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Shorecrest & NFBBA at NFPC Booth Opening- “Taste the North Fork”

On Saturday, May 17, 12-5pm at the Greenport Tourist Information Booth on the Main Road in Greenport, the North Fork Promotional Council turned the season opening of the booths and distribution of the North Fork Directory into an event called “Taste the North Fork.”  The event was designed to showcase the North Fork’s best kept secrets from the farms, vines, sea and land.

Promotional photo with NFPC members, including myself and Wilfred Joseph of the NFBBA.

Promotional photo with NFPC members, including myself and Wilfred Joseph of the NFBBA.

At scheduled intervals, booths went up featuring; farmers produce including North Fork Table Food Truck, Taste of the North Fork & cHarissa, Race Rock Oysters, Goodale Farms, Garden Fusion, Invincible Summer Farms, Southold School Garden, Browder’s Birds, Blue Duck Bakery.

The Blue Duck Bakery, one of the many booths offering their wares at the event.

The Blue Duck Bakery, one of the many booths offering their wares at the event.

Local winemakers including Mattabella Vineyards Chris Tobin, Mark Tobin and Maryse Bransfield. Raphael Vineyards Joann DeAngelo poured a selection of their wines.

Raphael Vineyards offered tastings of their wines, as did other wineries of the North Fork.

Raphael Vineyards offered tastings of their wines, as did other wineries of the North Fork.

Chefs also offered samples of dishes they make for their local restaurants and local businesses were featured as well.

Chef Rosa Ross of Scrimshaw restaurant in Greenport, offered tastes of some of the dishes she prepares for her menu.

Chef Rosa Ross of Scrimshaw restaurant in Greenport, offered tastes of some of the dishes she prepares for her menu.

From noon to 5, spanning the course of the event, the North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association had a booth, giving everyone the opportunity to “meet the innkeepers” and answer questions about our bed and breakfasts.

Marilyn Marks and Sylvia Daley were a few of the many B&B owners who were featured at the NFBBA booth and available to chat and answer questions during the "meet the innkeepers" segment at the event.

Marilyn Marks and Sylvia Daley were a few of the many B&B owners who were featured at the NFBBA booth and available to chat and answer questions during the “meet the innkeepers” segment at the event.

We offered homemade cookies, beverages and treats and enjoyed speaking with everyone that stopped by.

Several interesting beverages and lots of treats were available for everyone at the NFBBA table.

Several interesting beverages and lots of treats were available for everyone at the NFBBA table.

The weather cooperated and the effect was that of a multi-faceted farmers market featuring the best of what the North Fork has to offer. It was a lot of fun, and a great opportunity to meet and network with local business owners.

Just some of the treats and information that was available at the NFBBA Booth during the event.

Just some of the treats and information that was available at the NFBBA Booth during the event.

Unique Antique Designs part of Southold’s business district revitalization

This is the storefront on Main Street in Southold.

This is the storefront on Main Street in Southold.

I recently wrote a blog on the resurgence of the business district of Southold town. While I was researching the blog, I visited 3 shops on the corner of Main Road and Beckwith; Unique Antique Designs, Coast and White Flower Farmhouse. I so enjoyed my visit to these stores I decided to write separate blogs on each one.

I am starting with Unique Antique Designs. (Check out their Facebook page.) The store is located one store west of Beckwith on Main and is operated by Daryl Malter, who was very inviting and helpful. The store is filled with antiques and vintage items from rustic to elegant. The items are artfully arranged and conveniently categorized. Unlike antique shops with a narrow focus, Daryl tries to find something for everyone. I was impressed with her section of local antiques which not only features items that commemorate the area, but items she specifically found at local estate and yard sales.

In the back the shop there was a section of colorful vintage clothing, something that could ad funky fun to everyone’s life! This section had a rainbow array of many vintage scarves to choose from. There was even a section she called “mantiques,” which included dinner jackets, war memorabilia, tools, ties and musical instruments, amongst other things.

The shop housed all sorts of collectibles and included reclaimed furnishings. She has many more sections and interesting items, but even if you don’t find something you want, just looking around at all the fascinating items makes for an interesting afternoon.  Daryl offers interior design services and can be reached at

Colorful scarves brighten up the vintage clothing sections toward the back of the store.

Colorful scarves brighten up the vintage clothing sections toward the back of the store.

Something every North Fork antiques store should have: a local section.

Something every North Fork antiques store should have: a local section.

Something interesting for the men: 'Mantiques,' dinner jackets, accessories, military items, tools and the like.

Something interesting for the men: ‘Mantiques,’ dinner jackets, accessories, military items, tools and the like.



Visit the East End for Great Food, Live Music & More, May 3rd and 4th

Restaurant Week, Live Music

Great Food, Live Music & More, May 3rd and 4th

So much is happening this weekend!

