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48 Hours in North Fork Long Island, a fun trip for anyone living or visiting Long Island, NY. It can be a girls weekend away, a getaway, staycation or anything! There’s so much to do, that you’ll fall in love with the North Fork just like we have!
Thank you Lexus for loaning me the beautiful Lexus GX 460 for the weekend!
North Fork, the wine country of Long Island! It’s our go to spot since 2014 and we love it so much that we went out three times already this year. This time we toured in a Lexus GX 460, which is a stunning 3 row, all terrain, luxury vehicle. My favorite features were the ventilated front seats; they’re programmed for the Air Conditioner and Heater, which is perfect for summer and winter, respectively. The GX 460 has many safety features, including Lane Departure Alert and Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. It’s built for comfort and speed, especially with the sport modes for the beach, rough terrain, and snow! It also has the ability to tow 6,500 lbs which is perfect for boats, and has the Trailer Sway Control for additional safety.
The Following goes into more details from the Lexus Press Release-
The 2020 GX wears an updated signature spindle grille that gives it distinctive, standout style which better aligns with the entire Lexus portfolio. Flanking the grille are new standard Premium triple-beam LED headlamps that accent the grille’s refined style. The available Sport Design Package puts an extra touch on the luxury SUV with special details, such as an exclusive lower grille surround, rear valence, side mirrors, matte black exhaust tip, scarlet taillamps and 19-inch alloy wheels with a Gunmetal Metallic finish.
Bolstering this mission is the addition of the Lexus Safety System+ suite of technologies that is now standard on the entire 2020 Lexus vehicle lineup. Lexus Safety System+ includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Intelligent High Beams and High-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
Covid-19 Note: Wear a mask, socially distance from people you don’t know.
As per the Governor of NY- if you are consuming alcohol, you must make a food purchase, some places mentioned it to us, but since we live in NY we already knew about this. It can be a simple cheese platter, or an appetizer, depending on the winery.
Onto the fun stuff, what you should do when you go to the North Fork!
Regardless of where you’re starting from, make sure you grab breakfast! If you’re in Greenport, wanting just a casual breakfast go to Aldo’s Coffee Company.
Stop 1: Jason’s Vineyard – This has become our ritual first stop when we come out to the wineries, they open up at 11am and have plenty of space. They have a deck, and two separate outdoor spaces, plus some farm animals!
Renee’s Favorite: Bubbly Rose or White Riesling
Anthony’s Favorite: Meritage
Stop 2: Jamesport Brewery – They open up at 12 pm. We usually just pick up a Growler for CA here since he knows what beer he likes. They’ve got a huge lawn, and separate tables you can reserve, and sometimes live music! If they do have live music it’s $5/per person to get in.
CA’s Favorite: Sound Avenue Summer or Barn Swallow
Stop 3: NoFoDoco – These are no ordinary doughnuts, they’re airy, delicious, and come in so many different flavors! They’re open from 6 am to 5 pm daily, but will close if they sell out of doughnuts. They’ve got a new, second location in Bayshore, so if you’re local you don’t have to go Mattituck to get your favorite doughnuts. On their website they show the flavor of the week, they are also very active on Instagram too, so any upcoming flavors they’ll announce.
Renee’s Favorite: Samoa & Cookie n’ Cream
Anthony’s Favorite: Pina Colada – summer special; Caramel Coffee Crunch
Stop 4: Borghese Vineyard – This was a new stop on our tour this year and it’s really nice! They have the outdoor set up with different chairs and tables. If you know you’re visiting here, I strongly recommend making a reservation; with limited outdoor seating it could fill up quickly. Fun fact- it’s also Long Island’s First Vineyard!
Renee’s Favorite: Fleurette
Anthony’s Favorite: Merlot
Stop 5: Greenport Brewery – There are two locations. The original one is in Greenport located in an old firehouse, and the second, larger location, is in Peconic. The Peconic location has a huge outdoor space for guests. They have a kitchen and food truck on site so you can eat. You’re also allowed to bring your dog, which is a plus for dog owners!
Anthony’s Favorite: Anniversary Beer for 11 years in business. Otherside IPA & Summer Ale are also good.
Stop 6: Andy’s in Greenport – We tried this for the first time this year and their food is delicious! We ate Mozzarella Sticks and Fried Calamari. They also have a popcorn machine and they give it to you for free! We were lucky enough to be served by Andy himself! They have outdoor seating in the front and back, plus some tables inside. We went around 2:30 pm and there was plenty of space.
Stop 7: Hotel- We always stay at Silver Sands Motel. It’s where we got engaged in May 2014 and we’ve stayed there 3 times this year. There are also other hotels such as American Beech, The Greenporter, and Soundview Hotel all in Greenport. I’ve never stayed at any of them but I’ve heard great things!
