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Holiday Getaways, Discounts, Gift Certificates and Greeting from Shorecrest BnB, Long Island

As 2012 draws to a close I want to wish you all the very best for the coming holidays and New Year. Hurricane Sandy was challenging for many of us on the east coast and I sincerely hope that if you, your friends or family were affected, all have now recovered. Shorecrest was relatively unscathed for which we are most grateful and to celebrate the season we are offering, for a limited time, several specials and packages for winter and spring getaways, and gift certificates with unique discounts to our former guests or if purchased by December 18th 2012. All offers are for two people, double occupancy.

A walk on the beach is a quiet pleasure in all seasons

Winter Romance Getaways in Long Island Wine Country

Our 2 night Winter Romance package at $655 includes massage for two, one $25 restaurant gift voucher, champagne picnic or wine class for 2, and Shorecrest’s exclusive discount card for 24 local wineries with free tastings

Purchase this package by visiting the specials and packages page on our website before December 18th 2012 and use it any time, any room by April 30th or Sunday through Thursday until June 30th 2013 ( Memorial Day excluded) Unredeemed vouchers can be used for face value after the special expiration date towards the cost of a stay.

Our 2 night Winter Romance package at $475 – valid for a 2 night stay in any room, any time through April 15th 2013: includes 1 x $50 *gift certificate for each guest towards a one hour massage, $20 restaurant gift voucher, champagne picnic or wine class for 2, discount card for 24 local wineries with free tastings.

* massage gift certificates are non refundable , use is optional

 Gift Certificates

Receive a $25 Coupon for every $225 dollars you spend on gift certificates this December!

With this ‘Buy a Gift, Get a Gift’ offer you receive a coupon that can be used towards a stay at Shorecrest or purchase of any Shorecrest retail item. To buy on line, visit our website and click on the ‘check B&B’ room; on the availability calendar page click  the Gift Certificate tab to make a selection, or call 631 765 1570 and ask for Marilyn for personal service.

You can always  speak to us about activities in the area; we will be happy to help you plan your trip, and remember, the North Fork has something to offer the visitor all year round. We once again present Winterfest and Jazz on the Vine from mid February through the end of March 2013. Good times for music and wine lovers!

Call 631 765 157 to book your stay, or visit our online reservation calendar, select  your starting date, the number of nights, room and ‘book’, then click on the ‘specials and packages tab’ at the top of the page. Click ‘add’ when you have selected your special offer and the price on your reservation will automatically be adjusted to reflect the discounted amount.

The Aquebogue beach house master bedroom with panoramic views of the Peconic Bay

The Aquebogue beach house 2nd floor master bedroom with panoramic views of the Peconic Bay

 

Beach House rentals available throughout the holidays and for 2013

Shorecrest currently has four outstanding waterfront and beach front houses available for rent on the North Fork. For information please visit our website. For rates and availability click on the ‘Beach house’ link. More photographs can be found on our Facebook page in photograph albums.

Shorecrest Beach house living room has picture windows overlooking the Long Island Sound

Thank you,  and I look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the North Fork soon!

Marilyn Marks, Innkeeper, Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast

 

 

 

North Fork Long Island Memorial Day Weekend Events by Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast

Visitors to Greenport on Long Island on Memorial Day weekend, beginning Friday, May 25th, will be treated to a variety of entertainments.

Tall Ships

This is a fantastic chance to see some of the world’s most beautiful ships under full sail. The ships will arrive on Friday the 25th and will stay until departure on Tuesday May the 29th. While the ships are docked in Greenport, all visitors are welcome to step aboard and chat with the members of the ships crews. The overwhelming beauty of the ships on the move in full sail is magnificent, being able to step aboard and chat with the crew is the hypothetical icing on the cake.

c/o Tall Ships America

Some of the ships you can expect to see in port are:

  • The Pride of Baltimore
  • The Pride of Baltimore II
  • Picton Castle
  • The H.M.S. Bounty
  • John J. Harvey Fireboat
  • The Lynx
  • Unicorn

These boats are part of the Tall Ships Challenge Race Series that originates in Savannah, Georgia. Once the vessels depart from Greenport, they are headed to Newport, Rhode Island, and then onto Halifax and Nova Scotia. The ships are commemorating the bicentennial celebration of the War of 1812.

