August 4, 2022 Wilfred Joseph

Landcraft Gardens of Mattituck

Landcraft Gardes - Wisteria hanging from pergola
Wisteria hanging from the pergola

Landcraft Gardens of Mattituck

One of the lesser-known facts about the North Fork is that we have a certified bonafide botanical garden accessible to the public.  It is the Landcraft Gardens Foundation In Mattituck.  Located in the heart of Long Island wine country.  These gardens were the brainchild of two visionaries, Dennis Schrader and Bill Smith.  They purchased 17 acres of land in Mattituck and created a nonprofit organization, Landcraft Gardens of Mattituck.

Located in the heart of the North Fork’s wine region on Long Island’s East End, the Landcraft Gardens were established in 1992 by founders Dennis Schrader and Bill Smith.  They purchased 17 acres of land surrounding a circa 1840 farmhouse and donated the entire property to the Landcraft Garden Foundation, a nonprofit591(c)(3)corporation registered with the New York State.

Their vision was to create a garden with unusual and little-known plants while providing an environment for experimenting with exotic plant materials.  They wanted a uniquely American garden of exuberance and different styles of influence seamlessly blending to create a garden of diverse interests.  The garden would exemplify the synthesis of structure, color, distinctive plant material, and composition.

The property is located on a long strip of land.  It is nestled between the Long Island Sound, Mattituck Creek, and the Peconic Bay, which gives the site an unusually long growing season, perfect for the types of plants they want to cultivate.

The more extensive garden comprises several gardens, each with its distinctive border, some blending seamlessly with the natural landscape, some juxtaposing with unusual materials and plants. The garden has benches, low walls, and seats that encourage you to sit awhile while you become one with nature. There are winding walking paths that delight your eye.

 Ownership & Management of Landcraft Gardens of Mattituck

Dennis and Bill will retain a lifetime tenancy of the residence which will pass to the Foundation through their estate.

  • Duration: Approximately 2 Hours, from 10 am -3:30 pm
  • When: Friday & Sundays only, to October 29, 2022
  • Where: Landcraft Gardens (Map)
  • Tickets: $20.00, Student/Senior: $17.00, Children Admission: under 12 years $5.00, under 2 years free, Members: Free

“Delightful conversations over delicious homecooked breakfast and fresh-brewed coffee, tips on off-the-beaten-path restaurants and sights, and a warm and historic “Captain’s” lodging made this too-short seaside vacation an unforgettable one.”

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August 4, 2022 Wilfred Joseph

VIP Blending Session – Wine Making Experience at Sannino Vineyard

Sannino's Vineyard and Winery
Sannino’s Vineyard and Winery

Have a full wine-making immersive experience in the wine-making process hosted by Anthony Sannino, an award-winning winemaker.

Enjoy a VIP blending session of the full wine-making experience process.  You’ll get a full tour of the vineyard wine production facilities and barrel cellar.  All throughout the tour, you will be tasting our current wine lineup to better understand the various methods of making unique styles of wine.  A light lunch is provided after the tour note any food allergies during your reservation).

Then it is the red wine blending session.  Each guest will be able to blend their own wine and take home a bottle (additional bottles may be blended and purchased upon request).

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours
  • When: Wednesday, August 24, 2022; 3 to 6 pm
  • Where: Sannino Vineyard (Map)
  • Cost:  $175 per person
“Their beds at Arbor View House were comfortable, the ambiance was romantic, and the breakfast was amazing. It was a blend of nouveau style with a Jamaican flare”. 

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August 4, 2022 Wilfred Joseph

The Oysterponds Historical Society Summer Benefit

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People in and out of large tents enjoying the Festivities at the Oysterponds Summer Benefit

Orient is one of North Fork’s most exclusive and historical places. Settlers have been there since the 1640s.  The Oysterpond Historical Society (of which I am a Board member) holds this annual event.

From OHS’s website: “The Oysterponds Historical Society (OHS) was founded in 1944 to preserve the historical significance of Orient and East Marion communities that were still largely populated by direct descendants of the European settlers three centuries before. OHS founding members Mrs. Henry F.J. Knobloch, Mrs. Alma Knox, and Mr. George R. Latham were concerned about the gradual disappearance of Native American artifacts, documents, family records, tools, art, and other surviving evidence of the maritime, agricultural, cultural, and religious life of the early residents of this area.

