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North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association Discount Card

The North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association Discount Card is one of the big perks that guests receive when they stay at Shorecrest and all B&Bs that are members of the NFBBA. In cooperation with all of the generous local business, restaurants and wineries, the North Fork Bed and Breakfast Association created discount cards which we give to our guests upon their arrival.

The businesses offer different types of discounts, but in general, the wineries offer discounts on tastings, free glasses of wine or a percentage off your bill or purchase; the restaurants offer a percentage off your bill, or free glass of wine: and the businesses offer a percentage off you purchase. All the businesses that participate are top notch and have received rave reviews from our guests and on-line.

Guests are always thrilled to receive the card because not only does it offer them big savings, but it helps guide them through their stay on the North Fork and highlights the types of places that they want to do business with.

Attached is an image of a combined front and back version of the card we displayed as a poster at the recent North Fork Promotional Council tourist booth opening so you can see who is participating on our 2014 card. Actual cards need to be signed and stamped in order for them to be accepted.

This has been a great thing for our guests, our association and our local businesses and shows what can be accomplished when we all work together! Thanks to all who participated.

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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 uniqueantiquedesigns@gmail.com.

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.

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