Long Island’s north shore has some lovely little towns tucked into the coves along the Sound shoreline. This is where you can find some sense of “small town” feel that is increasingly absent in the bustling suburbia that makes up so much of the island.

I took the DRZ and my iPhone along to snap some photos as I passed through Northport, Centerport, Huntington and Cold Spring Harbor.

Northport Main Street

Northport has a waterfront park, a gorgeous olde tyme luncheonette and easily stroll-able streets. Main Street clings to it’s Americana like a badge of honor.  While I do love modern things – I find something comforting in places that appreciate their own history.

DRZ parked in Northport Harbor

Just a hop skip and a jump over to the next cove is Centerport. We sometimes stop here to grab a bite to eat at the Shack.

One of the town’s most notable residents was of course motorsport enthusiast William K. Vanderbilt II. His home, Eagle’s Nest is now a museum and planetarium.

On my ride, I stopped and sat by the water for a few minutes near the Mill Dam bridge. I saw a group of swans take off from the water. I don’t know why, but I can’t recall ever seeing swans actually flying before. They always just seem to be floating in the water.  Was it a double-rainbow moment? What did it mean?

Cross in Centerport

At a church on the Centerport Harbor stands a statue of Mary.  She looks like she’s coming out of a pool or ready to dismount off of some gymnastics equipment. I hope she sticks the landing.

Mary in Centerport

I stopped for a quick picture at Coindre Hall in Huntington. I think it’s such a beautiful building. That said, I can’t imagine ever feeling at home living in something that looks like a library. Can you?

Coindre Hall

I didn’t venture all that much further west. Cold Spring Harbor was kind of my end point before heading back east. It just felt so great to be out on two wheels.

How do you know when it’s time to turn around when you don’t know where you’re going?