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.