Just over an hour’s drive from Riverhead, the village of Northport ranks high on the charm meter.
With its hilly roads, pretty 18th-century homes and a long, lively Main Street, you’re sure to find a lot to see and do. Water views are everywhere, along with welcoming restaurants and shops.
Kids love the retro candy store and old-fashioned soda shop and everyone loves the scenic harbor at the end of Main Street. With a park, a playground, waterfront benches and boats to gaze upon, it’s pretty close to perfect.
Have a little art
Stop into Firefly Artists and take home a piece of art you couldn’t find anywhere else. The gallery exhibits the work of a talented group of local painters, jewelers, potters, photographers, sculptors and crafters. Reasonably priced and varied, there’s a lot to look at and enjoy. And since the gallery is a cooperative, you’ll probably be greeted by one of the artists who’ll be happy to give you the low down on his or her own work, and the others, as well.
Get first licks on fall flavors
How about a dish of Peppermint Bark or Caramel Apple ice cream? Or a homemade waffle cone with Pumpkin Spice gelato? Those are a few of the enticing fall flavors at Lics Ice Cream. Made on site, the 54 different ice cream flavors couldn’t be more appealing. There’s also soft serve, frozen yogurt, Italian ices, shakes and floats. Family owned since 1993, Lics also carries 10 flavors from Hershey’s Creamery as they’ve done for many years. Keeping their customers smiling is what they’re all about.
Elevate your appreciation for wine
The Wine Cellar on Main is one of those places that truly has it all. Owner and wine expert Lindsay Ostrander and her affable partner Michael O’Brien pour excellent wines by the glass, with over 30 varieties to choose from. Bottles and half bottles are also available. The Wine Cellar serves delicious tapas and desserts while offering something unique: the ability to order in food from local restaurants and enjoy it there with your wine. Thursday through Sunday nights, live music adds to the many pleasures.
See a great show without going to Broadway
A year-round professional theater on suburban Long Island? It sounds too good to be true. And that’s exactly why the productions at The John W. Engeman Theater so often play to sold out houses. In 2007, owner Kevin O’Neill converted a beautiful 1930s single screen movie theater into a luxurious state-of-the-art theater with an orchestra pit and everything else needed to attract the top Broadway actors that regularly appear there. With seven shows a week and productions that play for two months, The Engeman is a theater lover’s dream. “Elf The Musical”just began and will run through the holidays.
Take home dinner — and the pot it was cooked in
The front window of Maroni Cuisine says, “Northport’s smallest restaurant.” And while the seating capacity might be tiny, that’s the only small thing about this one-of-a-kind restaurant. If you’re lucky enough to snag a dinner reservation, you’ll be treated to an unforgettable tasting menu that includes wonderful wine, many, many delicious courses and a lot of good cheer. But Moroni is most beloved for their hot pots: adorable enamel pots filled with their Italian specialties like 100 Year Old Recipe Grandma Maroni’s Gourmet Meatballs. You enjoy the food and the pot is yours to keep.