One bright, sparkling morning earlier this summer I had the good fortune to board the Cross Sound Ferry, out of New London, Connecticut, for a day trip to the North Fork of Long Island.
|The View from the Long Island Ferry|
When you arrive by ferry from New London, you'll land at Orient Point on eastern Long Island.
|Land at Orient Point|
My first surprise of the day was the very rural nature of Long Island's North Shore. Bring your car or arrange for transportation when you arrive. We brought our car. You'll begin your drive along Main Road. Take your time and meander along. When you come across one of the many farm stands, take the time to stop and peruse the local offerings.
|Long Island Farm Stand: Source|
You may be like me in thinking that Long Island is a crowded, celebrity-filled, hot spot. That may be true for some Long Island spots, but not the North Fork on this mid-week day. You'll see signs everywhere of the area's rich farming history. Today, much of the farm acreage has been converted to vineyards.
|Long Island Grapevines|
This will be no surprise to you once you realize there are more than fifty vineyards dotting the landscape, each one different from the other.
|More than Fifty Vineyards|
Pace yourself, and stop in to enjoy a sip of wine and the beautiful grounds of your selected vineyards. At Sherwood House Vineyards you can peruse an eclectic mix of home furnishings, or sit under the trees while sipping your wine.
|Sherwood House: Source|
|Raphael Tasting Room: Source|
Before catching the return ferry we stopped for dinner at Claudio's in Greenport. It's a touristy eatery located right on the docks in Greenport. The food was typical for a restaurant like this, but the location is worth the price of admission. We paid $20 to park in the restaurant lot which was returned to us when we paid our bill.
While we ate we had the pleasure of gazing on the amazing Skyfall yacht, which you can charter for $300,000 per week. Yes, $300,00 per week.
|Sunset from the Long Island Ferry|
Yes, my day trip to the North Fork of Long Island was a very good day. I highly recommend it! Summer is a perfect time for a visit, but the location appears to be equally suited to a spring or fall day trip.
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