North Fork Long Island

vineyardSonoma is my favorite place on the planet … so far. I know what you are thinking. Yes, the wine definitely helps, but it is the overall experience I love. The sights, the sounds, the smells, and of course, the tastes conspire to simply make me happy. While Long Island is not California, you can get a small taste of wine country closer to home. I’ve been there for everything from bachelorette parties on a bus, to a romantic night away, to pumpkin picking with the kids. It is about a 2 hour ride from NYC.

If you’ve never been, you’ll be surprised by the sheer number of vineyards to visit, the culinary choices and even the quality of some of the wines. This website is a great place to start. Whether with a big group or just a few people, you can enjoy a great day, overnight or weekend.

I can recommend Shinn Estate for an overnight, Wolffer for a wine tour, and North Fork Table for dining. However, the most fun is just getting out there, and discovering some of the less known places.

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Author: Karen Latimer

Dr. Latimer is a Family Physician and Wellness & Parenting Coach. She works with parents who want to feel more confident when helping their children and coaches young adults to help them better navigate college life and transitions. Contact her at to learn more. She is the author of two Audible Originals, Take Back the House -- Raising Happy Parents and Worry Less, Parent Better. She is also the co-founder of the app that makes your life easier and puts social in a healthier place -- List'm.