10/30/17 4:23pm

Mattebella Vineyards in Southold. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Some North Fork vineyards offer a festival-like atmosphere. Others are host to a more intimate and educational experience.

Although a vibrant, energetic crowd can be fun, you might want to skip the cornhole contests and The Rolling Stones cover bands in favor of a peaceful afternoon in Long Island Wine Country. For some, tiny tasting rooms are the salve offering tasters a chance to connect with the wine and winemakers in ways that are impossible at larger venues.

Here are a few to get you started.

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09/12/17 6:02am

It’s time to celebrate Oktoberfest on the North Fork. (Credit: Digital Cat, Flickr, https://www.flickr.com/photos/14646075@N03/)

Break out the dirndl and lederhosen. Strike up the oompah band and brush up on your polka steps. Oktoberfest is upon us.

You may think my enthusiasm premature, but the Bavarian celebration actually begins in mid-September and runs through early October. (more…)

09/07/17 10:41am

A scene from the North Fork Dog Dock Diving Festival at the dog friendly Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. (Credit: Jeremy Garretson, file photo)

As the dog days of summer begin to wind down, what better way to usher in autumn than to have a jaunt on the North Fork with the four-legged member of your family?

Many places welcome a well-behaved Fido. Check out a few of my favorites as even dogs dig the serenity of the North Fork vibe. (more…)

06/12/17 6:01am

Harbor Books in Sag Harbor. (Credit: BJ Gamboa)

It’s just about summertime on the East End.

Get your toes in the sand or throw yourself into a hammock while you unplug and read a book.

Forget the two-day drone drop. Hop in your convertible or pedal your beach cruiser down to one of these local havens and meet your fellow bibliophiles.

Here are three places to pick up some summer reading while you visit the East End.

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05/16/17 6:00am
Tango will be one of the pooches performing in this weekend's North Fork Dog Dock-Diving Festival. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

Tango will be one of the pooches performing in this weekend’s North Fork Dog Dock-Diving Festival.
(Credit: Courtesy photo)

You don’t need feathers to fly!

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company and Harbor Pet have teamed up to create a unique charity event: The first ever North Fork Dog Dock-Diving Pet Expo.

On Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, dogs of all shapes and sizes will charge down a runway and fling themselves through the air into a pool of water. This may not seem like a big deal until you consider that some dogs flown distances of 30 feet. Impressive! (more…)

05/12/17 6:00am
It's Long Island Craft Beer Week. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

It’s Long Island Craft Beer Week. (Credit: Northforker file photo)

It’s that time of year again. I’m not talking about gypsy moth caterpillars or the mass influx of Manhattanites surging east — I mean Long Island Craft Beer Week. Every spring, restaurants, pubs, breweries and tasting rooms celebrate the incredible boom of locally produced craft beer.  (more…)