Lifestyle: Travel & Dining

The Ultimate Food and Wine Guide to Columbus Day Weekend

By Hannah Selinger - October 8, 2020

This holiday weekend, take a drive out to Long Island’s North Fork and enjoy a taste of fall weather. Then, when you’re done, enjoy a taste of all of the wonderful food and wine that the North Fork has to offer. With the weather at its peak, the produce ripe, the wine at cellar temperature, and the food picture-perfect, now is as good a time as ever to visit. We’ve curated an array of places for you to visit for a fine weekend on the North Fork for this year’s holiday. You won’t want to miss out.

Sleep in the Vines
At Shinn Estate Vineyards you can book one of the Farmhouse’s renovated rooms for a cozy look at life on the vineyard. Wake up to breakfast in bed and enjoy tastes of the Long Island-made wines, along with a host of incredible experiences that showcase why the North Fork is one of Long Island’s premier destinations. While you’re there, pick up a bottle of the winery’s unique concrete blonde.

Get Truckin’
At the North Fork Food Truck, in Southold, pick up an epic cold lobster roll (made with mayonnaise, celery-fennel salt, and chives), hot lobster roll (poached butter, paprika, chives), BLT + A (a bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado sandwich, served on a hot dog bun), a griddled burger, or any other manner of fresh treat (don’t leave without the chocolate chip cookies). While you’re there, make sure to make reservations at the North Fork Table & Inn, which has recently been renovated and where Michelin-starred chef John Fraser is now at the helm.

Try Some Sparkle
Croteaux Vineyards’ outdoor garden is the perfect place to sip and socialize over — what else? — rosé, which is the specialty of the house. While Croteaux produces both still and sparkling wine, the most festive afternoons are definitely the ones built around frothy, pinky, and bubbly delights.

Fun for the Whole Family
At Harbes Family Farm, there is plenty to do on a fall afternoon. Adults can sip wine, kids can go through the obstacle course, and everyone can watch the pig races. If it’s an adults-only kind of afternoon, consider some of the joys of autumns past: pumpkins, seasonal ice creams, and languid walks around the farm, all while sipping a glass of local wine.

Dinner Out
In Greenport, swing by Noah Schwartz’s restaurant, noah’s, for small plates and a view of bustling Front Street. The restaurant has long been regarded as a benchmark when it comes to dining on the North Fork, and they continue to live up to their reputation. The menu is constantly changing, based on the whims of the season, but you can depend on fresh local seafood, produce sourced from the North Fork’s local farms, and a true representation of the bounty that Long Island has to offer.

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