Experience a food and wine weekend in the up-and-coming North Fork of Long Island, New York.
Long Island has become synonymous with the Hamptons, the string of upscale communities lining South Fork. But its northern, more low-key counterpart is a worthy competitor. Today, locals and visitors alike have fallen for the area’s wines – a trail of cellar doors where you can try exceptional merlots, chardonnays and sparkling varietals. Of the North Fork’s charming towns, Greenport is considered the most cosmopolitan (but there’s still plenty of small-town appeal). From here you can take a ferry to Shelter Island or spend a day exploring uninhabited swimming bays and family-friendly restaurants. The ultimate souvenir? One of the sturdy but chic canvas bags handmade by local sail maker Wm. J. Mills & Co.
Eat and drink
Sample local freshly shucked bivalves at the North Fork Oyster Company in Greenport, which offers a full raw bar. Serious locavores should reserve in advance for a table at the celebrated North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, acclaimed for its chic setting and delicious cuisine crafted from the area’s highly regarded produce. During the day, try the restaurant’s lunch "truck", which turns out seasonal favourites like lobster rolls and artisanal hotdogs.
The Greenporter Hotel, equal parts style and comfort, is a mid-century-inspired, eco-friendly boutique establishment with 30 guestrooms and complimentary weekend breakfast (served every day over the summer season). The hotel is just minutes from the Shelter Island Ferry and Jitney bus stops. Sample local drops at Cuvée Seafood & Grille, the in-house restaurant, which showcases dozens of local wines alongside just-caught seafood.
North Fork is around three hours from Manhattan by car, Hampton Jitney (North Fork Line) or by Long Island Rail Road.
Images: Katharine Schroeder