The land just across the Great South Bay, adjacent to what happens to be this magazine’s coverage area, is an enchanted thin stretch of land of beaches, dunes, deer, wilderness, boating, fishing, relaxing, eating, drinking and sometimes just having a gay old time.
The Village of Patchogue has a long, storied past, having begun in the 1800s as a boat-building community, eventually transforming into a tourist mecca with over 1,000 hotel rooms. But, as malls became more prevalent across Long Island in the ‘60s and ‘70s, businesses started to plummet and so did the Village of Patchogue. It wasn’t until recently that a renaissance began in the village that has put Patchogue back on the map as destination for arts, entertainment, and dining.
Long Island is a pretty amazing place. It doesn’t matter where you live or what you’re into, the availability of great food, music, and cocktails is never more than a ten-minute-or-so drive away. We broke down our top-ten area destinations to make sure you’re taking advantage of all this island has to offer.
I suppose it goes without saying that if an article is going to be written about waterfront restaurants near the Atlantic, then fresh seafood will be on every menu! All the great places to eat in the Hamptons are set on the water’s edge. Some have live music and some cater to kids, while others offer dockage, lodging, late-night lounges, and even wedding venues. One thing is for sure, they all have beautiful views!
If you want to visit a quintessential village that represents the East End, then spend time in beautiful Sag Harbor. While having modern-day offerings, it still has the look and feel of a bygone era, with an old-fashioned five and dime store,a movie theater looking like something out of the 1950s, and a friendly, small-town atmosphere. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that the town is set on the water’s edge with a beautiful wharf and bridge as its background.