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A Girl’s Weekend in North Fork and the Hamptons

A woman at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons - best day trip from the North Fork, Long Island
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Situated east of New York City, Long Island is a densely populated island that is home to suburban towns, Atlantic coast beaches, farms and vineyards as well as quaint downtown areas. Even though most of Long Island is home to residential towns, at the East End of the island is a peaceful and stunning area called North Fork. There are so many great things to do in North Fork, Long Island from visiting wineries to enjoying the beach!

Known as Long Island’s Wine Country, there are over 60 vineyards, breweries and distilleries in North Fork, Long Island that use locally grown ingredients. This area also has a lot of great restaurants that feature local staples such as oysters and Peconic Bay Scallops.

A woman staying at The Harvest Inn in Peconic, New York

I visited North Fork, Long Island during a girl’s trip at the end of March 2022. In fact, I visited both North Fork and the Hamptons during my weekend getaway from NYC. What is great about visiting both North Fork and the Hamptons during the off season is that there is no traffic. If you plan to visit the Hamptons from Memorial Day through Labor Day, it can take you hours to get from certain destinations in the area.

In this article, discover the best things to do in North Fork, Long Island this weekend and this upcoming summer.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time on the North Fork, The Harvest Inn hosted me for two nights.


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Things to do in North Fork & The Hamptons, NY

How to Get to North Fork, Long Island:

The North Fork on the East End of Long Island

The easiest way to get to the North Fork and Hamptons on Long Island, especially if you’re coming from New York City, is by driving or taking the Long Island Railroad. If you take the LIRR, you can pick it up at Penn Station in New York City and get off at Greenport, Riverhead or Mattituck.

Even if you take the train, you will need a vehicle to get around. Unless you have your own form of transportation, you’ll need to rent a car! Please note that Uber and Lyft run in North Fork and the Hamptons.

If you plan to fly to North Fork, Long Island and the Hamptons, the closest international airports are John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia. North Fork has a lot of smaller, regional airports as well such as Mattituck Airport, Francis S. Gabreski Airport and Montauk Airport. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

Another one of the best things to do on the North Fork of Long Island, is to travel around and explore the area with a tour group! You can also get from the North Fork to the South Fork and Hamptons with the North Ferry. It is best to take the ferry during the summer, when traffic is heavier on the roads.

The North Fork is also where you can pick up the Cross Sound Ferry if you want to do a day trip to Connecticut. One of my favorite spots for a day trip is Mystic, Connecticut!

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The Best North Fork Long Island Bed and Breakfast:

A woman staying at The Harvest Inn - Best North Fork, Long Island bed and breakfast

One of the top things the North Fork of Long Island is known for are its bed and breakfasts. Situated right along the North Fork Wine Trail is The Harvest Inn in Peconic, New York. This cozy and peaceful luxury, boutique bed and breakfast is located near a lot of renowned restaurants and great farms on the North End of Long Island.

The den at The Harvest Inn in Peconic, New York

From the moment I arrived at The Harvest Inn, I felt right at home! I loved how beautiful and heartwarming the house was and both Stacey and her husband Steve (the innkeepers) made my friend and I feel very welcomed.

The Inn is a gorgeous cedar wood home with a wrap-around porch. Stacey and Steve also have two adorable dogs that made an appearance a few times during our stay!

The Rooms at The Harvest Inn:

Staying at the Harvest Inn - best bed and breakfast on the North Fork

During my two nights at this lovely North Fork bed and breakfast, I stayed in the Sunset Room. It is one of The Harvest Inn’s largest rooms that includes an en-suite bathroom with a spa tub and vineyard views, overlooking the koi pond on the front lawn.

The Sunset Room also has a comfortable king bed with Frette towels, linens and robes; Beekman 1802 bath amenities; an iron and ironing board; hair dryer; free WiFi and an air purifier with a HEPA filter. I loved how stunning both the room and bathroom were! I also had an incredible night’s rest during my time at The Harvest Inn.

In addition to the Sunset Room, the other stunning rooms at The Harvest Inn are The Harvest Room, which is the largest room that also includes a spa tub along with a fireplace with both front and back garden views; The Magnolia Room has views of the back garden with a design that captures nature; The Bluebird Room is the Inn’s most popular guest room that overlooks the front gardens and vineyards and lastly, The Sunrise Room features beautiful views of the Inn’s back gardens.

Amenities at The Harvest Inn:

The dining room at The Harvest Inn on the North Fork

What I loved most about staying at The Harvest Inn on the North Fork was that both mornings, Stacey made us a delicious, healthy and homemade breakfast. Stacey is a chef and Chinese medicine expert who runs a website called Kitchen of Youth. You can find healthy recipes for so many different things on her site and also purchase her book!

Every morning at The Harvest Inn, you can choose between coffee (from the North Fork Roasting Company) or tea and orange juice or apple juice. During our first morning, Stacey made my friend and I a delicious fruit salad along with fresh sourdough toast with pesto and egg as well as ricotta and tomato. She also made us a delicious health shot during both mornings. On our first morning, the health shot was made of orange juice, oregano, ginger, lemon and turmeric.

