01/17/17 6:01am
Ina Visich Baiting Hollow

Ina Pollifrone-Visich strikes a tree pose inside the new Solntse Hot Yoga in Wading River. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Ina Pollifrone-Visich discovered hot yoga while researching treatments for fibromyalgia, a chronic disorder she was diagnosed with more than a year ago. The 27-year-old native of Belarus found that stretching under steamy conditions alleviated her symptoms, including headaches and fatigue.

The only problem? It was tiring to make the trek from Baiting Hollow, where she resides, to her favorite studio, Buddha Beach Yoga in East Moriches.

So Pollifrone-Visich decided to open a hot vinyasa studio closer to home. (more…)

01/06/17 6:00am
The Sherwood House Vineyards tasting room. (Credit: Randee Daddona file photo)

The Sherwood House Vineyards tasting room. (Credit: Randee Daddona file photo)

Have you heard of Hygge?

It’s the Danish word for cozy and for the Danes it’s a way of life. Now you can seek out your own hygge (pronounced HOO-gah) — a lifestyle that includes the pursuit of fuzzy socks, hot tea and good company — on the North Fork.

So while the NoFo winter might be bad for sunbathing and water sports, there are other ways of seeking bliss.

Here are eight places to get cozy on the North Fork. (more…)

08/25/16 6:05am
Paddle boarding instructor Evelyn O'Doherty gives the group some pointers during the Tuesdnay night community meet-up. (Credit: Krsten Massa)

Paddle boarding instructor Evelyn O’Doherty gives the group some pointers during the Tuesday night community meet-up. (Credit: Krysten Massa)

If the North Fork stand-up paddle boarding community could be considered a tribe, then Chris Dowling is its chief.

Dowling, who along with his wife, Blake, owns One Love Beach surf shop on Main Street in Greenport, started a weekly community meet-up in 2013 for enthusiasts and as a way to introduce beginners to the sport.

If you’re not familiar with this water sport, stand-up paddle boarding, or SUP, is a sort cross between surfing and kayaking. Participants stand on a sturdy board and use a long oar to steer through the water.

So while the waves off the South Shore might beckon surfers to the beaches of Montauk, the mirror-like flat water of Peconic Bay on a calm day is better suited for paddlers (the same can be said for Long Island Sound in favorable conditions.) (more…)

08/23/16 10:30am
(Credit: David Benthal)

(Credit: David Benthal)

Don’t even think about frowning or complaining in Rosemary Martilotta’s yoga class. You won’t get away with it.

“Big smile. Happiest day of your life,” she says at each class. “Breathe, breathe, breathe.”

The 68-year-old Cutchogue mother of five began practicing yoga at age 40, during a particularly stressful stage in her life and at a time when yoga wasn’t nearly as mainstream as it is today.

“I thought it would be a bunch of hippies,” Martilotta said. “But I had to do something to relieve the stress.”

She signed up for a class at a Cutchogue church and hoped for the best. (more…)

07/12/16 12:48pm
Canada gees. (Credit: Christopher Paparo)

For Canada geese molting keeps them flightless and close to water to avoid preadtors in June and July. (Credit: Fish Guy Photos)

Last summer, I was given the opportunity to volunteer with wildlife biologists from New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation on one of their Canada goose banding excursions along the North Fork. It was an extremely rewarding experience that I will not soon forget. (more…)

07/10/16 6:00am

Deep Roots Farm

In 2012, married couple Brianne and Thomas Hart started farming on leased land in Orient. One year later, they purchased a farmhouse on an 8-acre lot in Southold.

When Thomas needed to register his farm with the state, he searched online for farm name ideas and came across “Deep Roots.”

After he settled on the name Deep Roots Farm, he later found out it was the same name as a former North Fork farm.

“We want to put down roots in this community,” he said. “I’m not going anywhere and our families are not. We are trying to figure out how to make a living and stay in Southold.”