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North Fork Long Island Beaches

March 23rd, 2013 by Katie Pate

Manhattan may be an island, but it certainly doesn’t have much in the way of beaches. Sure, there’s always Coney Island, but maybe you want something a bit more serene?

If you are visiting New York, we strongly recommend you take a couple days to get out of the city and explore a different face of New York state.

One of the easiest ways to do this is by taking a trip to Long Island.  Less than a two hour drive from downtown Manahttan and also accessible via the Long Island Rail Road, we invite you to come and enjoy some fresh air and wide open waterfront during your NYC vacation.

North Fork Beaches

Inlet Pond County Park Beach

Inlet Pond County Park Beach

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inlet Pond County Park – One of the beaches closest to our Greenport area B&B is Inlet Pond County Park. Inlet Pond County Park is an undeveloped nature preserve with almost 33 acres suitable for nature walks and surf fishing, a large freshwater pond and beachfront on Long Island Sound with views of the Connecticut shoreline.

Gull Pond Beach – Facilities include a playground and rest room. The beach is supervised by lifeguards and attendants. Parking and boat launching by Southold Town permit only.

Orient Point County Park/ Orient Beach State Park -This is the very tip of Long Island. Nature trails in woods and along the Long Island Sound and the Peconic Bay give you the best of both shores. At the same time, the view of the Orient Point Lighthouse from the tip is as close as you can get without taking a boat. Meanwhile, Orient Beach State Park is a preserved slice of sandy beach and cedar forest on Gardiner’s Bay. It’s a great area for kayaking. There is also a playground and concession stand.

Truman’s Beach – Also very close to our North Fork Inn, this stretch of shore is flanked by huge tidal wetlands.

Come back to the blog next week to see the rest of our list!

 

 

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.

 

 

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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Stargazing at Custer Institute in Southold, NY

October 4th, 2012 by Katie Pate

Long Island’s oldest astronomical observatory is open every Saturday from dusk until midnight. Free and open to the public, enjoy a guided tour of the sky offered by observatory staff. The powerful telescopes will give you a view of the sky you rarely get to see and it’s wonderful to have an informed guide to answer your questions.

Instead of looking up at the sky and wondering, “Which star is that?”…now you’ll know!

The Customer Observatory also has a museum and library with informative exhibits and reference materials for the avid stargazer.

Stargazing Programs at the Custer Institute and Observatory

Custer Observatory hosts a variety of fun and educational events. The next one at the observatory is the weekend of October 19-21. The observatory will have it’s 34th Annual Astronomy Jamoree which coincides very nicely with the upcoming Orionid Meteor Shower. The download a PDF for the full event program and registration details.

Located at 1115 Main Bayview Road, there is bound to be a gathering of cosmophiles there for almost any celestial event. Visit the website, www.custerobservatory.org, for celestial events dates and a daily a clear sky forecast so you can look ahead to your Long Island vacation and know which nights will be your best bet for a clear view of the stars.

Planning a Long Island Romantic Getaway?

Try something a little different from the usual dinner and a movie. The Custer Institute and Observatory is a place to put a sense of wonder into your hearts as you look up at the big sky and it’s uncountable stars…

The Custer Institute is a 12 minute drive from the Arbor View House, a premier Long Island bed and breakfast and spa. We have 13 years of experience as one of the best bed and breakfasts in Long Island. Along with a stunning location, we offer three course gourmet breakfasts and great concierge services, all included with the cost of your stay.

Escape to Better Weather on Long Island North Fork Wine Country

August 2nd, 2012 by

Couple with toasting wine glasses at sunset

Cheers! Our Long Island Wine Country B&B is located on the more temperate North Fork of Long Island.

The summer of 2012 has been a record-breaker for heat. However, we know a place you can go where the temperature and overall weather is that much cooler and more pleasant. Where? Right here in the North Fork of Long Island!  You know all those storms that you have gotten west in the city and on Nassau County, well we missed them or only got the trailing edge.  Most people don’t realize that we enjoy better North Fork weather than the areas to the west of us. There are three very good scientific reasons for this:

1) The Urban Heat Island Effect

The western part of Long Island, Nassau County, is much more developed than the east where we are (Suffolk County). More development means more asphalt and concrete and other materials that absorb and store heat. This is known as the “urban heat island” effect. It’s a powerful enough effect that it can even deflect cooling rains downwind of cities. In the summertime, if you’ve ever driven into the city from a more rural area (without your air conditioner on), you can really feel the difference!

