Lavender By the Bay

This past Sunday, my family and I attended the 10th annual North Fork Foodie Tour that spanned from Riverhead to East Marion. As my favorite event on the North Fork, it is a rare opportunity to explore the bounties of Long Island’s wine country and farm stands while exploring methods of sustainable agriculture. On the tour, we tasted and purchased local goodies and took behind-the-scenes tour and many notable establishments.

Out of the 20 locations on the self-guided tour, we were able to make seven tops as this year we started at 12:30pm. Yet through these stops, we had the opportunity to explore how certain products are made such as the coffee roasting process at North Fork Roasting Co. and how different cheeses are crafted at Catapano Dairy Farm.

Below you find a selection of photographs that highlight each stop that my family and I made while on the tour:
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North Fork Foodie Tour

I am honored to host a giveaway for my FAVORITE North Fork event: the 10th Annual North Fork Foodie Tour. This will be my second time at the event, and I am so excited to once again explore the generous bounty of the North Fork, stretching from Riverhead to East Marion. This self-guided, family friendly tour includes educational and edible activities, exclusive tours, goat milking, tastings, and more! About twenty vendors are scheduled to attend including Browder’s Birds and North Fork Roasting Company.
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North Fork Guest House

Centrally located in North Fork’s tranquil wine region in Cutchogue, North Fork Guest House was opened by Alane Kelly and Daniel King Memorial Day Weekend of 2015. This modern and chic B&B, originally constructed in 1921, is just steps away from nearby vineyards and boutique shops, including Bedell Cellars. Once I stepped inside, I felt very welcome and instantly came to admire the contemporary design and peaceful, right-at-home furnishings. The dining room, where breakfast is served family style, is very open with a modern appeal, with plenty of natural light streaming through. The smell of fresh scones from the kitchen gave me that warm feeling of home in the country.

The guest house boasts three rooms with luxury amenities. Each has a Stearns and Foster pillow top mattress, 500-700 thread count sheets, a private bathroom with Turkish towels and eco-friendly toiletries that include shower gel, shampoo, and lotions in Mason jars. Unique to the guest house is there are no televisions in the rooms. This is an opportunity to remove yourself from technology, even if it is only for a couple of days. Take a walk, visit the beach, and explore all of the bounties the North Fork has to offer.

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Sannino Vineyard Bed & Breakfast

Set in the heart of North Fork’s wine country in Cutchogue is Sannino Vineyard Bed & Breakfast, owned and constructed by Lisa and Anthony Sannino. Since its opening in 2005, it has been rated as the top bed and breakfast on the North Fork. Noted as the “hidden secret for an unforgettable romantic stay” of the East End making it the perfect destination for an anniversary stay or weekend getaway.

Each of the two large suites offers guests a private entrance-way. The Tuscan Suite, which is on the second floor, has a large private deck with chairs, and a spectacular view of the vineyard, and is completely private. You may choose to spend your evenings sipping wine and reminiscing about your day. The suite is beautifully decorated in Tuscan style with heated tiles. The bathroom is just as beautifully decorated with a tile and stone walk-in shower with an overhead rain shower, side pulsating jets and a hand-held washer. Within the spacious bedroom there is a king size bed, seating area, coffee pot & espresso, Flat screen TV, wine refrigerator, A/C, and first floor accommodations. The details are so exquisite in each room and every amenity is high class that it can be compared to staying at a high class resort with the intimate comforts and sentimentalizes just like home.

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The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

Step inside The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, centrally located on the North Fork in Cutchogue surrounded by lush vineyards, bountiful farms, and gourmet restaurants. Here, you will discover one of my most favorite bed and breakfasts that I have visited since I started East End Taste almost two years ago. This charming B&B is also home to adorable farm animals that will provide plenty of companionship. Their animals are what originally attracted me visit.

The B&B is owned and operated by husband and wife team, Joyce and Robert Barry. I was given a personal tour of the B&B by Joyce Barry and I had the opportunity to sit down with her and discuss her family’s lineage and how she came to own and run the cozy B&B. “My family settled in Shelter Island in the 1600’sm my [French] maiden name is Lhommedieu. My ancestors branches from the Sylvester Manor family. They were seaman, and tugboat captains who would bring cargo through The Nissequogue River when it was navigable. My husband, children and I moved up here twenty years ago because it is so beautiful. My brother lived here, and we felt it was home,” explains Barry.

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