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Mattituck

Mattituck
What can you say about Mattituck, a hamlet whose main shopping street is called Love Lane? Mattituck is clearly after your heart and it wins.

There's more than Love Lane's fine cheese and country French décor shops to woo you. Flanked by Laurel and Cutchogue, Mattituck is a water lover's paradise. Mattituck Inlet, which leads to the Long Island Sound, is the only harbor between Port Jefferson and Orient Point. As you go inland, Mattituck is awash with creeks and ponds that await exploration. Mattituck's three vineyards have gained fame over the years. But it's strawberry season and Mattituck's annual Strawberry Festival that ushers in the summer here.

North Fork’s Mattituck features long stretches of coast along Long Island Sound to the north and Peconic Bay to the south, and networks of water running inland. Mattituck Inlet meanders through the neighborhood, and creeks and ponds are dotted around, awaiting exploration.

Village life centers on the irresistibly named Love Lane. Its name comes from the tradition in the 1800s of young lovers taking their horses and carriages along this street in the evenings. These days, Love Lane will capture your heart for its fine cheese shops, craft centers, local bistros and boutiques. This is also where summer festivals and evening fairs are held and where you can sip some of the local wines and join in the welcoming village life.

Mattituck history  

Native Americans called the area “Mattatuck”, a name that comes from the Algonquin language, and either means great creek or land of few trees. Either is appropriate for Mattituck – its creek is two miles long and most of the area was once marshland.

In 1658, Southold Colony bought the area and allocated the land to 15 of its men and the settlement slowly began to grow. One of the hamlet’s first important buildings was Hubbard’s Tavern and Inn, which later became Mattituck House and was used as a stopover by stagecoaches – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all visited. Sadly, the building was demolished in the 1930s.

In the 19th century, business like dairies and oyster farms flourished here. The quality and flavor of Mattituck’s creek-grown oysters were renowned, and they were served in Manhattan’s finest hotels. Mattituck also flourished as a popular summer destination, with yacht clubs, hotels, and music halls. Boat races and boat trips operated in the Bay, drawing in the crowds.

Things to do in Mattituck

To the north, along Long Island Sound, the Bailie Beach Park and Breakwater Beach Park sit on either side of the inlet. Bailie Beach offers a smooth pebble beach, perfect for long walks, while Breakwater Park has volleyball courts and open views out over the water. Down on Peconic Bay, Veterans Beach is popular with families for its sheltered calm waters and playground.

Mattituck is at the center of North Fork’s wine-making region, with three well-regarded vineyards. Shinn Estate Vineyards has won numerous accolades for its wines, produced using holistic techniques, with Forbes naming Barbara Shinn as one of the country’s top wine producers. They also have an on-site distillery and have added grappa, eau de vie, grape vodka and brandy to their range.  

Macari Vineyards has won awards both for red and white vintages, with its Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc both winning plaudits.

Harbes Family Farm offers all the best of Long Island produce in one place. Their wine-tasting room is superb, but what really sets it apart is its range of activities for the whole family. Barnyard adventures feature a quirky pig race and you can go pumpkin picking or try to find your way in their novelty mazes.  

If you don’t know where to start with all this viticultural choice, or prefer to be guided by an expert, then you can’t beat a cycle tour of the vineyards. Mattituck is an ideal spot from where to start exploring. East End Bike Tours specialize in gentle cycle tours of the vineyards. Pour & Pedal provide hybrid bicycles and will take you to a farm shop, wineries, and other local landmarks.

Mattituck restaurants  

Dining out in Mattituck feels more like you’re visiting a cherished friend for a home-cooked meal. With space for just 14 diners, Iron Skillet Restaurant really does feel like a home away from home. You’ll need to reserve and order specialties in advance – the braised ribs are a firm favorite. Bob Hartz and Mary Ann Price share cooking responsibilities at this quaint, cozy place, and while the menu is small, every item is tried and tested. Leave space for strawberry cheesecake, made to grandma’s recipe.

Love Lane Kitchen sits at the heart of Mattituck’s main artery. Its famous for a welcoming atmosphere, a help-yourself approach to coffee and a host of regulars who know their favorite dish. Seasonality is the watchword here, so the menu changes regularly, with its specialties like butternut squash soup only appearing when the ingredients are perfect.

Mattituck events

Along with wines, Mattituck is particularly known for its fresh, juicy summer strawberries. In June, this crop is at its peak and it’s celebrated with the annual Strawberry Festival, which includes four days of festival rides, live entertainment, and stalls of crafts and local vendors. It’s the perfect opportunity to try the local strawberry shortcakes or sample the fruit dipped in chocolate. Stay until the evening to enjoy the fireworks display.

In July, the festival scene moves to Love Lane, when the the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce organizes its Old Fashioned Street Fair. The businesses along this charming street gather together to provide food, entertainment and many unique arts and crafts stalls. Love Lane also hosts “First Fridays” during summer, when the street is closed to traffic in the evening and stalls selling farm produce set up. Stop by to enjoy live music and food-tasting events – an enchanting way to get to know the neighborhood.

Mattituck real estate

With the town’s wealth of bays, beaches, creeks and inlets, Mattituck real estate offers a variety of waterside properties. Spectacular plots with views out over Long Island Sound and private beach access are available. Creekside locations offer deep water access, with idyllic waterway views and secluded settings, while still being close to the vineyards and restaurants of Mattituck.

Character abounds in these charming Mattituck homes –  Victorian properties are set on their own land, with observation turrets and gabled roofs adding classic vintage details to large homes for sale or luxurious summer rentals.  