A fruit salad from The Harvest Inn
Having breakfast at The Harvest Inn - one of the best things to do in North Fork, Long Island

On our second morning, we savored a stuffed banana bread muffin with Nutella; yogurt with granola, bananas and pecans and a stuffed croissant French toast with a berry filling. Everything was incredible! The health shot on our second day consisted of beets, lemon, lemon rind, grapefruit and rose.

A banana bread muffin with Nutella from The Harvest Inn
Breakfast at The Harvest Inn in the Northern Fork
Stuffed French toast from The Harvest Inn in the North Fork

One thing to note is that The Harvest Inn caters to special dietary restrictions! Just let Stacey know in advance when you book a stay at this lovely bed and breakfast.

Since a lot of bars close early on the North Fork during the off season, my friend and I would get a bottle of wine from one of the wineries (or beer from the breweries) that we visited during the day and enjoyed a cozy evening by the fire. The Harvest Inn has a lovely room where guests can sit in front of the fireplace!

Relaxing with friends with a Montauk Brewery beer

The Harvest Inn has complimentary beach passes so that you can enjoy the local North Fork beaches during the summer. You can also rent a bike for free, on a first-come, first-serve basis, so that you can take them around to the local vineyards and farms, which is one of the top things to do in North Fork, Long Island.

In addition, Stacey also provides a fun private service, at an additional charge, where she’ll take guests to local, North Fork farmers markets. During this fun experience, Stacey will help you choose and prepare fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Things to do in North Fork, Long Island and The Hamptons:

Best things to do in North Fork, Long Island

There are so many awesome things to do on the East End of Long Island whether you are visiting this weekend, over the summer or in the future. If you are looking to enjoy a fun girls weekend on the North Fork of Long Island, discover the best activities that will leave you with lasting memories:

Visit Greenport Brewery – Things to do in Greenport:

Greenport Harbor Brewing in Greenport, North Fork, Long Island

One of the top things to do in North Fork, Long Island is to wander around the quaint town of Greenport and enjoy some locally, crafted beer at Greenport Harbor Brewing. Overall, Greenport has a lot of lovely clothing boutiques, antique shops and some of the best restaurants on the North Fork.

A fun place to hang out, especially if you love craft beer, is at Greenport Brewery. This brewery has two locations – Greenport and Peconic. (My friend and I visited the Greenport location.) If you’re wondering what to do on the North Fork of Long Island on a rainy day, this is the best place to go!

Walking around Greenport - one of the best things to do in Greenport, North Fork

Located next to the old Greenport Jail, Greenport Harbor Brewing features different beers ranging from lagers to IPAs and ales to porters. Greenport Brewery throws some of the best North Fork events and will also host bands on the weekends.

Eat Dinner at The Frisky Oyster – Best Places to Eat on the Northern Fork:

A delicious halibut and ramen dinner from The Frisky Oyster in Greenport - top things to do in North Fork, Long Island

One of the best places to eat on the Northern Fork is at The Frisky Oyster. This upscale restaurant is in Greenport and features an imaginative menu filled with delicious meals that include local ingredients. This amazing restaurant also has a great wine list!

During dinner, I savored the miso glazed halibut that came with vegetable ramen, a soft egg and sweet soy. My friend enjoyed the lobster gigli pasta, which included meyer lemon vodka sauce, baby arugula and confit cherry tomatoes. She also had the roasted baby beet salad that had Humboldt fog, arugula, hemp seeds, pistachios and sherry vinaigrette.

Everything was delicious! In addition, if you’re an oyster lover, you must try them at this great restaurant.

One of the top things to do on the North Fork is to explore the food scene! Below are other great restaurants you must check out on the North Fork, Long Island:

  • North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, NY: An upscale farm-to-table restaurant that features incredible plates made by Michelin Chef John Fraser. This is a great place to go if you’re celebrating a special occasion.
  • Claudios in Greenport, NY: A great waterfront seafood restaurant.
  • Maroni Cuisine in Southold, NY: One of the best Italian restaurants on the North Fork.
  • Noah’s in Greenport, NY: A wonderful farm-to-table restaurant, serving incredible seasonal food.
  • American Beech in Greenport, NY: A trendy spot to enjoy pizza and crafted cocktails.
  • A Touch of Venice in Cutchogue, NY: A relaxed Italian restaurant with a nice outdoor patio.
  • Grana in Jamesport, NY: A great Italian restaurant that is known for their homemade pastas and pizza pies. They have a great outdoor space with a fire pit!
  • The Halyard in Greenport, NY: A wonderful seafood restaurant that is located right on the water.
  • A Lure Chowder House & Oysteria in Southold, NY: An awesome seafood restaurant on the water that is known for their chowders and oysters.

Wine Taste at Wölffer Estate – Best Things to do in the Hamptons:

Wine tasting at Wolffer Estate Vineyard - best things to do in North Fork, Long Island

One of the top things to do on the North Fork, Long Island during a girl’s weekend getaway from NYC is to do a day trip to the Hamptons. The Hamptons are a group of towns, situated on the South Fork of Long Island, where rich people, who live and work in NYC, venture to enjoy summer weekends away from the Big Apple.

Even though both areas attract New York’s wealthy and elite, the difference between the North Fork and the Hamptons is that the Northern Fork is considered more laid back. Even though I prefer to personally stay on the North Fork because it is more peaceful, I still recommend exploring around the Hamptons at least once.

