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Where to stay on the North Fork brought to you by sheri winter parker

It’s no secret that the North Fork has become a premier vacation destination. More visitors than ever are flocking to points east for its award-winning wines and blossoming culinary scene — not to mention its charming local farms and sunny beaches. There are many reasons to visit that might influence where you stay. Here are four new options that suit any North Fork vacation itinerary.

Stay downtown at The Preston House & Hotel

The Preston House & Hotel blends the charm of a restored turn-of-the-century historic home with the sophistication of a boutique hotel. Each floor of the hotel has two one-bedroom suites and two studio rooms that are custom furnished and outfitted with Carrara marble tile bathrooms and poured concrete floors that add an industrial edge to the modern-minimalist design.

Stays include complimentary high-speed wireless internet, Bluetooth music station, 55-inch LED HDTV televisions, keyless entry and Roam toiletries.

The Preston House & Hotel. (Photo Credit: David Benthal)
“The goal is attention to detail. We want it to be a home away from home for all our guests.” — Jennifer Petrocelli, executive director, The Preston House & Hotel

There are plenty of breweries and restaurants within walking distance, but guests don’t have to go far for a top-notch drink list or fine dining. The attached house on the property, former home of Civil War soldier Henry H. Preston, has been renovated into a two-story, 88-seat restaurant and bar. The restaurant retains many of the home’s original features, such as the stonework and wood accents.

“We incorporated new and old into the house,” Petrocelli said. “We wanted to restore it to its original glory and make it an intimate yet approachable space for fine dining.”

The Preston House restaurant specializes in New American fare and takes a decidedly seasonal approach to its menu. Guests can enjoy the outdoor seating area or a laid-back, speakeasy-style cocktail lounge overlooking the wine cellar on the lower level. There is often live music in the bar area, too.

The Preston House & Hotel. (Photo Credit: David Benthal)

Accessing the rest of the East End is a quick jaunt. Downtown Riverhead is convenient to both South and North fork wine trails. If you’re looking to venture out, inquire about the hotel’s shuttle services.

The Preston House & Hotel is located at 428 East Main St., Riverhead; 631-775-1500, theprestonhouseandhotel.com

Stay on the water at Aqua by American Beech

Aqua by American Beech is uniquely positioned on a secluded waterfront property in Aquebogue.

The duo behind the American Beech hotel in downtown Greenport opened Aqua last May as alternative for guests seeking a quieter North Fork retreat with easy beach access.

“It is a paradise. You can’t see it from the road so when you pull up, the reception is so special.”— Brent Pelton, owner, Aqua by American Beech

Leisure in all its forms can be truly embraced at this newly renovated 18-room resort. Each guest suite exudes an upscale costal ambience and features either a king- or queen-sized bed outfitted with Frette linens, a flat-screen television, high-speed internet and a private deck overlooking Peconic Bay. Maison Margiela Jazz Club toiletries are also complimentary.

(Photo Credit: David Benthal)

Guests can take full advantage of the private beach as well as the property’s dockside lawn and garden, complete with lounge area, beach chaises, hammocks and a bocce ball court. Kayaks, paddleboards and bicycles are also available.

The hotel is within three miles of several North Fork restaurants and wineries, and just a short drive from award-winning golfing and the Hamptons. It is also just a quick — and scenic drive — to all of the area’s quaint villages. Plus, Aqua guests enjoy priority reservations at the American Beech restaurant in Greenport, which specializes in farm-to-table fare and boasts an extensive wine list with local vintages and a creative cocktail menu.

Aqua by American Beech is located at 15 Bay Ave., Aquebogue; 631-722-3212, americanbeech.com

New in Greenport is The Menhaden

The Menhaden is newest in luxury accommodations in Greenport Village. The 16-room boutique hotel is in the heart of the seaside village, within easy walking distance of shops and a bevy of acclaimed dining options.

“We wanted to introduce something modern and fresh while maintaining an inviting, local feel. We’re located right in the heart of the village, so it’s easy to access everything the destination has to offer. Plus, we have a dedicated house car for guests that will take you to your private winemaking tour or sunset picnic. The highlight of the property is definitely our rooftop deck , the only one in Greenport, which is a perfect spot for oysters and bubbly at sunset.”— Kristen Pennessi, spokesperson, The Menhaden
The Menhaden. (Photo Credit: David Benthal)

Each guest room was designed with a sense of individuality, evoking a refined yet homey feel. All rooms feature high thread-count linens and have large windows, with views of downtown. The spa-like bathrooms offer either a soaking tub or large shower along with bath amenities by Roam. Each floor also has a guest galley stocked with complimentary beverages and snacks.

The Menhaden’s restaurant is a bistro offering small and large plates, such as local seafood paired with summer corn, handmade pastas and prime meats. The seasonal produce is complemented by fresh herbs from the hotel's rooftop garden. The hotel bar also has a dynamic list of local and international wines, as well as signature cocktails.

