Surpise, surprise! Another vineyard guide coming your way. Getting sick of these yet? Too bad, because they’re my favorite to write! Haha. Last weekend for my birthday Tommy took us back out to Greenport for another stay at the Blue Inn. He rented one of the apartments they have on premise and so we were able to invite some pallllls with us, Tommy’s sister Kelly and her husband! Loved having them! It was a jam packed little weekend and we got to try some new spots. One of them was Shinn Estate (pictured directly below), which has new ownership as of April and is absolutely adorable. Lounge furniture, personable staff and awesome charcuterie boards. Can’t forget the cider donuts and the vineyard views! This is the kind of spot you can come with friends and spend the whole afternoon doing tastings. It was the perfect day but since we had a few more things on our day’s agenda, we kept it moving.
To take a break from the buzz, we stopped at Harbe’s Family Farm to visit some pumpkins. This place is HUGE. Pumpkin patch, winery, corn maze, hay rides, corn hole..you name it, this place has it. We would have loved to do the corn maze but seeing as it was a Sat in Oct, Harbe’s was bumpin’ with families, party buses, etc. so after wandering around the pumpkins for a few minutes we decided to keep trekking the trail.
A little palate cleanser at Sparkling Pointe never hurt nobody! I really do love their Classic Brut. Not too sweet and the perfect day-drink for a Fall day ;0)
Red wine teeth, anyone? Ha.
We originally had early dinner reservations at the Halyard, which is also under new ownership and recently renovated. While the restaurant looks picturesque, with stunning water views and huge bay windows, I heard that the menu is still in need of some work since reopening. So while the blogger in me wanted to check it out, I knew that after a day of wine drinking we couldn’t risk a less than great meal. We ended up going to American Beech, which is smack dab in downtown Greenport and also offers adorable decor. There’s a tiki-style bar outside and inside you kind of feel like you’re in Miami. Lots of white, lots of wild plants.. and great food! We ordered crispy Brussels spouts and chorizo mac for apps, and then each had our own entrees that everyone really enjoyed. I went for the scallops and they were great! I can’t wait to come back to this restaurant in the Summer. After dinner it was off to a dive bar for some Yankees viewing. Funny because with all of the great cocktail bars on that street (Noah’s, Frisky Oyster), we always end up at a dive bar!
Morning coffee spot at Blue Inn.
What we didn’t do the last time we stayed at Blue Inn was visit Lavender By the Bay, which is literally 20 feet away! I am super sensitive to fragrances, so while the smell was a bit too strong for me in the barn, I loved being outside and gazing at the fields.
Like any true wino, I rallied for a 2nd day of North Fork fun. We fueled up with breakfast sandwiches at Fork & Anchor and then made a pit stop at Kontokosta on our way out. We love this place. It’s modern, less rustic than other vineyards on the trail, surrounded by what seems like miles and miles of vines and right on the water. Perfect way to spend a Sunday morning!
We stopped at a few more farms and then made our way back home. A quick but busy North Fork weekend. I’m loving Greenport more and more with each visit!
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Oh yeah, HAPPY HALLOWEEN.