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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.

Shellabration

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 www.GoNorthFork.org 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.

Geminids

While much more is happening this weekend–full listings at GoNorthFork.org–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 GoNorthFork.org 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.


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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.

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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.

 

Shorecrest & NFBBA at NFPC Booth Opening- “Taste the North Fork”

On Saturday, May 17, 12-5pm at the Greenport Tourist Information Booth on the Main Road in Greenport, the North Fork Promotional Council turned the season opening of the booths and distribution of the North Fork Directory into an event called “Taste the North Fork.”  The event was designed to showcase the North Fork’s best kept secrets from the farms, vines, sea and land.

Promotional photo with NFPC members, including myself and Wilfred Joseph of the NFBBA.

Promotional photo with NFPC members, including myself and Wilfred Joseph of the NFBBA.

At scheduled intervals, booths went up featuring; farmers produce including North Fork Table Food Truck, Taste of the North Fork & cHarissa, Race Rock Oysters, Goodale Farms, Garden Fusion, Invincible Summer Farms, Southold School Garden, Browder’s Birds, Blue Duck Bakery.

The Blue Duck Bakery, one of the many booths offering their wares at the event.

The Blue Duck Bakery, one of the many booths offering their wares at the event.

Local winemakers including Mattabella Vineyards Chris Tobin, Mark Tobin and Maryse Bransfield. Raphael Vineyards Joann DeAngelo poured a selection of their wines.

Raphael Vineyards offered tastings of their wines, as did other wineries of the North Fork.

Raphael Vineyards offered tastings of their wines, as did other wineries of the North Fork.

Chefs also offered samples of dishes they make for their local restaurants and local businesses were featured as well.

Chef Rosa Ross of Scrimshaw restaurant in Greenport, offered tastes of some of the dishes she prepares for her menu.

Chef Rosa Ross of Scrimshaw restaurant in Greenport, offered tastes of some of the dishes she prepares for her menu.

From noon to 5, spanning the course of the event, the North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association had a booth, giving everyone the opportunity to “meet the innkeepers” and answer questions about our bed and breakfasts.

Marilyn Marks and Sylvia Daley were a few of the many B&B owners who were featured at the NFBBA booth and available to chat and answer questions during the "meet the innkeepers" segment at the event.

Marilyn Marks and Sylvia Daley were a few of the many B&B owners who were featured at the NFBBA booth and available to chat and answer questions during the “meet the innkeepers” segment at the event.

We offered homemade cookies, beverages and treats and enjoyed speaking with everyone that stopped by.

Several interesting beverages and lots of treats were available for everyone at the NFBBA table.

Several interesting beverages and lots of treats were available for everyone at the NFBBA table.

The weather cooperated and the effect was that of a multi-faceted farmers market featuring the best of what the North Fork has to offer. It was a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to meet and network with local business owners.

Just some of the treats and information that was available at the NFBBA Booth during the event.

Just some of the treats and information that was available at the NFBBA Booth during the event.

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 http://www.opentable.com at the restaurants marked *.

For more information on the week go to the Long Island Restaurant Week website https://www.longislandrestaurantweek.com . 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?

Autumn Events on the North Fork of Long Island

We are sad to say summer is over but extremely excited about the Fall! This is the season for apple picking, warm cider, pumpkins, squash dishes, light jackets, Cabernet Franc & many other fall must-haves. The summer traffic has died down a bit. The weather is comfortable and relaxing. This may be the best season to visit the North Fork. We have compiled a list of upcoming events for September & October and these are some festivities you do not want to miss.

Maritime Poster 2013 CroppedThe Maritime Festival – Greenport – September 21st & 22nd

The Greenport Village’s Three-Day Long Waterside Maritime Festival Serves To Highlight And Showcase Greenport’s Maritime Culture And History. There Will Be Activities And Events Centered Around This Rich History; With Demonstrations, Crafts And Educational Exhibits And, Of Course, Walking Access To Our Beautiful Downtown Shops, Restaurants And Commercial Facilities In A Festival-Like Atmosphere.

