Every year we take a vacation with my husband Tom’s parents and his brother’s family. We’ve gone every where from Key West, Florida to Charleston, South Carolina to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. This year we decided to take a reminiscent journey to Long Island, New York to visit the place where my husband and his family are from. My husband and his brother grew up in Port Washington, Long Island and the family had a summer home in Nassau Point on the North Fork.
I have to say that after years of flying to NYC via Newark or LaGuardia airports and seeing the industrial scenery surrounding them, I was incredibly surprised by the beauty of Long Island. My in-laws rented a house for a week on the water in Wading River on the North Shore. On the way to the house, we stopped off in Port Washington to grab a bite to eat and get a quick tour of the town. We were famished after getting off the plane so we stopped at a true New York deli called the Harbor Deli.
Our son loved it because he had never been to a real New York deli!
The sandwiches were great and the staff was so friendly.
Once we had eaten, we got back on the Long Island Expressway heading east to Wading River. We had an adorable cottage on the Long Island Sound, although it could have used one more bathroom!
The view was incredible. Every morning we woke up to this!!
At night you could see the lights of Connecticut.
Our first few days on Long Island were jam packed. We jumped in the car and headed east on the North Fork to Cutchogue. On the way, we saw numerous wineries and farmer’s markets. The farmer’s markets were always a favorite of my husband and his family and the produce and flowers were absolutely wonderful.
We made our way to Nassau Point where my in-laws had a summer home. The house had since been knocked down by the current owners but we were able to walk the property and enjoy the view.
It was great for our son to see the place where his father spent weekends and summers growing up.
We left Nassau Point and headed further east to the adorable village of Greenport. It is an historic seaport that has an array of restaurants, galleries and shops. It was time for lunch so we had to eat at Claudio’s, a family-run eatery where my brother-in-law used to work when he was younger. The restaurant specializes in old-school ocean fare and it was quite yummy.
Once our stomachs were full, we set out on the ferry to Shelter Island. My husband spent a summer as a kid on the island staying with long-time friends. We drove around the beautiful island and wound up at the house where he stayed, which was being refurbished.
The view was spectacular and the house next door wasn’t bad either!
I just found out that the house above is on the market for a cool $32 million. Any takers??
After spending some time on the island, we took the ferry off the other side of the island to Sag Harbor and Southhampton. Both are quaint, well-known villages with great shops, yummy restaurants, beautiful beaches and incredible homes.
More to come on our Long Island trip in my next blog post. Stay tuned!!