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Shellabration & Holiday House Tour

December 1st, 2014 by Marilyn Marks

This weekend, visitors to the North Fork can party and feast at Shellabration in Greenport, take a spectacular holiday house tour, shop hand crafted gifts or simply enjoy a heavenly light show–the Geminid meteor shower. And those are just a few of the options…

Best of all, you can be pampered while you visit if you stay with us at the Shorecrest Bed & Breakfast. Check out our specials.


Saturday and Sunday from noon to four, the restaurants of Greenport have teamed up to delight you with culinary creations crafted from the bounty of the Peconic Bay–oysters, scallops, clams–paired with the best of our vineyards. For example, First and South is matched with Bedell, while the Frisky Oyster cavorts with Sparkling Pointe; 14 delicious pairings in all. Take the restaurant walk, sample and sip to your heart’s content.

Saturday at 5, join Greenport as it lights its Christmas tree in Mitchell Park; enjoy carols, cocoa and more. Shop late; the stores will be open past 6, so you can keep meandering and have many delightful opportunities to duck out of the nighttime cold. History buffs are in for a treat on Sunday, as the Little Red Schoolhouse on Front Street will be open during the restaurant walk–noon to four–displaying local artifacts, while hosts share tales of Greenport then and now, and the authors of Greenport in Postcards sign books. Full details here.

The Cutchogue Holiday House Tour and Tree Lighting

Want a more Christmas-themed festivity? Saturday offers something really special: The Cutchogue Holiday House Tour and Tree Lighting. As puts it:

“Four beautifully decorated homes welcome guests to enjoy wine tasting, appetizers /desserts provided by a vineyard and a restaurant. AlAlso visit two historical houses and take a farm tour; enjoy local merchants offering specials on the day.  Homes include Sannino Vineyard Bed and Breakfast, The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, the private home of designer Connie Cross, and Shades of Gray Cottage.

Additional stops are Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm, the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Society, 8 Hands farm and the Designer Showcase House & Emporium. End at Cutchogue Village Green with Christmas carols, lighting of the Christmas tree and refreshments. 11 am – 4 pm. Note, tickets are necessary; details here.

While you’re in Cutchogue, another must do is the Holiday Open House at the  Old Town Arts & Crafts Guild. Shop original art by local artists and handcrafted gifts; enjoy refreshments. Details.

Christmas at Hallockville

Sunday step back in time and enjoy old-fashioned Christmas fun at the Hallockville Museum Farm. Hallockville explains: “Celebrate the season the old-fashioned way with guided tours of historic homes decorated for the season, holiday music and special exhibits, children’s activities and event a special guest from the North Pole!

The Hallock Homestead will be decorated in the style of a Victorian Christmas, complete with antique toy displays, mince meat tarts baking in the wood stove and costumed interpreters. The Cichanowicz Farmhouse will depict a Depression-era Polish farming family’s Christmas traditions. Plus craft demonstrations, holiday shopping, homemade baked goods and more!” 12-3:30 pm. Details here.

Santa in Southold

Are you visiting with your kids? If so, Saturday you can find Santa at the Southold Historical Society’s Holiday Fair. Shop for gifts and cards from vendors carefully screened to ensure only the best hand-made items would be for sale. The Railroad Museum of Long Island shows off an elaborate model train display; kids can get their faces painted, do crafts, and receive a small gift from Santa,plus a free photo with him. Enjoy a bake sale and cafe, participate in a raffle with prizes donated from local merchants, farmers, and local artists. Details here.


While much more is happening this weekend–full listings at–visitors escaping the bright lights of the big city have one more very special treat in store: The Geminids. As Southold’s Custer Observatory explains: “the “Geminids is the king of the meteor showers. It is considered by many to be the best shower in the heavens, producing up to 120 multicolored meteors per hour at its peak.” Here where the skies are dark, you can really see the show. (Clouds permitting of course.) Learn more here.

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