Hotel at a Glance: Hotel Indigo East End
Hotel Indigo East End sits in the heart of Long Island’s North Fork, which abounds with vineyards, beaches, and charming coastal villages. A tiled seashell mosaic behind the front desk and murals of seagrasses in guest rooms reflect the hotel’s lush surroundings. The expansive pool area is a place to unwind after a day of exploring the East End: it features shaded gazebos, lounge areas with stone fireplaces, and poolside service from Bistro 72.
- Farm-to-table fare at Bistro 72 includes chowder made with South Shore clams, Long Island duck in a port-wine reduction, and Riverhead cauliflower mashed potatoes
- Catch a show at Bistro 72 every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night, when jazz and blues musicians take the stage.
- Claim a spot on the sand at Ponquogue Beach in nearby Hampton Bays, a community famous for its oceanfront mansions (daily beach fee applies).
- Hot tip: You can book a wine tour with round-trip transportation and VIP access to wineries right from the hotel.
Long Island’s North Fork: Award-Winning Wineries, Farm-to-Table Cuisine, and Historic Fishing Villages
At the end of the Long Island Expressway, Long Island splits into two peninsulas—known as the North Fork and the South Fork—that together make up the majority of the famous East End. Considered the island’s agricultural center, the North Fork is dotted with orchards, organic farms, and a growing number of renowned wineries. At Sherwood House Vineyards in Mattituck, you can taste smoky merlots in an antique-filled barn. Paumanok Vineyards, located 15 minutes west, produces estate-bottled Bordeaux-style blends.
A handful of gourmet restaurants in the area make it easy to find food pairings worthy of your favorite Long Island vintage. Just out the back door of Greenport's The Frisky Oyster is the harbor where its namesake oysters are harvested and delivered daily. Many of the local eateries source their fruits and vegetables from the organic-farm stands along Route 25. Following suit is The North Fork Table & Inn—helmed by a two-time James Beard Foundation Award–nominated chef—which uses organic ingredients in all its menu items, including its decadent desserts.
Despite its growing reputation as a first-class foodie spot, the North Fork is still a low-key farming-and-fishing region. Historic villages line the shores of Long Island Sound, offering opportunities for fishing, crabbing, and clamming. You can rent a kayak and paddle through local bays and estuaries, or head to Orient Beach State Park and hike through maritime forests and bird watch in saltwater marsh.