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Winter Walk Series: Indian Island

Join Peconic Baykeeper and the Peconic Estuary Partnership as we hit the trails this season to explore some of the beautiful locations on the east End. this is a great chance to learn more about the Peconic estuary and surrounding coastal ecosystems! Walks are open to all ages but please sign up in advance so we can contact you in case of cancellations. Each walk will be approximately one hour and participants are asked to dress appropriately for the day’s weather. Scan the QR code to register.

Contact info: alexa@peconicbaykeeper.org or valerie.virgona@stonybrook.edu

January 13th 2023: Indian Island County Park, Riverhead – 10:00am RSVP By Jan 12th

Save the Date!

February 10th 2023: Morton Wildlife Refuge 10:00am RSVP by feb 9th

March 10th 2023: Paul Stoutenburgh Preserve 10:00am RSVP By March 9th

Benefit Holiday Concert with Rites of Spring Music Festival

Come to celebrate the holiday season with a music program of American songs and classical lyrical pieces. Beginning now, reserve your tickets for an experience that will fill Jamesport Meeting House with the sounds of the holiday season.​
After the concert you can share a glass of wine with the musicians and share moments of cheerfulness together. 

Music Program
Amy Beach               Romance for violin and piano 
Bruce Wolosoff      Circefor cello & piano 
John Corigliano        STOMP for solo violin 
Florence Price         Adoration for violin and piano 
William Grant Still   Gamin for violin and piano 
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson   Lamentations / Black Folk Song Suite for cello solo
I.          Fuguing Tune     IV.      Perpetual Motion
Samuel Barber            Canzonefor Violin and Piano 
Jessie Montgomery   Duo for violin and cello 
Henry Mancini          Moon River for violin, cello and piano

​Rites of Spring Music Festival is supported by private donors and with public funds. From Suffolk County, Grant from SCOCA. the office of Cultural Affairs. 

Annual lighting of the Big Duck

The event will include a visit from Quakerjack of the L.I. Ducks, duck carols led by Riverhead Middle School show choir and Santa Claus on a fire truck. Refreshments will also be served

Downtown Riverhead’s Annual Holiday Bonfire + Parade

Frosty temps are no match for Downtown Riverhead’s Annual Holiday Parade + Bonfire. No matter what holidays you celebrate, all are welcome to join us!

Watch the Riverhead Lions Club 70th Annual Holiday Parade kickoff at Osborn Avenue and West Main Street, march east along Main Street and looping south to the Peconic Riverfront, where the Riverhead BID’s 22nd Annual bonfire awaits. Enjoy free hot chocolate and a community campfire that crackles, pops and lights the winter sky.

Santa awaits in the town’s Gingerbread House, stop by to hand him your wish list and snap a photo with the jolly fella!

BYOT (bring your own thermos), complimentary hot cocoa and goods accompany smiles and cheer at our downtown holiday celebration.

Parade 3PM
Bonfire and Santa House 4-6PM

Riverhead Holiday Tree Lighting

Enjoy the first-ever Riverhead holiday tree lighting event!

The event will kick-off with a 3:30 Goat on a Boat puppet show and other family-friendly activities. Cider and other goodies will be available. At 4:15 p.m the Riverhead Middle School and High School choirs will perform as well as East End Disabilities and more.

The tree lighting will be held at 5 p.m.

Discover the Town of Riverhead on the North Fork

East End Getaway has curated a guide to the towns across the North and South Forks, highlighting some of the best of what to see, do, and what the insiders know. This information will help you map and plan your next getaway to the East End of Long Island. Today, we take you inside the town of Riverhead.

Brief Overview of Riverhead

The town of Riverhead on the North Fork is located on the mouth of the Peconic River. It contains the following hamlets: Aquebogue, Baiting Hollow, Calverton, and Wading River. Riverhead is located just under two hours away or about 80 miles from New York City.

Riverhead is a great destination for families and couples of all ages looking to tour and visit the vineyards, breweries, restaurants, shops, and array of events held all year long.

Riverhead was founded in 1792 after the American Revolution. At the end of the 20th century, the town of Riverhead saw an influx of Polish immigrants. This eventually led to the creation of Polish Town. There visitors can discover a variety of local small businesses and Polish American restaurants and pubs. This is also where the popular Polish Town Fair is held annually.

