As you already know, I’m a huge fan of day trips. Every once in a while I get the itch to escape the city and explore somewhere new. Luckily, thanks to Skedaddle, a few weeks ago I had the opportunity to experience some of the best beer, wine & food that the North Fork has to offer..
If you’re not familiar with Skedaddle, it’s the perfect app for city residents who don’t have a car, but still want to explore places off the beaten path. It allows you to search for travel routes based on your destination or event, start your own route, or join a friends route. The best part? It makes it easy for you and your friends to travel together, even if you’re all based in different locations.
For our Skedaddle route, myself and nine other bloggers, started out in Manhattan at 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday and after about a two hour ride, we made Ito our first stop, Bedell Cellars.
Located in Cutchogue, NY, Bedell Cellars is the epitome of a modern Long Island winery. With a gorgeous outdoor patio tasting area, we were able to take in the sights of the vineyard while enjoying a mix of reds, whites and roses on their tasting menu. Luckily, since merlot is in season, we were also able to see a glimpse of the harvesting process in which they sort through the grapes to ensure that only the ripe remain. I’ve always been interested in the wine making process so it was great to experience this before we were off on our next adventure to Greenport Harbor Brewing Company.
Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
After working up an appetite sipping a few (or 5) glasses of wine, we headed to the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company for some much-needed snacks and a curated beer tasting. Little did we know, these snacks were going to turn into a feast. I kid you not, you’d be surprised to see how much 10 bloggers can eat in one sitting. The brewery offers a unique mix of brisket tacos, Mac and cheese, LI duck spring rolls, and so much more, which made this brewery all the more interesting than your typical brewery. On top of that, they had a large area with outdoor seating with a live band playing cheerful tunes in the background.
After we devoured our lunch, we had the opportunity to take a tour of the brewery and hear more about the history of the company. It was a great experience to hear the evolution of the brewery directly from one of the founders and receive more insight into the beer making process.
To be honest, I could have spent the day here, but we still had a few more stops on our agenda.
Our final winery tour of the day brought us to Macari Vineyards, a traditional (and gorgeous) family owned winery located in Mattituck, NY. Luckily, we had the honor of being shown around by the owner’s daughter, Gabriella who now works for the family business.
Being the adventure seekers that we are, we had the bus driver do a little off roading so that we could catch a glimpse of the vineyards very own cows, which help to make compost for the vines. After we all finished gawking at the animals, we headed to a secret part of the winery tucked away by the water where we enjoyed a few glasses of rose while overlooking their private beach. It was the perfect spot for a light afternoon drink.
After this, we then headed to a private tasting room where we enjoyed a selection of their wine and a taste of Avelino’s Pizza, which just happens to be owned by Gabriella’s brother and is located in a food truck on the winery’s property. To this day, I think that this is some of the best pizza that I’ve ever tasted and honestly, after a couple glasses of wine, it was exactly what I needed.
While I could have spent a few more hours here, we were soon headed off to our final destination of the day – Table 7.
For our last stop of the day, we headed to Table 7 American Bistro in New Hyde Park, NY (about 40 minutes from the city) where we had our last meal and a few more drinks, of course. Since this was just about our fourth meal of the day, we chose to stick to appetizers and desserts, which couldn’t have suited me more. My personal favorites were the deviled eggs, Thai chili fried calamari and the delicious cakes. On top of that, the atmosphere of the place was extremely inviting – it was the perfect ending to a perfect day.
Thanks to Skedaddle for sponsoring this post.