The North Fork keeps springing to life with more and more seasonal businesses making their 2016 debuts. Here are a few of this week’s reopenings.
The Long Island Rail Road will renew service to the North Fork on Saturday, April 30
Trains will run on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from April 30 through November 27. Catch the 9:12 a.m. from Penn Station to Ronkonkoma, switch there to a double decker train stopping in Medford, Yaphank, Riverhead, Mattituck and Southold. You’ll arrive in Greenport in time for lunch at 12:02 p.m.
For the complete LIRR schedule to Greenport and the North Fork visit mta.info/schedules.
Claudio’s Clam Bar & Wharf in Greenport will reopen on Friday, April 29.
Get ready for lobster rolls, rum punches and lots of fun because the season hasn’t fully started in Greenport until Claudio’s Clam Bar and Wharf is open and full of happy customers. Be sure to check out their new express menu which includes everything from margaritas to popcorn shrimp.
Claudio’s hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. approximately (hours are dependent on weather conditions). They will be open everyday except Wednesdays.
Claudio’s Clam Bar & Wharf is located at 111 Main Street in Greenport.
The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum will also reopen for the season on Friday, April 29.
Dedicated to Sag Harbor’s past as a prosperous whaling port, the museum houses the largest collection of whaling equipment in the state of New York. There’s also a large scrimshaw collection as well as examples of 19th century artwork dedicated to the whale hunt.
The museum’s hours are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Sunday – Thursday), 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Friday), 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (Saturday).
The Sag Harbor Whaling Museum is located at 200 Main Street in Sag Harbor.
And as we previously reported:
Schmitt’s Farm Country Fresh in Laurel will reopen on Sunday, May 1.
The Schmitt family has been farming on Long Island for over 150 years. The Laurel farm sells a large selection of bedding plants, hanging baskets and perennials out of its greenhouses, while the farm stand sells home-baked pies, locally made jams, preserves and condiments. Fresh local produce and flowers will be available going into the growing season.
Schmitt’s hours will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. seven days a week
Schmitt’s Farm Country Fresh is located on Main Road in Laurel, across from the post office.
Country View Farm Stand in Southold will reopen on Friday, April 29.
This year Country View has expanded and will open a second farm stand in Peconic (located at the former site of Barb’s Veggies). While the Southold farm stand will sell mostly produce, the Peconic location will sell more flowers and hangings baskets, according to owner Kevin Polak.
Country View’s hours will be 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at both locations.
Country View Farm Stand is located on Main Road between Indian Neck Lane and Peconic Lane in Peconic and at 57995 Main Road in Southold.
Lavender By the Bay in East Marion will reopen on Saturday, April 30.
This 17-acre lavender farm is a stunning scene from mid June to mid July when the lavender is in full bloom. For a $5 fee you can wander through the rows of English and French lavender. Stop in their store for both fresh cut and dried lavender, as well as lavender honey, sachets and more.
The farm’s hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in May (Friday through Sunday). The farm will be open 7 days a week 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from June to September. (The fields close at 4:30 p.m.)
Lavender By the Bay is located at 7540 Main Road in East Marion.
Orient By the Sea in Orient will reopen on Friday, April 29.
Family-owned and operated since 1979, this popular seafood restaurant will reopen for its 36th season this month. Restaurant hours will be 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Monday – Thursday), 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Friday – Sunday).
Orient By the Sea is located at 40200 Main Road in Orient.