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September 2014 Featured Writer

September 2014 Featured Writer

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Maria Orlando Pietromonaco regularly contributed to Dan’s Papers, Newsday, and Great Restaurants of Long Island; has written and published Images of America: Long Island’s North Fork; and enjoys boating on the Peconic Bays with her husband and two children.

Upsize, Downsize

Upsize, Downsize

September 1, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

                My husband and I were still dating when we were bitten by the boating bug. Our weekly paychecks combined were barely enough to buy food and necessities, and a savings account was the farthest thing from reality. But we had big dreams of owning a boat! We […]

Shinnecock Inlet

Shinnecock Inlet

Shinnecock Inlet Created by the notorious hurricane of 1938, Shinnecock Inlet is the easternmost connection from the bays to the great Atlantic. This storm-born grand waterway breaks Dune Road at the South Fork’s base, separating Hampton Bays from Southampton. Shinnecock Inlet, attainable via the Shinnecock Bay or the Atlantic Ocean, is a special place offering unique nautical and visual experiences.

Vine And Sea – Day Tripper

Vine And Sea – Day Tripper

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The North Fork is a perfect pairing of land and sea.
In the last thirty years the pristine waters have been complemented by miles of verdant vineyards, and the wine producers have built beautiful tasting rooms so visitors could sample their wines. If only boaters could get there… Ah, but they can. There are several marinas along the fork that offer transient docking where you can be picked up by one of many vineyard tour companies for a day amongst the vines. These tour companies will customize any trip; a simple call prior to your landing and they will scoop you up at your desired time and drop you off when you are finished with your day.

Orient Point – Day Tripper

Orient Point – Day Tripper

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Originally called Oysterponds, Orient was and still is abundant with shellfish. It is a historic, rural place, with many homes and structures dating back to the1700s. With not much more than a post office, general store, and gas station to its name, Orient Point offers boaters a place to kick back and enjoy crystal clear, calm waters and a hush that is unlike its South Fork counterpart, Montauk.

East End Locations Kids Love

East End Locations Kids Love

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hile boating is a great family experience, there are some places that are just not tailored for kids. Over the years we have found a cache of kid-friendly haunts that we seem to revisit because they make both kids and adults happy. In no particular order, here are our family favorites:

Sag Harbor: A Day of Arts and Culture

Sag Harbor: A Day of Arts and Culture

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The 300-year-old village of Sag Harbor has become a sanctuary for culture and the arts. This charming town lures visitors with its quaint shops, dozens of eateries, and lackadaisical ambience. Sag Harbor is alsoa great destination for a breezy, artsy afternoon.

Time Management for Boating Families

Time Management for Boating Families

Don’t you find that the last 20 minutes of getting your family out the door for a day of boating is a scramble, no matter how many hours before you started getting ready? For any event or activity to be successful, some planning and organization is required. Even something as simple-sounding as a boat trip […]

Boating While Pregnant

Boating While Pregnant

A woman should not boat while pregnant if she has been, “previously advised to restrict her activity. But if she is experiencing a healthy, normal pregnancy, I feel it is perfectly safe to be on a pleasure cruise.”

Fast & Mess-free Family Feeding

Fast & Mess-free Family Feeding

September 1, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

  Let me tell you about me: I really enjoy cooking and creating exciting and delicious meals. I am very environmentally conscious and do my share to control trash. I care about what my family eats and strive for a healthy food intake for everyone. Let me also tell you that when it comes to […]

Cowfish

Cowfish

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At first, I wasn’t sold on the name “Cowfish.” That’s what the former Indian Cove restaurant on the Shinnecock Canal in Hampton Bays is now called. Now that I’ve been there, however, I’m over my resistance, and have added this venue to my east end repertoire of waterfront eateries. The space has been refreshed and […]

When the Coast Guard Comes Calling

When the Coast Guard Comes Calling

. Our boat hit the water a couple of weeks later than we originally planned this year, so we were really excited when it came time for our first voyage. We invited our friends Julie and Charlie to join our family (these same friends came along on our final cruise of last season, when we […]

Together & Alone Out on the Water

Together & Alone Out on the Water

. Each summer, my husband and I manage to get out on the boat for one afternoon – alone. Of course we enjoy including our kids, friends, and family on our voyages, but we also need a dose of “we” time. Although there are other venues that offer an uninterrupted and calm “date” atmosphere just […]

Water Safety

Water Safety

Did you know that drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages one to 14? However, it’s not only the young that succumb to the hazards of open water; adults drown each and every year.

Cody’s BBQ

Cody’s BBQ

We had been anticipating Cody’s opening for some time (we even wandered in once before their grand opening during a Riverhead waterfront festival). With its Western décor, mega TVs everywhere, and the smoky smell of ribs emanating from the spanking new smoker, we knew that this would be a place to travel by boat (the […]

Hey! Who’s the Captain? Kids & Decision Making

Hey! Who’s the Captain? Kids & Decision Making

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I used to drive a sporty car, live in a cozy, inexpensive apartment and vacation in the Caribbean. Now I drive a minivan, live in a good school district with outrageous taxes (we’re leaving when my youngest graduates high school!), and vacation at Disney parks. Ah, the days when decisions were ours alone to make!

