On Friday, March 22nd, Rebecca and I boarded a flight to New York. We arrived at JFK International Airport around 5:00pm and found our rental car. The rush hour traffic was a bit heavy at first, but it thinned out the further east we got and we were soon cruising down the Long Island Expressway. It took a couple of hours, but we arrived at our final destination of Cutchogue, the sunniest place in New York State, located on the North Fork peninsula of Long Island. The wind had really picked up and howled all night long.
We were served a delicious breakfast by our North Fork Guest House hosts and we asked about any interesting walks nearby. They recommended Nassau Point Beach, but were a little concerned about us staying warm enough in the cold wind but being Canadian we had it covered…or so we thought. We did a brisk walk on the beach, but the strong north winds off the Atlantic were too much for us and we ended the walk not long after it started. From there, we drove as far east as possible to Orient Point Ferry Terminal and then backtracked a bit to get to the Kontokosta Winery. Although Long Island temperatures are cooler than the mainland, it is all the sunshine that allow the grapes to ripen in this unique wine region. We enjoyed a tasting while watching a small herd of deer on the lawns. We then drove into the touristic town of Greenport where we strolled main street and hit a few vintage shops. For lunch, we shucked our own oysters at Little Creek Oysters. Our next stop was Jamesport Vineyards where we tried a couple wines and some local cheese. Dropping the car back at the guesthouse, we walked over to Bedell Cellars just down the street and had our final flight of the day. We opted for an early dinner at the nearby Touch of Venice restaurant and played a little crib back at the guesthouse.
On Sunday morning, the wind had finally let up and it was feeling more like spring as opposed to winter. We had a quick walk through the rows of vines after breakfast before loading up the car and heading out. We did stop at a sustainable family owned farm called Eight Hands Farm. We purchased some snacks and coffees for the road and headed west for the Big Apple. We found the Renwick Hotel in Murray Hill on Manhattan Island, ditched the car, set out on foot past Grand Central, through Bryant Park, and across Broadway. Bec had scoped out a taqueria called Los Tacos No. 1 and it did not disappoint. After lunch, we walked up Broadway past the Ed Sullivan Theatre and into Central Park. It was a lovely spring day and people were out enjoying the sunny weather. Out of the park, we walked down 5th Avenue past Trump Tower, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and into Rockfeller Center. We were thirsty by this point and stopped for a refreshment at Bill’s Bar & Burger. We then killed some time checking out Grand Central Terminal before our reservation at The Campbell, a cocktail and jazz bar inside the old office and reception hall of former financier John William Campbell. We were enjoyed a couple cocktails and the duo of Acute Inflections.
The next morning, I was off in the car rental to LaGuardia Airport super early for my flight to Calgary and Rebecca would be staying in NYC to attend her 2 day conference. She had plans to meet up for dinner with her friend Debbi that evening and then would be heading onwards to Calgary.