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Taste the North Fork-Wineries!

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One way to Taste the North Fork this Veteran’s Day Weekend is hop on and off the free shuttle bus as it stops at twenty different wineries all along the North Fork. Each is offering something special, whether a discount, a featured vintage, or live music. Here are just a few examples:

On Saturday, Waters Crest Winery (one of my favorites, since winemaker Jim Waters is so kind to my guests) is offering a wine blending class from 2 to 3 pm. On Sunday Jim will host cooking with Tom Schaudel, which includes a food demonstration and tasting that includes a signed copy of Tom’s book, ‘Playing with Fire’. On Monday he’ll give you a personal winemaker’s tour, which is a 45 minute session plus a taste of 4 Waters Crest Wines.

I'm participating in the Sannino Vine to Wine program

I’m participating in the Sannino Vine to Wine program

If you like vintage art, Sparkling Pointe Vineyard is offering a special collection of antique French posters, complimented by special tastings from its library of vintages. Bedell Cellars will have live music and special tastings. Sannino Bella Vita will be saluting our veterans by offering a 15% discount to members of the military, and everybody can get a red, white, or pink flight for just $5. The full list of participating wineries and the shuttle stops is here.

Taste The North Fork-Shorecrest

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One of the loveliest, easiest ways to enjoy all that our wineries have on offer this festival weekend is to stay at Shorecrest. Here you’ll find calm, quiet beauty, a delicious breakfast, and all the inside skinny I can offer on the happenings throughout the weekend. You’ll find Shorecrest an oasis adjacent to, but blissfully apart from, all the hullabaloo. Of course I’m joining in the spirit of the weekend–stay here and I’ll give you a certificate for a tasting at Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard and a free bottle of their delicious wine.

Taste the North Fork-Love Lane!

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Come Taste the North Fork by taking a simple stroll up and down Love Lane, a few blocks packed with unique shops right in the heart of Mattituck, and enjoying the special farmer’s market and merchant events. The Love Lane community will be honoring our veterans by donating a portion the weekend’s revenues to a locally founded veteran’s organization.

The farmer’s market, which runs Saturday and Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm, involves a huge range of locally grown and crafted products. For example, Browders Birds will be offering certified organic eggs, spice rubs, lambs wool, honey, and T-shirts. Race Rock Oysters will be presenting smoked blue fish and fresh oysters. Coffee aficionados should check out the offerings of Long Island Coffee Roasters. Invincible Summer Farms will be offering farm made goods, rare heirloom vegetables, and more. 8 Hands Farm will showcase wool and hand crafted bone jewelry. And these are just some of the participants in the farmers market!

Love Lane merchants will be contributing to the fun in many ways from 11 am to 6 pm. You can dance down the street to the music of the Long Island Banjo Society, who will perform from 11 am to 2 pm, courtesy of Love Lane independent bookstore Bookhampton. Or unwind with a relaxing 15 minute chair massage by the Blue Sage Day Spa. And when you get hungry, you’ll be able to sample local produce cooked into lots of treats. For example, the Village Cheese Shop will feature Paninis made with local apples and honey. Love Lane Kitchen will offer butternut squash soup made with the organic produce of Mar-Gene Farms. Love Lane Market will be adding local ingredients to its wood-fired pizzas. Wash these delicious meals done with a glass of wine, a pint of beer, or a bottle of cider, brought to you by Roanoke Vineyards. Looking for a delicious treat to take home as a useful souvenir? The Love Lane Sweet Shoppe will feature the locally crafted Really Good Jams.

And these merchants aren’t the only ones participating. You’ll have to take the Love Lane stroll to check them all out.and when you’re done, if you want to check out other venues, hop on the free shuttle; it stops right at Love Lane.

Taste The North Fork-Shorecrest

Taste the North Fork-Shorecrest

 

One of the loveliest, easiest ways to enjoy all that Love Lane has on offer this festival weekend is to stay at Shorecrest. Here you’ll find calm, quiet beauty, a delicious breakfast, and all the inside skinny I can offer on the happenings throughout the weekend. You’ll find Shorecrest an oasis adjacent to, but blissfully apart from, all the hullabaloo. Of course I’m joining in the spirit of the weekend–stay here and I’ll give you a certificate for a tasting at nearby Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard and a free bottle of their delicious wine.

