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Long Island Winery

Long Island Winery Rides

Saturday, June 1, 2024
Rain Date: Sunday, June 2, 2024
Overview
Cross Sound FerryWhat first started out as a single-paced ride over to Long Island's North Fork to visit a few wineries for some wine tasting and lunch, has now grown into a multi-paced ride for riders of all capabilities. The terrain is exceptionally flat and has offered longer distance possibilities for riders that would not have ordinarily consider.
The ride has now been opened to the Westchester Cycling Club as a joint ride. Since the SCBC lettering system that designates the target average speed differs from WCC's, riders should look at the target average speed rather than the letter designation when selecting their rides. This is only a consideration if one club member decides to ride with another club's ride leader.
We have three distances to offer: 53 miles, 48 miles and 35 miles and all are flat. They all stop at the Horton Point Lighthouse. Two of the longer rides have their lunch stops in Mattituck at two different locations to accomodate the amount of riders attending. The shorter ride has their lunch stop in Southold.
Each ride has a designated winery stop. The shorter ride visits their winery before their lunch stop. The two longer distance rides have lunch first before they get to their wineries.
Information for 2024
Wine Bottles
53-mile Route
Lunch Stop: Ammirati's Mattituck Deli 135 Love Lane, Mattituck, NY (631) 298-7812 (indoor/outdoor seating)
Winery Stop: Bedell Cellars 36225 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY (631) 734-7537 No reservations needed-will take 15 people.
48-mile Route
Lunch Stop: Love Lane Kitchens - 240 Love Ln, Mattituck, NY 11952
Winery Stop: Peconic Bay Vineyard - 31320 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY 11935 (631) 735-9192
35-mile Route
Lunch Stop: Grateful Deli 55700 Main Road, Southold, NY
Winery Stop: Osprey's Dominion 44075 Main Rd, Peconic, NY 11958
Booking a Ferry Reservation/Ticket Purchase
This is phone number for making an advanced reservations if you so choose for the Cross Sound Ferry: 860-443-5281. Bookings for passengers with a bike must be done by calling. DO NOT use their online system since there are no provisions for booking bikes there. When you make your purchase, you are going to ask for a Same-Day Round Trip with a Bike. The total round trip should be approx. $60.00. You'll want to purchase the ticket for the outgoing 9:00a ferry from New London and the 5:00p ferry for the return from Orient Point.
Once you complete that process you will receive an E-mail with your confirmation. Print that out and also save it on your phone. When you arrive in New London they will scan the boarding number and give you your boarding pass.
As mentioned before, you can still purchase your Same-Day Round Trip Ticket with a Bike in the ticket house that morning but I strongly suggest you get there early if that's the case. I've been told there is always room on the ferry for walk-on passengers and bikes.
Meet & Start Times
Love Lane, Mattituck, NY
It is strongly suggested that you arrive in New London well before the ferry's departure time of 9:00a. Arriving anywhere between 8:00-8:15a at the dock is strongly recommended. Unlike regular club rides, where the ride leader uses a bit of discretion on the start time when a rider shows up a bit late, that will not be the case here because the ferry departs promptly at 9:00a!
Alternate Meet & Start Times
For riders who would not find it practical to travel up to New London if they are coming from the New York City, Long Island or New Jersey areas, cyclists have met up with the group right at the Orient Point ferry dock. For those planning on doing that, you should arrive at the Cross Sound Ferry dock in Orient Point at 10:15a and be prepared to join the group when we disembark. Other riders have taken the LIRR to Greenport and ride to Orient Point.
Long Island Winery
Ride Event Details
The Cross Sound Ferry departs New London with our group and our bikes at 9:00a. For those who booked in advance, you should have receive a confirmation E-mail with your reservation, which will contain a bar code/booking number. Have that ready at the dock. It will be scanned and you will receive a boarding pass. The crossing takes about an hour and twenty minutes from New London to Orient Point (the tip of the north fork of Long Island, NY).
Long Island Winery
When we disembark from the ferry on Long Island, we will be regrouping over to the side of the terminal area for what I hope will be an entertaining list of introductions and instructions. We might be picking up a few more riders meeting us in Orient Point. We start riding around 10:30a from Orient Point and ride along the northern coastline of the North Fork. Our first stop will be the Horton Point Lighthouse. The 53-mile and the 48-miles rides head for their lunch stop in Mattituck. The 35-mile riders head for their winery stop in Peconic.
After their respective stops, the 53-mile and the 48-miles rides head for their winery stops while the 35-mile riders head for their lunch stop on Southold. All the rides then finish up at the Cross Sound Ferry in Orient Point for the 5:00p ferry crossing back to New London.
Money to Bring
To avoid parking fees, arrive early and park on side streets away from the ferry area (see Driving/Biking Directions below). Otherwise, parking in New London can be found in the area around the ferry terminal in New London. DO NOT drive into the ferry terminal. There is no parking there. A Cross Sound Ferry same day round trip ticket with your bike is approx. $60.00. Allow for money to buy lunch and drinks.
Driving/Biking Directions
Take I-95 North to Exit 83. You will see signs before getting off the exit for Transportation Center and State Pier. Counting the traffic light at the top of the exit, go straight and then follow the road around to the right to the third traffic light. At the third light, turn left onto Governor Winthrop Blvd. only if you plan on parking in a garage (not recommended) or turn right onto Broad Street and look for side street parking off of Broad Street. To get to the ferry terminal you will eventually cycle down Governor Winthrop Blvd. to the end. There will be railroad tracks to cross at the bottom of the hill at the traffic light. Turn right at the entrance to the ferry terminal.
You can try to arrange to car pool for the ride to New London by using the club's Facebook page. If the weather is questionable, keep an eye out for Ride News messages. If you have never signed up for RIde News I would strongly suggest you do. This is another way Ride Leaders communicate to riders who have or have not yet signed up for a ride when there is a change in status. Also, Ride Leaders can communicate with riders who have already signed up for their ride via your account. Go to www.soundcyclists.com/ridenews.htm and Sign Up today. Rain cancels, clouds do not. Remember, we don't make landfall until late morning, so if the forecast that day happens to call for only early morning showers, chances are the ride will go on.