This weekend kicked my butt.
I totally underestimated the amount of wine I would be drinking. I also forgot about food. Real food. Not the kind that comes with crackers and thinly sliced meats. As much as I love me a charcuterie spread, a loaf of bread (and half the wine I consumed) would have probably saved me from the upchucking I did later on that day.
I was also totally unprepared in the clothes department for our one night away from the city. Vadim and I figured, it’s one night, we can rewear the same clothes. How much trouble could we get ourselves into? Silly, silly us.
To give you the full picture of everything that transpired, let me start from the beginning. I’ll share my packing thought process, mini reviews of each vineyard (as much as I can remember), where we stayed, and what else we did during our two day adventure in Long Island wine country.
I was too tired to pack the night before. So on Friday, about half an hour before we were supposed to head out, I decided it was finally time to pack.
As usual, comfort is key. So of course, I go for the easiest outfit combination. Jeans, a long sleeve tee, and a heavier weight cardigan. I knew walking around comfortably would be necessary so I wore my Rothy’s loafers (get $20 off your first pair). P.S. I also brought my Cuyana backpack to stuff everything in.
I assessed the situation and decided that, at most, I would need a top to change into for dinner, a top and bottom for sleeping, and that was about it for clothes. It’s just one night away and I didn’t plan to roll in mud, so I was sure I was bringing just enough. Spoiler alert, it wasn’t.
Nevertheless, we were off and ready to drink and be merry. FYI, this was my first vineyard/winery experience…can you tell?
First stop: Raphael Vineyard and Winery
*Prices: $16 for a flight of four, and $20 for the premium flight.
Things seemed promising here.
We each ordered a flight, some food, and sat outside basking in the gorgeous Fall weather we were blessed with that day. If you used your imagination, you could leave Long Island for a split second and pretend you were living it up in Tuscany.
We probably spent the most time here. We took our time drinking our wine. I mean, there was a lot more than we thought we would be given for a tasting. I’m not complaining by any means. Just trying to set those expectations.
We were also really relieved to find that early afternoon on a Friday was the best time to be there. It wasn’t crowded and there was more than enough room for everyone.
After we were done with our food and wine, we felt good and ready for our next stop.
Second stop: Pindar Vineyards
*Prices: $16 for a flight of five, not including the two each we got for free.
We hung out at the bar here. For maybe a little longer than we expected too with a little more wine than we anticipated.
This was where we got to circle which wines we wanted to try in our tasting. That was fun to do.
Our server poured our wines one at a time, and waited for everyone to be done to move onto the next one. It was nice to be able to take our time and really know which wine we were tasting. This didn’t happen at the previous place because we just got everything all at once, including the note details we immediately forgot.
Somehow it worked out that we all got to choose two more wines for our tasting, on top of the five that’s already included. I don’t really remember the details but it seemed like by the end of this stop, we had A LOT of wine.
By the way, this place also has a gorgeous outdoor space. The only reason we realized was because the bathrooms are out there. If you’d like to take your time here, definitely do that outside where you can be surrounded by luscious greenery.
Outfit Details: Cuyana backpack / Karen Walker sunglasses / Aritzia cardigan / J.Crew tee / Redone jeans / Rothy’s loafers
This is where things started to feel fun and funny at the same time. Probably also when I should have stopped recording on Instagram stories. Although, I will say, without my documenting, I probably wouldn’t have this blog post up right now.
Anyway, with much enthusiasm and not enough food in our bellies, we were off to our next stop.
Third stop: Bedell Cellars
*Prices: $16 for a fight of five.
This place is gorgeous. I can’t even tell you which wines I had in my tasting but, yup, you guessed it, I ordered another flight. Here is where I should have taken a food break and cut myself off. But my drunk brain wasn’t thinking about that. At all.
Anyway, the outdoor area here is beautiful. My favorite one for sure.
We also had some popcorn that I remember eating by the fistful. That, unfortunately, would not save me from the embarrassing throw up session I had in Vadim’s lap for about an hour and a half.
If I were to do it all over again, I would just stay here the whole time.
Fourth and final stop: Lieb Cellars
*Prices: $8 a glass since we didn’t get a flight. But I’m sure it’s around $16 as well.
This is where my memory is fuzzy.
I remember sitting outside clinking glasses (no more flights this time) and that was it.
We ate prosciutto and crackers but I don’t remember that at all.
We’re not making it to dinner
We were supposed to head to dinner at this Italian restaurant. That didn’t happen. Instead, I was throwing up all over Vadim, including the one pair of pants he brought with him (aside from the shorts he planned to sleep in). He was a real trooper. Especially since I couldn’t get up and out of the car for about an hour and a half. Wine: 1, me: 0.
Let me backtrack by saying that I used to pride myself in never throwing up from drinking. I can no longer say that anymore.
Anyway, with much patience from everyone involved, I eventually made it out of the hotel parking lot and into our room.
Where we stayed
In case you were wondering where to stay if you ever make the trip here, we stayed at this Residence Inn Marriot. The beds and pillows were really comfortable which I think is super important. We were also close enough to restaurants, a Costco, and Tanger Outlets (in case you want to do some shopping). Our friend has “elite” status at Marriott so we were able to get a room for the four of us with two queen beds for $150/night. We looked at airbnbs when planning, but this was definitely the best deal.
Lesson learned: Always pack a ‘just in case’ outfit
Luckily, with the help of Advil and some much needed sleep, I woke up the next day feeling mostly human.
Vadim’s clothes from the day before, and my merino wool cardigan didn’t fare so well though. They were still too gross to wear so Vadim had to wear his shorts, and I had to make due with the shirt I went to sleep in. Good thing he rarely feels cold because without his jacket, I would have been too cold to function.
Even with his jacket, I was still so cold that I almost bought a way too expensive Rag & Bone sweatshirt in a size too big. Good thing I didn’t. Vadim did have to buy a pair of sweatpants at Costco though.
Now, if we had packed an outfit for day two or even a just in case outfit, we could have avoided the extra cost and temptation to buy clothes we don’t need. Lesson learned.
Non-wine related things to consume
If you make the trip here in the Fall time, definitely make it a point to stop at Woodside Orchards for their delicious apple cider donuts. Vadim got so excited, he bought two bags of donuts for the two of us ($5 for 6 donuts).
They also do hard cider tastings but I was not ready to start drinking again. I think I’ll be out of commission for a while, to be honest. And of course, you can pick your own apples. So there’s really something for everyone here.
If you’re a fan of pies, Briermere Farm seems to have the good stuff. We didn’t get anything but our friends did. They even have frozen pies which seems like the perfect thing for upcoming holidays. Definitely make it a point to stop here if pie is your thing.
Would I visit again?
I would definitely come here again. It’s under two hours away from where we live in Brooklyn, so it’s perfect for a weekend getaway.
Next time, we’ll hang out at one vineyard and take it really slow. And, I won’t forget to bring more than enough clothes next time.
Needless to say, I won’t be forgetting this trip anytime soon.
Should I make ‘weekend diaries’ an ongoing series? Would love to know what you think!
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