Arbor View House Bed & Breakfast

A New York Bed and Breakfast Inn located on Long Island Wine Country

Day Trips from NYC: North Fork Wineries

March 18th, 2013 by Katie Pate

If you are planning a trip to New York City, make sure you take a day or two to get out of the urban metropolis and visit the beautiful North End of Long Island. You can drive here in less than two hours (if you time it to avoid rush hour). You can also take the Long Island Rail Road. Greenport is the last stop and where you want to get off!

We would recommend you stay for at least one night, if not two, so you can enjoy multiple aspects of the North Fork. So the first thing to take care of is reserving yourself a room in our romantic North Fork bed and breakfast.

North Fork Wine Tours

Wow - That's a lot of wineries for one little island!

Wow – That’s a lot of wineries for one little island!

Next for your North Fork weekend should be winery tours. If you have a car with you on the island, it is easy to transport yourself from one winery to the next in our small grape-growing region. However, if you took the train or would rather leave the driving to someone else, there are lots of tour companies that will provide not only transportation but fascinating information and insight on the Long Island wine scene. One such group is Vintage Tours, but there are others. When you make your reservations, let us know what kind of experience you are looking for and we can help you make the arrangements. Even if you would prefer a chartered car to set your own route and pace, that can be arranged.

North Fork Beaches

There are miles of glorious beaches in North Fork. Surrounded by the Peconic Bay and the Long Island Sound, you should leave yourself time for a beach picnic, bike ride or fishing trip. To enjoy many of the beaches, your car must display a valid parking permit. When in doubt, check with us and heed to the posted signs.

Check back for our next blog post all about North Beaches and our favorites!

 

Escape from NYC: Last Chance to Enjoy Jazz on the Vine and Winterfest

March 11th, 2013 by Katie Pate

There are only two more weekends of Jazz on the Vine, Long Island’s annual Winterfest celebration!

If you are visiting New York city, this event is a great way to explore Long Island wine and culture. Wineries all over the island are holding live (and free!) jazz shows for you to enjoy while tasting fine wine.

The Arbor View House bed and breakfast is a prefect place for you to call home base during Winterfest or any time you want to delve into the North Fork of Long Island. Located in East Marion, we are in the heart of Long Island wine country and located near lovely beaches, fine dining and renowned art and performance spaces.

Jazz on the Vine Schedule Highlights

Here are some of the upcoming performances we think look especially appealing:

Montana Skies at Jamesport Vineyards ~ Sunday March 17, 2:30 p.m.

Visit the North Fork of Long Island for great wine and delicious music

Visit the North Fork of Long Island for great wine and delicious music!

In concert, these award winning musicians delve into music from Pink Floyd and Rush to Vivaldi, and House of the Rising Sun, as well as their own originals that have been featured everywhere from NPR to the Travel Channel.

Michael Weiss at Clovis Point ~ Sunday March 17, 2:30 p.m. Weiss has led groups at the prestigious Village Vanguard, earning acclaim from the New York Times, which praised his “strong sense of leadership and organization” with a “confident and sparkling presence on piano.”

Amanda Ruzza at Duck Walk ~ Sunday March 17 at 2:30 p.m. Amanda draws on her multicultural background as a primary influence on her passion for composing music – music that seamlessly assimilates elements of funk, jazz and South American rhythms.

Mambo Loco at Raphael ~ Sunday March 17 4 p.m. Formed in 2005, Mambo Loco has become synonymous with the classic music of Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican origin. The group brings the best of “Old School” Latin and Latin Jazz music to the Long Island, NY area.

See the whole lineup on the Winterfest website.

 

 

Wine Tasting and Jazz Continues on Long Island

February 26th, 2013 by Katie Pate

There is still time to catch up with all the fun of Long Island Winterfest! The first three weekends in March are a celebration of the beginning of spring on the island and the quality live music continues at wineries all over the Long Island wine country.

So plan to take a day or two have a Long Island escape at the Arbor View House during Jazz on the Vine!

Along with jazz at all the North Fork wineries, there are other cultural events taking place during the festival. Here are some non-jazz performances and two food specials that may interest you:

The Cowboy Junkies at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Sunday, March 3 at 8 p.m. $35-$55
In celebration of their fourth and final album in The Nomad Series, called The Wildreness (Volume 4), this band of siblings returns with their signature blend of folk, blues, country and rock.

