Here’s Your ‘Real Housewives of New York’ Guide to the East End
While the Real Housewives of New York ladies are no stranger to The Hamptons, during Season 13, the group descended on Long Island’s North Fork. Full of wineries, farm stands and quaint little towns, the North Fork has so much to offer. And, if you’re looking to do the North Fork the Real Housewives way, there is absolutely no shortage of beautiful views, delicious food and, of course, shopping opportunities for the perfect getaway. Here are some of Luann, Sonja, Eboni and co’s favorite spots to stay, shop, eat and sip on the North Fork so you can vacation (or day trip!) just like a housewife.
Croteaux Vineyards is truly something special (just ask the RHONY crew who spent an action-packed afternoon here). Located in the middle of Long Island’s wine country, Croteaux is the only vineyard that is dedicated to making rosé wine. The vineyard has both flat and sparkling varieties, each of which has their own story and are made from different grapes. Light bites, like lobster rolls, make this a place where you could stay all day—and trust us, you won’t want to leave.
While the wine is the star of the show, Croteaux may be the most Instagramable vineyard on the East End. A cozy barn and a rustic shed are designed to be stunning gathering places for photos and friends, while a beautiful garden adorns the middle of the grounds. Want to feel more secluded? Head to the lawn in the back where there is a rosé truck—perfect for your next photo shoot.
Alternative: Rosé not your thing? Get your RHONY fancy on at Sparkling Pointe, the only winery on the North Fork that specializes in sparkling wine. The high ceilings and chandeliers are breathtaking, but the wine is even better.
Looking for a place to stay that will make you feel as if you’re a VIP even if you’re not? Aqua by American Beech is the place. But it gets better—the hotel also houses a fabulous restaurant, American Beech and the Black Llama Cocktail Bar. You know what this means? You won’t have to leave the property once you arrive (unless, of course, you want to). Aqua by American Beech is an experience from the moment you check-in until the moment you check-out. Situated right on the Peconic Bay, the hotel has direct beach access; a dockside lawn and garden; and beach chaises and hammocks. There’s also a spa. Relaxation at its finest and most elegant? We will take that.
For the perfect RHONY evening, head to Black Llama Cocktail Bar for a pre-dinner drink. Choose from some of the fabulous signature seasonal cocktails, like the Return of the Mac and the Beech Palm Punch or grab a chilled glass of Champagne. But whatever you do, definitely make like Ramona Singer and order yourself some oysters to start. Oysters are never a bad idea.
After cocktails, make your way over to American Beech for the main course. The menu is created with local, market fresh ingredients showcasing some of the best of what the North Fork has to offer. Start with more oysters (we see you, Ramona) or a fresh watermelon salad. Finish with the doughnut cake. You will not regret it.
Alternative: If you’re looking to still stay in Greenport but American Beech isn’t an option, check out Sound View. For dinner and a great beach bar (both Low Tide and Jack’s Beach Shack are located here), look to The Halyard for a complete experience.
Southold Bay Oysters
Oysters are one of the gems of Long Island and you won’t want to miss your time learning about them. The women spent an afternoon absorbing all that is the Long Island oyster alongside Southold Bay Oysters. Take a farm tour and oyster shucking class with owners Ben Gonzalez and Dave Daly and increase both your knowledge and your skill set. We promise that, unlike Ramona, you won’t regret it.
Alternative: Visit the self-serve oyster stand and grab some to take with you, or book a raw bar party with the company. Or head to almost any North Fork eatery and you’ll most likely be able to get your fill.
The Setting Collective Picnic
If you’ve always wanted to have a picnic on a private beach, in a park or even at a vineyard, The Setting Collective can help. Jess Dewar, founder of the company, was instrumental in setting up that stunning lunch (complete with cocktails and mocktails!) for the RHONY after their oyster shucking session. The company works with its clients to create a stunning, chic picnic event, with flat fee services as well as add-ons.
Alternative: There are plenty of services that will help set up a stunning picnic for you if The Setting Collective is unavailable or out of your budget. Try Island Gatherings Picnic Co. or Perfectly Picnic to make your day special.
Now that you’re full, it’s time to enjoy a bit of shopping. While visiting Greenport in episode three, season 13, the women went on a well-deserved spending spree. Home to many independent shops that carry everything from clothing and accessories to home goods, Greenport is a great place to exercise your wallet. The Housewives particularly loved The Weathered Barn, where Leah McSweeney purchased some of the most comfortable blankets we have ever seen. They also went for a bit of retail therapy at Alex Vinash NY, where Countess Luann de Lesseps purchased herself and Sonja Morgan matching tops.
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