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UPCOMING EVENTS & WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

Martha Clara Vineyards Events

Community Events
Fri June 18
8-11pm Project SERV Fundraiser
$15 at the door. Admission includes free glass of wine and door prizes. Music all night. info: 631 298 7194 or paulmatthews202@gmail.com

Vineyard Events
Sat 19th
2-5pm Live Music – Hank Stone (Folk/Rock)

Sun 20th
2-5pm Live – Music Alan St Jon(classic rock/pop

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6025 Sound Ave Riverhead NY   631 298 0075   marthaclaravineyards.com

Last Chance Animal Rescue Vineyard Hike at Palmer Vineyards

Vineyard: Palmer Vineyards
Time: 10:00 AM
Sunday, June 27th
Last Chance Animal Rescue Vineyard Hike

Babe in the Garden

10:00 AM
Join us in the morning for a 2 mile hike with Palmer Vineyards vineyard manager, Josh Carp. Josh will give us a brief vineyard tour while we get a bit of exercise. Don’t forget to bring your favorite fluffy friend.
Donations will be accepted to benefit Last Chance Animal Rescue, a charitable, not-for profit organization created to save the lives of animals. One of the main goals of the foundation is to rescue animals that are located in “KILL” facilities and underwrite the costs of relocating them to “NO KILL” facilities in hopes of finding them a forever family.
Dogs available for adoption will join us as well!

Time: Doors open at 10 AM Hike begins at 10:30, poop bags will be provided
Donation: $15 includes a free mimosa after the hike
For more information: www.palmervineyards.com

UPCOMING EVENTS & WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

Martha Clara Vineyards Events

Community Events
Fri June 18
8-11pm Project SERV Fundraiser
$15 at the door. Admission includes free glass of wine and door prizes. Music all night. info: 631 298 7194 or paulmatthews202@gmail.com

Vineyard Events
Sat 19th
2-5pm Live Music – Hank Stone (Folk/Rock)

Sun 20th
2-5pm Live – Music Alan St Jon(classic rock/pop

Look for us on

facebook.com
twitter.com
Youtube
6025 Sound Ave Riverhead NY   631 298 0075   marthaclaravineyards.com

Last Chance Animal Rescue Vineyard Hike at Palmer Vineyards

Vineyard: Palmer Vineyards
Time: 10:00 AM
Sunday, June 27th
Last Chance Animal Rescue Vineyard Hike

Babe in the Garden

10:00 AM
Join us in the morning for a 2 mile hike with Palmer Vineyards vineyard manager, Josh Carp. Josh will give us a brief vineyard tour while we get a bit of exercise. Don’t forget to bring your favorite fluffy friend.
Donations will be accepted to benefit Last Chance Animal Rescue, a charitable, not-for profit organization created to save the lives of animals. One of the main goals of the foundation is to rescue animals that are located in “KILL” facilities and underwrite the costs of relocating them to “NO KILL” facilities in hopes of finding them a forever family.
Dogs available for adoption will join us as well!

Time: Doors open at 10 AM Hike begins at 10:30, poop bags will be provided
Donation: $15 includes a free mimosa after the hike
For more information: www.palmervineyards.com

Events @ Borghese Vineyards

Saturday, June 5 thru Sunday, June 13, 2010 (with receptions on Sundays June
6th & June 13th) 1-5pm

Women Sharing Art Exhibit at Castello di Borghese Vineyard

Women Sharing Art, Inc. is a multi-media group of women artists who Share
Energy & Explore Artistic Passions …… The Women Sharing Art Exhibit will
include Watercolor, Oil & Acrylic Paintings, Photography, Fiber Art,
Mosaics, Art Glass, Asian Brush Painting and more, at Castello di Borghese
Vineyard is located at 17150 County Rte 48 in Cutchogue, NY.  Call
631-734-5111 for more information or visit our website at
www.castellodiborghese.com.

Saturday, June 12, 2010
1pm

Winemaker’s Walk at Castello di Borghese Vineyard

A guided tour of the winery and production facility and wine tasting at
Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery. $20 per person. Please call to make
reservations (631) 734-5111 or purchase tickets online securely with your
credit card at www.castellodiborghese.com.

