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Get Ready for Taste North Fork 2014!

For those of us who live on Long Island’s East End, having a car isn’t something we even think twice about. Long Islanders drive pretty much everywhere—to the store, to work, to school—but on the East End it’s especially necessary because of our expansive farmland and vineyards.

Did you know that Manhattan has the highest percentage of non-car households in the entire country? More than 55% of Manhattanites don’t have cars, and rely on public transportation, bikes, and their own two feet to get around. While that’s a totally understandable option in the city, it doesn’t quite cut it out here in Long Island Wine Country.

So what’s a city-family to do when they want to head out East to take advantage of all we have to offer if they don’t have a car?

Taste North Fork is the solution to that very problem. The festival is returning to the East End this year on Veteran’s Day Weekend, with a long list of local participants to showcase everything about the East End scene that makes us so special.

On November 8 and 9, folks can hop aboard the Hampton Jitney’s I Love New York bus at one of several pick-up points in Manhattan (86th St between 3rd & Lex. Ave; Lex Ave between 68th & 69th; Lex. Ave between 59th & 60th; SW corner of 44th & 3rd Ave) and head out to the North Fork for just $38 round trip! Visitors can also take the LIRR out to the North Fork, as well. The I Love NY bus will drop visitors off at either Tanger, Mattituck, or Peconic.

From noon to 5:30PM, the Taste North Fork FREE shuttle service will be making stops along three loop-routes: from Tanger II in Riverhead to the Bay View Farm and Market in Aquabogue; from Bay View to Peconic Lane in Peconic; and from Peconic to Greenport. The shuttle will also be making stops at the Mattituck and Greenport Long Island Rail Road stations, as well as the Cross Sound Ferry terminal in Orient. The shuttle busses will run every 30 minutes on both days of the festival.

The Long Island Wine Council, which is organizing the event, expects there to be 119 North Fork businesses participating this year. Last year, there were about 1,000 people who participated in the three-day event, and the Council is confident that this year will be even bigger and better.

A new addition to Taste North Fork this year is a brewery tour through Riverhead, offering $1 off tastings at Moustache Brewing Co., Long Ireland Beer Co., Crooked Ladder Brewing Co., and Vines and Hops Café. This is a particularly exciting opportunity, as our community’s been getting a ton of press lately for the abundance of local breweries that have been popping up throughout the East End (and you know how much we love nice, cold pints of local beer at Bistro 72!).

Every participant in Taste North Fork is offering specials and deals for visitors from both near and far, so it’s a great time to come out for the weekend and enjoy our beautiful region. For a full list of participants and special offers, as well as transportation details and schedules, head over to East End Getaways.

Our Taste North Fork Specials

Bistro 72 is running Friday drink specials, ½ price LI Wine on Saturday, live music on both Friday AND Saturday, and our Prix Fixe menu on Sunday with ½ price LI Wine & no corkage fee.

Hotel Indigo is offering a special room rate during Taste North Fork, as well a complimentary glass wine for our guests staying with the Taste of North Fork Package. Call (631) 369-2200 to book your reservation!


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!


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