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Maybe you got the idea from GIRLS. But the North Fork has been a great escape for city folk for decades. With inexpensive mom-and-pop motels, farmers and oystermen working land and shore, and a truly unpretentious vibe, The North Fork, is an all-season destination. The only downside to this bucolic, charming stretch of Long Island is many of the area beaches are a bit rocky.

GETTING THERE: Put Greenport, where you'll be spending the night, as your ultimate destination in your GPS. En route, stop in Mattituck to visit The Village Cheese Shop and stock up on a bit of charcuterie and cheese to take with you to go (you'll appreciate them when you're tasting wine later on). For those without a car, you can take the Hampton Jitney or the Long Island Rail Road.

Outside a cottage at the Silver Sands Motel

WHERE TO STAYThe Silver Sands Motel is a family run motel with a small private (not rocky) beach. They are running a special until May 15th, two nights at the motel, a local bottle of wine and a $50 gift certificate to use at one of three fantastic area restaurants (The Frisky Oyster, Noah's, Biere) all for $250 plus tax. If more luxurious digs are your thing, check into Shinn Estates or The Jedediah Hawkins Inn. The Silver Sands also has one- and two-bedrooms cottages with kitchens!

Oysters at The Frisky Oyster

WHERE TO EAT: For lunch, don't miss the lobster roll at The North Fork Table & Inn. For dinner, visit Greenport's Frisky Oyster and stick with anything local, like the Oysters Friskefella. Return to The North Fork Table & Inn (yes, again) for an unbelievable brunch—everything is as good (or better!) than it sounds. For a casual meal, stop in at the Hellenic Snack Bar, a local favorite Greek restaurant in East Marion, and order a lemonade.

McCall's Vineyard

WHERE TO WINE TASTE: There are plenty of vineyards to fill up a day with visits—some good picks are McCall, Clovis Point, Shinn Estates and Lenz. Plan your visit on a Friday if you can; you'll have virtually private tastings, and if you can score time with McCall's owner Russell, you'll learn more about wine in 30 minutes than a day in Bordeaux. Honest.

EXPLORE GREENPORT: Visit local dive The Whiskey Wind for cheap beers or its occasional Saturday night karaoke; beer taste at the awesome Greenport Harbor Brewing Company; revive with an espresso at Aldo's; pick out a some funky earrings at Metal Monk; shop for antique and vintage furniture and housewares at Beall and Bell.