A Tour of Long Island Wine Country

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Disclosure: I was invited to enjoy a complimentary overnight visit to Long Island’s North Fork Wine Country via Cross Sound Ferry out of New London, CT.  The comments in this post are 100% my own.
 
 
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On May 8th, I had the priviledge of traveling with a group of writers to Long Island Wine Country.  Kristi Maloney and I come from a small town, about an hour west of Boston, so we drove about 2 hours south to the Cross Sound Ferry in New London, CT.  Route 395 South was stress free, so it felt like we were there in no time. 

 

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If you’re not familiar with Long Island’s “North Fork,” here’s a little explanation.  The North Fork is made up of 11 small towns and villages located on Long Island’s East End. It includes Aquebogue, Jamesport, Laurel, Mattituck, New Suffolk, Cutchogue, Peconic, Southhold, Greenport, East Marion and Orient. It is surrounded by the Peconic Bay and the Long Island Sound. 

There is so much to share in this blog post, so I’m including the contact info of each business or destination in case you have any questions or want to explore a little more on your own.

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Cross Sound Ferry Services

 

New London Ferry Dock

2 Ferry Street

New London, CT 06320

New England Phone:  (860) 443-5281

Long Island Phone:  (631) 323-2525

Website:  www.longislandferry.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/CrossSoundFerry

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/Cross_Sound

 

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I’m not a stranger to taking the ferry to Long Island.  My oldest son graduated from Hofstra University on Long Island a few years ago.  We traveled by ferry several times to shorten the trip to his school.  Going all the way into Long Island on land can raise your blood pressure if you’re not used to the traffic and give you a few gray hairs.  On one occasion, we got into a little fender bender while changing lanes.  It was nerve-wracking.  The ferry is a different story.  It’s interesting, calm and relaxing. 

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There’s all kinds of seating on the ferry.  You can pass the time by watching a little TV, sit at a table booth and catch up on work, chat with friends or family, or read a book in a quiet area.  You can even have a drink at the bar.  It’s always 5:00 somewhere!  :)

 

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There’s a snack bar on board and I’m happy to say that dogs are allowed in certain areas.  Our ferry ride to and from Orient Point was smooth and quiet.  You can check out the scenery through the large windows or take a stroll around the deck.  

Take your car and arrive at Orient Point in 80 minutes or use the High-Speed Ferry Passenger Service and cross Long Island Sound in 40 Minutes!  Take my word for it.  The ferry is the way to go.

 

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When we arrived on the North Fork in Orient Point, Vintage Tours brought us to The Loft for lunch.

 

The Loft Restaurant

48 Front Street

Greenport, NY 11944

(631) 477-3080

Website:  www.harbourfrontdeli.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/pages/The-Loft

 

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LIIMG_2142We enjoyed a variety of wraps and a fresh garden and pasta salad.

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 As a foodie, I have to mention the delicious Raspberry Filled Cookies we got for dessert!  Let me put it this way…I wanted to eat ten of them! They were divine!  Loft Restaurant, could you share the recipe with my readers?  Please?

After lunch, we went to our first winery!

 

Bedell Cellars

36225 Main Road, RT 25

Cutchogue, NY 11935

(631)734-7537

Website:  www.bedellcellars.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/BedellCellars

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/bedellcellars

 

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Bedell is a 30-year-old sustainably farmed and family owned estate vineyard and winery.  They produce 10,000 cases of wine a year. I really enjoyed their Chardonnay and Sparkling Rose. 

 

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It’s beautiful inside and out!

 

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dPicMonkey CollageWe tasted about 5 different wines.  It is interesting to compare the taste and smell of each wine.

 

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After our visit at Bedell Cellars, we checked into our hotel or B & Bs.  I stayed at the Harborfront Inn.

 

Harborfront Inn at Greenport

209 Front Street

Greenport, NY 11944

(631) 477-0707

Website:  www.theharborfrontinn.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/HarborfrontInn

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/HarborfrontInn

 

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Upon our arrival at the Harborfront Inn, it was evident that this is a new hotel.  It opened in 2004.  The exterior and interior is pristine and welcoming and the staff is very polite and accomodating.  It is centrally located in the downtown area and walking distance to many restaurants and cute shops.  It is in an ideal location if you are planning a trip to Long Island Wine Country.

 

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My room was clean, quiet and comfortable.  I think I squealed with excitement when I caught sight of my glass-enclosed modern shower!  It was lovely!  My 3rd floor room came with free Wi-Fi and a water view from my private balcony.  Additional ammenities include complimentary continental breakfast, outdoor heated in-ground pool with two lap lanes, 800-square-foot fitness center and two private function rooms.  I only stayed at the Harborfront for one night, but I would be very happy to stay at this hotel again!  No complaints from me!

