10/11/16 6:00am
Greg Ofrias presenting an egg cream to go. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

Shelter Island Pharmacy owner Greg Ofrias presenting an egg cream to go. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

Deciding to visit Shelter Island is in many ways booking passage to the past.

Things are noticeably slower here, especially this time of year, and a small town feel from simpler times is apparent from the tiny, white-painted Justice Hall to small groups of people in front of the post office catching up on news and gossip with neighbors. (more…)

10/03/16 3:08pm
Last light at Shell Beach. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

Last light at Shell Beach. (Credit: Ambrose Clancy)

On a small Island, you wouldn’t think that a beach could be considered out-of the way. But Shell Beach might fit the bill.

Not so much a beach as a long, curving peninsula of sand — and yes, shells — flowing out in a crescent, it defines West Neck Harbor. One of the reasons it’s considered hidden away is the approach to Shell Beach is a one-lane, narrow road at the end of Brander Parkway that looks like a private driveway. This is Oak Street Lane, and many people will pass by, afraid of trespassing. But you’re not. If you walk on, the beach opens out, with the bay on one side and the harbor on the other. (more…)

08/04/15 11:16am
Credit: Skye Gillispie

Credit: Skye Gillispie

One balmy July afternoon, I decided to embark on the Coecles Harbor Marine Water Trail on Shelter Island aboard my standup paddleboard.

Located within the Peconic Estuary — which has been declared a “Last Great Place” by The Nature Conservancy — this five-mile marine trail takes thrill-seekers on an adventure through a wetland filled with a variety of birds, fish, shellfish and turtles. The trail, which also offers glimpses of Taylor’s Island, is a joint project of The Nature Conservancy, Shelter Island Town and Shelter Island Kayak Tours. One of their major restoration goals is the replenishment of the shellfish population through the use of shellfish nurseries and safe environments. (more…)

06/29/15 3:25pm
Dering Harbor Marina behind Marie Eiffel Marketplace (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

Dering Harbor Marina behind Marie Eiffel Marketplace (Credit: Monique Singh-Roy)

If you’re on Shelter island and looking for a great view to go with your lunch or you just want a quiet place to sit and relax, head over to Dering Harbor Marina on N. Ferry Road. Hidden behind Marie Eiffel Marketplace is a little piece of heaven. (more…)