A top thing to do in the Hamptons is to go wine tasting and spend a lovely afternoon at Wölffer Estate in the town of Sagaponack. This stunning property reminded me of the wineries I visited during my California Wine Country road trip! I loved it so much.

Recognized as one of the most renowned wineries in America, Wölffer Estate is a stunning vineyard and winery that attracts wealthy Hamptonites, bachelorette parties and couples on a weekend getaway.

A charcuterie board with wine from Wolffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons

At Wölffer Estate, you can enjoy a wine tasting, snack on a charcuterie, make memories with friends, enjoy cider and purchase merchandise. There is also a restaurant you can savor tasty food at!

During our time at Wölffer Estate, we did a tasting with the Estate Flight, which consisted of the Cellar Series Pinot Gris, Estate Chardonnay, Estate Cabernet Franc and the Estate Classic Red Blend. I love all their wine!

One type of wine that wasn’t included in our tasting, that you should try during your first visit to Wölffer, is the Summer in a Bottle rosé. I’ve had this rosé numerous times before and I can assure you that it’s the perfect wine for a nice spring or summer day!

Stroll Around Sag Harbor in the Hamptons:

Strolling through Sag Harbor, a great day trip from the North Fork

Like I mention above, North Fork and the Hamptons have a lot of charming villages for you to stroll through, shop and enjoy a nice treat. One of the best towns to walk through in the Hamptons is Sag Harbor.

Coffee from Grindstone in Sag Harbor, New York

Featuring a waterfront promenade, beautiful Victorian and Cape Code-styled homes and lovely clothing boutiques and bakeries, there is plenty to enjoy in the village of Sag Harbor.

During our time in Sag Harbor, my friend and I picked up a coffee at Grindstone Coffee & Donuts, walked along the water and made our way into a few stores. We were lucky that it was a beautiful day in the Hamptons, especially at the end of March! (My friend and I also may have made a pit stop at Levain Bakery in the nearby town of Wainscott…)

Savor a Meal at Bell & Anchor in the Hamptons:

Lobster garganelli from Bell & Anchor in the Hamptons, NY

There are a plethora of great places to eat in the Hamptons. During our day trip from the North Fork, we enjoyed a nice seafood dinner at Bell & Anchor in Sag Harbor. It is an American seafood restaurant that is located on the marina. It is known for its delicious seafood plates and, of course, oysters!

For dinner, I savored the “Old School” lobster garganelli that came with a corn, basil and saffron cream sauce. My friend had the “Hearts of Palm” salad with bibb lettuce, ruby grapefruit, toasted pistachios, Manchego and white balsamic vinaigrette along with the petite filet mignon with sautéed spinach and French fries. Everything was delicious!

Here are other great restaurants in the Hamptons:

  • Showfish in Montauk, NY: A trendy seafood restaurant with seaside views.
  • Harvest on Fort Pond in Montauk, NY: A waterfront restaurant serving Tuscan-style family plates.
  • 1770 House Restaurant in East Hampton, NY: A lovely American restaurant with a seasonal patio and delicious dishes.
  • LT Burger in Sag Harbor, NY: A great burger joint for a casual lunch.
  • Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, NY: An elegant farm-to-table restaurant using ingredients sourced from local farmers and fisherman.
  • Tutto il Giorno in Sag Harbor and Southampton, NY: One of the best Italian restaurants in the Hamptons!
  • Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor, NY: A lovely spot for a nice breakfast or brunch!

If you’re looking for a great brewery to visit in the Hamptons area, Montauk Brewing Company has a lot of awesome craft beers ranging from IPAs to ales and pilsners to hard seltzers.

Enjoy a Beach Day on North Fork and the Hamptons:

Beaches in North Fork and the Hamptons - best things to do in North Fork, Long Island

If you plan to visit North Fork and the Hamptons, one of the best things to do is to enjoy one of Long Island’s beautiful beaches!

The difference between the beaches on the North Fork versus the Hamptons are that the Northern Fork beaches are quieter and more relaxed, while the Hamptons draw more crowds. In addition, the beaches on the North Fork are better for swimming, since most of them are on the Long Island Sound versus the Hamptons beaches that are located along the Atlantic coastline. No matter where you decide to enjoy some beach time, you’ll love both the North Fork and Hamptons beaches!

A woman exploring a beach on the Long Island Sound

There are both public and private beaches on the North Fork and in the Hamptons. Below are the best beaches to go to during summertime:

Best North Fork Beaches:

  • Goldsmith’s Inlet in Peconic, NY
  • McCabe’s Beach in Southold, NY
  • Nassau Point Causeway Beach in Cutchogue, NY

Best Beaches in the Hamptons:

  • Main Beach in Easthampton, NY
  • Coopers Beach in Southampton, NY
  • Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett, NY
  • Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton, NY
  • Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack, NY

Top Montauk Beaches: (Montauk is situated at the end of the South Fork, a little past the Hamptons. One of the best things to do in North Fork and the Hamptons, on Long Island, is to visit a Montauk beach.)

