The best way to see Quogue, Westhampton's next door neighbor, is to saunter down its tree-lined streets of Victorian mansions and manicured lawns.
Quogue is also known for its 300-acre wildlife refuge. Comb the refuge's seven-mile nature trail for prickly pear cactus, cranberries, and 70 species of wildflowers. Look up and you will see great blue herons, soaring osprey, and piping plover.
Living in Quogue
One village east from Westhampton, Quogue is a beautifully manicured, charming neighborhood that offers a beguiling combination of exclusive, refined Hamptons living with an old-fashioned community charm. It also has a wealth of natural appeal: a 300-acre wildlife refuge stretches away from the village to the north, while its south edge is marked by a sweeping Atlantic beach, with private access for residents. Quogue appeals to vacationers and long-term residents who appreciate the Hamptons scene but also wish for their own rural retreat.
Settlers first arrived in the South Fork in 1640, and the colony expanded to the area of Quogue by 1659. The name derives from the Native American word Quawquannantucke, (or Quaquanantuck; there's still a Quaquanantuck Lane), which has been spelled variously as Quago, Quag or Quoag, and eventually became formalized as Quogue.
In 1659, the surrounding land was bought from the Shinnecock nation by John Ogden, and in the 1700s the first building was constructed in the area, giving rise to the development of a small farming community. The salt marsh meadows here were good for for grazing cattle, while the waters were trawled for fishing and whaling. In the 19th century, Quogue grew as a vacation destination, and it was an overnight stop on the stagecoach routes east. The railroad arrived in 1870, bringing more summer visitors. Eventually families built their own residences, creating the quaint village that we still see today.
Though it is considered more modest and unassuming than the glitzier Hamptons further east, it can claim some true star power for previous residents. Quogue hit headlines when famous couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor vacationed here. Other names connected to Quogue have included magazine editor, Tina Brown and actor, Michael J. Fox.
Things to do in Quogue
Quogue has its own stretch of classic Hamptons beach shoreline on the Atlantic"”an extension of Westhampton Beach. You need a pass for access to the Village Beach, and two private beach clubs, Quogue Beach Club and Surf Club of Quogue, provide sports facilities.
To the north of the village, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge is a beautiful 300-acre nature preserve. Founded in 1934, it offers miles of trails through forests and around the ponds, where you may spot turtles. As well as being a peaceful natural habitat, it is also a refuge and rescue center for injured and mistreated wildlife. These include numerous owls and a bobcat who was illegally kept as a pet and de-clawed, which meant she could never survive in the wild.
Within the village itself, a block of historic houses centered on the Quogue Historical Society building is picturesque and worth exploring.
Much of Quogue's dining and socializing revolve around members' beach clubs, sailing clubs and dining clubs. Quogue's blend of a close-knit community feel and refined exclusivity is very apparent in the dining room of the Quogue Club, located in a farmhouse dating from 1824, which had previously become rundown. It was bought and renovated by a group of local families who form the founding members of the club. Only members or guests staying in its 14-room boutique hotel can dine here, and everything about it reflects the ethos of the place, from the attention to detail in the decor, with local photos adorning the walls, to the wine list selected by members.
For something a little more casual, make your way to Jessup Avenue, the focus of Quogue's small commercial center. For a delicious brunch or light lunch, Beth's CafÃ© is a local favorite. Here you can indulge in baked eggs with avocado and asparagus or huevos rancheros and lunchtime gourmet sandwiches on the charming outdoor patio.
If you've fallen in love with Quogue and want to collect a few branded mementos"”some Quogue postcards, a Quogue hat, or retro artworks that celebrate the local beach scene"”then a visit to the Lily Pad is a must. It's also good for gifts and party supplies. Run by the same owners is Mr Q, a menswear store selling classic Hamptons-style preppy fashions. Little Q brings the same upscale casual aesthetic to kidswear.
For a small village, Quogue can claim substantial culture credentials. The Hampton Theatre Company on Jessup Avenue, for instance, brings an impressive roster of plays to residents. It has grown from a small community project that used any venue they could find to a professional theater company based at the community hall, typically staging four plays per season from fall to spring. It's a unique cultural project in Long Island.
And it's not just theater that keeps Quogue residents entertained. In summer, a lively schedule of events, including late June's village beach party, is a feature of life here.
Quogue real estate
Quogue has a wide variety of real estate on offer, from quaint shingled cottages to large and luxuriously appointed estates with bayside locations. Quogue real estate provides the cachet of the Hamptons, but with more quiet and seclusion. Many of Quogue's historic properties dating from the 19th century have been restored to provide luxurious homes. Victorian houses come with characterful gabled architecture and large shaded terraces.
Dune Road on the beachfront is a prestigious address for large vacation homes for sale in Quogue, with both traditional styles and contemporary residences scattered along the coast. All offer stunning Atlantic views. Large residential properties designed to a high level with state-of-the-art facilities are typical of Quogue real estate. They sit in large private properties with direct beach access. These are showpiece properties, where every architectural detail has been carefully considered to create luxurious homes perfect for entertaining.
What about Quogue...
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