Just before you arrive in Greenport, going east on 48 is majestic Southold Town Beach. It is the longest expanse of public beach on the entire journey from Riverhead to Orient. The beach extends nearly 1,000 feet on the left hand side of the road offering great views of Long Island Sound and the adjacent islands. Above all this is just a great place to pull over your car and get out and walk the 1/4 mile stretch of sandy beach.
The beach offers a picnic pavillion, restroom facilities, a wooden swing area and a wide expanse of sand to walk on. There were a lot of sunbathers at the time of my visit even though it was late Sepetember. There is no fee to use the beach. Apparently lifeguards are on duty between July and early September. Drinking of alcohol is not allowed on the beach/
On the way to the Orient Point Ferry there is the absolutely super cute town of Orient. There is only one sign alerting you to make a right turn as you go east so be prepared to look. The town has less than 800 people but from the resident I talked to while walking the streets the mid summer population of Orient more than doubles.
Apparently the area occupying the town of Orient has had many names over the year. It was originally named Poquatuck in celebration of the local Native Americans that occupied the site. Then the name was changed to Oyster Ponds then later to Orient in the last century to avoid confusion with the town of Oyster Bay.
The town of Orient has only a post office, gas station, museum, and general store that I could see. However in its few streets the town of Orient is an absolute delight to walk around. There are many stately homes of several styles. Towards the end of the main street there is a beach area with some gorgeous homes on the bay. As I walked around the streets of Orient on a Friday afternoon I thought what a great place this would be to raise a family. The folks of Orient depend on nearly all of their needs in the neighboring town of Greenport.
Orient is definitely worth a look as you visit either Greenport or go out to Orient Point to the beach or to go on the ferry.
Located a good 15 miles west of Greenport is the fascinating to view Long Island Antique Power Association. The group has a very large display of antique farming equipment collected from all over Long Island.
As you drive by on Sound Avenue you are first struck by the large windmill that advertises the name of the association. Once you enter through the dirt road you will find a huge assortment of farm and highway equipment spread out over several acres. There are over 40 pieces of agricultural equipment from all over Long Island on the grounds.
Aside from viewing the equipment, the Association performs in numerous parades all through Long Island. What is remarkable about the equipment is how clean they are and how nicely they are put together on the agricultural fields to view.
Driving back from Greenport I ran into this very neat and well organized farm stand. Stopping and talking to some of the employees gave me an insight as to how this farm started. Apparently in 1978 Ed and Monica Harbes, a newly married couple, purchased a farm and decided to open a farm stand. Through a lot of hard work the farm grew into a large operation and now includes a family farm, a western farm, a barnyard adventure, Patty's Berries and Bunches, and a family vineyard and tasting barn. The produce at this family farm stand was super. The heirloom tomatoes, of which I only purchased two were excellent and the cookies great. Definitely worth a stop on the road to or back from Greenport.
631-298The Harbes Family Farm Stand is located on 715 Sound Avenue in Mattituck, just a few miles west of the town of Greenport. The Harbes Family Farm and Vineyard is located 1.3 miles west of the Farmstand.
After eating in a local restaurant we drove to Greenport, just looking around. Being for the first time in this town I found it very quiet and nice in the warm late spring evening.