The 10 Best Things to Do in Southold, United States

December 26, 2017 Toi Mattera

The Town of Southold is one of ten towns in Suffolk County, New York, United States. It is located in the northeastern tip of the county, on the North Fork of Long Island. The population was 21,968 at the 2010 census. The town also contains a hamlet named Southold, which was settled in 1640.
Restaurants in Southold

1. Sparkling Pointe

39750 County Road 48, Southold, NY 11971-5012 +1 631-765-0200
Excellent
67%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 180 reviews

Sparkling Pointe

Reviewed By gracao2017 - Dover, New Hampshire

Visiting Long Island we decided to stop at this vineyard as we love sparkling wines
For our surprise all the decoration is related to Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, what delighted us as we are from that city and country.
Appart of the pleasure of seeing pictures and memorabilia from our country we were very impressed with the selection and quality of the wines, the knowledge of the people who served us and the beautiful vineyard they have
Would go back any time

2. Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard

1375 Peconic Ln, Peconic, NY 11958-1413 +1 631-734-8282
Excellent
86%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 236 reviews

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard's winery & tasting room is situated on a 17 acre vineyard in the North Fork of Long Island NY. Our address is 1375 Peconic Lane, Peconic. Our tasting room & winery is located in an historic barn circa 1900's. This casual and rustic setting is a great place to start your wine appreciation. Through education and our hands on approach, is what makes our winery a perfect spot to enjoy on the wine trail. We have many Estate wines to choose from cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, White Merlot, and Chardonnay. Our tasting room is open Thursday-Monday see website for hours. Groups larger than 6 MUST make a reservation due to our limited space. Tours and Classes are also available. Please visit our web site for dates & times.

Reviewed By Joseph M

Great Vineyard off the beaten path away from commercialized Vineyards that lose intimacy and coziness. This place has great service and even better wine making tasting simple. All of the food options compliment the wine fantastically. Cheese platters, nut platters, and chocolate platters are perfect. The wine is the main ingredient to their charm and family style atmosphere. Vino from the heart is what you will get here..

3. Bedell Cellars

36225 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY 11935-1346 +1 631-734-7537
Excellent
65%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 120 reviews

Bedell Cellars

This 32-acre vineyard and winery was established in 1980 and planted with the following varieties: Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petite Verdot.

Reviewed By NWRob - Malvern, Pennsylvania

I have to admit that I visited LI without having any knowledge of the vibrant wine industry here. Bedell Cellers was very welcoming and the young lady doing the pouring was super friendly and knowledgeable about the wine and the area.it seems to be the practice that if you purchase wine, the tasting fee is waived and that was the case here. The grounds are beautiful and the pavilion made me long for summer. One of the wines was half off, making a 70$ bottle of wine reasonably affordable. Since my goal has always been to find the best possible wine at the least possible price, I doubt I can accomplish that at any of the local vineyards. Still, a really fun stop.

Front Street, Mitchell Park, Greenport, NY 11944 +1 631-477-2200
Excellent
73%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Antique Carousel

Reviewed By Jundullah

Great little place... Took our 1 year old. We enjoyed a lot. The ride was really nice. Small little town with lots of friendly people. Parking gets a bit tough depending on the time of the day. The ocean view next to the carousel is nice. Some kids were skate boarding in the deck, which was cool. Lots of farms on the way there.
The carousel rides were $2/pp cash. Under 3 was free. Don't miss it. Go. Saturday was open till 9pm.

5. The Old Field Vineyards

59600 New York 25, Southold, NY 11971 +1 631-765-0004
Excellent
60%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 49 reviews

The Old Field Vineyards

Reviewed By Steve T - Sayville, New York

We've been here several times. The wine is good, the owner is one of a kind and the experience exceptional. The place is off the beaten path of many of the wineries. It is actually for those who really appreciate what the real wine growers do as a passion... not as a 'drunken stop on a wine tour' . Not a winery to be passed by or overlooked.

6. Raphael Winery

39390 Route 25, Peconic, NY 11958-1501 +1 631-765-1100
Excellent
63%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 98 reviews

Raphael Winery

Reviewed By Gabriel H - Bellaire, Texas, United States

Raphael is one of the loveliest wineries in Long Island. Located on the North Fork, the Tasting Room is in an artistic location, surrounded by the vineyard. Formal tours of the winery with tasting of several wines, or just tasting in a relaxing environment while enjoying a few snacks are all possibilities. Tasting can be indoors or on the lovely patio (weather permitting).
Raphael produces a few whites (Chardonnay, Riesling) and several reds (Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Petit Verdot) as well as a premium red blend (Primo). The winery hosts a number of musical events every months and is a perfect place for private events (weddings, anniversary celebrations, birthdays, etc.)

7. Osprey's Dominion Vineyards

44075 Main Road, Peconic, NY 11958 +1 631-765-6188
Excellent
49%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 90 reviews

Osprey's Dominion Vineyards

Located on Long Island's North Fork, this winery contains more than 90 acres of vinifera grapes and a comfortable wine tasting room that makes a visit to this establishment a memorable one.

