Hamptons Without The Hassle! 4 Towns Worth Visiting On The North Shore of Long Island
Long Island is to the Hamptons as New Jersey is to the Jersey Shore. It's also synonymous with traffic. With recent articles about the trials of making the journey east, we compiled towns that have that Hamptons vibe without the hassle.
Locust Valley Area
1 hr . 39 mins- Penn Station to Locust Valley via car or 1 hr by LIRR
Gold Coast living with Hamptons feel with great boutiques, antiques and design showrooms. Grab a bite to eat or something sweet at Loaffers Bakery and Curds & Whey right in town, or grab a cup of Williamburg's Devocion coffee at Karmic Grind!
What to do: Visit the Bailey Arboretum or John P. Humes Japanese Stroll Garden, a short distance to Planting Field Arboretum in Oyster Bay, visit Bayville beaches and Adventure Park. Play a round of golf with water. views at Glen Cove Golf Course and grab lunch at The View Grill right on the course!
Where to stay: Mansion at Glen Cove or Airbnb it!
Nightlife: For an adventure head to Bayville Adventure Park for rides and amusement or Oyster Bay for restaurants and bars.
Cold Spring Harbor Area
1 hr . 30 mins- Penn Station to CSH via car or 1 hr by LIRR
Quaint Hamptons vibe just over the Nassau county border. Grab yourself a coffee at Sweetie Pies ( the iced coffee is no joke-- the ice cubes are actually frozen coffee) and take a stroll down main.
Nightlife: Head to Huntington for a show at the Paramount or enjoy the lively bar scene
1 hr . 47 mins- Penn Station to CSH via car or 1 hr 30 mins by LIRR
Coastal town at its finest with a bustling main street and a popular waterfront park.
Nightlife: Catch a broadway-style performance at the Engeman Theater or Huntington is a short distance away for a show at the Paramount or enjoy the lively bar scene.
Stony Brook Area
1 hr . 53 mins- Penn Station to Stony Brook via car or 1 hr 45 mins by LIRR
Picture perfect harbor town with convenient local shops and bed and breakfasts.
What to do: Visit the shops at the Stony Brook Village Center including Robinson's Tea Room for a cuppa, tour historic sites like the Stony Brook Grist Mill, explore the Avalon Nature Preserve trails complete with labyrinth, rent a kayak or SUP.