T+L Editors' Favorite Road Trips
Long Island, NY
Driving from New York City to Orient Point, NY, makes a great road trip that can be done in a day. The first leg is mostly the Long Island Expressway—not very picturesque, but it’s direct. By the time you reach Exit 70, the scrub pine landscape takes over and you’re suddenly breathing briny sea air. Travel north to South Avenue/Route 48, or what the locals call the North Road, heading east, and stay on this road until the end. The scenery takes you back in time, with vineyards, farm and garden stands, horse barns and stables, and even a roadside table or two, with fresh eggs and $5 bundles of fireplace wood. Be sure to stop for ears of roasted corn on the cob (go for the butter-drenched version, as life is short), and a sachet or bouquet at the lavender farm in East Marion, before a freshly caught seafood dinner. Watch the sunset and the ferries depart for Connecticut, and then head back to the city feeling renewed.
—Elizabeth Boyle, photo editor