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Get to know Orient

This remote Suffolk County hamlet is well-known because of its unique position at the eastern end of the North Fork. Orient is singularly picturesque — it has a “lands-end” feeling, little commerce, and the postcard-perfect Orient Historic District, which, with its rich representation of Cape Cod-style homes, nods to the hamlet’s proximity to New England. Connected to East Marion by the slimmest of land bridges, Orient unwinds along Main Road, which features several farm stands, a few inns, public services, and the Candy Man. The seasonal Orient by the Sea Restaurant & Marina boasts the area’s bounty of shellfish — clams, mussels, shrimp, and the hamlet’s famed oysters.
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History & Culture

First called Poquatuck, then Oysterponds, Orient's proud bivalve bounty is owed to the grassy tidal creek that empties into its sandy harbor. Its calm waters are guarded by two beloved lighthouses, the stout, striped "Coffee Pot" and the diminutive "Bug Light," so-named for its original arachnid-esque screwpile foundation. Orient is also the longstanding home port for the Cross Sound Ferry, connecting New London, CT, with a mixed fleet of car-and-passenger ferries that includes a converted WWII tank landing ship—a bonafide D-Day veteran. Wave it farewell from Duryea's Lobster Deck, where you can watch it sail over a round of meaty, mignonette-splashed mollusks fresh from the adjacent nutrient-rich estuary.