Word of Mouth: Shelter Island

A verdant respite with plenty of creature comforts above the Hamptons

As some NYC residents vacate the boroughs for summertime escapes, Shelter Island provides a setting of resplendent beauty, quiet isolation and thoughtful adventure. The island’s motto “life between the ferries” nods to the fact that it’s only accessible by car-carrying boats—one of which comes from Shelter’s southern neighbor, Sag Harbor and the other, from the North Fork’s Greenport. Shelter Island’s separation from its social southern …

New York State’s Burgeoning Whiskey Appellation, Empire Rye

A robust designation of distillery and spirit standards

The concept of Empire Rye solidified in 2015 thanks to the efforts of six New York State craft distilleries. Today, the designation embodies several rigorous standards that aim to elevate an entire regional whiskey style and signify to consumers what’s in a bottle. More than a dozen distilleries have pledged to commit throughout 2019 and 2020, joining nine current producers. And this is just the …

One Grand Books’ Deep Water Literary Festival

An inaugural three-day celebration of books and writers in Narrowsburg, New York

Dispel previous conceptions of what comprises a literary festival; Deep Water is not what you think it is. Presented by One Grand Books founder (and Out magazine editor-in-chief) Aaron Hicklin, the literary gathering aims to celebrate books and authors through immersive, thoughtful experiences, impassioned readings and discussion. For those unfamiliar with One Grand Books, it’s both an online shop and a bookstore in Narrowsburg, NY. …