12/02/16 10:15am
Christmas Cutchogue helicopter

Santa arrives by helicopter in Cutchogue. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder, file photo)

It may be the busiest time of year for Santa Claus, but he has managed to schedule some visits on the North Fork this holiday season. Get your wish list ready and head out to these locations to meet St. Nick!

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11/25/15 6:10am
Ed Dart with his Firs; a Douglas on the left and a Fraser on the right. (Credit: Charity Robey)

Ed Dart with his Firs; a Douglas on the left and a Fraser on the right. (Credit: Charity Robey)

Does it make sense to drive to a rural area, cut down a seven-foot tree and put it in your living room for several weeks? No, it does not. But Christmas was never about being sensible. Even for people who think nothing of apple- or strawberry-picking, the experience of going out in a field to bring back a freshly cut tree is a peculiar delight.

And speaking of rational acts, who in their right mind would tie up acres of valuable Long Island real estate growing a crop that requires fertilization, pest control, pruning and eight to 10 years of growing before it can be harvested?

On the North Fork of Long Island, there are still a handful of farms, all family-owned, where generations of tree buyers and tree growers have participated in this illogical, magical Christmas tradition and made it an annual part of their holiday. (more…)

11/24/15 6:08am
Zuhoski Farms' 'cut your own Christmas tree' lot

Zuhoski Farms’ ‘cut your own Christmas tree’ lot on Oregon Road in Cutchogue

It’s time to get that Christmas tree.

Here are 12 places on the North Fork and Shelter Island where you can buy a fresh, pine-scented Douglas fir and other varieties.

Not sure what kind of tree to get?  Click here for our handy North Fork Christmas tree guide.

If you’re feeling really ambitious, six of the following places will let you cut your own. Just remember that most tree sales don’t begin until the weekend after Thanksgiving, so be sure to call ahead.

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12/10/13 2:29pm
Photo by Danielle Doll | Andrew’s Legacy Bed & Breakfast on the Cutchogue Holiday House Tour.

Photo by Danielle Doll | Andrew’s Legacy Bed & Breakfast on the Cutchogue Holiday House Tour.

For a taste of the good life, look no farther than Cutchogue.

From farm-fresh country foods to sumptuous locally-harvested wines, from peaceful coastal vistas to a neighborly village green, this gentle hamlet has truly mastered la dolce vita. Move over Italy, This is easy living, North Fork style. (more…)

11/30/13 11:30am
Photo by Katharine Schroeder

Photo by Katharine Schroeder

Four homes, decorated for the season, will be open to the public Saturday, Dec. 7, for a holiday house tour to benefit Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Council. Each venue will host a wine tasting, appetizers and desserts, and each will be paired with a vineyard, restaurant or business that will offer specials that day for ticketholders.  (more…)