Today, OHS maintains seven historically-significant buildings located in the heart of Orient, New York’s landmark historic district; cares for 8½ acres of grounds, including Poquatuck Park, a cherished community gathering spot; and actively manages a collection of over 60,000 items, including historical artifacts, documents, diaries, works of art, and archival objects dating from early Native American times all the way through the 20th century. Our archive, which is particularly strong in correspondence and diaries, is a rich and valuable resource regularly used by scholars, writers, genealogists, and students.”

Oysterpond Summer Event

Square Dancing under the tent featuring legendary caller Chart Guthrie and the Dance All Night Band.  Now, even if you’re not inclined to dance, the feel-good, toe-tapping music is a perfect backdrop for a festive celebration of summer!  There’ll be an exciting live auction of a handful of exceptional art pieces, but note that you must purchase a ticket and attend the event to participate.

Wine, beer, specialty cocktails; delicious food from Maple Tree Smokehouse BBQ; homemade sweet tea & lemonade; and bottled water.

Purchase your tickets NOW so that you don’t miss out.

Purchasing a non-member Summer Benefit ticket will automatically enroll you in a 1-year OHS membership!

  • Duration: Approximately 3 hours
  • When: Saturday, August 6, 2022; 6 to 9 pm
  • Where: Poquatuck Park, Orient, NY (Map)
  • Tickets: $150 per person (members); $175 per person (non-members)
“Wilfred and Veda were just so accommodating and friendly.  Veda’s breakfast was delish every morning”.

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August 3, 2022 Wilfred Joseph

 

The "Bug Light" Lighthouse
This lighthouse sits on screw piles that, at low tide, it looked like a bug. Commissioned in 1870.

Long Island Bug Lighthouse Cruise and Tour

There’s always something fun to do on Long Island’s North Fork, but one of the more popular attractions has to be the Bug Light. Long Beach Bar “Bug” Lighthouse helps mariners navigate the hazardous sandbar between Orient Harbor and Gardiner’s Bay. The original structure was built in 1870 on screw piles which left an opening beneath the structure and inspired its nickname “Bug” Light because when the rocks were covered at high tide, the lighthouse looked like a giant water bug. Considering coming to the North Fork for a weekend, consider this romantic trip to the Bug Light. Come to Greenport, on Long Island’s North Fork, for a Long Island Bug Lighthouse Cruise and Tour.

The lighthouse is a gateway to Greenport, Shelter Island, and Peconic Bay and is officially known as the Long Beach Bar Light. It became known as the “Bug” Light because it was initially constructed on a screw-pile platform that elevated it above Gardiner’s Bay. The name had stuck when the light was converted from a screw-pile platform to a concrete caisson foundation. From a distance, the spindly pilings supporting the structure made the lighthouse look like a giant bug walking on water.
Long Beach Bar Lighthouse was constructed in 1871 and decommissioned in 1948 after a sandbar had grown to make the beacon useless as a channel marker. Various groups tussled over buying the historic light until 1963 when arsonists solved the ownership issue by burning the lighthouse to the foundation.
The foundation sat unencumbered until the summer of 1990, when the organization floated out a replica to replace the original. The “replica” was so complete that, in 1993, the Coast Guard recognized the beacon as federal aid to navigation. The Bug Light has been back in service ever since.
The Greenport’s East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation owns, operates, and maintains the Bug Lighthouse. As part of their funding and outreach, they offer a variety of lighthouse tours from late May through late October.
Bug Lighthouse cruises are narrated, often by a local guide, Bob Allen. Bob was raised in Greenport and is a descendant of a Bug Lighthouse keeper. Consequently, his narrations can take you behind the scenes of the lighthouse, as well as back in time.

Bug Lighthouse Cruise and Tour Schedule

  • Duration: Approximately 1.5 hours
  • When: Saturdays, August 6,13,20, & 28, 2022 at 5:00 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Where: East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation
  • Cost: $59.00, 10% discount for seniors & veterans
  • Tickets: are available online here.

