11/22/16 6:00am
Shelter Island Turkey Plunge

Hardy (foolish?) souls racing to the water for the 6th annual Turkey Plunge at Crescent Beach. (Credit: Beverlea Walz)

Thanksgiving Day is over, your funny uncle has gone home, and the leftovers are getting tedious … and it’s only Saturday.

Now what do you do?

Why not don your cutest bathing suit — or better yet, a turkey costume — and dive into the frigid waters of Peconic Bay? (more…)

09/14/15 6:27am
Shelter Island beaches range from rocky to coarse sand with pebbles. Unless you can arrange to parachute in, plan to wear water shoes. (Credit: Charity Robey)

Shelter Island beaches range from rocky to coarse sand with pebbles. Unless you can arrange to parachute in, plan to wear water shoes. (Credit: Charity Robey)

The thrill-seeking pleasures of boogie boarding and wave-riding generally aren’t associated with Shelter Island, a place where the unofficial motto is “Live Slow.” But for recreational swimmers, the island’s bay beaches, protected from direct wave action, couldn’t be better.

A character in one of Mary Gordon’s stories said you never regret the birth of a child, or a swim in the ocean. The beaches and landings described here offer a rich array of possibilities — beautiful stretches of water where a strong swimmer can exercise without lifeguards, lane ropes, or regrets. (more…)