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New Special Offers and Packages @ Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast

A North Fork Wine Country Experience

* only available to guests of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and other NFBBA members.


Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is delighted to announce the launch of our Winery Discount and Free Tastings Certificate EXCLUSIVE to guests of Shorecrest and other NFBBA member BnB’s!

The Discount card entitles guests to discounts on purchases and complimentary tastings to 24 local North Fork Long Island vineyards and includes:

  • One free tasting to five different vineyards (tastings can cost from $8 – $12 each, depending on wine for a $40-$60 value)
  • Free tastings with purchase to an additional 7 wineries- ($56-$84 value)
  • 23 wineries offer from 10% to 25% discount on purchases

(Average 17% discount on all wine purchases)

Total value of card $100- $150 PLUS  depending on purchases

Visit our reservation calendar to select your room and secure this great wine appreciation offer
Visit our blog for the latest news on North Fork and Long Island Wine Country events.

Click on the link to our reservation page for specials and retail items that you can add to your stay to enhance your visit

A Long Island Wine Country vacation at Shorecrest BnB by the Sea

Book three nights at full price midweek in June and your 4th night is free! Your stay night will include a complimentary bottle of wine and chocolates on arrival, our exclusive winery discount and complimentary tastings card for you  to use at 24 local wineries, access to our two private beaches, full  concierge services  and of course our full four course candlelit gourmet breakfast!

Visit our new Area Attractions page on the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast website to see interactive maps of the area. We are adding to them all the time. You will be amazed by how much there is to see and do on the North Fork and at Shorecrest we offer the concierge services that help you make the most of your time here. We look forward to welcoming you to Shorecrest and the North Fork soon.

 

A North Fork Wine and Food Appreciation Experience

At this wine tasting and food pairing class at a local winery you will:

• Meet the wine maker and tour the vineyard.

• Learn about viticulture from vineyard to barrel, from bottle to glass, from pouring to tasting!

• Taste up to 8 different wines paired with a generous smorgasbord of cheeses, fruits, savories and sweets, to teach you what goes with what!

• Leave with your own set of tasting notes on the wines you have sampled, an aroma wheel explaining the mysteries of wine appreciation and a knowledge of how to judge and appreciate wine.

Use your EXCLUSIVE  24 winery discount card to continue exploring the vineyards of the North Fork of Long Island, enjoying complimentary tastings and generous discounts along the way.

Dates available:

• Saturday  June 12th

5-6:30 pm, 7:30-9 pm

• Saturday  July 10th

5-6:30pm, 7:30-9pm

• Saturday July 24th

5-630pm, 7:30-9pm

• Saturday August 7th

5-630pm, 7:30-9p

• Saturday August  21st

5-6:30pm, 7:30-9pm

Couples Golf 2 Night Getaway

 

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast, located on the Long Island Sound less than a five minute drive from Island’s End Golf course is the perfect place to ‘come home to’ after a satisfying yet tiring day on the links!

Enjoy 1 round of golf for two including cart and club rental at Island’s End Golf Course

2 luxurious nights in a queen room at the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast

Full gourmet breakfast each day

Complimentary beverage and snacks (available 3pm until early evening)

Golfers also receive our 24 Winery Discount and Free Tastings Certificate EXCLUSIVE to guests of Shorecrest and other NFBBA member BnB’s!

Dates and Rates for Golfing stays:

June – Labor Day weekend

$375 per person, 2 night stay

Fall and winter (Post Labor day through April 30th)

$365 per person, 2 night stay

Weeknight Couple golf package – Sunday thru Thursday (except July and August):

Deduct $25 from per person rate for two night weekday package

Holiday Rates

Add $25 per day national holidays

Run for the Roses on the North Fork for Memorial Day weekend

The Shorecrest beach on Long Island Sound after a spring storm

We’re expecting some beautiful weather and this is the  FINAL WEEKEND of the 2010 RUN FOR THE ROSES campaign!

VISIT PARTICIPATING WINERIES TO SAMPLE THEIR EXCELLENT ROSÉ WINES and contribute to a very important cause: ONE DOLLAR OF EVERY BOTTLE OF ROSÉ PURCHASED DURING THE MONTH WILL BE DONATED TO CANCERCARE.