You can also pick them up at the East End Seaport Museum here (Map).
Bug Lighthouse Cruise Lodging
Locally owned and operated, Arbor View House Bed and Breakfast is a Long Island B&B that offers upper-tier amenities, delicious breakfasts, and an insider’s knowledge of the area. Give yourself the reward of luxury, comfort, and uncommon service during your Long Island getaway with a stay at Arbor View House Bed and Breakfast!

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August 2, 2022 Wilfred Joseph

GUIDED BREWERY AND VINEYARD BIKE TOURS THROUGH THE NORTH FORK’S WINE COUNTRY

two bicycles on stands in a vineyard
Enjoy a leisurely ride through the idyllic countryside of the North Fork Wine Country on a Vineyard Bike Tours.

Pedal your way to the taste of the North Fork wine country; explore breweries, wineries, and more. Enjoy a guided  “Vineyard Bike Tours” brewery and vineyard tour through the North Fork’s Wine Country. The North Fork has well-organized guided bicycle tours of the area’s wineries, breweries, and farm stands.  You’ll enjoy riding through the tree-lined streets of the various hamlets and enjoying the scenic views of the Peconic Bay.  You’ll see historic landmarks and beautiful vineyards.

The organizers pay attention to the details of your dietary request and make sure your trip is well documented.  Riding through the North Fork is like no other experience you’ve had.  Normally you’d be zipping past important landmarks without knowing their history and significance.  They are passionate about cycling and bring that to their creation of this event.

Vineyard Bike Tours
  • Cruise the North Fork Long Island from the seat of a single or tandem Hybrid bicycle (Helmets Included)
  • Enjoy unlimited non-alcoholic refreshments throughout your tour experience to stay energized while riding from location to location.
  • Professional guides will direct you through the beautiful North Fork landscape, leading you from winery to brewery and more.
  • Gain privileged access to wander vineyard fields.
  • Enjoy extra-virgin olive oil & fine vinegar tastings to infuse your pallet with local flavors.
  • Visit local farm stands and purchase freshly made jams, pies, fruits, and vegetables for your home.
  • Stroll down Love Lane after the tour for a one-of-a-kind shopping experience
  • Take advantage of a support vehicle to transport any purchases
  • Expert guides will capture moments from your day; photos will be available for free download
  • Duration: Approximately 5 Hours
  • When: Sundays, August 7,14,21,28 at 10 am -3:30 pm
  • Where: East End Bike Tours
  • Distance: Approximately 14-18 miles (dependent on the selected route)
  • Cost: $ 96-$155
This bike tour was by far the best part of my North Fork Weekend. I can’t say enough good things about it.

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July 22, 2022 Wilfred Joseph

Lighthouses of Long Island - Orient Point LighthouseNew York’s Long Island is home to almost 20 lighthouses, most of them spread along the northern shore or up at the east end on the North Fork, also known as wine country! Touring the Lighthouses of Long Island Wine Country is a great and romantic getaway.

No Long Island vacation would be complete without at least some time spent investigating the wineries of the North Fork. Long Island’s North Fork is home to nearly 40 wineries and has long been considered as one of the best viticultural areas in the country.
Wineries, while one of the biggest draws to the area, are hardly the only North Fork attraction, however. Long before there were vineyards or a wine country to be enamored of, Long Island was primarily known as a port and for its abundant fishing. Consequently, the Long Island Sound shoreline is dotted with lighthouses.


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May 8, 2022 Wilfred Joseph

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 of Long Island in Wine Country.

 

Have a Romantic Getaway on Long Island

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 before Covid-19? Two summers ago? Isn't it time you had a romantic getaway to relax, rejuvenate, and revive your spirit at our Long Island NY Bed and Breakfast?

Linger over a late dinner in nearby Greenport, and sleep the following morning. Wake up to the smell of brewing coffee and get yours outside your door.  Leisurely make your way downstairs to a romantic, three-course breakfast when you awake. Pamper yourself with spa services. Please arrange for a couple's massage at our unique partner spa. Hire a car to transport you to several award-winning wineries like Sparkling Pointe close to our inn. You can do so much to reignite the flame and recreate the intimacy.  You could walk hand in hand along Rocky Point beach just down the road, go for a nice long bike ride to Orient State Park or sip champagne on the deck or garden.

