The North Fork’s parks and beaches — and the open waters that surround us — are among the biggest draws here. This is an area where the sunsets seem a little brighter, the air a little saltier. A vacation spot you won’t soon forget.
This July we asked our readers to select their favorite favorite places to “live and breathe” here as part of our Best of the North Fork series.
This month, several thousand readers, cast their votes from a list of favorites compiled by our staff.
From waking up on the water at the Sound View in Greenport to shopping at Mint in Mattituck or taking in live music by Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, the results show northforker readers really know how to have a good time.
We had a few double winners pop up once again as Orient Beach State Park, one of the few swimming spots open too all visitors of the North Fork, was chosen as the Best Beach and Best Park; The Giving Room in Southold was named Best Yoga or Pilates Studio after being Best Spot for Healthy Eating a day earlier; and yesterday’s Best Brewery, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company in Peconic and Greenport, was also voted the Best Live Music Space.
Some of the winners were decided by just a handful of votes like Peconic’s In the Attic Too narrowly edging the also worthy pick of Times Vintage in Greenport as the Best Vintage Shop. We even had a tie for Best Home Decor Shop among two shops even we confuse: The Weathered Barn in Greenport and White Flower Farmhouse in Southold.
Others were chosen in a landslide, like Island’s End in Greenport being named Best Public Golf Course.
Below is the complete list of readers’ choice poll winners for our “live and breathe” categories. You can find the “eat and drink” selections here.
Best B&B: Cedar House on Sound, Mattituck
Best Hotel: Sound View, Greenport
Best Clothing Store: Mint, Mattituck
Best Vintage Shop: In the Attic Too, Peconic
Best Home Decor Shop: (TIE) Weathered Barn, Greenport and White Flower Farmhouse, Southold
Best Nursery and Garden Center: Trimble’s of Corchaug Nursery, Cutchogue
Best Art Space: East End Arts, Riverhead
Best Yoga or Pilates Classes: The Giving Room, Southold
Best Gym and Fitness Studio: BodyRite Training, Jamesport
Best Salon or Spa: Blue Sage Day Spa, Mattituck
Best Live Music Space: Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Peconic and Greenport
Best Local Band: Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks
Best Public Golf Course: Island’s End Golf & Country Club, Greenport
Best Beach: Orient Beach State Park, Orient
Best Boat Tour: Layla Sailing, Greenport
Best Marina: Port of Egypt, Southold
Best Kids Activity: Greenport Carousel, Mitchell Park
Best Local Landmark: Horton Point Lighthouse, Southold
Best Park: Orient Beach State Park, Orient
Best Downtown: Greenport Village
Best Hiking Trail: Mashomack Preserve, Shelter Island
Best Artisans: Susan Pridham and Alexa Suess, Common Ground Fine Jewelry, Greenport