  • Ditch Plains Beach
  • Kirk Park Beach
  • Gurney’s Beach (located at the famous Gurney’s Resort)

Experience a Hamptons Beach Party:

A woman at a beach club

Another fun thing to do during the summer is to visit one of the Hamptons beach bars or clubs. At these fun bars and clubs, you’ll find the Hamptons top socialites, bachelor/bachelorette parties and summer vacationers having a good time!

Below are the best places to have fun in the Hamptons:

Walk through Long Island’s Lavender Fields:

Lavender from the French lavender fields on the North Fork of Long Island

If you’re visiting the North Fork during mid-June through early July, you must check out the lavender fields at Lavender by the Bay! They are beautiful and smell amazing.

The top two places you can find Long Island’s lavender fields on the North Fork are in East Marion at 7540 Main Rd. and Calverton at 47 Manor Rd. At these two farms, you can pick your own French lavender, walk through the expansive fields and purchase your favorite products from the gift shop.

If you do a North Fork day trip to see the lavender fields, you must visit a winery afterwards to conclude your day. I always love checking out a flower field followed by a nice wine tasting during the spring. (You can also see stunning sunflowers at the North Fork’s Pindar Vineyards.)

Do a Day Trip Exploring North Fork’s Wineries:

Lenz Winery from the North Fork Wine Trail

For those vacationing in the Hamptons or anyone looking for a fun experience from NYC or Long Island’s other towns, it is worth it to do a day trip to explore the North Fork Wine Trail!

One of the best parts about staying at The Harvest Inn in Peconic is that the bed and breakfast is located right along the North Fork Wine Trail. It’s nice and convenient because you can easily walk to the different wineries in the area or even take one of the Inn’s bikes to the vineyards!

Long Island’s wine region represents a variety of grapes, unique winemaking styles and a fun tasting room experience for all to enjoy. One of the best things to do in North Fork, Long Island is to make your way around and try wines from different vineyards.

During our time on the North Fork Wine Trail, my friend and I visited the two wineries closest to The Harvest InnLenz Winery and Raphael. Lenz wines use hand-crafted methods for their grapes that are straight from their vineyard on the property. I loved their Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and the Estate Chardonnay. Lenz’ gewürztraminer did not disappoint as well.

Wine tasting at a North Fork winery - best things to do in North Fork, Long Island

Inspired by the Italian monasteries in Italy, John Petrocelli designed the Raphael winery using Mediterranean architecture with modern winemaking equipment. Raphael’s philosophy is surrounded by nature and follows a natural winemaking process. This winery is known for its red wines!

Here are other great North Fork wineries to visit that aren’t far from The Harvest Inn:

  • Pindar Vineyards in Peconic, NY: Known as one of the most popular wineries on the North Fork of Long Island. Pindar Vineyards have beautiful flower fields and a fun party scene.
  • Mattabella Vineyards in Southold, NY: This lovely spot is known for their wine cocktails and delicious cheese boards.
  • Sparkling Pointe in Southold, NY: All the wines at this lovely winery are sparkling! This spot is also known for their chocolate wine pairings and sparkling red wine, which is a must try.
  • Croteaux Vineyards in Southold, NY: This wonderful winery will make you feel like you’re stepping into the French countryside with its rosé vineyards. It is recommended to try the sparkling rosé flight.
  • McCall Wines in Cutchogue, NY: At this spot, there is a great ranch and winery that harvest both grapes and cattle. If you’re looking to wine taste and enjoy a nice burger, this is the place to go!
  • Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue, NY: Pellegrini is one of the most intimate and peaceful wineries on the North Fork. It is a great spot to enjoy a picnic while you wine taste!

Visit Museums on North Fork, Long Island:

One of the best things to do in North Fork, Long Island in the winter, or on a rainy day, is to visit one of the awesome museums!

Below are three historical, educational and interactive museums to visit during your North Fork getaway.

William Ris Gallery in Jamesport, NY: If you are a lover of art, you must visit the William Ris Gallery during your time on the North Fork. There are a lot of great art displays that feature modern and colorful pieces along with photography, sculpture, pottery and mixed media.

Horton’s Point Lighthouse in Southold, NY: Renowned as the lighthouse commissioned by President George Washington, Horton’s Point Lighthouse is a must-see during a trip to the North Fork. The lighthouse stands at 58 feet tall and went through a major restoration project in 1990.

East End Seaport Museum in Greenport, NY: Another cool museum to visit on the North Fork is the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation that commemorates maritime history on Long Island.


A beautiful home on the North Fork, Long Island, NY

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on April 24, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Wow, North Fork and the Hamptons are the places to be in the spring and summer! Love how there are so many different wineries, restaurants and shops and a lot of beautiful beaches. I am definitely anxious to visit these beach towns one weekend ~ the bed and breakfast looked like a lovely place and close to a lot of great places to visit! Love reading this blog on the North Fork and Hamptons ~ enjoyed looking at all the beautiful photography too! Love you, mom 👩🏻 xoxo ♥️

    • Taylor Deer on April 25, 2022 at 5:48 pm

      Yes, it’s a really nice place! I would love to go back one day. Love you too! <3

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A Girl’s Weekend in North Fork and the Hamptons

A woman at Wolffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons - best day trip from the North Fork, Long Island
Wearing Maho Shades!