The current list of offers this weekend includes:

WINERIES:

Bella Vita Vineyard:
Receive a free wine glass with every purchase of our Bella Vita Rosé. $1 from every bottle sold will be donated to CancerCare. Food pairings every weekend from 12 – 6pm.  Call 631 734 8282 for more information.

Bouké Wines:
During the month of May, sample Bouké’s Rosé as part of the special tasting menu at The Tasting Room in Peconic. $1.00 from every bottle of Bouké Rosé sold will be donated to CancerCare. ALSO: Taste our Rosé at Claudio’s Restaurant in Greenport throughout the month.

Castello di Borghese:
ALL SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS IN MAY: ALL SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS IN MAY: Choose any Tasting Flight at Castello di Borghese and we will include a complimentary extra taste of our Rosé Fleurette ’08. For every bottle of our rosé, Fleurette sold, one dollar will be donated to CancerCare.

Comtesse Therese:
During the month of May, sample Comtesse Therese’s Rosé as part of the special tasting menu at The Tasting Room in Peconic. $1.00 or every bottle of Comtesse Therese Rosé sold will be donated to CancerCare.

Clovis Point:
During the month of May, $1 per bottle of Rosé sold will be donated to CancerCare.

Croteaux Vineyard:
Every Saturday in May, 1 pm: “French Crepe Demonstration” by Paula Croteaux owner of Farmhouse Kitchen Cooking School. Recipes & Crepe Sampling will be included with our tasting. During the month, $1 per Rosé 3- pack will be donated to CancerCare. Come to the Croteaux Tasting Barn and see our beautiful Spring gardens!

Duck Walk North and South:
During May, Duck Walk is pleased to donate $1.00 of each bottle of Windmill Blush to CancerCare.

Harbes Family Farm and Vineyards:
During the month of May, one dollar from each bottle of Rosé sold will be donated to the CancerCare.

Jamesport Vineyards:
Every weekend in May, Jamesport will feature our Rosé wine with fresh local oysters.
$1 per bottle of Rosé sold will be donated to CancerCare.

Lieb Family Cellars:
Complimentary tastings of our white merlot all through May.

Macari Vineyards & Winery:
During the month of May, $1 per bottle of Rosé sold during the month will be donated to CancerCare!

Martha Clara Vineyard:
During May, Martha Clara will donate $1 from each two or more bottle sale of Rose to CancerCare.

One Woman Wines:
May 29: LIVE MUSIC (weather permitting)
Every weekend: Enjoy a special cheeseplate with a glass of our Rose ($11) and throughout the month purchase a case of our Rose for only $100 (regularly $144); AND if our Goat has a baby in May, we will name it Rosie, and it will be in the pasture up front for everyone to see!!!

Palmer Vineyards:
During the month of May: Free Tastings of current Blushes and Rosé(s) every Saturday and Sunday. 10% discount on any wine purchase of 3 bottles or more.

Pindar:
Throughout May, Pindar is pleased to donate $1.00 of each bottle of Spring Splendor sold in the tasting room during the month of May to CancerCare.

Roanoke Vineyards:
Purchase a bottle of our Rosé and $1 will be donated to CancerCare.

Waters Crest Winery:
May 29, 3 – 5pm Alley O designer cookies will be releasing the exclusive COCO VIN Waters Crest cookie, paired with our new 2009 Rosé. Visit www.waterscrestwinery.com for more details.

Wolffer Estate Vineyards:
Visit the Wolffer Estate Wine Stand on the Montauk Highway:Purchase a bottle of our Rosé and $1 will be donated to CancerCare.

RESTAURANTS:

A Mano: During the month of May, NO CORKAGE FEE on any Long Island Rosé purchased at local wineries.

Amarelle: For the entire month of May, Domaines Corey Creek Rosé 2008 will be paired with an appetizer especially prepared for the Run for the Rosés.
May 27, 6:30: A six course wine pairing dinner with Bedell Cellars including Corey Creek Rosé 2008

Claudio’s Restaurant & Clam Bar: Throughout May, sample a special selection of Long Island Rosés by the glass.

