06/04/19 6:00am

The view from a waterfront room at Aqua by American Beech. (Credit: David Benthal)

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It’s no secret the North Fork has become a premier vacation destination.

More visitors than ever are flocking to points east for its award-winning wines and blossoming culinary scene — not to mention its charming local farms and sunny beaches.

There are many reasons to visit that might influence where you stay. (more…)

04/27/19 6:01am
Melissa Hyatt at her studio in Mattituck. (Credit: David Benthal)

Watercolorist Melissa Hyatt draws inspiration for her paintings and prints from the salty air and coastal charm of the North Fork. There is a softness to her calming seascapes that reflects both life on the water and the fluidity of the medium. Her Southold home and studio are close to the beach, where she often walks her golden retriever, April, collecting sea glass and other talismans of nature that inspire her pastel-colored artwork.

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04/27/19 5:55am
Peter Clarke, owner of Clarke’s Garden and Home in Greenport. (Credit: David Benthal)

Spending time outdoors to stop and smell the roses is one of the great joys of spring. Nature is coming into bloom outside your window, but don’t overlook the benefits of bringing some of the outdoors inside your home. Research shows that owning houseplants is linked to good health and can even boost happiness at home. 

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04/03/19 5:59am

Our friends at Herrick’s Herbs & Heirlooms taught us how to build a raised garden bed in five easy steps. (Credit: David Benthal photos)

Building a raised garden bed is a great way to make the most of your green space. Even those with a not-so-green thumb can benefit from garden beds, which are designed to prevent weeds, deter critters and create naturally better drainage.  (more…)

11/21/18 5:55am

Roast goose served with Cumberland sauce, roast potatoes, carrots, brussels sprouts, mashed turnips and braised red cabbage. (Credit: Vera Chinese)

Naturally the conversation at the Thanksgiving dinner table will once again turn to politics, the day’s football games and, we would hope, what we’re all thankful for this year.

Foodies like us, however, also like to spend a little time talking about the dishes on the table. 

We recently reached out to chefs across the North Fork to find out which dishes they believe are most important to the Turkey Day experience and which they least favor. Their answers may surprise you. (more…)

11/12/18 5:54am

A young family walks Goose Creek Beach in Southold. (Credit: David Benthal)

Rich in culture, natural beauty and culinary delights, the North Fork has something to fit every fancy. Each hamlet has unique offerings, whether you’re searching for a place to admire the arts, return to nature, savor local dishes, bask in peace and quiet, or entertain the kids.

Choosing one to hang your hat in is no easy task, so we asked veteran North Fork real estate agents what they say when buyers with specific needs and tastes are looking for a North Fork hamlet to call home.

Here is a handy guide for picking your perfect place to live. (more…)