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Celebrate Winterfest with Shorecrest Getaway Specials

February 9 marks the beginning of Jazz on the Vine, the theme for the sixth consecutive 2013 Long Island Winterfest. This year it will go on for 6 weekends, from February 9 to March 17. In most cases, admission prices includes a glass of wine and a chance to win a gift basket of Long Island wines, not to mention an afternoon of great jazz performances.

Long Island Wine country will be hopping this winter with swinging jazz music and special events and offers. Our vineyards and wineries provide the perfect venue and backdrop to the cool sounds provided by the over 140 groups that will be featured during Winterfest. Sipping wine and listing to this amazing live music will be the pinnacle of your romantic east end get away.

But best of all… Winterfest coincides with Shorecrest’s Winter Romance getaway package. It’s $475 for a two nights stay and runs through April 2013. It’s good for any room and the package includes:

• A 2 night stay at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast plus:

• $20 towards dinner for two at one of our favorite restaurants, either the Frisky Oyster, First and South or Noah’s in Greenport

• 2 x $50 gift certificates towards a one hour aromatherapy massage for each guest (non refundable and use optional)

• Our exclusive discount card to 24 wineries including free tastings

• A private wine class or in room champagne picnic.

Here is an example of the MANY performances in just one weekend:

February 16, Saturday

3:00            Pellegrini Vineyards- Spherical Flamenco Jazz Trio with Emma Larson

3:00             Palmer Vineyards- Mike Engle Vibratrio

3:00             Macari Vineyards & Wintery – Monday Michiru

4:30             Waters Crest Winery-  Pearl Street Band

4:30            Raphael- Amina Figarova presented by Tanger Outlets

4:30             Duck Walk North-Morris Goldberg & Ojoyo

6:00            Martha Clara Vineyards- Matt Marshak Band

7:00            Live at the Indigo

February 17, Sunday

2:30             Pellegrini Vineyards- Jack Morelli Trio

2:30            Jamesport Vienyards- Adam Kromelow Trio

2:30            Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyards- The Natalie Fernandez Quartet

4:00             Bedell Cellars- Richie Siegler Latin Jazz

4:00             Raphael- Bakithi Jumalo Band

4:00             Lieb Cellars- Joseph Carter III Group

 

Holiday Getaways, Discounts, Gift Certificates and Greeting from Shorecrest BnB, Long Island

As 2012 draws to a close I want to wish you all the very best for the coming holidays and New Year. Hurricane Sandy was challenging for many of us on the east coast and I sincerely hope that if you, your friends or family were affected, all have now recovered. Shorecrest was relatively unscathed for which we are most grateful and to celebrate the season we are offering, for a limited time, several specials and packages for winter and spring getaways, and gift certificates with unique discounts to our former guests or if purchased by December 18th 2012. All offers are for two people, double occupancy.

A walk on the beach is a quiet pleasure in all seasons

Winter Romance Getaways in Long Island Wine Country

Our 2 night Winter Romance package at $655 includes massage for two, one $25 restaurant gift voucher, champagne picnic or wine class for 2, and Shorecrest’s exclusive discount card for 24 local wineries with free tastings

Purchase this package by visiting the specials and packages page on our website before December 18th 2012 and use it any time, any room by April 30th or Sunday through Thursday until June 30th 2013 ( Memorial Day excluded) Unredeemed vouchers can be used for face value after the special expiration date towards the cost of a stay.

Our 2 night Winter Romance package at $475 – valid for a 2 night stay in any room, any time through April 15th 2013: includes 1 x $50 *gift certificate for each guest towards a one hour massage, $20 restaurant gift voucher, champagne picnic or wine class for 2, discount card for 24 local wineries with free tastings.

* massage gift certificates are non refundable , use is optional

 Gift Certificates

Receive a $25 Coupon for every $225 dollars you spend on gift certificates this December!

With this ‘Buy a Gift, Get a Gift’ offer you receive a coupon that can be used towards a stay at Shorecrest or purchase of any Shorecrest retail item. To buy on line, visit our website and click on the ‘check B&B’ room; on the availability calendar page click  the Gift Certificate tab to make a selection, or call 631 765 1570 and ask for Marilyn for personal service.

You can always  speak to us about activities in the area; we will be happy to help you plan your trip, and remember, the North Fork has something to offer the visitor all year round. We once again present Winterfest and Jazz on the Vine from mid February through the end of March 2013. Good times for music and wine lovers!