Plus if you are staying at the Shorecrest BnB or one of our rental houses you get to use our fabulous beach on Long Island Sound or launch your kyaks from our other beach on the inlet behind the BnB.

We look forward to seeing you at the Shorecrest and on the North Fork soon and wish you a wonderful Memorial Day weekend.

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast – A North Fork Gardeners Diary

Daffodils on the berm in early April at the Shorecrest

Early harbingers of spring, daffodils wave to passers by on route 48 in Southold

Part 1

The Passionate Gardener

This is going to be a section of my blog devoted primarily to gardening. I hope to add to it weekly during the season. There are lots of things I want this blog to be about but one aspect of life I am most interested in and passionate about , is the beauty and wonder of nature, and particularly the artistic pleasure of harnessing those wonders in creating a garden

I feel so fortunate to be living and working on the North Fork of Long Island. With its rich soil and (fairly) agreeable climate for plant health, it is a fine place to grow a garden and I count my lucky stars every day as I cross the road from my BnB to the beach, walk by the waters of the Long Island Sound and if I time it right enjoy a glorious sunset.

My last three houses were purchased  largely because of their location on a parcel of land with  potential  for a  garden. I have ‘built’ or ‘created’ gardens throughout my life wherever I have lived. As an art student living in a rented ground floor ‘flat’  in East London with only enough money to buy a dozen or so packets of ‘four o’clock’, marigold, lupine and nasturtium seeds to spread around a bare patch of earth in the forlorn looking back yard, a carpet of color was created that lasted from Spring until Frost.

Pansies and perennials in the Shorecrest secret garden

Instant gratification; pansies can be planted in April for early color in the flower border

When I first moved to New York I took a summer rental in the Catskills so that although I was living in a Manhattan apartment with no garden  I could spend my vacation days double digging flower beds and ambitiously planting climbing roses and every variety of annual I could find for an ‘instant gratification’ garden. The landlord was quite happy to have me do the work and beautify his cottage, but obviously thought I was quite mental!

I grew up in England and one of my earliest memories is the garden my uncle made when we moved from the city to the countryside when I was 5 years old. Our house was literally built on what a few months before had been a cow pasture. I ‘helped’ him lay out the flower beds and lawns, double dig the vegetable patch, and use a giant hand sieve to remove stones and pebbles from the less than perfectly loamy soil. I was fascinated when he turned an oil drum filled with cement and the handles and axle from an old baby carriage into a giant roller to flatten and grade the soil before planting grass seed for a lawn that could have served as a putting green it was so perfect.

Speicies tulips April 2010 in the meditation garden

Species tulips return every year

Every day I walked to school past the gardens of my neighbors, all apparently committed horticulturists and took a great interest in the health and progress of their dahlias, roses, chrysanthemums et al. In England almost everyone is a gardener; it seems to be in the blood, but it probably also has a lot to do with being blessed with an almost perfect climate for a wide variety of flowering plants. We never had to contend with the humid but overly warm nights that you find in New York (bliss for fungus diseases, awful for plants prone to downy mildew and black spot) or a sudden inexplicable hail storm on an otherwise perfect June day with hail stones sharp as knives and the size of quarters that can decapitate every bud on the roses and hydrangeas; or Lyme ticks lurking in the shrubbery! But the North Fork of Long Island and my spot in particular, surrounded as it is by the moderating waters of the Long Island Sound and the Ashamomaque inlet of Shelter Bay is much more temperate and better suited to growing things than almost any other area of New York State. This, and the remarkable richness of the soil is why there are so many wineries and farms here also.

Flame colored hybrid tulips compliment red maple leaves in the Shorecrest meditation garden

What follows is the story of my current garden at the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast. It is a work in progress as all gardens are and in my next post I will explain how it came into being. Hopefully you will follow along with the trials and tribulations of combating voles, sudden late frosts and all the drama and pleasure that go along with the job of taking care of a garden.

Meanwhile I have included photographs here of the garden as it looked earlier in the season as it just awoke from its winter sleep, in March and April.

Until the next time…..

