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Kontokosta Winery opens near Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast

Kontokosta near Shorecrest 1It seems that lately there is always something new and fun happening on the North Fork of Long Island, but I am particularly thrilled when it happens near Shorecrest B&B and is so convenient for my guests to enjoy. The particular something I am talking about is Kontokosta Winery,  a new vineyard and winery that opened just down the road and is one of the first to open on the Sound. It’s only 2.8 miles away or a quick four minute drive from Shorecrest.

I was enchanted the minute I turned off the North road and drove up the long driveway that cuts through the center of the vineyard. It reminded me of the approach to an ancient French chateaux. The exterior was reminiscent of an east end barn, with inviting large red entry doors and is the work of architects Tom Samuels and Nancy Steelman, the husband-and-wife team behind Samuels & Steelman Architects, who managed to get a  rural barn feel from the outside and create a Soho urban loft vibe on the inside. The building is perched in a unique position, high on the cliffs with the large glass windows overlooking the Long Island Sound to the north and the vineyard to the south.

What impressed me most when entering the winery was the long farmhouse style tables, they were completely covered with copper which gave them a distinctly modern twist. The place had a comfortable, yet industrial feel. The main tasting bar was a polished slate. A slate patio facing the sound enables you to take in the breath taking view while enjoying wine alfresco or if you prefer, there’s exterior seating with vineyard views on the other side of the building.  A large second floor open loft area has seating and even more amazing views, but is open only to wine club members who can reserve the area for private parties or tastings. Since it was a slow day and the area was empty, our host allowed us to go up and take a look around. I couldn’t help but imagine how much fun could be had by Shorecrest guests who booked a stay and scheduled a party in this room! I think I might do it myself! My friends and I were enjoying ourselves so much we lingered past closing time, but instead of being shooed away, our host started playing Gershwin tunes on the piano. It was the perfect ending to a terrific afternoon.

Although the winery is new and wines are relatively young, the reds were delicious with a full body and depth. It is also a member of L.I. Sustainable Wines touting a green building, wind energy, xeriscaping and an organic community garden that supports local non-profits.  Their website doesn’t have much on it, but their Facebook page is kept current with lots of interesting information and events. –Can’t wait to hear what my guests have to say about this interesting new winery.

A few months later on Feb. 23, I attended a benefit for the talented and loved chef Gerry Hayden, from North Fork Table and Inn who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, hosted by Knotokosta and Slow Food East End. Great food was provided by chefs from all over the east end at the sold out event and it was quite inspiring to see so many of Gerry and his wife Claudia’s peers and colleagues in the restaurant world come together for him.

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Our Slogan Contest

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I needed an 8-12 word slogan for my new brochure, but was stumped: how could I condense the essence of Shorecrest into something so short? Then I had the brilliant idea (though I say it myself) to make it a competition for my former guests. I received far more entries than I expected and they were all so good! I also learned a lot about what it is that makes Shorecrest so special to each of them, which was touching and gratifying.

In the end, the 12 word limit meant it was not possible to include everything about Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast that guests have enjoyed, so the ‘judge’ (who knows me and my BnB very well) selected the one that encompassed the ‘experience’ and ‘feeling’ of this place.

And the Slogan Contest Winner is…

We did a little tweaking, but the winner by a nose is:

Oceanfront Elegance meets Old World Charm in the Heart of Wine Country – (mostly) by Kara Joy

Kara also included a photograph, which I had said would be extra points!

Unfortunately we couldn’t fit in anything about the food, which so many wrote about, and which is very important part of the pleasure of a stay here. But the slogan has all the other key aspects of staying here. “Elegance meets Old World Charm” captures the unique experience of enjoying this historic house full of old but beautiful things, collected over a lifetime; the comfort and tranquility of the high ceilinged and always peaceful rooms; and books, games and a cozy fire in the winter. The spirit of the phrase also includes my favorite part of this place, our semi-formal gardens. “Waterfront” encapsulates our wonderful location. We’re surrounded by water, with our own private beach on the Long Island Sound in front, and another on the inlet behind the house. And by including “in the heart of Wine Country” Kara signals one of the great reasons to come here, to explore the North Fork’s many vineyards and their special events.

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Slogan Contest Runners Up…

Although Kara’s entry gets the big prize, there were some close runners up; picking hers to win was hard. A full list of entries is at the end of this post, and you’ll see, they are full of lovely, heart-warming sentiments. Thank you! Nonetheless I committed to awarding three runners up $50 off a one night stay, $100 off of two nights, can be used any time, so choices had to be made.

