Nestled into the rich history of Long Island are many hidden gems full of family, friendship, and longevity. Long Island features beautiful shorelines where many travelers stepped foot into America long ago, bringing with them the hopes, dreams, and aspirations which enriched Long Island’s culture, making it home to some of the most highly sought-after destinations in America.
Take a few minutes and journey with us to discover five of Long Island’s valued hidden gems.
1. Mattebella Vineyards
Established in 1640 and covering 22 acres of sloping land, Mattebella Vineyards is found in one of New York’s oldest towns, Southold, along Long Island’s eastern end.
With their strong commitment to protecting the environment, Mattebella continues business the old-fashioned way; by hand.
“Our goal is to create an environment in the vineyard where our customers can taste and experience our wines coming to life,” states their website.
Reservations can be made to spend the day taking a tour of the vineyard, then head to the cottage for a tasting experience of their local wines.
2. Jordan Lobster Farms
Family owned and operated for over 50 years, Jordan Lobster Farms, in Island Park, only serves the best! Originating in Brooklyn, New York, with the creation of Jordan Lobster Dock, this hidden gem doesn’t disappoint with its gourmet lobster and seafood.
When visiting Jordan Lobster Farms you can pick out your own lobster, with the specialty being Select and Jumbo. Stop by the market and discover their large selection of fresh seafood, prepared dishes, and gift items. This is one hidden gem you won’t want to miss!
3. Woodside Orchards
Located in Jamesport and Aquebogue on Long Island’s North Fork, Woodside Orchards has been a family working farm since 1982. Offering a variety of 28 apples, they create a cider that is to rave about!
“Folks are friendly, and the cider is tasty,” states a review on their Facebook page. Woodside Orchards is also well-known for their cider donuts, a customer favorite. In addition to the cider donuts, Woodside Orchards offers a hands-on U-pick experience, when in season. When stopping by the orchard, you can have a personalized tasting in their cozy Hard Cider Tasting Room.
The orchard also offers cider slushies, honey, Christmas trees, seasonal baked goods and much, much more! As they state, “there’s something always in season at Woodside Orchards!”
4. Lavender By the Bay
Rated by Country Living as one of the top six stunning lavender farms to visit in America, Lavender By the Bay offers relaxation to the mind, body, and soul. What began as one families’ hobby has now flourished into 17 acres with over 80,000 plants of fresh lavender.
When visiting Lavender By the Bay, walk through the magical fields of purple, stop for a rest while taking it all in at the shaded pavilion, and before leaving, stop at the Farm Store to purchase fresh lavender products for your home.
Lavender By the Bay is a family owned and operated business, located in East Marion on Long Island’s North Fork, that has been providing products from their farm to homes since 2002.
5. Long Island Live Steamers
LILS offers nostalgic fun for all on its 8.5 acres of land, that is inclusive of outdoor tracks and trains. If you're feeling adventurous, on public run days, you can take a train ride on rideable steam, diesel, and electric trains around The Groundline or The Highline track.
Long Island Live Steamers is a great day-out adventure that features members who also build model steam boilers, engines, boats, tractors, and fully functional railroad models.
Long Island: The Island with Something for Everyone
Long Island has destinations to offer for everyone; whether you enjoy the beach and the outdoors or aspire to be a wine connoisseur, the island has options for you! With a deep sense of rich history, and diverse communities full of unique culture, Long Island’s hidden gems are out there waiting to be discovered.