selling up to three works.

Garden as Art Tour

Also to benefit Guild Hall is the Garden as Art Tour, which usually take places annually in late June. The day tour includes some of the most beautiful and eclectic Hamptons gardens. These gardens are designed by a select group of beloved local and world-renowned artists and horticulturalists. The tour commences with a panel discussion, followed by the self-guided tour. The Garden as Art Tour closes with a late afternoon cocktail party at a private estate. Base tickets, or Garden Lover tickets, include the panel discussion and self-guided tour of the five gardens.

Halyard Summer Guest Chef Series

The Halyard Summer Guest Chef Series is a new annual summer event on the North Fork that brings guest chefs to The Halyard at Sound View Greenport. Executive Chef Stephan Bogardus partners with award-winning chefs, many of whom are local, on a cookout or exclusive dinner event on Sound View’s private beach. Guest Chefs for the 2021 season are slated to include 3x Food Network Chopped Champ Chef Marc Bynum on Thursday, July 29th at 6pm, and local acclaimed chef and BBQ pit master Matty Bourdeau on Thursday, August 5th at 6pm.

The Hampton Classic

The Hampton Classic Horse Show is a longtime annual Hamptons event that traditionally takes place over the last week of August/the summer season right before Labor Day. The Hampton Classic is one of the largest outdoor horse shows in the United States/ Now well into its fourth decade, The Hampton Classic Horse Show is in a class all its own, and is widely popular for everyone of all ages.

At this week long show, top equestrians from around the world compete for more than $800,000 in prize money. National champion hunter competitors, Olympic medalists, and scores of children and adult amateurs make up the field throughout the event.

In addition to watching world class equestrian sport, event goers enjoy more than 80 onsite boutique shops, a dozen International food stations and food trucks, daily activities in the kids’ play area, and more. Notably, there is Monday’s Animal Adoption Day featuring rescued dogs, cats, and horses looking for their forever home.

Hampton Classic souvenirs, including tee shirts, hats, and accessories, are a great gift idea. Look for their onsite shop nearest to the stadium. Day and weekly passes are available for purchase as are individual and carload tickets.

The Hampton Designer Showhouse

The Hampton Designer Showhouse is an annual interior design event that usually spans over a month held a private estate in the Hamptons. The Hampton Designer Showhouse 2021 will be held at the historic Wooley House in the Village of Southampton. Originally part of the Wooley Estate in the 1830s, the historic house’s renovation will include over 7,000 square feet expanding on 3 levels with over 23 modern interior spaces. Inside, event guests will find a gourmet chef’s kitchen, indoor/outdoor living, a pool house and more.

Commencing a little bit later than usual, this year’s Designer Showhouse will be open to the public beginning September 19th. The Hampton Designer Showhouse will run through October 31st. A gala preview party is usually incorporated to kick off this annual design event.

Maritime Festival

The annual Greenport Maritime Festival celebrates the end of the summer season and kicks of the autumn on the East End. The event is hosted by the East End Seaport & Marine Foundation in partnership with the Village of Greenport. Weekend event highlights will include artisan craft and food vendors. Don’t miss the parade on that Saturday featuring the new new Merry Merfolk Boat Float. Additional weekend events and activities will include kayak races, electric boat harbor tours, DJ in the park, pirate-themed children’s activities, and much more.

This year’s event will take place Friday, September 17th to Sunday, September 19th 2021. The Land & Sea Gala is scheduled for September 17th beginning with a VIP admission at 5:30pm. General admission is from 6:30-9:30pm.

Market Art + Design Fair

The annual Market Art + Design is taking place this season from August 12th to 15th at the Bridgehampton Museum right in the center of town. This is the longest-running art and design fair on the East End. The select VIP preview will take place on the evening of Thursday, August 12th. Public hours begin on August 13th at 11am.

Exhibitors from around the world include Benrimon Fine Art, Mark Borghi, CAM Galeria, MM Fine Art, Sugarlift, Marloe Gallery, Jerald Melberg Gallery, Timothy Yarger Fine Art, and many more. Over 80 galleries will be exhibiting this season. Spend the day touring through the pop up galleries and meeting the artists as well as having the opportunity to purchase their art pieces.

