03/30/17 6:00am
Mashomack Preserve on a spring day. (Credit: James Colligan, courtesy)

Mashomack Preserve on a spring day. (Credit: James Colligan, courtesy)

There was a time when the phrase “get lost” was an insult. These days, it’s therapy.

When the world becomes too much for you, Shelter Island — the pearl in the prongs of the North and South forks — has thousands of acres of wooded trails, quiet country roads, and deserted beaches where you can treat your short fuse with a long walk. (more…)

01/16/17 6:00am
Credit: Ben Smith, courtesy

Callie Atkins and Glenn Waddington during their around-the-Island trek. (Credit: Ben Smith, courtesy)

We all know how long it takes to drive across Shelter Island from north to south on Route 114. Some of us know there are 21.5 miles of trails meandering in and around Mashomack Preserve.

But have you ever wondered how big Shelter Island really is?

Glenn Waddington certainly did, and it’s a question that he puzzled over for quite some time. (more…)

11/06/16 9:22am
Nostrand Parkway, Shelter Island

Nostrand Parkway, mid-afternoon in November. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

With the forecast for the next several days dialed into crisp and bright autumn weather, it’s a great time to get out on foot or on a bike and see the spectacular fall foliage gracing Shelter Island.

And if you’re one of those people who tend to avoid walks in the woods on sketchy paths — every step could be one that contains a twisted ankle from a rock or fallen branch — and don’t feel like preparing for an overland trek, then we have just the thing. It’s about a 1.5-mile walk on a paved road that contains some off the best autumn scenery on the Island. (more…)