Long Island Wines Shine in Summer

Long Island Wines Shine in Summer

Though I am predominantly a red wine lover, come the summer months, my palate transitions to the lighter wines. That’s a good thing, because as a boater, I know red wines are a staining hazard to both the passengers and the boat. Lighter wines are served cold, so it’s much more refreshing to drink something cool aboard. Plus, lighter wines are a superior accompaniment to summer dishes that are perfect to serve on a boat, such as seafood, salads, and other chilled items.

A Man on a Mission: One Bucket Makes a Difference

A Man on a Mission: One Bucket Makes a Difference

Doug Snider is a man on a mission. One bottle, one can, one piece of garbage at a time, Snider is plucking litter from our beaches, and encouraging others to do the same through his website, www.BayRat.org.

Gift Giving Made Easy: A holiday guide for boaters

Gift Giving Made Easy: A holiday guide for boaters

November 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s holiday season again! Instead of weeks of head scratching, or the annual gift gaffes, get a handle on presents for all the boaters on your list. Our guide is full of choices designed to make seafaring recipients feel loved and appreciated. *        Working in a dark, tight space on a boat can be frustrating […]

Early Winter 2011 Featured Writer

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Maria Orlando Pietromonaco regularly contributes to Dan’s Papers, The North Shoreian Magazine, and Great Restaurants of Long Island; has written and published Images of America: Long Island’s North Fork; and enjoys boating on the Peconic Bays with her husband and two children.

Squeezing Out Summer’s Last Days

Squeezing Out Summer’s Last Days

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I don’t know about you, but the “lazy days of summer” don’t exist for me and other parents I know. The season is an incessant whirlwind of guests, parties, and outings– all fun, but exhausting. There’s so little time to experience the quiet bliss of the open water. We didn’t get out on our boat until the beginning of July, as every early summer weekend was booked with graduations, communions, or other family obligations.

The Riverhead Project

The Riverhead Project

When we take the boat to dine dockside, most times we’re in our nautical attire and looking to eat at a restaurant that fits that feel. However, one time we found a little piece of Manhattan smack in the middle of downtown Riverhead – and we liked it!

A Family Affair: Greenport with Kids

A Family Affair: Greenport with Kids

Boaters with kids in tow search seemingly endlessly for destinations that bring parents pleasure while keeping kids entertained. Greenport, recently named one of the “prettiest towns” in the U.S. by Frommers, is a charming and picturesque place to visit for everyone in the family.

Kids On Board: Simple Principles for a Safe Voyage

Kids On Board: Simple Principles for a Safe Voyage

Any boater who has kids knows that boating with them can make for incredible joy and/or incredible pandemonium. Boating is such an amazing family activity! During the first days following their birth, most boaters already begin to picture junior sitting alongside them in the captain’s seat.

The Joys and Challenges of Boating with the Family

The Joys and Challenges of Boating with the Family

Like anything else in life, boating with your children is multi-faceted. There are pros and cons to boating with the kids in tow.

Boat Sharing — Trials and Triumphs

Boat Sharing — Trials and Triumphs

Let’s face it – sharing a boat is not always a good idea. There’s a lot of room for conflict and controversy. There’s a chance that relationships can strain, heated arguments might arise, and resentments may rise slowly until they overflow. However, in the 25+ years I’ve been sharing a boat with my sister and brother-in-law, I have experienced none of these potential pitfalls.

Don’t Do What I Did

Don’t Do What I Did

While mentally rummaging for stories for this column, I came up with many more than I would have thought possible (an unfortunate sign for an avid boater). Although I am not the captain of our boat – my husband wears that hat – I am a first mate, which carries its weight in responsibility. I should be taking an active part in the planning of our trips, making sure all necessary gear is on board, that systems are checked, and that “all things are a go.”

Athens Gyro & Grill

Athens Gyro & Grill

November 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

For those boaters who brave the wintry air in pursuit of adventure, open waters, and a place to partake in some warmth and fine food, Riverhead is a great destination. There are several restaurants dotting the town’s up-and-coming Main Street, but one in particular that has us going back for more is Athens Gyro & […]

Make Your First Boat the Right Boat

Make Your First Boat the Right Boat

Buying a boat, especially your first boat, can prove to be more of a challenge than you may think. Yes, you have to consider price and whether or not a particular brand is well made. But beyond that, you need to focus on exactly what kind of boat best suits your needs. As there are […]

Tide Runners Restaurant, Bar & Marina

Tide Runners Restaurant, Bar & Marina

Some restaurants appeal because of their exquisite gourmet food; others tempt you with something special. Tide Runners is definitely in the “special” category; its unique, prime location and spectacular view makes it a truly fun place to dine.

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