2008-licvb-photos-604.jpgHauppauge, NY - TripAdvisor, a leading online travel community, named Long Island's North Fork on its ‘Top Ten Wine Destinations' list, bringing it into the company of Napa Valley and Sonoma. Only 90 minutes from New York City, the North Fork is located on the East End of Long Island, and has come to be recognized for its award-winning wines, quaint rural atmosphere, seaport towns, local seafood and produce, fine dining, and accommodations. From humble beginnings just 35 years ago, this former ‘potato farm' community now has over 3,000 acres of vineyards and over 30 wineries open for tastings and tours. Plan a day strolling the charming surrounding towns, visit the local farm stands for seasonal fruits and vegetables, play a round of golf, visit the lighthouses and beaches, stay overnight in a quaint B&B, spa or hotel. 2008-licvb-photos-621.jpgLong Island wineries are open year-round and one of the most exciting events on the North Fork is Long Island's Wine Country Winterfest-Jazz on the Vine. This six-week festival celebrates the culture, wine and music of the North Fork. Participating vineyards host free jazz concerts, with area hotels, attractions and transportation companies offering special offers and discounts. Winterfest-Jazz on the Vine runs from February 13th - March 21st. Visit www.liwinterfest.com for schedules, discounts and events. The Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission (LICVB&SC) was established in 1979 as the official tourism promotion agency for the destination's travel and tourism industry. Based on Long Island in Hauppauge, NY, the LICVB&SC contributes to the economic development and quality of life on Long Island by promoting the region as a world-class destination for tourism, meetings and conventions, trade shows, sporting events, and related activities. For more information about Long Island, please contact the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission by calling 1-877-586-6654 or visit http://www.discoverlongisland.com/


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