Friday, August 22, 2014

north fork weekend

A few weeks ago, Kurt and I returned to the North Fork for a fun weekend of wine drinking and bike riding. We enjoyed our visit a couple years ago so much, we convinced Kurt's brother Erik and his girlfriend Silvia to join us on the trip this time. 

We stayed at the same Airbnb house in Mattituck. The host is so sweet and fantastic. The house is such a great find. After a harrowing train ride out on Friday afternoon, we gladly dropped our bags at the house before grabbing dinner nearby.

We had a nice seafood dinner at the Old Mill Inn overlooking the water. We had the deck to ourselves other than a few buggy neighbors.

Darts and beers at the Broken Down Valise

On Saturday, we had breakfast at the Love Lane Kitchen and enjoyed a street fair on Mattituck before setting off on our wine tour.

Our first stop along the wine trail was Pellegrini Vineyards. We had to compete with a few bachelorette parties but the courtyard and back patio overlooking the grapes was a great place to warm up.

Next, we stopped by Bedell Vineyards and played the most difficult game of cornhole ever. Slippery boards are not your friend! However, a good rosé is.

Next, we stopped one of my favorite spots: Osprey's Dominion Vineyards. The atmosphere is so laid back with picnic tables (bring your own spread!), sangria sold outside in the gazedo, an outdoor band, spots for byo grilling, and a net for volleyball. You could really spend all day there and be perfectly content.

Our last stop was Corey Creek (a partner to Bedell Winery). We shared some more rosé and the view over the vines and soaked up the last of the afternoon sun. 

We had some dinner at Alure Chowder House overlooking the marina.

As suggested by my favorite food blog, we rode our bikes all the way back to Mattituck for ice cream at The Magic Fountain. They had tons of tasty sounding flavors and a huge line outside, but after much deliberation I settled on S'mores. Delicious!

On Sunday, we took the train to Greenport near the end of the North Fork to do some more exploring. Kurt and I got some incredible lobster rolls and local beers at the Rhumb Line. (Thanks for the suggestion, Colleen!!)

If we had more time in town, I would have loved to take a visit to the Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. Next time!

And we finally got a taste of the beach! It was only on the harbor side and a little rocky, so instead of sunbathing, we just rummaged through the shells before heading back to town to watch the World Cup final. After watching Germany take home the title, we got some ice cream for the road and piled back on the train and headed home.

I love the North Fork! It is such a fun vacation very close to the city. I'm already scheming a way to get back very soon!


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