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Long Island Winterfest Returns to Wine Country

4laurellake4Long Island Wine Country is preparing to celebrate the regional music festival, Long Island Winterfest from February 8 – March 16, 2014. During Winterfest, wineries, lodging, dining and attractions combine to create an amazing destination for winter tourism.

Back for its seventh consecutive year, Long Island Winterfest has been re-named “Live on the Vine,” to now incorporate different genres of music in addition to reveled jazz musicians. We are thrilled to see this event continue to evolve and grow each year. It brings a significant amount of visitors to the North Fork. They come for the music and stay for the great deals, as well as an exciting atmosphere.

Winterfest, planned as a group with the Long Island Wine Council, East End Arts Council and the Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau, is able to provide all-star acts and discounted tickets to shows at participating wineries. By visiting the hub website,, one can view wineries and other venues, a calendar of musical events, musicians and special offers with packages too.

Another new addition this year, is the various ticket options available. One can select general admission, a day pass, a Weekend Hopper pass, or a Festival Hopper pass, which is good for the entire event. Ticket purchase can be made on the website listed above, or at individual wineries.

We are looking forward to enjoying this event, and providing a memorable experience for our guests of the North Fork Bed & Breakfast Association. We will see you soon!

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Winter Magic on the North Fork of Long Island

snow on pine branchIt’s January on the North Fork of Long Island. We celebrated a cozy Christmas, and rang in 2014 with local bubbly. Now, we focus on the year ahead. What to do first!

January begins with snow, and we would like to share with our fans just what the East End of Long Island, particularly the North Fork, has to offer its visitors. Did you think that everything would be closed now? Well, we are open for business and some of our returning guests feel that the wintertime is this region’s best kept secret!

The next few months will be the off-season at our Bed & Breakfasts, which means that prices are at their best value, while packages and specials abound. Once here, it’s an amazing time to experience Long Island Wine Country tasting rooms. Sure, the harvest is full of activity and bustling energy, but winter through early spring can give you the best of personalized service and a warm atmosphere. Wine lovers insist on visiting during quiet times at the wineries. Most often, you will be able to enjoy a private tasting or tour, sit by the fireplace (if available, such as at Raphael in Peconic), and wine stewards can interact more readily, offering a variety of perks at the tasting bar.

Coming in February, Wine Country will begin its annual Long Island Winterfest: Live on the Vine, where renowned musicians will perform at tasting rooms across the two forks. Visit, for more information on this regional winter festival.fireplace

This time of year is also a fantastic time for family outings to our area. In Riverhead, we recommend the Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center, Sitting outside for a show may not be an option on a snowy or freezing day, but the crowds will be long gone from the Christmas break, and kids will love the up-close and personal view they will have of the sea life, butterfly and bird display.

Hungry for something new? Our local dining hot spots have put together seasonal menus to warm your soul, and also offer prix fixe meals to help your pocket. Be sure to visit the restaurants on the romantic North Fork route, through Greenport. Helpful Hint: Call ahead or visit the restaurant’s website for updated hours, reservation requirements and new menus.

Good luck in your getaway planning. We are here to answer any questions you may have!

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Shop Local and Enjoy North Fork Festivities

GiftBoxesWe talk about it. We promote it. Shop local. It’s the holiday season and shoppers abound. They come from far and near to visit the malls and find the best deals, but the lesser known fact is that the East End and our surrounding area is rich in fantastic gifts and holiday festivities.

We, at the North Fork Bed & Breakfast Association, have a few holiday ideas that are sure to get you in the spirit of celebrating, as well as satisfy the most unique needs on your gift list.

#1: Visit tasting rooms and websites of Long Island Wine Country wineries. They offer gorgeous baskets, gift cards and unique experiences. You can build your own wine bottle basket with chocolates and accessories. If you’d rather give a winemaker tour or a tasting event, as about purchasing tickets or a gift card. A gift from Wine Country is sure to bring a smile to anyone’s face!

#2: Browse the shops of Greenport Village. There are boutiques filled with stylish clothing, a leather shop, a toy store, wine and cheese gift shops, and much more. Greenport is also a hub for foodie spots, offering gourmet small plates, local shellfish and even a microbrewery right in the village. This visit would be a perfect day out on the East End, from morning through dinner.

#3: Stroll Love Lane in Mattituck. This quaint, old-fashioned hamlet boasts an assortment of candy, cheese, art, wine and other extraordinary shops. It is small but memorable. This is a spot to plan for lunchtime. Love Lane Kitchen is the perfect stop for lunch, or just a fresh brewed coffee or cappuccino.taste love lane

No matter what you choose to do, the North Fork has so much to offer… more than you would expect during this chilly but magical time of the year!

