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The route from Riverhead to Orient is chock-a-block with restaurants, markets and wineries, and this guide should not stop you from keeping your eyes and mouth open for late-breaking treats. One essential piece of equipment to bring: a cooler filled with freezer packs.

The North Fork Chocolate Company in Aquebogue makes a variety...

The North Fork Chocolate Company in Aquebogue makes a variety of bonbons, truffles, barks, desserts and other confections. Credit: Newsday/Erica Marcus

Proceeding west to east, your first stop is North Fork Chocolate Company (740 Main Rd., Aquebogue, 631-779-2963, for exquisite chocolates and ice cream made with local milk. Next, browse the restaurant-quality kitchen equipment at Bowery Fork (1075 Franklinville Rd., Laurel, 631-298-1818, before hitting up The Village Cheese Shop (105 Love Lane, Mattituck, 631-298-8556, for one of the Island’s best selections of cheese. (Aren't you glad you brought a cooler?) 

Head down to New Suffolk for great views of Cutchogue Harbor and casual eats and drinks at Case’s Place (650 First St., New Suffolk, 631-734-8686, before heading to 8 Hands Farm (4735 Cox Lane, Cutchogue, 631-494-6155, where you can see sustainably raised sheep, pigs and chickens, buy wool and meat (as well as the remarkable European-inspired charcuterie made by head butcher Julien Shapiro).

The tasting room at The Old Field Vineyards in Southold.

The tasting room at The Old Field Vineyards in Southold. Credit: Randee Daddona

Flagging? Stop for an expertly pulled, poured or brewed coffee at North Fork Roasting Co. (55795 Main Rd., Southold, 631-876-5450, Now it’s time to relax with a glass of wine at one of the North Fork’s loveliest and lowest-key wineries, The Old Field Vineyards (59600 Main Rd., Southold, 631-765-0004,, weekends only during spring).

Finally, watch the sun set over Greenport Harbor from the patio at Little Creek Oyster Farm & Market (37 Front St., Greenport, 631-477-6992, where you can shuck your own local oysters and clams and quaff local (as well as excellent nonlocal) brews.

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