IMG_8316Looking for adventure this summer?  Discover more destinations from Strong’s Marine’s North Fork waterside locations. From Strong’s Peconic Bay marina in Mattituck, boaters can experience pristine beaches, peaceful cruising and ideal conditions for watersports, and take jaunts to Shelter Island, the Hamptons and beyond.  Current model Pursuit and Cobalt boats, from 18 to 24 ft., are available for rent by the day, week or season.  If you are a new boater, Strong’s offers specially-designed training to get you boating safely and comfortably this summer.  “There’s nothing better than welcoming a family back from their maiden voyage on the water,” says Jeff Strong.  “their ear-to-ear grins say it all.”

Have you ever wondered what makes some homes look so special? In a neighborhood of houses, some stand out from the crowd. It doesn’t always have to do with size or location. Some properties just look pulled together — the house and grounds unite into a seamless whole. What’s probably going on is that the landscape has been carefully crafted to suit the house. When the landscape is in tune with the house, the result is a garden that feels like home. It happens from a unity of styles — a formal landscape surrounding a formal home, or a casual country garden next to an informal, relaxed house. Matching the style of your landscape is one important way to unify house and grounds. Another way is through color. Zantedeschia aethiopica, Pericallis x hybridus, Euphorbia 71158KThe purple, green and white color scheme of the garden harmonizes beautifully with the blue trim and gray walls of the house. The first step in coordinating colors between your house and landscape is to go outside and take a good look at the house. Then create garden and landscape elements — flowers, of course, but also structures like fences and gates, arbors and awnings, even pots on a deck or patio — that connect with the colors of the house.

000-EDIT-Greenport.indd Landing a spot on Forbes magazine’s list of the most beautiful towns in America could be a bit of mixed blessing. How to deal with all that attention? If you’re a locale like Greenport, which was among the chosen few in 2011, careful stewardship combined with an influsion of youthful energy means you continue to flourish. This month marks the run-up to the start of the summer season when the port town reawakens from its winter slumber and breaks into blossom. Here are five fresh reasons to pay a visit before the summer season begins:

Check-Habitat-for-HumanityP The North Fork Chapter held a Summer Sunset barbeque and fundraiser on the evening of September 12th at Founders Landing in Southold. Les Scheinfeld the Director of Development at Habitat for Humanity attended the event to help support the fundraiser. The event had an outstanding turn out and raised a total of $2,500 toward the demolition of an existing structure and construction of a brand new home in Orient.