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New shops revitalize Southold Town

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The White Flower Farmhouse at the corner of Beckwith and Main in Southold Town

When you see articles in the press lately about the North Fork, you read about the abundant wineries of Cutchogue and the much-extolled beauty of Greenport town, but rarely does Southold town come up. In past years Southold had become a “drive-through” town, with shuttered storefronts, realtors and only a few retail shops. But recently there has been a resurgence in Southold. In the past few years, stores have been opening- interesting, cute, quaint stores. These are the kind of stores that coax you to linger and offer you the unusual, handmade, quixotic and distinctive.

The heart of the town has become the corner of Beckwith and Main. At the corner, White Flower Farmhouse Antiques moved from Peconic Lane along with Taste of the North Fork. White Flower Farmhouse has been offering a clean cottage style of farmhouse antiques in vintage items for years. Taste of the North Fork has been offering Jams, Jellies preserves and items made food grown on the North Fork. Coast, a little shop that sells found and handmade items from the shore and Unique Antique Designs, and unusual antiques store that offers something for everyone, opened further east on Main and  a tag sale and clean out services store called Lost and Found opened down Beckwith. These stores linked existing stores like T&J Schlect Jewelry, the Drug store and further down the road, Complement the Chef (a great store that sell everything you need for your gourmet kitchen.) The historical societies’ Treasure Exchange has been offering local antiques, local interest books and other North Fork memorabilia for quite a while. There is Carol’s Kids Corner and Bath & Linens of Southold. Cap it off with the shops of the Feather Hill shopping center, which include Robert’s Jewelers and Elmer’s Custom Amish Furniture and you can have a nice lunch at Michelangelo’s or Wednesday’s table. Down the street is Jeni’s Main Street Grill. Across the way is the Southold Emporium Variety store and Rothman’s Dept. Store and Ye Olde Party Store housed in a medieval looking slate-roofed brick building.

Southold is really coming into its’ own and is now a place where you can spend an enjoyable afternoon, strolling up and down Main, shopping and having a bit to eat, enjoying all the charm of an old country town. We will be featuring some the shops of Southold in future blogs, so check back. And if your interest in local real estate, the realtors are still they’re too!

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Compliment The Chef has been selling a wide variety of gourmet cooking implements, recipe books and tableware for over 10 years in Southold Town.

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This slate roofed, brick building, one of the oldest buildings in town, houses “Ye Olde Party Shoppe” where you can browse through an extensive array of party supplies.

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Taste of the North Fork recently moved from Peconic Lane in Peconic. The still sell a host of delicious food stuffs made form the bounty of the North Fork.

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Coast and White Flower Farmhouse on the Main Road in Southold.

Great deal for restaurant week North Fork

Here is a shot of the interior of the restaurant, every table has a water view.

Here is a shot of the interior of the restaurant, every table has a water view.

For a great deal on Restaurant week on the North Fork this spring, stay with us at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast. The dates are from April 27- May 4th, and if you have ever participated in restaurant week, you know it’s a great way to try out new places or get the best value from the restaurants you already love. And to make the week an even better value, I am offering to pick up the tab on the prix fixe price at a couple of my local favorites when you book two nights. In addition you will receive  the NFBBA discount card which gives you discounts at local wineries and merchants, as well as local restaurants, boutiques and for spa services.

So far this year, the restaurants that are participating are: A Lure Chowder House & Oysteria  in Southold; aMano Osteria and Bar in Mattituck, Jamesport Manor Inn* and Jedediah Hawkins Inn* in Jamesport; Noah’s*  in Greenport; North Fork Table & Inn* in Southold; and   Touch of Venice in Cutchogue. All of these are great places to eat and will be offering a $27.95p.p. 3-Course prix fixe menu for the 8 day week. You can make an online reservation through open table http://www.opentable.com at the restaurants marked *.

For more information on the week go to the Long Island Restaurant Week website https://www.longislandrestaurantweek.com . Put in East End in the find a restaurant section to see if any new places have been added at the last minute.

So, if you have been picking up on the North Fork Wine Country buzz and have wanted to check it out, but didn’t want to make the financial commitment, this is a great way to explore. A word of warning: you might get hooked! Here are a few pictures of A Lure, one of our favorites just a quick 2.4 mile, four minute drive from Shorecrest.

 

  And here is the breath taking view of the marina the restaurant overlooks. Don’t you wish you were here?


And here is the breath taking view of the marina the restaurant overlooks.
Don’t you wish you were here?

Kontokosta Winery opens near Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast

Kontokosta near Shorecrest 1It seems that lately there is always something new and fun happening on the North Fork of Long Island, but I am particularly thrilled when it happens near Shorecrest B&B and is so convenient for my guests to enjoy. The particular something I am talking about is Kontokosta Winery,  a new vineyard and winery that opened just down the road and is one of the first to open on the Sound. It’s only 2.8 miles away or a quick four minute drive from Shorecrest.