For fine dining at a discount, enjoy Restaurant Week’s final days. For a listing of participants and my special offer, check out my previous post.

Beyond inexpensive fine dining, there’s a wide range of live music, art openings, and food, farm & vineyard treats happening up and down the North Fork on the East End of Long Island. Full listings follow the summary.

If you’re a foodie or just want to get closer to the land, tour an organic farm, sample food and chat with the farmer.  Or play winemaker for a day. Or perhaps you’d rather craft your own vinegar and vinaigrette with locally grown ingredients. 

If live music is what moves you, you’ve plenty of choices. On Saturday afternoon, several vineyards are showcasing musicians. Unfortunately, a lot of the shows happen at the same time, so you can’t do them all. On Sunday a couple of vineyards offer more live music, plus there’s a special, non-vineyard concert. 

If you’d rather spend your time in galleries, gazing at beauty, this weekend features two art openings. One features modernist paintings and one urban photography. In addition there’s a fun ongoing exhibit.

And if you’re coming from New York City (or any other urban area) you know that one of the nicest features of the East End is that it gets properly dark at night, making stargazing fun. So on Saturday, from dark to midnight, you can visit the Custer Institute observatory in Southold for a guided tours of the heavens, clouds permitting. Details.


The Listings:

Food, Farm & Vineyard Treats

All of these events are offered on both Saturday and Sunday with the same details unless otherwise noted:

From East to West:

Soundview Restaurant in Greenport is having its annual Kentucky Derby festivities in its Red Bar starting at 4 pm. Enjoy mint juleps and show off your hat. Details.

Sang Lee Farms in Peconic offers its “Tour Taste Talk” farm tour from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Details.

Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard in Peconic invites you to be a winemaker for a day, from noon to 3 pm, Saturday Only. Note, reservations required. Details.

Castello Di Borghese Vineyard in Cutchogue invites you to tour its winery and production facility, and taste its wine. From 1-3 pm. Details.

Shinn Estates Vineyard & Farmhouse in Mattituck offers a couple of ways to experience wine and wine making. Walk the vineyard with Barbara Shinn and taste four wines from 1:30 to 2 pm, Details, or tour the winery and barrel center starting at 2:30, also involving a taste of four wines. Details.

Vinegars and Vinaigrettes Workshop, held in Riverhead (near the Southold Town line) Saturday Only.  Sponsored by A Taste of the North Fork and the Hallockville Museum Farm. Craft your own using fresh, local healthy ingredients, take two bottles home and enjoy samples of various vinegars/ vinaigrettes during the class. From 1-4, reservations required. Details.

Sherwood House Vineyard  in Jamesport is serving “Wine & Wings” from noon to 6pm, Saturday Only. The wings are crafted by celebrity chef and Emmy Award winning news anchor, Julian Phillips. Details.


Live Music Saturday

From East to West:

Osprey Dominion Vineyards in Peconic presents solo guitarist & singer Bob Stack from 1pm to 5pm, details here.

Castello DiBorghesi Vineyards in Cutchogue goes cabaret with Marjorie Volants from 2 pm to 4 pm, Details.

Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead (near Southold Town border) offers the Eastbound Freight Bluegrass Band from 2pm to 5 pm. Details.

Clovis Point Vineyards in Jamesport is playing contemporary R&B and rock with 25 to Red from 2 pm to 5 pm. Details.

Jason’s Vineyard in Jamesport is offering the acoustic music of George Barry, starting at 2 pm. Details.


Live Music Sunday 

From East to West:

Martha Clara Vineyard in Riverhead (near Southold Town line) showcases the Keith Maguire Acoustic Duo from 2-5 pm. Details.

Clovis Point in Jamesport offers Brian Gallo and his alt-country and wistful pop. Details.

Jason’s Vineyard  in Jamesport offers Craig Rose and his classic band from 1-5. Details.

For something different, check out the Recorder Orchestra of New York, which is giving a concert at the Jamesport Meeting House from 4 to 5 pm. Details.


Visual Arts

This weekend features two art openings, one modernist paintings and one urban photography. In addition there’s a fun ongoing exhibit.

South Street Gallery in Greenport opens North Fork Modernism on Saturday, open Sunday too. Noon to 5 pm. Details.

Alex Ferrone Photography Gallery, Cutchogue, presents “Metropolis” featuring three award winning photographers. The opening reception is Saturday 6-9 pm and features Lenz wines and small bites. Details.

An ongoing fun exhibit:

Greenport Brewery, Greenport, hosts “Working Girls of New York Harbor: A Sketchbook of Dredges, Tugs and Ships” by artist Christina Sun through May 31. Have a beer and ogle the working girls. Details.

