North Fork in the Fall

I’ve been to the North Fork in Long Island many times; it’s one of my favorite weekend getaways during the Summer.  The Summer is probably the most popular time to visit the North Fork but after this last trip, I would have to say that the Fall is also a great time.  What I love about the North Fork is that there’s so much to do:  There are beaches, wineries, tons of farm stands, Antiquing if you’re into that kind of thing, and biking through the different towns.  You can be active but you can still chill out.

After the election in November, my mom, sister and I needed some female bonding to heal.  We rented an Airbnb in the heart of Greenport.  We went wine tasting, took walks on the beach (even though it was freezing), and ate delicious farm-to-table food.  It was warm enough to taste wine outside but it was chilly enough to sit by a roaring fire.  I love New York in the Fall especially when you can be outside of the city.  Seeing Fall foliage and the beach all in one trip is a bonus.

These are the things we did on our trip and that I recommend you check out:

Wine Tasting:

  1. Bedell Cellars – I love the modern barn tasting room here.  Out of all the wineries we went to, I liked the most wines from this winery.
  2. Kontokosta Winery – This winery is probably the most stunning in the North Fork.  The tasting room is set in a modern barn.  You can wander the grounds with a glass of wine which has waterfront views.  The cabernet franc here is my favorite in the North Fork.
  3. Croteaux Vineyards – This rosé only vineyard is my favorite in the North Fork. I love this vineyard for its boho vibes.
  4. Sparkling Pointe – Like a little bubbly?  This is your spot!  Sparkling Pointe only serves sparkling wines.  This spot was the most crowded winery we went to but it was really fun to taste all the different sparkling wines they had.

To Eat:

  1. North Fork Table & Inn – I love this farm-to-table place for dinner.  It’s so warm and cozy inside.
  2. Bruce & Son’s Cafe in Greenport – This place was recommended to us by our Airbnb host.  It was a great spot for brunch.  The cafe reminded me of old school Americana.
  3. Love Lane Kitchen – This is a great brunch or lunch spot on your way in or out of the North Fork since it’s located in Mattituck.

To Do:

  1. Harbes Farm and Vineyard – This is a farm stand on steroids.  In the Fall, you can pick your own pumpkins and get lost in their corn maze.  There’s endless fun here.  They also have hot apple cider and donuts.  Can you be more Fall than that?
  2. Orient Beach State Park – This unique beach is all the way at the end of the North Fork.  It’s not an ocean beach per se but the landscapes are amazing.
  3. Greenport Village – We were lucky enough to be able to walk to town from our Airbnb.  There’s a small port where you can catch a ferry to Shelter Island.  There are cute shops and tons of restaurant options.