Call 631 765 157 to book your stay, or visit our online reservation calendar, select  your starting date, the number of nights, room and ‘book’, then click on the ‘specials and packages tab’ at the top of the page. Click ‘add’ when you have selected your special offer and the price on your reservation will automatically be adjusted to reflect the discounted amount.

The Aquebogue beach house master bedroom with panoramic views of the Peconic Bay

The Aquebogue beach house 2nd floor master bedroom with panoramic views of the Peconic Bay

 

Beach House rentals available throughout the holidays and for 2013

Shorecrest currently has four outstanding waterfront and beach front houses available for rent on the North Fork. For information please visit our website. For rates and availability click on the ‘Beach house’ link. More photographs can be found on our Facebook page in photograph albums.

Shorecrest Beach house living room has picture windows overlooking the Long Island Sound

Thank you,  and I look forward to hearing from you and welcoming you to the North Fork soon!

Marilyn Marks, Innkeeper, Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast

 

 

 

The Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Events Calendar – Your Most Up-to-Date Guide to Things to Do on the East End of Long Island, New York

At Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast in Southold, New York, keeping up with local events is imperative to our guests ultimate comfort and experience on Long Island. For this very reason, we keep a regular scheduled list of events available to our guests and views here on our BnB blog.

Long Island Events Calendar

If you check over to the right of this page where the arrows point, you will see that the top arrow shows Next Event, which indicates the events that are going on in the Southold area of Long Island currently.  Click on the More Info tab to see a more robust listing. The arrow pointing down shows you the Upcoming Events listed in our area along with the date of the event. Use these helpful tips to help you plan your trip to the North Fork of Long Island at the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Inn.

A map on the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast site will show you all of the local entertainments to be found here.

North Fork Entertainment

There are many things to do while staying over in the North Fork, Long Island area.

Arts and Culture

The Arts in Southold Town

The folks of North Fork and Shelter Island enjoy participating in the appreciation of  The Arts in Southold Town. The priority of The Arts is to reach and help to stimulate as many as possible to visit and participate in a great and reliable arts feature in the community.

Visit The Arts in Southhold Town – Phone: 631 734-6320

The North Fork Community Theater

The North Fork Community Theater has been an integral part of the North Fork community for over 50 years.

Visit North Fork Community Theater – Phone: 631 734-6320

Dining

North Fork Table and Inn

Try the North Fork Table and Inn for some delectable Long Island fare. Don’t forget The Lunch Truck too that sells exquisite food created by Chefs Fleming and Hayden from 11:30 to 3:30, 4 days per week, closed Tuesday thru Thursday

Visit the North Fork Table and Inn or the Lunch Truck – 631.765.0177

A Lure Restaurant

Welcome to A Lure where the food is fresh, fantastic and what Long Island dining is all about. Visit their location on Long Island during your next visit to Shorecrest BnB.

Visit A Lure Restaurant – 631 876-5300

Heritage Sites

Custer Institute and Observatory

Enjoy the beauty of the vast open night sky from the Custer Institute and Observatory. Long Islands oldest public observatory has many special events throughout the year.

Visit the Custer Institute and Observatory –  631-765-2626

Wineries

Corey’s Creek Vineyards

Corey’s Creek Vineyard offers a tasting room and gift shop in an open airy, barn-like structure with glass doors that open to an outdoor deck. When staying at Shorecrest BnB check out Corey Creek.

Visit Corey Creek Vineyards – 631- 765-4168

Duck Walk North Vineyard

Creating award winning, distinctive wines on the North Fork, Duck Walk North Vineyard is another nearby winery option.

Visit the Duck Walk North Vineyard – 631- 765-3500

Hamptons Restaurant Week

Join us in the Hamptons for the 10th annual Hamptons Restaurant Week extravaganza. The Hamptons Restaurant Week is presented by Long Island Restaurant & Marketing Hospitality Group and is focused on organizing and encouraging businesses on the East End of Long Island to provide bargain priced meals at some of areas top restaurants.

During Hamptons Restaurant Week, all participating restaurants will offer a three course prix fixe for $19.95 and/or $24.95 until closing, with the exception of Saturday evenings when the offer ends at 7pm.

While the East End of Long Island is famous for many things such as vacation destinations, wineries, golf courses and Bed & Breakfast Inns, it is also famous for its premier dining establishments.

