North Fork

North Fork Travel Guide

People who travel to the North Fork of Long Island have either made a wrong turn—or a very right turn—after heading east from New York City. The northern side of the eastern end of Long Island is distinctly quieter, and quirkier than its more famous counterpart on the toney South Fork, which is home to the mansions and flash of the Hamptons. But people who visit the North Fork—with its undeveloped farmland, vineyards, and charming villages—find a wonderful area for romantic getaways or family vacations. Use this North Fork travel guide to uncover the charms that this best-kept-secret region has to offer:

Things Not to Miss in North Fork

 • Tour a local farm and buy locally-grown produce
 • Pick your own berries at one of the local farms
 • Visit North Fork vineyards on a winery tour
 • Pick your own bouquet of lavenders at Lavender By the Bay
 • Explore the Horton Point Lighthouse

When to Go to North Fork

Since the area's best features are harvest-driven, the North Fork travel season hits its peak in the summer or fall months, when the wineries are in full operation and farms are overflowing with produce. For lighter crowds, plan your tip in the spring, when the weather is still pleasant and the vines begin to blossom.

Articles about North Fork

The windswept North Fork, a 30-mile-long finger of farmland between Long Island Sound and the bays that separate it from the South Fork, has two main spines of blacktop. The northern route is a highway through potato fields and vineyards. The two-...
Just across the bay from the overhyped Hamptons lies the North Fork—a cluster of towns set among bold new vineyards and peppered with buzzworthy restaurants. The latest of the area's wineries, Shinn Estate Vineyards (2000 Oregon Rd., Mattituck; 63...
The majority of people who land at JFK International never even realize that they are on Long Island— and regrettably, the airport is the most they will ever see of it. Others view this slim strip of land as just a summer playground or a bedroom c...
“I love to go fishing, and that’s how I first discovered the North Fork—I was looking for stripers and tuna. Then, five years ago, my wife and I bought an old farmhouse in Mattituck, which we’re now renovating. It was built in the 1850’s and looks...