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Quogue is one of the oldest communities on Long Island, but really came into its own as a destination when it got railroad service in the mid-1800's. Vacationers fell in love with the area and put down roots, establishing hotels, B&B's, and restaurants to host day-trippers and summer vacationers from the city.
Since most of the duck farms closed in the latter part of the 19th century, Eastport has turned its economic focus to tourism, and has capitalized on both its historic charm and surrounding natural beauty. Visitors not particularly thrilled by duck-lore can check out antiques bargain shopping in Eastport proper. Main Street is perfect for hunting for unique vases and carved maple end tables you just won't find at Pottery Barn back home. The quaint streets of Eastport offer a great opportunity for window shopping and admiring the waterfront of the Great South Bay. Eastport is also home to Lily Pond - known locally as simply "the Lake" - which is a quiet natural oasis off the beaten path and well away from all the activity in the heart of town.
An enormous array of boats and yachts dot the harbor, reminiscent of the community's history of fishing, and farther into town one can enjoy the quiet calm of Sag Harbor's fine dining and museums.
One must-see is the old Customs House, which was built in 1789 when Sag Harbor - along with New York City - was designated the first port of entry into the country. The historic building was also home to Long Island's first post office. Today, the museum displays historical documents and furnishings from its various incarnations.
Also of interest are the Sag Harbor Whaling Museum, the Sag Harbor Fire Department Museum, and the various historic homes in town. Walking tours are available to show visitors around, and the Sag Harbor Chamber of Commerce offers information on accommodations, dining, and points of interest throughout town.
To get to Shelter Island, visitors must take either the North Ferry, which runs between the Island and Greenport on the North Fork, or the South Ferry, which runs between North Haven and the rest of the South Fork.
Shelter Island has three public beaches, four marinas, a nine-hole public golf course, a miniature golf course, five public tennis courts, and two playgrounds, but is also home to some spectacular opportunities to enjoy nature. There's the Nature Conservancy's 2,000-acre Mashomack Preserve, which hosts weekly educational activities in the summer for adults and children, and Coecles Harbor and other local waters for world-class fishing from the shore or by boat.