The Lawn at Shinn Estate Vineyards, North Fork, Long Island

The Lawn at Shinn Estate Vineyards, North Fork, Long Island

If you are looking to go somewhere to actually enjoy the heat, but have done it all on the Cape, might I recommend the North Fork of Long Island? 

Most importantly, there is wine, lots of wine. Drive your car down either of the two main roads and you'll pass wineries by the dozen. Some of my favorites include Lenz, which makes an awesome sparkler and delicious Merlot; Paumanok, where, on the weekends, you can sit on the back deck, crushing oysters along with their Chenin Blanc; and Shinn Estate, which also functions as an inn if you are planning a romantic getaway. If you feel like day-tripping it down the South Fork, make sure to check out Channing Daughters, one of the few estates out there that doesn't focus on the same five grapes, and whose Chardonnay we pour by the glass.

Other perks include proximity to both the Long Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean, of which there are about one million beaches for you to work on your tan; a ferry ride from New London, CT, where you can enjoy a local North Fork beer while relaxing on the deck outside; and all of the local farms, Sang Lee for organic produce and 8 Hands Farm for outstanding homemade charcuterie.

Now, for objectivity's sake, I grew up there, so I may be a little biased. But I truly believe it is one of the best places to visit during the summer, and I think you will too.  - Jesse Eslin, Wine Director

And if Beach Donuts are your thing...
by Mary Edinger, Pastry Chef

Sam and I really like this place called Congdons Donuts in Wells, Maine. I know donuts are sooooo 2015, but these guys are a mom and pop place staffed seemingly entirely by high schoolers in the summer and they are no-frills awesome. We came across them after we missed our exit on Route 1 for York, ME, overshot, and ended up in the little town of Wells where they've been doing business since 1945. Now we like to pick up a box whenever we go to York for a day at the beach and arcade. We recommend the apple fritter. Just get that perfect beach body:

Illustration by  Jim Cooke  for Gawker

Illustration by Jim Cooke for Gawker