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Some of the winners of our Readers’ Choice Best of the North Fork awards. (Illustrations by Kaitlyn Beebe)

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.

Gene Casey and his band The Lone Sharks were chosen as Best Local Band. (Credit: David Benthal)

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.

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The Perrin family of Cedar House on Sound B&B. (Photo Credit: Kaitlyn Ferris)


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

A socially distant yoga class taught by the Giving Room during the pandemic. (Credit: The Giving Room).


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