These all tie for second:

A wine country getaway that feeds your heart & senses, by Beth de Marte
A relaxing North Fork country escape served with comfort & elegance, by Christine & Joe Frevola 

and

Relaxation and elegance in the heart of Long Island Wine Country by Jon McGinn.

Still, all the entries were so good– what great reviews they would make (hint)—that I’ve decided to expand the prizes. Everyone else who entered (even those of you who wrote way over 12 words maximum) can also get $50 off a one night stay, $100 off of two nights, but unlike the second prize winners, to claim yours you must use it by mid-April for a weekend stay or the end of June for a mid-week stay.

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Full list of Slogan Contest Entries (in no particular order)

Christine & Joe Frevola: A relaxing North Fork country escape served with comfort & elegance.

Alexandra Margliano: Got engaged there near the big rock on the Shore. The best stay and experience ever… “The East End’s most tranquil home away from home.”

Beth DeMarte: Your wine country getaway- where breakfast is divine & the sea is at your door; A wine country getaway that feeds your heart & senses…; Relax, dine, rewind – your wine country getaway awaits!

Alison Terry: The Shorecrest B & B~ takes you a million miles away: charming, cozy, comfy, vineyards, amazing views from the front door… You would never believe you are in New York!

Kara Joy: I am a prior guest and had a wonderful experience! My slogan entries are: “A Place Where Oceanfront Elegance Meets Old World Charm”; “Waterfront elegance and old warm charm in the heart of Long Island’s wine country”

Joe Salvatore: “Follow your heart to RnR (relaxation and romance) at the Islands best BnB”.

Janice Maer: “Take in some RnR at Long Island Wine Country’s Best Kept Secret”

Alison Terry: The Shorecrest B & B is just the beginning of your weekend get away, luxury at every turn: wine, double massages, beach, and delicious cuisine… Enjoy!!!; Enjoy a weekend away without going too far, but feeling far away… warm, cozy, in an exquisite environment”; A lovely sanctuary away from everything, with all the comforts of an exquisite inn and magnificent wine and restaurants.

Jon McGinn: “Relaxation and elegance in the heart of Long Island Wine Country”

Adam Solomon “A heartwarming magical stay awaits you at this timeless, picturesque, waterfront Inn”

Emmett Hanratty:

S ilk road room

H istorical bldg.

O ur 2 private north fork beaches

R ose room and suite

E ast room

C hampagne picnic

R ed or white wine and cheese surprise

E astern long island beauty

S outh west room

T remendous view and gorgeous sunsets

Many thanks to all my former guests who contributed their slogan to the contest. This was such fun I am thinking of running more of them!

Last Minute Holiday Gift of Shorecrest

Give the gift of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast this holiday

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast garden after the snow storm

Still searching for that perfect last minute holiday gift? Give the experience of a stay at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and get a bonus towards a future stay for you too! For every $250 Gift certificate you buy (for use any time) receive an additional $50 voucher free towards a stay or service (must be redeemed by April 15th 2014 for weekend stays, or June 15th 2014 for weekday stays).

I am giving ‘experiences’ rather than ‘stuff’ to those on my list this year (and to myself too!) This holiday I have tickets for sports and theatre events to share with my family and friends, meals booked at favorite restaurants, and travel plans too. Our memories of great times spent together will last forever!

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast gift certificates come festively packaged, printed on an 8×10 sheet accompanied by our brochure, North Fork guide and winery tour map. We can guarantee delivery by Christmas Eve for all orders received by December 21st. All stays include our famously reviewed gourmet breakfast, our exclusive discount card to wineries, restaurants and local businesses, use of our two private beaches and gardens, and concierge services to help you enjoy your stay.

Create some wonderful memories this year for your loved ones and friends by giving the gift of the North Fork and a stay at the Shorecrest. Gift certificates can also be used towards a stay at any of our rentals houses. To purchase visit the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast website, click on the Specials tab and then Gift Certificates in the drop down menu – or call 631 765 1570. Happy Holidays, and we look forward to welcoming you to Shorecrest soon.

For last minute shoppers, a gift certificate for the experience of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast

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Shellabration!

