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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!

 

The Mattituck Strawberry Festival and Father’s Day on the North Fork

The month of June has a lot of great events coming up and we don’t want you to miss out! Father’s Day is this weekend and everyone out east is celebrating. Instead of giving him a tie or a golf club, why not take Dad to a winery this weekend?  You can even bring the whole family and enjoy the strawberry season at it’s prime! The 59th annual Mattituck Lion’s Strawberry Festival will be held from June 13th-16th. There will be live music, rides, over 120 vendors for the craft fair, and a wide variety of strawberry desserts! Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is celebrating the abundance of strawberries by serving them in granola yogurt parfaits or mixed with other fresh fruits. Yum!

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SPARKLING POINTE Vineyard & Winery
June 16, 2013

Located just a couple of miles from Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Sparkling Pointe winery is celebrating Father’s Day, Sunday, June 16, from 2 – 5pm with a Cheers for Dad Father’s Day Barbeque featuring gourmet barbeque food from The Kitchen by Waterside Caterers, Port Jefferson Brewing Co. beer, Sparkling Pointe wine, and live jazz music by The Alexander Clough House Band. Tickets are $40 per person, $35 for Signature Wine Club members and $10 for children.  Tickets include a glass of Sparkling Pointe wine or Port Jefferson Brewing Co. Beer; logo Port Jefferson Brewing Co. pint glass; gourmet BBQ food; and unlimited non-alcoholic Birch Beer.  Tickets available at www.sparklingpointe.com.

 

59th Annual Strawberry Festival – June 13th-16th, 2013

dsc_3830dsc_4148Bring your family and friends to one of the North Fork’s best summer festivals in the height of the strawberry season.

“By late June on the North Fork the strawberry crop is reaching its peak and bursting with flavor. On Father’s Day weekend, at the peak of the strawberry harvest, the Mattituck Lions Club brings the community together for a special weekend of fun and purpose. Whether you’re here year-round, are a seasonal resident or are drawn here by the Festival, you’re in for a wonderful time while raising money for local non-profits.

Dig into the strawberry shortcake, sample the strawberries dipped in chocolate, try the strawberries any way you like them. Head over to the rest tent to enjoy live music.  Then find out what over 100 arts and craft vendors have available for sale.

Cheer as the new Strawberry Queen is crowned.  Experience the midway rides. Taste foods from around the world. The fun keeps going after the sun sets, so bring lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks on Thursday and Friday.” – mattituckstrawberryfestival.org

If you can manage a quick mid week getaway Shorecrest still has a couple of rooms available on the 12th and 13th with a 20% discount on a 2 night stay, 10% on one night – to use towards the price of your ticket!

 

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There will also be a wide assortment of musical acts and entertainment! See the schedule below and make sure to check out the website for more details: mattituckstrawberryfestival.org

Thursday June 13th

5:00PM – Hulling Night under the big tent – volunteers wanted for one the quintessential North Fork events
6:30 – 10:30PM – Carnival and Midway Open

Friday June 14th
6:30PM – 10:00PM – SOUTHBOUND; www.southbound.li
9PM – Fireworks

Saturday June 15th
11:30AM – 3:00PM – MILES TO DAYTON; www.milestodayton.net
3:00PM – Strawberry Festival Queen Coronation
4:00PM – 6:00PM – ROB EUROPE; www.reverbnation.com
6:30PM – 10:30PM – WHO ARE THOSE GUYS; www.whoarethoseguys.com
9PM – Fireworks

Sunday June 16th

11:00AM – 11:50PM – ROBERT BRUEY; www.robertbruey.com
12:00PM – 12:50PM – LIZA COPPOLA; www.lizacoppola.com
1:10PM 1:10 – 2:00PM – DON BRACKEN
2:20PM – 3:10PM – JEANETTE RUSSELL;
3:20PM – “BIG BUCKS” RAFFLE DRAWING
3:30pm – 4:45PM – SECOND HANDS; www.thesecondhands.com

The Shorecrest BnB is fully booked on June 14th and 15th but we do have our Studio Cottage  available to rent on the Shelter Bay side of Southold Hamlet just a 13 minute drive away  from the festival. Visit our reservation calendar to see photos and rates for the BnB rooms, rental houses and the Studio Cottage. 