Situated east of New York City, Long Island is a densely populated island that is home to suburban towns, Atlantic coast beaches, farms and vineyards as well as quaint downtown areas. Even though most of Long Island is home to residential towns, at the East End of the island is a peaceful and stunning area called North Fork. There are so many great things to do in North Fork, Long Island from visiting wineries to enjoying the beach!

Known as Long Island’s Wine Country, there are over 60 vineyards, breweries and distilleries in North Fork, Long Island that use locally grown ingredients. This area also has a lot of great restaurants that feature local staples such as oysters and Peconic Bay Scallops.

A woman staying at The Harvest Inn in Peconic, New York

I visited North Fork, Long Island during a girl’s trip at the end of March 2022. In fact, I visited both North Fork and the Hamptons during my weekend getaway from NYC. What is great about visiting both North Fork and the Hamptons during the off season is that there is no traffic. If you plan to visit the Hamptons from Memorial Day through Labor Day, it can take you hours to get from certain destinations in the area.

In this article, discover the best things to do in North Fork, Long Island this weekend and this upcoming summer.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like. During my time on the North Fork, The Harvest Inn hosted me for two nights.


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Things to do in North Fork & The Hamptons, NY

How to Get to North Fork, Long Island:

The North Fork on the East End of Long Island

The easiest way to get to the North Fork and Hamptons on Long Island, especially if you’re coming from New York City, is by driving or taking the Long Island Railroad. If you take the LIRR, you can pick it up at Penn Station in New York City and get off at Greenport, Riverhead or Mattituck.

Even if you take the train, you will need a vehicle to get around. Unless you have your own form of transportation, you’ll need to rent a car! Please note that Uber and Lyft run in North Fork and the Hamptons.

If you plan to fly to North Fork, Long Island and the Hamptons, the closest international airports are John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia. North Fork has a lot of smaller, regional airports as well such as Mattituck Airport, Francis S. Gabreski Airport and Montauk Airport. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner.

Another one of the best things to do on the North Fork of Long Island, is to travel around and explore the area with a tour group! You can also get from the North Fork to the South Fork and Hamptons with the North Ferry. It is best to take the ferry during the summer, when traffic is heavier on the roads.

The North Fork is also where you can pick up the Cross Sound Ferry if you want to do a day trip to Connecticut. One of my favorite spots for a day trip is Mystic, Connecticut!

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The Best North Fork Long Island Bed and Breakfast:

A woman staying at The Harvest Inn - Best North Fork, Long Island bed and breakfast

One of the top things the North Fork of Long Island is known for are its bed and breakfasts. Situated right along the North Fork Wine Trail is The Harvest Inn in Peconic, New York. This cozy and peaceful luxury, boutique bed and breakfast is located near a lot of renowned restaurants and great farms on the North End of Long Island.

The den at The Harvest Inn in Peconic, New York

From the moment I arrived at The Harvest Inn, I felt right at home! I loved how beautiful and heartwarming the house was and both Stacey and her husband Steve (the innkeepers) made my friend and I feel very welcomed.

The Inn is a gorgeous cedar wood home with a wrap-around porch. Stacey and Steve also have two adorable dogs that made an appearance a few times during our stay!

The Rooms at The Harvest Inn:

Staying at the Harvest Inn - best bed and breakfast on the North Fork

During my two nights at this lovely North Fork bed and breakfast, I stayed in the Sunset Room. It is one of The Harvest Inn’s largest rooms that includes an en-suite bathroom with a spa tub and vineyard views, overlooking the koi pond on the front lawn.

The Sunset Room also has a comfortable king bed with Frette towels, linens and robes; Beekman 1802 bath amenities; an iron and ironing board; hair dryer; free WiFi and an air purifier with a HEPA filter. I loved how stunning both the room and bathroom were! I also had an incredible night’s rest during my time at The Harvest Inn.

In addition to the Sunset Room, the other stunning rooms at The Harvest Inn are The Harvest Room, which is the largest room that also includes a spa tub along with a fireplace with both front and back garden views; The Magnolia Room has views of the back garden with a design that captures nature; The Bluebird Room is the Inn’s most popular guest room that overlooks the front gardens and vineyards and lastly, The Sunrise Room features beautiful views of the Inn’s back gardens.

Amenities at The Harvest Inn:

The dining room at The Harvest Inn on the North Fork

What I loved most about staying at The Harvest Inn on the North Fork was that both mornings, Stacey made us a delicious, healthy and homemade breakfast. Stacey is a chef and Chinese medicine expert who runs a website called Kitchen of Youth. You can find healthy recipes for so many different things on her site and also purchase her book!

Every morning at The Harvest Inn, you can choose between coffee (from the North Fork Roasting Company) or tea and orange juice or apple juice. During our first morning, Stacey made my friend and I a delicious fruit salad along with fresh sourdough toast with pesto and egg as well as ricotta and tomato. She also made us a delicious health shot during both mornings. On our first morning, the health shot was made of orange juice, oregano, ginger, lemon and turmeric.

A fruit salad from The Harvest Inn
Having breakfast at The Harvest Inn - one of the best things to do in North Fork, Long Island

On our second morning, we savored a stuffed banana bread muffin with Nutella; yogurt with granola, bananas and pecans and a stuffed croissant French toast with a berry filling. Everything was incredible! The health shot on our second day consisted of beets, lemon, lemon rind, grapefruit and rose.

