This 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.
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
“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: http://www.longislandlighthouses.com/hortonpt.htm
There are multiple parks and public beaches where you can enjoy the summer weather and pack a picnic with your friends and family.
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!
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
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.
Red, White and Blue Sangria via dietsinreview.com please click HERE to view the original blog post!
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.
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
20 to 24 ladyfingers (from a 7-ounce package), broken into 1-inch pieces
3/4 pound blueberries (2 1/2 cups
- 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.
- 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.
It’s finally here! Memorial Day weekend is upon us! We’ve compiled a few of the events going on this weekend on the North Fork. Please also take a look at our calendar to get the full scope of everything that will be happening this weekend. Bring some smiles and good spirits with you this weekend. Enjoy!
SATURDAY MAY 25th 2013
Live Music @ the Vineyards:
Martha Clara Vineyard 2-6pm Live Music with Bobby Nathan Band
A five piece band covering a wide range of every genre of music including Blues, Soft Rock, Motown,
Southern Rock and Top 40 hits.
Live Music with Keith Maguire 1pm-4:30pm @ Raphael Vineyard -His influences range from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Elton John, The Beatles, U2, & Billy Joel. Visit his website,keithmaguire.com for more info
Memorial Day Parade, Greenport, NY : the parade will begin at 10AM and head down historic Main st. and continue on to front st. For more info, www.greenportvillage.com
Making Jams & Jellies at home, Hallock Farm Museum Riverhead, NY: Begins at 10:30 at the Hallockville Museum Farm, 6038 Sound Avenue Riverhead, NY. For first timers and experienced jam makers, there is somethign to learn for everyone. $5 dollars for Hallockville members and $8 for non-members. Call 298-5292 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Gather in “The Square”, Main st. Greenport, NY: A culinary experience with chef Keith Luce. For details call, 631-477-685292 , Check out this amazing articke in the Examiner, “Chef Keith Luce launches The Square on East End’s North Fork”
Greenport Farmers Market: The weekly market kicks off its 2013 season on Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., behind the United Methodist Church.
SUNDAY MAY 26th 2013
Live Music @ the Vineyards:
1-5pm Live Music with Suffolk Horns @ Martha Clara Vineyard
This seven piece band consists of five horns, a full rhythm section, and five separate vocalists. Their music includes a combination of R&B, Funk, Classic Rock, Blues and Soul.Free Admission
Community Mosaic Street Painting Festival, East End Arts Council, Riverhead NY: From noon to 5pm along Main st. Riverhead. An arts and crafts show and sale, street painting festival, local musicians and activities for children including drum circle, face painting and crafts. FREE. for details, eastendarts.org
MONDAY MAY 27th 2013
Vines & Canines Educational Vineyard Walk @ Martha Clara -10am Vines & Canines Educational Vineyard 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 shelters.
Chowder Festival on the New Suffolk waterfront: Begins at noon and continues until 3pm. New Suffolk ave and first St. This is a family friendly event and offers a variety of plants, chowders, BBQ, live music and activities for kids. All proceeds go to the restoration of the new suffolk waterfront. For more details, newsuffolkwaterfront.org
Memorial Day is right around the corner and everyone knows that weekend marks the start of summer. If you haven’t made any plans for the weekend or if you want to make plans for the summer take a look at our beach houses. We will not disappoint. It is the prefect opportunity to get away and enjoy some quality time with your friends or your family. Settle into a beach house and enjoy a sense of comfort you can’t find in any type of hotel. Enjoy the freedom to come and go as you please and really experience “living on the north Fork.” Please visit our website to book or click here: BOOK
Southold Waterfront Studio
Newly renovated private detached and spacious self catering studio with queen bed, kitchenette with refrigerator and microwave , seating area with desk, TV and bathroom with shower. Floor to ceiling west facing windows open onto private patio overlooking lawns and inlet of Shelter bay. A few steps walk to community sandy bay beach with boat ramp and just five minute drive to Greenport and Southold villages. Shorecrest BnB concierge services available to guests of the Southold inlet studio including winery discount card to 24 local wineries, maps and guides.
Spacious Waterfront home / Sunset views & 2 beaches
This house has now been doubled in size with the addition of a master suite in the former 3-car garage, joined to the original house with a spacious studio/garden room. Floor to ceiling windows overlook the waters of the lake like Arshamomaque inlet and preserve, the largest on the North Fork. Completely renovated this winter with new kitchen, two new bathrooms with tubs and showers, half bath, new expanded wrap around decks, as well as the large master bedroom suite , all with magnificent water and sunset views. New building includes a large family/living room as well as the garden room connecting the main house with the newly constructed separate master suite. and family/sunroom with sleep sofa off the living room connected to the deck. The large deck overlooks the garden and steps leading to ninety feet of private waterfront, ideal for kayaking, canoeing, waterskiing or paddle boarding. The home offers all the amenities needed for a family holiday but also can provide an ideal private retreat for a romantic getaway. A great location on a quiet dead end lane it just a short walk to a second beach on Long Island Sound beach, exclusively available to renters of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and Property Management properties where you can swim, snorkel or walk for hours. Other popular activities in the area include bicycling the miles of rural roadways, golf at the spectacular Island’s End golf course close by, fishing the sound and inlets, wine tours and tastings at some of the North Fork’s 50 wineries and vineyard, boat tours of the 12 local light houses and spectacular ocean views, bays and creeks. Southold is located on one of the narrowest stretches of the North Fork on the far east end of New York’s Long Island, where the land juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and the Long Island Sound almost meets Shelter Bay. Our private Long Island Sound beach offers views of the Connecticut shore line on the horizon across 20 miles of ocean water to the North. To view an interactive map showing the location of the house in relation to the nearby Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast which manages the property, and see locations of vineyards, restaurants, marinas, beaches, museuems and nature preserves visit the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast web site. Click on the tab for the Area Attractions page and then the specific amenity you are interested in. Note how close we are to the nearby maritime village of Greenport, named one of tope ten prettiest towns by Forbes magazine in 2011. From Greenport you can take the car ferry or water taxi to Shelter Island and Sag Harbor and the Hamptons or tour the harbor in tall ships. Southold Hamlet only 2 miles to the south is an historic village with interesting shopping, and an historic district consisting of over 18 buildings dating from the early 18th and 19th centuries as well as the Custer Institute Indian museum and observatory, a great place to go star watching. The area is famous for it’s rural nature for as well as the many vineyards there are dozens of farms and farm stands selling the freshest of organic produce, as well as fresh caught fish available right on the dock, miles of beaches, and nature preserves including the Audubon center and bird sanctuary just 5 minutes from the house, Some very talented chefs have been attracted to the area because of the abundance of fresh local produce from the farms, vineyards and sea, so it is also home to some of the best Zagat rated restaurants on Long Island including the North Fork Table and Inn in Southold and The Frisky Oyster and Noah’s in Greenport amongst them. Just15 minutes from the Orient Point ferry to New London Connecticut and half hour to Riverhead and Long Island Expressway to all points west this is a uniquely pastoral sea side setting to be found within such easy traveling distance from major Metropolitan areas.