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My Morning Walk in Southold on the North Fork of Long Island

My Morning Walk through the gardenMy morning walk on the beachIMG_0522This June morning was perfect weather for a walk on the beach and through the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast gardens. Sitting by the waters edge on the Long Island Sound beach in Southold, listening to the sound of the waves lapping gently on the shore and the birds calling was so relaxing and beautiful I made a short video to share with you. You can see it on the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Facebook Page. Enjoy, and please come visit soon.

DIY Memorial Day Snacks

If your’e planning a get together this weekend try these recipes out! We’ve compiled three unique Memorial Day Snacks you can “wow” you friends and family with!Untitled-1

Vanilla Rice Pudding via Delicioushappenings.com please click HERE to see their original post about this yummy treat.

2 cups water

1 cup Jasmine rice

4 cups reduced fat milk

1-1/2 cup cream

3/4 cup granulated sugar

1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped

Directions:

Combine the water and rice in a rice cooker and cook until light and fluffy.  Or…combine water and rice in large pot.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low.  Cover and let simmer until the rice is light and fluffy and the water is completely absorbed.

Place the milk, cream, and sugar in a large pot over medium high heat.  Scrape the vanilla seeds from the vanilla bean and add both the seeds and the bean to the milk mixture.  Add the rice and decrease the heat to medium low and cook until the mixture thickens, stirring constantly(approximately 30-35 minutes).

After the pudding has thickened, pour it into a large bowl and immediately lay plastic wrap directly on the pudding to prevent it from forming a layer of skin on top.  Refrigerate 4-6 hours.

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Red, White and Blue Sangria via dietsinreview.com please click HERE to view the original blog post!

serves 4 

One bottle sweet white wine of your choice (we used Sauvignon Blanc)
1/3 container of fruit juice concentrate (we used apple cherry)
3 oz. Driscoll’s blueberries, rinsed
3 oz. Driscoll’s raspberries, rinsed
1/2 pint of Driscoll’s strawberries, de-stemmed and quartered

Pour wine into large pitcher, then add fruit concentrate and stir. While it incorporates, lightly muddle your berries in a large mixing bowl until a bit of juice forms at the bottom. Then add fruit to the wine mixture and stir. Serve chilled.

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Red, White and Blue Berry Trifle via Marthastewart.com Click HERE to view the original blog post and a very helpful video directions!

1 1/2 pounds raspberries (5 cups)

3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar

1/4 cup fresh orange juice (from 1 large orange)

10 ounces mascarpone cheese (1 1/3 cups)

1 1/4 cups cold heavy cream

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Fine salt

20 to 24 ladyfingers (from a 7-ounce package), broken into 1-inch pieces

3/4 pound blueberries (2 1/2 cups

Directions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine raspberries with 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar and orange juice. With the back of a fork, lightly mash berries to release their juices and let sit 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, stir together mascarpone and 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Whisk in cream, vanilla, and pinch of salt and whisk until soft peaks form, about 4 minutes.
  2. Cut one or two pieces parchment 1 inch taller than side of an 8-inch springform pan and line inside of pan. Place half the ladyfingers in pan and top with half the raspberry mixture. With a small offset or rubber spatula, spread half the whipped cream over berries. Tap pan gently on counter to remove air bubbles. Repeat with remaining ladyfingers, raspberry mixture, and whipped cream. Top with blueberries and refrigerate until whipped cream is stiff and cookies have softened, about
    3 hours (or, tightly covered with plastic, up to 3 days). To serve, unmold trifle and peel away parchment.

 

Welcome to Shorecrest B&B on the North Fork of Long Island!

We were contemplating our next post about all the gardens on the property and around the area when a light bulb clicked. We never formally introduced ourselves. So…Hi! We are Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast an elegant yet modern Victorian B&B located on the North Fork of Long Island. Welcome to paradise.

