06/22/16 6:10am
SALT Waterfront Bar & Grill is located at the Island Boatyard on Shelter Island. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

SALT Waterfront Bar & Grill is located next to the Island Boatyard & Marina on Shelter Island. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Where locals are treated like celebrities and celebrities are treated like locals.

That’s the unofficial guiding principle at SALT, the waterfront Shelter Island restaurant where you might spot an A-list comedian seated next to the neighborhood plumber.  (more…)

05/23/16 6:05am
Cheewing holds a plate of butternut squash ravioli. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Cheewing holds a plate of butternut squash ravioli. (Credit: Randee Daddona)

Wine Spectator is encouraging readers to enjoy a meal while getting away from it all this summer at The Red Maple at the Chequit Inn on Shelter Island and Wölffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor. Both restaurants are featured in the Travel section of the magazine’s June 2016 issue.

In a story on page 23, Samantha Falewée says The Red Maple, which opened inside the Chequit last year, is “hitting its stride.” This summer, she said, guests can expect fare like Montauk fluke cooked with white wine.

“On the porch, guests can dine under the restaurant’s namesake 50-year-old maple tree,” Falewée continues. “The renovated lobby offers breakfast that changes daily, then converts to a guests-only wine bar in the afternoon.”

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05/11/16 6:07am
Our reporter taking at least three of her training tips: Good sneakers, check. Comfortable attire, check. No headphones, check.

Our reporter taking at least three of her training tips: Good sneakers, check. Comfortable attire, check. No headphones, check.

Considering running the 37th annual Shelter Island 10K, which takes place June 18?

Here are some tips from our reporter Rachel Young, who is training for her first 10K, the New York Mini, in Manhattan’s Central Park.

If interested, you can register for the Shelter Island race here.

Twenty-two.

That’s the staggering number of marathons my father had completed by the time he was 40 — and it only took him a decade to accomplish the feat.

Me? I took up running as a child, belonged to my high school’s track and field team and have participated in a number of 5Ks. But it wasn’t until this year, at age 30, that I decided to push myself further by registering for a 10K.

Why did I do it? Mostly, I was tired of wistfully saying “Maybe one day” whenever my sister-in-law encouraged me to sign up for whatever race she was running that month. I’m sure she was sick of it, too.

Finally saying yes to running 6.2 miles has been both frightening and empowering. In the course of two months of training, I’ve pushed myself mentally and physically in ways I previously shied away from. In doing so, I’ve learned that — hey! — I’m stronger than I thought. (more…)

01/23/16 9:55am
Winemaker Roman Roth and chef Brian Cheewing inside Wölffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor. (Credit: Randeed Daddona)

Winemaker Roman Roth and chef Brian Cheewing inside Wölffer Kitchen in Sag Harbor. (Credit: Randeed Daddona)

Painted the color of drawn butter, the textured ceiling at Wölffer Kitchen is evocative of the pleasing swirl chardonnay makes when poured into a glass.

This is no accident, said Roman Roth, who consults on the Sag Harbor restaurant’s wine list and is partner and winemaker at Wölffer Estate Vineyard in nearby Sagaponack. With the addition of its cork walls, this is an establishment where subtle intention reigns.

“All wine has texture and life,” Roth said. “It’s not cookie-cutter stuff.” (more…)

03/07/15 11:00am
Violinist Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby, at Shelter Island's Perlman Music Program campus. Credit: Annie Watts file photo, the Shelter Island Reporter

Violinist Itzhak Perlman and his wife, Toby, at Shelter Island’s Perlman Music Program campus. (Credit: Annie Watts file photo, the Shelter Island Reporter.)

Celebrated local violinist Itzhak Perlman doesn’t need anything better than a Stradivarius because no better instrument exists.

That’s what Perlman, who coaches young players at Shelter Island’s Perlman Music Program and is married to the school’s co-founder, Toby, said in a December “60 Minutes” segment about Stradivarius violins, which are believed to produce the finest sound in the world. (more…)

09/17/14 11:00am
Plant and Sing will return to Shelter Island Columbus Day weekend. (Credit: Beverlea Waltz)

Plant and Sing Festival will return to Shelter Island Columbus Day weekend. (Credit: Beverlea Walz)

Enjoy bluegrass, traditional American music and local food on Columbus Day weekend at Sylvester Manor’s Plant & Sing Festival on Shelter Island. (more…)