Although small on square mileage, Mattituck is big on appeal, states longtime area resident Patty Orben. And Orben should know: She has summered on the North Fork due to the fact she was a baby and traces her spouse and children roots in the area back to 1635.
Not only does Mattituck boast prosperous farmland and award-successful vineyards, but the fact that it spans the North Fork—from Extended Island Sound to Good Peconic Bay—means it offers enough waterfront with serene beach locations and spectacular views. That’s aspect of what created the region irresistible to Orben and her partner, Jack, who moved here 17 years back. (Their residence is subsequent door to her family’s summer season cottage, overlooking the water in Aquebogue, much less than 6 miles from Mattituck.) These days, their four youngsters and 10 grandchildren are regular visitors, making the most of the beach locations, water sporting activities, and rustic, understated enchantment of this historic North Fork spot. — Bernadette Starzee
Mattituck’s key procuring avenue, Love Lane, is as picturesque as its identify. Its places to eat and merchants are a magnet for people of the 9-sq.-mile hamlet as very well as the close by communities of Jamesport, Aquebogue, and Cutchogue.
“It’s a amazing minimal street about the duration of a New York Metropolis avenue,” says Orben, of the small thoroughfare close to the corner from the Mattituck Very long Island Rail Road station. The quaint outlets consist of the Love Lane Sweet Shoppe (125 Enjoy Ln., 631.298.2276 ), which, “as the identify indicates, has candies, but it has so considerably much more, such as incredible playing cards and wonderful hostess items.”
Adore Lane Kitchen area (240 Love Ln., 631.298.8989) is popular with locals for breakfast, lunch, and evening meal. “It has good food stuff, indoor and out of doors eating, and it is normally packed.”
Lombardi’s Love Lane Market place (170 Adore Ln., 631.298.9500) is “a gourmet store with all kinds of foodstuff and geared up food stuff. And Mint (260 Enjoy Ln., 631.298.8009), a women outfits boutique, is the place all my women go. You can sprint in for a little something smashing.”
SPLASH Sports activities
Jack Orben’s enthusiasm for sailing was just one of the major explanations the few moved to the North Fork comprehensive-time. He has passed that appreciate of the drinking water on to his grandchildren, who appear to sail, drinking water-ski, fish, and kayak. “We have many kayaks and h2o boards on our garden,” Orben suggests. “It’s like summer time camp for the kids.” Boat rentals are available in-period at the Lighthouse Marina (229 Meetinghouse Creek Rd., Aquebogue, 631.722.3400), a whole-provider marina on the Peconic Bay.
The North Fork is dotted with farm stands, but Orben is partial to Bayview Market & Farms (891 Main Rd., Riverhead, 631.722.3077), in close by Riverhead, about 10 miles west of Mattituck. “It’s enormous and has every vegetable identified to guy, as effectively as divine jellies, all fantastically displayed,” she says.
Orben will get her bouquets at Gabrielsen’s Nation Farm (200 Herricks Ln., Jamesport, 631.722.3259). “I plant nearly 1,000 flowers a calendar year, such as nonstop begonias, lavender, grasses, and Angelonia bouquets.”
Positioned in the coronary heart of the Prolonged Island Wine Location, Mattituck and encompassing towns are a attract for oenophiles. “The vineyards have actions every weekend and they’re packed, specially in the summer time.” Orben in particular enjoys checking out Pindar Vineyards (37645 Main Rd., Peconic, 631.734.6200), which has a helpful tasting room with indoor and outdoor seating and gives reside songs as properly as unique situations like paint-and-sip lessons. She also thinks extremely of Paumanok Vineyards (1074 Principal Rd., Aquebogue, 631.722.8800 ), whose roomy tasting space is surrounded by an outside deck overlooking its 127-acre assets.
Orben is lively in the Peconic Land Believe in, which is effective to defend 13,000 acres of land and to conserve operating farms on the East Stop. The trust’s once-a-year summer season gala “is often a large, festive affair, held at distinct households of people who have farms,” states Orben, an organizing committee member.