Stop 8: First & South for dinner – We first went here last year and it was delicious! They are only serving dinner outside and everything is appropriately spaced apart. They are serving everything “to-go” style to lessen the risk of exposure. After you are seated, you order what you want to eat, drink, at the cashier, and it’s served to your table. It was a great night out, just a little different! (Editor’s Note: We also got to meet Summer, a beautiful golden retriever after dinner. Another pet-friendly spot!)
Stop 9: Greenport Creamery – If you’re not completely full after dinner, take a stroll down Front Street to grab some ice cream! We’ve gone a few times and it never disappointed.
Stop 1: Breakfast! You can grab a quick breakfast and coffee at Sterlington Deli. However, if you have time for a sit-down breakfast, Bruce & Son’s is definitely a spot you want to make a reservation. They have seating indoors and a few tables outside. Their food is farm to table, especially right now with it being in season. Anthony had the Egg Sandwich, and I had hot cake with berries and nuts (it was delicious!) We got there at 9:00am and had the place to ourselves for a few minutes which was quite nice.
Stop 2: After breakfast , if you’ve never been you can go to Shelter Island, they have a few hotels, restaurants, but it’s very hilly so either rent a bike from Dan’s Bike Rentals or Greenport Cruisers Bike Rentals (it’s $6 to go on the ferry) or drive your car onto the ferry for $18. They have trails, shops, a museum and something else. You can also go to the Hamptons which is on the other side of Shelter Island on the south fork of Long Island.
Stop 3: Drive down to Orient Point to take a walk on the beach or go for a hike in the county park. It’s nice to park and walk down to the beach and sit or just relax! It’s about a 15 minute drive (8 miles), but it’s peaceful and if you love the ocean this will be relaxing for you.
Stop 4: Pindar – This place is HUGE, the outdoor space is plentiful, but don’ t kid yourself it will fill up quickly! They have a big deck right off the tasting room, partially covered, as well as a Pavillion, that’s a short walk from the main building. We had a Groupon tasting for 2, so we had 5 tastings each and cheese with crackers. They have a very wide selection of wines, so there’s something for everyone. They also sell cans of beer if wine isn’t your thing.
Anthony’s Favorite: Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve
Renee’s Favorite: Summer Blush (cans), Riesling Dessert
Hands down, Osprey’s is my favorite winery, it has my favorite Riesling, Semi-Dry 2015 (green label). There is a huge outdoor lawn which previously had live music (not sure now). Another major plus is you’re allowed to bring outside food to have a picnic. That’s what we did back in June (there was no live music then), we brought our picnic basket, ate cheese, crackers, and other snacks. Since they let you bring in your own food it gets crowded quickly, so if it’s at capacity you can go next door.
Renee’s Favorite: Semi-Dry Riesling 2015 Green Label (I have 4 bottles of this at home, yes this is my ULTIMATE favorite)
Anthony’s Favorite: Cabernet Sauvignon 2013
Duck Walk has an outdoor space that you can utilize, I’ve visited here twice and there is a huge space indoors. I haven’t gone in two years so I’m not sure of their updated wine list, but according to their website they have indoor and outdoor seating, reservations are recommended.
Stop 6: Sunflower or Lavender Fields – These are both mainly during the summertime, but some sunflower fields will also bloom in the beginning of October. Most of them have Instagram pages & websites where you can stay up to date on the flowers blooming and when they’ll be closed due to weather.
Sidor Farms– is open July to Mid August depending on the fields. They also have them bloom in October, so you get multiple chances to go.
Waterdrinker– They have Tulip, Sunflower, Fall festivals & Winter wonderland at different times of year. So there’s plenty of times that you can visit this farm!
Lavender Farm – Right now, September they are open for the season, they also have a shop you can purchase lavender products from. We’ve never been but I’ve seen gorgeous photos!
Rottkamp’s Fox Hollow Farm – This is brand new to the sunflower fields and it’s a maze. We didn’t get a chance to go but it sounds fun!
Stop 7: Harbes Family Farm : Depending on time of year, you can pick berries, grab fresh vegetables, they serve food too and grab a glass of wine at the winery near the farm stand. This is also very family friendly, so there is plenty for children to do. This is a great spot when you’re on your way home and need to make dinner, the vegetables couldn’t be fresher!
Stop 8: Dinner at the Halyard : Our final stop before heading back home! What a view for a clear day; you can see the Connecticut shoreline! The Halyard is attached to the Soundview so if you stay there you’ve got a restaurant on property! We went for a special event, and it was so fun we met the Chef, and the guest Chef Marc Bynum from a NYC restaurants Hush Bistro and MBRamen.
If you don’t live on LI or need to grab a ferry, I would grab take out from Lucharitos and head home! They’ve got amazing burritos and tacos, which are great for a road trip after your weekend.