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Golf Getaway at Island’s End in Greenport, NY

Voted ‘Best BnB on Long Island’ by Channel 12 news viewers and top rated on Trip Advisor and Bed and Breakfast. Com, Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast, located on the Long Island Sound less than a five minute drive from Island’ End Golf course is the perfect place to ‘come home to’ after a satisfying yet tiring day on the links!

We’ll pamper you with afternoon tea or choice of beverages and a tasty snack which you can enjoy in the living room, porch, deck and gardens or take a glass to our beach and rest on our Adirondack chairs as you toast the sunset. You could also treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage in your room before heading out to dinner at one of the excellent local restaurants.

Each morning guests enjoy a four course gourmet breakfast in Victorian style surrounded by period antiques, Venetian glass, fine art and vintage china and silver. The bedrooms have recently upgraded private baths, the best linens, finest mattresses, flat screen TV with premium cable and wireless internet.

Please call Shorecrest at 631 765 1570, email Marilyn@shorecrestbedandbreakfast.com or visit our website www.shorecrestbedandbreakfast.com for more information.

PACKAGES FOR 2010

2 NIGHT COUPLES GOLF GETAWAY
• 1 round of golf for two including cart and club rental at Island’s End Golf Course
• 2 luxurious nights in a queen room at the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast
• Full gourmet breakfast each day
• Complimentary beverage and snacks (available 3pm until 10pm)

MAY
$345 per person

JUNE – LABOR DAY WEEKEND
$375 per person

FALL
$365 per person

WEEKNIGHT COUPLE GOLF PACKAGE – MONDAY THRU THURSDAY
Deduct $25 from per person rate for two night weekday package

HOLIDAY RATES

Add $25 per day national holidays

In addition to the above package we will be happy to customize your golf/BnB stay according to your needs and requirements.

For directions to Island End Golf Course, click on the map!

Greenport, North Fork, Long Island – a nature walk and birding by iphone at the Arshamomaque Preserve.


Warm days in April are some of the best times to walk the trails of the  Arshamomaque nature preserve on Chapel Lane in Greenport, Long Island, a two minute drive from the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast on the way to Greenport village.

The preserve is 51 acres, part of the Long Island Pine Barrens Maritime Reserve and listed for protection because of its exceptional scenic, biological and recreational resources and at this time of year offers a rare and brief opportunity to see and photograph the Vernal ponds .

Reflections in a vernal pond

This week the weather was perfect, mild but with a crispness in the air, and as the trees had not yet leafed out there was nothing to restrict the view of the magical reflections in the ponds, which cover a large area of the preserve at the end of winter.

Swamp Cottonwood in early Spring

These expanses of water which only exist for a short time as a result of the snows and rains of winter will dry up entirely as the weather warms but not before the many animals that depend on them, especially for breeding will have completed one important cycle of their lives. Most of these animals such as frogs, toads, turtles, and salamanders spend a majority of their life in the nearby wetlands but migrate to breed or feed in these productive vernal pools. Fingernail clams and air-breathing snails live their entire life in vernal pools and must burrow beneath leaves and mud when the pool dries until the water returns. Fairy shrimp produce eggs that remain in the dry pool after the adult’s death and hatch after the pool refills.

Wood anenomes carpet the forest floor in April

Arial photographs indicate that sixty percent of the preserve was once farmed. Over time fields were left fallow and resulted in the mixed stages of plant succession that you can see as you pass along the trails. Some meadow like areas are at early stages of development and still dominated by grasses and perennial herbs, providing food and cover for white tailed deer, bobwhite quail and eastern cottontails.

A grassy meadow within the preserve

A large area is at the shrub land stage where eastern red cedar and northern bayberry prevail, providing cover for animals to sleep, roost and escape predators. Finally stands of black locusts, a fast growing deciduous tree represent a more advanced stage of succession, and these will eventually, in many years give way to beeches, oaks and hickories.

Reflections in the Marsh

The preserve also includes an example of a swamp cottonwood forest, rare in NY State, also mixed with other swamp hardwoods which support specialized bird and animal populations.

The short or the long trail- you choose

The blue trail will take you to the bird observation tower, a tree house like structure with a view over the marsh.

