Wetlands are the barrier between land and sea that outline Long Island and penetrate the Island with help of river shorelines. They are usually swampy areas that sometimes fall below water level during hightide, and are exposed during low. They are mucky supporting such plantlife as the brown reeds that are so characteristic of LI waterways. Wetlands act as waterfowl habitats, as well as the home of many fish species. My favorite wetlands are in Mastc Beach since they were protected before houses were to be built all over them such as farther east in the Hamptons.
- Hiking and Walking
Twin Ponds and Barnes Road
The twin ponds are on the border of Mastic and Moriches in Suffolk county. Their twins cause there is two of them. Theres a road that bisects the twio called Barnes road. This road has the setting of old Long Island in that there is a duck farm along it a stable, farmstand and Pine Barrens to the northern end. The ponds aren't anything special its like most wetlands ponds on the east end its just a great marker for a great drive, on one of my favorite roads in the east end.
- Adventure Travel
- Road Trip
For any one place to be claimed "off the beaten path" in the East End of Long Island, there has to be a reason for this since all land that lyes east is soooo on path. The OTBP reasoning must be the fact that this Island that sits wedged between the two forks is only accessed by ferry, one to the north and one to the south. This seclusion created a moat effect and kept the Island in a state of LONG ISLAND 100 YEARS AGO. Quaint is very defining of the atmosphere, with its large old victorian INNS and miles of undeveloped trails. Shelter Island also claims from its western shore, some of the best sunsets in the East.
- Road Trip
RELAX ON THE BEACH & MINGLE WITH HIGH SOCIETY
A stay in any of the Hamptons, located on the eastern tip of Long Island, N.Y., U.S.A., is a great vacation.
The white sand beaches consist of long stretches of beautiful sand and surf. Some beaches are secluded and others are quite populated. The "free" beach in Southampton is "off the beaten path" and is used by only a handful of savvy sun bathers. Free parking. No concessions there, though, so pack a picnic basket and bring your own chairs and umbrella.
The rich and famous also roam the area, so be prepared to do some people watching!
The night life consists of some very ineresting spots, such as Star Room.This Wainscott club and restaurant lives up to it’s namesake with loads of Hollywood’s brightest living it up. You never know which socialite will be at the next table. True to Hamptons style, the strict door policy is by reservations only, and regardless of the night, you’re more than likely going to do some serious wallet damage.
There are several local wineries where tours and samplings are offered. They are centrally located and the wines are quite good.
Restaurants are plentiful, some expensive, some inexpensive, so check ahead before making reservations.I recommend Almond and the sister restaurant, Almondito.
So, enjoy the sun, beaches, restaurants, sports, and wine. Dont forget to visit Montauk!
- Wine Tasting
- Arts and Culture
Everyone goes to Jones Beach, for a more quiet escape look into Fire Island. You will easily be able to leave that city life behind.
- National/State Park
- Hiking and Walking