It's the classic End End rivalry: The North Fork versus The Hamptons. Purists on either side of the debate claim that the two are incomparable. New Yorkers simply searching for a weekend away, however, can be a bit more objective. They're both filled with quaint summer towns that bustle up during the on-season, and they're both accessible via the Hampton Jitney. Close enough if you ask us. But while the South Fork continues to call forth rowdy socialites and attention-seeking celebs, its neighbor is proving to preserve its more laid-back roots, but not without a hipster facelift.
The standout town? Greenport Village, a charming shoreside destination dotted with seafood restaurants, lively nightlife, a hip hotel, and the area's jewel of a new addition, VSOP Art+ Design Projects. The unique space is one part gallery, one part furniture store, and all parts community gathering place, complete with a backyard screening situation that's as fun as it is well-designed.
Last weekend we headed out for a 24-hour stay in the easily walkable (and very affordable!) North Fork town, where VSOP founder, director, and curator Jonathan Weiskopf helped show us around. After just one night we feel pretty confident that we can call it - Greenport is about to be the next summer hot spot.
[Photo courtesy VSOP Projects]