2) Cooling Atlantic Breezes

In addition to the urban heat island effect, the Atlantic Ocean’s cooling sea breezes help temper the summer heat. Those same breezes also tone down the occurrence of thunderstorms, both in their frequency and their strength. We on the North Fork benefit from being the peninsula and have cooler water on three sides. Also, did you know that Cutchogue, the heart of the North Fork wine country, is the sunniest place in New York State? It’s the sunniest place with a moderate climate just like Bordeaux.

3) Radiational Cooling

Sounds fancy, but it simply means that our less developed area is able to radiate the stored heat of the day much faster. And it’s not just a little difference in temperature. On a night with no rain, mist, clouds or wind, Suffolk County can be nearly 20 degrees F cooler than areas west of us.

The net result of all this science talk? It’s time to escape the city’s heat and book your room at our North Fork Long Island lodging. All year round, you can enjoy our inn near Greenport, NY for our welcoming hospitality, fine amenities, cooler summer weather, and less stormy winters. Truly the ultimate getaway!

A Day Trip to Shelter Island from a Bed and Breakfast

May 23rd, 2012 by

Shelter Island day trip from NY Bed and Breakfast

Stretch your legs on one of Shelter Island’s beaches.

When it’s hot, the North Fork of Long Island is cooler than the city. There’s less concrete here to absorb the heat, and we’re surrounded by water. Deliciously cooling breezes come off Long Island Sound, Gardiner Bay, and Shelter Island Sound.

Guests always ask what is there to do out on the North Fork.  One of the things we suggest is a day trip to Shelter Island.

Nearby Shelter Island makes a wonderful day trip for guests of our New York Bed and Breakfast. The ferry between Greenport and Shelter Island runs frequently, and bikes are available for rent at Piccozzi’s Garage and Bike Shop, a short walk from the ferry terminal. The island is mostly flat, so cycling is easy.

We can help you in creating a picnic for your stop at a beach at the end of Bootleggers Alley.

Both Crescent Beach and Silver Beach are great spots for swimming. The water, protected by the North and South Forks of Long Island, is calm and fairly warm.

These same sheltered waters are fun to explore in a kayak. Park your bike at Shelter Island Kayak Tours, and let them lead you on a two hour tour.

Cycle down to the 2,000-acre Mashomack Preserve on the southeast tip of the island. The Nature Conservancy maintains four trails of varying lengths and difficulty. If you’re on a bike, you may want to avoid the 11 mile trail and stick with the 1.5 mile trail to the shore.

North Fork NY Bed and Breakfast near Greenport.

Bed will feel so good after a biking around Shelter Island.

There are a few nice spots to grab a bite to eat on Shelter Island. Vine Street Café serves wonderful, seasonally-inspired food, but reservations are recommended. Ram’s Head has amazing seafood, such as Lobster Sausage and Green “Gazpacho”.  Pat & Steve’s Family Restaurant is the perfect spot to grab a sandwich, and it serves pancakes all day.

You’ll be thankful for the generous breakfast Veda provided before your biking excursion, and you’ll be ready to relax once you get back to Arbor View House NY Bed and Breakfast.  Even though we are not a Shelter Island Bed and Breakfast but we are not far away.   Later on you may even want to take advantage of our spa services, and schedule a massage or aroma-therapy bath for that evening or the following day!

Memorial Day Weekend on Long Island’s North Fork

May 7th, 2012 by

Memorial Day Weekend is the unofficial start of summer on Long Island’s North Fork.  New Yorkers tend to do one of two things over those three days: they stay home, clean, and wish they were someplace else, or they head to the East End of Long Island.

Our Long Island Bed and Breakfast is located in East Marion, near the very tip of the Long Island on the North Fork.  The historic seaport of Greenport is just down the road. There is plenty to do here, and plenty of places to do nothing at all.

NY B&B near Greenport and Tall Ships.

See the Tall Ships in Greenport over Memorial Day Weekend.

Memorial Day Weekend Events on Long Island’s North Fork:

  • Tall Ships in the Village of Greenport. The ships are scheduled to arrive on Friday and Saturday. Tours of the ships will be offered all day Sunday and Monday. Vendors will have booths set up along Front Street, which will be closed to traffic. It is going to be a festive occasion this Memorial Day weekend.
  • Live Music at Clovis Point Winery. Clovis Point Winery is about 30 minutes from our NY Bed and Breakfast. The Earthones will play folk rock on Saturday from 2-5 p.m., and Small Island will play classic rock on Sunday from 2-5 p.m. Is there anything better than sipping wine in a beautiful setting, with live music setting the mood? We think not!
  • Live Music at Duck Walk Vineyards. Enjoy fine fine and music by Bob Carney from 1-5 p.m., Saturday.
  • Live Music at Martha Clara Vineyards. Playn & Simple plays from 2-5 p.m. on Saturdy; the NY Minute Band plays Sunday from 2-5 p.m; and Buttered Soul plays on Memorial Day from 2-5 p.m. A few hours listening to music at this beautiful vineyard is the perfect way to wrap up the weekend.

