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Long Island continues to be a lovely surprise.  We hated to leave Port Washington, with all its interesting aviation history - many large commercial seaplanes were manufactured there, and the Pan Am Clipper used to land there until Mayor LaGuardia convinced the airlines to move closer to NYC. 

Our next stop was Huntington, NY where we found many small natural harbors and coves - moorings everywhere!  I've never seen so many moored boats stuck in every nook and cranny.  Huntington is another lovely town with tree-lined streets, beautiful stone walls, and lovely gardens.  It boasts a nice little art museum (which happened to have an Edward Weston exhibit) and a gorgeous wooded park with ponds.

huntington park

We found an ice cream and fancy cake shop that looked interesting, so we all had to give it a try.

ice cream shop

I think we were most intrigued by the nifty ice cream cone "flower arrangement" in the window... and the ice cream proved worthy of the fancy decor.

ice cream cone art

Along the shoreline we've seen homes that range from enormous mansions to just regular houses, but the setting is hilly and wooded and beautiful.

huntington harbor homes

From Huntington we headed out to the "fish tail" on the eastern end of Long Island. We anchored in Coecles (pronounced "cockles") Harbor in Shelter Island - very pretty and quiet with a large protected bird sanctuary on the south shore. Coecles was a  good protected place to anchor and the water was very clean and clear. I kayaked around the sanctuary and saw lots of terns, gulls, ospreys, and raccoons hunting in the shallows.

raccoon

We dinghied over to famous Sag Harbor to get a feel for part of the fancy-schmanzy "Hamptons", and enjoyed walking the town. There were lots of bigger yachts, but it's still a little early in the season and mid-week.so I can imagine that the "bling factor" goes up quite a bit once summer is in full swing.

sag harbor yachts

Sag Harbor has a nice little whaling museum, lovely tree-lined streets with old homes and pretty flower gardens. There are interesting shops ranging from trendy to artsy, plus a good old-fashioned hardware store (packed to the gills with a bit of everything) and a little IGA grocery.  And of course, ice cream shops.

sag harbor ice cream


 
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