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slide7One of the secret joys of living in a summer resort year-round is, in a word, winter. On the North Fork, that’s when you can tour the wineries at leisure; enjoy the stretch limo-free-roads; dine at the area’s best restaurants, no need to book ahead; walk the beaches in solitude; ice skate in Greenport’s Mitchell Park; or just take in the moody atmosphere of the seaside. And in off-season, hotel prices drop when the mercury does. Here are our top picks for cold weather getaway spots: American Beech. Housed in a converted nineteenth century carriage house, this tiny inn in the thick of Greenport, on Stirling Square, has five ultra-modern suites, all located up a flight of stairs. Vibe-wise, think minimalist interiors, posh creature comforts (Frette bed linens, C.O. Bigelow amenities, your own private bicycle). The ground-floor restaurant serves casual impeccably-prepared farm-to-table classics and in winter, there’s often a crackling fire. americanbeech.com; 300 Main St., Greenport.

slide5 Two tables away a Chocolate-Caramel Tart arrives with a candle, accompanied by audible oohs and ahs from its recipient. Across the room a bottle of Veuve Clicquot is poured into the glasses of a table of six. The North Fork Table & Inn is the sort of place – a true destination – where people come to celebrate life’s milestones. The ambiance is warm and welcoming, the staff is accommodating and the food is world class. We are not the only diners to reach this conclusion. Among the restaurant’s many accolades is Food and Wine’s allocation of it as one of America’s best bed and breakfasts. The Zagat’s entry for 2015 is posted on the front porch, a grand plantation-style columned affair. The publication’s contributors give the eatery’s food a stellar score of 4.8.

By Grace Alexander A recipient of the 2016 Trip Advisor Award of Excellence, Quintessentials, in East Marion, has long been one of the most charming Bed and Breakfasts on the North Fork. Recently, this historic treasure, which is housed in a sea captain’s house, hit the market for the first time in twenty-three years. Ever dreamed of running a b-and-b? Now’s your chance! The Numbers Located at 8985 Main Road, in East Marion, this four thousand square-foot Italianate mansion dates to the mid-1800s and sits on .75 of an acre. It has fifteen rooms, six bedrooms, eight bathrooms, four fireplaces, two sunrooms, three outbuildings. Listed at $1.2 million with Victoria Germaise of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Why We Love It Coveted East Marion location. A few miles to the west, there’s Greenport; a few miles to the east, Orient Point and the Long Island Sound ferry.

slide5If you’re considering retiring to the North Fork, you might want to explore community living. At Peconic Landing, a retirement community located in Greenport, members experience retirement on a whole other level. There, neighbors spend their days enjoying community events and dining with friends. There’s also the benefit of hassle-free home ownership. What’s that you say? Laurelle Cassone, Director of Sales and Marketing for Peconic Landing, explains it all, as well as how community members make the most of the Peconic Landing lifestyle.

slide2 When do one and one equal more than two? This is not a trick question. There is a synergy created when pairing wine and food. To drag out an old maxim from math class (or was it science?): the sum is equal to more than its parts. Food is great, and wine even better. But when combined in knowing and inspired ways together they ascend to ethereal heights. Think of foie gras and sauternes or beef and cabernet. As my dining (and drinking) partner keeps exclaiming on a recent North Fork food and wine pairing adventure: “It’s all about the combo!” Join us as we eat and drink at a pair of fine dining establishments on Long Island’s North Fork.

slide6If you’ve ever dreamed of starting your own religion or wished you lived in a house of worship, you should take a look at the Greenport United Methodist Church. But don’t wait long; a good church is hard to find. Consider, for example, the history of the Methodists in Greenport, an association that dates to 1828. The community’s meetings were held in a Baptist meeting hall on Main Street. When that building was closed down--residents objected to the presence of the Methodists, on the grounds that they made too much noise-- the congregation moved to a sail loft and thence to a schoolhouse on First Street. Finally, in 1834, the congregation raised the funds to construct a primitive building with unplastered walls on Main Street. Disaster struck in 1847 when a fire broke out and part of the building burned to the ground. Restoration work was undertaken but it wasn’t until 1858 that a large chapel and lecture room were added and more land was bought to increase the community’s holdings. And in 1878, a new parsonage was built on First Street.