Parks and Recreation

Riverhead is also home to four separate beaches which are open year round. These beaches are  Iron Pier, Jamesport Beach, Reeves Beach and Wading River. Each beach offers boating access for residents and visitors alike. Visitors can enjoy activities such as kayaking, swimming, sailing, boating, fishing, and much more. 

On land, find a wide variety of golf courses throughout Riverhead including Indian Island Golf Course, Sandy Pond Golf Course in Riverhead, and Woods at Cherry Creek.

Stotzky Memorial Park on Columbus Avenue in Riverhead is an excellent spot to relax or let out some extra energy in between exploring the region. This particular park is widespread with picnic areas, open fields, a playground, two soccer fields, baseball fields, a dog park, tennis courts, and more. 

As you enter Wading River on North Country Road, sit and watch the resident ducks swim by at the Wading River Duck Ponds. The best time to visit is in the early mornings before 9am or in the late afternoon after 4pm. 

How to Travel to Riverhead

There are several convenient ways to travel to Riverhead. From Manhattan, the most direct and fastest route is by train on the LIRR from Penn Station with a switchover in Ronkonkoma. There is a train station in Riverhead and nearby stations in Speonk, Westhampton, and Hampton Bays on the South Shore/South Fork. There are also bus routes from Manhattan with the Hampton Jitney and their luxury line, the Hampton Ambassador. The Hampton Jitney has both a North and South Fork line, with a preliminary stop in Manorville.

Traveling from Connecticut? The Cross Sound Ferry travels between New London and Orient Point and offers a full, daily timetable schedule.

Places to Go

The town of Riverhead on the North Fork has several notable places of interest for individuals and families of all ages. For those who wish to discover more about local history and culture, visit such sites and attractions as the Railroad Museum of Long Island and the Suffolk County Historical Society and Hallockville Museum Farm.

There are dozens of wineries that stretch across the town of Riverhead. A selection of wineries to discover in Riverhead are Palmer Vineyards, Paumanok Vineyards in Aquebogue, and both Farrm Wine and Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard in Calverton.

Riverhead is also home to such breweries and distilleries as Peconic County Brewing, Tradewinds Brewing, North Fork Brewing Company, Long Ireland Beer Company, übergeek Brewing Company, Jamesport Farm Brewery, Twin Fork Beer Co., Twin Stills Moonshine, Montauk Distilling Co., Riverhead Ciderhouse and Long Island Spirits in Baiting Hollow.

The majority of the breweries and wineries in Riverhead are open year round as well as seven days a week.

A must is stopping at one of the many farm stands across the town of Riverhead. Top picks include Hubbards Farm Stand, Golden Earthworm Organic Farm, Briermere Farms, Breitenbach Farms, Helen’s Greenhouses & Flower Farm, 1760 Homestead Farm, Harbes Orchard, Schmitt’s Farm Stand and Goodale Farms in Aquebogue (Note that most of these farm stands are open seasonally, or through the holiday season).

There is also the indoor East End Food Market in Riverhead. It is open on Fridays between 3-7pm May through October and 9a-1p on Saturdays the end of November through April. The market hosts a wide range of local vendors from across the North Fork.

Specifically for families, places in the town of Riverhead to visit include the Long Island Aquarium, East End Arts, Safari Adventure, Lavender by the Bay Calverton, Roanoke Lavender Farm, Tanger Outlets, Splish Splash Water Park (open Memorial Day to Labor Day), Hallockville Museum Farm, Long Island Science Center, and All Star for bowling and arcade games. 

For entertainment, The Suffolk Theater and Vail-Leavitt Music Hall offer a variety of local and professional performances.

Where to Dine in Riverhead

The town of Riverhead on the North Fork has an abundance of casual and fine dining establishments. Many of these restaurants are family owned and operated, and have been in business for decades. Several of these restaurants are also within walking distance of the businesses throughout the vibrant downtown Riverhead neighborhood.

We divided the following recommended restaurants by hamlet:

Aquebogue

Barrow Food House on Main Road serving home cooked food with produce sourced from the family’s farm down the road.  Amanda and Kyle are a husband and wife chef team who grew up on the North Fork and set out to bring a menu that focuses on handmade fast casual options with the best ingredients. Barrow Food House is closed on Mondays.

Il Giardino Restaurant off of Main Road brings a piece of Sicily to the historic hamlet of Aquebogue. Chef and Owner John Gambino focuses on sourcing fresh seasonal ingredients from the local farms and waters. Their gorgeous garden hosts outdoor dining in the spring, summer and fall months.