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North Fork Getaways – Free tickets to Holiday House Tour and ‘Shellabration’

Cutchogue Holiday House Tour poster2013Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast is offering all kinds of sweet deals this holiday season, including two free tickets to the Cutchogue Holiday House Tour with a two night stay December 6th through December 8th or free passes to ‘Shellabration’ which takes place in Greenport that same weekend. Stay 3 nights and we will pay for both events! And if you still haven’t made plans for Thanksgiving, think about a North Fork getaway and stay with us. With a three night stay we will not only serve you our 5 star reviewed breakfast but dinner too, at our local waterfront restaurant A Lure. Then on Friday afternoon be sure to stick around for the Southold Historical Society Candlelight tour of  the hamlet, including 18 period houses decorated for the holidays as they would have been centuries ago. To book your stay, visit our website and click on the check availability icon to pick your room, dates and desired length of stay ; then click on the ‘Specials and Packages’ icon to choose your package. Don’t’ forget to check out our North Fork Getaway specials for other great deals over the holiday season. Or if this is not working for you just call us at 631 765 1570 and we will be happy to book it for you!


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Christmas in Cutchogue: A Very Special Holiday House Tour This December

Photo: Christmas comes to Cutchogue on December 7th, with the return of the reveled Holiday House Tour. Find out more details below and also on our website, along with other area events. </p><br /><br />

Local Cutchogue business partners are thrilled to announce The Holiday House Tour on December 7, 2013. Four beautifully decorated homes will open their doors for this event. Guests will enjoy wine tasting, appetizers and desserts at each home, which will be paired with a vineyard a restaurant or a local business as well as local merchants offering specials on the day of the tour for ticketholders.

Participating homes will be decked out for the holidays, including Andrew’s Legacy Bed and Breakfast, Sannino Vineyard Bed and Breakfast, The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, and the private home of designer, Connie Cross. Additional locations on the tour are Santa’s Christmas Tree Farm for a raffle, and Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Society for a visit from Santa Claus. The event will conclude at Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Society with Christmas carols, lighting of the Christmas tree and refreshments.

Restaurants, vineyards and businesses include: Michaelangelo, Touch of Venice, Lieb Cellars, Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, Waters Crest Winery, Flourgirls Cupcakes, Really Good Jam, North Fork Potato Chips and more. Special offers will be available with proof your ticket stub.

Additionally, as a North Fork Bed & Breakfast Association offer, Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast will give two free tickets to the Holiday House Tour, when you book a two-night stay that weekend. Visit the Shorecrest website Blog for more details.

Holiday House Tours begin at 12:30 p.m. and the last entry will be at 3:30. The cost is $50 per person, and advanced ticket purchase is required. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Cutchogue-New Suffolk Historical Society. Also, please note that The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast is a U.S. Marine’s “Toys for Tots” drop-off location.

Be sure to contact Joyce at the Farmhouse Bed & Breakfast at (631) 734-8539 for tickets or more information.

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“Taste North Fork” Begins on Long Island’s East End

The North Fork region is energized for a new kind of event this Veteran’s Day weekend (November 9th through 11th), called Taste North Fork. Visitors and local residents alike, will enjoy special offers at wineries, restaurants, shops, attractions and accommodations, such as our North Fork Bed & Breakfasts. There will be additional transportation to the East End from New York City, Connecticut and the surrounding area, as well as a free shuttle route along the North Fork once you are here!

In partnership with the Hampton Jitney, a free shuttle from Riverhead to Orient Point will be available to all visitors. There will be a Riverhead loop, for stops between Riverhead and Love Lane in Mattituck, as well as a Greenport loop, for stops between Mattituck and Greenport. The shuttles will circulate every 45 minutes with passenger access from the Long Island Rail Road station in Mattituck and Cross Sound Ferry terminal in Orient Point.  The full list of activities and stops is posted on

The East End Tourism Alliance worked closely with the Long Island Wine Council, the North Fork Promotion Council and Greenport Business Improvement District on this initiative to provide a significant boost to the local economy during the off-season. Taste North Fork is part of an important effort to extend the tourism season on the East End of Long Island. The project is supported by a grant awarded to the East End Tourism Alliance by New York State’s Empire State Development and the I ♥ NY Division of Tourism under Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Regional Economic Development Council initiative.

The North Fork Bed & Breakfast Association  (NFBBA) is thrilled to participate with a special offer to our member Bed & Breakfast guests, who will receive a certificate for a complimentary wine tasting and bottle of wine at Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard’s tasting barn. This offer is available at the following locations:
Andrew’s Legacy B & B
Arbor View House B & B
Bayview Farm B & B
By the Bluff B & B
The Farmhouse B & B
Harbor Knoll B & B
Quintessentials B & B and Spa
Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard B & B
Shorecrest B & B

We hope that this unique event will bring new visitors as well as increased business to the area, and is enjoyed by everyone involved. The convenient access to the North Fork, along with events and discounts is unsurpassed.

