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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Toast to Harvest Season in the North Fork


5. Oddball Day

A private boat charter on the Long Island Sound.  

Grab a blueberry scone ($2.75) at the Blue Duck Bakery in Greenport, which opened in July, then stroll over to the Mitchell Park Marina, where you can sip your coffee and ogle super yachts. Jump on a ferry for a ten-minute ride ($2) across the bay to Shelter Island, where you can read the newspaper and lounge in a rolling green park uphill from the ferry stop. Catch the ferry back to Greenport, and walk to Triangle Sea Sales, a shop that sells nautical gifts and marine antiques including ship lanterns, clocks, and portholes. Nearby, Lydia's Antiques & Stained Glass (215 Main St.; 631-477-1414) has the largest selection of vintage stained glass on Long Island. When it’s time for lunch, head to Fork & Anchor in East Marion to pick up a picnic box for two ($36) of tasty sandwiches (turkey and Vermont cheddar with homemade apple-raisin chutney; green goddess chicken salad). Then drive or bike half a mile to picnic at Dam Pond, a maritime preserve with plenty of bird-watching opportunities. Spend the afternoon touring a North Fork oyster farm with East End Charters (from $90) and then seeing multiple oyster beds on the ride back. For dinner, sit outside at the year-old Blue Canoe Oyster Bar, which has fire tables and heaters for year-round comfort. After having the fish and chips (made with a Red Stripe batter; $26), stop into the Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck for a dessert of crisp local apples and farmhouse cheddar drizzled with maple syrup. Finally, stop at Doug Cooper's farm stand on Breakwater Road for super-fresh eggs to bring home (open until the end of November). Even if he’s closed, he leaves a cooler of eggs out and a box where you can leave money.

Published on Sep 27, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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