10 Things to do on the North Fork in November


Cozy season is officially upon us – days filled with sipping wine fireside, gathering with closest friends and family, and events to kick off the holidays. Here are ten things we’re looking forward to this month.

SIP WINE BY THE FIRE

November is ideal for tasting wine fireside and lucky for us, there are many spots across the North Fork to do so. We suggest heading to Sherwood House Vineyards in Jamesport for a chic interior space with a massive fireplace, Mattebella Vineyards in Southold for rustic cottage vibes, or One Woman Winery, also in Southold, for a cozy outdoor experience. 

SPEND A DAY IN GRATITUDE

Red Barn Farm, along with Solace in Yoga, is hosting its second Gratitude Day Retreat on Sunday, November 6, at the farm in Calverton. The retreat, which begins at 11:30 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., will include sound healing, shamanic journeying, yoga and movement, crafts, soothing live music, a tour of the barn and meet the farm’s animals. A plant-based lunch will be available for purchase, as well as local vendors to shop. Ticket cost is $150 per person and can be purchased here.

Noted painter Rainer Gross at his studio in Cutchogue. Credit: David Benthal

LISTEN TO THE SOUNDS OF IMAGES

On Sunday, November 4, at 5 p.m. head to East End Arts Gallery to enjoy an evening of classical and contemporary music along with inspiring images and talks by a local artist. Painter and visual artist, Rainer Gross will be in-house along with composer and instrumentalist/guitarist, Gene Pritsker. For more details visit Rites of Spring Music Fest

DON’T MISS OUT ON THESE THREE WINE DINNERS

November is the month for wine-pairing dinners, and we’re on board! These three specific events are a great way to enjoy elevated meals paired with local wines. Southold Social is teaming up with local wineries for their wine dinner series that’s been running weekly on Thursdays since mid-October. Their wine dinner on Thursday, November 3, will feature wine pairings by McCall Wines. Tickets cost $110 per person. For more details and to reserve your spot visit here. This dinner will be followed by two more: Macari Vineyards and Pellegrini Vineyards. On Friday, November 11, Sannino Vineyard is collaborating with The North Fork Shack to bring its guests an Italian Wine Dinner at The North Fork Shack. Tickets are $90 per person and can be purchased here. Lieb Cellars is also hosting a wine dinner this month. On Sunday, November 13, Winemaker Russell Hearn and Chef Noah Schwartz will be hosting an evening that includes a 4-course tasting menu paired with Lieb Cellars Library Wines. The event costs $150 per person and tickets can be purchased here

TAKE A BEACH WALK UNDER THE FULL MOON

On the evening of Tuesday, November 8, bundle your whole family up and head outdoors to your favorite beach for a full moon beach walk. The Beaver Moon will be at its fullest this evening illuminating the night sky and providing enough light to enjoy your stroll.

BRING YOUR YOUNG KIDS TO MAKE A FALL WREATH WITH A BLOOM APPROACH

A Bloom Approach, located at The Shoppes at East Wind in Wading River, is hosting a cute workshop for children ages 2 – 5 on Friday, November 18 from 10 – 11 a.m. During this session, kids will enjoy a cookie, make a fall wreath, and explore open play. Tickets cost $30 per child and can be reserved here. This is a part of their Cookie and a Craft series that runs every Friday.

TASTE LOCAL WINE AND CRAFT BEVERAGES AT THE AQUARIUM

On Friday, November 11, from 7 to 10:30 p.m. the Long Island Aquarium will host its annual Fish and Sips event. The evening will consist of tastings from more than 20 local wineries and craft beverage vendors including Montauk Distilling, Clovis Point Vineyards, übergeek, and others, fare from Seaside Grill, and live music. Tickets cost $85 per per­son and can be purchased here.

North Fork Christmas tree lighting
Annual Tree Lighting
Credit: Katharine Schroeder

KICK OFF THE CHRISTMAS SEASON WITH A TREE LIGHTING AND CANDLELIGHT TOUR

Southold Historical Museum’s Annual Candlelight Tour is back. This sweet, community event will take place on Friday, November 25 from 3 – 6 p.m. at the Museum’s Maple Lane Complex. The afternoon will include holiday decorations, historic demonstrations, games, a tree lighting, visits with Santa, music, and more.

LEARN ABOUT FAMILY MEALTIME AND COOK WITH YOUR KIDS

Cornell Cooperative Extension has teamed up with CAST (the Center for Advocacy, Support and Transformation,)to bring your family a night of fun as you enjoy cooking together and learning about the importance of family mealtime. On Thursday, November 10, from 6 to 8 p.m. at CAST in Southold there will be activities for children and food for all. Contact Cara Sultan to register at 631-727-7850, ext. 339.

SHOP AT A COUNTRY PARLOR CRAFT SHOW

Head to Hallockville Museum Farm’s Naugles Barn for their annual holiday show of fine folk arts and crafts. Enjoy the barn as it’s transformed into a winter wonderland and a unique shopping experience. There you’ll find gifts including holiday ornaments, handmade pottery, local jams and preserves, baskets, jewelry and much more. The craft fair will take place Friday, November 25, through Sunday, November 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit hallockville.org for more details.