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The Bayles Estate Bed & Breakfast is in the Stony Brook Historic District, an oasis of natural beauty – parks, ponds, and beaches – and picturesque Colonial and Victorian architecture. With natural beauty, specialty shopping, fine dining, and world-class performing arts just around the corner, we are an ideal getaway from New York City or Connecticut.

Things to See and Do
Within Walking Distance (1 block to ½ mile)

Just three doors down from us. A nine-acre complex of History Museum, Art Museum, and Carriage Museum, with landscaped gardens, a working blacksmithery, and a one-room schoolhouse. Regular program of talks, historic demonstrations, art openings, and the annual old-time fiddle festival. Don't forget to check out the gift shop.

Specialty shopping and dining in 45 colonial -style stores and restaurants. Clothing, gifts, collectibles; floral displays and old-time street lamps. In the National Historic Register of Historic Places; a mainstay of fashion magazine and wedding photography. Don’t miss the Post Office: the eagle’s wings flap on the hour. Horse-drawn carriage tours in season. Next to the Center is n All Souls Episcopal Church, a small jewel designed by architect Stanford White, who lived nearby.

Winner of the Smithsonian’s 2004 National Environment Design Award. One of America’s finest parks, a 76-acre jewel of gardens, ponds, and trails, with a footbridge right out of Monet. Walk the floral/shrub labyrinth! Adjacent to the Nature Conservancy’s 64-acre East Farm Preserve.

The duck pond is exceptionally tranquil (it verges on Avalon Park). You can feed the ducks with grain from the Grist Mill, a working nineteenth-century granary across the street. Long Island’s ‘most completely equipped working mill’ opened in 1751. In the National Register of Historic Places. Tours, gift shop.

Fine dining

Several fine restaurants within walking distance, and many more within 5 minutes by car. Several three- and four-star establishments.

Swimming, Fishing, and Boating:

Secluded swimming and a fishing pier at Sand Street Beach (open to the public), with lovely views of the estuary and Goose Island Nature Conservancy. Canoe and kayak rentals are available. The boat Discovery offers harbor and wetlands excursions. Public boat launching ramp. The many craft berthed at the Stony Brook Yacht Club make a pretty sight.

Within 1 to 10 minute’s drive (up to 5 miles)

Antiquing: over a dozen shops.

We’re just over a mile from the Staller Center for the Performing Arts, Long Island’s newly refurbished, premier comprehensive cultural facility. There’s something doing at Staller nearly every day. With Long Island’s largest movie screen, Staller shows two major film series (most Fridays from October to May), and the annual Stony Brook Film Festival brings independent, foreign, and art films, and their directors and actors, to campus every July.

We are the closest lodging (one mile) to one of the world’s leading research universities.

For History Buffs

Our cup runneth over. George Washington’s Revolutionary War spy ring, shipbuilding in the Age of Sail, Patriot Rock Revolutionary War battle site. The Old Setauket Historic District (3 miles) has some 100 historic homes, churches, and cemeteries dating from colonial times; a pond with a stone bridge and a historic post office; and the Emma Clark Public Library, a Tudor gem. Old Field’s lighthouse, 74 feet tall, was built in 1868. The Stony Brook Historic District is mentioned above. The Three Village Historic Society maintains a library and several historic buildings that are open to the public. Historical re-enactors encamp from time to time. Note: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and Benjamin Franklin all rode by the site of our B&B!

Within an hour’s or so drive

Convenient, centrally located headquarters for excursions to: