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I love traveling with my little ones, but sometimes mom and dad need a vacation! Last fall we took a longer getaway to Las Vegas, and recently we went on short holiday to Greenport, Long Island. We have also taken day trips to this lovely North Fork town with our kids. Out in Greenport there is lots to do (and eat) for everyone!
Things to do in Greenport, Long Island
Long Island is 118 miles long and an island due east of New York City. We live in the westernmost county, and The North Fork is the top peninsula on the East End. The southern peninsula, sometimes called the South Fork, is more commonly referred to as “The Hamptons”.
The North Fork is a series of little towns surrounded by the bay on the south, and the Sound to the north. This area is quiet and provides a quaint retreat. Think farms, marinas and lots and lots of vineyards! On this trip we visited two wineries, but settled for the night in the town of Greenport.
Plan Your Visit to Greenport, Long Island
Greenport, Long Island is one of the last towns before Orient, which is literally the end of the island. Orient is best know as the place where you catch the car ferry to Connecticut.
This was our second getaway to Greenport and our second stay at The Greenporter Hotel. The Greenporter is located on Front Street, right in town.
The Greenporter is well-designed. The decor is mid-century motel, which I love! The rooms are simple, but well appointed. The rooms all face the pool which is open in the summer months.
During the high season, there is a complimentary continental breakfast served in the now-closed restaurant.
The best thing about The Greenporter is the location. You can easily walk into town, to various restaurants and you are close to the vineyards and the Shelter Island Ferry. The hotel is open year round but in the summer a multiple night stay might be required!
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Greenport, Long Island continues to become more and more of a foodie destination. Many restaurants brag a farm-to-table philosophy and most serve local wines.
Noah’s Restaurant. If you are looking an upscale, fancy dinner, head to Noah’s in town. Their tag line is farm-to-fork (get it, North Fork) and offers tastes, a raw bar, skewers, small plates and full plates.
On our visit, we tried the tempura artichoke, the butter lettuce salad, the steamed mussels and clam chowder. Everything was really fresh and delicious! Noah’s offers an extensive cocktail menu and a list of local wines. This restaurant is spacious and has a huge wrap-around bar in the middle. I bet it gets very crowded in the summer months, so be sure to make a reservation!
Crazy Beans. Since the Greenporter only offers breakfast on the weekends, we went out for a morning walk and stumbled upon Crazy Beans.
The name Crazy Beans makes you think coffee, but they also offer a full breakfast and lunch menu! I had an amazing egg quesadilla and hubby had an order of cheesy biscuits. The coffee was delicious as well!
Front Street Station. One afternoon we stumbled upon this bar for a drink. This place was fun, the owners so nice! Here we enjoyed some beers and appetizers. While at the bar you can also play Lotto – I even won $4!
Many places on Main Street are fancy (and pricy) but the Front Street Station is a great place to stop in if you want a drink in a casual, bar atmosphere!
Other Greenport Restaurants:
Claudio’s – seafood right on the water!
North Fork Table – high end, farm to table cuisine.
The Frisky Oyster – more seafood, but when you are out east!
Olive Branch Bar and Restaurant – Mediterranean Cuisine
Things to do in Greenport
North Fork Wine Tasting.
One of the main activities on the North Fork is a visit to a winery. As you know, we had a great visit to both the Bedell Cellars and the Taproom at Corey Creek. Visits to these wineries should be items #1 and 2 on your must do list!
We recently went out to the North Fork and visited Kontokosta Winery – it was really gorgous. This winery is located in Greenport, right on the sound! The tasting room is beautiful, only topped by the outdoor scenery. There is a beautiful patio, with a long grassy area, leading down to the water. There is even a bar outside. The wines at Kontokosta were really great as well, and I highly recommend the chardonnay with the goat cheese plate!
Farms. Besides grape vineyards, the North Fork is filled with beautiful farms. In the summer months, we love to pick fresh berries at Patty’s Berries and Bunches. In the fall we head to Lewin’s to pick apples.
Greenport Carousel. No trip to Greenport is complete without a ride on the Greenport Carousel. Located right in the heart of town, this beautiful, classic carousel is open year round. On our recent visit, baby girl loved taking a ride!
Shelter Island Ferry. In Greenport, you can catch an auto ferry to Shelter Island. The ferry dock is located at the LIRR station (yes, Greenport, Long Island is accessible by train!) and is walkable from the Greenporter. I have actually never taken this ride, but hubby and I walked over to the dock and thought this would be a fun activity for our next trip out that way!
Tanger Outlets in Riverhead. No trip out east would be complete without a stop in the Tanger outlets! They have all the usual outlets – but some you don’t often see, like Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma and West Elm!
On this recent trip, hubby and stopped in on the way home. I got lots of great summer clothes for the kids and he did his annual wardrobe update. I also happened to notice the Lululemon outlet is open here on Long Island! If you read THIS post, you know I LOVE the Lululemon outlet in Orlando and even visited there twice this winter!
To me, the best thing to do our east is relax and enjoy the beautiful scenery and slower pace! If you find yourself out this way, stay for a night or two and really unwind!
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Momma To Go would like to thank Bedell Cellars for hosting hubby and I. As always, all opinions are my own.