October 11, 2016 by Lauren Beebe, Founder of Like A Local Tours. It’s no secret, I am a huge fan of Long Island’s North Fork, Shelter Island and (depending on the time of year) the Hamptons. Summer is a great time to visit because of the beaches, boats and BBQs, but fall is just as fun. I am choosing to feature the North Fork as I think it has the most to offer in fall. Here are my top 5 reasons to explore Long Island’s North Fork in the fall:
1. WINE. My favorite wineries in fall are Bedell (pictured), Kontakosta, Mattebella Vineyards and Greenport Brewery in Peconic (okay it’s not a winery, but it’s not to be missed). Check websites for special events like live music and food trucks.
2. Oysters. My friends at Little Creek Oyster right on the waterfront in beautiful Greenport (my town!) have a wonderful little “shack” where they’ll teach you how to shuck! Doesn’t get more Long Island than that. Owners are Rosalie and Ian.
3. FOOD. Where to begin?! My faves on the higher end side are North Fork Table & Inn (you can now order a la carte!) and Caci. Casey’s is new but classic North Fork. It’s family run and on the water in a very historic area. In Greenport, you have American Beech and 1943 Pizza (so so so good and I am picky about my pizza).
4. Cocktails. You must visit Brix & Rye in Greenport. Ok fine, I added this category just to plug them, but Evan the owner is a real gem! Originally from the North Fork, he and his wife moved from Red Hook, Brooklyn to start a family and their own bar. And I say, well done!
5. Farms. All along the two main roads that run between the towns you will find farms and farmer’s markets. My faves are Eight Hands and Catapano (the goat cheese is unreal). Harbes for the kids (and they have great wine in a super cute tasting room).