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…)

10/10/16 6:02am
Genevieve Jones,3, and Kourtney Jones,5, of Wading River, ride the new carousel at the Shoppes at East Wind on opening day (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Genevieve Jones, 3, and Kourtney Jones, 5, of Wading River, ride the new carousel at the Shoppes at East Wind on opening day, (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Painted horses, giant bunnies, blue roosters and more can all be found in Wading River now that the new carousel has opened at The Shoppes at East Wind.

Built in 1992 by Chance Rides, which has been building carousels since 1970, the 28-foot amusement ride first operated in West Palm Beach before being moved to a mall in New Jersey. It is now the centerpiece at the recently opened complex, located next to the East Wind inn and catering hall.

“The carousel was always part of the vision of the owner, Kenn Barra,” said East Wind’s marketing and communications Director Maria DiLeo. “He always wanted to have it as a focal point and destination for the local community.”

The stunning attraction boasts 3,000 lightbulbs and about 30 carousel animals to ride. (more…)

10/04/16 10:00am
Crowds along Main Street for the 2015 Riverhead Country Fair. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Crowds along Main Street for the 2015 Riverhead Country Fair. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

UPDATE: This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather

Meet me at the fair!

One of the largest festivals in all of New York State, the Riverhead Country Fair celebrates our region’s rich agricultural heritage and will feature displays and competitions, live music, vendors and family-friendly entertainment.

This year marks the 41st anniversary of the Riverhead Country Fair, which will take place Sunday, Oct. 9, along the Peconic Riverfront, Main Street and Peconic Avenue in downtown Riverhead. (more…)