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Greenport Long Island New York, One of America’s Prettiest Towns

Although not officially established until 1837, Greenport was certainly already impressive with its untouched surroundings and its advantageous location above the Peconic Bay. In April of 2011, it was named as one of America’s Prettiest Towns by Forbes magazine. Its rather idyllic past and present is likely what drives its visitors to continue to return.

Growing Greenport

As it has grown it has also managed to retain its unpretentious attitude, small town feel, and a real slice of Americana. Although its nearby Manhattanites have brought with them more modern foods as well as the wine scene, Greenport should definitely be noted for its lovely summer cottages with beach or boating activities not more than a few minutes away. With top-notch dining such as the fare presented at The Frisky Oyster, Greenport is one of the towns nearby to Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast.

Greenport’s old-school looks may be deceiving to those who think that means that Greenport is behind the times. Although it boasts its own art galleries, coffee shops, and plenty of shopping for Shorecrest BnB visitors, its more welcome feel can be found in the nearby inns, lovely beaches, and a fishing heritage that caters a bit more to those who may prefer rest and relaxation in their travels as opposed to glitzy star-gazing.

Many of our past guest have expressed their delight at the welcome feel of nearby Greenport and many returning guest look forward to subsequent visits there. The next time you stay at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast, ask us about Greenport, and we will be glad to let you know what other delights you may find in one of America’s Prettiest Towns.

Shopping for Antiques on the North Fork of Long Island

Antiquing on Greenport, Long Island is a favorite pastime of guests while visiting the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast. There are many types of antique stores and beauty is always in the eye of the beholder.  With that said, we wanted to share with you a sampling of the local antique shops of Greenport and Southold, Long Island area.    

Jan Davis Antiques – specializing on antique and collectible dolls; 

Furniture Shop Antiques – noted for their antique furniture; 

Lydia’s Antiques – specializing in restored antiques and features a hugh selection of stained glass, Tiffany Shades, and estate jewelry; 

Mixed Bag Antiques – you guess it…an eclectic mix of antiques; 

The Shearer Shop – folk art and consignment items; 

Beall & Bell – mom and pop antique store with a little something for everyone; 

Kapell’s Antiques – whaling and marine items, early tools, pottery, and old books.

Dining on the North Fork of Long Island

When enjoying your romantic getaway to the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast on Long Island, make sure to enjoy dinner at one of our favorite restaurants in Greenport.

Noah’s – Noah Schwartz is the former chef at the Seafood Barge in Southold and has expensive experience from his tenure at top California restaurants.  Noah focuses on offering small plates with prices ranging from $6 to $15.  His menu is varied with great reviews on the scallop ceviche and pomegranate ribs.  Since this restaurant just opened in January, I am sure that this is just the first of many raves.  They also offer wine in 2-3 oz. pours which can be paired accordingly with the different small plates.

The Frisky Oyster – Open Wednesday through Sunday, they offer a menu which changes weekly and pulls together an internally inspired mix including a homey carrot and red lentil soup with Asian spices or a grilled striped bass with spinach with a delicious potato cake.

Greenport Brewery Company – Fact, they make really good beer!  They offer free tasting of three different types of suds – pale ale, an IPA, and a porter.  They consider beer a complement to local wines, not a conflict.

Vine Street Café – currently the Vine Street Café is under expansion and scheduled to reopen in March.  Zagat said in November “although a limited menu, everything was superbly prepared”.  We anticipate this trend to continue when they reopen in March.

Bon Appetite from the Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast!

Shopping on the North Fork of Long Island

We are all in the Holiday Spirit and shopping at the Tanger Outlet Center on Long Island is a must!  Tanger Outlet Center is Long Island’s largest factory outlet center and features over 165 outlet stores, within a short distance from the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast.  With stores such as Brooks Brothers, Polo, Cole Haan, Jones of New York, and Pottery Barn you are sure to be able to find a gift for everyone on your list.  A bargain hunter’s paradise! 

Tanger Outlet Center is located in Riverhead on the east end of Long Island.  Many of the stores are offering special discounts and make sure to print out your coupon to take advantage of their promotions.  Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast also has coupons that are provided to our guests, so make sure you let us know that you will be shopping.  

During the Holiday Season, Tanger Outlet Center is open from 9 A.M. until 10 P.M., seven days a week.  Make sure to register for their Caribbean Sweepstakes and you will have the opportunity to win a seven night all inclusive vacation to Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa in St. Lucia or a five night getaway to the Windjammer Landing Villa Beach Resort, also in St. Lucia.  

Happy Shopping!

Restaurant Week on the North Fork of Long Island

Starting Sunday November 1st some of the top restaurants in the North Fork area are participating in Long Island Restaurant Week. I assembled this list of participants in my area from various websites including www.exploreli.com which seems to be one of the most comprehensive if you want more information. Below is the list in alphabetical order of their towns for the North Fork and a little further west, and includes several of my favorites. This is a great opportunity to sample the work of some excellent chefs. If you are traveling to the East End from Manhattan or the Western part of Long Island for instance I highly recommend that you take this opportunity to try La Plage in Wading River, or stop there on the way back. It is a bit off the beaten track but very much worth the diversion. More locally this is a perfect opportunity to try The North Fork Table and Inn in Southold which just achieved Four Star status.

We still have rooms at the Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast for this weekend and next, the perfect place to stay between meals while on your Gourmet adventure. I’m thinking up something special for the breakfasts as well!

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North Fork 2009 Foodie Tour

It is time to enjoy the North Fork 2009 Foodie Tour!  Enjoy a day of self-guided tours and have an opportunity to meet the North Fork’s artisanal food producers.  This year will include organic vegetable farms, lavender farm, oyster farm, bison farm, goat dairy, special wineries, and exotic micro-vegetables.  There will also be an exhibit of food-related art by Caroline Waloski of Siren’s Song Gallery in Greenport.   The day will be filled with talks, tastings, demonstrations, and family-fun activities.

A variety of farms will be participating in the event.  They include Golden Earthwork Organic Farm, The Farm, Koppert Cress, Croteaux Vineyard & Farmhouse Cooking School, Lavender by the Bay, North Quarter Bison Farm, Taste of the North Fork, and Pipes Cove Oysters.   Other farm will be also included, but on a limited basis. 

The North Fork 2009 Foodie Tour will take place on Sunday, September 13th from 10 A.M. to 4 P.M. and extends from Riverhead to Orient.  The headquarters for the event will be Charnew’s Farm in Southhold.   Tickets can be ordered in advance on-line for $20 or they can be purchased on the day of the tour for $25.  Of course, children under the age of 12 will be free.

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