From the road, passing cyclists glimpse rows of grapevines stretching across gently sloped hills and converging at the horizon under a beaming midday sun. The scene could easily be mistaken for Northern California or another storied wine-producing region, but it's how a normal day looks around Long Island?s North Fork area, where more than 50 wineries call the rolling vineyards their home.
Guides at Vintage Bicycle Tours bring two-wheeled travelers into the heart of the area?s wineries?as well as its many farm stands, boutiques, and views of Peconic Bay?through their signature bike tours and customizable ? la carte tours. Passionate about both wine and cycling, guides supply visitors with thirst-quenching narration and all equipment, including a choice of Kent tandem comfort bikes for two or Diamondback mountain-comfort hybrid cycles. Alternatively, Vintage Bicycle Tours permits riders to bring their own bikes or all-terrain unicycles.
Passengers lounge on the wooden benches inside the vintage red and green trolley, gazing through arched windows to watch the scenery pass. Though old-fashioned, this trolley isn't limited by rails; North Fork Trolley Company's drivers freely navigate the rolling country roads of Twin Forks and North Fork. On guided tours, they usher groups to the countryside's private wineries and vineyards, where they may stop for tastings, lunches, and in-depth tours that demystify the fermentation process and reveal which wines can give you the courage to ask if you can try a barrel on for size. Tours also roll into the scenic, historic villages of Greenport, Southampton, and Sag Harbor for sightseeing and walking tours. Upon request, the company can design personalized trolley charters for events such as weddings, birthdays, and family reunions.
During Group and Cuddles and Strokes swim sessions, the aqua aces at Saf-T-Swim equip bipeds with the skills and safety techniques necessary for conquering liquid-filled lands. Group classes sport student/instructor ratios as small as four to one, giving each floater more personalized attention as he or she learns to glide through the water more gracefully than a troupe of manatee ballerinas. Buyers can purchase multiple Groupons to allow families and friends to gain aqueous footing in the same welcoming environment among their peers and other swim scholars.
Spa Bellezza resides at the intersection of clinical science and soul-based healing. With what they describe as a balance between “high-tech and high-touch,” the spa’s staff of aestheticians and massage therapists strives to promote inner calm even as they scrub away at skin or untie knotted muscles with manual techniques such as deep-tissue massage and myofascial release. It doesn’t hurt that the spa sits at the heart of the North Fork wine trail, far removed from the city’s traffic-filled streets and vengeful King Kongs. While stresses slip away to the sounds of birds chirping and wind rustling through the tree branches outside, the staff mixes together professional products from Touche and Dermalogica—the latter developed by the International Dermal Institute—to aid them in their treatments. Before or after your appointment, lounge beside the crackling fireplace in the spa’s relaxation room, where you can find bowls of complimentary nuts and berries.
Since the company's founding in 1927, Cohen's Fashion Optical has grown from a pushcart business into a successful franchise peddling prescription and designer wares at more than 100 locations spanning seven states and Puerto Rico. Each store employs experienced doctors of optometry who test pupils with comprehensive eye exams to assess ocular health, pinpoint visual acuity, and ensure that no wool has been pulled over the eyes. The store's visionary staff can also help outfit peepers with contact lenses or designer frames from brands such as Prada, Ray-Ban, and Dolce & Gabbana.
At Hurricane Chiropractic, Doctor of Chiropractic Joseph Labbadia uses a one-on-one approach, consulting with clients before treatments to determine the underlying cause of their symptoms. Like a swiss-army knife taped to a glue gun, Dr. Labbadia is prepared for any possible situation: he offers a multitude of services ranging from nutritional counseling to posture screenings. Should chiropractic techniques not fully alleviate a problem, the team may prescribe corrective exercises or therapeutic massage to complement treatments.