THE STIRLING HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST
CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE FOR FIVE CONSECUTIVE
Inducted into ‘Hall of Fame’ of Five-time
Certificate of Excellence Winners on the World’s Largest Travel
GREENPORT, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES – May 22,
2015– The Stirling
House B&B today
announced that it has been recognized as a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame
winner. The Certificate of Excellence award
celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to
establishments that consistently achieve great traveler reviews on
TripAdvisor. The ‘Hall of Fame’ was created to honor those
businesses that have earned a Certificate of Excellence for five
consecutive years. Winners include
accommodations, eateries and attractions located all over the world
that have continually delivered a superior customer
“Being awarded the TripAdvisor
Certificate of Excellence five years in a row and inducted into the
‘Hall of Fame’ is a true source of pride for us here at The
Stirling House and we’d like to thank all of
our past guests who took the time to complete a review on
Clayton Sauer, Owner at The
Stirling House B&B. “There is no greater seal of
approval than being recognized by one’s customers. With the
TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence based on customer reviews,
the accolade is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and
our continued commitment to excellence.”
"Winning the TripAdvisor Certificate
of Excellence for five consecutive years is a remarkable feat.
TripAdvisor is pleased to induct five-time award winners into the
‘Hall of Fame’,” said Marc Charron President, TripAdvisor for
Business. “By putting a spotlight on businesses that are focused on
consistently delivering great service to customers, TripAdvisor not
only helps drive an improvement to hospitality standards around the
world, it also gives businesses both large and small the ability to
shine and stand out from the competition.”
When selecting Certificate of
Excellence winners, TripAdvisor uses a proprietary algorithm to
determine the honorees that takes into account the quality,
quantity and recency of reviews and opinions submitted by travelers
on TripAdvisor over a 12-month period as well as business’s tenure
and ranking on the Popularity Index on the site.
To qualify, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor bubble
rating of at least four out of five, have a minimum number of
reviews and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12
In 2014, as we get ready to launch the new cookbook, we thought it
would be nice to put up some of our recipes onto the Stirling House
blog. Many guests have requested this over the years. Enjoy!
Recipe - Stirling House Baked Pear
This one recipe makes me proud as it makes converts of
non pear lovers. I
know...I was one of them. My mom liked to bake fruit,
and drizzle cognac over a pear or apple as a nice dessert. I
thought tweaking this a bit would be a nice addition to the
breakfast repertoire. The other ingredients create a nice balance
and the pear makes a nice start to the day. It is so easy and yet
complex when it is served.
You need (for 3
6 large, ripe pears (I prefer red pears, d'Anjou or
Bartlett, but honestly, they
all work well)
6 tsp Mascarpone cheese
2 tbl almonds, sliced thin
6 tsp honey. I use local honey from our friend's
(optional 1 tsp cognac, cointreau, or grand
marnier...I can't help it, I'm French)
- Preheat the over to 350*
- In a small skillet, and no oil, toast the almonds until
golden brown. Get them off the stove and out of the skillet when
they are ready, or they will burn.
- Slice the pears in half lengthwise. and with a small
melon baller scoop out the seeds in the middle, as well as the
bottom of each half where the stem grows
- Slice the back of the pears, eyeballing the front so that
they sit flat on a surface. Take that sliced bit and cover the seed
hole you created, much like putting a lid on a pot. At this point
you may add the optional tsp of hooch to the well in the pear. This
will aid in the cooking of the pear. your call
- Wrap the pears in one large non-stick piece of foil and
bake at 350* for 30 minutes
- Remove the foil of pears from the heat and place one pear
on each serving plate
- Scoop 1 tsp of mascarpone into the "hole"
- Drizzle the honey over the cheese ...a little goes a long
- Place the toasted almonds artistically on top of the
- Serve them up.
You can add a garnish of fruit and granola to the plate
with a dollop of
whipped cream if you like.
I have just hit the two week mark wearing this giant sling,
after having rotator cuff surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery.
The care could not have been better, and Dr. Allen is a pro.
Actually he works on pros as well. He is the go to surgeon for the
NY Knicks. I felt I was in very good hands...and I was. Jackson
Hole, Wyoming no longer has the great appeal, as I tore my shoulder
out there. I am taking the Holidays easy. I will not be skiing
again, I fear.
