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Laurel

Laurel
The North Fork is known for its multitude of waterways: bays and ponds, sound and creeks. Laurel, adds a lake to this list.

The preserve eventually leads to Laurel Links Country Club. Designed by Kelly Blake Moran, the golf course incorporate the land's natural features into the strategic play of each hole. From the base of the links you can practically see the Peconic Bay and maybe an osprey or two gliding on an air current.

Living in Laurel

A small pocket of land filled with greenery and rural pleasures, Laurel, at the center of North Fork, is full of natural charm. It’s known for its beautiful laurel trees and includes bayside beaches on the Peconic Bay. Whether you’re seeking the quiet solitude of Laurel Lake Preserve, where you can hike, fish and birdwatch in the long meadows, or a few rounds of golf at the sociable and family-friendly country club, you’ll find Laurel full of opportunities for relaxation and retreat.

Laurel history

Once just a stretch of land sandwiched between Riverhead and Southold, the area now called Laurel was once simply known as ‘Middle District.’ As farmers began to settle here and 30 to 40 properties were built, it was named ‘Franklinville’ after Benjamin Franklin. However, there was another town in New York State with that name, so the tiny hamlet changes its name to Laurel.

Yet Laurel does retain one famous connection. Anna Symmes, wife of ninth president President William Henry Harrison, was born here in in 1775. They married in 1795, and she was First Lady (and he president) for a total of 32 days in 1841. Her husband died in office, serving the shortest tenure of any US president. She was also grandmother of 23rd president Benjamin Harrison.

Things to do in Laurel

Laurel Lake forms the center of Laurel Lake Preserve, 400 acres of land, rich in wildlife. Mature hardwood forests, blueberry bushes, laurels and witch hazel create a verdant habitat for woodpeckers, owls, foxes, deer and squirrels. It’s a beautiful, unspoiled area for hiking trails. The lake is good for fishing, with bass, chain pickerel and catfish all present. Butterflies dart about the wildflower meadows that stretch out from the lake. Part of it was once farmland and the land is managed carefully to encourage birds to nest and ducks to settle in the substantial wetland area. It’s a paradise for keen bird-spotters and wildlife enthusiasts.

To the south, Laurel Links Country Club is a superb country club and golf course, created in 2001, and designed by Kelly Blake Moran to subtly incorporate the natural features of the landscape and native plants. Stretching down towards Peconic Bay, the location of the course is delightful, with birds flying overhead and beautiful landscaping.

Laurel Lake Vineyard is in keeping with the rest of Laurel: quiet, and in harmony with the natural beauty that surrounds it. The winery is located in an elegant colonial-style building, furnished with antiques. You can try wine the tasting room, take a glass out onto the deck. Their approach to winemaking is for minimal intervention and no filtration, to produce a wide selection of reds and whites that reflect local conditions. Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc all feature on their list of reds, Of their whites the Riesling is particularly popular, and they produce an unusual sparkling Moscato as a dessert wine. They also host regular live music events—weekly in summer—and imaginative food evenings, such as wine and chocolate pairings.

Laurel restaurants

Jamesport’s Cliff’s Elbow room is a  Long Island institution, and they opened their second outpost, Cliff’s Elbow Too, just up the road in Laurel. It’s a homey seafood-and-steak joint that serves a long list of North Fork wines. The marinated steaks are legendary, but don’t miss the oysters and clam chowder.

Down on Main Street just where Laurel meets Mattituck, you’ll find a cluster of informal places to eat. CJ’s American Grill is a relaxed and friendly joint, good for a lunchtime steak sandwich or tasty fish tacos. For ice creams, there’s only one destination: Magic Fountain. Family owned, the ice-cream parlor specializes in delicious local and unusual flavors—how about trying fig, red wine or lavender?

Laurel shopping

For shopping, Laurel offers that classic Long Island mixture of antique furnishings and farm-fresh produce. For large antiques like architectural salvage, custom furniture, and re-purposed pieces, In the Attic Too has a strong reputation in Long Island. This is their second store, and is a great place to start looking for one-off items to furnish a new home.

For farm goods and home-baking there’s nowhere better than Hallock’s Cider Mill. It sells heavenly cheesecake, banana bread and other baked goods, which people will travel miles to buy, as well as their farm market stall of local fruits and vegetables, sourced from nearby.

Laurel real estate

Laurel boasts several attractive homes dating back to the early 19th century, that are retained as private residences. Wood beams and exposed brick walls add character to Laurel homes that look out over vineyards and farms for inland properties.

Alternatively, opt for a property by Peconic Bay and as well as being close to the golf course, you can find bayfront homes with gorgeous waterfront views that make charming summer rentals. Some cottages come with beach rights, perfect if you want to moor a boat, and take to the water straight from your house.

