Carolina Zapf: 10 Hamptons Favorites
Carolina Zapf with her children: Nicholas, Lily and Sophie
|Orient Beach State Park|
|Nina’s ice cream parlor in Orient regularly adds new flavors|
1. Potato Beach in Orient Beach State Park is great for crabbing and kayaking.
2. Fishing off the coast of East Marion—it is great for flounders, striped bass and the occasional sea robin, which my son loves because it barks like a dog.
3. We head to Latham’s farm stand on Main Road in Orient (323-3701) for heirloom tomatoes and flowers, then walk over to Oysterponds Farm (24850 Main Road, 323-2463) for the best raspberries in New York.
4. The kids love Nina’s ice cream parlor (1010 Village Lane, Orient, 323-8101).
5. I go to The Orient Line Company for handcrafted linens, quilts and baby blankets (by appointment only, 1100 Village Lane, Orient, 521-3711).
6. The Oysterponds Historical Society (1555 Village Lane, Orient, 323-2480) is a complex of six historic buildings that has been converted into a museum depicting the maritime and rural past of Orient and East Marion. We go to see the antique furniture, art and scrimshaw.
7. At By Aldo (103–105 Front St., Greenport, 477-6300), owner Aldo Maiorana roasts his own coffee, which is great to watch with the children. Plus, he makes delicious chocolate cookies.
8. Wm. J. Mills & Co. in Greenport (74100 W. Front St., 800-477-1535) makes wonderful canvas bags.
9. Greenport Art & Design (117 Main St., Greenport, 477-2380) is a great place for kids and adults to paint pottery, but plan ahead—it has only two tables!
10. Nostalgia reigns at Drossos Tick Tock Miniature Golf (Route 25, Greenport, 477-1334), and with good reason—it has been around more than 50 years. Each hole has its own kitschy obstacle; think windmill, cannon, lighthouse or church. There is also a retro-cool video arcade and a snack stand serving frozen custard, burgers and fries.
PHOTOGRAPH BY JOHN WILLIAMS (ORIENT BEACH)