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This weekend is the East End’s annual Shellabration of all the Peconic Bay’s delicious bounty–scallops, oysters, and clams. Fourteen restaurants will offer $5 tapas-sized plates of shellfish treats, paired with local wines for $3. While all of the restaurants are top notch, of special note are Noah’s, which was the only North Fork restaurant to make Newsday’s 2013 list of top seafood restaurants on Long Island, and First and South, which will cap off Shellabration Saturday with a late night Prohibition Party in honor of the 80th anniversary of alcohol’s legalization. All of the food and wine specials are on offer Saturday and Sunday from noon to five. A list of restaurants and their matching vineyards is here.  In addition, local merchants will stay open late. You can sample mulled wine, cookies and gifts as you stroll the vilage shops. Details here.

Support the continuing restoration of Peconic Bay by buying a wristband. ($15/one, discounts for multiple bands.)  Profits go to the Southold Project in Aquaculture Training (SPAT) and the Greenport Rotary Club. Your wristband entitles you to a free glass of Greenport Harbor Ale, and a SPAT sponsored raw bar tasting of Peconic Bay Scallops, Clams and Oysters.

Shorecrest Shellabration

Shorecrest is conveniently located on the cusp of Greenport Village, just five minutes from the festivities downtown. And yet we’re just far enough away that the revelry cannot pierce our peaceful, quiet comforts. In honor of this terrific festival, I will give you two free wristbands–for the raw bar and ale–if you stay with me at Shorecrest two nights, or stay three nights at any of our rental houses.

Holiday Specials on the North Fork

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Stay at Shorecrest and enjoy the many holiday happenings on the North Fork of Long Island!

 

December 6th through the 8th on the North Fork: Cutchogue Holiday House Tour and ‘Shellabration’

The Cutchogue Holiday House Tour, on Saturday December 7th from 12:30 to 3:30 is a beautiful way to get into the holiday spirit. Tour four beautifully decorated homes, each paired with a vineyard, restaurant or business, and enjoy wine, appetizers, and dessert. Although this stunning event is $50 per person, if you stay two nights with me at Shorecrest or three nights at any of our rental houses, I’ll give you two free tickets!

Shellabration is an annual a festival of food and wine happening on Saturday December 7th and Sunday December 8th, in the maritime village of Greenport, just five minutes from Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast. Although the culinary centerpiece of the festival are local, just harvested oysters, clams, and scallops, the delicious food opportunities reach far outside those shells—more than a dozen Greenport restaurants are participating. Again, if you stay two nights with me at Shorecrest or three nights at any of our rental houses, I’ll give you two free wristbands for the festival, each of which will get you a glass of Greenport Harbor Ale and fresh Peconic Bay Scallops, Clams and Oysters!

As ever, the comforts of Shorecrest include our well reviewed gourmet breakfasts and our exclusive winery discount card. Check out all the Shorecrest Wine Deals and winery map.

North Fork holidayBook soon while availability lasts!

To book this great deal, visit our website and click on the check availability icon to choose your room. Then ‘add’ the package offer of your choice by clicking on the ‘specials and packages’ tab and picking your weekend getaway package. Or if this is looking too much like work, call us at 631-765-1570 or email us at innkeeper@shorecrestbedandbreakfast.com and we will be happy to book this for you!

And stay tuned… more Deals are coming…

 

Escape to the North Fork-November Specials at Shorecrest

North Fork apple turnovers look good on the Minton china!

 Dine beautifully while enjoying these great North Fork getaway packages from Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and Beach Rental houses:

 

Procrastinators’ North Fork Weekend Specials

Bed, breakfast and wine:

Book two nights between November 15th and 17th and receive a $50 discount on the listed rate, plus our exclusive winery discount card to over 20 North Fork wineries! The winery card’s not just a coupon–some wineries are offering free tastings, and the terrific Sannino Bella Vita vineyard in Peconic will give you a complementary bottle of wine with your ‘red, white and pink’ tasting. (Check out all the Shorecrest Wine Deals and winery map.) All stays at the BnB of course include our well reviewed gourmet breakfasts and concierge services to help you plan your stay!

Escape to the Quiet Beach:

We are also offering these special offers for three night stays at a selection of our rental properties available for long weekend stays, great for family or friends and some of them welcome your pet. Visit the Vacation Rentals page of our website for photographs and details.

 

A North Fork Thanksgiving

Enjoy our beds and breakfasts, and have a Thanksgiving feast on us!

