If you are looking for a coastal escape just as beautiful as the Hamptons, but without the relative hustle and bustle, the North Fork area of Long Island, NY, is exactly the place you’ve been searching for. This part of the East End has a quiet, small-town feel, and is a great place to relax and enjoy being in the heart of wine country in Long Island. Whether you come for a weekend or stay for the whole summer, make sure to try some of the delicious regional foods. Also, this area is home to a beautiful wine country with many of the best wineries within a short drive from our North Fork, Long Island bed and breakfasts. Find out more about the area and the endless attractions for you to stop by!
THINGS TO SEE & DO
The wine country is one of the biggest draws to quaint North Fork, Long Island. Visitors have a wonderful time sightseeing and absorbing the rural culture. There are over 60 vineyards and 30 wineries in the region. Attend tours, tastings, and special events to experience the best of the area.
A local favorite winery is Palmer Vineyards offering wine tastings along with small plates such as a cheese platter to accompany your wine. If not everyone in your party enjoys wine - no worries; Palmer Vineyards offers a rotating selection of local beers, cold brew coffee, and even non-alcoholic beverages to accommodate everyone in your party. Another top North Fork winery that’s worth stopping by is Kontokosta Winery that sits on 62-acres right on the water giving guests the ultimate views of the vineyard and the Long Island Sound.
The beach is also a popular place to spend the day, especially if you are planning to visit during the summer months. Our favorite beach in the area is Orient Beach State Park where you can lay on the beach listening to the waves crash on the shore while children can enjoy playing in the huge outdoor playground. If you want to get an up close and personal view of the Peconic Bay and experience the peaceful bay waters, we recommend taking a cruise. Explore the many farm stands and unique boutique shops for great local produce and crafts. (If you want to do more shopping, check out the outlets in Riverhead.) Children love the local aquarium, waterpark, and other family-friendly attractions. No matter your tastes, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
WHERE TO EAT & DRINK
North Fork, Long Island is known for its fabulous local restaurants. Due to the abundance of farmland and the strong locavore culture, it is possible to feast on fresh finds every day of your visit. From incredible coffee at the North Fork Roasting Co., to a sunset dinner at Barba Bianca for exquisite Italian cuisine, you’ll find that every meal is delicious. Also, with being so close to the bay, don’t miss out on the area’s incredible oysters. Little Creek Oyster Co. is one place to taste the region’s best, allowing you to shuck your own oysters or they can do it for you. Wash everything down with one of the local craft beers from their extensive draft list. Be sure to check the hours of each restaurant in the area depending on the time of year you visit as many places operate seasonally.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Peak travel season to North Fork, Long Island is typically in the summer and fall since the area’s best features are harvest-driven. During these seasons, wineries are in full swing and farms have an abundance of fresh produce. However, there are great things to do in North Fork any time of year. If you come during the off-season, try visiting some of the area’s breweries. Their local craft beers are sure to keep you warm during the winter months. Riverhead Farmers Market has an indoor location for winter and spring. You can also head to The Custer Institute in Southold to sneak a peek at the awe-inspiring night sky. Even when it’s too cold for the beach, winter is full of wonder in North Fork.
WHERE TO STAY
Select Registry’s North Fork, Long Island bed and breakfasts place you in prime locations to enjoy the best of the area’s attractions. Visit the water, wine country, and amazing restaurants – all are just minutes from our bed and breakfasts in North Fork. Check out our recommended options and reserve your ideal bed and breakfast in Long Island today!