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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Shack Up in the North Fork

The calmer half of Long Island’s East End offers an expanding roster of wineries, restaurants, and small hotels that make for an easy romantic getaway.


1. Where to Stay

The Greenporter's rooms evoke a comfortable beach house.   

Experience European hospitality at Greenport’s whitewashed Morning Glory Inn (from $225), where owners Renate and Klaus Wilhelm serve German puff pancakes topped with fresh berry coulis for breakfast and make their own lavender water to wash their Belgian linens. Book the “Love Deeply” room, the largest of three options, for its king-size bed, separate sitting room, and spa-like monochromatic décor.

Check into The Greenporter (from $109), a mid-century-inspired property that was recently certified by the Green Hotels Association for recycling rain water and meeting other ecofriendly standards. A two-night stay at the 30-room hotel includes complimentary breakfast at the attached La Cuveé wine bar, which has an impressive 45 local wines available by the glass.

For a faster return trip home, stay in Riverhead, where the North and South Forks split off, at the Hotel Indigo (from $140), a 40-year-old property last renovated in August 2010 when it joined Intercontinental’s boutique hotel chain. Sip martinis made with locally produced LiV vodka ($12) at a table on the poolside patio and enjoy an eclectic lineup of live musicians Thursday to Saturday evenings.

Published on Jun 8, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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