As you make your way east on Long Island and approach “the fork”, you must choose between the south shore’s beautiful beaches and Hamptons splendor, or the north shore’s bountiful harvest land dotted with vineyards along the country road.  After a visit to the charming Hotel Indigo East End in Riverhead, you will discover that you don’t have to choose one or the other….you can have it all.

Just minutes off of the Long Island Expressway (about an hour from Queens), your next cozy getaway awaits with sparkling new sleeping rooms featuring luxurious bedding, a fabulous restaurant & bar, and a patio terrace with an outdoor fireplace that lures you in for a night of relaxation on the East End.


And just because you’ve left the city doesn’t mean there is nothing to do!  With nearby shopping at the vast outlet mall, a handful of golf courses in the area, the local aquarium or a leisurely tour of wine country arranged by the concierge, there is plenty to keep you entertained.

Keep your evening free and settle in at Hotel Indigo East End’s Bistro 72 for a sumptuous dinner.  Chef Ralph DeLustro and his team have created a seasonal menu that gives many of Manhattan’s finest restaurants a run for its money.  Sourcing locally grown food from nearby crops, he is able to pick the freshest ingredients and bring them from farm to table for a culinary tour of the island.   We love the Ahi Tuna as a starter and the Maple-Crusted Rack of Lamb for a mouth-watering entrée, served with a bottle of one of Long Island’s local wines to wash it down.  Don’t forget to indulge in your favorite dessert or Chef Tess’ famous Pumpkin Martini outside on the terrace by the roaring fire!

*If you are still plotting for an escape from the kitchen on Thanksgiving, check out their amazing pre-fixe menu that will make every family member happy!

Looking for a way to keep the night going?  Check out Hotel Indigo’s website for a listing of their comedy shows (3rd Thursday of the month) and special musical entertainment such as jazz trios and Latin mambo bands.   They even have a New Year’s Eve 2012 package available for those who don’t want to deal with the craziness of Manhattan on Dec. 31!

Hop on the LIRR and take the train to Riverhead, where the Hotel Indigo East End shuttle will pick you up and whisk you away from the crazy life of the city.  By the time you return home, you’ll be relaxed and ready to get back to the real world.  Until your next East End getaway….