Let's see...In other news. Vineyard 48 lost its
liquor license and is closed permanently. No one is above the
law, apparently and no one is surprised about this news. My one
time there was more than enough, having to hear the horror stories
from the tasting room manager. The bus loads or tri-state drunks
were not the clientele the wine region wants...just getting smashed
on a bus, not buying anything and acting like drunken
Main Restaurant also closed its doors after a short year. A
chef should know not to bite off more than you can chew. Sad, Main
had the potential to be the shining star of the East End, but the
other three ventures got in the way. Luckily, there are still many
top places in Greenport. On the acting side, very Excited
that the advance Screeners are coming to the house. Advance film
viewings...a great thing! The only one not offered...American
Hustle. ALL the others are here.
Typing with one hand is not easy. Cooking is not possible
for me for at least the next full month. Thank goodness for my
friend Cheryl, who owned Homeport B&B in Peconic, who has been
a real lifesaver, and a great friend. Many thanks to Renate,
Diane, and Lorri, and Jocelyne who have all been terrific while I
have been disabled. And Frank has been the best!
Business has slowed as it does around this time of year.
Personally, I am OK with it this time, as I am wincing in pain as I
type this. Tourists everywhere need to realize that the North Fork
is alive and well and open for business year round. This is the
best time to come...no insane crowds, but hundreds of great
businesses available to you. And while I am talking freely,
consumers need to realize that inns and B&Bs are FAR superior
to hotels. Go to any review site. The hotels are rated so far below
B&Bs. For so many reasons. Your innkeeper is the owner of the
business, and therefore live in that town or village, and knows
everyone, where to go, where not to go., where to taste, drink and
buy. A hotel manager does not have that personal buy-in. Also, the
level of cleanliness is so high at a B&B and inn, while a hotel
with many rooms, has a staff of housekeepers. Innkeepers follow up
and make sure each room is just so, so the room is perfect.
The food? You have some chefs on a level with local restaurant
chefs working in the B&B kitchens. As far as amenities
- B&Bs are not like your grandma's B&B...so true. The
B&Bs are on a boutique hotel level. wi-fi, flatscreen TVs_DVD
players, fireplaces, etc... I am astounded to hear people say "this
is their first B&B experience". Where have they been staying? I
know that guests at the local B&Bs out here are receiving top
shelf service. The word needs to get out about it. Restaurants ,
great and not-so-great are reviewed at the drop of a hat, but
B&Bs don't seem to get the recognition they should. Spread the
Stirling House B&B is thrilled to have such a
quality place right up the street. Keith is a former White
House chef, as well as a James Beard Award winner. He is also a
friend, and so we are excited to have another great place to send
guests to. But here's the thing...Stirling Square now has four new
places, all under Keith Luce's watchful eye. Since opening a few
weeks back, it has already received raves from the Wall Street
Journal, The New York Times...and me ; )
- Main Restaurant and Oyster
Bar boasts an amazing variety of oysters for
shellfish lovers. The oysters are only outdone by the delicious
choices on the menu. This is a place that is lively with music, and
has a covered outdoor terrace.
- There is Nosh, which
is a gourmet snack shop. While Stirling House guests won't need it
for breakfast, they do have breakfast food available, as well as
many great treats for the rest of the day and
- There is Prep, which
offers street food, with a twist. The flatbread pizzas are
Here is the website, so you can get an idea of the
24 May 2013, 10:01 am
Stirling House Bed &
was just awarded the
2013 Award of Excellence.
Thank you to our guests. We are honored to win this
for the fourth year in a row!
Click here to see the New York Times
Here is the link to the story. I just ate at Main last night.
Amazing... I will write my review on here next...stay
The Stirling House
2 Feb 2013, 2:19 pm
Long Island Wine Country and the North Fork
welcomes Long Island Winterfest, with Jazz on
Stay at a B&B, shop in Greenport,
eat at top quality restaurants, and enjoy world class entertainment
at some amazing wineries. Call us for more info!
Our guests from the U.K.
enjoyed Restaurant week last night with a great experience at
Noah's. The Restaurant week is a great way to try out a place
you have meant to check out.
The people participating in Restaurant Week have
extended the week to TWO weeks...so it runs November 4th through
November 18th, so more people can take advantage of
Guests who book a room at The Stirling House for
two nights during that time will get dinner for two at one of the
great participating East End locations. Call to book now...very
23 Oct 2012, 8:11 pm
The Stirling House B&B welcomes Gilchrist &
personal toiletries to its family of products.
The Stirling House B&B is proud to announce that Long Island
Wine Country was selected by Tripadvisor in its Best of the Best
list of Top Wine Regions of the World.
What an honor to be listed alongside Sonoma and
Napa, representing the United States in wine areas.
This will bring many new wine lovers to our area,
which is on the North Fork of the East End of Long Island. Its the
perfect compliment to your NYC trip, by getting the feel of an
unspoiled region AND tasting some world class wines along the way!
See you soon!
Click here to read the Tripadvisor story!