What, When, Where: Fire Island, New York

July 8, 2013

By Kaitlin Madden

Though Fire Island is one state shy of being part of New England, the New York hamlet is just close enough for a long-weekend getaway. I traveled to the quarter-mile-wide by thirty-one-mile-long barrier island–on the south side of Long Island–for a few days over the Fourth of July holiday, and was lucky enough to enjoy beautiful weather all four days of my trip. But, when the beach got too hot, I hopped on a water taxi to check out the shopping and restaurants in Ocean Beach, one of the larger communities on the island, and a few villages east of where I stayed in Saltaire. If you ever find yourself out on Fire Island, here are a few shops to check out.

The outdoor Laughing Gull Artisans Gallery, on Bayview Walk, is a showcase of the work of local painters, photographers, woodworkers and crafters.

Photos by Kaitlin Madden

Down the street a bit is the General Store, but don’t be fooled by the name. The store offers all sorts of unique home decor and furniture with a coastal vibe, like these colorful painted buoys.

Nautical-themed dishes are perfect for casual summer entertaining.

Picture frames from Two’s Company came in a rainbow of hues and dozens of patterns.

A capiz shell mobile reminded me of a blog post Kyle Hoepner wrote a few months back.

This chain-link chest was by far my favorite.

While the shopping was great, I have to be honest, it’s the beaches that will keep me coming back to Fire Island.