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Shellabration & Holiday House Tour

This weekend, visitors to the North Fork can party and feast at Shellabration in Greenport, take a spectacular holiday house tour, shop hand crafted gifts or simply enjoy a heavenly light show–the Geminid meteor shower. And those are just a few of the options…

Best of all, you can be pampered while you visit if you stay with us at the Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast. Check out our specials.


Saturday and Sunday from noon to four, the restaurants of Greenport have teamed up to delight you with culinary creations crafted from the bounty of the Peconic Bay–oysters, scallops, clams–paired with the best of our vineyards. For example, First and South is matched with Bedell, while the Frisky Oyster cavorts with Sparkling Pointe; 14 delicious pairings in all. Take the restaurant walk, sample and sip to your heart’s content.

Saturday at 5, join Greenport as it lights its Christmas tree in Mitchell Park; enjoy carols, cocoa and more. Shop late; the stores will be open past 6, so you can keep meandering and have many delightful opportunities to duck out of the nighttime cold. History buffs are in for a treat on Sunday, as the Little Red Schoolhouse on Front Street will be open during the restaurant walk–noon to four–displaying local artifacts, while hosts share tales of Greenport then and now, and the authors of Greenport in Postcards sign books. Full details here.

The Cutchogue Holiday House Tour and Tree Lighting

Want a more Christmas-themed festivity? Saturday offers something really special: The Cutchogue Holiday House Tour and Tree Lighting. As puts it:

“Four beautifully decorated homes welcome guests to enjoy wine tasting, appetizers /desserts provided by a vineyard and a restaurant. AlAlso visit two historical houses and take a farm tour; enjoy local merchants offering specials on the day.  Homes include Sannino Vineyard Bed and Breakfast, The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, the private home of designer Connie Cross, and Shades of Gray Cottage.

Additional stops are Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm, the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Society, 8 Hands farm and the Designer Showcase House & Emporium. End at Cutchogue Village Green with Christmas carols, lighting of the Christmas tree and refreshments. 11 am – 4 pm. Note, tickets are necessary; details here.

While you’re in Cutchogue, another must do is the Holiday Open House at the  Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild. Shop original art by local artists and handcrafted gifts; enjoy refreshments. Details.

Christmas at Hallockville

Sunday step back in time and enjoy old-fashioned Christmas fun at the Hallockville Museum Farm. Hallockville explains: “Celebrate the season the old-fashioned way with guided tours of historic homes decorated for the season, holiday music and special exhibits, children’s activities and event a special guest from the North Pole!

The Hallock Homestead will be decorated in the style of a Victorian Christmas, complete with antique toy displays, mince meat tarts baking in the wood stove and costumed interpreters. The Cichanowicz Farmhouse will depict a Depression-era Polish farming family’s Christmas traditions. Plus craft demonstrations, holiday shopping, homemade baked goods and more!” 12-3:30 pm. Details here.

Santa in Southold

Are you visiting with your kids? If so, Saturday you can find Santa at the Southold Historical Society’s Holiday Fair. Shop for gifts and cards from vendors carefully screened to ensure only the best hand-made items would be for sale. The Railroad Museum of Long Island shows off an elaborate model train display; kids can get their faces painted, do crafts, and receive a small gift from Santa,plus a free photo with him. Enjoy a bake sale and cafe, participate in a raffle with prizes donated from local merchants, farmers, and local artists. Details here.


While much more is happening this weekend–full listings at–visitors escaping the bright lights of the big city have one more very special treat in store: The Geminids. As Southold’s Custer Observatory explains: “the “Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak.” Here where the skies are dark, you can really see the show. (Clouds permitting of course.) Learn more here.

North Fork Escape: Candlelight Tour, Folk Art, & Christmas at the Show House 

If ‘Black Friday’ at the mall is not your idea of post-Thanksgiving fun, come to the North Fork this weekend; we’re the antidote to the alienating experience of mass shopping at big box stores.

On Friday you can rebel against crass commercialism by joining in a free, decades-old local tradition, the Southold Historical Society’s Candlelight Tour and Tree Lighting.  And all weekend, people who would rather give unique, hand crafted gifts made locally instead of whatever bits of plastic have been shipped from China to fill big box store shelves have several special shopping opportunities.

For example, all weekend you can shop the 23rd Annual Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art & Gift Show at the Hallockville Museum Farm for the best handcrafted gifts on the East End. Or enjoy a spectacular designer show house and ‘Best of the North Fork’ emporium set in a transformed 1835 manse, otherwise known as ‘Christmas at the Show House’.

While these rare events headline the weekend’s happenings, they’re not the only things going on. For a full list, check out on Wednesday afternoon to see the latest just as it’s published, or better still visit the site now and sign up for the free newsletter; that way you’ll be in the know just by checking your email.

Best of all, you can enjoy your stay at a discount. Visitors who wish to be properly pampered can take advantage of a Shorecrest special deal, while families wishing to bring the kids, or the dog, or people otherwise seeking a house instead of a B&B can scoop up a vacation rental at a special rate. Check out all the special discounts here.

The Candlelight Tour

Every year, on the Friday after Thanksgiving, the Southold Historical Society welcomes the public to a candlelit tour of the many historic buildings in its Maple Lane complex. At each location hosts in period dress welcome you and can explain the local history in as much detail as you wish.

The tour highlights  include Santa and his elves in old Pine Neck Barn and a blacksmith crafting nails and tools in the Blacksmith Shop. Crafty visitors can learn about traditional holiday arts including embroidery, rug hooking and knitting by watching demonstrations in the Ann Currie-Bell House. Kids who hang out by the old-fashioned cast iron stove in the Bay View Schoolhouse can make ornaments for the school tree.  Period music beckons from the cozy Thomas Moore House, providing a perfect background for exploring the beautiful, traditional decorations there.