Reviewed By Andy Wilson - Billericay, United Kingdom

Osprey's Dominion clearly know what they are doing, playing to the young party crowd who on the day we visited were arriving by a constant stream of limos and buses. Swigging rose from the bottle and tottering around the large lawn area. It clearly drives a lot of revenue. As someone who wanted to try a winery while on Long Island and appreciates wine, it was all a little disappointing. We had a flight of 3 wines for $8 and got a little bit of information but this is far from a tutored tasting. It's a shame as the wines were very good and I actually bought 6 bottles to take away. If you are serious about your wines you may want to look elsewhere, but check for limos in the car park first! Having now done a bit more research I can see that other wineries are discouraging people bringing food and being able to buy wine to drink on premise by the bottle, I guess to make sure the wine experience is paramount. But if you wanna party, this is the place to go. Each to their own.

8. Croteaux Vineyards

1450 S Harbor Rd, Southold, NY 11971-4554 +1 631-765-6099
Excellent
64%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
5%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 99 reviews

Croteaux Vineyards

Reviewed By marie s - Huntington, New York

What a wonderful experience here at Croteaux Vineyards. We went during the week so it was not too crowded. We tasted still Rose and sparkling Rose, really good. I would recommend this as one of the stops on your wine tour on the east end. You will not be disappointed with the wine or the atmosphere.

9. Horton Point Lighthouse and Nautical Museum

Lighthouse Road, Lighthouse Park, Southold, NY 11971 +1 631-765-5500
Excellent
62%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Horton Point Lighthouse and Nautical Museum

Visit the 1857 lighthouse and its accompanying museum that offers a unique collection of marine artifacts such as sea chests, paintings, maps, scrimshaw and photographs.

Reviewed By EasternWillotts - Southold, New York

The Horton Point Lighthouse is a North Fork gem well worth searching out. This restored historical structure sits on a high bluff on the Long Island Sound. From the lighthouse tower Connecticut is clearly in view, and one can see for miles both east and west. The museum inside the building has some very interesting and rare items, and the spacious grounds offer picnic tables and trails. Horton Point Lighthouse may be a bit tricky to find, but it is not to be missed.

10. Lenz Winery

38355 Route 25, Peconic, NY 11958-1515 +1 631-734-6010
Excellent
57%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 70 reviews

Lenz Winery

Located on the North Fork of Long Island, the winery grows only vinifera grape varieties such as chardonnay, merlot, cabernet sauvignon and pinot noir on its 70 acres.

Reviewed By SGTV - Somerset, New Jersey

If any wine lover needs a reason besides superb wines to visit Lenz Winery, here it is: This year Lenz celebrates it 40th birthday. By the time standards of Europe's great wine regions, no big deal. But on the North Fork of Long Island, that makes Lenz an early pioneer. And the people behind Lenz have zero intention of resting on their laurels, because the wines and the experience here are world class.

Recently my wife and I spent 2 1/2 hours with Sean in their rustically elegant tasting room. We sampled almost the entire lineup of current offerings. We know Sean well from several previous visits. Although a young man, he brings wine savvy to every pour, explaining as much or as little as every customer wants or needs. An oenophile could talk wine all day with Sean, and a neophyte could gather all the right information to make informed buying decisions. That's how to conduct a tasting, Sean. Thanks again.

Across the board, every wine was outstanding. That kind of consistent excellence is rare for any winery, a testament to the people behind the scenes. These include longtime gifted winemaker Eric Fry, longtime vineyard manager Sam McCullough, and owners Peter and Deborah Carroll. Along with one of the best staffs and some of the oldest vineyards on the North Fork, Lenz is as good as it gets.

Although we loved every wine we tried, we narrowed our purchase down to 1 1/2 cases of varied wines. We splurged on one bottle each of their Old Vines selections, two whites, Chardonnay and Gewurztraminer, and two reds, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, all of which compare favorably to any similar wine from France or California. Old Vines is their Reserve designation and indicates that the fruit comes from Lenz's oldest vineyard blocks. Vine age matters a lot with wine, and these four are well worth the price. Delicious now but absolutely cellar worthy, especially the Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.

Other favorites include their Champagne-quality Cuvée made from Pinot Noir, their Blanc de Noir, a rose' of Pinot Noir, a new rose' called Firefly made from Cabernet Sauvignon, a first ever release of Sauvignon Blanc which shows excellent character, and a white blend called Tete a Tete, a delicious summery white.

We've visited Lenz to taste and buy wines every time on the North Fork, because the wines, the people, and the setting are great. If you love wine, come say Happy Birthday to a Long Island legend.

PS - In September they host the Lenz World Merlot Classic. To this event they invite 60-80 of the world's greatest Merlot producers, including many Long Island standouts, to pour their wines for tasting and comparison. No wine lover should miss this! Call me tasting room for details!

We'll see you there.

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