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Annual Long Island Sound Vacation

My wife and I are gearing up for our annual vacation/ visit to the Long Island Sound and beyond starting August 15.

We will be doing our usual down the Delaware , up the Jersey Coast hops visiting some of our favorite places like Cape May, Barnegat, Sandy Hook and Port Washington

This year we decided to " hang" out at at some of our favorite spots between the forks of the End of Long Island such as Greenport, Sag Harbor , Mountauk, the over to Stonington and Mystic.

Last year we visited Milford for the first time ( loved it) but want to try a few new stops on the Conneticut / Rhode Island side.

Looking for information on Watch Hill and Clinton which look like nice stops.

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Watch Hill is one of my favorite spots on the eastern end of LI Sound. Great beaches, small but interesting town, and anchorage with good holding in moderate depths close to both. Its a long narrow channel in from Stonington but it's well marked and maintained. Don't try it in fog. From the anchorage it's a short walk over the dunes to the beach. You can walk to town from the beach or take the dink into the cove were there is a dinghy dock to the left of the yacht club. Dining is a bit limited, but the newly rebuilt Ocean House is very classy (with prices to match).

Haven't been in to Clinton in years. A bit of a pain to get in and no anchorage spots. I usually stop at nearby Westbrook and either anchor behind Duck Island if I'm just passing east or west, or go into the Brewer's marina if we're in the mood for a real shower, want to use the swimming pool, or dinner at Bill's (a classic New England seafood shack).
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My wife and I are gearing up for our annual vacation/ visit to the Long Island Sound and beyond starting August 15.


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Come and hang out in NCY for a night! I'm at 79th St till mid September.

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Re: Annual Long Island Sound Vacation

Dave, if your club has reciprocity with the Manhasset Bay YC, I recommend stopping there for a nice lunch. Stopped on our way back from Newport after the A2N race. Guest moorings are red and furthest from the club. Ones to the East have painters on them. Fuel is nearby too.
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Hey,

I have been to Clinton. We stayed at the Cedar Island Marina, which is very nice. When I was there (2012) there as very little water at low tide, but I believe the harbor has been dredged to 10' so it should be fine now. The harbor is pretty but I don't think there is really a town within walking distance.

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Clinton isn't much of a sailing harbor and no anchoring options. Westbrook is a far better choice. Anchor out at duck island or shore side at brewers. Our yacht club is up the river from pilots point. We have guest slips when slip owners are away. Bills is across the street.
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My recommendations:

Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton is a nice anchorage.

Coecles Harbor on Shelter Island is a nice spot to chill out

Mattituck on Long Island's north shore on the east end. Peaceful anchorage (harbor of refuge). Town has a park with a dingy dock and free hot showers. Provisions (supermarket) nearby too!

Mount Sinai Harbor a hidden gem three miles east of Port Jefferson. Small Mount Sinai yacht club has three blue transit moorings. Ralph's Fishing Station may have one or two also. Half the harbor is a Marine Sanctuary great for gunk holing with the dingy.

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We love Mattituck. Never been to Three Mile Harbor. Is there stuff to see do near by. How about provisioning.

Been into Mt Sinai and saw Barry's c&c 115 on the mooring a year ago we thought. Are there any restaurants etched near by. We have always stopped in eclectic Port Jeff
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We love Mattituck. Never been to Three Mile Harbor. Is there stuff to see do near by. How about provisioning.

Been into Mt Sinai and saw Barry's c&c 115 on the mooring a year ago we thought. Are there any restaurants etched near by. We have always stopped in eclectic Port Jeff
At Three Mile Harbor there is a small deli walk-able from the southern end of the harbor. There are also a couple of restaurants along the channel in Three Mile Harbor accessible by dingy. Then there is the town of East Hampton a high end tourist spot with lot's of little shops, cafes and restaurants. Couple of supermarkets too. Though it's a long walk from the harbor. There is a bus that operates hourly(?). Google Suffolk County Bus schedule for updated info. Also taxis could take you shopping or drop you off at one the ocean beaches for the day. I think they might also show movies on the beach one night a week.

Mount Sinai has the Mount Sinai Yacht Club which I think serves lunch dinner may need reciprocal privileges. Ralphs Fishing Station has burgers, salads, fish sandwiches etc... til 8 PM. There is an Italian Restaurant Savinos Hideaway (never ate there) nearby best to take a Taxi as it's a long walk.

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