- By Kevin
- On Jun 5, 2017
- North America
- Travel Tips
If you're planning your weekend vacation in US, the East Coast tours guides may help you, and 3 hotels we absolutely love in the East Coast Vacation may right for you.
Montauk, New York
The end of the line in Long Island feels about as far as you can get from New York City—and that’s likely how locals like Paul Simon and Julian Schnabel like it. Early mornings, you’ll find surfers riding the waves at Ditch Plains beach where a killer food truck comes to serve potent coffee and buttery egg burritos. Buy a $40 day pass and take a dip in the ocean-fed seawater pool at Gurney's, before an alfresco shrimp skewer dinner and live music at 668 The Gig Shack. Not ready for bed yet? Head to the deck at the Surf Lodge for another round of cocktails.
Outer Banks, North Carolina
Once home to Blackbeard, the notorious English pirate, this 200-mile chain of barrier islands is now an ideal respite for modern-day buccaneers. At 70 miles long, Cape Hatteras National Seashore is the largest accessible swath of protected beach on the East Coast; climb the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse for a birds-eye view. The lines at Blue Moon Beach Grill, in Nags Head, get long even in off-season, but it’s worth the wait for the fried oysters with jalapeno remoulade. Another go-to: Avenue Waterfront Grille, in Moanteo, which overlooks Shallowbag Bay. Everything here is house-made, from the ranch dressing to the sliders.
North Fork, New York
It may be known as a burgeoning wine region, but the North Fork is also filled with colorful roadside fruit stands, antique markets and picturesque farms. Start at Croteaux Vineyards, the only stateside vintner that makes roses alone, and sit (and sip) in the leafy tasting garden. In Mayberry-esque Greenport, Main Street is lined with art galleries including Fiedler Gallery, which sells works by regional artists. Nearby, the 1970 Claudio’s is still the best spot for lunch—grab a table on the deck and order the classic lobster roll, rumored to be the best in Long Island.