It's a little hard to admit, but I know woefully little about traveling in the tri-state area, despite the fact that I've lived in New York for more than ten years. I've only been to the Catskills a couple of times, Fire Island once many years ago, and to Connecticut for a handful of road trips, weddings, and music festivals. Since Zach and I have never really had a car here, sometimes it's just as easy to hop in a cab, head to the airport, and fly off to someplace far away.


While that convenience is definitely one of the biggest benefits of living near several international airports for me personally, I think it sometimes discourages my own exploration of more local environs. Enter the North Fork.

Zach and I have had a number of friends and family tell us over the years about how beautiful and relaxing it is to spend a weekend out on the North Fork, but until recently it was a totally foreign concept. Recently we had the opportunity to spend an early summer weekend out there, and I totally get it now. Beach! Vineyards! Wine tasting! Backyard parties and salty breezes! Gourmet cheese shops and lovely restaurants! Count me in. 

Certainly, many of our trip highlights included the great food and local wine, and I've included all the lovely places we visited in the itinerary below in case you're planning your own trip. But really - it was the company that we were in which was just the best. Good friends, adorable dogs, and lots of laughter was just the recipe for the kind of restorative weekend we needed. Here's to many more!

All photographs shot with my iPhone 6 and processed via VSCO Cam and early summer sunshine.

OUR (VERY LOOSE) ITINERARY: After taking the LIRR all the way out to the end of the line on a Friday afternoon, we shucked our own oysters and ate sweet little clams at Little Creek Oyster Farm in Greenport. Once the light on the pier began to fade, we headed for a cocktail down the street at Brix & Rye before a completely delicious three-birthdays-in-one-week-celebration dinner atNoah's

On Saturday morning, we headed to the beach and took a long walk before hearty and restorative breakfast sandwiches at Fork & Anchor. Our plan for the day was to visit vineyards and do some wine tasting at Mattebella in Southold and McCall in Cutchogue. The latter had several friendly polo ponies in their onsite stables, and getting to snuggle with them basically made my whole weekend. We stopped by The Village Cheese Shop in Mattituck to pick up a picnic spread on our way to McCall, and staked out a picnic table to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. So lovely. 

After a relaxing Saturday night hanging out at home and barbecuing, Sunday morning was spent at the beach before hitting up Billy's By The Bay for tiki cocktails and brunch. We spent part of the afternoon lounging around and wine-tasting outside on the back patio at Macari before packing up and hitching a ride back to Brooklyn later in the evening.

Do you have favorite spots in the North Fork to hang? I'd love to hear about them! Happy travels!