 

Jazz on the vine events

The David Bromberg Quartet

David Bromberg Quartet at Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center. Saturday March 2 at 8 p.m. $30-$60
He’s paid his dues as “guitar man of the stars.” Now this musical luminary shines as he brings his smooth guitar prowess and perfect bluesman’s voice to Long Island! A master practitioner of folk, blues, bluegrass, and more, this Grammy Award-nominee can play any style.

Guest Chef Christopher Augusta at aMano Restaurant. Sunday March 10.
Chef Christopher, from The Harvest Inn returns as a guest chef at aMano. He is creating a special menu for the day. Enjoy some jazz, and then head to aMano for lunch or dinner. Call (631) 298-4800 for reservations. aMano is in Peconic, only 11 minutes away in from our North Fork Inn.

Free Wine at Noah’s in Greenport during Jazz on the Vine! Noah’s is located in the adorable village of Greenport at 136 Front Street. Bring in your ticket stub from Winterfest and they will provide you will a free glass of local wine. Noah’s is conveniently located about five minutes away from our Bed and Breakfast in East Marion.

 

 

Valentine’s Day Weekend Events: The Long Island Winterfest

February 10th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Are you still scrambling for a special way to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Why not get out of the crowded city and change your scenery?

Come to Long Island and partake in Winterfest, where you can enjoy quality jazz at various wineries along the East end of Long Island, we are celebrating Valentine’s Day all month.

We still have availability at our Long Island Inn – a romantic and historic property in the quaint town of East Marion. Our luxury B&B will put you far away from the hustle and bustle of the city, but right in the middle of Long Island Wine Country and the Jazz on the Vine Winterfest!

Long Island Winterfest

Bring your loved one to Long Island Wine Country for Valentine’s Day weekend and enjoy Jazz on the Vine.

Here is some of the entertainment lined up for Valentine’s Day weekend, February 16 & 17.

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Long Island Winterfest 2013: Six Weekends of Jazzfest

January 27th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Jazz on the Vine returns as the theme for the 2013 Long Island Winterfest for the sixth consecutive year. From February 9 to March 17, ( extended to March 24 due to snow storm) visit the East End of Long Island to enjoy 6 great weekends of exceptional jazz performances in winery tasting rooms. Admission prices includes a glass of wine (in most cases) and a chance to win a gift basket of Long Island wines.

Make plans to come to Long Island Wine Country this winter! Outstanding jazz music and an array of special events and offers are sure to relieve the mid-winter doldrums.

Here are some of the upcoming events on our end of the Island:

Saturday, February 9th

Clovis Point (2:30 p.m.)~ The Dread Scott Trio plays Brubeck.

Long Island Winterfest

The Clovis Point winery

“The hard-swinging group never gets too deep, which might actually be a good thing: Their music has the buoyant groove of gospel and the charming shuffle of the Big Easy on parade.” -New York Magazine

Pellegrini Vineyards (3 p.m.)~ David Allen Trio. Guitarist and composer Dave Allen is a distinctive voice on his instrument and is widely respected in the jazz community as both a player and a composer. He has released two critically acclaimed recordings, “Untold Stories” and “Real and Imagined” on the Fresh Sound label, which feature original music and a well-crafted group sound.

Raphael (4:30 p.m.)~ Mark Portugal Quartet. Mark’s tasteful and artistic approach to the drums is evident while his ability to listen and react to his bandmates has propelled him to reach great musical heights. This past summer, Mark performed with the Bakithi Kumalo band at the ‘Joy of Jazz’ festival (Johannesburg, South Africa), opening for Monty Alexander and Kurt Elling.

Waters Crest Winery (4:30 p.m.)~ Mark Elf Trio. In 1995, Elf recorded “Boppin’ at The Blue Note” with Wynton Marsalis, Benny Golson, Al Grey & Red Holloway. From 1996 to 2004 on Jen Bay Records all nine of his recordings went to #1 on National Jazz Radio Charts.

Can you believe that is just one day of music during the Long Island Winterfest? Check back for more information on the performances and make sure to book your room at the Arbor View House bed and breakfast soon!

