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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Toast to Harvest Season in the North Fork

Celebrating fall on Long Island means drinking at new wineries, eating freshly harvested oysters, and enjoying farm-fresh produce at weekend food festivals.


1. Where to Stay

Every room at the Cove Place Inn comes with private outdoor space.  

See what's new in up-and-coming Riverhead (where the North and South Forks split), which is home to new restaurants and food shops, the Long Island Aquarium, and the Hyatt Place East End & Resort Marina (from $149). The rooms have a muted, big-chain look to them, but they're quite spacious, and some overlook the harbor. For a little extra money, the Harvest package ($169) includes a room plus breakfast, a wine tasting for two at a local vineyard, and a $5 voucher for picking your own apples and pumpkins at Lewin Farms.

Unwind in Aquebogue at the Cove Place Inn (from $259), which opened in spring 2012 a short jaunt from some of the area's best wineries, including Paumanok Vineyards, Comtesse Therese Vineyard, and Jamesport Vineyards. The property has its own private beach with hammocks and lounge chairs, while its eighteen rooms and suites are decorated in a neutral palette that doesn't detract from the views of the bay.

Spend an evening around the outdoor fire pit at Fig & Olive Bed & Breakfast (from $275, two-night minimum), which opened in June in Cutchogue, within walking distance of five wineries. You won't find any antiques hanging on the walls here; the three bedrooms have been tastefully furnished with contemporary-looking colors and prints, with help from the 1670 Furniture House in Southold. In the morning, expect flavors from the local farm stand, like pumpkin pancakes with homemade blueberry syrup and maple-glazed bacon.

Published on Sep 27, 2013 as a web exclusive.

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