"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

June 10, 2013

June 9 – Oyster Bay, NY

The Cove – Anchorage

We had another picture perfect day. We took the dinghy into town and had a great breakfast at Ayhen’s Mediterranean Café. They serve all types of omelets and fresh baked items. Their little café area has windows that open and look out over part of the bay. It was a perfect morning to sit, drink coffee and enjoy the fresh air. After breakfast we dropped our mooring and cruised further up Long Island Sound. The sound was full of sailboats, people fishing and speedboats enjoying a wonderful Sunday on the water.

As we cruised north we could see the skyline of New York City behind us, and multi-million dollar homes lining the shoreline. We also passed three lighthouses today. I enjoy reading their history as we go by them. Each lighthouse today had a very interesting history. I’ll add links to the pictures I post and you can read it for yourself, if that interest you. Our destination today was Oyster Bay, a popular place with local boater, it’s well protected and the shoreline is beautiful. We spent the afternoon relaxing on the deck, soaking up the sun and watching the other boats in the bay. It was a wonderful Sunday.

The Ayhan's Mediterranean Marketplace & Cafe
One of the nice homes that line the Manhasset Bay near Port Washington 
Sands Point Lighthouse - located close to Port Washington. The mansion to the right was built by the Belmont family. In 1927, they sold the mansion and the lighthouse to William Randolph Hearst for $400,000...can you imagine what is's worth now!
Execution Rocks Lighthouse - it's located in Long Island Sound
Coming into Cold Spring Harbor on our way to Oyster Bay
Coming into Oyster Bay
Not all the homes around Oyster Bay are huge...this one is across from our anchorage.


  1. John Schieffelin6/10/13, 10:01 AM

    Nice photos of Oyster Bay and Port Washington. They are lovely harbors -- I grew up in Oyster Bay area and spent many years zipping around there in small boats.

    The houses on the waterfront in Oyster Bay and Center Island are huge and gorgeous, but the taxes on them are astonishing. Billy Joel rebuilt a large waterfront mansion there and I have heard his property taxes are above $200,000 a year. So enjoy the waterfront from your gracious Monk and breathe a sigh of relief you do not have to pay $15,000 a month for the privilege.

    You have such great cruising grounds ahead -- there are wonderful anchorages and ports in Peconic Bay, and I now live next to Narragansett Bay which has many superb anchorages and waterfront villages.

    1. Thanks for the information John. We won't make it to Peconic Bay on our way up, we are meeting friends in CT soon, so we will cross the sound after we visit Port Jefferson. We do plan to visit there on our way south later in the year. There are so many places to stop...it's hard to decide. We just need this rainy weather to go away!