Bird spotting from the tree house blind

I brought my iphone with the ‘chirp!USA’ app, a bird song and photograph identification tool that I have used in my back yard to attract different species to my feeders. This time I played the Redwing blackbird song and sure enough, within minutes an interested male of the species was checking out the source – of  a rival or possible mate? – not being a bird, I really had no way to tell!

Male Redwing blackbird checking out my iphone

Arshamomaque is only one of many preserves on the North Fork which offer such quiet and tranquil beauty all year round including the National Audubon Society preserve just a few minutes from the Shorecrest . I will be writing about the others soon in this blog and reporting back as they change with the season.

Cattail Marsh from the bird blind

Cattail Marsh viewed from the bird blind

I hope you will find the time to visit and enjoy them too, and ask us about our special discounts for National Audubon and Garden Conservancy members for off season and mid week stays, and a private tour of the Shorecrest gardens.

March view from the bird blind

The Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast gardens are predominantly planted up with perennials and a generous dose of annuals, mostly self seeded from the previous year, to maintain color and fill in gaps when the perrenial borders aren’t quite up to par.

I’ll be writing about them in my next blog post  and following up with progressive articles as they change throughout the year

We look forward to welcoming you to Shorecrest soon and would love to be your guide and helper as you explore the natural beauty of the North Fork.

Spring has sprung and the gardens are in bloom on Long Island’s North Fork

Some of my Southold Neighbors enjoying the April Sunshine

I was in Manhattan last week on Central Park South the day that the temperature reached ninety degrees. I love this time of year in New York City. The leaves were already bursting into pale green on the trees, almost two weeks earlier than here on the North Fork where the temperature never rose above 75 F that day. The water that surrounds our area moderates the temperature all year round, giving us milder temperatures in the winter and always providing a welcome cooling effect in the dog days of summer.

The salt air really suits certain plants, like hydrangeas which can be spectacular later in the year. My garden has giant ancient specimens lining the walk leading up to the front door that were planted in the 1920’s. The daffodils on the berm in front of my house are putting on quite a show right now and I am looking forward to the sequential plantings of flowering perennials that will follow right through the fall.

Hydrangeas from the Shorecrest garden later in the year

I’m a bit of a Jackson Pollock gardener when it comes to design and layout. This is largely due to time constraints (running a BnB is a busy life) and the large amount of space I needed to fill quickly ( the front border that flanks route 48 is 20 feet wide and almost 200 feet long) when I  decided to turn the wild jungle that was here in 2005 into the kind of tapestry of floral textures and colors that I have today. Of course, I’m never done and my next big project is the dividing hedge I want to grow between the East Lawn and the roadside border, to give both  privacy to the side of the house and create another ‘garden room’. I’m also thinking of turning the vacant plot next to me into a meadow of wild flowers and grasses. Stay tuned to my blog for pictures and progress reports!

Garden Conservancy Open Days program

Each month brings it’s own special glory in the garden and a great treat for me is to visit private local gardens that open to the public once a year as part of the Garden Conservancy Open Days program. Apart from the visual treat I learn a lot from these visits and often get some great ideas on plant combinations and what will and will not grow well here.

On May 1st there are several gardens open in Suffolk County ‘s Hamptons on the South Fork. Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is delighted to offer special rates to guests who would like to visit these gardens and also spend some time on the North Fork enjoying our spectacular countryside, beaches, wineries and farms. We are just a ferry ride from the South Fork so please call Shorecrest  (631 765 1570) or visit our web site for more information on our ‘Garden Conservancy’ package which includes a private guided tour of our own acre garden.

Below is a list of the open gardens in May in Suffolk’s  East end. For directions and information on tickets please visit the Garden Conservancy web site. We’ll be posting more on gardening and gardens on the North Fork and the June Schedule for Open Days soon.

Open Gardens on the East End of Suffolk county New York On May 1st 2010

Abby Jane Brody

44 Glade Road
East Hampton, New York

This is primarily a woodland garden in which the native oaks are the upper story. It is a plant collector’s garden with a special emphasis on rare or unusual flowering trees and shrubs as well as herbaceous plants. The half-acre site has something in flower, often fragrant, almost every day of the year. In early May, the last of the camellias and hellebores may be in bloom, as well as daphne, epimediums, and hundreds of other woodland plants.

