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17th Annual Long Island Winterfest

A  CELEBRATION OF LOCAL CULTURE:  FOOD, CRAFT BEVERAGES, ART, MUSIC & OUTDOOR EXPERIENCES ON THE BEAUTIFUL EAST END OF LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK.  

FEBRUARY 2022

A 4 week mid-winter music, wine, craft beer and performing arts festival that takes place throughout Long Island’s unique vineyard tasting rooms, breweries, hotels, legendary theaters and other historic venues. 

What visitors can expect from Winterfest this year will be options to #TravelSafe. The website will feature local businesses who are creating special events or discounts for Winterfest visitors. The focus will be a resource for where to go, what to do and what is open, including plenty of outdoor experiences for all ages. 

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Winter Outdoor Dining on the East End

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

The Hamptons

The American Hotel, Sag Harbor

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

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

Claude’s Restaurant at the Southampton Inn, Southampton

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

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

Flora, Westhampton Beach

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

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

Fresno, East Hampton

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

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

Main Street Tavern, Amagansett

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

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

T-Bar, Southampton

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

Topping Rose House, Bridgehampton

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

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

North Fork

American Beech, Greenport

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

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

Buoy One Seafood Restaurant and Bar, Riverhead

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

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

Farm Country Kitchen, Riverhead

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

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

Main Road Biscuit Co., Jamesport

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

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

The Preston House & Hotel, Riverhead

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

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

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

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

The Ram’s Head Inn, Shelter Island

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

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

Windamere, Mattituck

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

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

Art Walk

Discover the hidden and trendy art scene of East Hampton Village. Our self-guided tour of world-class art galleries and artist studios will leave you wanting to experience more!

ADMISSION & ART STUDIO REGISTRATION

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Event Check-In @ AB NY Art Gallery (MAP) 2:30pm – 6:30pm 
Each attendee will receive 

  • Event access wrist band (must be worn at each location for access to complimentary wine/photo ID will be required to validate your ticket)
  • Information packet
Fees/Admission

Ages 21+ (age restriction is due to complimentary wine at each location) 
$15 Early Bird (48 hours before)
$20 General Admission

Top Camping Sites and Activities Across the East End

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Top Camping Sites and Activities Across the East End

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

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

North Fork

Cliff and Ed’s Campground, Cutchogue

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

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

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

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Indian Island County Park, Riverhead

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

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

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

Peconic River Campground, Calverton

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

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

Reference link: https://peconicrivercampgrounds.com

Village of Greenport McCann, Greenport

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

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

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


South Fork

Cedar Point County Park, East Hampton

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

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

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

Hither Hills Campground, Montauk

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

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

Advanced booking reservations for 2022 are now open.

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

Montauk County Park, Montauk

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

Montauk County Park is open from April to mid November. 

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

Sears Bellows County Park, Hampton Bays

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

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


Shinnecock East County Park, Southampton

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

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

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