As Carrie Bradshaw told us time and time again, one of the best things about living in NYC is getting to leave it from time to time. While the city is certainly its own playground with endless things to do, sometimes it just feels too good to get out (especially in the Summer), whether its to the beach, a pool, or one of my personal favorites, the vineyards on the North Fork of Long Island – also known as Long Island Wine Country. Now if you know me, you know I love wine – but its not just the endless vines that draw me out there. Its so fun and relaxing to get out to the North Fork and enjoy the scenery, quiet atmosphere, and LARGE OPEN SPACES. Quite the escape from the confinements of the city, that’s for sure.
Even though it will take you about 2 1/2 hours from NYC to get there, its entirely worth it. While the ride out to Wine Country is nothing too exciting, once you actually hit the trails its like you’re in another world. Farmer’s Markets galore, beautiful wineries, green pastures, etc. I’m pretty much in heaven. You can either rent a car and navigate yourself, OR look into one of those bus tours that leaves from Manhattan and hits up three vineyards. This is probably the better option so you don’t have to worry about anyone driving! My mom and I actually did one of those tours back in 2011 and it was a lot of fun. Too much fun in fact – I’ve got to find those pictures haha. If you do decide to drive, I would look into making it an overnight trip and staying at one of the adorable bed and breakfasts that line the trails.
My absolute must-visit winery while we are out there is Clovis Point. Its definitely one of the smaller wineries (see photo at bottom of this post), but its quaint and never really crowded, which is probably why I love it to much! Its the antithesis to the overcrowding and noise of the city. I am never a Chardonnay drinker, unless it is at Clovis Point. Their chardonnay is out of this world. Its 10am and now I’m salivating for it. Yikes, wino problems.
Style tip: I would wear a hat of some sort if I were you! If we’re visiting in the warmer months, I always make sure to wear a big floppy hat because unless you snag a table with an umbrella, you’ll be left out to bake in the sun, which can result in a nightmarish burn at the end of the day.
Like any true wino, I have my favorite vineyards for every time of year. I’ll check back in for the Fall, but aside from Clovis Point, these are my favorite recommendations for a Summer visit:
Another note: although there are cafes and restaurants lining the trail, most wineries encourage you to pack your own food if you’re planning to post up for the afternoon to listen to live music, dance around with a wine buzz, etc. This is a great opportunity to pack up the charcuterie boards and assorted dips!
You guys ever hang out at Long Island Wine Country? What are your favorite vineyards?
Have an amazing Thursday!