East Marion is just two miles east of Greenport and past the Lavender Farm. At this end of the Island, water embraces us on three sides, filling the air with that distinctive, salty fragrance. The rhythmic sound of lapping waves is never far from your ears. The area is not well populated. There are few people here--enough to justify excellent restaurants and wineries, but not so many to make it feel crowded. There are miles of sandy beaches to walk to and, you can see the stars at night.

Romantic Getaways on Long Island

Celebrate a holiday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day or any holiday or long weekend is a  good time for a romantic getaway on Long Island. Make an excuse to be romantic come oout to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, babymoon or elopement.  Take advantage of our Romantic Getaway, and treat your sweetie right. We'll also provide a coupon for dinner at either The Frisky Oyster or Noah's. 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 to visit as many North Fork Wineries as possible. Or come to explore the North Fork of Long Island together, two people in love.

Here's what you get when you choose Arbor View House for your Romantic Getaway.

• Champagne-Award-Winning North Fork and chocolate truffles! valued at $150
• Breakfast-Scrumptious three-course each day!
• Fresh Flowers-Specially arranged in your room!
• Dinner Coupon-for the Frisky Oyster or Noah’s in Greenport valued at $150
• Empress aromatherapy bath-our six senses-aromatherapy bath, with rose petals, special essential bath oils, bath salts, bath soap, candlelight, and music, valued at $165

Only $549

BOOK YOUR STAY HERE

• You may add- Couple’s Massage or other Spa Services at a local spa; VIP wine tour; or a Self-guided wine tour Call for Pricing

Plus, all the amenities that come with a typical stay- great concierge service Living and Room Fireplaces; Private Jacuzzi tubs; Private Deck, High-Speed Wireless Internet, HDTV, and Streaming Movies

Requirements
  • Available Year-Round
  • Must Stay for at least three consecutive nights


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March 21, 2022 Wilfred Joseph

Arbor View House -Your Long Island Wedding Venue

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Newlyweds

Imagine a lovely romantic day in a beautiful setting with all your loved ones and friends present.  They’re all having a wonderful time, and you are stress-free.  Isn’t that what you imagine for your wedding day?

Why ruin the most magical and romantic day of your life, your wedding day, with a big elaborate affair?  A big wedding comes with stress, debt, and continuous planning.  There’s a much easier way at our small Long Island Wine Country wedding venue Arbor View House!

Big weddings may seem fun and romantic from the outside but let me tell you, once you’re embroiled in making one happen, those illusions are often quickly dispelled.  Of course, if money is no object and you’re interested in how good a show you put on, then, by all means, go right ahead.

You’ll probably prefer a more intimate wedding ceremony if you want to express your love and commitment without breaking the bank.

Inexpensive vs. Cheap

People often think that an inexpensive wedding means a cheap one.  Nothing could be farther from the truth.  On the flip side, you can pay a lot for chintz!  Good things need not be expensive.

In other words, it’s not the money, but the style and care going into your ceremony that defines whether it’s “cheap” or not.

Intimate wedding ceremonies take less time to plan, with fewer details involved.  A choice like this means less stress and more flexibility when planning your ceremony.

A smaller guest list means a more intimate ceremony.  While sharing your special day with EVERYONE is tempting, those big crowds can be very impersonal.  You are more sure of connecting with your guests with a smaller group.  You’ll also be more likely to find a few moments alone with your intended, as well as more control over the feel of the wedding itself.  PRICELESS.

A smaller wedding can also mean more money for things like the photographer, catering, or a band.  Then again, maybe you can save it for your honeymoon or your new home together!

At the very least, you’ll buy fewer regrets with a small wedding.

Small Long Island Wedding Venue

Arbor View House Bed and Breakfast is your answer to the small Long Island wedding venue question.  We can help plan all aspects of your ceremony: from music and catering to photography and a wedding officiant.  Even better, our Long Island Bed and Breakfast can host many of your overnight guests for the event!

If you’d like to learn more about how we can help you make the most of your special day, call (631) 477-8440!



March 21, 2022 Wilfred Joseph

Champagne and Chocolate Truffles
Enjoy the smooth taste of Champagne with the chocolate truffles.

