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Three Perfect Days: Long Island

From the tony South Fork to its rustic northerly counterpart, Long Island is both a playpen for the well-to-do and a calming, cozy respite.

Author Sarah Horne


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THE TWIN FORKS OF LONG ISLAND ARE QUITE THE ODD COUPLE, jutting into the Atlantic Ocean like a crocodile about to swallow Shelter Island. The bottom jaw of the beast, the South Fork, is a playground for the international jet set, featuring swank resort villages such as East Hampton and Amagansett, and even the occasional polo field. The North Fork, once a briny haven for shipbuilders and farmers, has recently come into its own as a winsome, off-the-beaten-path destination for foodies and oenophiles (with some good, salty dive bars thrown in).

What they share are a regal, quiet beauty and a slant of light that can make even the most jaded world travelers stop in their tracks, awestruck. It’s no wonder, then, that hundreds upon hundreds of famous names have made the East End their summer home and that thousands still willingly brave the traffic on Route 27 on humid weekends.

3 Responses to “Three Perfect Days: Long Island”

  1. Mariel Takamura Says:
    June 8th, 2010 at 12:08 am

    Not to be petty, but I would hope that the writer of an article about a place as iconic as Long Island referencing a novel as iconic as The Great Gatsby would know the basic fact that the light was at the end of Daisy Buchanan’s dock. It was from his own house that Jay Gatsby would stare at the green light emanating from Daisy’s dock, a light that served to symbolize his romantic, and unachievable, dream of reuniting with Daisy.

  2. Paula Sparkle Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    How do you fly there through United? I can’t seem to find a United flight to ISLIP

  3. Hemispheres Editor Says:
    August 10th, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Hi Paula. It’s an easy drive from New York’s JFK or LGA airport, both of which are serviced by United. Happy travels.

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