This small, close-knit hamlet is nearly surrounded by the waters of Peconic Bay, making it perfect for sailing, water sports, or simply watching the action from ashore.
Visit once and you won’t want to leave
New Suffolk has fewer than 400 residents and covers just 0.62 square miles, but that didn’t stop National Geographic from labeling it and nearby Cutchogue among America’s most charming out-of-the-way towns. With so much surrounding water, local life naturally tends to be centered around the hamlet’s white sand bay beaches and history-rich waterfront. (It was actually the base for America’s first commissioned military submarine in 1899.) This is flat, low country, and the sun-splashed views and scenic drive in are arresting. This intimate community actively protects its countryside, and bands together for good times like the annual Fourth of July celebration.
Quaint neighborhoods with a maritime look
Home buyers in New Suffolk can pick their pleasure. The homes fringing Cutchogue Harbor often have private docks. Meanwhile, the views from bayside homes can stretch across the Peconic to Robins Island and Long Island’s South Fork. The cottages that line the little grid of streets at the southernmost part of the hamlet are popular summer rentals. Elsewhere close to the water, grander homes on more substantial lots are plentiful.
This classic 110-year-old bright red schoolhouse with a white steeple is worth a view. It has frequently battled to stay open, and had just 15 students in grades K-6 in 2017-18.
Many of the races on Peconic Bay, including the Whitebread Race in the fall, launch from this family-run marina within walking distance of New Suffolk village.
Befitting its waterside location, the emphasis here is on local seafood, oysters, shrimp and clams. They also have a lovely terrace to take in the boat races or absorb the glow as the sun goes down.