Monday, May 12, 2014

What I Saw: The North Fork

After a month full of business trips and too much time apart, Jon and I decided to take a weekend trip to the North Fork. The North Fork is the antithesis of the Hamptons. The area is much more laid back and is definitely more my speed. We booked a room through Airbnb and our hosts were great. They had a lot of recommendations for us as well as two sweet golden retrievers who were happy to receive some extra attention. We planned our trip to happen a couple of weeks before the season officially began and were lucky to have some pretty glorious weather. 
We went to several beaches in the area and found that instead of soft white sand the shoreline was covered in rocks and shells. It wasn't a bad thing. Just different, you know? Although it did feel a little creepy feeling the shells crunch under our feet as we walked along the beaches. Jon said that it felt like a pile of bones. 

On Saturday afternoon we took the ferry from Greenport and headed over to Shelter Island. We rented a couple bicycles and spent the day riding around the island, relishing the nearly car free roads and stopping at beaches along the way. 
On our hosts' recommendation, we stopped by the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company for a tasting. This local brewery has a great deal where for only $8 you get five 4 ounce pours and you get to keep the pint glass if you wish. The beers were incredible. I was a big fan of their stout. Jon really likes their saison. This place a definitely worth a visit. Their brews were delicious and the staff was attentive and very friendly.
I was happy to see cherry blossoms in full bloom everywhere we went. 
The weekend went by much too quickly but it was the perfect, slow paced getaway that we needed to rest and recharge for the coming week. The North Fork is charming and only a two hour drive from the city. I highly recommend a visit if you're looking for a quick escape from city life.