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Harvest the North Fork: September Weekdays

August 30th, 2018 by Abigail Field

The North Fork September is bountiful: Farmstands burst with peak harvest, our bays and sound are swimming warm, apples ripen for picking, historic properties offer tours, and the wineries are open. Thing is, this fall escape from the city is no longer a secret and our weekends get crowded like peak season.

If you come during the week, you escape the crowds—the difference is much sharper than in August—but you still harvest all the joys. Farmstands, restaurants and wineries are open; our beaches and parks too.  Book your room, and explore these sample mid-week itineraries, all within a few miles of Shorecrest:

Monday: Harvest Cutchogue and New Suffolk

Park the car and wander downtown Cutchogue.  Feed the animals at Cutchogue Village Farms. Go apple picking at Wickham’s Fruit Farm. Get a smoothie at Simply Sublime, explore the art and creations at the Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild. Then, tour the many buildings of the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Society. End the stroll with a wine tasting at Suhru.

New Suffolk Beach

If you’d rather, hop in the car for perhaps a mile, and go to New Suffolk Beach for a peaceful, bayside swim. Pose for a selfie at the nearby sign marking America’s first Submarine Base.

Grab a bite or a beer at Legends, practically across the street. Or pick trees over sand, and explore Cutchogue’s Downs Farms Preserve, enjoying nature and Fort Corchaug.

Of course, Cutchogue boasts several excellent wineries beyond Suhru—McCall, Pellegrini, Coffee Pot, Borghese, Pugliese, Lieb—so you can do a Cutchogue wine trail too.

Tuesday: Harvest Mattituck

Mattituck offers a Norman Rockwell shopping experience on Love Lane, though the shops themselves are modern and dynamic.

Browse the largest cheese selection east of NYC at the Village Cheese Shop, sip wine at Roanoke Vineyard’s public tasting room, shop in foodie heaven at Lombardi’s Love Lane Market, (the North Fork’s Zabar’s), dine delightfully at any of several restaurants, and explore the unique boutiques.

But Love Lane isn’t the only Mattituck joy.  Explore the beautiful, 400 acre Laurel Lake Preserve. Go hiking, fishing, kayaking–take a peek. If you’d prefer the beach, the Mattituck Park District maintains them, and a day pass costs $25. Still, the beaches are lovely. Mattituck has wineries and farmstands too, of course.

Wednesday and Thursday: Harvest Southold, Greenport, and Orient

Wednesday or Thursday explore the exhibits and buildings of the Oysterponds Historical Society.  Combine it with a visit to Orient Beach State Park, and a stroll through quaint Orient Village.

Orient Beach State Park

Orient Beach State Park; a field.

Coffee Pot Lighthouse Orient Beach State Park

Orient Beach State Park; the Coffee Pot Lighthouse

Do a Gallery Walk in Greenport.   Explore Greenport’s many interesting shops, and discover how easy it is—midweek—to get a table at all its best restaurants.  If you ride the carousel in Mitchell Park, be sure to reach for the brass ring! If you’d like to try your hand at shucking oysters, stop in at Little Creek Oysters.

16th hole at Islands End Golf

Island’s End Golf

Play golf at Island’s End in East Marion, or explore Southold’s preserves and beaches. Be sure to catch the sunset from the Southold Town Beach or if you are staying at our BnB you can watch from our own private spot complete with lounge chairs and the towels and wine glasses we provide. Close by Southold village is another interesting hamlet with a vibrant shopping area, including the Historical Society’s Treasure Chest consignment shop. You never know what unique treasure you will find there. Southold is also home to several excellent restaurants including The North Fork Table and Caci.

As a Shorecrest guest however, you needn’t really go anywhere. Our gardens, living room, porch, library and private beaches offer swimming, kayaking, and the best Sunset on the North Fork.

Shorecrest Private Beach with sunset view

Shorecrest’s Private Beach with the Sunset View

Grab a book, the newspaper, your iPad or phone and relax. It’s all here. Our gardens offer a lush green sanctuary, and our farm-to-table breakfasts let you savor the harvest.

Shorecrest gardens through the sunroom windows.

Shorecrest gardens through the sunroom windows.

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