New shops revitalize Southold Town


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!


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


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.


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.


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 at the restaurants marked *.

For more information on the week go to the Long Island Restaurant Week website . 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!


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.


Live on the vine

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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Our Slogan Contest


I needed an 8-12 word slogan for my new brochure, but was stumped: how could I condense the essence of Shorecrest into something so short? Then I had the brilliant idea (though I say it myself) to make it a competition for my former guests. I received far more entries than I expected and they were all so good! I also learned a lot about what it is that makes Shorecrest so special to each of them, which was touching and gratifying.

In the end, the 12 word limit meant it was not possible to include everything about Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast that guests have enjoyed, so the ‘judge’ (who knows me and my BnB very well) selected the one that encompassed the ‘experience’ and ‘feeling’ of this place.

And the Slogan Contest Winner is…

We did a little tweaking, but the winner by a nose is:

Oceanfront Elegance meets Old World Charm in the Heart of Wine Country – (mostly) by Kara Joy

Kara also included a photograph, which I had said would be extra points!

Unfortunately we couldn’t fit in anything about the food, which so many wrote about, and which is very important part of the pleasure of a stay here. But the slogan has all the other key aspects of staying here. “Elegance meets Old World Charm” captures the unique experience of enjoying this historic house full of old but beautiful things, collected over a lifetime; the comfort and tranquility of the high ceilinged and always peaceful rooms; and books, games and a cozy fire in the winter. The spirit of the phrase also includes my favorite part of this place, our semi-formal gardens. “Waterfront” encapsulates our wonderful location. We’re surrounded by water, with our own private beach on the Long Island Sound in front, and another on the inlet behind the house. And by including “in the heart of Wine Country” Kara signals one of the great reasons to come here, to explore the North Fork’s many vineyards and their special events.

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Slogan Contest Runners Up…

Although Kara’s entry gets the big prize, there were some close runners up; picking hers to win was hard. A full list of entries is at the end of this post, and you’ll see, they are full of lovely, heart-warming sentiments. Thank you! Nonetheless I committed to awarding three runners up $50 off a one night stay, $100 off of two nights, can be used any time, so choices had to be made.

These all tie for second:

A wine country getaway that feeds your heart & senses, by Beth de Marte
A relaxing North Fork country escape served with comfort & elegance, by Christine & Joe Frevola 


Relaxation and elegance in the heart of Long Island Wine Country by Jon McGinn.

Still, all the entries were so good– what great reviews they would make (hint)—that I’ve decided to expand the prizes. Everyone else who entered (even those of you who wrote way over 12 words maximum) can also get $50 off a one night stay, $100 off of two nights, but unlike the second prize winners, to claim yours you must use it by mid-April for a weekend stay or the end of June for a mid-week stay.

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Full list of Slogan Contest Entries (in no particular order)

Christine & Joe Frevola: A relaxing North Fork country escape served with comfort & elegance.

Alexandra Margliano: Got engaged there near the big rock on the Shore. The best stay and experience ever… “The East End’s most tranquil home away from home.”

Beth DeMarte: Your wine country getaway- where breakfast is divine & the sea is at your door; A wine country getaway that feeds your heart & senses…; Relax, dine, rewind – your wine country getaway awaits!

Alison Terry: The Shorecrest B & B~ takes you a million miles away: charming, cozy, comfy, vineyards, amazing views from the front door… You would never believe you are in New York!

Kara Joy: I am a prior guest and had a wonderful experience! My slogan entries are: “A Place Where Oceanfront Elegance Meets Old World Charm”; “Waterfront elegance and old warm charm in the heart of Long Island’s wine country”

Joe Salvatore: “Follow your heart to RnR (relaxation and romance) at the Islands best BnB”.

Janice Maer: “Take in some RnR at Long Island Wine Country’s Best Kept Secret”

Alison Terry: The Shorecrest B & B is just the beginning of your weekend get away, luxury at every turn: wine, double massages, beach, and delicious cuisine… Enjoy!!!; Enjoy a weekend away without going too far, but feeling far away… warm, cozy, in an exquisite environment”; A lovely sanctuary away from everything, with all the comforts of an exquisite inn and magnificent wine and restaurants.

Jon McGinn: “Relaxation and elegance in the heart of Long Island Wine Country”

Adam Solomon “A heartwarming magical stay awaits you at this timeless, picturesque, waterfront Inn”

Emmett Hanratty:

S ilk road room

H istorical bldg.

O ur 2 private north fork beaches

R ose room and suite

E ast room

C hampagne picnic

R ed or white wine and cheese surprise

E astern long island beauty

S outh west room

T remendous view and gorgeous sunsets

Many thanks to all my former guests who contributed their slogan to the contest. This was such fun I am thinking of running more of them!