Running from March 18th to March 25th visitors to Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast can visit one of many nearby restaurants for some of the finest dining in New York.

Participating Restaurants

  • Comtesse Therese Bistro (631) 779-2800
  • Touch of Venice Restaurant (631) 298-5851
  • noah’s (631) 477-6720
  • North Fork Oyster Company (631) 477-6840
  • Jamesport Country Kitchen (631) 722-3537
  • Jamesport Manor Inn (631) 722-0500
  • Legends Restaurant (631) 734-5123
  • Vine Street Cafe (631) 749-3210
  • La Maison Blanche (631) 749-1633
  • Bayview Inn & Restaurant (631) 722-2659
  • North Fork Table & Inn (631) 765-0177

Head to Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast Inn and find out why a getaway on the North Fork of Long Island to find out exactly why visitors continue to return season after season and year after year. Participating establishments will offer their own unique variety of a three-course prix fixe menu with the exclusion of Saturday evenings after 7pm. Some of the perks of Hamptons Restaurant Week include:

  • Restaurants will offer their course menus for either $19.95 and/or $24.95
  • Visitors to the participating establishments can try discounted bottles of wine from local vineyards for $19.95 or $24.95
  • Participating vineyards will offer tasting room discounts with up to 15% off of bottles of their select wines, 20% off cases, or a flight of five tasting wines for $5
  • The campaign also includes discounts at lodging properties and local vineyards

Winterfest Jazz on the Vine 2012 Events March 10th and 11th

This coming weekend at the Winterfest Jazz on the Vine visitors will find some incredible performances. As Winterfest Jazz on the Vine winds to a close for the year in the last two weekends of events, there are still more than ten events to attend. Designed and focused on alleviating the mid-winter cabin fever, this fifth consecutive year of incredible jazz performances continue to awe its crowds. The entire east end of Long Island will be alive and celebrating with good times for music and wine lovers alike.

In support of the 2012 Winterfest Jazz on the Vine events Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast has created their own special two night accommodation package for guest during the festival and through April 15th.

With the price of your stay you will receive:

  1. A $25 gift certificate that is good towards a dinner for two at Noah’s or the Frisky Oyster, two of Greenport’s favorite restaurants.
  2. A $50 gift certificate good for one hour of aromatherapy massage for each visitor.
  3. An exclusive discount card to 24 wineries which can include some free tastings.
  4. A private wine class or champagne in-room picnic.

Make sure to ask your hosts at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast about other activities in the area once you are here, until then, check out www.shorecrestbedandbreakfast.com to book your reservations online after checking the availability on your preferred travel dates. If you have any questions call Marilyn at 631 765 1570.

Jazz on the Vine Events this Coming Weekend March 10th and 11th

Saturday, March 10:
2:00 – Sannino’s Bella Vita Vineyard – Dennis Raffelock
3:00 – Laurel Lake Vineyards – Monday Michiru
3:00 – Palmer Vineyards – Dan Aran Trio
4:30 – Duck Walk Vineyards North – Ojoyo
4:30 – Ospreys’ Dominion – Rare Groove Band
4:30 – Raphael – Shenole Latimer Quartet

Sunday, March 11:
12:30 – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard – Dara Tucker
1:00 – Wolffer Estate – Jarrett Cherner
2:00 – Macari Vineyards – The Curtis Brothers
2:00 – Martha Clara Vineyards – Roosevelt Dime
3:30 – Pellegrini Vineyards – Ray Anderson
4:00 – Bedell Cellars – Lauren Kinhan

This year’s program of events sponsored over 70 performances at 20 different participating wineries. Included in the price of admission to Winterfest Jazz on the Vine is a glass of wine and the chance to win a free hotel night on the East End as well as a gift basket of Long Island Wines. There are only two weekends of this event left so make your plans soon to come enjoy Long Island Wine Country where smooth jazz musicians collaborate with local vineyards, B & B’s, hotels, and cultural venues and attractions designed to bring you out of the mid-winter blues.

See our events page for more upcoming events in the area to enjoy while staying at Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast.

Harvesting the North Fork – New York, Long Island’s Wine Country

Harvesting the grapes in the Sannino Vineyard

October is harvest time for grapes as well as apples and pumpkins here on the North Fork of Long Island. This year I decided to take part in the custom wine making program run by Lisa and Anthony Sannino at their Bella Vita vineyard in Cutchogue.  I want Shorecrest to have its own wine and a couple of other BnB owner friends, Mark and Liz Macnish of Andrew’s Legacy in Cutchogue and Leueen who owns Harbor Knoll in Greenport liked the idea too, so we purchased a barrel together. This is such a great idea! A barrel produces 23 cases, 12 bottles to a case, and is such a fun thing to do with friends or family.