    Orient Point Lighthouse, North Fork, Long Island.

    The Orient Point Lighouse, at the tip of the North Fork.

Walk down the street from our NY Bed and Breakfast to the Dam Pond Maritime Reserve, where trails lead through salt marshes and young hardwood forests to beaches. Rent a boat in Greenport and explore the coastline of Shelter Island Sound. Drive or cycle to the tip of the North Fork and walk the beaches of Orient Point. Slow down, relax, and enjoy every moment of Memorial Day Weekend.

 

See the Tall Ships 2012 in Greenport

April 5th, 2012 by

The Tall Ships 2012 are coming to Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island over Memorial Day Weekend.

This is an extraordinary occasion–a chance to see some of the most glorious ships in the world under sail. The ships will arrive on Friday, May 25th and depart on Tuesday, May 29. While they’re docked in the Village of Greenport, visitors are invited to step on board and speak with members of the crew.

It’s magnificent to simply see the ships. Being able to tour them is, as they say, icing on the cake.

We’re looking forward to Memorial Day Weekend at our North Fork Long Island Bed and Breakfast, which is about five minutes from the Village of Greenport. You can bike to Greenport from Arbor View House in about fifteen minutes; that’s a good option during busy times like Memorial Day Weekend with the Tall Ships in town.

There will be vendors in town and Front Street will be closed each day until 6 pm.

Come see the Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction 1812-era topsail schooner and the Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Maryland.

Topsail Schooner Pride of Baltimore ll Sailing Brest France

The Pride of Baltimore II.

Come see the Picton Castle, a three-masted, square rigger tall ship based in Nova Scotia.

Picton Castle will be in Long Island over Memorial Day

The Picton Castle.

Come see the H.M.S. Bounty, a movie-star of a ship and a relic of the famous ship that was mutinied off the coast of Tahiti in 1789.

H.M.S. Bounty will be in Greenport Long Island.

The H.M.S. Bounty.

 

Come to the North Fork of Long Island to see the Tall Ships over Memorial Day Weekend. Stay at our Bed and Breakfast near Greenport while you’re here. Guests will receive 4 tickets (per couple) to Tall Ship events.

Romantic Getaways on Long Island

February 9th, 2012 by

It’s easy to understand why so many people plan romantic getaways on Long Island. There is something inherently romantic about the place, especially the North Fork.

East Marion

Stroll hand in hand along the shores of nearby Marion Lake.

The water embraces us on three sides, filling the air with that distinctive, salty fragrance. The rhythmic sound of lapping waves is never far from the ears. There are few people here–enough to justify excellent restaurants and wineries, but not so many as to make it feel crowded. There are miles of sandy beaches to walk. You can see the stars at night.

When was the last time you devoted a weekend to romance? When was the last time you went away with your one and only? Was it last fall? Last summer? Isn’t it time you had a romantic getaway at our Long Island NY Bed and Breakfast?

Linger over a late dinner in nearby Greenport, and sleep in the following morning. When you awake, make your way downstairs to a romantic, candlelit, four-course breakfast. Pamper yourself with spa services. Hire a car to transport you to several of the award-winning wineries close to our inn. Walk hand in hand along the beach. Go for a nice, long bike ride.

Romantic Getaways on Long Island

Valentine’s Day and the Presidents’ Day long weekend both fall in February, making it as good a month as any for a romantic getaway on Long Island. Take advantage of our Lovers’ Magic Romantic Getaway Special, and treat your sweetie right. The special includes fresh flowers, a bottle of North Fork Champagne, cheese, crackers, fruit, and rich chocolate truffles. You’ll be treated to a romantic Aromatherapy bath and individual or couples’ massages. We’ll also provide a coupon for dinner at either The Frisky Oyster or Noah’s, and a discount on a wine tasting tour.

Bring your sweetie here to pop the question. Come here to celebrate an anniversary. Plan a few days at our Long Island Bed and Breakfast with the goal of visiting as many North Fork Wineries as you can. Or simply come to explore the North Fork of Long Island together, two people in love.

 

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