Quogue: It’s How You Say It
Prior to writing this blog, I asked one of my East Coast born and bred friends how to pronounce Quogue and its nearby neighbor, Quioque. Having lived in the Midwest for 20 plus years now, where the names are as straightforward as the landscape, she was stumped. So was I.
It may be easier to remember and say that Quogue is a village within the large town of Southampton, itself a section of the south shore of Long Island. Quogue was founded more or less at the same time as its big sister town, and like many of the Hamptons’ destinations, it became something of a tourist attraction in the late 1800s. Vacation rental homes in the area aren’t cheap, because you’re paying for more than the sunny beaches and the dramatic ocean backdrop. You’re paying for the scene.
Except in Quogue, which likes to consider itself separate from the vibe of the rest of the Hamptons. Rather than tout its restaurant scene, its surfing, or its art community, Quogue’s village site is the most proud of its regional theatre, the Hampton Theatre Company, and the Quogue Community Hall, where they perform. Antique buildings and ocean views just complete the image.
If you’re looking for a vacation rental in lower New York, don’t let the pronunciation deter you. Quogue and its neighboring villages have a lot to offer.