Across from the restaurant, just off the lobby, is the lounge. It serves fresh squeezed juices and casual grab-and-go fare such as salads and sandwiches. The lounge also hosts a number of events, including butchery demonstrations and pop-up retail shops.

The Menhaden. (Photo Credit: David Benthal)

Another added bonus is a guest-only ferry across Greenport Harborto Shelter Island.

The Menhaden is located at 207 Front St., Greenport; 631-333-2777, themenhaden.com

Stay with friends at Residence Inn Long Island East End by Marriott

Bridal parties, large families and big groups of friends can all stay comfortably at the Residence Inn by Marriott, conveniently located right off the Long Island Express Way in Riverhead.

Choose from studios or one- and two-bedroom suites, each designed to be a home away from home during short or extended stays. Booking includes a variety of amenities and service options to make your visit as relaxing as possible, such as high-speed Wi-Fi, flat-panel TVs with premium channels, an on-site 24-hour fitness center with swimming pool, on-site laundry, a grocery shopping service and more. Even your dog is welcome to stay with you at the Marriott.

(Photo Credit: David Benthal)

The roomy and modern accommodations feature a fully equipped kitchenette with cookware and appliances, making it easy to whip up a snack or meal. There is also a market inside the hotel for a grab-and-go option and a complimentary all-American breakfast buffet is served up hot each morning.

From the hotel, it’s just a short drive to a number of retail shops, restaurants and attractions — and the Marriott the staff is on hand to help you plan the perfect North Fork day trip.

“The Residence Inn Long Island East End makes it easy to access destinations such as Tanger Outlets Riverhead, the Hamptons and Bedell Cellars. Catch a show at the Suffolk Theater or take in East Coast views from the Montauk Point Lighthouse … Let our staff of professional planners take care of all the details.”— Constance Verdin, area director of sales, The Residence Inn Long Island East End

Residence Inn Long Island East End is located at 2012 Old Country Road, Riverhead; 631-905-5811, marriott.com

Complete list of North Fork B&Bs, Inns, Hotels, Condos and Camping

American Beech (Photo Credit: David Benthal)

Area code for all listings is 631 unless otherwise noted.

B&B and Inns

AQUEBOGUE

Cove Place Inn, 15 Bay Avenue, 722-3212 • coveplaceinn.com

Reeve Cottages, 23 White's Lane, 722-4096 • liny-cottages.com

CUTCHOGUE

Blue Iris, 1100 Skunk Lane, 734-7126 • blueirisbedandbreakfast.com

The Farmhouse, 1855 Depot Lane, 734-8539 • thefarmhousebedandbreakfast.com

Fig and Olive, 580 Skunk Lane, 765-8895 • figandolivebb.com

North Fork Guest House, 35995 Main Road, 735-9024 • northforkguesthouse.com

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, 7490 Alvah’s Lane, 734-8282 • sanninovineyard.com

Sunny Side Up, 26350 Main Road, 734-8807 • sunnysideupnofo.com

EAST MARION

Arbor View House, 8900 Route 25, 477-8440 • arborviewhouse.com

The Blue Inn, 7850 Main Road, 477-2800 • theblueinn.com

The Coffey House, 5705 Main Road, 477-2107 • thecoffeyhouse.com

Quintessentials, 8985 Main Road, 477-9400 • quintessentialsinc.com

GREENPORT

deCordova’s Victorian on Main, 538 Main Street, 477-6255 • hadecordova.com/house2

Fordham House, 817 Main Street, 477-8998 • fordhamhouse.com

Harbor Knoll, 424 Fourth Street, 477-2352 • harborknoll.com

The Morning Glory, 912 Main Street, 477-3324 • themorningglory.com

Ruby’s Cove, 151 Bay Avenue, 477-1837 • rubyscovebnb.com

Sirens’ Song Carriage House, 516 Main Street Annex, 477-1021 • cwaloski@earthlink.net

Stirling House, 104 Bay Avenue, 477-0654 • stirlinghousebandb.com

The Sterling Harbor House, 125 Sterling Street, 477-8414

Sweet Auburn, 600 Front Street, 477-1963

The Tapestry Inn, 503 Front Street, 477-0371 • tapestryinn.com

Wells House, 530 Main Street, 477-0674 • thewellshousebnb.com

JAMESPORT/SOUTH JAMESPORT

Bay Breeze Inn, 46 Front Street, 779-3454 • baybreezeinnli.com

Jamesport Bay Suites, 67 Front Street, 722-3458 • jamesportbaysuites.com

Jedediah Hawkins Inn, 400 South Jamesport Avenue, 722-2900 • jedediahhawkinsinn.com

