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Can't-miss spots on the North Fork

Summer most frequently comes with four things: sun, fun, beaches and crowds. The latter is especially true if your travels take you to the Hamptons, where the populace tends to triple in size in popular destinations like Montauk and Shelter Island.

But you can still go east and visit hamlets on the North Fork that provide the summer-in-the-Hamptons experience — with the added bonus of more peace and tranquility. 

“To get something you need, a quick something to eat or do errands, things are literally a few minutes away,” said Toqui S. Terchun, president of the Greater Calverton Civic Association. “And if you coordinate yourself, you can get everything done in a half-hour and you can come back to this relaxing, peaceful rural area that's a treasure.”

Here are some of the scenes and attractions you'll find from Baiting Hollow to East Marion.

TRACY M. BROWN

Baiting Hollow

Ridge residents Brenda Distill, left, and Alexandra Orlich
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Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard Brenda Distill and Alexandra Orlich, both of Ridge, taste wine at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard on May 8, 2019.

The Cooperage Inn Restaurant and bar in Baiting
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The Cooperage Inn A restaurant and bar in Baiting Hollow on May 8, 2019.

New Suffolk

New Suffolk Beach in New Suffolk Wednesday May
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New Suffolk Beach A popular local beach which permits windsurfing, Southold officials have previously identified this beach as one of the town’s most visited beaches. Seen here on May 8, 2019.

Residents refer to the New Suffolk Waterfront, which
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New Suffolk Waterfront The Peconic Bay once was the home to the first U.S. submarine base where the USS Holland was commissioned by the U.S. Navy. Now, the waterfront is a home for recreational and cultural activities.

The NYS Environmental Protection Fund allows local residents
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New Suffolk Waterfront The NYS Environmental Protection Fund allows local residents to plant vegetables at the former home to the first U.S. submarine base in New Suffolk , seen here on May 8, 2019.

Jack Armo plants wax peppers, broccoli and cherry
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New Suffolk Waterfront Jack Armo plants wax peppers, broccoli and cherry tomatoes on May 8, 2019, at the former home to the first U.S. submarine base in New Suffolk.

The waterfront in New Suffolk on Saturday, May
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New Suffolk Waterfront The waterfront in New Suffolk on May 11, 2019.

A woman walking down New Suffolk Ave. the
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New Suffolk Avenue A woman walks down New Suffolk Avenue on May 8, 2019. Hidden away off 1st Street in New Suffolk is a 2.5-acre property that locals refer to as one of the area’s hidden treasures.

Peconic

Cherry Blossoms seen blooming in the springtime at
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Jean Cochran Park Cherry blossoms bloom at Jean Cochran Park on May 8, 2019. Located on Peconic Lane in Peconic, this is a popular local park, with facilities including three baseball fields, three tennis courts, a hockey rink, and a basketball court.

A giant osprey looms at the entrance of
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Jean Cochran Park A giant osprey looms at the entrance of Jean Cochran Park in Southold on May 8, 2019.

Goats at Catapano Farms in Peconic make it
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Catapano Dairy Farm Goats at Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic, seen on May 7, 2019, enable the production of milk and cheese. They also entertain young children visiting the farm.

Goats being milked at Catapano Farm where dairy
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Catapano Dairy Farm Goats are milked at Catapano Dairy Farm on y May 7, 2019. The farm offers its guests samples from its artisanal cheese selection while kids can play with baby goats and other farm animals.

Catapano Dairy Farm co-owner Debbie Slack watches as
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Catapano Dairy Farm Farm co-owner Debbie Slack watches as the goats are milked on May 7, 2019. The farm, located in Peconic, produces products such as cheese, yogurt and soap.

Goats at Catapano Dairy Farm in Peconic entertain
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Catapano Dairy Farm Goats entertain visitors on May 7, 2019. 

Products for sale at Catapano Dairy Farm in
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Catapano Dairy Farm Products for sale at the farm on May 7, 2019. 

