Where To Stay And What To Do In the Riverhead Area

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Even though I was born and raised in New York City, Long Island is a place that I have never explored. Sure, I have friends and family that live on Long Island, but we usually just visited them at their homes and never really ventured out. So when my family was invited to explore the Riverhead area, we didn’t hesitate to accept the invitation.The family at The family at Osprey's Dominion Vineyards

Located roughly 70 miles from Manhattan, the town of Riverhead on Long Island, New York is a great place for your next weekend getaway or vacation. It’s located where the North and South Fork of Long Island diverge, leading some to refer to the area as the “Gateway to the East End.” This provides a scenic landscape ideal for relaxation.

The area is also known for quality accommodations, like Hotel Indigo which is where we stayed.  The hotel has a modern, but cozy feel. Our room had what appeared to be laminate wood flooring which in my opinion gave it a clean feeling. The room was equipped with a microwave and mini-fridge, a Keurig coffee maker, a flat-screen TV, internet access and more. The beds were comfy but were on the small side.

A guest room at Hotel Indigo Riverhead

All guests have access to the hotel’s outdoor pool and full-service fitness center. Although the pool was closed when we were there, the pool area and fireplace lounge looked amazing. Hotel Indigo Riverhead - pool area and fireplace lounge

There is also an in-house restaurant, Bistro 72, that places a strong emphasis on the region’s seasonal cuisine.

Fresh ingredients arrive from the region’s farms daily, and the restaurant proudly serves a stellar selection of regional craft beers, wines, and spirits to pair with its authentic dishes. Live entertainment is featured weekly, making this casual yet elegant dining establishment a must-visit during your stay.

Bistro 72 Restaurant at Hotel Indigo in Riverhead Long Island

It all adds up to Hotel Indigo being among the most desirable hotels in the area. We had a great stay!

Here are some things you can do outside the hotel:

1. Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards

Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards, located on Long Island’s North Fork, is named for the beautiful osprey birds that can be seen flying over their vineyards every day. Tracing its roots to the early 1980’s, this vineyard harnesses the East End’s complicated soil to produce premium grapes and by extension premium wines. It is a great family friendly location. They offer live music, lawn games, and picnic areas. They have a spacious indoor tasting room that features a gift shop with wine and wine accessories. All of their offerings are available in their tasting room where you can sample three wines for $8 or five for $12. We tasted a flight of wine and all the selections were quite good. My favorite was the spiced wine. It is served warm and made me think about Christmas.

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Osprey’s Dominion Vineyards

2. Garden of Eve Farm & Market

This farm features organic fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

Garden of Eve Farm & Market

While we were there, we went on a hayride and got to see lots of farm animals including goats, sheep’s, bunnies and chickens. We even got to feed the goats.

Garden of Eve Farm & Market

They had lots of fun stuff that kids could do including a pedal kart track, a bouncy house, a giant spider web and a swing set. It is a great place for kids to run around and play.

3. The Riverhead Ciderhouse

A newer establishment, The Riverhead Ciderhouse offers an experience unavailable anywhere else. They offer a wide-range of ciders varying from just plain apple to flavored with strawberry, raspberry, and others.

 The Riverhead Ciderhouse

Hubby and I had never tried hard cider before so we were happy to sample a flight of cider. We each tried 4 different flavors. My favorite was the Founders Reserve.A flight of cider at The Riverhead Ciderhouse

Not a fan of cider? No worries, they also offer local beer and wines. They also have food available for purchase, but they don’t have an extensive menu. We loved the roving cart of made-to-order guacamole. The guacamole was delicious! The Riverhead Ciderhouse is a great place to hang out with family and friends.

4. Long Island Aquarium

The aquarium is home to thousands of fish, amphibians, mammals and more.

Long Island Aquarium

There are several touch tanks, where you can touch stingrays, starfish, and other creatures. My favorite exhibit was the butterfly exhibit where live butterflies from all over the world fly around in their own sanctuary. My family also really enjoyed the sea lion show.

Sea Lion show at The long Island Aquarium

It was short and simple but was also educational and entertaining. 


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Diane is a New Jersey-based writer and blogger. She is a wife and the mom of a 13-year old boy. Through her blog, she wants to inspire moms to find Zen in their lives while offering practical tips and other valuable information to help families deal with everyday issues. Contact her at dianenassy@gmail.com

Where To Stay And What To Do In the Riverhead Area

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