02/08/17 4:11pm
Michael Heller

A scene from the 2013 HarborFrost. (Credit: Michael Heller, courtesy)

At first, several people thought it was a crazy idea.

After all, who in their right mind sponsors an outdoor winter festival, complete with fireworks, in a famous summertime resort?

Sag Harbor, that’s who — and ever since the first successful HarborFrost back in February 2011, this village by the bay has made it an annual tradition. (more…)

01/30/17 5:59am
The Long Island Aquarium will host a sleepover featuring a penguin presentation on Feb. .(Credit: Claire Leaden)

The Long Island Aquarium will host a sleepover featuring a penguin presentation on Feb. 23. (Credit: Claire Leaden, file photo)

Wake up with the fishes after an adventurous overnight at the Long Island Aquarium next month.

The Riverhead aquarium will host a family sleepover featuring a penguin presentation on Thursday, February 23, beginning at 6 p.m. (more…)

01/13/17 6:04am
A cup of hot chocolate from Aldo's Café in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

A cup of hot chocolate from Aldo’s Café in Greenport. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Editor’s Note: A version of this story was originally published in January 2016

Think this isn’t a great time to visit the North Fork with little ones in tow? In reality, the lack of crowds, fun cold-weather activities and this season’s above-average temperatures make the region a perfect place to spend a winter weekend day with the fam.

Most of the farm stands are closed and the vines aren’t looking as pretty, but there are still many family-friendly ways to have a North Fork outing.

Here are four ways to pass the time with the kids on the NoFo this winter. (more…)

11/22/16 6:01am
North Fork Christmas tree lighting

Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo

From Thanksgiving weekend through the New Year, there’s no shortage of activities, family gatherings and community events to keep us busy. But all those obligations can leave us craving some downtime with our families to enjoy old traditions, or even make new ones.

If you make the time, you will rediscover the little wonders of the season that bring us together.

We’ve selected five family-friendly experiences that will create that holiday magic, North Fork style. (more…)

11/01/16 6:01am
Credit: Randee Daddona

Sparkling Pointe in Southold hosts its “Eat, Drink and Be Sparkling” event series this month. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

With harvest festivals and pumpkin-picking a thing of the past, November might be the best time to visit the North Fork. From a North Fork coloring book launch party to artisanal gift fairs and Thanksgiving pies, there are still many things to do on the North Fork this time of year.

Here is something to do for all 30 days of November. (more…)

10/25/16 6:00am

When someone steps inside Darkside Haunted House in Wading River, owner Mike Meola said, it’s like they’re the star of their own horror movie.

“The haunted house was created from a love of Halloween,” said Mr. Meola, whose Route 25 attraction is now in its 19th year.

For Mr. Meola, Halloween starts around June, when he begins to create most of the attraction’s props and sets.

“The attention to detail and everything we put into the show — from the sets to the costumes to how we train our actors — is what really sets us apart,” he said. (more…)