Just two hours from New York City lies Long Island’s North Fork and Wine Country, also known as – the perfect summer getaway. The area is home to more than 35 vineyards and 40 licensed wineries. Long Island viticulturists prioritize quality over quantity, as there are just around 3,000 acres of cultivation in the East End.
Founders of the East End Bike Tours decided to leave the corporate lifestyle and pursue the crossroads of their love for cycling and Long Island’s North Fork. They started their company to “accentuate the beauty of the North Fork, not just with vineyard, but with the beach and farms, also which the area is noted for!” East End Bike Tours aims to elevate the tour experience with unique experiences tailored to every guests needs.
East End Bike Tours offers a range of excursions for visitors to tour the wine region during the summer. All group tours are guided, but visitors also have the option of a semi-private or a self-guided tour. The tours don’t just stop at the vineyards, they include visits to one of the North Fork’s first farms, oil tastings, and the scenic Peconic Bay. “My husband or myself are typically on every tour in addition to the tour guides. It has been our goal to elevate the tour experience for our guests” said founder Nicole.
Their signature tour is “The North Fork Experience“. It includes a 13.5 mile guided tour, wine sampling, access to vineyard fields, lunch, and plenty of photo opportunities. Depending on the season, the tour may include a berry or apple picking experience. Their newest addition is called the “Bike Paint n Sip Tour“. Visitors take a 15 mile guided tour, wine sampling, and instruction from an art teacher on how to create their own masterpiece.
East End Bike Tours also partners with local Matiituck hotels and bed and breakfasts for the Mid-Week Escape special. Once visitors book their East End Bike Tour, they receive a discounted rate at one of their partner facilities like Indigo Hotel in Riverhead, Bay Breeze Inn, American Beech in Greenport, and Blue Iris Bed and Breakfast.
“The best thing about our tours is that it highlights the very best of the North Fork, on relatively flat terrain” said Nicole.
Downtown readers can use the promo code “PSYCHED” to get 44% off their tour, booking is available online or on the phone.