South Fork Natural History Museum’s (SOFO’s) Annual Summer Benefit

The South Fork Natural History Museum, affectionately known as SoFo, is celebrating their 32nd anniversary gala benefit on Saturday, July 31st beginning with a VIP reception at 6pm. The IP reception will feature tours of the museum and grounds. The culinary-focused summer gala benefits the educational and environmental programs at the museum. Food and beverages featured at the event are catered by local businesses including Amagansett Wine & Spirits, Channing Daughters Winery, Montauk Brewing Co., Elegant Affairs Catering, and Hampton Coffee Company.

Sweet Corn Harvest

The annual Sweet Corn Harvest Festival is hosted and takes place at Harbes Family Farm on Sound Avenue in Mattituck in July each season. This year’s event is scheduled to take place on Saturday and Sunday, July 17th and 18th, 2021.

The event will host free live music in their courtyard/picnic area both days from 1-5pm. During the festival, explore Harbes Barnyard Adventure that offers plenty of fun for the whole family. Admission includes a Musical Hayride tour of their 100-acre farm, our famous Pig Races, adorable farm animals, and much more. A new addition for the 2021 event is their Canna Bulb Flower Field!

The Farm also hosts a Watermelon Harvest, Tomato Harvest, Peach Harvest and more. Harbes Orchard and Farm also host a variety of fall events including apple picking, and pumpkin and autumn festivals.

 Alive on 25

Alive on 25 is a popular, free annual event in downtown Riverhead set to take place on select Thursdays throughout the month of July and in mid August. The event offers local craft beverages and wine, live music on multiple stages, artists, street vendors, and activities the whole family can enjoy. The walkable, pop-up festival on main street features restaurant offerings and specials, artist exhibitions, and much more. The event kicks off on Thursday, July 1 with fireworks at 9:15 PM. The additional dates throughout July and August are July 15, 29th, and August 12. The fireworks’ rain date is July 15th, and a rain date for the event is August 19. The event takes place on those days between 5 PM to 9:30 PM.

Cardboard Boat Races

Time to get crafty! One of Riverhead‘s most exciting summer events is the Cardboard Boat Races. The 11th annual race takes place on Saturday, August 7th. A rain date is scheduled for the following day, Sunday, August 8th. The event takes place along the Peconic riverfront. Participants have the opportunity to race in various categories including the Youth Regatta, Grand National Regatta and more. Prizes are given out four the best spirit, best captain, best constructed, most creative, and more. Registration inspection begins at 9 AM. The race time is set for 11 AM. Online pre-registration is required.

Paddle Battle

Paddle Battle will take place this year on Saturday, July 31st at Peconic River in Riverhead.The paddle race benefits the NY Marine Rescue Center. 

There are two separate races. One is a 2 1/2 mile recreational race, the second is a competitive 5 mile race. There are different categories per race. For instance, categories include recreational kayak, standup paddle boards and more, depending upon the race. Estimated race start times will be given at check-in.

Reflextions Riverhead

Reflextions is a free, interactive, public art space that is taking place this summer from June-August. Walkable, interactive experience is scheduled for July 17 and August 14. The event kicked off on June 19th in Milton L Burns Park (also known as Grangebel Park) on Peconic Avenue in downtown Riverhead. 

The event features assorted elements of light based on artist interpretations and designs. Elements of the  light installations include LED, fire, Dayglow, and photoluminescent displays. Each illumination event will include various live performing arts. 

Rites of Spring

The Rites of Spring Music Festival is an annual event that takes place across the north fork and the east end of Long Island. The music festival has quickly become the premier classical and contemporary music festival on the North Fork. In addition to great music, locals and visitors can enjoy a great local food and wine paired with an historic setting and inspiring artist talks.

The next event is set to take place at Borghese Vineyard on Sunday, July 18th.


Bubble Palooza & Color Fun Run Festival:

Get ready for a one-of-a-kind 5K with plenty of colorful fun! Run, walk or stroll through bubbles and throw about plenty of color, creating a super fun, interactive family-friendly experience. Plus, you choose how much you want to run! The event is now a 1K loop that you can run up to five times around.    The run is set to take place on Saturday, August 21st in Calverton. There are three wave starting times: 10 AM, 10:15 AM and 10:30 AM. There will also be plenty of food, drinks, and merchandise for purchasing.    Early bird registration is through Friday, August 20th. Spectators and festival goers can come to support their runners for free!

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.