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Golf on the North Fork of Long Island

Golfing on the North Fork of Long Island is a year around activity and perfect for the Fall season.   Island’s End Golf and Country Club is a semi-private golf course located in the heart of Wine Country on the North Fork of Long Island.  Island’s End is a 6,700 yard course and is located on Route 25 in Greenport.  The four-star course has everything that you need to make the game challenging and is known as one of the finest on Long Island.  The 16th  hole is their signature hole and is located on a bluff overlooking Long Island Sound.  It has been named among the top 18 holes on Long Island.  

Guests of the Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast should not worry if they have forgotten their golf clubs as they can be rented.  Also, if it is time to brush up on your strokes, then consider taking either a group or private lesson.  Starting October 5th rates are being adjusted for the Fall season and include either breakfast or lunch!  Golf prior to 12 noon and the fees are $55.00; between 12 P.M. to 2 P.M. the fee is $43.00; and after 2 P.M. the fees are $38.00.  Also note that guests of the Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast receive a 20% discount from published pricing.  

Golf if a delightful way to enjoy the Fall foliage!

Biking the North Fork of Long Island

There are many options for guests of the Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast for biking on the North Fork of Long Island.   In the Southport area alone there are over 57 miles of bike trails that range from 5 to 14 miles in length.  The town of Southport offers a map called seaview trails.  It shows four bike trails including Southold Bay Loop, Orient Loop, Mattituck, and Southold View Loop.  Utilizing their bike trails is a safe, easy, and enjoyable way to enjoy ocean views along the North Fork of Long Island. 

For those of you who are more serious bike riders, make sure to consider Bike Around Long Island.  They feature organized bike rides of up to 42 miles in distance.  These are not rides on bike paths, but are along various highways and roads of Long Island.  This is a very active group and features a variety of rides around the Long Island Region. 

Many guests prefer to bring along their favorite bicycle.  However, there are local bike rentals available for your convenience.  We would be happy to make suggestions for bike rentals during your visit!

Shelter Island, a Nature Lovers’ Delight

Shelter Island is just a short Ferry ride from the village of Greenport, NY is a great place to watch birds and for biking.    Just a short walk up the hill from the North Ferry dock you will find a Mobil station which provides bicycle rentals.   Shelter Island is ideal for biking and we recommend a visit to Mashomack Preserve as it is a nature lovers’ delight.

Mashomack Preserve is considered one of the richest habitats in the Northeast.  The preserve contains 2,039 acres, which is about 1/3 of the island.  Among the riches to be found are tidal creeks, oak woodlands, fields, and freshwater marshes.  The preserve is often referred to as the “Jewel of the Peconic” and is edged in white by 10 miles of coastline.  Mashomack Preserve is open 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., March through September, and 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. October through February.

For those seeking birds, you will not be disappointed.  Many birds are year around residents of Shelter Island and the list is long.  It includes Cedar Waxwing, Blue Jay, Black-capped Chickadee, American Goldfinch, Northern Cardinal, Mourning Dove, American Robin, House Finch, Tufted Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Downy Woodpecker, Hairy Woodpecker, and Carolina Wren.  Migrating birds throughout the Spring and Fall include Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Purple Finch, Indigo Bunting, Canada Warbler, Black-throated Blue Warbler, Palm Warble, Black-throated Green Warbler, and others.  Lastly, there are the Summer visitors.  They can be a mixed variety but Scarlet Tanager, Baltimore Oriole, Common Yellowthroat, Eastern Phoebe, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Red-winged Blackbird, Common Grackle, Great-crested Flycatcher, Black-and-white Warbler, Piping Plover, Least Tern, and Osprey.  I think that covers the birds, but let us know if we missed any!

Make sure to put Shelter Island on your list of places to visit when you are enjoying Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast!

Hiking the North Fork of Long Island

Hiking is plentiful for Shorecrest Inn guests as the North Fork has many hiking trails to offer.  Located just a short distance from Greenport Village, the Shorecrest Inn is conveniently located to over 11 preserves and parks which offer hiking.  Be sure to pack your camera and binoculars as one never knows which wildlife will be encountered along the way.   Trails are in abundance and the hardest decision will be which trail to hike?