Visitors who want to tour the ships and interact with crew members will be able to do so from Saturday, May 26th until Monday, May 28th from 10am until 6pm. There is no charge for children 12 and under, adult tickets are $7, and senior or veteran tickets are $5. The Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Inn will offer free Tall Ships tickets to those who stay over for the three night Memorial Day weekend. While visiting the ships don’t forget to check out the vendors in town and on Front Street. They will close each day at 6pm. Also, remember to bring your camera!

Long Island Wine Country Spring Passports

While enjoying your stay on Long Island during Memorial Day weekend 2012, take the time to enjoy the 2012 Long Island Wine Country Spring Passport event. This event began on March 31st and runs through June 2nd. Long Island wine aficionados can pick up their passport for free at any one of the following participating wineries.

  • Anthony Nappa
  • Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
  • Bedell Cellars
  • Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery
  • Clovis Point
  • Comtesse Therese Winery & Bistro
  • Corey Creek
  • Croteaux
  • Diliberto Winery
  • Duck Walk Vineyards North
  • Duck Walk Vineyards South
  • Empire State Cellars
  • Gramercy Vineyards
  • Harbes Family Farm & Winery
  • Jamesport Vineyards
  • Jason’s Vineyard
  • Lieb Family Cellars
  • Macari Vineyards & Winery
  • Martha Clara
  • Old Field
  • Palmer
  • Peconic Bay
  • Pellegrini
  • Pugliese
  • Raphael
  • Roanoke
  • Sannino Bella Vita
  • Scarola
  • Sherwood House
  • Shinn Estate
  • Sparkling Pointe
  • Suhru
  • T’Jara
  • Waters Crest
  • Wolffer Estate

Those who visit at least ten of the wineries that are participating in this event will receive a complementary tasting of a listed featured wine along with the purchase of any in-house tastings. Visitors should have their passports stamped at the wineries after purchasing a minimum of one bottle of that winery or vineyard’s featured wines. Visitors who have ten stamps on their passports will receive:

  • A chance at winning great prizes that include a fabulous East End Experience and more.
  • The experience of delightful wines and new wineries to visit.
  • 2 tickets for admission for the price of one to the 2012 Taste of Summer event at the Fairgrounds Barn in Old Bethpage Village.

To take advantage of your prizes you must:

  • Turn in your stamped passport at one of the participating wineries before June 1st, 2012.
  • Mail it to LIWC before May 28th, 2012.
  • Bring your stamped passport to the 2012 Taste of Summer event.

North Fork Long Island Vacation Rentals from Shorecrest BandB

To book a Bed and Breakfast stay, review rates and availability and make a reservation online go to our reservation calendar; for Vacation Home rentals and the Shorecrest Beach house go to our Holiday Rentals reservation page. Once you have chosen your desired rental house property call Marilyn at 631 765 1570 to finalize your booking.

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast not only offers the best BnB location and amenities on the North Fork of Long Island, but we also manage several vacation rental properties in the area that can accommodate families and in some of them, even your pets. Shorecrest Property Management and Real Estate has you covered whether you are visiting the East End of Long Island with your partner, a group of friends interested in exploring Long Island wine country and enjoying great local food, or a family vacation or re-union complete with kids and the family dog. To check availability, details and photographs visit our online reservation calendar.

Shorecrest Property Management Rentals

The Shorecrest Beach House

The Shorecrest Beach House sits atop a grassy bluff  overlooking the Long Island Sound and is available to rent weekly, monthly or seasonally. It has just undergone a major renovation adding a large open plan room on the second floor which includes a seating area next to picture windows offering expansive views of the water and two twin beds. There  are 3 bedrooms on the ground floor, one with a king bed, one queen, and the third with two twin beds. The kitchen and both full bathrooms on the ground floor have also each been fully renovated and guests love the panoramic views of the beach and sunsets viewed  through the wall to floor to ceiling windows in the living room and from the deck. In the evening you can relax in front of the the open fireplace,  and giant flat screen TV, or cook up a great dinner from local fare in the new fully equipped kitchen with dining area  for six. Enjoy mornings and sunsets and al fresco dining on the deck. The kitchen is fully stocked with all you need for cooking and serving, and all linens are provided. Other amenities include, WiFi, centralized air conditioning and heating, a laundry room and beach chairs.  Beach House renters can take advantage of  the wide variety of activities found in the area, and exclusive to guests, our beach on the inlet to the rear of the BnB, great for paddle boarding and kayaking. Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast concierge services are also available to beach house guests and each renter will receive a winery discount card to 24 local wineries. For rates and prices click here.