The North Fork is known for its multitude of waterways: bays and ponds, sound and creeks. Laurel, adds a lake to this list.
The preserve eventually leads to Laurel Links Country Club. Designed by Kelly Blake Moran, the golf course incorporate the land's natural features into the strategic play of each hole. From the base of the links you can practically see the Peconic Bay and maybe an osprey or two gliding on an air current.

Living in Laurel

A small pocket of land filled with greenery and rural pleasures, Laurel, at the center of North Fork, is full of natural charm. It’s known for its beautiful laurel trees and includes bayside beaches on the Peconic Bay. Whether you’re seeking the quiet solitude of Laurel Lake Preserve, where you can hike, fish and birdwatch in the long meadows, or a few rounds of golf at the sociable and family-friendly country club, you’ll find Laurel full of opportunities for relaxation and retreat.

Laurel history

Once just a stretch of land sandwiched between Riverhead and Southold, the area now called Laurel was once simply known as ‘Middle District.’ As farmers began to settle here and 30 to 40 properties were built, it was named ‘Franklinville’ after Benjamin Franklin. However, there was another town in New York State with that name, so the tiny hamlet changes its name to Laurel.

Yet Laurel does retain one famous connection. Anna Symmes, wife of ninth president President William Henry Harrison, was born here in in 1775. They married in 1795, and she was First Lady (and he president) for a total of 32 days in 1841. Her husband died in office, serving the shortest tenure of any US president. She was also grandmother of 23rd president Benjamin Harrison.

Things to do in Laurel

Laurel Lake forms the center of Laurel Lake Preserve, 400 acres of land, rich in wildlife. Mature hardwood forests, blueberry bushes, laurels and witch hazel create a verdant habitat for woodpeckers, owls, foxes, deer and squirrels. It’s a beautiful, unspoiled area for hiking trails. The lake is good for fishing, with bass, chain pickerel and catfish all present. Butterflies dart about the wildflower meadows that stretch out from the lake. Part of it was once farmland and the land is managed carefully to encourage birds to nest and ducks to settle in the substantial wetland area. It’s a paradise for keen bird-spotters and wildlife enthusiasts.

To the south, Laurel Links Country Club is a superb country club and golf course, created in 2001, and designed by Kelly Blake Moran to subtly incorporate the natural features of the landscape and native plants. Stretching down towards Peconic Bay, the location of the course is delightful, with birds flying overhead and beautiful landscaping.

Laurel Lake Vineyard is in keeping with the rest of Laurel: quiet, and in harmony with the natural beauty that surrounds it. The winery is located in an elegant colonial-style building, furnished with antiques. You can try wine the tasting room, take a glass out onto the deck. Their approach to winemaking is for minimal intervention and no filtration, to produce a wide selection of reds and whites that reflect local conditions. Pinot Noir, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc all feature on their list of reds, Of their whites the Riesling is particularly popular, and they produce an unusual sparkling Moscato as a dessert wine. They also host regular live music events—weekly in summer—and imaginative food evenings, such as wine and chocolate pairings.

Laurel restaurants

Jamesport’s Cliff’s Elbow room is a  Long Island institution, and they opened their second outpost, Cliff’s Elbow Too, just up the road in Laurel. It’s a homey seafood-and-steak joint that serves a long list of North Fork wines. The marinated steaks are legendary, but don’t miss the oysters and clam chowder.

Down on Main Street just where Laurel meets Mattituck, you’ll find a cluster of informal places to eat. CJ’s American Grill is a relaxed and friendly joint, good for a lunchtime steak sandwich or tasty fish tacos. For ice creams, there’s only one destination: Magic Fountain. Family owned, the ice-cream parlor specializes in delicious local and unusual flavors—how about trying fig, red wine or lavender?

Laurel shopping

For shopping, Laurel offers that classic Long Island mixture of antique furnishings and farm-fresh produce. For large antiques like architectural salvage, custom furniture, and re-purposed pieces, In the Attic Too has a strong reputation in Long Island. This is their second store, and is a great place to start looking for one-off items to furnish a new home.

For farm goods and home-baking there’s nowhere better than Hallock’s Cider Mill. It sells heavenly cheesecake, banana bread and other baked goods, which people will travel miles to buy, as well as their farm market stall of local fruits and vegetables, sourced from nearby.

Laurel real estate

Laurel boasts several attractive homes dating back to the early 19th century, that are retained as private residences. Wood beams and exposed brick walls add character to Laurel homes that look out over vineyards and farms for inland properties.

Alternatively, opt for a property by Peconic Bay and as well as being close to the golf course, you can find bayfront homes with gorgeous waterfront views that make charming summer rentals. Some cottages come with beach rights, perfect if you want to moor a boat, and take to the water straight from your house.

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