Some of our favorite trails include:

 Mill Road Preserve covers 25 acres and trails wind through 8 acres of grasslands and shrub lands and then into 17 acres of mature woodlands. 

Goldsmith Inlet Park has 35 acres and there is a ½ mile trail which leads to Long Island Sound.  Hikers experience mature woodlands, tidal wetlands, Goldsmith Inlet Pond, and 1500 feet along the Long Island Sound.  This hike is also wonderful for bird watching.

Laurel Lake Preserve has 495 acres of preserved land and the nature trail is 2.1 miles long.  The hike wanders through a variety of terrain and includes woodlands, grasslands, vernal ponds, fresh water swamps and overlooks the beauty of Laurel Lake.

This is only a sampling of the trails which are available on the North Fork.  We encourage you to join the Shorecrest Inn and experience the variety of hiking trails which are available!

Long Island Lighthouse Cruise Schedule

Cruising and visiting lighthouses on the Long Island Sound are like two peas in a pod.   East End Lighthouses does a spectacular job with their cruises aboard the Peconic Star II.  They cruise eastern Long Island and explore the history of the lighthouses that have guided many boaters throughout the waters of Long Island Sound.  Their remaining summer schedule includes:

August 15th & September 26th – Lighthouse, Maritime History & Gardiner’s Island Cruise.  Learn the history of the area including that of Plum Island and Gardiner’s Island.  Participants will see five lighthouses which include Orient Point, Plum Island, Little Gull Island, Race Rock, and Long Beach Bar lighthouses.  Maritime and lighthouse history narration is included.

September  5thVisit to Long Beach Bar “Bug” Lighthouse.  This is a unique opportunity to visit and tour the totally replicated 1870 lighthouse which took only 60 days to complete.  Climb into the lantern room of this working lighthouse and walk along the exterior walkway and get a true feel for this lighthouse.   Narration will be included with this tour.

All cruises depart at 3:30 P.M. and include a buffet dinner and Long Island wines.  Fee is $95.00 per person.  Reservations can be made in advance at East End Lighthouses or call 631-406-6180.

Sailing on Long Island Sound

Enjoying a sunset sail on Long Island Sound is a must while visiting the Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast on the North Fork.  As the day ends and the sun sets, nothing is as romantic as a sunset sail.   For two hours sit back and enjoy the natural beauty of Long Island Sound.  The light is soft, the mood is romantic, and the relaxing sound of the water as it laps against the hug is magical.  Sail away into the sunset as another Summer day ends on Long Island.

In addition to a sunset sail, maybe you have always thought of learning to sail?  A variety of classes are available including a half day class to learn the basis of sailing, held on Saturdays from 8:45 until noon.  Whether you are planning to purchase a boat, envy others that already know how to sail, or want to know the basics in case of an emergency, a sailing class could be just what is needed.   The skills and expertise of the captain will guide you along the way.    

Most sunset sails are scheduled for Saturday or Sunday at 6 P.M. and costs $50 per person, with a maximum of 6 people.  However, the Captain is flexible and will accommodate your needs whenever possible.  If you are considering joining Sail Long Island to learn to sail, it is suggested to call 917-912-6342 for additional information.  Schedules are flexible and pricing varies for learn to sail programs.     

Orient Beach State Park on Long Island

While enjoying your stay at Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast, make sure to take the time to enjoy Orient Beach State Park.  Orient Beach State Park is located at the eastern end of the North Fork on Long Island. Orient Beach has 45,000 feet of frontage on Gardiner’s Bay and forms the protective arm of Orient Harbor. The park is open year round and there is also a small bathhouse. The beach has beautiful scenery and if you walk to the end, you will enjoy wonderful views of Shelter Island and Long Beach lighthouse. Apparently not many people know about the Park as it never seems to be crowded, which makes this a great getaway.

Orient Beach State Park offers more than just swimming. Visitors can wonder trails throughout the thick forest or stroll along one of the many marshes. Along the way you will enjoy the beauty of red cedar, black-jack oaks trees, and prickly-pear cactus. Be sure to keep your eyes open as the area is home to wildlife such as terns and osprey, which are plentiful in the marshes. Or if you prefer a little more adventure, why not rent a bicycle or kayak?

This is a wonderful Park and a great way to enjoy the day at the beach.

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