Spring has Sprung on the North Fork which calls for celebration! It has been a long, cold, snowy winter on Long Island and as much as we love winter and cozying up at home by the fire, we have been eagerly awaiting the changing of seasons. We are excited to once again be able to enjoy the sunshine, our backyards, and all of the wonderful outdoor activities our region has to offer!
There are so many amazing things to do on the North Fork and some of our favorites involve being outside and enjoying your surroundings, whether thats hiking through the woods, lazing on the beach, or sipping on a tasting at one of Long Island's many wonderful winery tasting rooms! We hope you will get the chance to enjoy the outdoors in the coming weeks and make the most of this wonderful season!
So here's to Spring and all of the wonderful things that come with it—warm weather, sunshine, longer days, enjoying being outside, backyard BBQs, cold wine, blooming of flowers and so much more!
Break out the Gloves & Garden
One of the best things about the weather getting warmer is that you can break out the gardening gloves, enjoy some time in the sunshine, and get to work! Once I have done my backyard cleanup and planted any new flower additions to the beds around my house I get to work on my favorite part of gardening season—planting fresh herbs!
If you are like me and enjoy cooking, there is nothing better than being able to step out your backdoor and pick a handful of fresh basil to whip up a homemade pesto, picking some rosemary to toss with roasted potatoes, grabbing some cilantro to mix into guacamole, or picking some fresh parsley to add a little garnish to your favorite dish!
So stop by your local farmstand or garden center (we have som many wonderful options on the North Fork!) pickup some fresh herb plants, crack open a bottle or can of Rosé (my #1 gardening wine pick) and get to work planting your backyard garden, or window sill herb garden! In addition to elevating your meals and the satisfaction that comes from planting something and watching something grow, you get a perfect excuse you get outside and enjoy the Spring sunshine!
Take a Walk by the Water
Being that we are an island, there is never a shortage of coastline to explore! There are so many excellent places to get outside and take a walk on the East End. One of my particular favorites this time of year is downtown Greenport! This bustling little seaside town has yet to reach its peak "in season" months and is not yet bustling and busy making it a perfect time (in my book) to go take a stroll and explore the town!
Greenport is the largest downtown area on the North Fork and is full of excellent restaurants, quaint little shops, the waterfront, docks, and carousel, all perfect ways to fill a Spring day!
A few of our personal favorites in Greenport are: Stop by Little Creek Oysters to shuck your own fresh oysters! Head to Crabby Jerry's for no frills seafood and waterfront dining. Looking for a more eclectic meal? Olive Branch offers gorgeous alfresco dining and delicious Mediterranean fare. If you're looking for something more casual, relaxed, and of course delicious, look no further than First & South! There really are no bad choices when it comes to Greenport, so take a walk and explore!
Relax with a Can
About a year ago in Spring of 2020 we released our first ever Suhru Wines in cans—offering our Pinot Grigio and Rosé—a year later we are very pleased to say they have been a huge success and we are looking forward to watching them continuing to grow!
The great thing about wine in cans is how portable and convenient they are! Heading to the beach or out on the boat? Throw a 4-pack in the cooler! No need to worry about packing glasses or bringing that heavy glass bottle home with you. Whether you are taking them on the go, sipping on a can while you garden and take care of things around the house, or while enjoying a quiet moment on the porch after a long day, you can't beat their convenience!
Plus the truly great things about cans (and one that we don't often talk about) is because aluminum is an entirely opaque material there is no risk of light or oxygen exposure to the wine, ensuring that it is as fresh, crisp, and bright the day you open it as they day it was canned!
Pack a Picnic
If I had to pick an all around favorite North Fork activity this just might be it—I love picnics! We have so much open space out East and when you combine a selection of tasty treats, either from my kitchen or one of the local shops, with an afternoon spent outside enjoying a few hours by the water, in a park, on the beach, or simply in my backyard, it just makes everything better!
No need for anything fancy, you can pickup a few snacking favorites at the grocery store and pack a bottle of wine, but if you're looking to step up your game stop into one of these great shops on Love Lane for a delicious and vast selection of snacking and light dinner options. A few of my picnic necessity go-to shops are: Lombardis Love Lane Market which has everything you could possibly want for a picnic including meats, salads, spreads, and bread options to prepared hot items and a nice selection of sweets. Next stop is the Village Cheese Shop which naturally has a wide selection of cheese, so pick out a favorites or two, grab and accouterments you like such as crackers or spreads and then head around the corner to Agora to round out your picnic with a few eclectic items. Agora Greek Market has a wonderful selection of traditional Greek desserts, olives, cheeses, and my favorite dolmades!
Wherever life takes you on the North Fork this Spring you are sure to enjoy! Here's hoping everyone has a chance to get outside, enjoy the sunshine, and maybe enjoy a glass or two! Happy Spring!
Looking for More To Do on the North Fork, Checkout the "Out East" section of the Suhru Blog!
Mother's Day weekend is one of our favorite Spring weekends, it is the indicator we have all been waiting for to announce that Spring has officially arrived! Everyone is outside gardening, spending time in the backyard, and enjoying a day with mother nature after the long winter and rainy Spring!
With the current world health crisis going on, this Mother's Day is going to look a little different for everyone so we wanted to share a few helpful hints for making the most of the weekend, while maintaining social distancing.
What to Give Mom the Mother's Day
Whether you are going to be together for Mother's Day or celebrating from a far, Mom still deserves a great day!
