Long Island's North Fork is famous for their Wineries and Breweries, and for the third straight year, the Long Island Wine Council will be sponsoring free shuttles between Riverhead and Orient Point to stop and see all the available sites! Moustache Brewing Co. will be offering $2 off To-go growler fills to those who mention Taste North Fork. More info below.
"For the third straight year, visitors to Long Island’s Wine Country will be able to tour the region without a car. The Long Island Wine Council, working collaboratively with the East End Tourism Alliance and local chambers, is once again organizing a two day promotion on consecutive Saturdays, November 7 and 14, called Taste North Fork, which includes special tastings, events, discounts and live music at the wineries. Special events and offers will also be provided by hotels, bed & breakfasts inns, restaurants, hamlet shops and attractions.
A key feature of the program is the third test of a free ”hop on-hop off” shuttle service that will circulate throughout the North Fork, connecting wineries and the region’s historic hamlets. The service will provide easy access from the New York City and New England with links to the Long Island Rail Road and Cross Island Ferry in New London, Connecticut. Steve Bate, executive director of the Long Island Wine Council, said, “Over the past two years, we saw ridership more than double from 1100 in 2013 to over 2400 last year. If it continues to be successful, we believe the shuttle could eventually become a permanent feature with major benefits for our environment while opening up our region to one of the world’s largest population centers with among the lowest levels of private car ownership.”
The free shuttle from Riverhead to Orient Point will be made available to visitors in partnership with the Hampton Jitney. There will be a Riverhead loop for stops between Riverhead and Aquebogue, a Peconic Loop between Aquebogue and Peconic, and a Greenport loop between Peconic and Greenport. The shuttles will run from noon until 5:30 pm and circulate every 3o minutes with passenger access from the Long Island Rail Road station in Mattituck and Cross Sound Ferry terminal in Orient Point."