We took advantage of the long weekend and rented a house in Cutchogue, out on the North Fork of Long Island. It was just off Nassau Point Road nestled on an inlet from Little Peconic Bay (map.) There’s no real “scene” on the North Fork, and this is one of the things we enjoy about it. If you enjoy wine and touring gorgeous vineyards, though, you’ve got tons of options (favorites: Shinn, Paumanok, Jamesport, Bedell, Corey Creek) and they are totally family friendly. Eve had a ball romping in the grass while Courtney and I sipped.
We also like to cook and grill at home, and there’s tens of dozens of local farm stands offering fresh and local produce, flowers, eggs, beef, and anything else you could imagine. We made a morning out of driving around and picking up spectacular stuff – right now, the strawberries and asparagus are in season and they are insanely good.
The beaches there are really pretty and clean, and because we were on the bay side the waters were smooth and cool and perfect for a 21 month old to explore. All in all, it’s a terrific nearby getaway with the kid. Also conducive to getting back to feeling like a kid yourself.