07/18/19 2:00pm

Julia King performs at Porto Bello in Greenport. (Credit: Madison Fender)

Music may set the mood, but the venue sets the stage.

Whether you’re looking to enjoy live music with a glass of local wine at the vineyards, over a meal at a top-notch restaurant, or are in search of a real-deal concert experience, these five North Fork venues will suit any vibe. (more…)

07/17/19 6:00am

Fresh squeezed lemon is always the first ingredient. (Credit: David Benthal)

It doesn’t get much more refreshing than a glass of ice-cold lemonade on a summer day. The combination of simple ingredients — squeezed lemon, sugar and water served over ice — offers a taste of all-American nostalgia in each sip. 

From grandma’s kitchen to lemonade stands across the country, family recipes are passed down through generations, and the North Fork is no exception.  (more…)

07/17/19 5:55am

A bottle of Bedell Cellars merlot. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

I’ve long been dubious with the idea of merlot — or any grape, really — being anointed the “signature variety” for Long Island wine country. But merlot does grow well here, meaning it ripens consistently. More consistently than varieties like cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon. 

Growers know this. And they’ve known it for some time.  (more…)

07/16/19 6:00am

When it comes to summer on Shelter Island, The Pridwin’s Wednesday night cookouts are hard to beat. Not only do the grounds of the historic waterfront hotel boast sweeping sunset views over Peconic Bay, its weekly offering of live music and all-you-can-eat cookout menu is an unabashed mid-week escape. (more…)