Modern Snack Bar is a North Fork landmark that has been around since 1950 and is instantly recognizable with their iconic neon sign. Located right off of Main Road, Modern Snack Bar serves great home cooking with dishes ranging from Soft Shell Crab and Long Island Duck to their famous Lemon Meringue pie.

On The Docks is an American restaurant overlooking the marina on the Peconic River. With breathtaking views of the Lighthouse Marina and Meetinghouse Creek, On The Docks in Aquebogue features an indoor and outdoor bar and live music. The menu features a raw bar and entrees like Horseradish Crusted Salmon and Chicken Francaise. Happy Hour is Tuesday-Friday from 4-7pm.

Baiting Hollow

Cooperage Inn is a popular and quaint country American restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner. Live music and events take place all year round on select nights. Dishes to try include Herb Panko Crusted North Fork Blackfish, Paella, Braised Short Rib Stroganoff, and Chicken Pot Pie. Cooperage Inn also has regular rotating specials.

Calverton

Golden Jalapenos is a fun Tex-Mex restaurant on the North Fork that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their menu includes a variety of breakfast burritos, salads, tacos, enchiladas, Chimichangas, Paellas, and more. The restaurant also features a full bar. Golden Jalapenos also delivers to Calverton, Manorville, Wading River, and Riverhead.

J&R’s Steakhouse has been around for over 20 years and is known for their top quality prime rib, steaks, and seafood. Both indoor and outdoor dining is available. Prix Fixe and Happy Hour menus are available on select nights. In addition to Calverton, J&R’s Steakhouse has locations in central Long Island including Rocky Point, Medford, and Islip.

Riverhead

Jerry and the Mermaid on East Main Street in downtown Riverhead is a family friendly and family-owned seafood restaurant that serves lunch and dinner. Their menu includes a selection of hot and cold appetizers, salads, pastas, and seafood like Cajun Pan Roasted Salmon and Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna. They also have a signature cocktail list as well as a beer and wine list.

Farm Country Kitchen is a new American restaurant set in a rustic refurbished farmhouse on the Peconic River shore. Serving lunch and dinner (closed Tuesdays), Farm Country Kitchen serves a selection of homemade soups, sandwiches, paninis, wraps, salads, and rotating entrée specials. Dinner menu highlights include Island Ciopino, Gnocci Shiitaki, and Crescent Duck.

The Birchwood of Polish Town is a true Polish Town landmark in Riverhead that serves traditional Polish cuisine and American classics. Their generous menu includes a wide variety of seafood, steaks, roasts, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, and so much more. The restaurant also hosts an array of events year round for families of all ages.

Stonewalls is located on The Woods Golf Course and serves French American cuisine for lunch and dinner. Dishes on the lunch menu include Mussels, an Open Face Steak Sandwich, and a Spinach Pear Salad. For dinner, try Duck a l’orange, Filet Mignon, Grilled Swordfish, or Chicken Milanese to name a few.

LuchaCubano on Main Street in Riverhead is a Mexican Cuban restaurant that serves such dishes as Ham Croquettes and Yuca Fries to Ropa Vieja Quesadilla and the build your own Lucha Cubano Bowl. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner beginning at 10am. Closed Mondays. 

Star Confectionery is located in the heart of downtown RIverhead and has been a staple on the North Fork for generations. Open for breakfast and lunch, Star Confectionery serves milkshakes, pancakes, omelets, French Toast, sandwiches, burgers, soups, salads, and more. Breakfast is served until 11:30am. Cash only. 

Snowflake Ice Cream Shop on West Main Street in Riverhead serves a wide variety of ice cream as well as novelty items like ice cream sandwiches, sprinkle cones, and dip tops. Just for dogs, Snowflake serves Muttwiches that feature  two Milkbone dog biscuits with premium vanilla ice cream. Open everyday beginning at 10am. 

Dari-Land on RT 25 across from All Star bowling has been open for over 25 years and serves takeout ice cream treats as well as smoothies, special order cakes, and more. Open seven days a week. 

Wading River

Desmond’s Restaurant & Pub at East Wind Long Island is a New American restaurant with Italian influences. They offer a pub menu and dinner menu that is served daily. On Saturdays there is a breakfast buffet, and brunch is served on Sundays. Live music and events rotate monthly. Happy Hour is served Monday-Friday from 4-8pm.

