Welcome to 2014 on the East End of Long Island, New York. Mother Nature has been covering the land, from Peconic Bay, to Long Island Sound, with powdery snow and tree sculptures abound announcing winter’s beauty. In the meantime, winter’s warmth appears in forms of exhilarating ice skating fun at Mitchell Park Ice Skating rink in Greenport, roaring fireplaces at the North Fork and South Fork wineries, and welcoming cups of hot, nutmeg chocolate at Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast and Spa. There is something special for everybody who comes out to the Hamptons and the North Fork at this time of the year. Check out some of the fun winter activities below.
Enjoy pampering and first class care at Quintessentials B&B and Spa as the base for your exploration of the North Fork and to groove to the music at the 7th Annual Live On the Vine Winterfest on Long Island, NY.
This year’s lineup on the East End runs six weekends, from February 7 to March 16, and includes top jazz acts and musicians covering new musical styles. The savvy traveler and music enthusiast will choose one of Quintessentials “Live On the Vine specials” on our website, which has something for everyone.
The 2014 Long Island Winterfest appears this year as “Live on the Vine” Music Festival. Get cozy in a warm tasting room at one of the East End’s top wineries while enjoying some terrific music. This year, tickets offer more options than ever before. Now, you can select a General Admission Ticket, Day Pass, Weekend Pass or Festival Hopper. There are many Winterfest restaurant participants offering various specials.
2. Valentine’s Day all February at Quintessentials Bed and Breakfast and Spa
Upon check-in at Quintessentials, guests enjoy a sumptuous spread to celebrate love: Delicious, hot appetizers, freshly baked cakes and cookies, and hand-dipped chocolates and a long-stem rose. Your choice of Sylvia’s nutmeg hot chocolate, or vino. That’s how we roll for Valentine’s.
Guests can call Quintessentials at 631-477-9400 to custom order your Valentine’s package for your special someone, or click on Specials on Quintessentials website. Gift Certificates are another good choice for that special Valentine.
Both the North Fork and the Hamptons on the East End are celebrating Valentine’s Day in a big way. Come on out to sample the treats of the small shops, boutiques, restaurants and wineries. These businesses are all participating in one form or another to make your Valentine’s the best ever throughout February.
3. Heart Tune-up 2014. Chocolate – a guilty pleasure, mood enhancer. Mmm…the smell and the taste. The compounds in cocoa elevate serotonin and enhance a feeling of well-being, which is why many of us feel so good when we eat chocolate. Cocoa has a rich, intense, and slightly bitter taste in its raw form. It has lots of antioxidants, magnesium, and iron.
Chocolate Lovers Body Wrap at Quintessentials Spa, East Marion, Long Island, NY
Chocolate is beneficial to the skin too. Cocoa contains glycerides, lipids and fats, which plumps up the skin and moisturizes. Used as a body wrap, chocolate detoxifies, firms, tones and moisturizes the skin. Chocolate lovers can revel in the indulgent pleasure of an aromatic chocolate body wrap at Quintessentials Spa this February and take advantage of our month-long Valentine’s offer.
4. Sylvia’s Hot Chocolate for Two
4 oz shaved milk chocolate
(Can substitute 3 tablespoon of powered cocoa)
1 cup milk
1 cup half and half milk
1 cup hot water
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cinnamon sticks as stirrer
Heat milk; add chocolate, whisk over low flame. Add hot water, sugar, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Pour into cups and add cinnamon stick stirrer. Serve and enjoy.