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Is this wise / feasible?

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Is this wise / feasible?

we are planning to break our journey from Hyannis (Cape Cod) to Manhattan by staying a night / day on Long Island after getting the ferry across to Long Island and drive into Manhattan that way, through the Hamptons rather than through CT and New York State.

We would love to hear about a nice B&B or motel towards the New York end of the Island that people would recommend to us .

This would be our first time in the area and appreciate the help.

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1. Re: Is this wise / feasible?

Are you sure you are coming into the Hamptons and not Orient Point on the North Fork? That is where you end up if you are taking the ferry from New London CT. Make a reservation if you are.

If you have the time to spend on LI this is a perfect solution, but if you were just looking for a more senic route you are adding about 4 hours to your trip for maybe nothing if you are just passing through. All of the B&Bs are going to be out East on the North Fork and Hamptons area. So if you do this stay out there and then drive into NYC the next morning (after rush hour). Once you get out of there it ismostly suburbs and then the outer bourghs of NYC (Queens Brooklyn). If you stay out East and are coming into Orient Point look at Greenport.

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2. Re: Is this wise / feasible?

Agree that the ferries from Ct. will either put you on the North Fork at Orient Point (from New London) or from Bridgeport you'd land at Port Jefferson which is no where near the Hamptons. There is a ferry to Montauk, but that's just a passenger ferry and doesn't take cars.

http://www.webscope.com/li/ferries.html

To go to the Hamptons from Orient Point is possible, but out of your way. I 95, the route you'd take if going through Ct. is awful and loaded with traffic, but apart from the (pricey) ferry ride, going through Long Island won't really shorten the trip. The places on Long Island closer to Manhattan are the opposite of charming.

If you do decide to take a ferry, staying in Port Jefferson is not a bad idea. Danford's Inn at the ferry dock is not a bad place. Closer to Manhattan, the Glen Cove Inn is a bit corporate but very nice.

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g47788-d238139-…

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3. Re: Is this wise / feasible?

Thanks.

We will get the ferry from New London onto Long Island as we have a night to spend between leaving Cape Cod and entering NYC.

We were either going to stay on Long Island or somewhere in CT.

What time does traffic die down? (although this will still be mental), I drive in Edinburgh daily with the worst, offensive drivers in the UK, and have driven in LA, Vegas and Miami, so know what to expect with US traffic.

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4. Re: Is this wise / feasible?

Traffic varies depending on where you are, and the time/day of the week. Weekends will be busier on the North Fork,but not real traffic like the cities. Mostly it's because of only one lane roads in each direction that will slow you down. When you hit Riverhead, you're likely to encounter shopping traffic, possibly combined with construction.

Once on the Long Island Expressway (I-495), you should be fine heading west, but again depending on what day and time it is. The further west you go, the more congested it will become. If traveling on a weekday morning during a commute, it can and often does tie up from around Exit 62 (Nichol's Rd/ CR 97), However, having more than one passenger, you can ride the HOV (High Occupancy Vehicle) Lane from Exit 64 to well into the 30's - somewhere near Queens/NYC Line. In my experience, during the week there is hardly ever (unless after 7pm, before 7 am) a time when you won't hit one snag or another around exit 36. This can tie you up well into the Midtown Tunnel. Traffic can turn a 20 minute trip easily into hours if you hit it at the wrong time.

I would suggest leaving around 10 a.m. for the best driving experience (scenic and not too congested). If you travel on the eastern end, you'll have to watch out for deer, as do other travelers. If you spook easily, or if you get behind someone who does, it can slow you down.

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