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Discover the North Fork of Long Island

December 21st, 2011 by

Our New York Bed and Breakfast is located on the North Fork of Long Island. We’re close to the glitter and opulence of the Hamptons, but the mood is more down to earth here. The towns are small and unpretentious. There are more fruit stands than bars along the roads, and more antique shops than high-end boutiques. It’s bucolic here, and we like it that way.

Guests come to our Long Island, NY Bed and Breakfast to get away from the noise and bustle of the city. They come here for fresh air, windswept beaches, and small town charm. It’s impossible not to feel reinvigorated and rejuvenated after a few days here.

Our inn sits near the tip of the North Fork of Long Island. We’re surrounded by water and beaches, and the beaches are reminiscent of Mediterranean beaches. The water is clear, the sand smooth, and the surf gentle. Even in the wintertime, there is no better place to watch the sunset than from one of the nearby beaches.

When guests have had their daily fill of beach walking, many enjoy exploring the Village of Greenport, which is just down the road from our inn. At this time of year, visitors find inspiration in the many interesting shops located in that quaint, historic town. Several antique stores feature furniture, fine arts, folk art, hand crafted stained glass, nostalgic toys, and other fun items. A number of jewelry stores feature hand made originals as well as big name jewelry, and two outstanding stores deal in wine and spirits.


Rediscover your inner child; relax on Long Island beaches.

Indeed, wine tasting is a favorite activity out here. In the last couple decades, many of the farms on the North Fork of Long Island have been replaced by small wineries; and more than 2 dozen wineries are close to our Long Island, New York Bed and Breakfast. Northfork Wine Tours operates out of Greenport; they’ll collect you at our inn in the morning, whisk you away for 8 hours of wine tasting at various North Fork Long Island wineries, and return you here safely in the evening.

Come discover the North Fork of Long Island. Plan to spend a few days at our New York Bed and Breakfast as soon as you can.

Greenport Gallery Walks

September 13th, 2010 by wilfredjoseph

The historic nautical village of Greenport is famous for its fine art and craft galleries and enjoying the monthly Gallery Walk is a wonderful way to enjoy an evening.  Whether your passion is painting, graphics, photography, sculpture, ceramics, book arts, drawings, custom murals, art furniture, or unique collectibles you will find it on the North Fork or Long Island.  The Greenport galleries are as diverse as the village itself and work with a wide variety of established and emerging local artists.

The Gallery Walks are scheduled for the third Saturday of the month and remaining walks are scheduled for September 18, October 16, and November 20.  The doors are open between 6-9 P.M. for an evening of gallery hopping.  They offer a variety of gallery talks and refreshments and the variety of art is just exquisite.  Participating galleries include DeCordova Studio & Gallery, Knotted Dreams, Clarke’s Garden; Gallery M, Claw Flowers, the South Street Gallery & Framers, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, Winter Harbor Gallery, Fiedler Gallery, Verbena, Greenport Art & Design, Terrence Joyce’s Dockside Gallery, John Jude Glass Gallery, Studio East Gallery, Noah’s Restaurant, and Sacred Sweets!

Even if you can’t make the dates for the remaining Gallery Walks, most of the galleries are open year around and you are always welcome to join us at the Arbor View Bed & Breakfast!

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Long Island's North Fork Foodie Tour

September 7th, 2010 by wilfredjoseph

The fourth annual North Fork Foodie Tour will be happening on Long Island’s North Fork on Sunday, September 12 from 10 A.M. until 4 P.M.  The North Fork Foodie Tour is sponsored by the North Fork Reform Synagogue and offers access to culinary experiences which are not usually available to the public.  The tour is self guided, but tickets must be purchased in advance.  There are more than a dozen venues to visit and no matter where you choose to start the tour, you will receive a map and detailed instructions for planning your day.

Highlights will include a visit to new bakery in Greenport called Scared Sweets where owner Miche Bacher will lecture on, and demonstrate, the art of confection.  Also in Greenport, Pipes Cove Oysters visitors will be able to learn how shellfish are grown, harvested, and shucked.  Meet the winemakers at Shinn Estate Vineyards in Matticuck, Long Island’s only organic winery.  North Fork Egg Farm in Southold features free-range hens which grave on unfertilized pastureland.  Guests will be able to gather their own eggs and meet various breeds of chickens.  At Krupski’s Vegetable and Pumpkin Farm in Peconic, visitors will learn how this family farm has thrived by changing its focus from a limited number of wholesale crops to a diverse offering of retail crops.

If that isn’t enough, there will be programs at Satur Farms in Churchogue, Catapano Goat Dairy in Peconic, Sang Lee Farms in Peconic, Ty Lloyd Egg Farm in Northville, Lavender by the Bay in East Marion, Taste of the North Fork in Peconic and Koppert Cress micro-greens in Peconic.  John Ross, cookbook author and “father of North Fork cuisine” and Tom Schaudel, chef-owner of A Mano in Mattituck, will also be on hand.

