06/01/16 6:54am

Shelter Island Ferry sign

Over the next few months, city dwellers will be looking to make the great escape from Manhattan to the East End, spending long weekends in the seemingly far off land of the North Fork.

If you dream of sipping local wine at one of the many vineyards, taking lazy afternoon dips in the Long Island Sound, and dining at one of many fabulous restaurants just steps away from the beach in all directions, here’s how to get from concrete to sand this summer.

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06/29/15 2:31pm
The North Ferry to Shelter Island. (Credit: File photo)

The North Ferry to Shelter Island. (Credit: File photo)

It’s past midnight on Shelter Island and you’ve just finished a night of dancing at The Dory or cocktails at Sunset Beach. You panic. Have I missed the ferry home? You rush from the bar to the dock only to find the last boat has just set off towards Greenport.

Don’t miss the boat. Here are your handy ferry schedule guides so you don’t find yourself scrambling for last minute accommodations on the Rock.

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06/28/15 2:48pm
Just another dusk off South Ferry. (Credit: Eleanor P. Labrozzi)

Just another dusk off South Ferry. (Credit: Eleanor P. Labrozzi)

Those of us who live on Shelter Island know that it’s a unique place and one reason is because if you live here you must use the ferry. (I am aware that many locals have access to the secret tunnel, but the last time I mentioned the tunnel I got in trouble, so let’s not go there. Literally.)

For Islanders, locals, visitors, those just crossing the Island to get somewhere else, rich, poor, young or old — and that covers just about everyone — these ferry boats are the common bond that unites us all. And oh, do we have stories. (more…)