Keep it Classic: Wine & Flowers
Looking for a classic gift this Mother's Day? We have partnered with our local florist—Blooms by Design—to offer beautiful floral bouquets paired with a bottle of wine for a classic Mother's Day Flower & Wine Gift!
Flower & Wine Gifts include your choice of one (1) bouquet option paired with your choice of one (1) bottle of wine OR one (1) gift card. These Mother's Day Flower & Wine Gifts are available for pickup and local delivery (shipping not available) Wednesday, May 6th - Sunday, May 10th. All Mother's Day gift orders including flowers must be placed by Wednesday, May 6, 2020 to ensure availability.
The Gift that Keeps in Giving: Wine Club Membership
Looking to show Mom just how much you love her today and everyday? Give the gift that keeps on giving, a membership to our Wine Club! We offer 3 club levels with something for everyone! Our Wine Clubs include quarterly wine shipments/pickups, access to a number of great member benefits such as discounts on wine, one (1) complimentary wine tasting for you and a guest at the Tasting House per month, early access to all Suhru Wines events, access to pre-releases, library wines, Wine Club exclusives, and more! Join today and become a part of the Suhru Family!
A Little Something Sweet: Wine & Chocolate
The only thing we love more than wine is chocolate, and what could be better than the two together? Our Merlot Dark Chocolate Bars, hand crafted by local chocolatier North Fork Chocolate Company in Aquebogue, are a delicious treat to enjoy on its own or with a bottle of red! For a match made in heaven, pair the chocoate bars with a bottle of our 2017 T'Jara Merlot and watch the flavors sing, a taste of red wine and dark chocolate in every bite!
Indulge at Home: Relaxation Care Package
While going to the spa is not an option at the moment, you can bring all of the pampering of spa life home! Enter our Relaxation Care Package—everything Mom needs to relax and unwind at home! Care Packages come in both Red and White and include a bottle of wine, a Suhru stemless wine glass, North Fork Chocolate Company Merlot-Infused Dark Chocolate bar, and two (2) Ney Tiv Spa Organic Bath Bombs.
Where to Pickup Brunch on the North Fork
Mother's Day and Brunch are synonomus in our brains, but if you can't go out for brunch, why not bring the brunch to you! With so many amazing restaurants offering takeout at the moment; how do you choose? We've compiled a few of our favorite brunch spots that are currently offering takeout:
Much as their name would suggest, this cute little spot is all about the biscuits and their honey butter is to die for! Do yourself a favor, pickup one of their Biscuit Samplers for a real treat! Checkout their Takeout Menu
Love Lane Kitchen
A classic North Fork institution, Love Lane Kitchen offers a great takeout selection including too many favorites to list here but, do yourself a favor and add a Bloodly Mary to your order, you won't regret it! Checkout their Takeout Menu
North Fork Roasting Company
One of our favorite casual coffee shops—North Fork Roasting Company is offering coffee, baked goods and breakfast items to go from both their Southold and brand new Westhampton Beach location! Don't forget to pickup a bag of freshly roasted coffee beans with your order! Checkout their Takeout Menu
North Fork Dougnut Company
Place an order in advance or try your luck day of to pickup a few of NoFoDoCos delicious doughnuts! With their ever changing menu, you are sure to find something that everyone will love! Plus, they are currently doing a collaboration with Sail Away Coffee for coffee and doughnut delivery. Checkout their Takeout Menu
How to Celebrate while Social Distancing
Take a walk, hike, or bike ride outside
One of the best things about living on the East End is how many amazing places there are to explore! With all of the time we are currently spending at home, this is a great opportunity to get out of the house and stretch your legs for a bit. (Pro Tip: go early in the morning or at dusk to avoid the crowds)
A few great North Fork hikes to explore are the Hallock State Park Preserve, Laurel Lake Preserve, Downs Farm Preserve, Inlet Pond County Park, and one of the most popular destination hiking spots, Mashomack Preserve on Shelter Island.
Go on a family picnic
Looking to make this Mother's Day a little extra memorable? With the beautiful Spring weather here to stay why not pack up a few of your favorite brunch foods or pickup takeout , grab a bottle of wine, and take Mom on a family picnic! Head over to the beach, the backyard, or your favorite quiet spot for a memorable Mother's Day picnic!
Don't forget the adult beverages! A picnic is nothing without a beverage, so pickup a bottle or one of our new canned wine 4-packs for easy packing and cleanup.
Plant Mom a Garden
With the temperatures rising and the beautiful weather here to stay, one of our annual Mother's Day traditions is planting the garden! This is a great way to enjoy the sunshine and get something productive done that you will all be able to enjoy in the months ahead! Pickup a few herbs and vegetable plants from a local nursery and get your hands dirty! Whether you're planting an outdoor garden in the backyard or potting a few herbs into a windowsill herb garden, this is a gift Mom is sure to appreciate!
Spend the day on the water
With the temperatures rising and the summer just around the corner why not spend your day on or by the water?
Lucky enough to have a boat? Spend the day sailing, paddling or cruising about the sound!
Looking to stay a little closer to home and entertain the kiddos? Grab a shovel, a blanket, and some snacks and head down to the beach to soak up a little Vitamin D and relax the day away!
No matter how you celebrate, we're wishing a very happy Mother's Day to all of the wonderful women, mothers, and mother figures out there—cheers to you!