Islip and surrounding areas, Long Island, NY
|We're not in Manhattan anymore!|
To kick off our trip, we spent just one night, Saturday, at a Hilton Garden Inn on Long Island just to the west of anything that might be considered fashionable, due to price and central location concerns. After a travel-heavy morning and leaving the bulk of the Long Island traffic behind, we relaxed a bit over lunch at a cute, old-school diner.
|First stop, Cutchogue, NY!|
|At Orient Point, NY, looking across Long Island Sound, with the car ferry to Connecticut in the background|
|We shared a tasting at Bedell, which was a good thing because the tasting pours were HUGE!|
Enjoying the sunshine and rosé at the oh-so-charming outdoor tasting room at Croteaux
On Sunday, we checked out of the hotel and headed west and north to the Hudson Valley. But before continuing on to the charming small towns of the Hudson Valley, we planned a couple of Long Island stops on our route. First, we visited Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the summer home of Teddy Roosevelt and his family. The home itself was actually closed for renovations but the park ranger on duty invited us to wander the grounds, free of charge. This was fine with us, as we rarely take the time to tour historic homes anymore. The old adage "you've seen one, you've seen 'em all" truly does seem to apply here and when you've traveled as much as we have, well...
|Scott does his best Teddy Roosevelt pose on the porch at Sagamore Hill|
|The beach at Sagamore Hill|
|The grand homes just beyond the meh public beach - no riffraff allowed|
And fro here, it was on to Hudson Valley for the next phase of our road trip! Stay tuned!
|In Orient, NY for all the ferry riders coming from Connecticut|
|Tasting room at Bedell|
|Tasting room at Bedell. We so want this wine storage wall in our next house!|
|Tasting at Croteaux|
|The conveniently located gift shop at Croteaux allows you to shop while you taste...|
|We enjoyed an old-school seafood dinner with a view at Kingston's Clam Bar near our Islip Hilton Garden Inn accommodations|
|The house at Sagamore Hill|
|Sagamore Hill Selfie!|
|Skipping stones at Sagamore Hill|
|Marshlands at Sagamore Hill|
|Strolling the nature trail at Sagamore Hill|