This memorial Day Weekend (May26-27 and 28) the maritime village of Greenport is hosting the Tall Ships Challenge 2012! Although many ships van be viewed from adjoining docks and waterfront areas - the village sells tickets to truly participate in the event
The TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE® Race is a series of sailing races, cruises, crew rallies and maritime festivals organized by Tall Ships America in conjunction with US and Canadian ports on the Pacific and Atlantic Coasts of North America and in the Great Lakes.
Traditionally-rigged sailing vessels from Canada, the US and other countries are crewed by youth (either civilians … (0 comments)

wine country: It takes (more than) a community to buy a theater... - 01/13/12 07:07 AM
Roughly $150K to go - according to the sign on the North Fork CommunityTheater - before the
Mattituck Presbyterian Church Mattituck based Theater can close on its contract to purchase the Theater from the Mattituck
The North Fork Communy Theater has been a staple on the North Fork life as a tenant of the Presbyterian Church in this mid 19th century building for over 54 years...and was allowed - 228 shows and well over 100,000 patrons later- the opportunity to purchase the property two years ago to ensure its ability to continue and thrill Theater-goers for many decades to come !

wine country: HAPPY NEW YEAR - IN REAL ESTATE on the North Fork - 01/03/12 08:42 AM
The big question is - what will 2012 bring in business - besides the health and peace we all hope for - especially in the Real Estate Market?
Is an investment in Real Estate a good one right now on the North Fork? In this blog I will try and provide a lot of information to allow you to come to one conclusion - besides the shear enjoyment of a (second) home in our beautiful East End region, an hour and a half outside of Manhattan's mid-town tunnel...: YES!
Who would have thought that the budget deficit in Greece would affect … (0 comments)

The Real Estate market in the North Fork (and the Hamptons) is brisk in the East End offices of Town&Country, we are happy to report.
Amid wild swings in the markets, caused by (international) sovereign debt crises, the Media are continuing to report on the RE market with a negative bias: a great example today was MSNBC's, and other cable channels'- negative slant on the NAR report of existing home sales for July of 2011, down 3.5% over June 2011. The reporting is entirely ignoring that the same number is up a whopping 21% over July 2010!
Buying Real Estate makes … (0 comments)

wine country: Tony's Asian Fusion opens in Mattituck on the North Fork - 07/19/11 09:54 AM
Tony's Asian Fusion Mattituck Tony's Asian Fusion opened up in Mattituck - great news for those of us who have a craving for better Chinese and Thai food! It's located conveniently on the corner of Factory and Main Road, accross from Waldbaum's - and you'll be surprised who I already met there! Find out for yourself and welcome this new business on the North Fork! And try their Chicken Red Curry with a glass of One Woman's Gewurztraminer... Delicious! take-out or relax in a beautiful brand new dining room.

wine country: "A-Lure" Seafood Restaurant opens on North Fork/ Port of Egypt - Bayfront dining al fresco in Southold - 05/30/11 06:38 AM
What better way to celebrate the new Summer Season than with the opening of a new seafood restaurant: and at the spot of my favorite past hangouts - the old Seafood Barge which is now entirely re-done.
Tom Schaudel and Adam Lovett of "AMANO" fame in Mattituck debuted ALure this memorial day weekend on Main Road between Southold and Greenport at Port of Egypt.
Let's assume the restaurant is as good as we have come to expect of these two restaurateurs - then add a fabulous waterfront location with great patios overlooking the Bay and marinas, and you really cannot go … (6 comments)

wine country: Forbes names Greenport one of America's prettiest towns... - 04/29/11 04:17 AM

A year or so ago I blogged about Greenport - and the wonderful things happening there - and I am now in great company: John Giuffo of Forbes magazine selected Greenport as one of America's prettiest towns in his "small world big mouth" column and blog. Immediately - Lisa Dol Bruno of Newsday blogged about the real estate in Greenport - because such positive news make people interested in being a part of a wonderful success story. And I personally love this confirmation of what I already have been writing about for a long time how wonderful Greenport is - confirmation by independent … (1 comments)

wine country: Attend the North Fork Harvest Gala: buy tickets, enjoy a great night and help the East End Tourism economy grow! - 11/02/10 07:31 AM
 · Where: Jason's Vineyard, 1785 Main Road, Jamesport, NY 11947
 · Date: November 18, 2010
• Time: 7:00pm-11:00pm
·The North Fork Promotion Council invites you to celebrate our 25th Anniversary honoring Dr Herodotus Damianos (Pindar & Duck Walk vineyards) and Suffolk County Legislator Ed Romaine Master of Ceremonies  is Doug Geed (News 12)
Proceeds used to promote targeted off-season Tourism on the North Fork, while maintaining and protecting our  lifestyle and environment, helping all North Fork businesses small and large and help provide a sustainable  economy and good jobs for all East Enders & all North … (2 comments)

Aren't Open Houses are a fun way to find the home of your dreams?
If you are looking for a home with a dock - this weekend is great: Town and Country Agents are making it possible to see quite a few -priced right- waterfont homes with private docks on the North Fork- for your convenience-no appointments needed!
Our T&C agents are professionals who know the RE market - that's their business. So do not hesitate to pick their brains while you visit their open houses. Remember-they know the best homes on the market: ask them for their favorite listings! 
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Town and Country Real Estate is an active member of the North Fork Wine Country community!

