Southold, on the North Fork of eastern Long Island, is a visually stimulating and appealing community that encompasses Greenport and Orient Point. A low-key peninsula of farms and vineyards, ospreys and whaling ports, idyllic sunsets and quaint country cottages. Exuding an Old World charm distinctly its own, it's as if you've stepped back in history to a gentler era, to a time when agriculture was paramount, and supported the rural way of life.

The town's four beaches, wetlands and creeks are scenic treasures, but there is so much more to enjoy. Visitors can choose among several rustic bed and breakfast establishments as they enjoy the sights and sensations of the community's bakeries and seafood markets. Southold also features the 3,763-acre Orient Beach State Park and the 1857-era Horton Point Lighthouse. A variety of water sports and bike rentals are close at hand. To learn more about local history, and how these serenely private lands were transformed into one of the richest experiences on the east end, just visit the Southold Historical Society Museum or the Southold Indian Museum.