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End the weekend at Great South Bay Brewery. (Credit: Great South Bay Brewery)

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Hopefully your weekend plans include spending time on the North Fork. And, while all good things must come to an end, the journey home doesn’t have to be a boring drudge on the LIE.  Whether your adventure involves traveling Long Island’s north or south shore we have an itinerary to get you back home while making some fun stops along the way.

The North Route

Frank Melville Memorial Park, Setauket

The Mill House at Frank Melville Memorial Park. (Credit: Frank Melville Memorial Park)

Enjoy a stroll around the beautiful 24-acre park grounds, which include a circular walkway around a pond, a simulated mill house with a working water wheel, an early 20th century barn and scenic trails. The property is also home to the recently restored Setauket Post Office and The Miller’s Cottage, which is the oldest structure in the park. We couldn’t think of a better place to stretch your legs.

1 Old Field Road, Setauket

Maureen’s Kitchen, Smithtown

Cannoli stuffed French toast at Maureen’s Kitchen. (Credit: Maureen’s Kitchen)

Come hungry. Serving only breakfast and lunch, this quirky, cow-themed restaurant is well worth the wait.  Diners swear by their pistachio pancakes, stuffed French toast, hearty omelets and homemade muffins. Keep in mind that this restaurant is cash only and does not take reservations.

108 Terry Road, Smithtown

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Hometown Bake Shop, Centerport

The Rainbow Veg sandwich at Hometown Bakeshop. (Credit: Hometown Bakeshop)

It’s time for a treat. Hometown Bake Shop is serving up some spectacular sweet and savory delights. Regardless of if it’s your birthday or not, the birthday cake scone is as pretty as it is delicious. In the mood for something savory?  Hometown’s biscuits topped with tomato, pesto and mozzarella cheese will hit the spot.

2 Little Neck Road, Centerport

Oyster Bay Brewing Co., Oyster Bay

Stop in for a flight or a pint at Oyster Bay Brewing Company. (Credit: Oyster Bay Brewing Company)

Located in the heart of downtown Oyster Bay, this craft brewery is the perfect way to end your day. Sip on their new summer peach wheat ale available all summer long. Or try their honey ale made with real local honey from Bee Haven in Locust Valley.

36 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay

The South Route

Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Great River

Spend the afternoon wandering the beautiful grounds at Bayard Cutting Arboretum. (Credit: Bayard Cutting Arboretum)

Stroll the many gardens, woodlands and open spaces in this serene oasis located along the Connetquot River.  Choose from scenic paved or unpaved paths that lead you to explore and meander through 690 acres of preserved land and 13 distinct plant collections. Visit and tour the Manor House for a coffee or tea at The Hidden Oak Cafe.

440 Montauk Highway, Great River

Toast Coffeehouse, Patchogue

Brunch is always a good idea, but especially after a long and scenic walk. Toast Coffeehouse, serving breakfast and lunch, has tons of great options but it’s the breakfast burritos that get our vote. With six options to choose from we promise that you’ll find one you love.

46 East Main Street, Patchogue

NoaMar Markets, Babylon

NoaMar Markets will excite lovers of Spanish flavors. (Credit: Greater Long Island)

Even though you may still be full from brunch, NoaMar Markets is a must-stop location. Enjoy a taste of Spain and gather cured meats, fresh cheese and bread and tapas to bring home with you for an easy dinner. And don’t forget dessert, their traditional churros con chocolate are a fan favorite.

238 Deer Park Avenue, Babylon

Great South Bay Brewery, Bay Shore

End the weekend at Great South Bay Brewery. (Credit: Great South Bay Brewery)

Can you still call it a nightcap if it’s during the day? With more than 15 different beers on tap, Great South Bay Brewery will help you end your day right. Try the Well Encumbered sour ale made with Long Island cucumbers.

25 Drexel Drive, Bay Shore