We talk about it. We promote it. Shop local. It’s the holiday season and shoppers abound. They come from far and near to visit the malls and find the best deals, but the lesser known fact is that the East End and our surrounding area is rich in fantastic gifts and holiday festivities.
We, at the North Fork Bed & Breakfast Association, have a few holiday ideas that are sure to get you in the spirit of celebrating, as well as satisfy the most unique needs on your gift list.
#1: Visit tasting rooms and websites of Long Island Wine Country wineries. They offer gorgeous baskets, gift cards and unique experiences. You can build your own wine bottle basket with chocolates and accessories. If you’d rather give a winemaker tour or a tasting event, as about purchasing tickets or a gift card. A gift from Wine Country is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face!
#2: Browse the shops of Greenport Village. There are boutiques filled with stylish clothing, a leather shop, a toy store, wine and cheese gift shops, and much more. Greenport is also a hub for foodie spots, offering gourmet small plates, local shellfish and even a microbrewery right in the village. This visit would be a perfect day out on the East End, from morning through dinner.
#3: Stroll Love Lane in Mattituck. This quaint, old-fashioned hamlet boasts an assortment of candy, cheese, art, wine and other extraordinary shops. It is small but memorable. This is a spot to plan for lunchtime. Love Lane Kitchen is the perfect stop for lunch, or just a fresh brewed coffee or cappuccino.
No matter what you choose to do, the North Fork has so much to offer… more than you would expect during this chilly but magical time of the year!