A banana bread muffin with Nutella from The Harvest Inn
Breakfast at The Harvest Inn in the Northern Fork
Stuffed French toast from The Harvest Inn in the North Fork

One thing to note is that The Harvest Inn caters to special dietary restrictions! Just let Stacey know in advance when you book a stay at this lovely bed and breakfast.

Since a lot of bars close early on the North Fork during the off season, my friend and I would get a bottle of wine from one of the wineries (or beer from the breweries) that we visited during the day and enjoyed a cozy evening by the fire. The Harvest Inn has a lovely room where guests can sit in front of the fireplace!

Relaxing with friends with a Montauk Brewery beer

The Harvest Inn has complimentary beach passes so that you can enjoy the local North Fork beaches during the summer. You can also rent a bike for free, on a first-come, first-serve basis, so that you can take them around to the local vineyards and farms, which is one of the top things to do in North Fork, Long Island.

In addition, Stacey also provides a fun private service, at an additional charge, where she’ll take guests to local, North Fork farmers markets. During this fun experience, Stacey will help you choose and prepare fresh and seasonal ingredients.

Things to do in North Fork, Long Island and The Hamptons:

Best things to do in North Fork, Long Island

There are so many awesome things to do on the East End of Long Island whether you are visiting this weekend, over the summer or in the future. If you are looking to enjoy a fun girls weekend on the North Fork of Long Island, discover the best activities that will leave you with lasting memories:

Visit Greenport Brewery – Things to do in Greenport:

Greenport Harbor Brewing in Greenport, North Fork, Long Island

One of the top things to do in North Fork, Long Island is to wander around the quaint town of Greenport and enjoy some locally, crafted beer at Greenport Harbor Brewing. Overall, Greenport has a lot of lovely clothing boutiques, antique shops and some of the best restaurants on the North Fork.

A fun place to hang out, especially if you love craft beer, is at Greenport Brewery. This brewery has two locations – Greenport and Peconic. (My friend and I visited the Greenport location.) If you’re wondering what to do on the North Fork of Long Island on a rainy day, this is the best place to go!

Walking around Greenport - one of the best things to do in Greenport, North Fork

Located next to the old Greenport Jail, Greenport Harbor Brewing features different beers ranging from lagers to IPAs and ales to porters. Greenport Brewery throws some of the best North Fork events and will also host bands on the weekends.

Eat Dinner at The Frisky Oyster – Best Places to Eat on the Northern Fork:

A delicious halibut and ramen dinner from The Frisky Oyster in Greenport - top things to do in North Fork, Long Island

One of the best places to eat on the Northern Fork is at The Frisky Oyster. This upscale restaurant is in Greenport and features an imaginative menu filled with delicious meals that include local ingredients. This amazing restaurant also has a great wine list!

During dinner, I savored the miso glazed halibut that came with vegetable ramen, a soft egg and sweet soy. My friend enjoyed the lobster gigli pasta, which included meyer lemon vodka sauce, baby arugula and confit cherry tomatoes. She also had the roasted baby beet salad that had Humboldt fog, arugula, hemp seeds, pistachios and sherry vinaigrette.

Everything was delicious! In addition, if you’re an oyster lover, you must try them at this great restaurant.

One of the top things to do on the North Fork is to explore the food scene! Below are other great restaurants you must check out on the North Fork, Long Island:

  • North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, NY: An upscale farm-to-table restaurant that features incredible plates made by Michelin Chef John Fraser. This is a great place to go if you’re celebrating a special occasion.
  • Claudios in Greenport, NY: A great waterfront seafood restaurant.
  • Maroni Cuisine in Southold, NY: One of the best Italian restaurants on the North Fork.
  • Noah’s in Greenport, NY: A wonderful farm-to-table restaurant, serving incredible seasonal food.
  • American Beech in Greenport, NY: A trendy spot to enjoy pizza and crafted cocktails.
  • A Touch of Venice in Cutchogue, NY: A relaxed Italian restaurant with a nice outdoor patio.
  • Grana in Jamesport, NY: A great Italian restaurant that is known for their homemade pastas and pizza pies. They have a great outdoor space with a fire pit!
  • The Halyard in Greenport, NY: A wonderful seafood restaurant that is located right on the water.
  • A Lure Chowder House & Oysteria in Southold, NY: An awesome seafood restaurant on the water that is known for their chowders and oysters.

Wine Taste at Wölffer Estate – Best Things to do in the Hamptons:

Wine tasting at Wolffer Estate Vineyard - best things to do in North Fork, Long Island

One of the top things to do on the North Fork, Long Island during a girl’s weekend getaway from NYC is to do a day trip to the Hamptons. The Hamptons are a group of towns, situated on the South Fork of Long Island, where rich people, who live and work in NYC, venture to enjoy summer weekends away from the Big Apple.

Even though both areas attract New York’s wealthy and elite, the difference between the North Fork and the Hamptons is that the Northern Fork is considered more laid back. Even though I prefer to personally stay on the North Fork because it is more peaceful, I still recommend exploring around the Hamptons at least once.

A top thing to do in the Hamptons is to go wine tasting and spend a lovely afternoon at Wölffer Estate in the town of Sagaponack. This stunning property reminded me of the wineries I visited during my California Wine Country road trip! I loved it so much.

