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Get to know Baiting Hollow

Baiting Hollow is little more than a strip of beachfront on Long Island Sound — all 3.2 square miles of it. A hamlet contained within the town of Riverhead, Baiting Hollow is adjacent to Calverton to the south and Wildwood State Park and Wading River to the west; smack in the center of this coastal hamlet is Bluffs Country Club. Baiting Hollow may have no bigger draw than its enviable beach access, with verdant bluffs and dunes and charming wooden staircases down to the soft sand. Beachcomb during the day and then retire to any one of a range of properties — there are houses, seasonal beach cottages, condos, and even as-yet undeveloped lots on offer.
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Commerce & Culture

The members-only Baiting Hollow Golf Club is rather stunning, with a 10-year-old grand shingle-style clubhouse and a Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed course. The facility feels like the best bet for social life, offering fireworks, clambakes, and seasonal events. The Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard (actually in Calverton) is there to represent the North Shore’s vivid viticulture; open all year, the winery features five bars in season, plus live music and a not-for-profit horse rescue operation. The vineyard even has a line of wines to honor its equine residents. If you’re in the mood for love, Giorgio’s — with lush grounds and charming gazebo — is the ticket for wedding receptions. Be sure to make your way to Baiting Hollow’s weathered but picturesque Windmill House for selfies or portraits, popular with tourists and wedding parties alike.

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