The tour costs $25 per person and tickets are available at Gallery M in Greenport, Complement the Chef in Southold, Cecily’s Love Lane Gallery in Mattituck and Barth’s Pharmacy in Riverhead.  You can also purchase then on-line at

Happy eating!

Greenport’s East End Seaport Maritime Museum on Long Island

August 22nd, 2010 by wilfredjoseph

The East End Seaport Maritime Museum is located in Greenport, Long Island.  The Maritime Museum is located in a former railroad station, adjacent to the Shelter Island North Ferry Dock.  The museum features an array of exhibits on the maritime heritage of the area, including displays on the Greenport menhaden fishing industry, lighthouse lenses, the oyster industry, a model ship of the USS Ohio, and more.  One of our favorite exhibits is the Fresnel lenses and the quality of the lenses on display is extremely uncommon.

Children are always welcomed at the Museum and during the month of August, there are two scheduled readings.  On Wednesday, August 11th, list to stories about lighthouses, view photos of lighthouses, and children can make a replica to take.  Wednesday, August 18th gather around to hear tales of pirates and participate in making your very own treasure map to take home.  This is a great way to learn about history and have fun along the way.  Of course, add a special visit to the Village Blacksmith Shop on the weekends and see a real blacksmith at work.

The Annual Maritime Festival will be held on September 24th thru 26th.  This is a special opportunity for locals and visitors to the Greenport area to learn about the East End’s Maritime heritage and contribute towards its preservation.  The Festival is organized by volunteers and the East End Seaport Museum & Marine Foundation.  The Village of Greenport will be packed with a variety of craft and food vendors, local merchants will have exciting displays, and guests can enjoy the array of galleries, antique stores, and restaurants.

Biking on the North Fork of Long Island

July 26th, 2010 by wilfredjoseph

Biking on the North Fork of Long Island offers many options for guests of the Arbor View House Bed and Breakfast.  Seaview trails in the Southport area offers over 57 miles of bike trails.  Trails can range from 5 5 to 14 miles and can accommodate all levels of experience.  The trails include Southold Bay Loop, Mattituck, Orient Loop, and Southold View Loop.  The ocean views are spectacular and their trails are safe and easy.   

Of course, bike riding is a year around activity on Long Island and if you are an avid biker then consider joining one of the many bicycling groups in the area.  If you are just visiting the area, stick to the defined bike trails, as traffic can get busy on the main road.  Some of the biking groups include:

  • Bicycle Long Island
  • Suffolok Bicycle Riders Associations
  • Huntington Bicycle Club
  • Massapequa Park Bicycle Club
  • GBSC Bicycle Racing Team
  • Concerned Long Island Mountain Bikers
  • Low-Impact Bike Paths in the New York/Long island region

Happy biking!

Lighthouses Tours on the North Fork of Long Island

July 7th, 2010 by wilfredjoseph

A romantic getaway to Long Island would not be complete without  some  time spend on the waters of Long Island Sound.  There is an abundance of ways to enjoy the sites, but one company seems to offer it all.  The Peconic  Star offers a variety of lighthouse tours, excursions, fireworks cruises, and sightseeing cruises.  So take your pick!

It always seems that guests’ favorites are the lighthouse tours and The Peconic Star makes trips to all eleven lighthouses in the Southold area.  This includes Horton Point Lighthouse, Bug Light, Plum Island Lighthouse, Latimer Lighthouse, Race Rock Lighthouse, Little Gull Lighthouse, Cedar Island Lighthouse, Orient Point Lighthouse, North Dumpling Lighthouse, South East Lighthouse, and Block Island North Lighthouse. 

Orient Long Beach Bar Light “Bug Light” is a lighthouse off Orient, New York.  It is interesting because it was originally a screwpile lighthouse that was later converted to a concrete caisson foundation.  This is how it received its nickname “Bug Light” as there were no other such lighthouses in the vicinity. 

Race Rock Light is a lighthouse on Race Rock Reef, southwest of Fishers Island.   The reef is a dangerous set of rocks off the coast of Fishers Island on Long Island Sound and was the site of many shipwrecks.  It was built between 1871 and 1878 and is an excellent example of 19th century engineering and design.   The Coast Guard automated the light in 1978 and it is still operational.   

Enjoy visiting all of the lighthouses during your stay at the Arbor View House Bed and Breakfast!

Bird Watching on Shelter Island

June 28th, 2010 by wilfredjoseph

If you enjoy bird watching, make sure to visit Long Island’s Shelter Island.  Shelter Island is just a short Ferry ride from the village of Greenport, NY is a perfect location to bike and watch birds.  If you don’t plan to bring your own bike, do not worry as rentals are available at the Mobile Station not far from the North Ferry dock.  Although bird watching can be done from about any location on Shelter Island, one of the favorite locations is Mashomack Preserve, known as a nature lovers’ delight.    

