Aquebogue (Head of the Bay) the first bayside town east of Riverhead.
Much of Aquebogue's pastoral panorama is thanks to its gorgeous vineyards. Their beauty is more than skin deep: Paumanok Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, newcomer Comtesse Therese all boast a fleet of top awards for their wines.
Living in Aquebogue
Making the quiet hamlet of Aquebogue home means embracing a life of peaceful, bucolic charm. Sitting between Riverhead and Jamesport at the entrance of Long Island's North Fork, Aquebogue was named in Algonquin for its position at the head of the bay. The modest year-round population of just over 2,500 sweeps you into the embrace of a dedicated community. Yet it's only about a two-hour drive from New York, and plenty of residents are happy to take on this daily commute for the chance to live in Aquebogue.
Windswept beaches, organic food and a peaceful way of life are what attract people to this relaxed town. The laid-back atmosphere, however, doesn't reflect just how much there is to see and do here. You won't have to go far to enjoy fine dining, imposing marinas and soothing views of the sea and farmland.
Aquebogue real estate
Aquebogue real estate is primarily medium-sized (three or four bedroom) to small (studio to two bedroom) and single-family homes. Area dwellings range from charming rural cottages at the end of dusty roads, to spectacular oceanfront mansions and all residential points in between. Aquebogue apartments blend right into the landscape. Familiar architectural styles include Nantucket, Colonial, Cape Cod, beach house and farm houses.
Aquebogue may be a small town, but its range of eateries, from casual to upscale, is all big city. For over half a century, The Modern Snack Bar has been doing what it does best: serving hearty home cooked fare like burgers and milk shakes. This is also a great spot to track down Long Island favorites like roast duck, fresh flounder and lobster salad. They also serve the local wine which has put this small hamlet on the map.
A slightly more formal place to enjoy regional delicacies is Petulant Wino on Main Street. Located in a charmingly restored farmhouse, this rustic yet chic bistro is warm, welcoming and cozy. Head Chef Lenny Campanelli specializes in charcuterie boards and small plates that are packed with big flavors, like slow roasted pork belly with a hard cider glaze. Stop by when the weather is nice to soak up the sun on the outdoor patio.
Just across the street from Petulant Wino is the North Fork Chocolate Factory. After finding success with an online business and through selling at farmers' markets, these chocolatiers have found a permanent home in Aquebogue. Dedicated to crafting artisanal chocolates and desserts from local ingredients, this is a place to watch; the owners have plans to expand into deluxe ice creams and also start a market to help other small businesses grow and thrive.
Aquebogue things to do
The area's antique stores give plenty of opportunities for slow and thoughtful browsing. Small Holdings Farms on Main Street is open on the weekends and offers a variety of charmingly rustic vintage items. Unwind after your shopping spree at Spa Bellezza with a full body treatment or just a rejuvenating facial.
Verderber's nursery and garden center is a lovely place to while away an afternoon. There's 180 acres of trees, bushes, annuals, and perennials to explore and buy. There's also a sunken garden, an aviary complete with majestic peacocks and pond gardens. Anyone with a green thumb, or just curious about the local plants and practices that contribute to the lush Aquebogue scenery, should prioritize stopping by here.
Of course, Aquebogue's main claim to fame is that it serves as the entrance to Long Island's North Fork wine region. As such, it makes a useful base from which to explore the many vineyards dotted throughout the bucolic landscape. Award-winning Paumanok Vineyards is one of the area's oldest producers. Swing by for a tasting and maybe a snack â€“ all the food is provided by Petulant Wino. Palmer Vineyards is well worth a visit too for more tastings and tours.
If you fancy some hard cider instead, drive out to Woodside Orchards and pull up a bar stool. Visitors come from all over New York State to try the different flavors and styles. Bring your growler with you, or buy one there, to stock up on your favorites. Try the traditional sweet cider and don't miss out on the seasonal blends, like Pumpkin Apple, Ginger Apple and Pear Apple. Woodside Orchards makes for a fun family day out too, with apple picking available from September.
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