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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04/22/19 6:00am
Shinn Estate Vineyards in Mattituck is one place where wine tasting and overnight lodging intersect. (Credit: David Benthal)

A daytrip to North Fork wine country can be a romantic getaway for two or an immersive wine tasting shared with friends. But for those who want to further enhance the experience, it’s now possible to visit local wineries and soak up the atmosphere not just for a day, but for an entire weekend. 

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04/11/19 6:00am

First Fridays returns to Love Lane May 3. (Credit: Elizabeth Wagner)

First Fridays on Love Lane in Mattituck can be likened to the ultimate neighborhood block party. Community camaraderie runs high as locals and visitors mingle on the merchant-lined, music-filled street for an evening of sipping, shopping and sampling.

The popular event returns for its fifth season Friday, May 3 and runs through October. First Fridays draws hundreds annually, setting itself apart from other festivals on Long Island with its all-local lineup of vendors. All the purveyors are North Fork-based and sell locally made food and craft beverages along with other artisanal provisions. (more…)

03/20/19 6:01am

Holly Browder with one of her rare breed of sheep. (Credit: Tara Smith)

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Holly Browder and her husband, Chris, were up to their ears in wool sheared from their flock of about 20 heritage Cotswold sheep raised on their Mattituck livestock farm.

“We didn’t know what to do with it all,” Browder said, sifting through a large paper leaf bag brimming with raw fleece. (more…)

03/12/19 6:02am

Up look in the Library Room at Shinn and you’ll see a barrel-inspired ceiling concept with distinctive lighting. (Credit: Cyndi Zaweski)

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Winter is a picturesque season on the North Fork.

There is a quiet calm in the air that can be truly appreciated from the comfort of the tasting rooms at Shinn Estates Vineyards in Mattituck. Enjoy a glass of their red blend while looking out onto a snow-blanketed vineyard to experience a personal slice of North Fork paradise. (more…)

03/07/19 6:01am

Ami Opisso on the East Wind carousel with her children. (Credit: David Benthal)

A lot was happening at Lieb Cellars in 2013.

The Cutchogue winery, which was founded 21 years earlier as Lieb Family Cellars, had just been sold to an investment firm, making it Long Island’s first publicly traded winery. Less than a decade earlier, the company had also launched a sister label, Bridge Lane Wine, which was still in need of its own identity. (more…)