Summer in Greenport, NY {Travel Week}

North Fork, Long Island, New York North Fork, Long Island, New York

I was born in New York, but had never ventured to Long Island until my best friend from college invited me to  come up one summer. I instantly fell in love with the North Fork of New York and have returned almost every summer with anyone that would join me, my sister, friends, and now my husband. It quickly became one of my husband’s favorite places in the U.S. and one of the few places he can actually relax.

We were sadly not able to make it this year, but these photos were from on our last visit there, when I could still enjoy the area vineyards! I am so thankful to my best friend for always being so inviting and welcoming me to his hometown. I don’t feel like a visitor when I return, which is a really nice feeling! Greenport is really a special place to me and I hope to have many more memories there.

The summer weather is delightful and I love the relaxed, country feel of the North Fork. Fall is also an optimal time to go especially when the leaves are changing and the weather is a little cooler. There are amazing restaurants, beautiful farmer’s markets, antique shops, and plenty of vineyards to explore. Then there is also the water! You boat to some amazing inlets or just relax on the water, which was always one of our favorite ways to spend a day. The South Fork has plenty to offer as well and we try to visit the Hampton’s, Sag Harbor, and Montauk while we are out there.

Here are my recommendations for a memorable trip:

Areas to Explore:

1.  Greenport Village – Grab a drink or dinner at Noah’s ; Dance the night away at Claudio’s, located right on the water; Enjoy a craft beer at the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company ; Walk and shop around the quaint town

2. Mattituck -Have breakfast on Love Lane at the Love Lane KitchenPick up some cheese for your wine tasting day at the The Village Cheese Shop

3. Downtown Riverhead – Visit the Long Island AquariumEnjoy a nice dinner at the Riverhead ProjectTake a hot Pilates class at Aerial Fitness

4. Take a drive to Orient – It is a long, scenic drive to the end of the North Fork, but worth the trip. Pack a picnic and enjoy the day!

Other Must Dos: The Pridwin, visit the beaches, go boating, visit the farmer’s markets, and wine tasting!

There are many hotel and rental options on the North Fork. There are some darling boutique hotels as well as small B&Bs, whether you want waterfront, beach, or country views. Renting a house or condo is also a great option for a larger group or family and you can really settle into your space there!

Here are some photos from a two of my favorite vineyards:  Croteaux Vineyards and the Sherwood House Vineyards.

Other vineyards I recommend: Bedell, Pindar (love their reds), Duckwalk (I prefer their white wines), and Peconic Bay Vineyards (great patio). See the Long Island visitor wine guide here.

I love the rustic barns and scenic country! The North Fork has so much to offer andI hope you would agree.

I am so in love with the North Fork and can’t wait to return!

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Croteaux Vineyards Tasting Barn & Garden

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Bread, please! On the Croteaux Vineyards patio.

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Rosé Sampler on a hot afternoon.

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Sherwood House Vineyards.

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Last year enjoying the tasting room at the Sherwood House Vineyards.

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What a beautiful piece to store wine! Sherwood House Vineyards.

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