Cutchogue & Nassau Point
Hailed as New York State’s sunniest town, it is perfectly understandable if you feel like you are in France’s Bordeaux wine region rather than the East End when you drive past the villages and hamlets that unfurl on the North Fork. Cutchogue, halfway down the North Fork, is a good case in point.
The biggest crop of this traditionally agricultural hamlet is grapes. In fact, nine of the North Fork’s 30 wineries are located in Cutchogue. But the main case is more than 12 bottles of wine. It’s the open spaces that the vineyards provide. The verdant vistas, with row after row of grape vines, ensure an uncluttered horizon that is an amenity in other areas.
There are also plenty of farms here, many with stands along Route 25 and Middle Road. Bring your gloves and hand pick nature’s bounty at Wickham’s Fruit Farm, a family operation that started in the 1600s. Serious potato chip lovers probably know that Cutchogue is the home of the award-winning North Fork Potato Chips.
Cutchogue’s two beaches are by calm bay waters that are also perfect for a fishing expedition. Everywhere you look there is the feeling of expansiveness that links you to yesterday’s Cutchogue and today’s.
For boaters, there are many coves in and around Cutchogue and Nassau Point that are ideal for watersports or fun tie ups with friends and family.
Sheri’s picks for fabulous and super yummy Cutchogue hotspots:
A Touch of Venice
The Cutchogue Diner
Red Rooster Bistro
Braun’s Seafood company (take-out)
Castello di Borghese
Wickham’s Fruit Farm