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Get to know Peconic

Peconic enjoys a prime positioning, stretching from coast to coast — Long Island Sound to Little Peconic Bay — on the North Fork. Down south, near the bay, are several major inlets that allow Peconic to enjoy more than its fair share of waterfront properties. Now, maybe it’s a little cliched to call areas near the water “picturesque.” Still, over a short period near the turn of the 20th century, an artist colony formed in Peconic, particularly drawn by the area’s visually attractive landscape. So yes, Peconic is picturesque. Since art’s heyday, what used to be a spot for some of the East End’s finest potato fields has given way to some of its premier vineyards. However, this is not to say that agriculture in Peconic has died out. Local farmers set up shop at farm stands, allowing the Peconic populace to share in whatever the latest harvest has produced — even potatoes.

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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.