"There is this amazing energy out on the water; you get a chance to ride Mother Nature. It doesn't cost anything, and there is always a freshness to it." When Global Boarding's founder Robb Reid describes his profession, it's hard to believe he has been at it for more than a quarter of a century. Mr. Reid remains as passionate as when he first discovered surfing as a young boy. "It has always brought me happiness," he says.
As a professional wakeboarder and coach, Mr. Reid's dedication took him across the globe. He traveled to the beaches of Central America and learned to do everything upside down in Australia. Despite each country's beauty, it wasn't until Mr. Reid and his wife found the clear waters and nature preserves of Sag Harbor that they knew they had found what they were looking for: a home. In 2001, Global Boarding was born.
Along with a team of ARC, Level 2 Paddle Fit-certified professionals, Mr. Reid keeps his customers from surfing in the bathtub May through September of each year. Their fleet of boats can pull water gear such as tubes, wakeboards, and water skis. In Global Boarding’s kids' surf program, Mr. Reid uses wake surfing as a transitional tool to teach new surfers how to find balance atop the ocean's natural playgrounds.
Voted the No. 2 best winery on Long Island by the Long Island Press, Pindar Vineyards pours out 70,000 cases of wine each year. Fortunately, this popular spot can accommodate droves of drinkers—the tasting room can host as many as 3,000 guests at any given time. Run by the same family behind Duck Walk and Jason Vineyard, Pindar has also become known for its field of cheery yellow sunflowers, which blossom in the summer months and frequently save Christmas in the winter months. These blooms inspired the name of the 2010 Sunflower chardonnay, an oak-aged limited reserve that pairs well with the crunch of a summer salad.
Ralph Pugliese established Pugliese Vineyards with his wife, Patricia, in 1980, planting the seeds of a family business that since has blossomed. The vineyards' reds and whites, sparkling wines, and ports and dessert wines have earned accolades over the years for their appealing notes and impeccable table manners. While at the winery, visitors can sample varietals made with niagara, riesling, and sangiovese grapes, or enjoy a bottle of wine from waterfront seating on the verdant Pugliese estate.
It's no mistake that the word art is capitalized in NYC pARTy Kids' name: The staff at this party-planning studio comes up with arts-based activities to make birthday parties fun and memorable for little ones. They have a preset list of party themes—superheroes, spies, princesses, nature—though they can draw up an entirely new plan that meshes with your child's interests. They work with parents to plan everything from in-home parties to events with full acting ensembles and professional photographers to capture it all.
For the fourth year running, Art Market Hamptons returns to the cathedral tent at Bridgehampton Historical Society for a weekend of fine art, gourmet dining, and cultural development. An exclusive fair, only 40 galleries are invited to participate, and pieces on display include contemporary works such as Alan Magee's photorealistic 2014 painting (Untitled Stones) as well as modern marvels such as Pablo Picasso's La Femme Au Fauteuil. Besides the participating galleries, cultural partners include the African American Museum of Nassau County, the Invisible Dog Art Center, the Whitney Museum Contemporaries, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.
Southampton's cup currently runneth over with awards, so grab a menu and cleverly place your mouth beneath its cornucopic outflux. Start lunch, dinner, or High Beer with an appetizing cup of New England clam chowder or potato ale soup with bacon and cheddar ($5 each), before hitting the pub favorites. Wrap your lips around a tall, frosty mug full of the brewer's burger and french fries ($9, add cheese, sautéed onions, bacon, or mushrooms for $0.75 each) or a crispy order of lager-dipped fish and chips ($14 lunch, $18 for a dinner portion). For a hearty pub dinner, pair a flounder stuffed with crabmeat ($22) and side of sweet potato fries ($6), crushing your appetite beneath the sheer weight of flavor. Check the on tap menu for a saliva-stimulating selection of micro-brewed beers, ales, and Olympian ambrosias, or ask your server to recommend the best pairing for your entree, your complexion, or the beer you just had 12 seconds ago.