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Events @ Borghese Vineyards

Saturday, June 5 thru Sunday, June 13, 2010 (with receptions on Sundays June
6th & June 13th) 1-5pm

Women Sharing Art Exhibit at Castello di Borghese Vineyard

Women Sharing Art, Inc. is a multi-media group of women artists who Share
Energy & Explore Artistic Passions …… The Women Sharing Art Exhibit will
include Watercolor, Oil & Acrylic Paintings, Photography, Fiber Art,
Mosaics, Art Glass, Asian Brush Painting and more, at Castello di Borghese
Vineyard is located at 17150 County Rte 48 in Cutchogue, NY.  Call
631-734-5111 for more information or visit our website at

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Winemaker’s Walk at Castello di Borghese Vineyard

A guided tour of the winery and production facility and wine tasting at
Castello di Borghese Vineyard & Winery. $20 per person. Please call to make
reservations (631) 734-5111 or purchase tickets online securely with your
credit card at

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New Special Offers and Packages @ Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast

A North Fork Wine Country Experience

* only available to guests of Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast and other NFBBA members.

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is delighted to announce the launch of our Winery Discount and Free Tastings Certificate EXCLUSIVE to guests of Shorecrest and other NFBBA member BnB’s!

The Discount card entitles guests to discounts on purchases and complimentary tastings to 24 local North Fork Long Island vineyards and includes:

  • One free tasting to five different vineyards (tastings can cost from $8 – $12 each, depending on wine for a $40-$60 value)
  • Free tastings with purchase to an additional 7 wineries- ($56-$84 value)
  • 23 wineries offer from 10% to 25% discount on purchases

(Average 17% discount on all wine purchases)

Total value of card $100- $150 PLUS  depending on purchases

Visit our reservation calendar to select your room and secure this great wine appreciation offer
Visit our blog for the latest news on North Fork and Long Island Wine Country events.

Click on the link to our reservation page for specials and retail items that you can add to your stay to enhance your visit

A Long Island Wine Country vacation at Shorecrest BnB by the Sea

Book three nights at full price midweek in June and your 4th night is free! Your stay night will include a complimentary bottle of wine and chocolates on arrival, our exclusive winery discount and complimentary tastings card for you  to use at 24 local wineries, access to our two private beaches, full  concierge services  and of course our full four course candlelit gourmet breakfast!

Visit our new Area Attractions page on the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast website to see interactive maps of the area. We are adding to them all the time. You will be amazed by how much there is to see and do on the North Fork and at Shorecrest we offer the concierge services that help you make the most of your time here. We look forward to welcoming you to Shorecrest and the North Fork soon.


A North Fork Wine and Food Appreciation Experience

At this wine tasting and food pairing class at a local winery you will:

• Meet the wine maker and tour the vineyard.

• Learn about viticulture from vineyard to barrel, from bottle to glass, from pouring to tasting!

• Taste up to 8 different wines paired with a generous smorgasbord of cheeses, fruits, savories and sweets, to teach you what goes with what!

• Leave with your own set of tasting notes on the wines you have sampled, an aroma wheel explaining the mysteries of wine appreciation and a knowledge of how to judge and appreciate wine.

Use your EXCLUSIVE  24 winery discount card to continue exploring the vineyards of the North Fork of Long Island, enjoying complimentary tastings and generous discounts along the way.

Dates available:

• Saturday  June 12th

5-6:30 pm, 7:30-9 pm

• Saturday  July 10th

5-6:30pm, 7:30-9pm

• Saturday July 24th

5-630pm, 7:30-9pm

• Saturday August 7th

5-630pm, 7:30-9p

• Saturday August  21st

5-6:30pm, 7:30-9pm

Couples Golf 2 Night Getaway


Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast, located on the Long Island Sound less than a five minute drive from Island’s End Golf course is the perfect place to ‘come home to’ after a satisfying yet tiring day on the links!

Enjoy 1 round of golf for two including cart and club rental at Island’s End Golf Course

2 luxurious nights in a queen room at the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast

Full gourmet breakfast each day

Complimentary beverage and snacks (available 3pm until early evening)

Golfers also receive our 24 Winery Discount and Free Tastings Certificate EXCLUSIVE to guests of Shorecrest and other NFBBA member BnB’s!

Dates and Rates for Golfing stays:

June – Labor Day weekend

$375 per person, 2 night stay

Fall and winter (Post Labor day through April 30th)

$365 per person, 2 night stay

Weeknight Couple golf package – Sunday thru Thursday (except July and August):

Deduct $25 from per person rate for two night weekday package

Holiday Rates

Add $25 per day national holidays

Spring has sprung and the gardens are in bloom on Long Island’s North Fork

Some of my Southold Neighbors enjoying the April Sunshine

I was in Manhattan last week on Central Park South the day that the temperature reached ninety degrees. I love this time of year in New York City. The leaves were already bursting into pale green on the trees, almost two weeks earlier than here on the North Fork where the temperature never rose above 75 F that day. The water that surrounds our area moderates the temperature all year round, giving us milder temperatures in the winter and always providing a welcome cooling effect in the dog days of summer.

The salt air really suits certain plants, like hydrangeas which can be spectacular later in the year. My garden has giant ancient specimens lining the walk leading up to the front door that were planted in the 1920’s. The daffodils on the berm in front of my house are putting on quite a show right now and I am looking forward to the sequential plantings of flowering perennials that will follow right through the fall.