Taste the North Fork-Greenport!

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Beautiful Greenport Village, located just a couple miles away from Shorecrest, offers many ways to Taste the North Fork. Indeed you could while away the entire weekend there (though you’d be missing so much in the other hamlets too). You could start by sampling some Long Island Vodka at Claudio’s, the oldest, same-family run restaurant in the United States.  And then you can wander a few blocks and have a terrific dinner. For example, Noah’s, right on historic Front Street, is offering a marvelous prix fixe dinner (or lunch), with or without wine pairings. Or for a “freshly farmed dinner,” head one block off the main drag to First and South. Or check out the dynamic offerings at The Square (especially since Chef Keith Luce invites you to taste free appetizers). And that’s just Friday!

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On Saturday, the special ways to Taste the North Fork expand far beyond food and drink. Head to Clarke’s Garden to learn how to heal with natural products grown, harvested, and made on Shelter Island by Holly Cronin. Or join the Siren’s Song Gallery and the Oysterponds Historical Society for the totally unique, kid friendly, Dyed in the Wool event. Or hunt like a scavanger, Greenport style. Choose between the less traditional “Greenporches”, which will lead you pass through 6 beautiful Greenport Village settings, hosted in part by local agricultural and maritime viniculture producers. Snacks and beverages at each porch. Or go for the more traditional scramble by heading for the 1 pm starting line in Mitchell Park. If local history is more your speed, check out Greenport’s whaling past with a special exhibit at the Stirling Historical Society. If you’d like to listen to live music, one of your choices is Prentiss McNeil at Front Street Station.

And these Saturday listings aren’t even half of what Greenport has on offer that day, and doesn’t even begin to touch what’s going on Sunday. Full listings here.

Taste the North Fork–Shorecrest

Taste the North Fork-Shorecrest

 

One of the loveliest, easiest ways to enjoy all that Greenport has on offer this festival weekend is to stay at Shorecrest. Here you’ll find calm, quiet beauty, a delicious breakfast, and all the inside skinny I can offer on the happenings throughout the weekend. You’ll find Shorecrest an oasis adjacent to, but blissfully apart from, all the hullabaloo. Of course I’m joining in the spirit of the weekend–stay here and I’ll give you a certificate for a lovely wine tasting at nearby Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard and a free bottle of their delicious wine.

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast – Last minute summer rentals and Mid Week BandB Specials.

Bed and Breakfast Specials
Take advantage of mid week discounts with 10, 15 and 20% discounts on 2,3 and 4 night stays midweek, Sunday through Thursday including August! After you select your dates click on the ‘specials and packages’ tab on the reservation calendar to select your special offer or call 631, 765 1570, we will be happy to help you with your reservation.
We are fully booked weekends in August but still have two rooms for Labor Day weekend and some availability Sunday through Thursday.
Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast surrounded by a sea of Black Eyed Susans in August

Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast surrounded by a sea of Black Eyed Susans in August

View from deck of North Fork Waterfront house

View from deck of North Fork Waterfront house

BnB Availability:

August 14th to 23rd – 10% discount ($500) on one week or more 
September and October one full week during each month plus all week days only (Monday through Thursday). Visit our website to view rooms and availability calendar
Rental House Availability
Shorecrest Property Management has taken on a couple of additional rental houses to make a total of eight, offering a variety of rates and sizes, and we still have last minute availability for some of them. For available dates please see below; for more details on the individual properties please visit our website and click on the ‘Check Availability/ Beach House’.
North Fork Waterfront, Arshamomoque Pond, Southold
 Magnificent views, 90 feet of waterfront, spacious interior, completely new renovation throughout. Three bedrooms plus pullout queen sofa bed on enclosed sun porch, 2.5 bathrooms, sleeps 8. Fully handicapped accessible throughout with extra wide wrap round decks and ramps.
 

