11/15/16 6:01am
Stay at the Ram's head Inn on Shelter Island this fall.

Stay at the Ram’s Head Inn on Shelter Island this fall.

The crowds have thinned, the summer heat is gone and the off-season is officially upon us.

Many hotels offer special deals to entice visitors to the North Fork during the fall. Here are three of them. (more…)

10/12/16 6:01am
The Griffing Hotel

The Griffing Hotel

Griffing Hotel, Riverhead

Described as Riverhead’s “first hostelry” in a 1972 pamphlet celebrating the town’s bicentennial, Griffing Hotel was founded around 1748 by the Griffing family, which maintains a downtown presence with Griffing Hardware. The inn stood on Main Street near Griffing Avenue, opposite the former Riverhead Theater. (more…)

10/04/16 6:03am
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Credit: Fig and Olive, courtesy

What better way to experience the North Fork than during the autumn months when the farms and wineries reach their harvest peak? Come experience the bounties of the East End by staying at a cozy bed and breakfast.

Awaken the senses and be comforted by a hearty, fall-inspired breakfast utilizing the finest ingredients from local farms and coffee roasters. (more…)

08/25/16 6:03am
The new Wickham-Prince Bed & Breakfast features two rooms on Youngs Avenue in Southold. To the right: The Wickham, the larger of the two guest rooms. The smaller room is known as The Prince. Bottom right: Owner and innkeeper Susan Looze. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The new Wickham-Prince Bed & Breakfast in Southold. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Just steps from Southold’s business district sits a pale green 19th-century Victorian house that has been lovingly restored and is now open for business as a bed and breakfast.

Owners Susan and Doug Looze bought the property last year and now operate it as the Wickham-Prince Bed & Breakfast. The couple, originally from Amherst, Mass., wanted to open the business as a source of income for their later years. A stay at a B&B in Calistoga, Calif., in the Napa Valley — along with the North Fork’s proximity to Susan’s family in Hampton Bays — solidified their decision.

“We’ve stayed in bed and breakfasts before,” said Looze, a physical therapist. “We enjoy them. They seem more homey than going to a hotel.” (more…)

08/13/16 10:36am
Bay Breeze owners David and Donna Perrin, with innkeeper Leigh Austin, and chef Kristi Macdonald (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Bay Breeze Inn owners David and Donna Perrin, with innkeeper Lee Austin, and chef Kristi Macdonald (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

With renovations now complete, South Jamesport’s Bay Breeze Inn & Bistro is fully open for business.  (more…)

03/02/16 6:00am
Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast owner Marilyn Marks has operated her Southold inn for the past 11 years. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast owner Marilyn Marks has operated her Southold inn for the past 11 years. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

The holidays are over, the beaches are empty and the pumpkins haven’t even been planted. With roughly three months to go until the North Fork tourist season officially kicks into gear, what are local bed and breakfast owners doing to keep business afloat?

As it turns out, they’re busier than you might expect — but they welcome the relative sense of downtime. (more…)