The first week of September, our family and some friends decided to take advantage of a Groupon and enjoy a one night stay at Hotel Indigo East End. It was a great rate–$119/night and I had never been to Long Island (I know, crazy, right?) It was a short one hour drive out there and as soon as we got there we went to a nearby beach. Unfortunately, there are no names on the beach so I can’t reference it but in the summer it is only open for residents anyway. After Labor Day you can get on without a pass.
We found the beach to be just stunning! Wonderful views and the kids had a great time playing with “pet” jellyfish that they found in the water.
Afterwards, we headed to the hotel and they were nice enough to upgrade our rooms. If you have kids, it’s best to be in the poolside rooms. Those rooms have glass doors that lead to the inner courtyard where the restaurant and pool are. Our room had two queen beds and it was wonderfully clean and modern.
We dined at the onsite restaurant, Bistro 72, which features farm to table fare. However, the service was painfully slow–so you should let them know you want the kid’s orders to come out first (we think that’s obvious, but not for a lot of restaurants!). I thought my filet mignon was perfectly cooked and delicious. I also got the mussels appetizer which was way too big for me so I shared with the table. They had half off wine bottles so that was a nice perk as well!
There is a nice fireplace area outdoors so that’s a good place to hang out after the kids go to sleep…
In the morning we enjoyed breakfast there too and it was a little pricey but worth it not to have to venture out into town. Then, the kids enjoyed some swimming in the clean pool and we relaxed in the shade on comfy lounges.
There is also a Tanger Outlet almost next door so that’s a nice little afternoon excursion. We headed to Harbes Barnyard Adventure Farm in Mattituck because it has both a winery and kids activities. This area of Long Island has a lot of wineries as well as organic farmstands.
The farmstand in front had fresh shucked roasted corn dipped in butter. It was delish! There is a $10.95 general admission fee (free for 2 and under) and I thought it was worth it. There are lots of farm animals like pigs, baby chicks and a bee observatory. We got a kick out of the Pig races (baby pigs), Secret Garden Maze, Pedal Carts and a hayride.
Best of all was to be able to take in a break in the airy winery cafe. We got a cheese plate (I believe it was around $11 for three cheeses) and wine tastings. It was so nice to kick back and enjoy a beautiful day and relax a bit with some wine.
There is also an Aquarium near the hotel so that’s an option if you encounter bad weather or if that’s more to your liking. If you want to plan a weekend fall getaway, East End is ideal because there’s something for everyone! It’s also easy to travel from Manhattan after work–just take the Hampton Jitney to the Tanger Outlets stop and the hotel has a shuttle to pick you up.
All in all, we had a wonderful late summer trip to East End and plan to go back next year!
Hotel Indigo East End
1830 West Main Street
Riverhead, New York 11901
Harbes Family Farm
715 Sound Avenue, Mattituck, NY 11952