This modestly sized hamlet lies smack in the midsection of the North Fork and packs notable organic farms, artisanal food producers, a microbrewery and six wineries within its borders.
A destination for foodies and artists
Long before this community became the home of winemakers and farmers committed to sustainable agriculture, its gorgeous light and scenery attracted painters who came to be known as the Peconic Art Colony. They included Edith Mitchill Prellwitz, whose work has been favorably compared to John Singer Sargent and Mary Cassatt. Today, Peconic boasts some of the most celebrated food producers, farm stands and wineries on the North Fork.
Family homes in wide open spaces
If it’s room to roam you crave, or a home where you don’t necessarily want to see your next-door neighbor, Peconic is an excellent choice. Clean-lined farmhouses and rustic country estates are interspersed with shingled cottages and the occasional ranch-style home. Prices here can be more reasonable than some neighboring towns, yet residents still have easy access to the glimmering inlets and beaches along the coastline.
Breeze Hill’s event space and La Fattoria Market & Café takes the classic farm stand to new heights of sophistication. The stand sells apples, berries, vegetables, local cheese, coffee and homemade cider donuts.
Lenz consistently produces some of the North Fork’s finest wines and stages popular events, including a summer “Dinner in the Vines” banquet and a winter release party.
This lovely 35-acre park has tidal wetlands, a pond that’s terrific for heron watching, and a half-mile trail that ends at a small Long Island Sound beach with epic sunsets.