Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery cultivates its grapes in Long Island soil, but its culture can be traced back to ancient Italy. In addition to Italian-inspired and wine-centric events, owners Marco and Ann Marie Borghese use old-fashioned growing and fermentation techniques to create their red and white wines. A fruity pinot noir and crisp sauvignon blanc are among their most popular varietals, but they also produce cabernet franc, meritage, and chardonnay. These wines—and the care that goes into them—have earned praise and awards from the New York Wine & Food Classic and the New York Times.
Hampton Luxury Liner transports its passengers around in a lavish motorcoach that boasts five flat-screen TVs, complimentary WiFi, and an on-bus library. The luxury buses travel to destinations ranging from the Hamptons to Atlantic City, with specific stops at wineries, resorts, and casinos. Reclining leather seats with space for laptops and maximum leg extension typify the cushy interior, and each road cruiser also comes equipped with a library and refrigerator, useful for storing steaks to distract the thousands of chasing dogs such a luxurious bus usually attracts.
When fans of fine libations want to carouse breweries and get festive at beer festivals, the last thing they want to do is worry about transportation. Designated drinkers deserve to indulge in style, and that's where Tapped Enterprises and its Long Island Beer Bus steps in. During popular tours, the freshly renovated party buses act as conduits to frothy beverages, giving safe and festive passage from shore to shore, hitting all of Long Island's most popular breweries, wineries, sporting events, and beer festivals since 2009. The Long Island Beer Bus is also suited for midsized trips for birthdays, anniversaries, and bachelor or bachelorette parties, and each round-trip tour includes a charismatic host adroit in all of the scenic sights and essential bars.
Inside Imagination at Play's spacious 8,000-square-foot facility, youngsters roam Imagination Village and discover multiple themed stations where they can exercise their creativity. Toddlers and parents can build sandcastles together at The Beach while other kids teach dolls how to conduct a train at the Transportation Center. A make-believe house includes everything from a baby crib to a kitchen table, and the nearby miniature pool contains fish and boats for reenacting scenes from Speed 2: Cruise Control. For some physical exercise, a climbing structure allows kids to slide and scoot across multiple levels of a plastic jungle gym. The center also hosts a variety of classes that teach kids how to play sports or build with Legos.
Cars whizzing down the North Wading River road could easily miss Michael Anthony's Food Bar, a handsome restaurant nestled amid leafy trees and residential homes at the threshold of wine country. The lucky patrons who do find the eatery, however, are rewarded with the dazzling site of pristine white tablecloths set with sapphire glasses, colorful hot-air balloons dangling from lofty white rafters, and bright walls speckled with vivid decor. Diners can then take a seat upon one of the soft cushions to nibble on oysters and toast their great discovery with a glass of fine wine.
Meanwhile, in the restaurant's kitchen, Chef Michael Anthony is hard at work folding fresh seafood, premium meats, and imaginative sauces into a variety of small plates, pastas, and seasonal specialties such as the pumpkin chicken with balsamic-rosemary butter or the duck breast with apricot-apple chutney. Michael has spent the last 25 years perfecting his signature "New American Cuisine" recipes, favoring inventive ingredients such as toasted-sage olive oil.