Are we approaching summer's end? It's hard to believe and my family is trying to squeeze every moment out of the summer season. Last weekend we visited a friend's home in South Hold, Long Island which is in the North Fork. After a 3.5 hour drive from NJ (we decided to leave Friday evening at 7 PM to avoid the traffic), we arrived in the rural and sleepy town. We loved the charm and local-feel of the area, very different from the crowded Hampton hipster scene. Much more laid back, quiet and relaxing. Plus, North Fork seems to specialize in a few of my favorite things : wine, coffee and oysters. Here are a few of our favorite hot spots:
Greenport Village : Cutest little town on the water. There's a marina, quaint shops, breweries, restaurants, oyster bars, ice cream parlor and live music. A fun place to spend the afternoon. Be sure to visit Greenport Harbor Brewery and Little Creek Oyster Farm.
Wineries: North Fork has about 50 wineries in the area from small, family run vineyards to more corporate estates. Take the time to visit and enjoy a tasting. We were only in North Fork for a couple of days so we went straight to the Macari Vineyard. It was lovely both inside and outside, plus family friendly. A nice list of wineries to visit is HERE from the NY Times.
Local Coffee Shop: If you are a coffee addict like me, then you must visit North Fork Roasting Co. There coffee is not only delicious but feels like it was brewed with love. No joke. They take pride in making coffee with careful and thoughtful effort. Plus, I loved the t-shirts for sale, the eclectic furniture, the live acoustic music and the foodie eats.
Quiet Beaches : A bit too shelly for my taste but still beautiful, serene and picturesque. We enjoyed a nice stroll and it was walking distance from my friend's home.
Must Eat Food Truck: North Fork Food Truck. Seriously some delicious tasting food! From artisan hot dogs to lobster roll to fresh home made lemonade - this truck was a culinary experience. Plus, I loved eating on picnic tables under the apple trees.
Overall, North Fork is a darling place. A true escape! We loved it there and can't wait to go back again. This time we will definitely make more time for more visits to the wineries and tastings :) Have you been? Do you have any favorite spots?