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Where to Stay — and What to Do — on Long Island’s North Fork

Whether you’re looking for a last-minute summer weekend getaway or you’re planning ahead for fall and spring, a stay on Long Island’s North Fork can cross off all your must-haves: Not far from many Northeast hubs, great vineyards, and lots of farm-fresh food. Here are some ideas for your visit:  

Where to Stay

The Menhaden

Located in Greenport, this boutique hotel has a contemporary vibe, with well-appointed rooms and a great roof deck. The deck not only offers water views and a couches-and-fire pit place to hang, but you can also try everything from evening s’mores to weekend morning yoga. They can also arrange a variety of different, often private activities, like a beach picnic, oyster charter, and more.

Aqua Beach Hotel

If you’re looking for easy access to the beach — and an incredible outdoor set-up — then consider this adults-only property in Aquebogue, about 25 minutes from Greenport. (The American Beech hotel is their sister property there.) You’ll find both water- and garden-view room options, all of which have private decks. Beyond that, you can spend time relaxing on one of the beachfront loungers, going kayaking or paddle boarding, or booking an experience, like a wine tour.

North Fork Table & Inn

Stay in one of four rooms at this iconic property in Southold, which were renovated three years ago and feature either king or queen beds. It’s also home to the incredible North Fork Table — helmed by Michelin-starred Chef John Fraser — and featuring a variety of locally sourced contemporary American classics. Don’t miss the special events, including cocktail classes and Thursday night burgers.

What to Do

There’s plenty to do in the area — whether you want to fill your stay with wine tasting and bike riding or mix in some fun with lounging at your hotel. A few to consider:  

Visit the wineries

This is an obvious, of course — and one of the major draws to the area. The North Fork Wine Guide offers a list of all the vineyards in the area as well as wine tour options. Many hotels can also arrange winery tours, like the Menhaden and Aqua Beach, both of which can arrange experiences with Macari Vineyards.

Hit the beach

Whether you want a beach day in the summer or to stroll along the water in the fall (or even winter), there are a variety places to do so, like the unique 67 Steps beach near Greenport or the larger Orient Beach State Park, which has a playground, summer concessions, and kayak and paddle board rentals.

Walk Greenport

Spend an afternoon or evening — or both — strolling through the village of Greenport, with its many restaurants and shops. If you’re visiting with kids, don’t miss a stop at the 100-year-old carousel, which is just $3 a ride.   

Long Island Aquarium  

If the weather isn’t great or you want to do an indoor activity instead, consider a visit to the Long Island Aquarium, where you can do everything from see the penguins to swimming with mermaids. (!!)

East End Bike Tours

For a different way to explore the area, try a bike ride. You can opt for a guided tour — there’s a Brewery & Vineyard tour, for example — or rent a bike and head out on your own. (They do have recommended routes.) You can also go for a private tour, which includes an e-bike option.   

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