|Wine tasting at Sparkling Pointe|
I drove from Boston down to New London, CT early Saturday morning to catch the Cross Sound Ferry to Orient Point, NY. Fortunately, we didn’t hit much traffic and made it to the dock just under 2 hours. Because tickets are available online in advance, I was able to drive my car right onto the boat and spend the next 1.5 hours enjoying a mimosa and BLT on the main deck. For a ferry, the prices really weren’t that bad and the quality of food was shockingly good! After we disembarked, we headed right to Sep’s Farm Stand in East Marion to meet up with our friends. Their location is conveniently located right on Main Rd. and there is a nice big sign out front and plenty of parking. The fresh veggies all looked so good I had to stop myself from picking up tomatoes and eating them right there! Once the group all got together, we went over to the Huron Suites at the POE (Port of Egypt) to check into our rooms. The hotel is small and independently owned, not a big chain. The location is right on the water with tables/chairs setup overlooking the boats docked at the marina. I spent a few hours sitting in those chairs drinking wine and eating cheese without a care in the world. I stayed in one of the admiral suites and could not be happier. Everything was spotless and we had a small kitchenette and spacious combined living/sleeping area.
|Beautiful view outside our hotel|
After picking up some snacks at the local IGA and going back to the hotel to freshen up, we headed to downtown Greenport for some pre-dinner drinks at Brix and Rye followed by a meal at The Blue Canoe. Greenport is setup for easy walking from one place to the next. I really enjoyed how many people were out and about at night. The Northside Collins drink at Brix and Rye was so good; light and summery and perfect for a night on the town. The Blue Canoe had great atmosphere with outdoor fire pits and a nice view, but I wasn’t blown away by my spicy tuna roll. Fortunately, when you are with a good group of friends, your time together is always great!
|Dinner and Drinks in Greenport|
After a delicious Green lunch at the Hellenic, we started out on day 2 of our wine tasting extravaganza: Mattabella, Croteaux, and Jason’s Vineyard. Mattabella had an interesting tasting setup where they would pour two of their wines side-by-side and had you compare which you liked best. It was interesting to see how climate changes affected the taste each year. My favorite there was the 2009 Chardonnay and I brought a bottle home to enjoy later. Croteaux was my favorite stop of the trip by far. Their focus is on Rose's. I did the sparkling wine tasting and ending up buying two bottles to bring home. The tasting area was very small and intimate, but beautifully done.
We split up from the group for a bit to take a side journey to a nearby Olive Oil store before our last stop at Jason's Vineyard. I really liked the decor there with the ship theme, but the wine did not blow me away. My friends hosted us for dinner that evening at their family’s house where we feasted on seafood and continued to drink more wine, of course.
Our last morning on Long Island started back at the farm where we loaded ourselves up with fresh veggies and walked back to a private beach overlooking the Sound. Since we were on our own for the rest of the day, we went back to Greenport to peruse the local shops and eat lunch at Bruce’s cheese emporium! I rate that place with 5 stars for making me wait, and then making me happy I waited for an insanely delicious cheddar, tomato, and maple bacon panini-style sandwich. My mouth is watering right now just thinking about it…. Mmm, bacon. Our last hoorah before boarding the ferry was a stop at Kontakosta winery. A modern barn with beautiful wood and metal designs sat pristinely overlooking a plot of land and beautiful bluffs. We did a tasting in the barn, then headed out to the bluffs to order a glass of our favorite wine and take in the scenary. As our vacation came to an end, I decided this would not be my last trip to the North Fork. This gem is like Napa, only much closer to me!
Note: All photos in this post are courtesy of my friend Melissa.