Speaking of music, musicians in period costume wander the grounds, entertaining the crowd as it visits the many buildings, which also include a print shop, corn crib, icehouse and more.

No mall schlock here; these centuries’ old houses and workplaces are carefully and beautifully decorated, with no two alike. The tour is free, and runs from 3-6 pm. The tree lighting, including carols, is at 5 pm.

The 23rd Annual Country Parlor Holiday Folk Art & Gift Show

Set in Hallockville Museum Farm’s historic Naugles Barn, this event is the East End’s most unique fine folk art and craft show. It runs all day Friday and Saturday, and much of Sunday. The handmade crafts and gifts include tree trimmings, baskets, rugs, Santas, vintage and rustic home decor and gifts. And the organizers really do mean “hand made”: hand stitched, hand carved, hand hooked, hand woven and hand crafted! It’s hard to imagine a more powerful pushback against the Black Friday mass-produced plastic Christmas shopping experience than this deeply traditional shopping opportunity.

Holdiay Folk Art show Hallockville

Christmas at the Show House

A group of local designers has transformed the historic albeit staid Cutchogue Presbyterian 1835 manse into a beautiful showcase of holiday design and an emporium of local art, crafts, furnishings and goods. While there’s a small admission fee to the house—which goes to local charities—the experience of wandering the rooms and halls more than justifies having to buy a charity-supporting ticket.

North Fork long island Christmas shopping special designer show house emporium Cutchogue

What’s more, you’ll surely find a perfect gift or two (or dozen) from one of the many vendors. Check out the Facebook page or website for all the details. While this terrific event is open all weekend, unlike the events above, it will return for the two weekends thereafter. So come this weekend, and if you can’t get to the show house, come back again the following weekend and do it then.


North Fork Vacation Rentals

Shorecrest Properties has some great deals for North Fork vacation rentals this summer.

We still have weeks available in July and August for some of our two, three and four bedroom houses sleeping  from 4 to 8,  some overlooking water and all  walk to or close to beaches and some PET FRIENDLY! All our homes are newly renovated or updated, well maintained and spotless! Plus we offer exclusive discounts and free offers to local businesses and wineries, maps and guides and local knowledge to help you plan your visit to the North Fork.

Mother/Daughter waterfront cottage in Southold, with detached studio, sleeps 5-7. Stunning views and sunsets from your living room and patio, steps from private Shelter Bay sandy beach. New on market –   July 4th week available! $3400 per week in July, $3800 per week in August – take $400 dollars off if you book any week or more by July 1st . PET FRIENDLY

Mother daughter Southold beach on Shelter Bay

Mother daughter Southold beach on Shelter Bay

Mother daughter in Southold

Mother daughter in Southold


 90 feet of waterfront in Southold, kayak from your dock, with private beach rights. Luxury all new renovation spacious 3 bedroom with pull out sofa in one of 3 living areas, master suite, two large full baths and one half bath, outside shower. A couple of weeks still available in July and August. PET FRIENDLY

North Fork Waterfront inlet beach

North Fork Waterfront inlet beach



 Orient by the Sea, 3 bedroom with detached studio, large fenced in yard in safe quiet community. Private beach, ball field and play area minutes from Orient State Park and the Cross Sound ferry. Sleeps 7 in beds, inflatable mattress for two more permitted. Some weeks available in August. July sold out

Orient by the Sea garden studio

Orient by the Sea garden studio


 Southold 2 bedroom, 1 bath, beautifully renovated with enormous sunroom, all new open plan kitchen, patio and outdoor dining, steps to private sand beach and short drive to Goose Creek. Some weeks left in July and August. PET FRIENDLY

2 bedroom cottage large sunroom/den with dining area

2 bedroom cottage large sunroom/den with dining area



 Cutchogue 2 bedroom in the heart of wine country. Newly renovated with pull out sofa in living room, sleeps 6, 1 full, 1 half bath, outdoor dining and barbecue, views of inlet, kayak launch and lovely sandy shelter bay beach close by. A great deal at $2500 per week in July and August. PET FRIENDLY

Cutchogue wine country welcome wreath

Cutchogue wine country welcome wreath

Call Shorecrest Properties, 631 765 1570 to book today!





“Coast” into the center of Southold’s shopping district

The front of "Coast" in the heart of Southold's shopping district.

The front of “Coast” in the heart of Southold’s shopping district.

This is the third in a series of articles I am writing about a group of stores in Southold town and the second store I am blogging about. This blog is about the boutique store “Coast,” which is located one store west of Beckwith on Main in the heart of Southold town. As the name implies, this adorable little store focuses on the seashore and beach and all things associated with it. Think beach glass, driftwood, pictures of the seaside and sea creatures of all kinds. A shelf of open-mouthed fish jugs in at least 8 different colors caught my eye as I walked into the small but well-appointed space. I overheard another patron saying “I have never spent so much time in such a small store!”  It seems proprieter Maggie Merrill specializes in rustic signs on driftwood and will custom create them to your order. She also sells on etsy, has a nice Facebook page, Pinterst and Tweets

I think if I had wandered into this store after a great day on the beach, I would go into a fresh salt air and sun kissed skin induced buying spree! Maggie was so sweet, very helpful and accommodating. The shop offers the perfect accouterments for a beach themed room, a great accent or just a momento of your weekend at the beach on the North Fork.

Even though it's a small store, Coast is packed with items that will make you reminisce about your days by the shore.

Even though it’s a small store, Coast is packed with items that will make you reminisce about your days by the shore.

If you can't find the driftwood sign that you are looking for,  you can have them custom made.

If you can’t find the driftwood sign that you are looking for, you can have them custom made.