 

Hashamomuck Waterfront
New on the rental market! Elegant post modern newly renovated architectural gem.
Two queen bedrooms and one with two twin beds, 3 full bathrooms, sleeps six.
 Availability:
 August 19th onward including for the weeks preceding and following Labor Day weekend.
10% DISCOUNT on listed price if booked within the next week.
Lighthouse Cottage
All newly renovated two bedrooms with one full bath, open plan kitchen/living room, dining room and huge sunroom. Short walk to sandy bay beach.
Availability:
August , 16th to the 19th only for a long weekend. Full weeks and some weekends in September and October.
 Shorecrest Beach House
Overlooking the Long Island Sound with stunning views and all newly renovated, with 3 bedrooms on the ground floor and open plan second floor with two twin beds, large living room/dining area and 2.5 baths, this house sleeps 8 in beds.
 Availability:
Fully booked through September 22nd, availability opens up September 23rd through October 16th.
Mid week available 20th – 25th of October and then booked through November.
Peconic Bay Beach house
 Luxury accommodations in this newly built, waterfront four bedroom with 180 degree views of the Peconic Bay. Two spacious master bedroom suites, one queen and one room with two twin, this house comfortably sleeps 8. Amenities include spacious fully equipped modern kitchen, breakfast bar, open plan dining and living area and 4 full bathrooms.
 Availability:
September 10th 2013 onward for full weeks or long weekends.
Waterfront Studio cottage, Southold
 Single story self contained studio with kitchenette, full bath, queen bed, gas iron fireplace and indoor and outdoor seating areas with magnificent views across park like lawn to Shelter Bay and the inlet. Just steps to the private community beach. A tranquil, relaxing retreat.
Availaibility for long or short stays throughout August and the fall.
Orient by the Sea
Newly renovated three bedroom house with additional studio cottage on the grounds, a short walk to private beach. Sleeps 6 plus child.
Availability:
August 19th through 29th and selected weekend and full week rentals throughout the fall. Midweek stays available all year round.
Hashamomuck Waterfront house in Southold

Hashamomuck Waterfront house in Southold

Lighthouse Cottage beach at sunset

Lighthouse Cottage beach at sunset

 

 

Only a Few Beach House Rentals left! Get Out East and Enjoy the North Fork!

It’s the middle of summer and almost all of our beach houses are booked! We know you want to get away to the North Fork of Long Island and relax at the beach, stroll through the vineyards sipping a glass of white wine, pick fresh blueberries from the farm stand down the road and enjoy your summer. There is nothing like getting away and feeling like you never left home. It’s a beautiful thing to spend a week or more in your new “home away from home”. Lucky for you it is also extremely well decorated with a unique beach house feel but all the amenities a 5 star hotel would provide and more. Kayaks, private beaches, bikes, farmer’s markets and many more treasures that will keep you and your friends or family occupied while you visit us on the North Fork. Be sure to check out our events calendar as well to see all the local activities going on.

The Southold Studio. Southold, N.Y.

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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.

Average rates:
$325 – $375 per night shoulder season. Special Holiday and High Season rates plus minimum nights apply
Memorial Day weekend – $375-$395 per night
May 27th to June 20th – $325 – $375 per night
June 21st to July 25th – $345 – $395 per night
July 26th to September 1st – -$375 – $425 per night
September 2nd to October 31st – $325 – $375 per night

 

 

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Two bedroom completely renovated cottage with open plan living room/ kitchen and large family room. Walk to private beach Just steps away;kick back with a local bottle of pinot in the beautiful sunroom, barbecue in the backyard or cook your favorites in the all new kitchen and dine al fresco on the patio, dining room or eat at the counter and entertain the cook. One bedroom has a queen bed, the other two twins, both with ceiling fans and window air conditioning units. The large full bathroom is also brand new with stone and marble tile, a cathedral ceiling and skylight. The living room is bright and airy with a cathedral ceiling, ceiling fan, and open format; perfect for relaxing or entertaining. The kitchen with granite bar, new cabinets, tile and stainless appliances opens into the living room for the perfect gathering place. The dining room seats 6, but you also have the choice of eating at the bar! A french door leads the way from kitchen to the spectacular sunroom, where you can spread out on the wicker sectional and take in the scenery… or continue on to the new patio or grab a good book from our loaner library and head for one of our adirondack chairs beneath the oak trees. Listed nightly rates for July and August are based on a one week minimum stay. There will be an up charge on the nightly rate for a stay on less than one week. A cleaning fee of $125 and taxes are in addition.

