Restaurants on the North Fork operate according to their own timetables: They close when people stop coming in, their "in season" starts up whenever the traffic warrants, and they may shut down at a moment's notice for a month's vacation. It's best to call first.

VINe, 100 South St., Greenport (tel. 631/477-6238), is an appealing little wine bar serving exquisite small plates showcasing local and artisanal foods. More than 50 wines are available by the taste, glass, or bottle. For waterfront dining, try the consistently top-quality Seafood Barge, 62980 Main Rd., Southold (tel. 631/765-3010). Stock up on picnic provisions at the Village Cheese Shop, 105 Love Lane, Mattituck (tel. 631/298-8556), which has an excellent cheese selection (or eat on-site, where they serve scrumptious fondues and raclette). For fresh seafood plates to go, head straight for Brauns Seafood, 30840 Main Rd., Cutchogue (tel. 631/734-5550).

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.