Recognized as one of the most renowned wineries in America, Wölffer Estate is a stunning vineyard and winery that attracts wealthy Hamptonites, bachelorette parties and couples on a weekend getaway.

A charcuterie board with wine from Wolffer Estate Vineyard in the Hamptons

At Wölffer Estate, you can enjoy a wine tasting, snack on a charcuterie, make memories with friends, enjoy cider and purchase merchandise. There is also a restaurant you can savor tasty food at!

During our time at Wölffer Estate, we did a tasting with the Estate Flight, which consisted of the Cellar Series Pinot Gris, Estate Chardonnay, Estate Cabernet Franc and the Estate Classic Red Blend. I love all their wine!

One type of wine that wasn’t included in our tasting, that you should try during your first visit to Wölffer, is the Summer in a Bottle rosé. I’ve had this rosé numerous times before and I can assure you that it’s the perfect wine for a nice spring or summer day!

Stroll Around Sag Harbor in the Hamptons:

Strolling through Sag Harbor, a great day trip from the North Fork

Like I mention above, North Fork and the Hamptons have a lot of charming villages for you to stroll through, shop and enjoy a nice treat. One of the best towns to walk through in the Hamptons is Sag Harbor.

Coffee from Grindstone in Sag Harbor, New York

Featuring a waterfront promenade, beautiful Victorian and Cape Code-styled homes and lovely clothing boutiques and bakeries, there is plenty to enjoy in the village of Sag Harbor.

During our time in Sag Harbor, my friend and I picked up a coffee at Grindstone Coffee & Donuts, walked along the water and made our way into a few stores. We were lucky that it was a beautiful day in the Hamptons, especially at the end of March! (My friend and I also may have made a pit stop at Levain Bakery in the nearby town of Wainscott…)

Savor a Meal at Bell & Anchor in the Hamptons:

Lobster garganelli from Bell & Anchor in the Hamptons, NY

There are a plethora of great places to eat in the Hamptons. During our day trip from the North Fork, we enjoyed a nice seafood dinner at Bell & Anchor in Sag Harbor. It is an American seafood restaurant that is located on the marina. It is known for its delicious seafood plates and, of course, oysters!

For dinner, I savored the “Old School” lobster garganelli that came with a corn, basil and saffron cream sauce. My friend had the “Hearts of Palm” salad with bibb lettuce, ruby grapefruit, toasted pistachios, Manchego and white balsamic vinaigrette along with the petite filet mignon with sautéed spinach and French fries. Everything was delicious!

Here are other great restaurants in the Hamptons:

  • Showfish in Montauk, NY: A trendy seafood restaurant with seaside views.
  • Harvest on Fort Pond in Montauk, NY: A waterfront restaurant serving Tuscan-style family plates.
  • 1770 House Restaurant in East Hampton, NY: A lovely American restaurant with a seasonal patio and delicious dishes.
  • LT Burger in Sag Harbor, NY: A great burger joint for a casual lunch.
  • Topping Rose House in Bridgehampton, NY: An elegant farm-to-table restaurant using ingredients sourced from local farmers and fisherman.
  • Tutto il Giorno in Sag Harbor and Southampton, NY: One of the best Italian restaurants in the Hamptons!
  • Estia’s Little Kitchen in Sag Harbor, NY: A lovely spot for a nice breakfast or brunch!

If you’re looking for a great brewery to visit in the Hamptons area, Montauk Brewing Company has a lot of awesome craft beers ranging from IPAs to ales and pilsners to hard seltzers.

Enjoy a Beach Day on North Fork and the Hamptons:

Beaches in North Fork and the Hamptons - best things to do in North Fork, Long Island

If you plan to visit North Fork and the Hamptons, one of the best things to do is to enjoy one of Long Island’s beautiful beaches!

The difference between the beaches on the North Fork versus the Hamptons are that the Northern Fork beaches are quieter and more relaxed, while the Hamptons draw more crowds. In addition, the beaches on the North Fork are better for swimming, since most of them are on the Long Island Sound versus the Hamptons beaches that are located along the Atlantic coastline. No matter where you decide to enjoy some beach time, you’ll love both the North Fork and Hamptons beaches!

A woman exploring a beach on the Long Island Sound

There are both public and private beaches on the North Fork and in the Hamptons. Below are the best beaches to go to during summertime:

Best North Fork Beaches:

  • Goldsmith’s Inlet in Peconic, NY
  • McCabe’s Beach in Southold, NY
  • Nassau Point Causeway Beach in Cutchogue, NY

Best Beaches in the Hamptons:

  • Main Beach in Easthampton, NY
  • Coopers Beach in Southampton, NY
  • Atlantic Avenue Beach in Amagansett, NY
  • Cupsogue Beach County Park in Westhampton, NY
  • Sagg Main Beach in Sagaponack, NY

Top Montauk Beaches: (Montauk is situated at the end of the South Fork, a little past the Hamptons. One of the best things to do in North Fork and the Hamptons, on Long Island, is to visit a Montauk beach.)

