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Without a doubt, the best reason to book a trip to the North Fork is for the wine. Check out LIWines.com for a comprehensive list of vineyards, events and travel-planning resources.
And be sure to visit the summer debut of Kontokosta Winery in Greenport--the first with a waterfront view of the Long Island Sound.
Another similar (but non-wine) tasting option: Tour Long Island Spirits distillery in Baiting Hollow and sample its locally grown vodka, whiskey and bourbon.
For eats, you can't beat the overstuffed lobster roll at, well, the Lobster Roll in Riverhead (sister spot to the famed Amagansett locale).
Not just for autumn apple-picking, the North Fork is also great for a relaxing weekend in the spring and summer. Adios, NYC.
Where to stay As always, we?re big fans of Airbnb, but unfortunately, it?s a bit trickier to find houses in this specific area than typical vacation spots (most likely a testament to how truly non-touristy it is). After a little digging, though, we came across a handful of lovely options: a waterfront bungalow, a family-friendly, five-bedroom home and a quaint cottage. For the hands-off folks, Greenport also has several boutique hotels such as the Harborfront Inn, the Greenporter Hotel and the Morning Glory bed-and-breakfast.
What to get excited about Wine, wine and more wine. The region is already known for its picturesque vineyards (and Luxury Liner weekend tours), but starting this summer, there will be a new game in town: Kontokosta, the first waterfront winery on the Long Island Sound. As for food, begin (and end) your trip with a visit to the legendary Lobster Roll?s ?country cousin? location in Riverhead, where the two forks split; grab beach-ready picnic lunches from Mattituck?s Love Lane Kitchen; and block out a Saturday for stargazing at the Custer Institute and Observatory.
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