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast

The BnB

The Inn itself is a five bedroom home that can sleep ten visitors. Although during the summer season, the BnB runs as a Bed and Breakfast, it is now available for private home rental for corporate events, group vacations, or family reunions complete with a housekeeper and cook. Visitors are free to utilize the library, screened porch, gardens, deck and living room. Take the time to view the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast website for more information. Click on the check availability BnB  tab for rates.

Aquebogue House

Located in the village of Aquebogue the Peconic Bay Beach house is a new construction, spacious, three bedroom, three bath home. The ground floor is open plan with a roomy fully equipped kitchen, an adjoining dining area that seats 6 to 8 people and living area with fireplace. Visitors will enjoy floor to ceiling windows with French doors that open out on a covered porch and lower deck perfect for outdoor dining while overlooking the water. A few steps from the lower deck is the private community beach. For rates and prices click here.

East Marion Lakefront House

Enjoy luxurious lakefront living with only a short walk to a sandy beach on Shelter Bay.  All three bedrooms are equipped with cable TVs with dvd. Hardwood flooring, lake views and Country French Decor surround visitors with decorative warmth and many fine amenities. They include two full bathrooms, (one on each floor) a sitting area with fireplace, Cable Vision Triple Play, double burner gas grill on the spacious deck overlooking the lake, and a fully equipped French Country style kitchen with all new appliances.

Where the garden borders the lake the floating dock  is the launching pad for kayaking, canoeing on the private East Marion Lake, and the a short walk down Trumans Path will take you to the community’s private Shelter Bay sandy beach with a private mooring for your boat if you need one. Five minutes drive from Greenport village and the ferries to Shelter Island, the Hamptons or Orient Point to Connecticut and New England, the East Marion Lake Front house is conveniently located for easy travel, shopping, antiquing, vineyards, bicycling, dining & all the entertainment and activities the North Fork offers visitors. For rates and prices click here.

Southold Bay Inlet

The Southold Bay Inlet House is located on a large landscaped property with private waterfront on the largest inlet on tht of Shelter Bay. Floor to ceiling windows from the west facing side of the house offer incredible views of sunsets and the bay. The three bedrooms all with queen beds are exquisitely appointed and include amenities such as a deck overlooking the inlet and Jacuzzi tub in the second floor master bathroom,  French doors that open into the garden from the ground floor king bedroom, with private bath. The well stocked designer kitchen will see your family or group through the most lavish meals. A spacious living room with a fireplace and extra seating overlooks views of the lawn and stone patio. Feel free to make use of concierge services offered by the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast. For more details and rates visit the Shorecrest Property rentals reservation calendar.

The Southold Inlet House has limited availability so book your rental now.

 

Whether you plan to celebrate a honeymoon, an anniversary, or a weekend with your business’s management team to celebrate a recent success, North Fork Long Island has plenty of entertainments and opportunities for Rest and Relaxation for you customize for your enjoyment. On the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast website you will find a map on the Area Attractions page that lists, as well as shows you the location, of every kind of local amenity from restaurants to golf courses, marinas to churches. Combined with the event resource on our blog calendar you will be well set to plan your North Fork stay. 

  • Arts and Culture Events and Activities
  • Fine Dining
  • Farms and Agricultural Tours and Event sites
  • Historical Heritage Sites and antique stores galore
  • Marinas for Boating Trips or Fishing Excursions
  • Parks, Trails, Nature Preserves and Beaches
  • Salons, Spas, Yoga and Fitness studios
  • Boutique Shopping and the outlets at Tanger Mall in Riverhead
  • Wineries and Vineyards
  • Golf courses

Don’t forget to check out the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Blog Calendar to see events taking place now!

Harvesting the North Fork – New York, Long Island’s Wine Country

Harvesting the grapes in the Sannino Vineyard

October is harvest time for grapes as well as apples and pumpkins here on the North Fork of Long Island. This year I decided to take part in the custom wine making program run by Lisa and Anthony Sannino at their Bella Vita vineyard in Cutchogue.  I want Shorecrest to have its own wine and a couple of other BnB owner friends, Mark and Liz Macnish of Andrew’s Legacy in Cutchogue and Leueen who owns Harbor Knoll in Greenport liked the idea too, so we purchased a barrel together. This is such a great idea! A barrel produces 23 cases, 12 bottles to a case, and is such a fun thing to do with friends or family.

