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The First Ever Edgar Allan Poe Festival in Downtown Riverhead

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Last week, we talked about the unveiling of A Spirited Getaway, our new East End tour with stops at Baiting Hollow Vineyards, Crooked Ladder Brewery, and Long Island Spirits. As it turns out, we weren’t the only ones dropping hints about an exciting announcement on the North Fork—many locals have reported spotting Edgar Allan Poe and the Headless Horseman gallivanting through downtown Riverhead. Of course, this has been met with a lot of chatter, and it’s all leading up to the Edgar Allan Poe Festival this Halloween weekend in Riverhead!

Long Island native Sal St. George has been a long-time contributor to the very successful Charles Dickens Festival in Port Jefferson around Christmastime, and has put together a festival of equally epic proportions for our East End community. “This is going to be the biggest Halloween party on Long Island,” St. George said. Participants are hopeful that this will become an annual event, in light of the tremendous success that Port Jefferson has seen with the Charles Dickens Festival.

St. George presented his proposal to the Riverhead Business Improvement District Management Association, at which time he explained, “The second biggest holiday of the year is acknowledged to be Halloween. And if Riverhead could be the Halloween capital of Long Island, where people say, ‘We’ve got to get to Riverhead to see these activities,’ then we’ll accomplish what we are seeking to do.”

As ever, our team at Hotel Indigo East End is all for anything that supports the growth and prosperity of our local community, and we can’t wait for Halloween weekend! We think St. George hit the nail on the head with regard to his sentiments about Riverhead:

“It is a town with spirit; there’s an energy here. There is an internal energy within the local government and the Business Improvement District to keep the community growing, and that’s what attracted me to this area.”

The event begins Friday, October 31 at 3PM with the Trick-or-Treating on Main Street. It continues through until 6PM with Tales of Terror and Ghosts & Giggles all along Main Street, telling spooky stories (some more family-friendly than others) at various shops and storefronts. The Poe Parade will kick off from Osborn Avenue at 7PM and end at Union Avenue. The Wicked Apple Ale Party will take place from 6-8PM at Joe’s Garage & Grill, followed by live music by NYX from 8:30-12 (costumes welcome!). At 10PM there’ll be a 21+ Halloween Party with drink specials at Vines & Hops.

The weekend continues at noon on Saturday, November 1, with the street fair (StreetmosFear) running until 6PM with various activities throughout the downtown area. There will be a Fireworks Show on Main Street at 8PM, followed by a Monster Mash Costume Party & Costume Contest at Joe’s Garage & Grill at 9PM.

On Sunday, the StreetmostFear gears back up again at noon with more Halloween fun all over downtown Riverhead, which will run until 5PM. For a full schedule of the weekend’s events, click here.

If you see Edgar Allan Poe around downtown Riverhead in the next week or so, be sure to post your pictures on social media with the hashtag #ISawPoe! Tag us in your picture so we can get in on the fun! (Remember: in order to tag us on Facebook, you have to LIKE our Facebook Page first!)


Recap of A Spirited Getaway's Launch Party

We started dropping breadcrumbs back in July, when we introduced A Spirited Getaway here on the Hotel Indigo East End blog, but that was only the beginning. Over the last several months, we’ve thrown the name around throughout the East End, sparing the details to leave a lingering allure amongst Long Islanders both near and far.

“A Spirited Getaway” sounds like just the thing most of us crave after a long work week…but just what is A Spirited Getaway, exactly?

Everyone’s questions were answered this past Wednesday, when we invited 150 guests to our Spirited Getaway Launch Party!

Launch Party

Our guests were Spirited Away as soon as they set foot on Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard property, as the Crooked Ladder Fire Truck greeted them with cold, tall glasses of Outta My Vine Pumpkin Ale and CLB German-style Kolsh. Crooked Ladder’s unique, mobile tasting vehicle was everything we could’ve hoped for to set the tone for the incredible night to follow—it has the look and feel of the North Fork culture that we all know and love, having previously served the town of Jamesport for years before retiring to a life of extinguishing thirst instead of fire.

With a cold beer in hand, guests continued to our party tent, where they were greeted by Bistro 72’s Chef James, who introduced them to a colorful spread of fall favorites, all locally-sourced and the freshest of fresh, of course! Our friendly team continued to pass delectable, bite-sized treats to our guests throughout the evening.

After a hello from Chef and grabbing a bite or two from the table, our guests had an array of tasty, chilled Long Island Spirits to choose from—with a full education on the different choices by our friends from LiV! Whether you were in the mood for a nice, cold Long Island Vodka, something a bit sweeter like a Strawberry or Lemon Sorbetta, or a strong, classic whiskey or bourbon, there was something to tickle every taste bud at the party.

Baiting Hollow’s hospitality didn’t end at hosting our fabulous event—they also opened their tasting room for guests to enjoy a selection of their choice wines, as well as their delicious, merlot meatballs!

The introduction to all of our partners in A Spirited Getaway couldn’t have been better, and we’re excited to share the details of precisely what A Spirited Getaway package contains.

A Spirited Getaway!

A Spirited Getaway can be booked with any stay at Hotel Indigo East End. A Spirited Getaway Shuttle will take you and your party to-and-from the following partner locations:

  • Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
  • Crooked Ladder Brewing Company
  • Long Island Spirits
  • Tanger Outlets
  • And, of course, Bistro 72 and Hotel Indigo

Your Spirited Getaway experience is truly in your hands, giving you the freedom to select the arrangement of the day’s events and locations, for a one-of-a-kind party made just for you! Baiting Hollow has live music and various events taking place on the weekends; you can sometimes catch the folks at Crooked Ladder actually brewing beer in the microbrewery while you enjoy your flight in the tasting room; Long Island Spirits offers guests the opportunity to experience true, Long Island history, as it’s the first craft distillery on Long Island in nearly 200 years; and when you’re at the Tanger Outlets, don’t forget to visit our friends at Empire State Cellars!

