Located on the North Fork of Long Island, Greenport is about two hours from NYC. With boats, beaches and a port, it sure is an idyllic, historic harbor village. For visitors to Greenport, there’s unique shopping and acclaimed restaurants, a neighborhood beach and public parks. Seafood plays a large role in the menus of many Greenport restaurants, so expect to see oyster and clams galore. There’s also a great marina filled with beautiful boats and yachts that make for a stunning view. The custom-built carousel in the village’s family-friendly Mitchell Park is a popular children’s attraction, and for the adults there are the vineyards of Long Island’s Wine Country.
A visit to a harbor village would not be complete without a visit to its maritime museum. Located within an old railroad station, the museum has a variety of exhibitions that teach visitors about the heritage of the area. There are displays on the old fishing and oyster industries, model ships and lighthouse lenses. On certain days there are special educational and fun storytelling sessions for children.
The beaches at Greenport may not be the most famous or have the whitest sand, but they have a certain charm to them. You’ll see a wide variety of people at the beach here, not just your typical beach jocks. There are nearby motels and restaurants to combine eating and a night’s stay with a beach visit. Claudio’s Clam Bar is particularly popular, so grab a seat on the pier and enjoy a plate of baked clams.
Greenport is famous for its seafood. You see, people here take seafood seriously, and seafood joint The Frisky Oyster does not disappoint. As the name would suggest, they serve oysters here, but there’s also scallops, prawns, fish and more. For something leaner try a salad, or for a meatier affair, go for the grilled ahi tuna fillet.
It may not be the first place that comes to mind when one thinks of vineyards, but Long Island’s Wine Country was actually one of the top five wine destinations in America in 2012. Though there are plenty of vineyards within an easy drive from Greenport, The Old Field Vineyard is as good as any. This family run estate that follows sustainable practices, and is still run by the same, close-knit family that founded the vineyard. In fact, 95% of the wine produced here is sold directly from the farm.
For those who are staying the night in Greenport, it doesn’t get much better than the Harborfront Inn. This luxurious hotel has a heated outdoor pool, a fitness room and amazing views of Peconic Bay. The main selling point, however, is that it’s conveniently located in the heart of the village, close to the area’s best restaurants and wineries.