Peconic Bay Front, Beach House, Aquebogue
his beach house, located on the bay in the historic village of Aquebogue is a modern, newly built house with 180 degree views of the great Peconic Bay. There are 4 bedrooms and 4 modern bathrooms. On the third floor is a master suite with panoramic views of the Bay and private bath. The spacious second floor master bedroom has a seating area with French doors leading to a balcony overlooking the water and en suite bathroom with jetted tub and shower. The 2nd bedroom has a queen bed and the third bedroom two twin beds. The ground floor is open plan with a large fully equipped kitchen, adjoining dining area with seating for 6-8 people and living room with working fireplace and pull out sleep sofa. Floor to ceiling windows and French doors open onto a covered rear porch and lower deck for outdoor dining overlooking the water, with barbecue, grassy lawn and just steps to a private community sandy beach. The village of Aquebogue is a two hour drive to Manhattan, a half hour from the Orient Point Ferry connecting to New London Connecticut, within easy reach of the many wineries and farms of the rural North Fork, the resorts of the Hamptons on the South Fork and the amenities and activities of the town of Riverhead, including Splish Splash Water Park, Atlantis Aquarium and the Tanger outlet mall.
Southold Inlet Waterfront home – Sleeps 8
Southold Inlet waterfront sleeps 8-10 A private luxury designer home with large garden and private waterfront overlooking stunning views of bay inlet. Consists of three bedrooms, including second floor master bedroom suite with Jacuzzi, a two room first floor suite with pullout sofa/daybed in second room; ground floor bedroom with French doors opening onto garden and separate sleeping alcove with queen bed. The kitchen is a chef’s dream, fully stocked with all the cooking equipment you could need and all bed linens are supplied. Guests of the Southold Inlet house also have use of the Shorecrest Beach on Long Island Sound and all concierge services offered by the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Available for mid week stays, long weekends, weekly or for month of August or July.
Orient Beach House
This home on the east end of the North Fork in Orient is located in Green Acres, a private beach community and just a two minute walk from the sands and waters of the Long Island Sound. Built in 1960, the home was completely renovated in 2003, with further upgrades including Hawaiian Koloa hard wood floors throughout and professional landscaping in 2005. It is meticulously maintained and kept updated on an annual basis. There are three bedrooms in the main house and a two story detached cottage in the garden. In the house the master bedroom is approximately 400 square feet, has French doors opening to the private garden, a tray ceiling, window AC, a Queen size bed, and a walk in closet. The second bedroom is approximately 120 square feet has a full size bed, ceiling fan and wall closet, office table and piano and two windows overlooking the gardens. The third bedroom, 120 square feet, is furnished with a childbed plus a two-seater sofa. There are two full bathrooms; a large master bathroom, tiled floors and walls with corian counter tops, and shower with dual shower heads The second bathroom is also modernized with toilet and shower. The large 280 square foot living room is furnished with a sofa, armchair and ottoman, and has a silent wall AC unit (18000 BTU) which cools the whole ground floor. The open kitchen ( approx. 200sf) opens onto the .private patio as well as the elegant 280sf formal dining room which seats up to 12 people. The TV is equipped for watching movies but there is no cable service, at present. Broad band internet is available. There is a full laundry service area with washer and dryer The house is located in a beautifully landscaped half acre with large lawns and patio, outdoor picnic table, BBQ and umbrellas. Half of this area is gated and fenced, ideal for small children. In one corner of the garden is the two story cottage/guest house. The ground floor has bar, sitting area, bathroom facilities and a ships ladder leading to the second floor bedroom, with full size bed and sky light.
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
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
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
From 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
Three 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.
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.
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: http://tinyurl.com/cutskx8
Here are a few of the events going on this weekend:
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
ROSES FOR MOM
All moms visiting Clovis Point get a complimentary glass of our newly released rosé
Mother’s Day at Croteaux Vineyards or visit Croteaux.com. 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)
Roll up, roll up! Shorecrest, the only BandB with not just one but TWO private beaches has an offer you won’t want to miss through May 16th 2013.
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. View the map on our website under the ‘Area Attractions’ tab to see how conveniently we are located for wineries, villages and ferries – as well as the beach!
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.