Mashomack Preserve is considered one of the richest habitats in the Northeast.  The preserve contains 2,039 acres, which is about 1/3 of the island.  Among the riches to be found are tidal creeks, oak woodlands, fields, and freshwater marshes.  The preserve is often referred to as the “Jewel of the Peconic” and is edged in white by 10 miles of coastline.  Mashomack Preserve is open 9 A.M. to 5 P.M., March through September, and 9 A.M. to 4 P.M. October through February.

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Orient Beach State Park on Long Island

June 15th, 2010 by wilfredjoseph

Vacationing on Long Island and going to the beach just seem to be like peas in a pod.  One of the favorite beaches is Orient Beach State Park.  Orient Beach has 45,000feet of frontage on Gardiners Bay and the water is calm and delightful.  It has been said that Orient Beach “has the most shells available at any state park beach” and is a shell-collecting paradise.  Now this is an activity all in itself and a delightful way to enjoy the day.  Of course, to make it a little more enjoyable there is also a bathhouse, showers, restrooms, and a food concession stand.   

Visitors at the beach can swim in the bay, fish, picnic, play ball, go hiking or biking, and enjoy a calming walk on one of the many nature trails.  Since this is a calm beach, it is also perfect for kayaking.  So bring your own or plan to rent one at the beach.  Bike rentals are also available, so not to worry if you do not have yours with you!  However, the all time favorite thing to do is just sit in a beach chair and feel the warmth of the sunshine.  Now this is summer on Long Island!

Visiting Greenport on Long Island

May 20th, 2010 by wilfredjoseph

The small seaside village of Greenport has become famous for its quaint shops, fine dining, and maritime history.  Greenport has a colorful history and has long been the home of many famous artists in the past including Walt Whitman, playwright William Gillett, and painter Whitney Hubbard .   Today, visitors can spend an entire day just exploring the historic homes of Greenport.   Of course, add a lovely lunch, visit a few museums, and do a little shopping and you have created a lovely getaway to Long Island.

Museums to put on your list to visit should include East End Seaport Museum, Bootleg Alley, and the shipyards of Greenport.  If you are looking for artists, Greenport is still the home of famous artists including award-winning actress Peg Murray, sculptor Arden Scott, crafts-person Gail Horton, and award winning songwriter Hugh Prestwood.  With outdoor theater, live music events, and galleries galore, the arts of very much alive in the Village of Greenport.

Of course, make sure to have some fun and enjoy a visit to Mitchell Park, which overlooks Greenport Harbor.  Mitchell Park has an outdoor amphitheater, harbor side boardwalk, winter ice skating, and public docks which are quite busy during the summer  months.  Combine that with Greenport’s famous 40-foot carousel which was built in the 1920’s and donated to the village of Greenport in 1995 and you are sure to enjoy the wonders of visiting Greenport at any time of the year!

Long Island North Fork Hiking Trails

May 12th, 2010 by wilfredjoseph

Spring is just a perfect time to enjoy scenic walks and trails on the North Fork of Long Island.  Within the Southold and Greenport areas of Long Island, the choices for nature trails for hiking and bird watching are in great abundance.

Long Island North Fork Hiking Trails List:

Cedar Beach Country Park in Southold is a 68 acre park with over 2,800 feet on Shelter Island Sound.  From the park, visitors can enjoy great vistas of Shelter Island Sound and the saltwater marshes of Cedar Beach Harbor.

Arshamomaque Point in Southold encompasses a 54-acres wooded preserve with several trails that wind through mature woodlands, ponds, and saltwater wetlands.

Arshamomaque Preserve in Greenport is a 120 acre preserved owned by the Town of Southold.  They have 1.3 miles of nature trails that wander through mature woodlands, freshwater wetlands, and open fields.

Inlet Pond Park in Greenport enjoys a 55 acre preserve with 1.6 miles of trails leading to Inlet Pond and Long Island Sound.  The North Fork Audubon has a visitor’s center and also offers nature programs.

Dam Pond Maritime Reserve in East Marion is a 36 acre reserve also owned by the Town of Southold.  Here you can enjoy a small protected bay, grasslands, saltwater marshes and woodlands.  There is also a trail that wanders through the reserve which is 1.2 miles long. This trail is a favorite of bird watchers and I love jogging in this park.  The Audubon Society keeps track of the birds that are found here.   This reserve is about a quarter mile from the B&B. I regularly hike there myself.

It will take some time to try them all, but we will enjoy having you as our guest at the Arbor View House Bed and Breakfast as you explore the North Fork Wine Country of Long Island

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