Hydrangeas from the Shorecrest garden later in the year

I’m a bit of a Jackson Pollock gardener when it comes to design and layout. This is largely due to time constraints (running a BnB is a busy life) and the large amount of space I needed to fill quickly ( the front border that flanks route 48 is 20 feet wide and almost 200 feet long) when I  decided to turn the wild jungle that was here in 2005 into the kind of tapestry of floral textures and colors that I have today. Of course, I’m never done and my next big project is the dividing hedge I want to grow between the East Lawn and the roadside border, to give both  privacy to the side of the house and create another ‘garden room’. I’m also thinking of turning the vacant plot next to me into a meadow of wild flowers and grasses. Stay tuned to my blog for pictures and progress reports!

Garden Conservancy Open Days program

Each month brings it’s own special glory in the garden and a great treat for me is to visit private local gardens that open to the public once a year as part of the Garden Conservancy Open Days program. Apart from the visual treat I learn a lot from these visits and often get some great ideas on plant combinations and what will and will not grow well here.

On May 1st there are several gardens open in Suffolk County ‘s Hamptons on the South Fork. Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is delighted to offer special rates to guests who would like to visit these gardens and also spend some time on the North Fork enjoying our spectacular countryside, beaches, wineries and farms. We are just a ferry ride from the South Fork so please call Shorecrest  (631 765 1570) or visit our web site for more information on our ‘Garden Conservancy’ package which includes a private guided tour of our own acre garden.

Below is a list of the open gardens in May in Suffolk’s  East end. For directions and information on tickets please visit the Garden Conservancy web site. We’ll be posting more on gardening and gardens on the North Fork and the June Schedule for Open Days soon.

Open Gardens on the East End of Suffolk county New York On May 1st 2010

Abby Jane Brody

44 Glade Road
East Hampton, New York

This is primarily a woodland garden in which the native oaks are the upper story. It is a plant collector’s garden with a special emphasis on rare or unusual flowering trees and shrubs as well as herbaceous plants. The half-acre site has something in flower, often fragrant, almost every day of the year. In early May, the last of the camellias and hellebores may be in bloom, as well as daphne, epimediums, and hundreds of other woodland plants.

Margaret Kerr

1006 Springs Fireplace Road
East Hampton, New York

The garden, designed by Kerr, surrounds the house and studios on two acres that extend down to the wetlands of Accabonack Harbor. Kerr’s brick rug sculptures, inspired by tribal Middle Eastern carpets, are placed throughout the garden. One, a brick prayer rug, lies in a contemplative glade below her studio. Kerr collects plants grown in the Middle Ages in a courtyard around a fountain and lily pool highlighted with espaliered pear trees. In the spring, drifts of thousands of daffodils bloom in the fields around the house and are left unmown until late fall. Native grasses and wildflowers make islands of meadow during the summer.

Biercuk/Luckey Garden

18 Sayres Path
Wainscott, New York

This four-season woodland garden under a high oak canopy shelters a collection of rhododendrons, azaleas, kalmia, pieris, understory trees, perennials, bulbs, and tropicals in season. A mostly sunny, rear corner contains a pool designed as a pond with a waterfall and is surrounded with plantings which peak mid-July through October. Winding paths and stone walls enhance a sense of depth and elevation change on a mostly flat acre. There is something in bloom every season.

The Garden of Dianne B

86 Davids Lane
East Hampton, New York

Idyllically located between the East Hampton Nature Trail lovingly known as the ‘Duck Pond’ and an impressive apple orchard, this evolving new garden exists on a charmed acre. A grand magnolia and other splendid old trees provide the anchor, as well as hiding places for Dianne’s trove of odd woodland plants—especially her beloved jack-in-the-pulpits. This is a garden where layers of variegated plants, big circular leaves, unexpected sculptures, twisted trees, and weepers of all kinds provide much more drama than what is in bloom. Fritillaria are her specialty among thousands of spring bulbs and extraordinary tree peonies. It sets the stage for her garden website, her Hamptons Cottages and Gardens column, and embodies all the principles from her book, DIRT.

Bird Watching on the North Fork of Long Island

The North Fork Audubon Society is one of our favorite locations to bird watch on Long Island.  Located in Greenport, New York this chapter of the National Audubon Society continues to maintain a diverse trail system which covers over 1 ½ miles of trails over 50 acres of land.  The trails have a variety of terrain including woodlands, an inlet pond, trails along the beach of Long Island Sound, and a fresh water pond.  Trails are open daily for hiking and bird watching from dawn to dusk.

If you prefer to have guided tours, most Sundays and Tuesdays they offer Family Nature Walks.  This is an opportunity to learn about birds, plants, and animals that live on the North Fork.  Be sure to check their calendar for their up-to-date schedule.  For the remainder of October the walks are scheduled for October 18, 20, 25, and 27th.

Every third Tuesday of the month features “Tuesdays with Tom”.  He is sure to entertain as he guides you along the North Fork to enjoy a little hiking and bird watching.  On Tuesday, October 20th he will visit Jamaica Bay in search for migrating hawks and falcons.  He notes that merlins can also be found along this route.  Make sure to save the date of November 17th for another of his guided days.

Programs and Presentations are also in abundance at the North Fork Audubon Society.  Friday, November 18th will host a presentation on the Calverton Grasslands. Calverton Grasslands is home to many protected species and will discuss how they utilize the grassland habitat.

The North Fork Audubon Society offers guests of the Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast year around activities.  We know you will enjoy them!

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!