Long Island Art Shows & Galleries

January 14th, 2013 by Katie Pate

Spend an evening absorbing some art and culture at the galleries on the North Fork of Long Island. Here are some upcoming shows and events that may appeal to the artist in you.

‘Diversity’ Show at the East End Arts Gallery: Artist Frank Wimberley acts as guest Juror at the all media show. The show will be on display from January 18 – March 8. The reception takes place on Friday, February 1 5-7 p.m. The gallery is located at 133 East Main St. in Riverhead.

Barbara Pascal at the Riverhead Town Hall Gallery: Enjoy the whimsical artwork of painter Barbara Pascal on display at 200 Howell Ave. in Riverhead, until March 10.

Art Haiti: Located in nearby Greenport, Art Haiti gives you a chance to explore and take home the diverse and colorful works made by Haitian artists, most of them still living on the island of Haiti. Located at 402 Main St. in Greenport.

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North Fork Long Island Winter Beach Adventures

December 29th, 2012 by Katie Pate

While the beaches of Long Island are certainly busier during the summer months, much activity still takes place along our coastline during the winter. Here are some fascinating activities taking place along the water’s edge this January:

The Storm Beach on Fire Island

On Saturday January 12th, at 1 p.m. learn about how recent Hurricane Sandy affected Fire Island. Sandy significantly transformed the landscape of Fire Island. Join this short outdoor program to compare the new landscape to what you may remember. Learn how the island has changed & how the park is responding to the challenges of a dynamic landscape. Dress for the weather & walking on sand. Rain/Snow Date: Sunday, January 13th.

Seal Walks at Montauk Point State Park

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North Fork Long Island New Year’s Eve 2012 Celebrations

December 16th, 2012 by Katie Pate

We have scoured the web for all the fun New Year’s Eve events on our end of Long Island – so you don’t have to! The events we’ve found are unique – some are family friendly, some are cuisine-oriented. But all of them offer something more subdued and quiet than what you will find in the city! Check out these North Fork New Year’s Eve events:

New Year’s Eve Under the Stars at Custer Observatory

Join in the celebration at the Custer Institute and Observatory in Southold.  Enjoy music by Ahmad Ali & Friends and dance under the stars. Buffet-style food and beverages will be available as well as a champagne toast at midnight. December 31, 8 p.m. – 1 a.m. The cost is $30 for adults ($25 for members and guests), $15 for students, and $5 for children.

Long Island Aquarium Fishes and Wishes New Years Event

December 31, 6:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Bring the kids for the annual Fishes & Wishes Celebration! There will be plenty of food and great fun plus entertainment. Kids are invited to their very own Winter Wonderland, which includes unlimited Submarine Simulator rides, animal encounters, Ray Bay feeding, face painting, crafts, and more.
Ring in the New Year with an evening that includes:

family friendly long island new years eve 2012

The Long Island Aquarium hosts a family friendly New Year’s Eve celebration each year.

  • Champagne & Sparkling Cider Greeting
  • Live DJ & Entertainment
  • Mock-Midnight Champagne & Cider Toast (10:30pm)
  • Cocktail Hour
  • Dinner Buffet (Beer & Wine Included)
  • Dessert & Ice Cream Bar

Pricing:
Children 3-12 & Seniors 62+: $49.00 (Members: $39.00)
Adults: $85.00 (Members: $75.00)
Children 2 & Under: FREE
10% fff groups of 10 or more
Reservations required – call 631.208.9200, ext. H2O (426). Restrictions may apply.

New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Dinner at Jamesport Manor Inn

If you’re looking for a quieter evening consider an elegant dinner in the historic Jamesport Manor Inn. An American-Mediterranean fushion eatery, the Jamesport Manor Inn will serve a three-course dinner for $60 per person. One appetizer option is pickled Peconic Bay oysters with English cucumber, dill and caviar. Dinner choices include goat cheese pan-roasted organic chicken with maple acorn squash puree, and peppermint creme brulee is one offering for dessert. Find the chef’s full prix fixe menu here, and call 722-0500 to make reservations.