I was one of six writers that stayed at the Harborfront Inn, the rest of the group stayed at the following locations -  Blue Iris Bed & Breakfast, Ruby’s Cove Bed & Breakfast, Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast , The Harvest Inn and The Bartlett House Inn.

For dinner, we were brought to Kontokosta Winery.

 

Kontokosta Winery

825 North Road

Greenport, New York

(631) 477-6977

Website:  www.kontokostawinery.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/KontokostaWinery

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/kontokostawine

 

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LIKPicMonkey CollageASPicMonkey CollageThe food was catered by Noah’s.  It was amazing!  I went back for seconds…okay, let’s be honest…I went back a lot more than that.  I’m not going to lie!

My favorite wine at Kontokosta was Riesling.

 

Noah’s

136 Front Street

Greenport, NY

(631) 477-6720

Website:  www.chefnoahs.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/NoahsGreenport

 

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konPicMonkey CollageRustic on the outside but totally modern on the inside.  So beautiful!

 

The next morning, I had breakfast at the Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast.

 

Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast

 PicMonkey CollageMARIMG_2233Marilyn, the Innkeeper, made quite an impression on me.  She was so warm and gracious!   I love her English accent!  She shared stories about how she started her B & B and gave us suggestions on where to visit in the area. 

tabDSCN6223Look at the beautiful table she prepared!  I felt so pampered!

 

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Marilyn’s food was absolutely delicious!  She even agreed to do a guest post on my blog with one of her recipes!

After breakfast, one group went to visit  The Old Field Vineyards and my group went to the Harbes Family Farm.

 

Harbes Family Farm

715 Sound Avenue

Mattituck, NY 11952

(631) 298-0800

Website: www.harbesfamilyfarm.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/HarbesFamilyFarm

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/HarbesFarm

 

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donutDSCN6240 We arrived the day before their opening day and were warmly greeted with coffee and warm cider donuts.  Yum!

 

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They have pony rides, pig races and apple picking in the fall.

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FARMPicMonkey CollageFarm owner, Ed Harbes (top left), gave us a wonderful tour.  Some of the writers had some fun with the racing equipment!  Florence (top right) was on a mission to find the pigs!  Goodness, that bunny was so cute!

 Before we headed back to the ferry, we enjoyed some lunch at Orient by the Sea.

 

 Orient By the Sea Restaurant

PO Box 333 | 40200 Main Rd
Orient, NY 11957
(631) 323-2424

Website:  www.orientbythesea.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/OrientByTheSea

 

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I LOVE having dinner by the water! This is exactly the kind of place I would look for when vacationing near the coast.

 

ORDSCN6305This was my view from inside. 

foodPicMonkey CollageThe salad and buffet was outstanding.  Yes, that’s a lot on my plate and I ate every last bite!  It was so good!

 

vinIMG_2249I want to give a special shout out to Vintage Tours for transporting us to each location.  The drivers were so patient, friendly and knowledgeable of the North Fork area.  I would totally book a tour with them again!

 

Vintage Tours

P.O.Box 143

Peconic, NY 11958

(631) 765-4689

Website:  www.vintagetour1.com

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/vintagetours

Twitter:  www.twitter.com/vintagetour1

Trip Advisor reviews

 

There are about 50 different wineries along the Long Island wine trail. Check out the LI Wine Council ( LIwines.com) for a complete list of wineries.

 

Thank You!

I’d like to thank Stan Mickus and The Cross Sound Ferry for sponsoring this Long Island Wine Country Tour.  I couldn’t have had a better experience and I’m dying to go back!

A great big thank you to all the sponsors on this trip!  You left me wanting more!  Dave and I are planning to go back together this summer!

Last, but not least, I’d like to thank Florence Tambone for inviting me on such a memorable, fun trip.  I have been ranting and raving about it to my friends and family ever since I got back.

 

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Comments

    • 1.1

      Jane says

      I’m still daydreaming about it, Diane! Glad we’re getting to know each other! What a nice group to be with!

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    says

    Every place that we visited was top-notch. That picture of the pillow cookie is bringing back memories! So nice that we got to take a bit of the North Fork home with us. Have you opened your bottle of Kontokosta wine yet? Looking forward to our next trip Thelma…..I mean Jane!

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    Bill Wyrebek says

    This read like a great adventure and good time. I would like to book a tour and spend a couple of nights to celebrate my wife’s birthday. How do I begin the process of planning an itinerary and making reservations? Your suggestions are welcome.
    Thank you
    Bill

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      Jane says

      Hi Bill,

      If you don’t want to drive, I would book a tour with Vintage Tours. The link is above and they are awesome. They probably fill up fast so check their schedule now. You might want to call them and see what tour they suggest for your time frame.

      Here is a map of the wineries: http://www.liwines.com/?page_id=14

      If you only have a couple of days and you have your own car, I would research which wineries you really want to see and map it out. They only doing tastings certain times of the day, so that is something to keep in mind.

      Did that help? I’m happy to answer any other questions.

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