TRAVEL DIARIES: A Day in Long Island Wine Country

TRAVEL DIARIES: A Day in Long Island Wine Country

As the Maid of Honor for my best friend of almost 20 years, planning the bachelorette party was one of my duties. It was important to me that this weekend be undeniably her.  Who is she? A crafty, classy, Disney-loving sweetheart not interested in the shenanigans of a normal bachelorette party. So, in going to my first meeting with her other bridesmaids, I had a short list of ideas. At the top of that list was a winery weekend.

Being relatively new to East Coast wineries (but a lover of all my west coast locations HEYO TEMECULA), I had done a little bit of research. Miraculously, the bridesmaids all had the same idea. However, they knew about this little strip of wineries out in Long Island that was cute, beautiful, and perfectly classy.

So we planned. Then this past weekend, we surprised the beautiful bride by whisking her away on an early fall Bachellorette party Hamptons-adjacent.

We stayed in a cottage at the historic White Blossom Inn in Southhold. The two bedroom cottage, with its own kitchen and outside space to lounge, is exactly the kind of place you want to stay. It was close to everything, a short 5 minute drive to the first of many wineries, and 10-15 minutes from Greenport’s restaurants and shopping. The owners, Mark and Mona, go out of their way to make you feel welcome and taken care of. Honestly, the beachy feel and quaint hominess made it an amazing place to relax.

But the Inn was only the beginning. We started our first day at North Fork Roasting Company, where we ate a delicious waffle egg sandwich and had really, really good coffee.

From there, we toured the Horton Lighthouse. Where tour guide, Ben, told us about all the good wineries and restaurants to check out. In true small town fashion, we got the best tips from the locals, and we used them to plan out the rest of our day.

 

On Ben’s advice, our first stop was Croteaux Winery. Known for their Rose selection, their impeccably designed Tasting Barn is a relaxing environment. Quiet and fun, the tastings are delivered right to your table. While I’m not a huge fan of Rose, I did find a few worth the price of the bottle.

From there, we stopped at Bedell Cellars. Known as the official wine of President Obama’s inauguration, their reds are their pride and joy. And, boy, were they. Not only is this winery on a stunning piece of property, but the attentive staff and indoor/outdoor tasting areas are to die for. While the bottles are a bit pricy, the tastings are more than worth it.

Our last stop of the day was Lenz Winery, also known for their reds. Their tasting room, a refurbished potato barn, is spacious and roomy. And like all the other wineries we visited, they had ample outdoor space for beautiful days where you want to be out in the sunshine.

 

Of course, our trip consisted of a little bit more than just wineries. But, I’m saving our adventure in food for another post. Have you been out to Long Island wine country? What are some of your favorite places to stop?

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