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Living in Baiting Hollow

If one thing dominates inland Baiting Hollow, it's the 100-acre Fox Hill Golf and Country Club, an 18-hole green designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr. As you drive past it toward the water, through, North Fork flatness gives way to bluffs that look out on the always-dramatic Long Island Sound. That's where you will find Baiting Hollow's extraordinary Hummingbird Sanctuary.

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Just up the road from Riverhead and Calverton, the small and picturesque town of Baiting Hill is perched right on the Long Island Sound, right in the heart of wine country. Close enough to New York to make commuting a real possibility, this rural hamlet is the ideal place to relax and shake off everyday cares.

Baiting Hollow real estate

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Many of the Baiting Hollow homes for sale come with sparkling ocean views. Most properties are primarily built for year-round living, yet many seasonal waterfront cottages are available to rent seasonally and year by year. Potential buyers and renters discover a range of options, from seaside homes and one-bedroom condos to luxurious homes with private beaches. Whether you dream of a secluded cottage, or a home on the bluffs, this oceanfront town has it all.

There are also numerous beachside condominium communities and apartments for rent in the Baiting Hollow real estate market. Many condos feature skylights and floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of Long Island Sound. Discover standout properties with gabled roofs, private balconies and Craftsman-style details. Many new complexes offer the latest eco-friendly cooling and heating systems, with natural gas and 90-percent-plus efficient furnaces.

A unique aspect of Baiting Hill real estate is the Woodcliff Park community. Up on the cliff above the Sound, almost 180 small summer cottages are clustered tightly together, making for a cozy and congenial spirit.

Baiting Hollow history

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The town's name dates back to the 18th century and refers to its pond (or "hollow"), where tired travelers could rest and water (or "bait") their horses, ready to continue on with their journey. The land was acquired for settlers at the same time as Aquebogue in the late 17th century, but significant settlement did not take place until centuries later.

Baiting Hollow restaurants

One of the best things about living in Baiting Hollow is that you don't need to drive far to enjoy first-rate dining. The Cooperage Inn is the area's jewel-in-the-crown, serving fresh, locally sourced foods in scenic surroundings. The dining room is cozily decorated with all the trimmings you'd expect to see in a country cottage, which makes for a welcoming, homey atmosphere. Sunday brunch in particular is quite the affair; a chef prepares made to order omelettes using farm-fresh eggs and whichever fillings you desire. Wash down your eggs and bacon with fresh squeezed orange juice and steaming hot brewed coffee.

The North Fork Tasting Room caters for visitors coming especially for local wines. It carries all the East End varieties and many local microbrews as well. It's located in a sensitively restored horse barn with the Lobster Roll Northside restaurant sitting right beside it in the original farmhouse. Here you can sample everything that makes Long Island cuisine iconic, from the eponymous lobster rolls to puffers (deep-fried North Atlantic blowfish), crabcakes and steak. Stop by and make a whole day of it there's a playground to keep kids busy and dogs are welcome on the outside deck. In summer there's live music, but out of season you can settle for karaoke nights on Fridays.

Baiting Hollow things to do

The Baiting Hollow Golf Club, once known as the Fox Hill Golf and Country Club, offers members the opportunity to play out 18 holes on its spectacular grounds. The course is set out in 138 acres and was designed by golf architecture legend Robert Trent Jones, Sr. On the corner of the green sits Georgio's, the stately wedding and special event venue renowned for its deliciously authentic Italian food.

Of course, most residents would say that simply admiring the dramatic scenery is their favorite thing to do. Driving past the golf course takes you out up onto the bluffs where you can find the Baiting Hollow Hummingbird Sanctuary. This is one of Baiting Hollow's hidden gems. Make an appointment to stroll around the hummingbird-friendly plants and enjoy the tranquil atmosphere. It's just over three-acres in size and stands atop a cliff overlooking Long Island Sound. Naturally, the hummingbirds are the stars of the show, but there is also a cliffside garden, a charming cottage to enjoy inside and out, a sheltered meadow to roam, and a labyrinthine path down to the beach.

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard is a lively, fun spot for all ages. People arrive from throughout the area to congregate outside in the fields and enjoy live music on the weekends, wine tasting, the beer garden and even the occasional pie tasting. Visitors can meet horses rescued and given sanctuary in this vineyard's bucolic setting. Pony rides are available for children but be sure to call ahead.

Long Island Spirits is the latest addition to the area's artisanal drinking scene. Set in 5,000 acres of planted potatoes, this craft distillery celebrates North Fork's history as a bootlegging hub during Prohibition. It's rumored that lights were hung in the barn to signal when it was safe to smuggle in illegal spirits. Now, of course, you can freely enjoy the vodka, botanical gin and cherrywood smoked malt produced in the tasting room, and learn how to make specialty cocktails at home.

What's In The Area: Baiting Hollow

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