Brad Ascalon, of
While my wife and I live on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, we spend most weekends at our place on the North Fork of Long Island, otherwise known as Long Island Wine Country. The North Fork is the last 30 mile stretch of Long Island’s north shore, beginning about 75 miles east of New York City. It’s known for its vineyards and wineries, as well as its vast stretches of farmlands, and views of both the Long Island Sound (facing north to CT) and the Great Peconic Bay (facing south to the Hamptons/South Fork). Specifically, we are in the hamlet of Laurel, a quaint stretch between Jamesport and Mattituck, just north of the Peconic Bay.
At the end of our street, about a five minute walk from our home, is our deeded access to the Great Peconic Bay. For me, this spot is the most peaceful place on earth, a sandy seawall that rises just five or six feet above the water. I take my dog here almost religiously for morning walks with a cup of coffee in hand, starting off the day just staring at the beauty of the bay and the Hamptons coastline in the distance.
One of the things we love about the region is the easy access to dozens of local roadside farm stands selling the day’s produce. Many of these farms have histories that date back hundreds of years and are still privately owned by the very families that founded them. While we give a lot of these farms our business, and although we are always discovering new ones, one of our go-to spots is
Although the first winery on the North Fork began growing its grapes in the 1970s, the region is only in recent years getting the recognition it deserves as one of the world’s leading wine regions. My wife Amy and I are constantly discovering new wines that we love, but a few in particular have been bringing us back for years. Bedell Cellars, Osprey’s Dominion, and Lenz are a few that come to mind. But one of my absolute favorite winemakers in the region is
While we’re surrounded by nature in all directions, 67 Steps Beach near Greenport Village is one of the most beautiful spots on the North Fork. A long wooden series of stairs bring you down a bluff to this amazing stone beach. If you come at the right time, you can catch some of the most brilliant sunsets.