Merlot grapes on the vine ready for picking.

The program is a hands on experience, from harvesting the grapes in the Sannino’s own vineyard and learning all about viticulture as we go, through all the processes involved in creating a bottle of wine:  picking, crushing and pressing the grapes,  through the fermentation process  and then blending and bottling.

Two weeks ago, at the end of September and right before a storm was due to come through I went out with some other ‘winemakers in training’ to pick Merlot grapes. The harvest is early this year on the East End of Long Island due to the long hot summer, starting with some 75 degree days in April and ninety degree days in June. Grapes do well in this weather and the sugar content is high. That is how Anthony knows when the grapes are ready to harvest; he measures the sugar content and crushes a few bunches to taste the juice. So delicious, and that is before it became wine! Also delicious was the al fresco lunch that Lisa, with the help of Anthony’s mom and dad, served on their farm house’s porch in the vineyard, but I get ahead of myself.

Underdeveloped grapes are found higher on the vine in more shade

The seed of an unripe grape is green, and reddish in a ripe grape.

The morning for our grape picking experience was perfect; not too hot or chilly, and started with coffee and breakfast on the wrap around deck. I’d already served breakfast to my guests but was glad of an extra ‘cuppa Joe’ before we went off into the vineyard with our pruners and collection baskets to pick the ripe bunches of grapes. I learned where to cut and which ones not to choose. The seed of a ripe grape is reddish and green if it is not yet ripe.

There are also several diseases that can afflict grapes especially fungi and these were to be avoided. The fungus that we saw a little of that day was BotrytisAs an avid gardener, I had yet to meet a fungal disease that I could like, but Botrytis I learned is not all bad.  The fungus gives rise to two different kinds of infections on grapes. The first, grey rot, is the result of consistently wet or humid conditions, and typically results in the loss of the affected bunches. The second, noble rot, occurs when drier conditions follow wetter, and can result in distinctive sweet dessert wines, such as Sauternes. This summer, with such consistently hot weather the few bunches that were infected were of the ‘noble’ kind but as we were picking merlot and not grapes for sweet wines, we had to discard those.

What not to pick - Botrytis blight at 3 o'clock!

We were also careful to avoid the under ripe grapes that were higher on the vine and shaded by more leaves. The grapes we wanted all grow at the lowest level of the vine and were hanging down in giant lush clumps.

We picked for several hours and when our bins were full and also the stomachs of us field hands (after eating as much fresh baked pizza, pulled pork, salad, chicken and pasta as we could, paired of course with equally delicious Bella Vita wine) we headed off to help with the ‘crush’. The baskets of grapes were loaded onto trucks for transportation to the winery where they were weighed, Anthony taking careful notes all along, and then processed through a machine that de-stems them before shooting the crushed up pulp and skins into giant bins ready to begin the first part of the fermentation process.

More on this in the next article, but if this interests you enough to think you would like to make your own wine and enjoy a wonderful North Fork experience in the process, contact me at the Shorecrest for a special discount on a barrel of wine when you are my guest . I will also be putting together special packages over the winter and spring that will include Friday night dinners with your weekend stay at the BnB, wine appreciation classes with food pairing, and guided tours with a customized itinerary based on what there is going on at the time, for my guests. Larger groups might consider renting one of my private water front houses that sleep from 6-8 people and also accept children and in some cases pets. To see more details please visit the Shorecrest Property Management website.

My website now includes a page with maps of all the wineries, restaurants and other amenities in the area. Check my ‘Area Attractions’ page before planning your trip to see all there is to do in this unique part of Long Island.

So keep checking into the blog for updates on how the wine making process is going as well as other events and happenings at the Shorecrest BnB on the North Fork of Long Island’s fabulous East End!


Two weeks ago, at the end of September and right before a storm was due to come through I went out with some other ‘winemakers in training’ to pick Merlot grapes. The harvest is early this year on the East End of Long Island due to the long hot summer, starting with some 75 degree days in April and ninety degree days in June. Grapes do well in this weather and the sugar content is high. That is how Anthony knows when the grapes are ready to harvest; he measures the sugar content and crushes a few bunches to taste the juice. So delicious, and that is before it became wine! Also delicious was the al fresco lunch that Lisa, with the help of Anthony’s mom and dad, served on their farm house’s porch in the vineyard, but I get ahead of myself.

