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Scallops R in Season

Photos by David Korchin2014 will go down as one of the very best for Peconic Bay Scallops. Harvesting, which began in November, will last well into late March thanks to last year’s cold winter and cool summer. So order them up or grab these sweet morsels while they last – you can find them in abundance at the Southold Fish Market in Southold and Braun’s Seafood in Cutchogue.


More Than Just Them Apples

Photo by Joni Rentz and via Breeze Hill FarmWe were on the hunt for some tasty apple cider but found so much more. Along Rte 48 in Peconic is what looks to be a charming roadside stand selling produce, apples and cider. But stretching out behind Breeze Hill Farm’s La Fattoria are 72 acres of sprawling farmland cultivating delicious apples and produce and an additional 50 acres of hunting preserve boasting a freshwater duck pond, sorghum fields and a bluff looking out over the Long Island Sound. Who knew? So all of your sportsmen and women, fill up your satchel full of cider, grab your shotgun and release the hounds for a days worth of adventure, game hunting and skeet shooting- PULL!


Six Reasons to Love the North Fork When It's Cold

Photos by David Korchin1. Stroll along deserted windswept beaches

2. Enjoy a warm foamy latte and biscotti at Aldo’s

3. Take a scenic drive through vineyards and sleepy villages 

4. Sample cheese and fondu dipping at the Village Cheese Shop

5. Enjoy a fireside wine tasting at Sherwood House Vineyards

6. Dig into a steaming bowl of chowder at The Blue Canoe Oyster Bar


Top Grapes: Red, White, Sparkling and Spirited

Photo by David KorchinHere are some of our top picks worthy of this holiday season.

Macari Block E Viognier 2012. This ice wine is made from grapes that have been in the cold freeze for 3 months making for a concentrated sweetness full of bright, grilled pineapple, mango, and honey notes. Perfect for desserts or with cheese.

McCalls Winery Ben’s Bordeaux Blend. Velvety richness made from four distinct grapes, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and their best estate Merlot. Perfection.

Shinn Estate Cabernet Franc 2010. This light but lush red with spiced orange and cherry notes is a perfect partner for duck.

Sherwood House X.O. Brandy. Using one of their award winning chardonnay’s Sherwood House teamed up with LIV Distillery to create Long Island’s first artisan aged brandy. Smooth and velvety with hints of nuts and spices.

Lieb Cellars 2012 Blanc de Blancs. This sparkling wine is made from 100% Pinot Blanc grapes using the French Methode Champenoise and winning (90 points) in New York Wine & Food Classic. Slightly dry, crisp and bubbly. The perfect bottle for a celebration and worthy of any toast!


Let it Snow?

Photo by Joni RentzWith temperatures in the upper 40’s and 50’s it’s hard to imagine ice and snow but if and when it should appear here are our top picks for skating and sledding on the North Fork.

Marratooka Lake located on the Main Rd in Mattituck

Wolf Pit Lake on Wickham Ave in Mattituck with lights for night time skating

Laurel Lake Preserve for both ice skating and cross country skiing

Green Hill Cemetery on Webb Street in Greenport. Most popular for sledding

Orient Point Park at Orient Point has great trails for cross country skiing

On Shelter Island the best place for sledding is Goat Hill in Shelter Island Heights


A Contemporary Collection

Photos by David Korchin. Historical image via Phoebe and BellOnce again, something notable has occurred on the corner of Skunk Lane and the Main Road in Cutchogue with the opening of Phoebe and Bell, a well curated home décor and lifestyle shop owned and run by Kathy Perratta. Housed in the 19th century Post Office where the infamous letter from Einstein to Roosevelt was mailed, Perratta is making a kind of history of her own with one of the only shops on the North Fork selling contemporary furniture, textiles and objects for the home and garden. If you're looking for something unique for the holidays this is the stop and for more inpiration be sure to check out Kathy's upcoming designer room at the North Fork Designer Showhouse running from the end of November through mid December.

Photos by David Korchin


Buon Appetito

Italian foodie fever has reached an all time high on the North Fork this season with the opening of two notable Italian eateries, Lombardi’s Love Lane Market and Caci North Fork Restaurant.

Photos by David KorchinReining from Naples, Lombardie’s Market is a foodie’s dream with their oversized cheeses and salamis hanging from the ceiling, bowls brimming with imported olives, sardines and peppers, bottles of imported olive oil, fresh pastas topped with Lombardi’s signature sauces. If it’s Italian and food related, you’ll joyfully find it here.

Photos by Joni RentzFurther north in Umbria, chef Marco Pellegrini was biding his time for the right opportunity to move to the states to open a restaurant on the North Fork. A chance encounter with vacationers, Anthony and Daniele Cacioppo from Long Island made that dream a reality. Caci, located in a beautifully restored farmstead building in Southold is simply and thoughtfully decorated on two levels. The menu and preparation follow that same theme, simple and elegant with the menu changing every 6 weeks to take advantage of seasonal produce, seafood and meat. The code word in the kitchen is fresh right down to their pastas where they roll out their delectable varieties daily. Portions are generous so be sure to save room for dessert.