Goats at Catapano Farms make it possible to
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Catapano Dairy Farm Goats at the farm on May 7, 2019. 

Southold

A Cherry Blossom tree on the grounds around
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Horton Point Lighthouse A cherry blossom tree on the grounds around the Horton Point Lighthouse in Southold on May 7, 2019.

The grounds around the Horton Point Lighthouse in
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Horton Point LighthouseThe grounds around the Horton Point Lighthouse in Southold on May 7, 2019.

Horton Point Lighthouse has stairs leading to the
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Horton Point Lighthouse Stairs leading to the beach from the Horton Point Lighthouse in Southold, on May 7, 2019.

A rusted old truck with the American flag
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Middle Road A rusted old truck with the American flag painted on the sides of it sitting on the side of the road as a symbol of and American image on Middle Rd in Southold May 5, 2019. 

Your travels through the North Fork may take
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Middle Road A rusted old truck with the American flag painted on the sides of it sitting on the side of the road as a symbol of and American image on Middle Rd in Southold May 5, 2019. 

East Marion

Early preparation for the spring season at Lavender
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Lavender by the Bay Early preparation for the spring season at Lavender By the Bay in East Marion, seen here on May 7, 2019. 

English lavender plants at Lavender By the Bay
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Lavender by the Bay English lavender plants at Lavender By the Bay in East Marion on May 7, 2019. 

June Greenberg of Hendersonville, NC checking out some
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Lavender by the Bay June Greenberg of Hendersonville, N.C., checks out products at Lavender By the Bay in  East Marion on May 7, 2019. 

The store at Lavender Farm in East Marion
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Lavender by the Bay The store at Lavender By the Bay in East Marion on May 7, 2019. 

East Marion Post Office in East Marion Tuesday
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East Marion Post Office on May 7, 2019.

A memorial honoring East Marion residents who served
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East Marion Post Office On the front lawn of the East Marion Post Office, seen here on May 7, 2019, is a monument that pays tribute to 15 residents who died in World War I, while the interior contains plaques honoring residents who served in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam, according to Southold Town Historian Amy Folk. 

The trails at Ruth Oliva Preserve at Dam
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Ruth Oliva Preserve at Dam Pond A trail at Ruth Oliva Preserve at Dam Pond in East Marion on May 7, 2019. The preserve has 35-acres of wetlands and woodlands and trails for hiking and birdwatching.

A trail along the Ruth Oliva Preserve at
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Ruth Oliva Preserve at Dam Pond A trail along the Ruth Oliva Preserve at Dam Pond in East Marion on May 13, 2019. 

The pond at Ruth Oliva Preserve at Dam
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Ruth Oliva Preserve at Dam Pond The pond at Ruth Oliva Preserve at Dam Pond in East Marion on May 7, 2019. 

A Great Egret flying above the wetlands at
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Ruth Oliva Preserve at Dam Pond A great egret flies above the wetlands at Ruth Oliva Preserve at Dam Pond in East Marion, on May 7, 2019. 

Fishers Island

This is the US Post Office showing a
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Fishers Island Post Office This is the U.S. Post Office showing a Connecticut zip code on Fishers Island on May 22, 2019. 

WWI veterans honored with a memorial outside the
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Fishers Island Post Office WWI veterans are honored with a memorial outside the U.S. Post Office on Fishers Island on May 22, 2019. 

A view of Hay Harbor Golf Course overlooking
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Hay Harbor Golf Club A view of Hay Harbor Golf Club, overlooking the Long Island Sound on Fishers Island on May 22, 2019. 

This is downtown on Fishers Island Wednesday May
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Downtown on Fishers Island on May 22, 2019.

This is a view of Pirates Cove Marine
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Pirates Cove Marina This is a view of Pirates Cove Marina on Fishers Island on May 22, 2019. 

One of the beautiful homes on Fishers Island
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Homes on Fishers Island on May 22, 2019. 

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