North Fork pumpkinsBook a three night stay at the BnB over the Thanksgiving Holiday, any time between November 26th and November 30,th  and we will buy your Thanksgiving dinner at Alure restaurant in Southold. You will also be treated to a champagne toast during your stay or a complimentary bottle of wine with your ‘red, white and pink’ tasting from Sannino Bella Vita vineyard.

Candlelight Tour: The Thanksgiving treats go beyond food and drink. On Friday November 29th, between 3pm and 6pm, do not miss the magic of the historical society’s annual Southold Village Candlelight Tour. Enjoy farm and home craft demonstrations, strolling musicians, caroling and the annual tree lighting on the village green.  The tour itself features 18 historic buildings, all decorated for the holidays as they would have been centuries ago. No admission charge; donations accepted.

Rent a vacation house for the holidays, eat and drink well…

A stay of 4 nights or more at the Lighthouse cottage, the Cutchogue cottage, or the Southold Studio includes a $75 gift certificate towards dinner for two at selected restaurants, our exclusive winery discount card to over 20 local wineries (some offering free tastings) and a complimentary bottle of wine at  Sannino Bella Vita vineyard.

Book soon while availability lasts!

To book either November special, visit our website and click on the check availability icon to choose your room. Then ‘add’ the package offer of your choice by clicking on the ‘specials and packages’ tab and picking your weekend getaway package. Or if this is looking too much like work, call us at 631-765-1570 or email us at innkeeper@shorecrestbedandbreakfast.com and we will be happy to book this for you.

Long Island Restaurant Week-Another Way to Taste the North Fork

Long Island Restaurant Week

This week is Long Island Restaurant Week, and some terrific East End restaurants are participating. Each is offering a special three course $27.95 prix fixe.

For fresh seafood creations, check out Southold’s A Lure. There you could try (as one option among seven different entrees) “Macadamia-Coconut Crusted Flounder/Key Lime Beurre Blanc/Sweet Potato Puree/Tiny French Beans.”

If you’d prefer Italian specialties, reserve at Mattituck’s aMano. Enjoy “Chicken Milanese/Arugula Salad/Heirloom Tomatoes” or any of the other eight entree options. Or you could head to Cutchogue’s Touch of Venice.

Going to Greenport, to check out all its shops and sights? Go to Noah’s for dinner. He’s offering a three course tasting menu with suggested wine pairings for every dish.

Many South Fork restaurants are participating too; the closest to Shorecrest is Sag Harbor’s Bell & Anchor. Its seafood prix fixe menu is here.

For the full list of participating East End restaurants, check out the home page of Long Island Restaurant Week.

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To really take advantage of everything delicious, you need to stay with me at Shorecrest. I’m conveniently close to all, and yet quietly across from the vast, serene shoreline (that’s our view). You’ll be able to relax and digest in peace. The calm will be even more important if you’re here this weekend, as restaurant week merges into the Taste of the North Fork festivities. See my other blog posts for details.

Taste the North Fork-Wineries!

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One way to Taste the North Fork this Veteran’s Day Weekend is hop on and off the free shuttle bus as it stops at twenty different wineries all along the North Fork. Each is offering something special, whether a discount, a featured vintage, or live music. Here are just a few examples:

On Saturday, Waters Crest Winery (one of my favorites, since winemaker Jim Waters is so kind to my guests) is offering a wine blending class from 2 to 3 pm. On Sunday Jim will host cooking with Tom Schaudel, which includes a food demonstration and tasting that includes a signed copy of Tom’s book, ‘Playing with Fire’. On Monday he’ll give you a personal winemaker’s tour, which is a 45 minute session plus a taste of 4 Waters Crest Wines.

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I’m participating in the Sannino Vine to Wine program

If you like vintage art, Sparkling Pointe Vineyard is offering a special collection of antique French posters, complimented by special tastings from its library of vintages. Bedell Cellars will have live music and special tastings. Sannino Bella Vita will be saluting our veterans by offering a 15% discount to members of the military, and everybody can get a red, white, or pink flight for just $5. The full list of participating wineries and the shuttle stops is here.

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One of the loveliest, easiest ways to enjoy all that our wineries have on offer this festival weekend is to stay at Shorecrest. Here you’ll find calm, quiet beauty, a delicious breakfast, and all the inside skinny I can offer on the happenings throughout the weekend. You’ll find Shorecrest an oasis adjacent to, but blissfully apart from, all the hullabaloo. Of course I’m joining in the spirit of the weekend–stay here and I’ll give you a certificate for a tasting at Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard and a free bottle of their delicious wine.

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