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American in North Fork & Shelter Island

North Fork Table & Inn

A favorite foodies' escape, this four-room inn (rooms from $250) has an excellent farm-to-table restaurant, run by alums of the esteemed Manhattan restaurant Gramercy Tavern. Dinner is served Thursday to Monday, but…
Winery in North Fork & Shelter Island

Pugliese Vineyards

Producing wine since 1980, Pugliese does especially nice sparkling varieties. The winery is family run (with some vintages named after favorite aunts) and small scale, unlike some of its more corporate-feeling neigh…
Nature Reserve in North Fork & Shelter Island

Mashomack Nature Preserve

The 2000 acres of this Shelter Island reserve, shot through with creeks and marshes, are great for kayaking, birding and hiking (no cycling allowed). Take precautions against ticks, an ever-present problem on the is…
Winery in North Fork & Shelter Island

Lenz Winery

Established in 1978, this is one of the oldest North Fork wineries, and still one of the more eclectic, focusing on European-style wines. The sparkling wines and Gewürztraminer are especially good. Flights from $12.
Winery in North Fork & Shelter Island

Pindar Vineyards

Iconic Pindar retains the original flavor of North Fork wine, for it was here that the island's boutique industry began back in the 1970s. What was once a mere 30 acres of farmland has blossomed into vineyards and o…
Beach in North Fork & Shelter Island

Orient Beach State Park

A sandy slip of land at the end of the North Fork where you can swim in the calm ocean water (July and August) or rent kayaks to paddle in the small bay. True believers can view four different lighthouses, including…
Lighthouse in North Fork & Shelter Island

Horton Point Lighthouse

Perhaps a poorer sister to the famous Montauk lighthouse, Horton Point was also commissioned by President Washington, but finally built sixty years later by William Sinclair, a Scotsman, who was an engineer in Brook…
Historic Site in North Fork & Shelter Island

Big Duck

Yep, that was a 20ft wooden bird you just passed on the highway, crafted in 1931 as a fitting tribute to the island's long-gone waterfowl-breeding industry, which once comprised more than 90 duck farms. Memorabilia …
Brewery in North Fork & Shelter Island

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

A small crew dedicated to brewing fine craft beers started in this old firehouse in 2009; they produce seven or eight different brews throughout the year. There's also a tasting room with bar food in Peconic that's …
Mexican in North Fork & Shelter Island

Lucharito's

The Mexican-wrestler theme dominates the pink-and-blue walls, but that's not the only reason young and old alike flock to Lucharito's agave-tinted dreamscape. There's a list of tequilas longer than your arm, daily f…