celebrations within driving distance, whether your taste runs to a clam festival in Maine or a stawberry fair in Mattituck.
|BY CARLA SPARTOS
|Anchors Away: The Seafood Festival
at the Long Island Maritime Museum.
|Hudson Valley Food & Wine
June 12 and 13, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Montgomery Place Historic Site, River Rd., Annandale-on-Hudson,
New York, 845-758-5461, hudsonvalley.org
There won't be any summer shortages of artisinal food festivals, but
this one's a standout if only for its locationon the grounds
of the lavish Montgomery estate, with splendid views of the Hudson
River and Catskill Mountains.
Where To Stay: As they like to say at the Belvedere
Mansion (845-889-8000), "there are nine mansions in the mid-Hudson
Valley that you may visit, at one you can stay." For additional
accomodations, see "Crafts at Rhinebeck" below.
Don't Miss: Continuing with our grand estate theme, the Ogden
Mills and Ruth Livingston Mills Memorial State Park offers plentiful
hiking and a Stanford Whitedesigned Beaux-Arts mansion. And
if you haven't had your fill, then by all means make a dinner reservation
at the Culinary Institute
of America (845-471-6608) in Hyde Park. For more Dutchess County
goings-on, see "Crafts at Rhinebeck" below.
June 18, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
June 19, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; June 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fairgrounds, Rte. 48, Mattituck, New York, 631-298-2222, mattitucklionsclub.org
Mattituck is one of those fabulously unassuming villages on the North
Fork that manages to have a gourmet cheese shop in addition to an
old-time pharmacy and post office. And for 50 years, the Mattituck
Lions Club has been celebrating the luscious strawberry with shortcakes,
rides, raffles, and, as no country fair would be complete without
one, the crowning of a Strawberry Queen.
Where To Stay: The
Greenporter Hotel and Spa (631-477-0066) puts a modern spin on
the motor lodge, with in-room massages, plus a wine bar and French
bistro. While in Greenport, you can also grab the ferry to Shelter
Don't Miss: The unpretentious North
Fork features countless roadside farmstands and wineries,
(631-722-8800) and Lenz
June 26, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rte. 9, Rhinebeck, New York, 845-876-4001,
Now that the weather's warmed, it seems like there's a craft fair
going on by Central Park or at Lincoln Center every weekend. Crafts
at Rhinebeck, with more than 350 participating artists, is one of
the biggest, with artists working in just about every medium, from
glass to wood, ceramics to metal.
Where To Stay: Centrally located in nearby Rhinebeck, The
Beekman Arms (845-876-7077) is the oldest operating inn in America;
the related Delamater
Inn offers more modern and spacious suites down the block. Larry
Forgione no longer operates his 1776 Tavern here, but chef Preston
Faust still serves regional American fare in the inn's Traphagen
Restaurant (845-876-1766). For additional accomodations, see "Hudson
Valley Food & Wine Festival" above.
Don't Miss: Summerscape
(845-758-7900) at Bard College's new Frank Gehrydesigned performing
arts center will feature a Shostakovich music festival, and the nearby
of America (845-471-6608) means there's always fresh talent in
Rhinebeck's numerous kitchens. For more Dutchess County goings-on,
see "Hudson Valley Food & Wine Festival" above.
July 1September 5
297 West St., Lenox, Massachusetts, 888-266-1200, tanglewood.org
Revered Tanglewood, nestled in the bucolic Berkshire Hills, hosts
the Boston Symphony Orchestra, star soloists, famed conductors, staged
opera, and much more all summer long, day and night, culminating in
a jazz festival.
Where To Stay: Fashionable with the Gilded Age gentry, Lenox
has an array of turn-of-the-century summer homes turned inns, including
Kemble Inn, (413-637-4113), and the
Gables Inn (413-637-3416), a former Wharton family residence.
Don't Miss: Jacob's
Pillow (413-243-0745), the fabled dance retreat, kicks off its
summer festival on June 19, and runs through August 29. Get a glimpse
of the area's grand past at the
Mount (413-637-1899), Edith Wharton's breathtaking estate and
Finger Lakes Wine Festival
July 16, 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
July 17 and 18, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Watkins Glen International, Watkins Glen, New York, 607-535-2481,
The Finger Lakes region specializes in white wines, including excellent-value
chardonnays, rieslings, and cayugas (a local varietal), but you'll
be shocked at the number of quality reds, from pinot noirs with
creme brulee nose to cabernet francs with tobacco bite. More than
70 local wineries are offering tastings at this year's festival,
so save room in the trunk for all those inevitable cases.
Where To Stay: Weekend camping passes allow safe and easy tippling;
for posher lodging try Taughannock
Farms Inn (607-387-7711) overlooking Cayuga Lake, or Cornell
Hotel (800-541-2501) in nearby Ithaca.
Don't Miss: Funky, liberal Ithaca
(800-28-ITHACA) has plentiful shopping and dining, including the
famed vegetarian Moosewood
Restaurant (607-273-9610), not to mention spectacular waterfalls
Falls and Taughannock Falls State Parks.
Yarmouth, Maine, 207-846-3984, clamfestival.com
Yarmouth is a charming New England fishing village that celebrates
its seafaring ways with this annual ode to the clam in all its incarnations,
including raw clams, fried clams, clam cakes, clam chowders, and,
of course, a state clam-shucking contest. If it all sounds a little
too, umm, clammy, well there's crafts, rides, music, and more.
Where To Stay: For luxury accomodations, book the four-diamond
Inn (207-865-9377) in Freeport, which offers pet-friendly rooms.
Don't Miss: Cosmopolitan Portland,
Maine's largest city, manages a small-town demeanor, with modern seafood
spins and kitschy tourist shops touting the "World's Only Life-Size
Chocolate Moose." Shopaholics will want to drop by Freeport,
home of L.L.
Bean and tons of outlets
August 28-29, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Long Island Maritime Museum, 86 West Ave., West Sayville, New
York, 631-HIS-TORY, limaritime.org
The fine folks at the Long Island Maritime Museum have been throwing
this wonderfully quaint festival for some years now, and it continues
to grow each year. The main draw, of course, is food, from lobster,
shrimp, and roast corn to the ubiquitous hotdogs, hamburgers, and
ice cream, but there's also folksy entertainment, crafts, and classic
antique boats, too.
Where To Stay: Local budget accomodations include the EconoLodge
in Bay Shore (631-666-6000), the Blue Point Motor Lodge (631-363-9502),
and the Sayville Motor Lodge (631-589-7000), which features mirrored
rooms and waterbeds for those seeking a Poconos-style getaway. Plusher
rooms and an 18-hole golf course can be had at the Windham
Watch Hotel (631-232-9800).
Don't Miss: Nearby Blue
Point is the namesake of the oyster, not to mention the Blue
Point Brewing Company (631-475-6944) in Patchogue, which offers
weekend tastings and tours. You can also catch the ferry to Fire
Island from both Sayville
Published May 31, 2004