A little history about our roots: Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast was once the summer home of a wealthy doctor when it was first built in the 1800’s. The elegance and opulence of the Victorian era still live throughout the house and it’s decor (for all you Gatsby lovers). The Inn overlooks the Long Island Sound and has access to two private beaches. The house is a gem on the North fork but the North fork is the gem of Long Island. The North Fork is home to a unique type of culture. The wineries, the farmstands, the beaches, the wharf towns, the history and the fantasy all come together to create this beautiful oasis right outside of the city. It’s only 2 hours from New York City and offers you an experience you wouldn’t think possible so close to NYC. The Farm-to-Table culture is present in many restaurants on the North Fork and the Wineries offer relaxing and entertaining day excursions. If the weather permits, GO SWIMMING!

A look inside Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast:

The Rose Room

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Enjoy the comfort and elegance of a queen size canopied four poster bed, a nineteenth century antique armoire, mirrors and dresser, ornate fireplace under 10 foot molded ceilings. Two large windows overlook the garden and water view of the Arshamomoque inlet of Shelter Bay in a park like setting to the South and West. The newly renovated attached bathroom features a 6 foot jacuzzi tub with shower.

The West Room

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Three floor to ceiling windows overlook views of the Long Island Sound and spectacular sunsets to the west. The color theme of soft blues and beige, 19 century prints, antique mirrors and furnishings plus fine linens and a top of the line mattress complete the mix of comfort and old world charm. A working fire housed in a vintage style iron stove is a cozy addition for cool nights and a flat screen TV with premium cable and newly renovated bathroom complete the modern amenities our guests expect in a luxury Inn. This room has light curtains, does not have room darkening shades and is the brightest room in the Inn.

The East Room

eastroomFrom three floor to ceiling windows guests enjoy views of the Long Island Sound, spectacular sunsets to the north and morning sun to the east. The mahogany sleigh bed, 19C antique furnishings, finest linens and mattress add to a luxurious experience. A working fire housed in a vintage style iron stove is a cozy addition for cool nights and a flat screen TV, premium cable and newly renovated bathroom complete the modern amenities our guests expect in a luxury Inn.

The Southwest Room

southwestsouthwest2Three floor to ceiling windows offer views to the south of the Arshamomoque inlet through the leaves of ancient maple trees. Sunsets over the Long Island Sound to the West bathe this room in a rosy glow each evening. The decorative theme is the Victorian Traveler in Asia. Wine colored shantung silk drapes, an intricately carved four-poster ‘rice’ bed and an eclectic mix of antique 19C furniture, prints and textiles complete the theme. A flat screen TV, premium cable and newly en suite renovated bathroom complete the modern amenities our guests expect in a luxury Inn.

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On the second floor the Silk Road room, with a King bed is the largest we offer. Gold colored embroidered silk drapes frame the spacious floor to ceiling bay window through which you can see the Long Island Sound to the North and garden and woods to the East and South. Walls are painted a soft fern green with coordinating linens that cover the King size sleigh bed. The bathroom is spacious with a shower, large vanity and two floor to ceiling windows overlooking the garden to the East. A working fire housed in a vintage style iron stove is a cozy addition for cool nights and a flat screen TV, premium cable and newly renovated bathroom complete the modern amenities our guests expect in a luxury Inn. Average Rates: Jan-March: $265 April-May: $275 June-Sept: $305 Oct-Dec: $285 Ask about special pricing for mid week and extended stays, special packages including dinner, wine classes and tours or in room massage or see them on line when you check availability under the specials and packages tab.

North Fork Spring Brings the Songs of Birds and the Rhythm of Jazz

Crocus push their way up through the patches of snow. Trumpets heralding the arrival of spring on the North Fork.

