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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:

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O ur 2 private north fork beaches

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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!

Shellabration!

Oysters Shellabration

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.

Taste the North Fork-Love Lane!

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Come Taste the North Fork by taking a simple stroll up and down Love Lane, a few blocks packed with unique shops right in the heart of Mattituck, and enjoying the special farmer’s market and merchant events. The Love Lane community will be honoring our veterans by donating a portion the weekend’s revenues to a locally founded veteran’s organization.

The farmer’s market, which runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm, involves a huge range of locally grown and crafted products. For example, Browders Birds will be offering certified organic eggs, spice rubs, lambs wool, honey, and T-shirts. Race Rock Oysters will be presenting smoked blue fish and fresh oysters. Coffee aficionados should check out the offerings of Long Island Coffee Roasters. Invincible Summer Farms will be offering farm made goods, rare heirloom vegetables, and more. 8 Hands Farm will showcase wool and hand crafted bone jewelry. And these are just some of the participants in the farmers market!

Love Lane merchants will be contributing to the fun in many ways from 11 am to 6 pm. You can dance down the street to the music of the Long Island Banjo Society, who will perform from 11 am to 2 pm, courtesy of Love Lane independent bookstore Bookhampton. Or unwind with a relaxing 15 minute chair massage by the Blue Sage Day Spa. And when you get hungry, you’ll be able to sample local produce cooked into lots of treats. For example, the Village Cheese Shop will feature Paninis made with local apples and honey. Love Lane Kitchen will offer butternut squash soup made with the organic produce of Mar-Gene Farms. Love Lane Market will be adding local ingredients to its wood-fired pizzas. Wash these delicious meals done with a glass of wine, a pint of beer, or a bottle of cider, brought to you by Roanoke Vineyards. Looking for a delicious treat to take home as a useful souvenir? The Love Lane Sweet Shoppe will feature the locally crafted Really Good Jams.

And these merchants aren’t the only ones participating. You’ll have to take the Love Lane stroll to check them all out.and when you’re done, if you want to check out other venues, hop on the free shuttle; it stops right at Love Lane.

Taste The North Fork-Shorecrest

Taste the North Fork-Shorecrest

 

One of the loveliest, easiest ways to enjoy all that Love Lane has 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 nearby Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard and a free bottle of their delicious wine.

Taste the North Fork-Greenport!

Taste the North Fork in Greenport,dockside

Beautiful Greenport Village, located just a couple miles away from Shorecrest, offers many ways to Taste the North Fork. Indeed you could while away the entire weekend there (though you’d be missing so much in the other hamlets too). You could start by sampling some Long Island Vodka at Claudio’s, the oldest, same-family run restaurant in the United States.  And then you can wander a few blocks and have a terrific dinner. For example, Noah’s, right on historic Front Street, is offering a marvelous prix fixe dinner (or lunch), with or without wine pairings. Or for a “freshly farmed dinner,” head one block off the main drag to First and South. Or check out the dynamic offerings at The Square (especially since Chef Keith Luce invites you to taste free appetizers). And that’s just Friday!

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On Saturday, the special ways to Taste the North Fork expand far beyond food and drink. Head to Clarke’s Garden to learn how to heal with natural products grown, harvested, and made on Shelter Island by Holly Cronin. Or join the Siren’s Song Gallery and the Oysterponds Historical Society for the totally unique, kid friendly, Dyed in the Wool event. Or hunt like a scavanger, Greenport style. Choose between the less traditional “Greenporches”, which will lead you pass through 6 beautiful Greenport Village settings, hosted in part by local agricultural and maritime viniculture producers. Snacks and beverages at each porch. Or go for the more traditional scramble by heading for the 1 pm starting line in Mitchell Park. If local history is more your speed, check out Greenport’s whaling past with a special exhibit at the Stirling Historical Society. If you’d like to listen to live music, one of your choices is Prentiss McNeil at Front Street Station.

And these Saturday listings aren’t even half of what Greenport has on offer that day, and doesn’t even begin to touch what’s going on Sunday. Full listings here.

Taste the North Fork–Shorecrest

Taste the North Fork-Shorecrest

 

One of the loveliest, easiest ways to enjoy all that Greenport has 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 lovely wine tasting at nearby Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard and a free bottle of their delicious wine.

North Fork Long Island Wineries: Live Music this Labor Day

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The last weekend of summer kicks off the beginning of our fall harvest season, for many locals a favorite time of the year on the North Fork. We at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast especially love week days on the North Fork during September and October. The weather is mild, we have the beaches and walking trails virtually to ourselves and can always get a reservation in our favorite restaurants.

Shorecrest BandB is fully booked weekends through the beginning of October but we are offering discounts on two, three and four night stays mid week, Sunday through Thursday where availability allows. A delicious full course breakfast and our exclusive discount card to 24 local wineries is always included.
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View from deck of North Fork Waterfront house

We also have availability at some of our vacation rental cottages and homes. Visit our website for more information and a link to our online reservation calendar for either BandB rooms or Rentals.

