North Fork, New York

Many consider eastern Long Island a summer destination, when you can go to the beach, grill sweet corn, and built a bonfire. But the North Fork is littered with wineries, making it a great place to visit the entire year. After a day of touring tasting rooms that are surrounded by farms and the ocean, you’ll be yearning to taste the seafood, cheese, and fresh produce that the winemakers keep saying pairs so well with their wines.

Photo: North Fork Table & Inn
Photo: North Fork Table & Inn

Interested in having a great meal at an award-winning restaurant? No gimmicks or secret codes needed for a reservation. No hard-to-pronounce dishes. You don’t even need to wear a suit. Just elegantly simple food, complex flavors, and a minimal, candle-lit dining room. Destination: the North Fork Table & Inn in Southold.

Start with roasted beets or Peconic Bay fluke crudo. Montauk sea scallops and Crescent Farm duck are among your entree options. Getting hungry? Your Cabernet Franc is from a North Fork winery, of course. And macadamia nut financiers are a perfect ending for those with a sweet tooth.

Photo: North Fork Table & Inn
Photo: North Fork Table & Inn

By the time you’re full and exhausted, you’d usually be dreading the drive home. Luckily, upstairs there are four simple but elegant bedrooms. The sunlit rooms have very comfortable beds. In the morning, a light, continental breakfast is included with the room, or wait until weekend brunch is served. Try a Bloody Boar with bacon-infused vodka or warm sugar and spice donuts. Despite being stuffed once again, you’ll be eyeing the North Fork Table & Inn’s lunch truck as you pack up the car outside. But a lobster roll might have to wait until your next trip to the East End.

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