  • Ditch Plains Beach
  • Kirk Park Beach
  • Gurney’s Beach (located at the famous Gurney’s Resort)

Experience a Hamptons Beach Party:

A woman at a beach club

Another fun thing to do during the summer is to visit one of the Hamptons beach bars or clubs. At these fun bars and clubs, you’ll find the Hamptons top socialites, bachelor/bachelorette parties and summer vacationers having a good time!

Below are the best places to have fun in the Hamptons:

Walk through Long Island’s Lavender Fields:

Lavender from the French lavender fields on the North Fork of Long Island

If you’re visiting the North Fork during mid-June through early July, you must check out the lavender fields at Lavender by the Bay! They are beautiful and smell amazing.

The top two places you can find Long Island’s lavender fields on the North Fork are in East Marion at 7540 Main Rd. and Calverton at 47 Manor Rd. At these two farms, you can pick your own French lavender, walk through the expansive fields and purchase your favorite products from the gift shop.

If you do a North Fork day trip to see the lavender fields, you must visit a winery afterwards to conclude your day. I always love checking out a flower field followed by a nice wine tasting during the spring. (You can also see stunning sunflowers at the North Fork’s Pindar Vineyards.)

Do a Day Trip Exploring North Fork’s Wineries:

Lenz Winery from the North Fork Wine Trail

For those vacationing in the Hamptons or anyone looking for a fun experience from NYC or Long Island’s other towns, it is worth it to do a day trip to explore the North Fork Wine Trail!

One of the best parts about staying at The Harvest Inn in Peconic is that the bed and breakfast is located right along the North Fork Wine Trail. It’s nice and convenient because you can easily walk to the different wineries in the area or even take one of the Inn’s bikes to the vineyards!

Long Island’s wine region represents a variety of grapes, unique winemaking styles and a fun tasting room experience for all to enjoy. One of the best things to do in North Fork, Long Island is to make your way around and try wines from different vineyards.

During our time on the North Fork Wine Trail, my friend and I visited the two wineries closest to The Harvest InnLenz Winery and Raphael. Lenz wines use hand-crafted methods for their grapes that are straight from their vineyard on the property. I loved their Estate Cabernet Sauvignon and the Estate Chardonnay. Lenz’ gewürztraminer did not disappoint as well.

Wine tasting at a North Fork winery - best things to do in North Fork, Long Island

Inspired by the Italian monasteries in Italy, John Petrocelli designed the Raphael winery using Mediterranean architecture with modern winemaking equipment. Raphael’s philosophy is surrounded by nature and follows a natural winemaking process. This winery is known for its red wines!

Here are other great North Fork wineries to visit that aren’t far from The Harvest Inn:

  • Pindar Vineyards in Peconic, NY: Known as one of the most popular wineries on the North Fork of Long Island. Pindar Vineyards have beautiful flower fields and a fun party scene.
  • Mattabella Vineyards in Southold, NY: This lovely spot is known for their wine cocktails and delicious cheese boards.
  • Sparkling Pointe in Southold, NY: All the wines at this lovely winery are sparkling! This spot is also known for their chocolate wine pairings and sparkling red wine, which is a must try.
  • Croteaux Vineyards in Southold, NY: This wonderful winery will make you feel like you’re stepping into the French countryside with its rosé vineyards. It is recommended to try the sparkling rosé flight.
  • McCall Wines in Cutchogue, NY: At this spot, there is a great ranch and winery that harvest both grapes and cattle. If you’re looking to wine taste and enjoy a nice burger, this is the place to go!
  • Pellegrini Vineyards in Cutchogue, NY: Pellegrini is one of the most intimate and peaceful wineries on the North Fork. It is a great spot to enjoy a picnic while you wine taste!

Visit Museums on North Fork, Long Island:

One of the best things to do in North Fork, Long Island in the winter, or on a rainy day, is to visit one of the awesome museums!

Below are three historical, educational and interactive museums to visit during your North Fork getaway.

William Ris Gallery in Jamesport, NY: If you are a lover of art, you must visit the William Ris Gallery during your time on the North Fork. There are a lot of great art displays that feature modern and colorful pieces along with photography, sculpture, pottery and mixed media.

Horton’s Point Lighthouse in Southold, NY: Renowned as the lighthouse commissioned by President George Washington, Horton’s Point Lighthouse is a must-see during a trip to the North Fork. The lighthouse stands at 58 feet tall and went through a major restoration project in 1990.

East End Seaport Museum in Greenport, NY: Another cool museum to visit on the North Fork is the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation that commemorates maritime history on Long Island.


A beautiful home on the North Fork, Long Island, NY

I hope you all enjoyed discovering the best things to do in North Fork, Long Island and the Hamptons, New York. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

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2 Comments

  1. Kim Deer on April 24, 2022 at 7:14 pm

    Wow, North Fork and the Hamptons are the places to be in the spring and summer! Love how there are so many different wineries, restaurants and shops and a lot of beautiful beaches. I am definitely anxious to visit these beach towns one weekend ~ the bed and breakfast looked like a lovely place and close to a lot of great places to visit! Love reading this blog on the North Fork and Hamptons ~ enjoyed looking at all the beautiful photography too! Love you, mom 👩🏻 xoxo ♥️

    • Taylor Deer on April 25, 2022 at 5:48 pm

      Yes, it’s a really nice place! I would love to go back one day. Love you too! <3

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