Earlier this month, my boyfriend Michael and I took a very much needed staycation “out east,” New York speak for a weekend on Long Island. The great thing about this New York vacation in the Hamptons and North Fork is that once I get out at least an hour from NYC, New York as I know it completely transforms. From wide spans of farm land to some of the best US beaches, Long Island can feel like an entirely different country.
On Friday morning, we headed out early for the Hamptons for some R&R by the beach. We went to Cupsogue Beach which is at the very end of Dune Road aka #homegoals. Dune Road is a street lined with large, beautiful beach homes – the envy of any New Yorker who lives in a teeny tiny apartment. The beaches out in the Hamptons all have parking permit fees, and this one was no different. We paid $18 to park since we aren’t residents in Long Island. The cost is worth it – the beach is so clean and quiet during the week, and we immediately knew we wanted to return.
From there, we checked into our hotel in Riverhead – Hotel Indigo East End. This is the second time I stayed at Hotel Indigo, and was 100% satisfied with my stay. The hotel concierge and staff are extremely attentive and nice. There was also poolside service, which makes this hotel feel so luxurious. We were so tired from the drive and beach we decided to dine on fast food and stay in.
On Saturday, we got up early for some shopping at Tanger Outlets, less than 5 minutes away from our hotel. From there, we headed to the North Fork – the northern part of the east end of Long Island and best known as NY’s wine country. We had lunch at the cutest cafe, Love Lane Kitchen, before heading out to a Pindar Vineyards. We paid $10 for a wine tasting, which included up to 5 wines that could be tried out. We then went to the sunflower field which is right on their grounds. It was a beautiful, chill-out evening. Lastly, we dined at Bistro 72, the restaurant located at our hotel.
On Sunday, we had an early check out since we wanted to head back out to the beach. While we wanted to go back to Cupsogue Beach, the beach was so packed we were turned away. Instead, we went to Tiana Beach a few miles away and on the same road. This beach was just as nice, and had a lot more parking available. Same here as the other beach – a parking permit was required and for non-residents, you pay $20. We didn’t bring food to the beach, unfortunately, so our hungry bodies drove to Westhampton’s Main Road for bites to take with us on the road. There are so many nice eateries, and it’s only 20 minutes from the beach.
As a New Yorker, it was nice to get out of the craziness of the city and spend a weekend moving a little more slowly. We are already planning another New York vacation on the east end soon!
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