New Year’s Eve Prix Fixe Dining at Comtesse Therese Bistro

Comtesse Therese Bistro, which doubles as a French bistro and winery, is serving a prix fixe dinner on Dec. 30 and Dec. 31. Executive chef Arie Pavlou will serve dishes including wild mushroom Brie en Croute, smoked duck, and chocolate truffles. The $65 dinner includes a Champagne toast. Call 779-2800 for more information.

 

Gratitude in the Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

November 25th, 2012 by Katie Pate

In case you were wondering, our North Fork bed and breakfast in East Marion sustained little destruction and stayed open for business throughout Hurricane Sandy and her aftermath. We suffered some small damage: trees and branches down, some fencing down and leaves and debris all over the place.

When we see how devastated people are in Staten Island and in New Jersey we are thankful that we only had some minor damage and lost power for three days. We are so grateful.

If you, like many along the east coast, are still without power, please come and stay with us. We have are regaining our calm and peace here. Our fireplaces are stoked and glowing to warm you.

“Greenport Update. Not a great shopping day.” (Photo: Facebook.com/Ralph.DiGennaro) Posted Nov. 1

Long Island Romantic Getaways

Because we are in a position to help those in need and add comfort to lives sent spinning because of the storm, we recommend a weekend of relaxation. Come for a visit to Long Island and leave your cares behind you for a few days. For $199, add this package to your stay at our inn:

  • Award Winning North Fork Champagne and Chocolate truffles
  • Scrumptious four-course candlelight breakfast each day
  • Specially arranged fresh flowers in your room
  • Discount coupon to wine tasting and tour ($40) value
  • $100 Gift Certificate coupon at the Frisky Oyster or Noah’s in Greenport
  • Two 1/2 hour massages

Other add-ons are available as well, like an additional wine tour, couples massage, aromatherapy bath, or other Spa Services.

Luxury Amenities at our North Fork Inn

  • Plush Bath Robes and Slippers
  • Living and Room Fireplaces
  • Private Jacuzzi tubs
  • Afternoon Beverage & Snack
  • Private Deck
  • High Speed Wireless Internet
  • Cable TV/DVD player
  • I Pod docks
  • Games, Books, DVD Library, etc.

We hope that you will allow us to share our thanks and gratitude with you. We were so lucky to be spared severe damage or flooding during this disaster.

North Fork Long Island Theater

November 11th, 2012 by Katie Pate

As the weather gets colder, many of us are drawn to the movies. The theater provides a place to escape from the dark and murky atmosphere outside.

Along that same train of thought, a live stage play might be just the right activity for a chilly November night! There are two upcoming performances I want to share with you. One a comedy, the other a romantic tragedy. Make a night of theater a really romantic event with a stay at our Long Island bed and breakfast after the show.

The Best Play Ever Seriously!

Presented by the Guild Hall and The Naked Stage on November 27 at 7:30 p.m. at the John Drew Theater (158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY). FREE ADMISSION!

The Best Play Ever… Seriously! Is the story of Harris Fynneman, a neighborhood mailman and the “village idiot,” who awakens one morning after a drunken black out to discover he has written the best play ever… Seriously! Unfortunately, no one, including himself, believes this. With the help of his wife and a suspicious professor, Harris journeys to discover the terrifying truth behind his unintentional encounter with genius.

Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl

Presented by the Guild Hall and The Naked Stage on December 11 at 7:30 p.m.at the John Drew Theater (158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY). FREE ADMISSION!

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A photo of Eurydice being performed at the Wilma Theater.

Definitely one of my top three favorite Greek myths, the story of Eurydice and Orpheus is one of ego, all-engulfing love and the underworld. This performance is a re-telling of the ancient Orpheus myth from the female perspective of Eurydice.

The play follows Eurydice as travels into the Underworld, where she meets her father. In the Underworld, Eurydice re-learns language and memory until she has to make her ultimate decision – whether to follow Orpheus back to the land of the living.

This is going to be a very interesting bit of theater which I would love to see. On a side note, if you like the Orpheus story, there are two films I would also recommend: ‘Black Orpheus’ (or ‘Orfeu Negro,’ in Portuguese), a Brazilian film from 1959 and ‘Orfeu,’ a 1999 re-make of the 1959 film. The earlier film is highly acclaimed and the later very entertaining. Both are choked full of wonderful samba music and dance.

 

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