7 Long Island Gems Made for Summer Reading

You’ve got your book and finally, after a fall, winter and spring of constantly being on the go (or holed up in your home with little motivation to do anything other than watch Netflix), you finally have time to read it. Longer, lazier days, pristine beaches and countless cafés with outdoor seating make Long Island summers perfect for getting lost in a good read. Stash your Kindle in your bag or go old-fashioned and grab a book from a local bookstore and head to a top spot to read on Long Island.

SagTown Coffee, Sag Harbor and Montauk

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Tucked away in an alley off the Main Street-beaten-path, SagTown Coffee gives guests the artsy and amiable atmosphere Sag Harbor is known for. After ordering a sweet treat or your favorite blend at a checkout flanked with lion sculptures, take a seat outside and let the pages take you away.

Turn of the Corkscrew, Rockville Centre

Though reading outside is a quintessential part of summer, on a scorching hot or rainy day get some relief from the elements at Corkscrew. The independent Long Island bookstore (yes, they thankfully still exist) has a cozy café where guests can sip wine as they finish an old book and start a new one.

Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson

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For a Sunday that strikes the perfect balance between lazy and funday, head to Port Jefferson Harbor, grab breakfast at the farmers market and spread a blanket on the harbor lawn. A word of warning: the waterfront view might distract you from your read.

Caumsett State Park, Huntington

Escape the crowds without sacrificing a beach day. Known for allowing visitors to enjoy peace and quiet, Caumsett State Park has tree-lined trails that lead to the water. Find your spot and get in some much-needed R&R (that’s reading and relaxation).

Jack’s Stir Brew Coffee, Amagansett

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Jack Mazzolla loves all seven of his coffee shops, six of which are located in New York City, but the one in Amagansett is special. “The beach, the light, the vineyards and local farms,” he writes on his website. “When I close my eyes and imagine the place where America goes on summer vacation it’s Amagansett.” Based on the traffic on Montauk Highway, he’s probably onto something there, but who needs to stress about a little congestion when you’re sitting on a wooden bench, nibbling on a vegan baked good and plowing through a novel?

Starving Artist, Franklin Square

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When you’re indulging in a staycation, the vibes are oh-so-chill and the afternoon slump is oh-so-nonexistent. Have a throwback experience by bringing a hardcover or paperback to a local tea house for high tea. Starving Artist in Franklin Square boasts colorful furniture and teapots that will keep you in a summertime state of mind, and the cozy nooks make it easy to make yourself at home.

Sands Point Preserve Conservancy

The Falaise pool. image: sands point preserve

The Falaise pool. image: sands point preserve

Like your favorite childhood book, Sands Point Preserve Conservancy is magical. There are homes like Hempstead House and Falaise, Harry Guggenheim’s French-Normandy style chateau, that will transport you to the Gatsby era. Sit on the majestic Great Lawn or stroll behind Hempstead House for a spot in the Rose Garden with 1,500 red rose bushes accented by fountains. I think you know which classic to dust off.

Tell us: What are you reading this summer?

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.