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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.

 

Discover the North Fork of Long Island

December 21st, 2011 by Corey A. Edwards

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.

beach

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 northforkreformsynagogue.org.

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!

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