La Plage is an elegant French-American restaurant on the Sound. This romantic dining destination features a full wine list and cocktail menu and serves lunch and dinner. Fresh seafood and produce is caught and brought in daily. Notable dishes include the Gold and Red Beet Salad, Slow-Braised Pork Osso Bucco, and Pan Seared Branzino. 

North Tavern on N Country Road is a family-owned American restaurant that is well known for their fun hometown atmosphere. Dishes to try include everything from Long Stem Artichoke Salad and Grandma’s Pierogi to Pop’s Pot Roast and the Overstuffed Corned Beef Reuben Sandwich. North Tavern is open for dinner Tuesday-Sunday beginning at 4pm. 

Annual Activities in Riverhead

Riverhead is known for hosting a wide selection of annual events that are perfect for everyone to enjoy. These annual events include Alive on 25, Reflextions, and the Cardboard Boat Races

Oktoberfest and Halloween is another popular time to visit Riverhead with a wide range of events taking place throughout the town. These events include Halloween Fest in downtown Riverhead and the Hallockville Museum Farm Halloween Trunk-or-Treat.

Riverhead hosts a number of holiday fairs during the months of November and December including the Holiday Parade and Bonfire

Lodging in Riverhead

The town of Riverhead on the North Fork has a wide variety of hotel accommodations and lodging options.

Aqua by American Beech is a stunning beachside hotel on the Peconic Bay in Aquebogue. Newly renovated, this chic hotel offers a wide range of amenities including a sauna, firepit, and beach access as well as a variety of watersports like paddleboarding and kayaking. Their rooftop suite is truly a one-of-a-kind experience on the North Fork with a private deck and balcony with a private staircase that leads to the garden. 

Hotel Indigo Long Island is a pet-friendly IHG Hotel located just down the street from Tanger Outlets and Splish Splash. Guests will enjoy an onsite outdoor pool, fitness center, wood-burning fireplace and their onsite restaurant Bistro 72. Bistro 72 serves farm-to-table dishes and local wine pairings. The pool is open Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Onsite parking is available. 

Hyatt Place Long Island/East End is a pet friendly hotel with 100 spacious guest rooms located immediately next to the Long Island Aquarium. Amenities include complimentary breakfast, digital check in, free parking, pool, electric vehicle charging, fitness center, onsite restaurant, and much more. Their outdoor restaurant, Seaside Grill, serves lunch and dinner and is open seasonally from Memorial Day to mid-October. 

The Inn And Spa At East Wind is a luxurious hotel that offers rooms and suites with modern amenities. Amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, and hair and makeup salon. In addition to a hotel, East Wind is a one-stop destination for a restful day on the North Fork. Visitors will discover a range of dining options, a spa, shops, and a carousel. 

The Preston House & Hotel is located directly across from the Long Island Aquarium and is centrally located in downtown Riverhead within an easy walking distance to nearby restaurants and shops. Amenities include an in room Lavazza espresso machine, turndown service, 24/7 fitness room, and access to an offsite indoor pool and seasonal outdoor pool. Their upscale restaurant serves dinner and weekend brunch year round. Onsite parking is available for guests of the hotel and restaurant. 

“Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” Walk

Making Strides has always been more than just a walk, it’s a movement. We are making it easier for anyone, anywhere to make an impact. We know the future can be free from breast cancer. We’re asking you to join the movement and sign up to save lives.

PCB Beer & Music Fest

Featuring Live Music From
Oogee Wawa, The 90’s Band, South Bound,
Decadia, The Fast Lane, Jill Gioia

General Admission – $40

$50 Includes PCB Beer Tasting From Noon ‘Til 2

Grangebel Park will be lit during this inaugural music festival for REFLEXTIONS RIVERHEAD.

Oktoberfest & Reflextions Riverhead

Don your dirndl and lace up your lederhosen for Oktoberfest during Reflextions Riverhead October 1st!  Live entertainment from The Bratwurst Boys, Beer Stein Holding Contest, Costume Contest, German inspired food from Seaside Grill and beer from our local craft breweries: North Fork Brewing Co., Peconic County Brewing, Tradewinds Brewing and Long Ireland Beer Co.  This is a family friendly event that is free to attend.

From 8-9 PM the park will stay lit for our regular Reflextions Event.  Enjoy a leisurely stroll around the park for plenty of Instagrammable moments.

Details will be posted on the event’s website at reflextionsriverhead.com

Rain date – Oct 2nd

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

For more information about the event, visit:

Eventbrite

reflextionsriverhead.com

facebook.com/ReflextionsRiverhead

Instagram @reflextionsriverhead