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“Coast” into the center of Southold’s shopping district

The front of "Coast" in the heart of Southold's shopping district.

The front of “Coast” in the heart of Southold’s shopping district.

This is the third in a series of articles I am writing about a group of stores in Southold town and the second store I am blogging about. This blog is about the boutique store “Coast,” which is located one store west of Beckwith on Main in the heart of Southold town. As the name implies, this adorable little store focuses on the seashore and beach and all things associated with it. Think beach glass, driftwood, pictures of the seaside and sea creatures of all kinds. A shelf of open-mouthed fish jugs in at least 8 different colors caught my eye as I walked into the small but well-appointed space. I overheard another patron saying “I have never spent so much time in such a small store!”  It seems proprieter Maggie Merrill specializes in rustic signs on driftwood and will custom create them to your order. She also sells on etsy, has a nice Facebook page, Pinterst and Tweets

I think if I had wandered into this store after a great day on the beach, I would go into a fresh salt air and sun kissed skin induced buying spree! Maggie was so sweet, very helpful and accommodating. The shop offers the perfect accouterments for a beach themed room, a great accent or just a momento of your weekend at the beach on the North Fork.

Even though it's a small store, Coast is packed with items that will make you reminisce about your days by the shore.

Even though it’s a small store, Coast is packed with items that will make you reminisce about your days by the shore.

If you can't find the driftwood sign that you are looking for,  you can have them custom made.

If you can’t find the driftwood sign that you are looking for, you can have them custom made.

Unique Antique Designs part of Southold’s business district revitalization

This is the storefront on Main Street in Southold.

This is the storefront on Main Street in Southold.

I recently wrote a blog on the resurgence of the business district of Southold town. While I was researching the blog, I visited 3 shops on the corner of Main Road and Beckwith; Unique Antique Designs, Coast and White Flower Farmhouse. I so enjoyed my visit to these stores I decided to write separate blogs on each one.

I am starting with Unique Antique Designs. (Check out their Facebook page.) The store is located one store west of Beckwith on Main and is operated by Daryl Malter, who was very inviting and helpful. The store is filled with antiques and vintage items from rustic to elegant. The items are artfully arranged and conveniently categorized. Unlike antique shops with a narrow focus, Daryl tries to find something for everyone. I was impressed with her section of local antiques which not only features items that commemorate the area, but items she specifically found at local estate and yard sales.

In the back the shop there was a section of colorful vintage clothing, something that could ad funky fun to everyone’s life! This section had a rainbow array of many vintage scarves to choose from. There was even a section she called “mantiques,” which included dinner jackets, war memorabilia, tools, ties and musical instruments, amongst other things.

The shop housed all sorts of collectibles and included reclaimed furnishings. She has many more sections and interesting items, but even if you don’t find something you want, just looking around at all the fascinating items makes for an interesting afternoon.  Daryl offers interior design services and can be reached at

Colorful scarves brighten up the vintage clothing sections toward the back of the store.

Colorful scarves brighten up the vintage clothing sections toward the back of the store.

Something every North Fork antiques store should have: a local section.

Something every North Fork antiques store should have: a local section.

Something interesting for the men: 'Mantiques,' dinner jackets, accessories, military items, tools and the like.

Something interesting for the men: ‘Mantiques,’ dinner jackets, accessories, military items, tools and the like.



Things to do in Southold, Long Island N.Y.

We may not get the same amount of press as our neighboring town Greenport but we have a lot of unique attractions to offer as well. Not many towns can say they have an Indian Museum, Planetarium, Lighthouse and Vineyards in the span of 11 square miles. Come and explore our small and beautiful getaway.

Custer Institute Observatory:

