Spotlight: New York Lodging

The American Hotel
"A Long Island Landmark"

American Hotel - A Long Island Landmark In 1846, at the peak of the Long Island whaling industry, The American Hotel was built in Sag Harbor, New York. In its heyday during the mid-to-late 1800s, the American Hotel hosted many prominent Americans, including Mark Twain, Mary Pickford, and Henry Ward Beecher.

By the end of the 1960s, The American Hotel was run down and deserted, but in 1972, it was purchased by its current owner, Ted Conklin. Over the past 30 years, Conklin has revitalized this local landmark, making it a charming destination for travelers. Now, The American Hotel, a member of the Historic Hotels of America Association, boasts an award-winning restaurant and wine list, superb service with a personal touch, and an international reputation.

Located in the heart of Sag Harbor, The American Hotel is walking distance from all the town's shops, restaurants, art galleries, and marinas. Guests can enjoy the town's glorious beaches and historic sights, and engage in any number of activities, from golf, tennis, bicycling and horseback riding to deep sea fishing. Best of all, savor a dinner in the hotel's restaurant, and taste some of the fantastic wines from its enormous wine list.

The American Hotel
P.O. Box 1349, Main Street, Sag Harbor, NY, 11963
For reservations, call (631) 725-3535
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Spotlight: New York Wineries

Bedell Cellars
"North Fork's Premier Merlot Producer"

Bedell Cellars - North Fork's Premier Merlot Producer One of the pioneering wineries of Long Island's North Fork wine region, Bedell Cellars has flourished since its establishment in 1985 by winegrower Kip Bedell. Merlot is Bedell's flagship wine, considered the benchmark for the region. Bedell also makes a wide range of other wines, from late-harvest Riesling to Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon.

In a marriage of Hollywood glamour and quality viticulture, Bedell was recently sold to an investment group led by Michael Lynn, president of New Line Cinema. Kip Bedell will remain as head winemaker for the next five years, ensuring a smooth transition for this dynamic and exciting winery.

Bedell Cellars
36225 Main Road (Rt. 25), Cutchogue, NY, 11935
For more information call (631) 734-7537
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Spotlight: New York Wineries

Long Island Region
"Red Wine Region of New York"

Long Island Region - Red Wine Region of New York New York state boasts over 30,000 acres of grapes, but most are labrusca varieties used to make grape juice and jelly. There are only 5,000 acres of vinifera varieties, almost all planted in New York's two finest winegrowing regions: the Finger Lakes and Long Island. While the Finger Lakes boast more wineries, Long island produces the state's best wines.

During the past decade, Long Island's wine industry has come into its own. From humble beginnings in 1973, when the first vinifera grapes were planted, the region has grown from a smattering of small vineyards into a wine district with nearly 20 wineries, including several large-scale, nationally known producers. The little island has big ambitions, and, with its winning combination of wealthy patrons and marine-influenced vineyards, it is poised to become one of the foremost wine regions in the U.S. Just two hours from New York City, the its wineries and small, quaint towns make it a delightful destination.

Most local wineries feature Merlot, the most widely planted red grape on the island, as their signature variety. Long Island merlots are bright and fruity, with strong notes of black cherry and plum. Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc are also grown successfully.

Long Island wines go beautifully with the local cuisine - tuna, farm fresh produce, and homemade delicacies. Local restaurants, such as the Jamesport Country Kitchen, Aldo's in Greenport, and Ross' North Fork Restaurant, highlight these pairings and boast wine lists showcasing the best local wines.

For more information, visit the Long Island Wine Country site at


Spotlight: New York Attractions

Fire Island
"A Haven of Peace and Solitude"

Fire Island - A Haven of Peace and Solitude Right off the coast of Long Island sits Fire Island, a magical vacation spot where you can relax and enjoy nature. Originally a whaling station, Fire Island has gone through many changes over the past 350 years. In 1825, the Federal government constructed a lighthouse, which, due to an accumulation of sand, is now four miles inland! The Lighthouse has been saved from demolition by local residents, and is today home to a charming visitor center.

In the early 1920s, Fire Island became a bohemian retreat where the rum flowed freely. At the same time, land speculators snapped up now priceless real estate along the shore. Today, Fire Island is home to the few local residents who provide services to visitors, and a host of wildlife, including white-tailed deer, red foxes, and numerous species of birds.

A visit to Fire Island gives the traveler a sense of immense peace and solitude. Nature embraces the visitor, who can enjoy camping, hiking, wildlife, lovely scenery, snorkeling, stargazing, and fine dining and relaxed nightlife.

For more information on Fire Island, visit