Literary City Guide | NORTH SHORE - Long ISLAND, NEW YORK
(Glen Cove, Huntington, Oyster Bay, Port Washington, Roslyn)
Tour Guide: STACIE HAMMOND
Stacie Hammond is a public librarian by day and a writer by night, and is proud to have published her first novel, called Ana J Awakens. Stacie can be described as a challenge-junkie, a futurist, a nature-lover, an overachieving Mom, and an evolver. Once a month, she donates her time empowering women to live their best, most fulfilling lives. She is loving life, enjoying motherhood, while busy working on her next project. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. (Some photos by Maria Galatro)
Relationship to the North Shore: I was born and raised in Oyster Bay and have spent the majority of my life living in various spots on this island. The North Shore is my favorite; it’s home.
Writer you’d like to invite to dinner: Stephen King
Chef you’d like to prepare the meal: Tom Colicchio
Writing soundtrack: Songs from a Secret Garden to Sinatra to Sergio Mendes, depending on what I’m writing.
Pen or Pencil: Pen. If I don’t have my laptop, that is.
Coffee or Tea? Coffee! And then more coffee. Please.
Paperback or Hardback? Paperback
The Book Revue, Huntington. Called the largest independent bookstore on Long Island, this two-story, charming shop is packed with tables and shelves of books in every subject, including a kids’ corner. A café has opened inside, as of 2016, serving sandwiches, salads, coffee and treats.
The Dolphin Bookshop and Café, Port Washington, NY. A stone’s throw from the waterfront, this unique little shop is more than a bookstore – they have a café which features live music and they host book talks and community events, as well.
Oyster Bay-East Norwich Public Library. Find lots of historical charm and nostalgia here in this small-town library. They have all the modern amenities plus old microfilm and a Theodore Roosevelt Collection. A must for history enthusiasts. The cornerstone was laid by Roosevelt, himself.
Cold Spring Harbor Library and Environmental Center. This beautiful, remodeled library has a picturesque setting and a great collection. Worth a visit for the view, alone.
Port Washington Public Library. Another great collection with all the amenities. Great for reading, this library still enforces the quiet rule. Be sure to step out onto the patio on the second floor and catch the harbor view.
READINGS & CONFERENCES
Book Revue offers story-times for children and hosts popular authors for well-attended public events.
The Dolphin Bookshop hosts community events, live music, and popular authors, as well.
The Oyster Bay-Historical Society holds readings and events, centered on local history.
The Oyster Bay Historical Society. A must-see, for its small restored Wightman house and new barn building which houses the archives and ephemera. Great reading for history lovers. It’s a stop on the local history walking tour, too.
Walt Whitman Birthplace. Any lit-lover has a requisite appreciation for Walt Whitman. Visit his home and tour exhibits honoring his life and legacy. Pick up a stretch of the Long Island Greenbelt here, and walk where Whitman walked.
Sagamore Hill. Another must-see on the North Shore is Theodore Roosevelt’s summer White House. Tour the grounds, peek inside the old house, and get a walking tour of the former president’s favorite place to be.
Gooseberry Grove, Oyster Bay. A trendy little spot that serves coffee, tea, and will definitely satisfy your sweet tooth. They have music playing overhead and cozy decor. A favorite spot for the local kids due to the homemade ice cream, it’s not the quietest reading nook.
Southdown Coffee, Huntington. This charming little spot roasts their own coffee beans. In addition to delicious coffee, they also serve sandwiches and pastries. Try the sriracha egg sandwich…it’s a real treat. Their new location in Oyster Bay will open soon.
A PROPER MEAL
Canterbury Ales, Oyster Bay. A great catch for local oysters and a plethora of beer selections. A popular bar and grill, they’ve got something for everyone. The restaurant is decorated with charming vintage T.R. memorabilia and just has a warm, cozy vibe.
Autentico, Oyster Bay. I’m blown away by the charm of the handwritten menus, the simple, yet elegant decor, and the knowledgeable servers. This Italian restaurant promises locally sourced and sustainable food and you can taste the quality. Absolutely a wonderful experience. Save room for dessert!
Swallow, Huntington. A great and lively bar scene where you can often listen to upbeat piano music. Seated dining for small plates and trendy atmosphere. A favorite, right in the middle of a bustling village.
Louie’s Oyster Bar and Grille, Port Washington. Gorgeous waterfront dining and great menu. Broiled scallops are amazing. Go for the seafood and a pint and stay for the sunset.
Thyme, Roslyn. Honoring local and seasonal offerings, this charming eatery is nestled in a quaint, old house beside a small pond. The food and the ambiance are superb. Must see!
Gooseberry Grove, Oyster Bay. This little place has homemade ice creams, cupcakes, fudge, truffles, brownies...and hot cocoa and hearty soups in the colder months. They’ve even got chocolate-covered bacon.
Henry’s Sweet Shoppe, Glen Cove. I’ve been visiting this place since I was a child. In front, they’ve got a confectionary counter to make your head spin. It’s got a great vintage soda-shop vibe that just makes you feel good.
Sweet Treats on the Wharf, Port Washington. This waterside shop has great ice cream, a popular stop in the summer months.
STACIE's 5 Favorites
1. Favorite view: Gazing at the city skyline across the bay from Sands Point, NY. Especially on a clear, starry night.
2. Favorite place to write: A park bench. Any coffee shop. Or nestled into my own bed, surrounded by soft throw pillows.
3. Favorite museum: Sagamore Hill
4. Favorite coffee shop: Gooseberry Grove
5. Favorite thing about the North Shore: My favorite thing about this area is the proximity to water. No matter what is happening in life, a quick drive or walk to the local beach gives immeasurable perspective and peace.