1115 Main Bayview Rd  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-2626


Long Island’s North Fork offers a dark night sky with next to no light pollution also known as perfect star gazing qualities. Whether your’e a local looking to get a glimpse of saturn’s rings or star deprived city dweller this is a great experience. “The Custer Institute and Observatory is Long Island’s oldest public observatory (est.1927). Open to the public every Saturday evening from dark until midnight, our staff of volunteers will give you a tour of the facilities and the night sky through our powerful telescopes. Custer has frequent lectures, classes,concerts, art exhibits and other special events. Consider our observatory for your next meeting or theme party.”
Southold Indian Museum:
1080 Main Bayview Rd  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-5577
This museum focuses on the archaeology and natural history of the area and indian tribes that once called Southold home. They have a wide variety of relics, pottery, and other various historical items. “Our museum is dedicated to study and education surrounding archaeology and natural history. It is owned and operated by the Incorporated Long Island Chapter of the New York State Archaeological Association.”  For details and events:
Sunday Lectures: Programs are scheduled from 2:30 – 4:30 PM. Minimum requested donation is $5 for adults and children of 14 years and older; includes access to museum exhibits and refreshments…FREE for members.
The Old Field Vineyard:
59600 New York 25  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-0004
“Established in 1974 by Chris Baiz, is a family owned and operated vineyard. After years of producing fruit for sale, The Old Field started making wines, first with its 1997 Pinot Noir, and now Merlots, Cabernet Francs, Chardonnays, Blush de Noir, and newly released Blanc de Noir sparkling wines. THE OLD FIELD, an agricultural area just one mile east of the village of Southold, had been actively farmed by native Americans for at least five hundred years prior to the arrival of “the first European settlers” in 1640.
For details, events, and wine purchases:
One Woman Vineyards: 
5195 Old North Road Southold, New York  (631)-765-1200 
This beautiful and quaint vineyard offers a wonderful star gazing wine tasting Saturday night event. It is something you won’t experience anywhere else, a definite “must” for travelers and townies alike. “For Claudia Purita, sustainability and self-reliance have always been a way of life. Growing up on her family’s farm in Calabria, Italy, Claudia assisted in growing vegetables and wine grapes and raising small animals from very young age. At her father, Domenico’s, side she learned to value the land and the fruits that it provides. After moving to Long Island and spending several years in the restaurant industry, Claudia decided it was time to “return to her roots.”
Horton Point Lighthouse: 
3575 Lighthouse Rd  Southold, NY 11971 (631) 765-5500


Located On a cliff in Southold, off of Lighthouse Road (according to the plaque on the structure, the location is: Lat 41° 05′ 06.5″ N  Long 72° 26′ 44.0″ W).58 feet;  foundation is granite; tower and quarters are brick/granite with a cement wash painted white with black lantern and copper dome; original optic was a Third Order Fresnel; present optic is VRB-25 (1999), one green flash every ten seconds. The tower contains a 29-wooden-step staircase and two ladders of 11 steps each.” For a detailed history please visit their site:

There are multiple parks and public beaches where you can enjoy the summer weather and pack a picnic with your friends and family. 

How are you going to spoil Mom on Mother’s day…

Mother’s Day is approaching fast and you haven’t found the perfect gift yet. Don’t panic! We are here to help. Whether you live in New York City, Connecticut, New Jersey or even Long Island we are only a few hours away. Skip the potted plant and the box of chocolate this year and really give her an experience she will remember. Take her to the North Fork of Long Island this weekend. Spend the day at the wineries (most of which have Mother’s Day specials), then head over to a local farm-to-table restaurant for dinner and finally stay the night at our elegant and homey Bed & Breakfast.

Come and enjoy our ‘May Getaway’ two night special for $499 includes $20 gift certificate towards dinner for 2, complimentary discount card to 24 local wineries with free bottle to take home, plus exclusive use of our two private beaches, one on the Long Island Sound and the other on the inlet. Add a massage for our special May Getaway rate of $100 per person.

To book, visit our online reservation calendar; choose your arrival date (through May 16th) and select any 2 nights in the drop down menu. Click ‘Specials and Packages’ to ‘Add’ your May Getaway pricing. Or click here:

Here are a few of the events going on this weekend:images-2


 A Toast to Mom: Decadent Dessert and Sparkling Wine Pairing
May 11, 2013

Sat and Sun, May 11-12: Mothers Day Weekend Exotic Truffles & Wine Pairing at our Jamesport Tasting House.  To celebrate our moms, we’re offering a pairing of 4 of our wines with 4 exotic, gourmet truffles from the esteemed chocolatier, Vosges Haut-Chocolat (named the “top innovator in chocolate” by Food & Wine).  Treat your mom to an afternoon of sweet decadence!  $25 per pairing.  No reservations necessary.  Limited supply.


Roses for Mom: Mother’s Day at Clovis Point
May 11, 2013

Join Sparkling Pointe Vineyards and Winery this Mother’s Day weekend for a decadent dessert and sparkling wine pairing that is not to be missed! Enjoy your choice of a trio of Sparkling Pointe sparkers or a glass of bubbly to enjoy with an assortment of delicious pastries prepared by Rachel Cronemeyer Cakes & Confections, formerly of North Fork Table & Inn! Celebrate mom with us Saturday and Sunday May 11 and 12 from 11am to 6pm; advanced reservations are required for this indulgent event and can be made by calling the Tasting House at 631-765-0200. This delightful pairing is available for $32 per pairing and $27 for Signature Wine Club members. Let’s toast to Mom!



Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2013

All moms visiting Clovis Point get a complimentary glass of our newly released rosé



Mother’s Day at Croteaux Vineyards or visit Make your Mom feel special with a 3-pack of our wonderful Rosés, and we’ll deliver for you by Mother’s Day. New this year, we have colorful tunics, irresistible scarves, fun jewelry, and must-have accessories. You’ll see our staff wearing these all summer long and they are all available at our Tasting Barn and Garden*.
*(Not Available On Website)