Program supported by Market NY Grant
Riverhead, NY (October 1, 2014) – The Long Island Wine Council is pleased to announce the second
annual free shuttle weekends on the East End this fall to promote car-free tourism across the region.
Following a similar program coordinated by the East End Tourism Alliance last year, the shuttles will
operate on the South Fork on October 11 and 12 (Columbus Day Weekend), and on the North Fork on
November 8 and 9 (Veterans Day Weekend).
This year’s program is supported by a grant awarded to the Long Island Wine Council by New York
State’s Empire State Development and the I LOVE NY Division of Tourism under Governor Andrew
Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.
On the South Fork, the free Hampton Jitney shuttle will run from Southampton to Montauk on Saturday
and Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. Reservations are required for the inter-town service (call 631-283-4600).
In addition, there will be a free continuous bus shuttle loop from the center of Montauk to the Lighthouse,
the Harbor area, the LIRR and back to town. The Montauk service is planned to coincide with the 33rd
Annual Fall Festival, sponsored by the Montauk Chamber of Commerce. The family-oriented community
event takes place on the Green in the center of downtown Montauk. The program includes a Famous
Clam Chowder contest, where the public can join noted chefs and dignitaries in sampling a variety of
unforgettable chowders from local restaurants.
The Veteran’s Weekend service will connect North Fork hamlets, wineries and other businesses
participating in the second annual “Taste North Fork” festival. The program will include special tastings
and events at wineries and other local craft beverage producers, as well as a range of activities and offers
at local restaurants, shops and historical sites from Riverhead to Greenport. There will be a Riverhead
loop, for stops between Riverhead and Love Lane in Mattituck, as well as a Greenport loop, for stops
between Mattituck and Greenport. The shuttles will circulate every 35-45 minutes from noon to 5:30
pm with passenger access from the Long Island Rail Road station in Mattituck, the Cross Sound Ferry
terminal in Orient Point, and the Office Max/Pottery Barn parking lot at Tanger Outlets in Riverhead.
Access to the shuttle loops will also be provided by a new Hampton Jitney I Love NY bus tour. The full
program with all offers will be available and updated on http://www.liwines.com, http://www.eastendgetaway.com
Media Contacts: Steven Bate, Executive Director, Long Island Wine Council
Melissa Martin, Public Relations Manager, Long Island Wine Council
About: The Long Island Wine Council is an industry association dedicated to achieving recognition
for Long Island as a premium wine-producing region. Its role is to provide a coordinated effort for
the promotion and development of the region’s wine industry. The Council was founded in 1989 and
currently has 48 full members.