Jamesport

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Get to know Jamesport

Jamesport takes its name from a man who tried and failed to establish the area as a commercial wharf for shipping and whaling. But though excessively low tides foiled James Tuthill in the 1800s, his namesake hamlet has flourished. Tuthill also wasn’t entirely off-base with his aquatic-focused vision: Once people started traveling across the North Fork on the LIRR, Jamesport became a happening spot for fishing. The hamlet’s history also dates to 1731 with the Jamesport Meeting House; two stories and bell tower-topped, it stands as the oldest public building in Suffolk County. Presently, the hamlet quite captures the spirit that defines the North Fork. There are the Cape Cod-style homes and serene beaches, but mostly it’s in the wine. With reds, whites, rosés, and even oranges at numerous vineyards, you’ll find plenty of options to sip on as you kick your feet up and stay awhile.

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Jamesport Living on the North Fork

As far as descriptive names go, it doesn’t get much more straightforward than the North Fork of Long Island. See where Long Island splits at Riverhead? Well, the North Fork is the piece to the north. Perceived as the more reserved sibling of the East End’s twin tines, the North Fork is no less enticing than the Hamptons—it’s just a different speed. Up here, there's a bonafide viticultural culture. Vineyards number in the dozens, thriving in the maritime climate. Long Island’s agricultural ancestry carries through to the present, as local growers sell produce, flowers, cheese, and other wares at farm stands throughout the area. It all—plus proximity to Connecticut and Rhode Island (bridged by the Cross Sound Ferry)—amounts to a vibe that hews closer to New England than it does New York. The North Fork can be an escape to another world, despite being under 100 miles away from where you departed.