I was enchanted the minute I turned off the North road and drove up the long driveway that cuts through the center of the vineyard. It reminded me of the approach to an ancient French chateaux. The exterior was reminiscent of an east end barn, with inviting large red entry doors and is the work of architects Tom Samuels and Nancy Steelman, the husband-and-wife team behind Samuels & Steelman Architects, who managed to get a  rural barn feel from the outside and create a Soho urban loft vibe on the inside. The building is perched in a unique position, high on the cliffs with the large glass windows overlooking the Long Island Sound to the north and the vineyard to the south.

What impressed me most when entering the winery was the long farmhouse style tables, they were completely covered with copper which gave them a distinctly modern twist. The place had a comfortable, yet industrial feel. The main tasting bar was a polished slate. A slate patio facing the sound enables you to take in the breath taking view while enjoying wine alfresco or if you prefer, there’s exterior seating with vineyard views on the other side of the building.  A large second floor open loft area has seating and even more amazing views, but is open only to wine club members who can reserve the area for private parties or tastings. Since it was a slow day and the area was empty, our host allowed us to go up and take a look around. I couldn’t help but imagine how much fun could be had by Shorecrest guests who booked a stay and scheduled a party in this room! I think I might do it myself! My friends and I were enjoying ourselves so much we lingered past closing time, but instead of being shooed away, our host started playing Gershwin tunes on the piano. It was the perfect ending to a terrific afternoon.

Although the winery is new and wines are relatively young, the reds were delicious with a full body and depth. It is also a member of L.I. Sustainable Wines touting a green building, wind energy, xeriscaping and an organic community garden that supports local non-profits.  Their website doesn’t have much on it, but their Facebook page is kept current with lots of interesting information and events. –Can’t wait to hear what my guests have to say about this interesting new winery.

A few months later on Feb. 23, I attended a benefit for the talented and loved chef Gerry Hayden, from North Fork Table and Inn who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011, hosted by Knotokosta and Slow Food East End. Great food was provided by chefs from all over the east end at the sold out event and it was quite inspiring to see so many of Gerry and his wife Claudia’s peers and colleagues in the restaurant world come together for him.

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LIVE ON THE VINE & Shorecrest Specials

The North Fork of Long Island is a magical place in the winter, not only for it’s spectacular views and serene, peaceful environment but all the great events that are going on!

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Live on the Vine is a 6 week mid-winter music festival that takes place in Long Island’s unique vineyard tasting rooms, hotels and other venues on the East End. It has been recognized for its cultural tourism impact during the off season and has proved to be a great attraction to food, wine and music lovers over the winter months, when room rates are lower and tables at some of our top restaurants easier to procure.  

To help you celebrate Winterfest and Live on the Vine in style, Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is offering two great specials through March during this major North Fork festival:

Winterfest special – book two nights and enjoy dinner on us!

Your 2 night weekend stay at the Shorecrest will include not only $100 towards dinner for two at either the Frisky Oyster or Noah’s restaurant, but over our exclusive winery discount and complimentary tastings card for you  to use at over 20 local wineries, access to our two private beaches, full  concierge services  and of course our full four course candlelit gourmet breakfast!

North Fork Getaway – get $50 off a 2 night stay, free special tasting and bottle of wine!

Book 2 nights anytime through March 2014 and receive a $50 discount off the listed rate plus our exclusive winery discount card and a free tasting and bottle of wine from Sannino Bella Vita vineyard in Peconic. All stays at the BnB include of course our well reviewed gourmet breakfast and concierge services to help you plan your stay.

To book your stay and special offer visit our website to learn about the Inn and rooms,  then click on the ‘Check availability – Guest rooms’   link to select your dates and book, or on the Specials  tab to add the special offer you would like to choose.

 

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Keep up with the our BLOG or Facebook page to see the live music schedule every weekend during LIVE ON THE VINE. This weekend’s line up is as follows:

Saturday, February 22nd

1:00 – 3:00  Raphael: Nicky Schrine

1:00 – 3:00  Jason’s Vinyard: Nina Et cetera

2:30 – 4:30  Sherwood House: Jack’s Waterfall

4:00 – 6:00  Coffee Pot Cellars: Rorie Kelly

5:00 – 8:00  A lure Restaurant: Divello & Anderson

Sunday, February 23rd
1:30 – 3:30 Bedell Cellars: Buddy Merriam’s Back Roads Trio
1:30 – 3:30 Raphael: Gabriele Tranchina Ensemble
1:30 – 3:30 Palmer Vineyards: Brian Lenair
3:00 – 5:00 Sparkling Pointe: Nightingale Jazz Band
3:00 – 5:00 Pellegrini Vineyards: Scogeojam

 

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