EAT. DRINK. LOCAL.

Long Island Food and Wine Festival.

Chefs and vintners are banding together to get the word out about the area’s delicacies before the tourist season hits full swing.

The Long Island Wine & Food Festival will celebrate a world class wine region! A premier travel destination on the East End of Long Island, the North Fork delivers remarkable cuisine, boutique wineries, craft beer, and quaint accommodations. Festival guests have the opportunity to learn about local flavors, tastes, sights and smells of Long Island’s wine country.

Meet local and celebrity chefs. Enjoy local wines and fare. Experience the rural character of Long Island’s North Fork.

The three-day festival kicks off with an exclusive cocktail reception on June 25th. On Saturday, June 26th, be sure to keep your glass full while experiencing the wines, food, and activities that our 41 wineries will offer. The festival culminates Sunday, June 27th with a Grand Tasting in the historic village of Greenport, a working seaport since the 18th century.

It is sure to be a weekend to remember!

The New York Times had a great article here

See the full schedule here to find out whats going on at the wineries.

UPCOMING EVENTS & WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

Martha Clara Vineyards Events

Community Events
Fri June 18
8-11pm Project SERV Fundraiser
$15 at the door. Admission includes free glass of wine and door prizes. Music all night. info: 631 298 7194 or paulmatthews202@gmail.com

Vineyard Events
Sat 19th
2-5pm Live Music – Hank Stone (Folk/Rock)

Sun 20th
2-5pm Live – Music Alan St Jon(classic rock/pop

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Last Chance Animal Rescue Vineyard Hike at Palmer Vineyards

Vineyard: Palmer Vineyards
Time: 10:00 AM
Sunday, June 27th
Last Chance Animal Rescue Vineyard Hike

Babe in the Garden

10:00 AM
Join us in the morning for a 2 mile hike with Palmer Vineyards vineyard manager, Josh Carp. Josh will give us a brief vineyard tour while we get a bit of exercise. Don’t forget to bring your favorite fluffy friend.
Donations will be accepted to benefit Last Chance Animal Rescue, a charitable, not-for profit organization created to save the lives of animals. One of the main goals of the foundation is to rescue animals that are located in “KILL” facilities and underwrite the costs of relocating them to “NO KILL” facilities in hopes of finding them a forever family.
Dogs available for adoption will join us as well!

Time: Doors open at 10 AM Hike begins at 10:30, poop bags will be provided
Donation: $15 includes a free mimosa after the hike
For more information: www.palmervineyards.com

UPCOMING EVENTS & WEEKEND ACTIVITIES

Martha Clara Vineyards Events

Community Events
Fri June 18
8-11pm Project SERV Fundraiser
$15 at the door. Admission includes free glass of wine and door prizes. Music all night. info: 631 298 7194 or paulmatthews202@gmail.com

Vineyard Events
Sat 19th
2-5pm Live Music – Hank Stone (Folk/Rock)

Sun 20th
2-5pm Live – Music Alan St Jon(classic rock/pop

Look for us on

facebook.com
twitter.com
Youtube
6025 Sound Ave Riverhead NY   631 298 0075   marthaclaravineyards.com

Last Chance Animal Rescue Vineyard Hike at Palmer Vineyards

Vineyard: Palmer Vineyards
Time: 10:00 AM
Sunday, June 27th
Last Chance Animal Rescue Vineyard Hike

Babe in the Garden

10:00 AM
Join us in the morning for a 2 mile hike with Palmer Vineyards vineyard manager, Josh Carp. Josh will give us a brief vineyard tour while we get a bit of exercise. Don’t forget to bring your favorite fluffy friend.
Donations will be accepted to benefit Last Chance Animal Rescue, a charitable, not-for profit organization created to save the lives of animals. One of the main goals of the foundation is to rescue animals that are located in “KILL” facilities and underwrite the costs of relocating them to “NO KILL” facilities in hopes of finding them a forever family.
Dogs available for adoption will join us as well!

Time: Doors open at 10 AM Hike begins at 10:30, poop bags will be provided
Donation: $15 includes a free mimosa after the hike
For more information: www.palmervineyards.com

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!

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