For those visitors looking to enjoy wine and music this week on Long Island’s North Fork, here are some of the venues with musical line ups:
2114 Sound Avenue, Baiting Hollow NY 11933
(631) 369-0100
Saturday, August 31: Tommy Keys 12-2pm, Acoustic Soul 2-6pm
Sunday, September 1: The Denice Given Band 2-6pm
Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery  <http://castellodiborghese.com/>
17150 County Rte 48, Cutchogue NY 11935
(631) 734-5111
Saturday, August 31: Jazz with Marguerite Volonts 2-4pm
1935 Main Rd, Jamesport
(631) 722-4222
Saturday, August 31: The Cutchogue Wonders 1:30-4:30pm
Sunday, September 1: The Mike Engle Jazz Vibratrio 1:30-4:30pm
31855 Main Rd, Cutchogue
(631) 765-8929
Friday August 30: Live and Local Songwriters Showcase featuring Eddie Ayala, Christine and Jim LoPiano of Martini Garden, Chris J. Connolly and Larrin Gerard.
Saturday August 31: Robert Bruey 2-5pm
Sunday September 1: Jay Scott 2-5pm
260 Manor Lane, Jamesport NY 11901
(631) 722-3416
Saturday, August 31: Danny Keys 1:30-4:30pm, Opera in the Vines with Belle Voci 7:30-9:30pm
3165 Main Road, Laurel NY 11948
(631) 298-1420
Saturday, August 31: The Earthtones 1-5pm
Lenz Winery <http://www.lenzwine.com/>
38355 New York 25, Peconic <https://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&oe=UTF-8&q=38355+New+York+25,+Peconic&ie=UTF-8&hq=&hnear=0x89e8908356326af9:0xa5eb6fbb819b9266,38355+New+York+25,+Peconic,+NY+11958&gl=us&ei=tenmUf6IFc6ErAfJvIHQCA&ved=0CCwQ8gEwAA>, (631) 734-6010 <tel:631-734-6010>
Saturday, August 31: Home Groan 2-5pm
35 Cox Neck Road, Mattituck NY 11952 (631) 298-1942
Saturday, August 31: Jon Divello 2-6pm
6025 Sound Ave, Riverhead NY 11901
(631) 298-0075
Saturday, August 31: Keith Maguire 1-5pm
Sunday, September 1: The Sly Geralds Band 2-6pm
44075 Main Rd, Peconic NY 11971 (631) 765-6188 <tel:631-765-6188>
Friday, August 30: Sahara 5-8pm
Saturday, August 31: Lone Sharks 1-5pm
Sunday, September 1: HooDoo Loungers 1-5pm
5120 Sound Ave, Riverhead NY 11901
(631) 722-9463
Saturday, August 31: Something: Beatles Tribute Band 2-5pm
Sunday, September 1: Small Island 1-5 pm
37645 Main Road (Route 25), Peconic, NY 11958
(631) 734-6200
Saturday, August 31: Tommy Sullivan 1-5pm
Sunday, September 1: Tommy Sullivan 1-5pm
34515 Main Road, Cutchogue NY 11935
(631) 734-4057
Saturday, August 31: Chris Hurley 2-6pm
Sunday, September 1: Chris Hurley 1-5pm
39390 Main Rd, Peconic NY 11958
(631) 765-1100
Thursday, August 29: Noiz 6:30-10:30pm
Friday, August 30: Mambo Loco 5-10pm
1375 Mill Rd, Peconic NY 11958 >
Thursday, August 29: Bob Blatchley Acoustic 1-5pm
39750 County Road 48, Southold NY 11971
(631) 765-0200
Friday, August 30: Bossa Nova Fridays 6-8pm
Sunday, September 1: Alexander Clough House Band 2-5pm. Performing jazz standards & bossa nova classics every Sunday.

 

Golf the North Fork

The North fork has many things to offer from fresh produce to beautiful wineries but don’t forget to tell Dad they also have wonderful golf courses. We wanted to inform our guests and readers about the Golf Courses on the North Fork of Long Island. This way when you’re planning your trip you can add golfing to the agenda.

Island’s End Golf CourseRural Route 25, Greenport, New York 11944   516)477-0777
Island’s End Golf & Country Club is an 18 hole semi-private golf course located in Greenport, New York. This course is the closest distance to Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast.

Cedar’s Golf Club -Cases Ln. Cutchogue, New York 11935 (516)734-6363
Course type: Public, 9 Holes
Cedars Golf Club is an 9 hole public golf course located in Cutchogue, New York.

North Fork Country ClubMain Rd. Cutchogue, New York 11935   516/734-7758
Course type: Private, 18 Holes
North Fork Country Club is an 18 hole private golf course located in Cutchogue, New York.

Shelter Island Country Club26 Sunnyside Ave. Shelter Island Heights, New York 11965   (631)749-0416
Course type: Public, 9 Holes
Shelter Island Country Club is an 9 hole public golf course located in Shelter Island Heights, New York. Shelter Island is a short 10 minute ferry ride from Greenport.

Gardiner’s Bay Country Club 12 Dinah Rock Rd. Shelter Island, New York 11965 (631)749-1033
Course type: Private, 18 Holes
Gardiner’s Bay Country Club is an 18 hole private golf course located in Shelter Island, New York. Shelter Island is a short 10 minute ferry ride from Greenport.

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