 On August 20, from 4-7 PM the T&C Southold Office will host the finale of our Summer Series Art shows featuring Carolyn Francis's paintings.

A great opportunity to meet Carolyn in person and talk about her work, and to have a glass of Champagne with Patrice Bertin, Carolyn's husband , and fine art restoration expert, owners of beautiful l'Orangerie Gallery in Greenport.
This finale follows a wonderful display of Marcie Honerkamp's art in June, including three of her famous surf boards;  


wine country: Mystery Mattituck Inlet Boat Tour & Open House Tour - April 30, 11:30AM-2:30PM - 04/27/10 08:54 AM


wine country: North Fork Wine Country: Winter fest "Jazz on the Vine" - 02/16/10 09:10 AM
JAZZ on the Vine is the theme for the 2010 Long Island Winterfest for the third consecutive year. It runs from February 13 to March 21 across the East End of Long Island and once again offers 6 great weekends of OVER 70 FREE jazz concerts* at winery tasting rooms and other venues on Saturdays and Sundays. Make plans to go to the East End of Long Island this winter, where outstanding jazz musicians join with local vineyards, hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, cultural venues and attractions to create an array of special events and offers designed to lift the mid-winter doldrums.
Visit … (0 comments)

wine country: GREENPORT: NORTH FORK BOOM-TOWN - 08/11/09 09:15 AM
Remember you learned about this great secret at Town & Country's blog first: a leg up on all the people searching for fabulous real estate opportunities: one for the record books:
(And don't forget about us when you become rich and famous.....) this is a bit of a long blog: the secret is at the end of the blog!  Shhhh don't tell anyone.......
The charming and historic maritime village of Greenport, judged by the number and caliber of new business openings lately, this Town is booming. Without any exaggeration. Much of the news centers around the theme of what everybody loves on the North … (0 comments)

wine country: 55th annual North Fork Strawberry Festival - Mattituck - 06/12/09 11:15 AM
One of the signs that Summer's almost here: the 55th annual Mattituck Strawberry Festival which will be held June 19-21 at Strawberry Fields in Mattituck: take a drive with the kids - they will love it! A uniquely North Fork event!
While you are out :check out what your Real Estate dollar can buy on the North Fork and let us show you some homes before the Fireworks at Strawberry Field... call our North fork offices in Mattituck (631 298 0600) or Southold (631 765 0500) or visit


wine country: Canine Classic at Castello Di Borghese in Cutchogue - Today! - 05/16/09 03:29 AM
The annual Canine Classic is held today at Castello di Borghese today; as every year, Marco and Anne Marie Borghese host this event at their beautiful vineyard off Alvahs Lane in Cutchogue:

The ‘Cutchogue Canine Classic' is designed as a fund-raising opportunity for:
The Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind and America's Vet Dogs, The North Fork Animal Welfare League,  Kent Animal Shelter and SAVES, Inc.,


People who have followed my blog and the statistics I keep on the most current Real Estate Data on the North Fork RE Activity were already aware, but, honestly, I am glad that the facts are now supporting my optimism since February: the number of days homes sit on the market before they sell fell, median price rebounded a bit, and April of 2009 beat April of 2008 hands down in number of transactions, number of transactions above $1 million, although total salesvolume in dollars still fell a bit behind (a lot of lower priced sales of attractively priced homes - value … (0 comments)

wine country: Buyer representation & buyer agency for real estate buyers in North Fork Wine Country: A no-brainer! - 01/10/09 04:39 AM
It seems a no brain-er: when you are buying real estate you should have a broker, a knowledgeable expert who works for you, not for the seller. Someone who can show you the good AND the bad about a home.
Yet, in our area, most deals are done with real estate agents who work for the sellers. And buyers are left in the cold, working with sellers agents, "the enemy" as some people say. In my experience, consumers are not clearly aware of the important ramifications of the fact they are working with a sellers agent when they make what often is one … (0 comments)

wine country: Great Deals for Wine Enthusiasts on the North Fork: Beat the crowds and come over while the season's slow. - 01/02/09 07:30 AM

North Fork Wine Country has great deals to offer in this weak economy; most vineyards are slow during the off season, and even more so now. When I drive by the vineyards I see sales and discounted wines, and some of the vineyards now have sales in  their shops as well. Beat the crowds and visit the vineyards! Also the B&Bs have specials you can enjoy.
And once you are here, you may find Real Estate on sale... your chance to get in and look around, let us help you! Call Nicholas or JOan at 631 298 4646 or visit … (0 comments)

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