5 Reasons Summer Is Better on the North Fork Than in the Hamptons

New Yorkers and Tri-State area residents know that a hallmark of summer in the city is making your escape to the Hamptons on Long Island. Those who have actually gone know that making the trip means wasting hours in traffic, dealing with crowded beaches and restaurants, and spending a fortune on accommodations. This year, opt for a relaxing Long Island vacation you’ll actually enjoy on the North Fork, and get inspired with some of our favorite summer vacation ideas.

Reason #1: The Nature

With fewer tourists visiting year-round and less development, the North Fork’s bucolic landscape and unspoiled coastline is the perfect setting for a relaxing getaway. From exploring local farms—like the unique Lavender by the Bay farm—to riding bikes to the Orient Beach State Park to enjoy a scenic picnic, the North Fork offers picturesque experiences at every turn.

Reason #2: Wineries

Wine lovers and sommeliers in-training will adore the North Fork for its abundance of wineries. From Jamesport to Greenport, turn your trip through the North Fork into a wine-tasting journey. Found near the end of the fork featuring breathtaking sound views, you will find our very own Kontokosta Winery.

Reason #3: History

With a rich history dating all the way back to the 1600s, the North Fork and our charming village of Greenport offer visitors plenty of opportunity to soak up some of the area’s culture and unique maritime heritage. Explore local historical attractions like the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation for an interesting look at Greenport’s storied past.

Reason #4: The Food

Any trip to the North Fork means getting a taste of the delicious local fare, with an emphasis on fresh seafood, locally sourced produce, and artisanal creations. Stop by area favorites like American Beech, Noah’s, as well as the other restaurants near our Greenport hotel.

Reason #5: Less Expensive

If you’re looking to make your escape from the city at any point over the summer, especially during a holiday weekend, the North Fork offers all the fun and relaxation of the Hamptons at a fraction of the cost and without the noisy crowds.


Find a true summer getaway on Long Island’s North Fork when you book your stay at the Harborfront Inn.