When most people think of the North Fork of Long Island, they think of wineries, beaches and summer. Although the North Fork is a great place to visit in the warmer months, there are also many things to do in the area year-round. Read on to see our picks for the best off-season activities in this gorgeous part of New York State.
If you’re craving a hot cup of coffee this winter, make your way over to Southold’s North Fork Roasting Company. The owners, Jessica Dunne and Jennilee Morris, are two locals passionate about the food and coffee business. Stop in for a coffee, tea, or for homemade baked goods (Jessica also owns local small business Ginger Goods). The shop’s central location makes it a perfect place to stop by for a quick coffee. The shop is furnished with comfortable couches and a fireplace, so you may end up forgoing the pit-stop idea and wind up spending a cozy afternoon inside.
North Fork Roasting Company, 55795 Main Road, Southold, NY, USA +1 631 876 5450
If you’re looking for a relaxed and enlightening night out, head over to The Custer Institute in Southold. Established in 1927, Custer is the oldest observatory on Long Island and is nestled in the residential area of Southold with low light pollution, so the visibility of the night sky is excellent. If you are just looking to stargaze, they are open from dusk until midnight every Saturday during the winter (weather permitting). They also hold also events at the observatory, including a Starlight Cabaret on Valentine’s Day and a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner. For more details, call the observatory or check out the events page on their website.
Custer Observatory, 1115 Main Bayview Road, Southold, NY, USA +1 631 765 2626