Milford T. Benjamin House, 1216 Main Road, 722-5256 • jamesportwines.com

MATTITUCK

Cedar House on Sound, 4850 Sound Avenue, 298-7676 • cedarhouseonsound.com

Shinn Estate Farmhouse, 2000 Oregon Road, 804-0367 • shinnestatevineyards.com

ORIENT

Orient Inn, 25500 Main Road, 323-2300 • orientinn-ny.com

PECONIC

Harvest Inn, 40300 Main Road, 765-9412 • harvestinnbandb.com

SHELTER ISLAND

Azalea House, 1 Thomas Avenue, 749-4252 • azaleahousebedandbreakfast.com

House on Chase Creek, 3 Locust Avenue, 559-2296 • chasecreek.com

Two South Ferry, 2 South Ferry Road, 749-3208 • twosouthferrybandb.com

West Neck Guesthouse, 31 West Neck Road, 599-3430 • westneckhouse.com

SOUTHOLD

Ellis House, 47100 Main Road, 765-6106 • ellishousebandb.com

North Fork Table & Inn, 57225 Main Road, 765-0177 • nofoti.com

Shorecrest, 54300 Route 48, 765-1570 • shorecrestbedandbreakfast.com

A Walk in the Woods, 9680 N. Bayview Road, 765-9197 • walkinthewoodsbnb.com

Wickham-Prince, 1100 Youngs Avenue, 413-687-3845 • wickham-prince.com

Willow Hill House, 48850 Main Road, 765-1575

Motels and Hotels

AQUEBOGUE

Aqua by American Beech, 15 Bay Avenue, 722-3212 • aquahotelbeachclub.com

GREENPORT

American Beech Restaurant & Inn, 300 Main Street, 477-6571 • americanbeech.com

Drossos Motel, 69125 Main Road, 477-1334 • drossosmotel.com

The Gallery Hotel, 441 Main Street, 477-4000 • galleryhotelny.com

The Greenporter Hotel, 326 Front Street, 477-0066 • greenporterhotel.com

Harborfront Inn, 209 Front Street, 477-0707 • theharborfrontinn.com

The Menhaden, 207 Front Street, 333-2777 • themenhaden.com

The Silver Sands Motel, 1400 Silvermere Road, 477-0011 • silversands-motel.com

Sound View, 57185 Route 48, 477-1910 • soundviewgreenport.com

Sunset Motel, 62005 Route 48, 477-1776 • sunsetmotelgreenport.com

Townsend Manor Inn, 714 Main Street, 477-2000 • townsendinn.com

JAMESPORT

The Duncan Inn, 1399 Main Road, 722-4024 • duncaninn.com

MATTITUCK

Mattituck Motel, 2150 Bay Avenue, 298-4131 • mattituckmotel.net

RIVERHEAD

Hilton Garden Inn, 2038 Old Country Road, 727-2733 • hiltongardeninn3.hilton.com

Holiday Inn Express, 1707 Old Country Road, 548-1000 • hieeastend.com

Hotel Indigo East End, 1830 West Main Street, 369-2200 • hotelindigo.com

Hyatt Place East End & Resort Marina, 451 East Main Street, 208-0002 • longislandeastend.place.hyatt.com

Preston House & Hotel, 428 East Main Street, 775-1550 • theprestonhouseandhotel.com

Residence Inn by Marriott East End, 2012 Route 58, 905-5811 • marriott.com

The Waterfront Suite - Treasure Cove Resort Marina, 469 East Main Street, 727-8386 • treasurecoveresortmarina.com

SHELTER ISLAND

Candlelite Inn, 3 South Ferry Road, 749-0676 • thecandleliteinn.com

The Chequit, 23 Grand Avenue, 749-0018 • thechequit.com

Dering Harbor Inn, 13 Winthrop Road, 749-0900 • deringharborinn.net

Shelter Island House, 11 Stearns Point Road, 749-1633 • shelterislandhouse.com

The Pridwin, 81 Shore Road, 749-0476 • pridwin.com

The Ram’s Head Inn, 108 Ram Island Drive, 749-0811 • theramsheadinn.com

Seven on Shelter, 7 Stearns Point Road, 347-326-3259 • sevenonshelter.com

Sunset Beach, 35 Shore Road, 749-2001 • sunsetbeachli.com

SOUTHOLD

Heron Suites Port of Egypt, 62300 Main Road, 765-5121 • poemarine.com/heron-suites

Southold Beach Motel, 53250 North Road, 765-2233 • southoldbeachmotel.com

WADING RIVER

Inn and Spa at East Wind, 5720 Route 25A, 929-3500 • eastwindlongisland.com

Condominiums

Cliffside Resort 61475 Route 48, Greenport, 800-269-4140 • thecliffsideresort.com

North Fork Beach Condominiums, 22400 Soundview Avenue, Southold, 765-2080

Campgrounds

Eastern Long Island Kampgrounds, 690 Queen Street, Greenport, 477-0022 • easternlikampground.net

Indian Island County Park, Route 105, Riverhead, 852-3232 • suffolkcountyny.gov

McCann Campground, 2600 Moore’s Lane, Greenport, 477-0043

Wildwood State Park, 790 Hulse Landing Road, Wading River, 929-4314 • nysparks.com

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