It's all about Riverhead
Take me to the Hamptons and I prefer the more rustic north fork. I was in Riverhead, New York last weekend. It's on the north shore of Long Island, just north west of the Hamptons, which are on the south shore. At that end of Long Island, it forks out to the north and to the south, Riverhead is at the head of the north fork at the head of the Peconic River and it's on the Long Island Sound, the water that separates Long Island from Connecticut. The north fork is more folksy, there are more farms and vineyards, while the south fork is the Hamptons, where they sort of turned charm into glitz. Riverhead is what Coconut Grove should be, but it's not. It's very similar in that it is artsy, on the waterfront, has a playhouse and even the fire hydrants are painted.
Tweeds Restaurant, shown above, is in the John J. Sullivan Hotel, which opened on this location on East Main Street in 1896.
Photo courtesy LI wine council
Riverhead sort of has an old Coconut Grove feel, but I mostly feel Lake Worth when I'm there. It seem quite remove, but since 1727, it's been the county seat of Suffolk County (there are two counties in long island, Suffolk and Nassau, which is closer to the NYC end). So you would go to court in Riverhead if you got a traffic ticket, for instance, that is where the courts are. And of course, you can attend great events at the Suffolk Theater on Main Street.
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