Last, but certainly not least, you’ll return to Bistro 72 for a relaxing dinner from our new 7 Days of Bistro 72 Fall Menu, and a peaceful night’s sleep in a luxurious bed at Hotel Indigo.

All-in-all, our party was an absolutely wild success, and we owe it all to the hard work of our incredible partners in our exciting new venture: A Spirited Getaway! We look forward to welcoming you for your own Spirited Getaway—book yours today at Hotel Indigo East End!


Are You Ready for the New Fall Menu at Bistro 72?

The Fall Harvest is an exciting time of year on Long Island’s East End, as it gives us an opportunity to enjoy the bounty of delicious foods grown right in our own backyards. The farm-to-table experience is something that we hold dearly at Bistro 72, dedicating ourselves to serving only the freshest local produce from nearby farms. This not only provides our customers with the highest quality meals possible, but also allows us to do our part in supporting local sustainability—another thing we are passionate about!

This year we have an incredible $29 prix fixe fall/winter menu, served Sunday through Wednesday, for our guests at Bistro 72. We look forward to delighting both your tummies and your taste buds with the delectable dishes Chef James has whipped up in our kitchen!

The New $29 Prix Fixe Fall/Winter Menu at Bistro 72

Starters. Please select one.

• FIVE ONION SOUP. Vidalia, Red, Shallot, Scallion, Leek, & Gruyere Crouton.

• BISTRO 72 SALAD. Organic Greens, Candied Walnuts, Blueberries, Red Onion, Poppy Vinaigrette, & Goat Cheese Crostini.

• CAESAR SALAD. Chopped Romaine Lettuce, Crispy Pancetta, Shaved Parmesan, Roasted Tomatoes, & Garlic Parmesan Crouton.

Entrée. Please select one.

• ATLANTIC COD. Chili-Lime Seasoned, Artichoke Puree, Braised Kale, & White Beans.

• CHICKPEA ENCRUSTED CHICKEN MILANESE. Spring Mix, Diced Tomatoes, Crumbled Feta, & Balsamic Dressing.

• SHRIMP SCAMPI. Lemon, Wine & Butter Sauce, Beggar’s Purse Cheese Pasta.

Desserts. Please select one.

• BERRIES & CREAM. Seasonal Fresh Berries.

• CRÈME BRULEE. Vanilla Custard under Hard Caramel with Fresh Berries.

• FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE GATEAU. Whipped Cream, Mint, Grand Marnier-infused Raspberry Coulis.

*$29 per person + tax. Gratuity not included. Cannot be used with other offers, discounts, or packages.

We’ve also revamped our 7 Days of Bistro 72 specials to better serve our loyal customers and appeal to their interests! Our new 7 Days of Bistro 72 were designed with our regulars in mind to make sure everyone has the best time while dining with us.

7 Days of Bistro 72 Specials


• ½ Price NY Craft Spirits from our Featured Menu

• Happy Hour from 3-7PM: $5 Pints of LI Draught Beer and $6 Glasses of LI Wine

• $29 Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinner


• $5 Desserts All Day

• Happy Hour from 3-7PM: $5 Pints of LI Draught Beer and $6 Glasses of LI Wine

• $29 Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinner


• ½ Price Bottles of Wine

• Happy Hour from 3-7PM: $5 Pints of LI Draught Beer and $6 Glasses of LI Wine

• $29 Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinner

• Live Entertainment: Piano


• ½ Price Single Malt Scotches from our Featured Menu

• $27 Three-Course Steak Dinner

• Happy Hour from 3-7PM: $5 House Mixed Cocktails at the Bar

• Live Entertainment: Visit for Schedule


• ½ Price Martinis for Ladies at the Bar

• Happy Hour from 3-7PM: $5 House Mixed Cocktails at the Bar

• Chef’s Specials

• Late Night Bar Menu from 11PM-1AM

• Live Entertainment: Visit for Schedule


• Chef’s Specials

• Late Night Bar Menu from 11PM-1AM

• Live Entertainment: Visit for Schedule


• ½ Price Local Wine & Beer Flights

• “Indigo Uncorked” – No Corking Fee on Long Island Wines

• $29 Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinner

Last, but certainly not least, we’d like to announce our Seasonal Local Craft Beer Menu, which features an assortment of craft brews from some of our favorite Long Island breweries!


Bistro 72’s Seasonal Local Craft Beer Menu

• BLUE POINT BREWERY’S PUMPKIN ALE. Golden orange, crisp & delicious, with a hint of cinnamon & nutmeg.


• CROOKED LADDER BREWING COMPANY’S PONQUOGUE PORTER. Full-bodied Porter, dark in color, with a nice, hoppy finish.


• LONG IRELAND BEER COMPANY’S PUMPKIN ALE. Real pumpkin puree & spied with cinnamon, nutmeg, & allspice.

• GREENPORT HARBOR BREWING COMPANY’S LEAF PILE. Fresh, whole ginger, cinnamon, allspice, & nutmeg Ale.

• SOUTHAMPTON PUBLIC HOUSE’S PUMPKIN ALE. Seasonal Pumpkin Ale with hints of nutmeg & cinnamon.

• GREAT SOUTH BAY BREWERY’S SPLASHING PUMPKIN. Roasted pumpkin splashed into malted barley & hops with a pinch of cinnamon & clove.


Come on down to Bistro 72 tonight for a fantastic meal and a wide array of great drinks, all locally-sourced and made-to-order!


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