We ended up doing a day trip out to the Hamptons for a bike tour through the wonderful vineyards on a Saturday. There are a lot of misconceptions about the Hamptons that a lot of tourists fall for. Even though some of these misconceptions are slightly true, the Hamptons have something to offer everyone on every budget. The wonderful aspect of the Hamptons is that it offers a diverse amount of things to do: beautiful beaches, fascinating history, amazing vineyards, charming bed and breakfasts, and delicious food! There’s no wonder that travelers, like EmiMarie, have this wonderful slice of paradise on their bucket lists. It’s a must visit for all!
We took a tour with East End Bike Tours that operates out of the North Fork. The Hamptons are split up in two forks that veer off the main Island. The South Fork is the Hamptons that everyone knows of with the sunny beaches and uber mansions. The North Fork is a little bit more laid back with bays and vineyards. Both are pretty and should be explored, but offer different things for different travelers.
The bike tour we took started at 11 AM in the morning and ended around 5 PM. The first part of the tour obviously included the most amount of time peddling to our first destination. I unfortunately do not handle bike rides as well as some people do, so I struggled. I couldn’t wait for us to stop! We first stopped at a beach on the way to the wineries to taste some infused olive oils with delicious bread. The hosts did a great job putting it all together while everyone took pictures and enjoyed the beautiful views.
After a much needed break, we headed off to our first vineyard, Martha Clara Vineyards. This is a pretty sizeable vineyard that can accomodate a lot of people at one time. It is popular for weddings and parties. I will say that the wines weren’t great here. We were kind of disappointed of the selection of the wines as well, but this is also the place were we had our picnic lunch. After the tastings, the location was kind enough to allow the tour to set up the catered food for us. We had a wide range of delicious food that was in perfect timing!
After the delicious lunch, we set off to our final vineyard, Jason’s Vineyard. The wine here was much better and we ended up buying a bottle called Hercules. We love red wines and this one had the right amount of deep flavors we gravitate towards. The tasting room had a big boat shaped bar in the middle. After spending some time at this vineyard, we all got back on our bikes to return to home base. The tour concluded a little early so we decided to hop on a ferry to cross the Long Island Sound to Connecticut to spend the night there.
What a wonderful day trip and a last minute plan to cross the sound for another adventure! Please comment below and let me know if you had any day trips in the Hamptons!
On another note, I’ve been to the Hamptons several times before and have done other wine tasting at various vineyards and will say that the following 2 are worth stopping by:
- Sparkling Pointe
- Kontokosta Winery
Let me know if you know of any other great vineyards!