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Family Fun on the North Fork

September 1st, 2009 by Marilyn Marks

Arl & Steve toast the sunset  '07 vacation 130If you are considering renting a beach house on the North Fork, consider the Shorecrest Beach House.  It has three bedrooms and is located across the street from the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast.  It is located on the beach and overlooks the Long Island Sound and on a clear day has a view to Connecticut and has awesome sunsets as it faces North West. It is also a great vacation spot for families with children and dogs, as it is pet friendly. My current guests, Alex and Marina, took the house for three weeks this August (each year they expand their vacation by an extra week) with their two daughters  age 7 and 3 years and still Alex says ‘it is not long enough’.

The family is usually to be found on the beach in front of the house, but they have found many other things to do with the children as well, so I asked him to share that information with my readers.

Mya who is seven has been taking Horse back riding lessons at Hidden Lake Farm on County Route 48 in Southold with the owner, Jackie. They offer adult lessons too with an introductory ½ hour class for $55 and 1 hour private lessons  for $85. The stable provides the riding hat and you will need shoes or boots with a heel similar to a ‘paddock boot’.  You can reach Jackie at 631 495 3000.

Both children enjoyed morning camp at Bre’s Farm, 57685 Main Road in Southold where  they enjoyed  arts and crafts, pony rides, the petting barn feeding the animals and collecting fresh eggs from the hens. They loved it and, and you can reach the farm to get more information by calling Debbie at 631 765 8163 or 765 2186.

The whole family also enjoyed riding the vintage carousel  in Mitchell Park in Greenport as well as free music and dancing on Monday evening’s all summer and free Shakespeare in the park; this summer it was ‘Love’s Labor’s Lost.  You can find out more by visiting the calendar on the Greenport Village website.

They also loved the cruise they took around Greenport Harbor and Shelter Island on The Glory an environmentally-friendly vessel, which went solar this year. They were delighted and especially appreciated the whisper-quiet and fume-free tour of the nooks and crannies of the Peconic Bay.

At the end of a busy day there was nothing better than to watch the sun go down on the Long Island Sound from the beach house lawn while barbecuing some fresh fish just arrived at the Port of Egypt Marina with a glass of wine purchased from the serene Old Field Vineyard, a two minute drive away where they also enjoyed tastings while entertained by the antics of the many varieties of ducks, geese and chickens that roam the grounds.

To find more information on the beach house and other houses I manage for rental on the North Fork, you can check our on-line availability complete with photographs and rates, or call me, Marilyn at the Inn, 631 765 1570 and I will be delighted to help you.

Finally, a last word from Alex about what they enjoy most at the house itself:

‘As to activities in the house, no I do not fish, but with two small children it is never boring here.  We swim, read, cook (a lot), and entertain friends and family who visit us from the city.  It has been an amazing few weeks and I certainly hope to return next year.’

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