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North Fork Area Updates & Upcoming Events

We wanted to keep our guests informed about some of the new places popping up on the North Fork. The summer season brings the North fork to life. Here are some big updates & upcoming events.

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 Kontokosta Winery: Kontokosta is Greenport’s first winery and the only winery on the North Fork that is actually on the Sound. You can see the Sound from the tasting room. If you feel so inclined you can even walk to the endge of the bluff and look out onto the beach and the Sound. It is trully a relaxing and beautiful way to drink wine. We are so happy to welcome them to the North Fork. Aside the the view the entire building is made from repurposed materials and runs on wind power!

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Shelter Island BBQ @ The Pridwin: Every Wednesday night until Labor Day the Pridwin hosts a BBQ Cookout like no other. They feature live music and an all-you-can-eat cookout menu. You can take the Shelter Island Ferry over or go by boat because they have dock space but it is first come, first serve. If you plan on going just call ahead so there’s enough food for everyone! (631-749-0476)

 

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Moonlight Mondays & Twilight Tuesdays @ Corey Creek Vineyard: It’s a great feeling when you don’t have to leave the vineyard at 5PM or you can actually stop by a vineyard after work. Corey Creek Winery offers two late nights during the week of great food & Live music til’ 9PM. They have a BBQ by Custom Caterers on Monday and a rotating food truck on Tuesdays.

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Provisons + Ingredients & The Winemaker’s Studio: This little shop is a must visit located next to The Winemaker’s Studio (also a must visit). Stock up on locally grown foods, meats & cheeses to take home with you. After you’re done stocking up for the summer wander next door to The Winemaker’s Studio by Anthony Nappa Wines and try out some exquisite local wines created by local winemakers & vineyards.

 

How are you going to spoil Mom on Mother’s day…

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

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SHERWOOD HOUSE VINEYARDS

 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.

SPARKLING POINTE VINEYARDS & WINERY

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!

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CLOVIS POINT

Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2013
ROSES FOR MOM

All moms visiting Clovis Point get a complimentary glass of our newly released rosé

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CROTEAUX VINEYARD

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*.
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Unleash Your Inner Foodie during North Fork Restaurant Week

The time has come again for North Fork Restaurant Week, April 28th-May 5th 2013. This tradition that started in 2003 and has become a huge success out on the east End. Put all your pre summer diets on hold, you do not want to miss this week. Actually put everything on hold and take a couple days for yourself. Pack up the car, grab the girl or guy you love and head over to Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast for an amazing May getaway. There really isn’t a better time than restaurant week to come out and enjoy all the attractions the east end of Long Island has to offer.
There are many different restaurants participating in restaurant week this year. Here are a few:
The North Fork Table: Always offering a delicious spread of farm-to-table biodynamic and organic produce to create unforgettable dishes. The usual 3-course prix Fix menu is about $75 but during restaurant week they offer the Prix-Fix menu of $27.95. Amazing. Do not miss this, you will regret it! For more info check out their site:  http://www.nofoti.com/the-table
 
Jedidiah Hawkins – Another great example of using fresh farm-to-table grown produce and offering a wine and microbrew selection highlighting our lovely local industries. Jedidiah Tweets  “Join us April 28-May 5 for our $27.95 menu and bottles of wine.” For more information check out their site: http://www.jedediahhawkinsinn.com

Jamesport Manor Inn: A unique and interesting history paired along with an sophisticated execution of fine American Cuisine and pure artistry.  History buffs will have a field day as well as foodies. For more info check out the site: http://jamesportmanorinn.com

These restaurants are also participating in restaurant week and definitely “must-try” locations: A Mano Oysteria Oysteria & Wine Bar, Mattituck. Comtesse Therese Bistro, Aquebogue. La Maison Blanche, Shelter Island Heights. Noah’s, Greenport. Tweeds Restaurant & Buffalo Bar, Riverhead. A Lure Chowderhouse & Oysteria, Southold.

SHORECREST INN MAY SPECIAL:

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!
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