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Shorecrest Bed and Breakfast Studio Cottage rental

Inlet view from Studio Cottage DSC_0151 copyShorecrest B and B now offers a newly renovated, private, detached and spacious self catering studio cottage with queen bed and kitchenette on the Shelter Bay side of Southold hamlet.

Floor to ceiling west facing windows open onto a private patio overlooking lawns and panoramic water views.

Located on a quiet country lane a few steps from the private community sandy beach and just five minute drive to Greenport and Southold villages, the Southold Studio Cottage provides a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life with the convenience of Shorecrest BnB concierge services including winery discount card to 24 local wineries, maps and guides.

Visit our website and click on the ‘check availability’ link for rates or call 631 765 1570 for help with your reservation.



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2 Bedroom Beach Cottage Available through Farmhouse B&B

Short walk to the most gorgeous bay beach, restaurants  and marina.  This adorable 2 bedroom beach cottage sleeps 2-6 people and has a fully equipped kitchen, cozy living room, patio and barbeque.  Housekeeping and linens included with your stay.  We would be happy to make your stay as carefree as possible, so order your groceries on pea pod and we will accept delivery and set it up for when you check in.  Call for details and reservations.

The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfas
1855 Depot Lane
Cutchogue, New York 11935
phone:    631-734-8539
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Join us at the Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast for a practical workshop on Straw Bale Gardening. It is a flexible, smart, easy technique to start your gardening adventure. For more information come and sign up! It is at the Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, 1855 Depot Lane, Cutchgoue, NY on Sunday May 5th from 2:30-4:00 pm. $35, group discounts available. Call 631-734-8539 to register (advance registration required) or for more information.,

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Yoga, Wine and Girlfriends Retreat

  * October 26-29, 2012


The Yoga, Wine and Girlfriends Retreat on the North Fork is just the ticket for the rest and relaxation we all yearn for, so grab your girlfriend,  bend, sip and relax, allowing nature to guide us through the process of letting go.


Friday evening you will be arriving at a beautiful North Fork Bed and Breakfast.  *After settling in,  We are off to Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard for  a wine and cheese welcome cocktail reception and begin to relax with like-minded people and live music. *A cash bar is available.


Saturday morning you’ll wake up with the sunrise, have a quick snack, and meet with a yoga mat and a happy heart. As the sun rises, we will celebrate with a relaxing and revitalizing flow class.  This class will take you on a yoga journey…connecting your body, breath and spirit.

Following our yoga, we go back to the bed and breakfast to enjoy an amazing country style breakfast!

Our  afternoon starts with 1/2 of us at The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast for a hands- on cooking and tasting demonstration  hosted by Dr. Russ PT, DPT,  a healthy chef/life coach who studied at Culinary Institute of America, French Culinary Institute and is an Instructor at Natural Food Gourmet Institute in Manhattan.   While this is going on the rest of us will start our wine tasting journey at Sannino Bella Vita Vineyard, we will swirl, sip and sample as we learn the process of wine making.

  Then the two groups switch, cookers get to sip and sippers get to cook…  You will have a little free time during the afternoon to go for a walk, or, bring your bike and head to the beach (bike rentals are also available with notice).   Saturday night we will enjoy fine dining at Touch of Venice Restaurant in Cutchogue. A wonderful three course meal accompanied by a glass of wine will be just what we need at the end of this awe inspiring day.


Sunday is Funday!  We will begin our morning with another splendid breakfast. With bags packed, we will head to the beach. Here we can play in the sand, rekindle our thoughts, and end our journey with a fun filled yoga class. In our final class, we will center on gratitude for this wonderful opportunity, the ability to practice, and the endless possibilities ahead.  As we delight in the results of the Vine and Vinyasa, we’ll head home, rosy cheeked, relaxed and looking forward to next years retreat.


This Relax and Restore Package Includes:

*Accommodations for Two Nights at one of two Prestigious Bed & Breakfasts

*Two Heart Opening Yoga Classes

*Wine and Cheese Reception with Live Music

*Wine Tasting and Education

*Healthy Life Style Cooking Class

*Yummy Snacks

*Yogi Goody Bag to take home

*Two Amazing Breakfasts and Fine Dining Saturday Night

*and a few fun surprises!

We promise that these two days will be filled with beautiful people, lots of laughter, and memory making moments!

Please keep in mind that all outdoor classes and activities are dependent upon good weather and are subject to change. There will be alternative locations for yoga. Come mellow out with us on this magical journey and all inclusive weekend (*Friday night reception, drinks are not included).

The cost is $525.00 per person based on double occupancy so bring a friend to enjoy the weekend with.

For more information, please email Joyce at THEFARMHOUSEBEDANDBREAKFAST@HOTMAIL.COM OR CALL 631-734-8539. RSVP…ASAP as limited to 20 guests.



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