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Get to know Aquebogue

Aquebogue is much easier to love than it is to pronounce, balancing bountiful farm fields and boat-based activities in a no-frills coupling of the Hamptons’ and Hudson Valley’s finest traits. Sitting on Flanders Bay, right past Riverhead and where Long Island begins to split, Aquebogue is low-key as they come, offering an exemplary education in the North Fork experience. Head out onto the water one hour and be sipping a sauvignon blanc the next. Cap the afternoon off by gathering dinner supplies from any of several neighborhood farms. Or, if your teeth need to sink into something a little sweeter than cauliflower and cucumbers, indulge in locally-made chocolate or an orchard-fresh cider doughnut. No one will judge; you’re simply basking in all Aquebogue provides.

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Living on the North Fork

As far as descriptive names go, it doesn’t get much more straightforward than the North Fork of Long Island. See where Long Island splits at Riverhead? Well, the North Fork is the piece to the north. Perceived as the more reserved sibling of the East End’s twin tines, the North Fork is no less enticing than the Hamptons — it’s just a different speed. Up here, there's a bonafide viticultural culture. Vineyards number in the dozens, thriving in the maritime climate. Long Island’s agricultural ancestry carries through to the present, as local growers sell produce, flowers, cheese, and other wares at farmstands throughout the area. It all — plus proximity to Connecticut and Rhode Island (bridged by the Cross Sound Ferry) — amounts to a vibe that hews closer to New England than it does New York. The North Fork can be an escape to another world, despite being under 100 miles away from where you departed.