 

Empress Aromatherapy Bath at our Long Island, NY Romantic Getaway

Enjoy an Empress Aromatherapy Bath on your Romantic Getaway at our North Fork, Long Island, NY bed and breakfast.  We are great believers in bringing ease and relaxation to our guests in every way we can.  One of these methods is the use of aromatherapy.  An aromatherapy bath will stimulate your six senses.  This form of alternative medicine uses essential oils, music, and other sources of mood-enhancing aromas to bring about good health.   This service is unique to our Bed and Breakfast here on the North Fork.
For thousands of years, humans have used the essence of plants for healing purposes.  Today, aromatherapy continues to benefit millions of people worldwide, including guests at our Long Island B&B!  But it is Dr. Jean Valnet who is credited with founding the modern aromatherapy movement during the mid-20th century.
In particular, our Empress Aromatherapy is unique to Arbor View’s spa treatments.  We have specially formulated this combination of sensory delights to stimulate sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, and romance!
The Six Senses treatment is often given after dinner as an extraordinary “dessert.” Your bathroom is decorated with candles.  We play romantic music of your choice.  There are delicious champagne and chocolate truffles, and rose petals are scattered about the room.  A bath of carefully combined essential oils soothes and relaxes.  We can also provide a scroll printed with romantic poetry to be read to your loved one.  This treatment is altogether refreshing, strengthening, and eases away stress.  It’s genuinely an excellent way to show someone you care.

Long Island, NY Romantic Getaway

The Empress Aromatherapy Bath at our Long Island, NY Romantic Getaway is also a perfect way to surprise your partner.  If this sounds (smells, tastes, or feels) good to you, this romantic spa treatment is offered as an individual item or can combine with another romantic package.  Contact us at Arbor View House (631) 477-8440 today if you want to give the ultimate surprise to your sweetheart.

The benefits of a Hot Bath

Empress Aromatherapy Bath at our Long Island, NY Romantic Getaway

The Benefits of Aromatherapy



February 15, 2022 Wilfred Joseph

Vineyard on Long Island North Fork
Typical Vineyard row of grapes

 

Vineyards and Wineries on the North Fork of Long Island

Yes, the Hamptons on the South Fork of Long Island has those beautiful white sand beaches, while our lovely North Fork beaches are pebbly. It’s true. But if you love to be where the wine is, the Vineyards and Wineries on the North Fork of Long Island. So when you stay at our B&B near Greenport, NY, you’ll be close to the majority of the wineries.
Far and away, the North Fork is where most Long Island wineries are clustered. The clustering is partly because of the sunny yet protected maritime climate. The glacial soils also drain well while providing enough nutrients and moisture for the vines. Many people on the East Coast still don’t realize that a tremendous wine-producing area is only a short drive away! However, wine lovers have gotten the message. The wine-making industry has grown considerably since the first winery, Hargrave Vineyards in Cutchogue, opened in 1975. It is now called The Borghese Vineyard. The Long Island Wine Region now has over 55 wineries open to the public, with 4000+ acres of vines.

The American Viticultural Areas of Long Island–North Fork of Long Island, The Hamptons, and Long Island, are recognized as some of the country’s finest grape growing and wine producing AVAs.

Most of the acreage is Vinifera grapes. The main varietals are Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, but others include Chenin Blanc, Dolcetto, Gewurztraminer, Lemberger, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Sangiovese, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Syrah, Tocai Friulano, and Viognier.
The wineries of Long Island frequently have events throughout the year, such as  WinterFest, in the winter months, Summer Wine Camps, North Fork Crush in June, and Wine Spectator’s Harvest East End in September. Beyond these special events, most wineries on Long Island offer both tastings and tours. For more information about the Long Island Wine Country.

Adirondack Chairs on the lawn of the Kontakosta vineyard
At the Kontakosta vineyard, you could sip your wine on the vineyard lawn overlooking Long Island Sound.

Great wines are produced only a short drive from New York City and other major East Coast cities. Come to Long Island’s North Fork and experience some of the best wines in the U.S. without traveling very far! Our Bed and Breakfast near Greenport is just the place to stay during your East End Long Island wineries tour.


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