Pour The Core – Hard Cider Fest – October 5th
Peconic Bay Winery – http://www.pourthecore.com/longisland

2nd Annual Greenport Oyster Festival – October 13th 12-6pm

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
234 Carpenter Street, Greenport • (631) 477-0248
Local oyster farmers and suppliers will be serving the freshest, tastiest bivalves on the East End. Tour Greenport Harbor Brewery, lift a mug, and sample some of the newest beer releases from their brewery. Fun, food, and music in our historic maritime village.

Riverhead Country Fair – October 13 – October 13, 10am-5pm
Downtown Riverhead
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More than 400 crafts vendors, live entertainment, agriculture, homemaking and needlecraft competitions, vegetable-decorating contest, carnival rides and activities, folk music, arts, farm animals, pony rides, food, local produce, tractor pulls.

North Fork Area Updates & Upcoming Events

We wanted to keep our guests informed about some of the new places popping up on the North Fork. The summer season brings the North fork to life. Here are some big updates & upcoming events.

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 Kontokosta Winery: Kontokosta is Greenport’s first winery and the only winery on the North Fork that is actually on the Sound. You can see the Sound from the tasting room. If you feel so inclined you can even walk to the endge of the bluff and look out onto the beach and the Sound. It is trully a relaxing and beautiful way to drink wine. We are so happy to welcome them to the North Fork. Aside the the view the entire building is made from repurposed materials and runs on wind power!

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Shelter Island BBQ @ The Pridwin: Every Wednesday night until Labor Day the Pridwin hosts a BBQ Cookout like no other. They feature live music and an all-you-can-eat cookout menu. You can take the Shelter Island Ferry over or go by boat because they have dock space but it is first come, first serve. If you plan on going just call ahead so there’s enough food for everyone! (631-749-0476)

 

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Moonlight Mondays & Twilight Tuesdays @ Corey Creek Vineyard: It’s a great feeling when you don’t have to leave the vineyard at 5PM or you can actually stop by a vineyard after work. Corey Creek Winery offers two late nights during the week of great food & Live music til’ 9PM. They have a BBQ by Custom Caterers on Monday and a rotating food truck on Tuesdays.

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Provisons + Ingredients & The Winemaker’s Studio: This little shop is a must visit located next to The Winemaker’s Studio (also a must visit). Stock up on locally grown foods, meats & cheeses to take home with you. After you’re done stocking up for the summer wander next door to The Winemaker’s Studio by Anthony Nappa Wines and try out some exquisite local wines created by local winemakers & vineyards.

 

Fireworks on the North Fork and South Fork of Long Island

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Hello friends! The 4th of July is this Thursday and we know everyone is asking themselves the same question…where can we see fireworks? We have the answer for you! Let’s all say Thanks to the North Fork Promotional Council which put together this wonderful list of all the locations to see fireworks this Fourth of July.

fireworks display on the North Fork

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4th of July on the North Fork of Long Island

The 4th of July weekend calls for a perfect getaway to the North Fork.

Rent one of our studios or houses for the entire week and lounge at our two private beaches. Our lighthouse cottage is still available for that weekend! Check out the calendar for other availabilities, they’re filling up fast so hurry! After spending some time on the beach you should head over to the wineries. Many of the vineyards will have live music on 4th of  July and every Sat. & Sun. Click here to check our availability and book!

Martha Clara vineyard will have live music on July Fourth. Two Man Acoustical Jam, winners Of The 2012 Battle of The Bands at Hecksher Park. This acoustic duo plays all forms of Rock, Pop, Party and Blues from the 60’s to now. Rain or Shine! Free Admission. Additional cost for wine and food.

They also have a Vines and Canines educational walk. Bring your dog down for an educational walk through the vineyard! A donation of a non-perishable dog or cat food item is required and will be donated to local shelter.

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Greenport Fire department will be setting off fireworks on July 3rd and July 6th at 10pm in honor of the Fourth of July!

There will be a July Fourth Concert and Fireworks from 6:30-10:00pm on the Peconic River waterfront in Riverhead. There will also be live music by Brady Rymer. A great event to take the family to while your enjoying your stay!

 

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