The sixth week of Jazz on the Vine, the theme 2013 Long Island Winterfest is greeted with signs of Spring on the North Fork. Pools of water from storm induced high tides and spring run off flood the local woods to produce serene vernal ponds just down the lane. Corcus, Hellebore (Lentin Roses) and early spring flowers push up through the snowy remains. And this weekend the songs of the spring birds will be competing with the sounds of the bands, groups and trios that make up this week’s Winterfest.
In most cases, admission prices includes a glass of wine and a chance to win a gift basket of Long Island wines, not to mention an afternoon of great jazz performances. Even though it has been extended after this weekend there is only one weekend left, so make sure you plan on coming out soon or you will miss some amazing music performed in the romantic ambience of our beautiful east end wineries.
The term “Jazz” in Jazz on the Vine is used in the loosest of ways and includes traditional, modern and ragtime jazz as well as show tunes and standards from the classic American songbook. Our vineyards and wineries provide the perfect venue and backdrop to the cool sounds provided by the over 140 groups that will be featured during Winterfest. Sipping wine and listing to this amazing live music will be the pinnacle of your romantic east end get away.
But best of all… Winterfest coincides with Shorecrest’s Winter Romance getaway package. It’s $475 for a two nights stay and runs through April 2013. It’s good for any room and the package includes:
• A 2 night stay at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast plus:
• $20 towards dinner for two at one of our favorite restaurants, either the Frisky Oyster, First and South or Noah’s in Greenport
• 2 x $50 gift certificates towards a one hour aromatherapy massage for each guest (non refundable and use optional)
• Our exclusive discount card to 24 wineries including free tastings
• A private wine class or in room champagne picnic.
Here is an example of the MANY performances in coming up this weekend:
March 16, 2013, Saturday
3:00 Dillberto Winery- Jane Hastay/Peter Martin Weiss
3:00 Sannino Bella Vita Vinyard- Dave Lobenstein/Steve Salerno Duo
3:00 Sherwood House Vineyard- The Blur Division
4:30 Harbes Family Vineyard- Sarah Elizabeth Charles Quartet
4:30 Lieb Cellars- The Marc Divine Trio, presented by Times/Review Newsgroup
4:30 Raphael- Mike Ficco Jazz Quartet
7:00 Hotel Indigo- Live at the Indigo
March 17, 2013, Sunday
2:30 Jamesport Vineyards- Montana Skies
2:30 Clovis Point- Michael Weiss Trio
2:30 Duck Walk North- Amanda Ruzza Group
4:00 Raphael- Mambo Loco
4:00 Sparkling Pointe- Susan Pereira & Sabor Brasil
4:00 Bedell Cellars- Heather Hardy Quartet with Joseph Carter

Fifth Week of Jazz on the Vine Promises Music, Romance and Fun

March 8 begins the fifth week of Jazz on the Vine, the theme for the sixth consecutive 2013 Long Island Winterfest. In most cases, admission prices includes a glass of wine and a chance to win a gift basket of Long Island wines, not to mention an afternoon of great jazz performances. Even though it has been extended, there are only a few weekends left, so make sure you plan on coming out soon or you will miss some amazing music performed in the romantic ambience of our beautiful east end wineries.

The term “Jazz” in Jazz on the Vine is used in the loosest of ways and includes traditional, modern and ragtime jazz as well as show tunes and standards from the classic American songbook.  Our vineyards and wineries provide the perfect venue and backdrop to the cool sounds provided by the over 140 groups that will be featured during Winterfest. Sipping wine and listing to this amazing live music will be the pinnacle of your romantic east end get away.

But best of all… Winterfest coincides with Shorecrest’s Winter Romance getaway package. It’s $475 for a two nights stay and runs through April 2013. It’s good for any room and the package includes:

• A 2 night stay at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast plus:

• $20 towards dinner for two at one of our favorite restaurants, either the Frisky Oyster, First and South or Noah’s in Greenport

• 2 x $50 gift certificates towards a one hour aromatherapy massage for each guest (non refundable and use optional)

• Our exclusive discount card to 24 wineries including free tastings

• A private wine class or in room champagne picnic.

Here is an example of the MANY performances in coming up this weekend:

March 9, 2013, Saturday

3:00   Raphael- The Trevor Davison Quartet, presented by Hamptons.com

3:00   Palmer Vineyard- Dida Pelled