Merlot grapes on the vine ready for picking.

The program is a hands on experience, from harvesting the grapes in the Sannino’s own vineyard and learning all about viticulture as we go, through all the processes involved in creating a bottle of wine:  picking, crushing and pressing the grapes,  through the fermentation process  and then blending and bottling.

Two weeks ago, at the end of September and right before a storm was due to come through I went out with some other ‘winemakers in training’ to pick Merlot grapes. The harvest is early this year on the East End of Long Island due to the long hot summer, starting with some 75 degree days in April and ninety degree days in June. Grapes do well in this weather and the sugar content is high. That is how Anthony knows when the grapes are ready to harvest; he measures the sugar content and crushes a few bunches to taste the juice. So delicious, and that is before it became wine! Also delicious was the al fresco lunch that Lisa, with the help of Anthony’s mom and dad, served on their farm house’s porch in the vineyard, but I get ahead of myself.

Underdeveloped grapes are found higher on the vine in more shade

The seed of an unripe grape is green, and reddish in a ripe grape.

The morning for our grape picking experience was perfect; not too hot or chilly, and started with coffee and breakfast on the wrap around deck. I’d already served breakfast to my guests but was glad of an extra ‘cuppa Joe’ before we went off into the vineyard with our pruners and collection baskets to pick the ripe bunches of grapes. I learned where to cut and which ones not to choose. The seed of a ripe grape is reddish and green if it is not yet ripe.

There are also several diseases that can afflict grapes especially fungi and these were to be avoided. The fungus that we saw a little of that day was BotrytisAs an avid gardener, I had yet to meet a fungal disease that I could like, but Botrytis I learned is not all bad.  The fungus gives rise to two different kinds of infections on grapes. The first, grey rot, is the result of consistently wet or humid conditions, and typically results in the loss of the affected bunches. The second, noble rot, occurs when drier conditions follow wetter, and can result in distinctive sweet dessert wines, such as Sauternes. This summer, with such consistently hot weather the few bunches that were infected were of the ‘noble’ kind but as we were picking merlot and not grapes for sweet wines, we had to discard those.

What not to pick - Botrytis blight at 3 o'clock!

We were also careful to avoid the under ripe grapes that were higher on the vine and shaded by more leaves. The grapes we wanted all grow at the lowest level of the vine and were hanging down in giant lush clumps.

We picked for several hours and when our bins were full and also the stomachs of us field hands (after eating as much fresh baked pizza, pulled pork, salad, chicken and pasta as we could, paired of course with equally delicious Bella Vita wine) we headed off to help with the ‘crush’. The baskets of grapes were loaded onto trucks for transportation to the winery where they were weighed, Anthony taking careful notes all along, and then processed through a machine that de-stems them before shooting the crushed up pulp and skins into giant bins ready to begin the first part of the fermentation process.

More on this in the next article, but if this interests you enough to think you would like to make your own wine and enjoy a wonderful North Fork experience in the process, contact me at the Shorecrest for a special discount on a barrel of wine when you are my guest . I will also be putting together special packages over the winter and spring that will include Friday night dinners with your weekend stay at the BnB, wine appreciation classes with food pairing, and guided tours with a customized itinerary based on what there is going on at the time, for my guests. Larger groups might consider renting one of my private water front houses that sleep from 6-8 people and also accept children and in some cases pets. To see more details please visit the Shorecrest Property Management website.

My website now includes a page with maps of all the wineries, restaurants and other amenities in the area. Check my ‘Area Attractions’ page before planning your trip to see all there is to do in this unique part of Long Island.

So keep checking into the blog for updates on how the wine making process is going as well as other events and happenings at the Shorecrest BnB on the North Fork of Long Island’s fabulous East End!


Two weeks ago, at the end of September and right before a storm was due to come through I went out with some other ‘winemakers in training’ to pick Merlot grapes. The harvest is early this year on the East End of Long Island due to the long hot summer, starting with some 75 degree days in April and ninety degree days in June. Grapes do well in this weather and the sugar content is high. That is how Anthony knows when the grapes are ready to harvest; he measures the sugar content and crushes a few bunches to taste the juice. So delicious, and that is before it became wine! Also delicious was the al fresco lunch that Lisa, with the help of Anthony’s mom and dad, served on their farm house’s porch in the vineyard, but I get ahead of myself.

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