08/03/17 6:02am

These baskets at Wells Homestead in Aquebogue make for great hostess gifts. (Credit: Sascha Rosin)

Even though a bottle of wine is always appreciated, the next time you spend a weekend with friends or are invited to a dinner party on the North Fork, think about bringing a basket or bag of local treats that your host or hostess can keep all to themselves. Below, find a handful delicious options, but be warned: You may find yourself buying extra for your pantry at home. (more…)

08/02/17 6:00am

North Fork heirloom tomato and corn salad. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

This letter was originally published in the July 2017 edition of northforker magazine

To our readers:

This issue of northforker magazine (our third, YAY!), is all about being a good host. But the flip side of being a congenial entertainer is being an agreeable party guest. (more…)

07/29/17 6:02am

Get out on Peconic Bay in a pontoon boat through Lighthouse Marina in Aquebogue. (Credit: Courtesy photo)

When you want to explore the bays and harbors of the East End, swimming sometimes just doesn’t cut it.

If you don’t have a boat, you may feel your options are limited, but have no fear. When you get tired of floating around on one of those hipster swan floats, consider these fun and easy ways to get out on the water around the North Fork this summer. (more…)

06/21/17 6:01am
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Biking from vineyard to vineyard is one of the best ways to enjoy Long Island Wine Country. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Being surrounded by water, some activities are just a given come the summer months. Fresh, salty air and sunshine are often all you need for a day well spent. Whether by land or by sea, we have the perfect roundup of must-dos for your best summer yet. (more…)

06/19/17 6:03am

Lighting by the North Fork-based Vintage Illumination Company at the Bedell Cellars’ Tap Room at Corey Creek. (Credit: David Benthal photos)

We recently toured the revamped Bedell Cellars Tap Room at Corey Creek and fell in love with the new style. Designed with White Flower Farmhouse owner Lori Guyer, the new space features bright colors, reclaimed furniture and lots of North Fork specific décor.

With rosé on tap, charging stations and a lush yard perfect for yard games, we kinda don’t want to ever leave.  OK, so you can’t live at Corey Creek, but you can recreate the style in your home. We caught up with Guyer to talk about how to incorporate some of these touches in your personal space. (more…)

06/15/17 6:01am

We made this tea with lemon verbena, mint and edible flowers. (Credit: David Benthal)

Growing your own herbs, so you can harvest just what you want when you want it, is one of life’s most inexpensive luxuries. The plants flourish without too much attention, and even if you don’t have a garden, a pot or two will be very happy on a sunny windowsill. Just a few sprigs are all you need to brighten a marinade, sauce or platter of sliced tomatoes. (more…)