 

 

 

 

What can you say about Mattituck, a hamlet whose main shopping street is called Love Lane? Mattituck is clearly after your heart and it wins.
There's more than Love Lane's fine cheese and country French décor shops to woo you. Flanked by Laurel and Cutchogue, Mattituck is a water lover's paradise. Mattituck Inlet, which leads to the Long Island Sound, is the only harbor between Port Jefferson and Orient Point. As you go inland, Mattituck is awash with creeks and ponds that await exploration. Mattituck's three vineyards have gained fame over the years. But it's strawberry season and Mattituck's annual Strawberry Festival that ushers in the summer here.

North Fork’s Mattituck features long stretches of coast along Long Island Sound to the north and Peconic Bay to the south, and networks of water running inland. Mattituck Inlet meanders through the neighborhood, and creeks and ponds are dotted around, awaiting exploration.

Village life centers on the irresistibly named Love Lane. Its name comes from the tradition in the 1800s of young lovers taking their horses and carriages along this street in the evenings. These days, Love Lane will capture your heart for its fine cheese shops, craft centers, local bistros and boutiques. This is also where summer festivals and evening fairs are held and where you can sip some of the local wines and join in the welcoming village life.

Mattituck history  

Native Americans called the area “Mattatuck”, a name that comes from the Algonquin language, and either means great creek or land of few trees. Either is appropriate for Mattituck – its creek is two miles long and most of the area was once marshland.

In 1658, Southold Colony bought the area and allocated the land to 15 of its men and the settlement slowly began to grow. One of the hamlet’s first important buildings was Hubbard’s Tavern and Inn, which later became Mattituck House and was used as a stopover by stagecoaches – George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all visited. Sadly, the building was demolished in the 1930s.

In the 19th century, business like dairies and oyster farms flourished here. The quality and flavor of Mattituck’s creek-grown oysters were renowned, and they were served in Manhattan’s finest hotels. Mattituck also flourished as a popular summer destination, with yacht clubs, hotels, and music halls. Boat races and boat trips operated in the Bay, drawing in the crowds.

Things to do in Mattituck

To the north, along Long Island Sound, the Bailie Beach Park and Breakwater Beach Park sit on either side of the inlet. Bailie Beach offers a smooth pebble beach, perfect for long walks, while Breakwater Park has volleyball courts and open views out over the water. Down on Peconic Bay, Veterans Beach is popular with families for its sheltered calm waters and playground.

Mattituck is at the center of North Fork’s wine-making region, with three well-regarded vineyards. Shinn Estate Vineyards has won numerous accolades for its wines, produced using holistic techniques, with Forbes naming Barbara Shinn as one of the country’s top wine producers. They also have an on-site distillery and have added grappa, eau de vie, grape vodka and brandy to their range.  

Macari Vineyards has won awards both for red and white vintages, with its Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc both winning plaudits.

Harbes Family Farm offers all the best of Long Island produce in one place. Their wine-tasting room is superb, but what really sets it apart is its range of activities for the whole family. Barnyard adventures feature a quirky pig race and you can go pumpkin picking or try to find your way in their novelty mazes.  

If you don’t know where to start with all this viticultural choice, or prefer to be guided by an expert, then you can’t beat a cycle tour of the vineyards. Mattituck is an ideal spot from where to start exploring. East End Bike Tours specialize in gentle cycle tours of the vineyards. Pour & Pedal provide hybrid bicycles and will take you to a farm shop, wineries, and other local landmarks.

Mattituck restaurants  

Dining out in Mattituck feels more like you’re visiting a cherished friend for a home-cooked meal. With space for just 14 diners, Iron Skillet Restaurant really does feel like a home away from home. You’ll need to reserve and order specialties in advance – the braised ribs are a firm favorite. Bob Hartz and Mary Ann Price share cooking responsibilities at this quaint, cozy place, and while the menu is small, every item is tried and tested. Leave space for strawberry cheesecake, made to grandma’s recipe.

Love Lane Kitchen sits at the heart of Mattituck’s main artery. Its famous for a welcoming atmosphere, a help-yourself approach to coffee and a host of regulars who know their favorite dish. Seasonality is the watchword here, so the menu changes regularly, with its specialties like butternut squash soup only appearing when the ingredients are perfect.

Mattituck events

Along with wines, Mattituck is particularly known for its fresh, juicy summer strawberries. In June, this crop is at its peak and it’s celebrated with the annual Strawberry Festival, which includes four days of festival rides, live entertainment, and stalls of crafts and local vendors. It’s the perfect opportunity to try the local strawberry shortcakes or sample the fruit dipped in chocolate. Stay until the evening to enjoy the fireworks display.

In July, the festival scene moves to Love Lane, when the the Mattituck Chamber of Commerce organizes its Old Fashioned Street Fair. The businesses along this charming street gather together to provide food, entertainment and many unique arts and crafts stalls. Love Lane also hosts “First Fridays” during summer, when the street is closed to traffic in the evening and stalls selling farm produce set up. Stop by to enjoy live music and food-tasting events – an enchanting way to get to know the neighborhood.

Mattituck real estate

With the town’s wealth of bays, beaches, creeks and inlets, Mattituck real estate offers a variety of waterside properties. Spectacular plots with views out over Long Island Sound and private beach access are available. Creekside locations offer deep water access, with idyllic waterway views and secluded settings, while still being close to the vineyards and restaurants of Mattituck.

Character abounds in these charming Mattituck homes –  Victorian properties are set on their own land, with observation turrets and gabled roofs adding classic vintage details to large homes for sale or luxurious summer rentals.  

 

 

 

 

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