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New shops revitalize Southold Town


The White Flower Farmhouse at the corner of Beckwith and Main in Southold Town

When you see articles in the press lately about the North Fork, you read about the abundant wineries of Cutchogue and the much-extolled beauty of Greenport town, but rarely does Southold town come up. In past years Southold had become a “drive-through” town, with shuttered storefronts, realtors and only a few retail shops. But recently there has been a resurgence in Southold. In the past few years, stores have been opening- interesting, cute, quaint stores. These are the kind of stores that coax you to linger and offer you the unusual, handmade, quixotic and distinctive.

The heart of the town has become the corner of Beckwith and Main. At the corner, White Flower Farmhouse Antiques moved from Peconic Lane along with Taste of the North Fork. White Flower Farmhouse has been offering a clean cottage style of farmhouse antiques in vintage items for years. Taste of the North Fork has been offering Jams, Jellies preserves and items made food grown on the North Fork. Coast, a little shop that sells found and handmade items from the shore and Unique Antique Designs, and unusual antiques store that offers something for everyone, opened further east on Main and  a tag sale and clean out services store called Lost and Found opened down Beckwith. These stores linked existing stores like T&J Schlect Jewelry, the Drug store and further down the road, Complement the Chef (a great store that sell everything you need for your gourmet kitchen.) The historical societies’ Treasure Exchange has been offering local antiques, local interest books and other North Fork memorabilia for quite a while. There is Carol’s Kids Corner and Bath & Linens of Southold. Cap it off with the shops of the Feather Hill shopping center, which include Robert’s Jewelers and Elmer’s Custom Amish Furniture and you can have a nice lunch at Michelangelo’s or Wednesday’s table. Down the street is Jeni’s Main Street Grill. Across the way is the Southold Emporium Variety store and Rothman’s Dept. Store and Ye Olde Party Store housed in a medieval looking slate-roofed brick building.

Southold is really coming into its’ own and is now a place where you can spend an enjoyable afternoon, strolling up and down Main, shopping and having a bit to eat, enjoying all the charm of an old country town. We will be featuring some the shops of Southold in future blogs, so check back. And if your interest in local real estate, the realtors are still they’re too!


Compliment The Chef has been selling a wide variety of gourmet cooking implements, recipe books and tableware for over 10 years in Southold Town.


This slate roofed, brick building, one of the oldest buildings in town, houses “Ye Olde Party Shoppe” where you can browse through an extensive array of party supplies.


Taste of the North Fork recently moved from Peconic Lane in Peconic. The still sell a host of delicious food stuffs made form the bounty of the North Fork.


Coast and White Flower Farmhouse on the Main Road in Southold.

Great deal for restaurant week North Fork

Here is a shot of the interior of the restaurant, every table has a water view.

Here is a shot of the interior of the restaurant, every table has a water view.

For a great deal on Restaurant week on the North Fork this spring, stay with us at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast. The dates are from April 27- May 4th, and if you have ever participated in restaurant week, you know it’s a great way to try out new places or get the best value from the restaurants you already love. And to make the week an even better value, I am offering to pick up the tab on the prix fixe price at a couple of my local favorites when you book two nights. In addition you will receive  the NFBBA discount card which gives you discounts at local wineries and merchants, as well as local restaurants, boutiques and for spa services.

So far this year, the restaurants that are participating are: A Lure Chowder House & Oysteria  in Southold; aMano Osteria and Bar in Mattituck, Jamesport Manor Inn* and Jedediah Hawkins Inn* in Jamesport; Noah’s*  in Greenport; North Fork Table & Inn* in Southold; and   Touch of Venice in Cutchogue. All of these are great places to eat and will be offering a $27.95p.p. 3-Course prix fixe menu for the 8 day week. You can make an online reservation through open table at the restaurants marked *.

For more information on the week go to the Long Island Restaurant Week website . Put in East End in the find a restaurant section to see if any new places have been added at the last minute.

So, if you have been picking up on the North Fork Wine Country buzz and have wanted to check it out, but didn’t want to make the financial commitment, this is a great way to explore. A word of warning: you might get hooked! Here are a few pictures of A Lure, one of our favorites just a quick 2.4 mile, four minute drive from Shorecrest.


  And here is the breath taking view of the marina the restaurant overlooks. Don’t you wish you were here?

And here is the breath taking view of the marina the restaurant overlooks.
Don’t you wish you were here?

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.

Kontokosta near Shorecrest 2




Our Slogan Contest


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 


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!