remembering the north fork

May 16, 2013 |  Category:   life outings

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I will confess, I have never been to the Hamptons. Not once in all my life long years as a New Yorker. When we think of Long Island beaches, we usually head to Robert Moses or Jones Beach as it’s a quick drive from my parents’ house, but when we want to spend a day tootling around the island for some peace and quiet, we head to the North Fork. It’s kind of like the anti-Hamptons and it might just be one of our favorite places to go. Things are quiet out here. Yes, you might hit some traffic as there really is only one main road going all the way to the end until there is no more land, but by and large there are less people on the North Fork as there is on the south. There are a ton of farms and farm stands, wineries, and places to picnic. The one challenging thing is to find a public access beach as many of the parking lots are by permit only for residents and house-renters, but it’s not impossible. And when you do, it’s not unusual to have the entire beach to yourself.

 

We haven’t been back to the beach by the house we rented since we stayed on the North Fork 4 years ago in 2009. This was before we were going to Seattle every August, so it does stand out as the year we spent August a little differently. Claudine doesn’t remember the house at all, nor anything else from that summer, but it did make a strong impression on Mia and she talks about it now and again. We did a lot of fruit picking and farm visiting and when I think back to that summer, I think of the lavender fields; I can almost smell them again.
 
One of my favorite memories was stumbling on a boat race on our last evening there and meeting some of the town people who live there year round. While in town this last weekend, we visited the fish market where we would often buy fresh seafood for our dinners. Mark picked up some oysters and bay scallops and we recreated one of our favorite dishes from that trip for dinner that night.

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  • Rebecca May 17, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Gorgeous photos and wonderful words. thanks for sharing. xo

  • Sarah J May 17, 2013 at 6:29 am

    Please don’t stop blogging. I like the quieter and more contemplative corners of the internet like yours. Sometimes it seem like so many others are pitching too much cool stuff at me.

    Lovely post.

  • Lani May 17, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    This looks so peaceful; I hope we can go there some time when I come east. Oh, and I don’t remember reading the scallop succotash recipe in 2009! Sounds amazing, I just copied the recipe and hope to make it tonight.

  • Deanna May 17, 2013 at 8:52 pm

    Honestly, whenever I read your posts and look at your photos, they make me long for a simpler time. Like something you’ve seen in a old movie. They just make me long for home… a different home… they’re peaceful, melancholy at times, but always beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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