North Fork Wineries
The Perfect Getaway from NYC
Looking for an easy and affordable weekend getaway from NYC? This travel guide will tell you everything you need to know to plan the perfect weekend exploring the North Fork Wineries. This vineyard-studded region of Long Island is the perfect destination for families, food and drink enthusiasts, and anyone who appreciates scenic seaside villages and waterfront views. Personally, we think the North Fork is the most underrated wine county in America! In this blog we break down all the best food spots, vineyards, places to stay, things to do, and more, allowing you to plan the perfect weekend getaway from NYC.
The Napa of the East
Located on the eastern part of the North Shore of Long Island, the 30-mile peninsula offers beaches, gorgeous views, picturesque towns, incredible restaurants, fishing and boating, and more. The region, which used to be known for potato farming, has become a stellar wine producing area over the past few decades and is now home to over 60 wineries! In fact, there are so many vineyards that the region is referred to as ‘The Napa of the East’, and is the third largest wine growing region in America. With so many wineries in such close proximity to NYC, heading out to the North Fork for a weekend getaway is an absolute must!
The tasting room experiences, massive vineyards, and unique winemaking styles begin on Route 25 and extend north across the North Fork of Long Island. The region is perfect for growing a large variety of grapes due to the maritime climate, offering the most sun and latest frost in all of New York. The three main wines produced in the area include Merlot, Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc, but most vineyards produce far more wines than those alone. You can expect the Long Island wines to have moderate alcohol and crisp acidity, allowing them to pair extremely well with a variety of foods.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
The North Fork wineries are the perfect weekend getaway from NYC, as the wine trail begins a quick 75 miles from NYC. The area is extremely accessible by car, but the biggest consideration is ensuring you have a designated sober driver. Luckily, there are also a number of accessible public transportation options and winery tour options to choose from! Transportation options include:
Head out to the Long Island Expressway, pilot your car onto Route 25, and within 1.5 hours you’ll approach the start of the wine trail. From there, explore as many wineries as you desire as you continue heading north towards Greenport.
If taking public transportation (our preferred method), we recommend heading all the way out to Greenport or Southold first, starting your wine tour at Lenz Winery, then working your way south back towards the city. Personally, we prefer booking a hotel in the North Fork and taking public transortation home the following day.
- Bus: Check out the Hampton Jitney schedule.
- Train: Take the LIRR about 3 hours to Southold or Greenport.
Another great option is to book a full day wine tour from NYC, offered by numerous tour companies! Tours begin with a pickup in NYC, a full day visiting 3-4 vineyards, and end back in NYC.
Transportation in Greenport
Rideshare cars are few and far between. The best way to get from Greenport to the start of the wine trail in Southold (about a 10 minute drive) is via taxi. The area has numerous taxi services which can be found online or recommended by your hotel. Biking is another popular option in the warmer months!
Where We Stayed
This gorgeous boutique hotel is located in the heart of Greenport Village and is an absolute dream! The hotel has 16 rooms and provides incredibly high-end service. From the moment you walk in the door, the staff will make you feel like you are at home. Furthermore, the hotel offers the only roofdeck in town, easy access to the beach and the North Fork wineries, and is conveniently located in the center of town.
THE FRISKY OYSTER
This small, modern, upscale restaurant provides an out-of-this-world culinary experience in downtown Greenport! Make sure to book reservations at least 2 weeks in advance – and don’t miss out on the scallops!
NORTH FORK TABLE
Located in Southold, this elegant restaurant is considered by many to be the best meal in the area! While a bit pricey, you can expect seasonally inspired dishes that taste like they are delivered directly from the farm.
SOUTHOLD FISH MARKET
New England is known for their excellent seafood – lobster rolls being one of summers favorites but let us tell you that Southold is not exaggerating when they tell you they have the “Best Lobster Roll” around. Trust us.
A contemporary, pioneering North Fork farm-to-table restaurant with a wine list that highlights bottles from nearby vineyards. The food is really focused on seasonal freshness, making it a year-round hot stop for locals and visitors.
LOVE LANE KITCHEN
A well known breakfast and lunch spot on Love Lane in Mattituck! The menu is full of mouthwatering breakfast items like challah French toast and made-to-order omelets that will leave you ready to conquer the day.
The place to go for fresh, local seafood direct from foragers, farmers, growers and fishermen in the area! The restaurant offers a light-filled dining room & seasonal deck that provides amazing views of the sun setting over the Sound.
LITTLE CREEK OYSTER FARM & MARKET
This little farmers market is immersed in local charm. Shuck your own bivalves while sipping one of Greenport Harbor Brewing Co’s endlessly quaffable local beers at this snug harborside cottage!
CLAUDIO’S RESTAURANT & CLAM BAR
Nestled in the heart of Greenport, this restaurant is one of Long Island’s most historic dining & boating sites! It sits on the Peconic Bay, offering dockside dining, incredible views, delicious seafood and two fun bars.
GOLDBERG’S FAMOUS BAGELS
Everyone knows that Long Island has the best bagel’s but we’re here to tell you that Goldberg’s is by far the best in all of North Fork. From breakfast sandwiches to deli meats, fresh coffee and more, you can expect to be blown away.
Other Things To Do
- Hit the Beaches
- Drink local beer at a number of local breweries
- Head to the shops on Love Lane
- Sail to Shelter Island
- Head over to New York’s premier lavender farm and one of the largest in the entire country: Lavender by the Bay in East Marion
Overall, we were blown away by the North Fork Wine Trail and consider it one of the best hidden gems in the northeast! The North Fork is affordable, accessible, and has so much to offer, making it the perfect weekend getaway from NYC. Thanks for reading our North Fork Wineries blog post! Be sure to head to our Destinations page to access many more worldwide comprehensive travel guides!