Sixty-five miles east of Manhattan, on the north shore of Long Island, you’ll find Port Jefferson, the base of operations for our week-end adventure. Settled in the 1600s, Port Jefferson was a shipbuilding center in the 1800s.
Eighty-five miles east of Manhattan, where Long Island divides into the North Fork and the South Fork, lies the sleepy town of Riverhead, my Halloween destination. Riverhead celebrated the holiday by organizing an Edgar Allan Poe Festival. There were kids in costume trick-or-treating on Broadway. There were authors reading selections from Poe as well as excerpts from their own books. There were one-act plays and all manner of surprises.
One hundred three miles east of Manhattan, you’ll come to Orient Point, the easternmost tip of the North Fork of Long Island. Perhaps you’re familiar with the South Fork, with the Hamptons and Montauk Point. The North Fork is wine country, and, at the very end, the spectacular Orient Point.