Margaret Kerr

1006 Springs Fireplace Road
East Hampton, New York

The garden, designed by Kerr, surrounds the house and studios on two acres that extend down to the wetlands of Accabonack Harbor. Kerr’s brick rug sculptures, inspired by tribal Middle Eastern carpets, are placed throughout the garden. One, a brick prayer rug, lies in a contemplative glade below her studio. Kerr collects plants grown in the Middle Ages in a courtyard around a fountain and lily pool highlighted with espaliered pear trees. In the spring, drifts of thousands of daffodils bloom in the fields around the house and are left unmown until late fall. Native grasses and wildflowers make islands of meadow during the summer.

Biercuk/Luckey Garden

18 Sayres Path
Wainscott, New York

This four-season woodland garden under a high oak canopy shelters a collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmia, pieris, understory trees, perennials, bulbs, and tropicals in season. A mostly sunny, rear corner contains a pool designed as a pond with a waterfall and is surrounded with plantings which peak mid-July through October. Winding paths and stone walls enhance a sense of depth and elevation change on a mostly flat acre. There is something in bloom every season.

The Garden of Dianne B

86 Davids Lane
East Hampton, New York

Idyllically located between the East Hampton Nature Trail lovingly known as the ‘Duck Pond’ and an impressive apple orchard, this evolving new garden exists on a charmed acre. A grand magnolia and other splendid old trees provide the anchor, as well as hiding places for Dianne’s trove of odd woodland plants—especially her beloved jack-in-the-pulpits. This is a garden where layers of variegated plants, big circular leaves, unexpected sculptures, twisted trees, and weepers of all kinds provide much more drama than what is in bloom. Fritillaria are her specialty among thousands of spring bulbs and extraordinary tree peonies. It sets the stage for her garden website, her Hamptons Cottages and Gardens column, and embodies all the principles from her book, DIRT.

Golf on Long Island’s North Fork: Island’s End in Greenport

As the name suggests, Island’s End Golf Course is at the far end of the North Fork, just a few miles from Orient Point and a five minute drive to the east from Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast, in one of the most beautiful spots on Long Island. You can golf here year round, except for Christmas Day and public players can book tee times 7 days in advance. The golf course and country club is semi private and includes a Pro Shop, driving range, practice putting green, sand trap and chipping areas. You can rent clubs, take private and group lessons, and refreshments are available at the restaurant and bar or beverage cart on weekends.
Island’s end has a great reputation for the quality of the course and its natural beauty. For a spectacular sunset view, plan on playing the 16th hole, which extends to the bluffs looking west over the Long Island Sound, towards the end of the day. If you play earlier, you can always be back at the Shorecrest in time to stroll across to our own beach and toast the sun as it dips behind the horizon with a glass of wine or a beer sitting in one of our Adirondack chairs. Ask for some crackers and cheese to take with you and we will be happy to oblige!
Island’s End is located on route 25 in Greenport, and like Shorecrest, a reasonable drive from any part of Long Island. But positioned as we both are, in the North Fork’s most rural and bucolic area, you feel that you have entered a different world from the largely urban or suburban landscape you will find on the rest of the island. Driving from New York City or the west, as you approach Riverhead, take exit 71 north, then turn right onto Sound Avenue. You will avoid traffic bottlenecks of the Tanger outlets and immediately enter farm country. A half hour drive past miles of wineries and farms, where almost every country road or lane will eventually take you to a secret beach or quiet harbor, will calm the mind and get you ready for your North Fork getaway.
Shorecrest is offering special packages for our golfing visitors. During April, add only $40 for each person golfing to the cost of your stay and we will include a pre-booked T time with golf cart and free club rentals should you need them (you can demo the latest from the golf shop!)
For more golf packages including massage and spa options for the non golfer, dinner packages, to go breakfasts and picnic lunches check out ‘specials and packages’ on the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast reservation and availability calendar, or call us with your special requests. We will be delighted to help make your stay a memorable one!

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