For the second straight year, the Annual Holiday House Tour and Progressive Food and Wine Tasting, held on Dec. 4, was a success, according to officials from the organization.
This year, each owner of seasonally decorated B&Bs gave a tour of their homes and treated guests to gourmet food from various North Fork restaurants, including and n in Mattituck, in Jamesport, in New Suffolk, and Noah's in Greenport. Guests also sipped wines from award-winning local wineries such as and in Southold and , and , in Cutchogue.
A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to and . Each charitable organization will receive $1,600 from the association.
"The December festivity is part of the association's longstanding commitment to growing business on the North Fork and, at the same time, to light up holiday spirits and welcome both neighbors and tourists to enjoy just some of the delights the East End has to offer during the winter season," said the association's President Marilyn Anne Marks, of in Southold. "For twenty years, the association has been partnering with and supporting local businesses and services involved in the hospitality sector while ensuring a high standard of accommodation and helping to increase the number of tourists and visitors to the North Fork."
The association officially represents bed and breakfasts on the North Fork to the many commercial and promotional organizations on Long Island and in New York State. The association has launched numerous promotions with local businesses and charitable groups.
The North Fork Bed & Breakfast Association is planning several special events for 2011, including a Spring dance, a garden tour and the group's Annual Holiday House Tour on the first Saturday in December.