Your Guide to a Perfect Day in Greenport
Did you know Long Island’s “other end” has all the ingredients for a magical day trip? The charming village of Greenport has history, delicious eats and tons to do, all wrapped up in a laid-back vibe. Here’s why you need to visit Greenport this summer.
TAKE A WALKING TOUR OF THE HISTORIC VILLAGE
History is all around you in Greenport—the village is 180 years old. It’s also tiny (just a little over 1.2 square miles) making it ideal for exploring on foot. Make sure you stop by the Antique Carousel, the Camera Obscura and the 1840 Schoolhouse Museum.
GO BEER TASTING
You can’t go wrong with any of the beers at Greenport Harbor Brewing. The Berliner Weisse-style Days Like These has hints of citrus that will remind you of summer long after the season is gone, while the eccentric Cuvasion is a Belgian-style ale series made with local grapes. Find your favorite with a beer tasting.
SHOP TO YOUR HEART’S CONTENT
Full of quaint shops, Greenport is an easy place to while away an entire weekend shopping. You’ll find everything from jewelry boutiques to stores where you can stock up on treats for your dog. Don’t miss Beall & Bell, an antiques and home furnishings haven that’s a favorite of interior designers.
SWIM IN CALMER WATERS
Not that you’d ever get tired of the surf in the Hamptons, but sometimes you just want a beach where you can swim without worrying about your bikini top getting knocked off in the waves. Fifth Street Beach and Park has calm waters, a dock for dangling your feet and a grassy area ideal for a picnic.
BECOME A DISTILLING MASTER (FOR A DAY)
Make your own gin at Matchbook Distilling Company. The bespoke distillery has more than 75 botanicals, and they’ll help you create a custom gin recipe using a New York-based neutral spirit made from wheat or potato.
ADMIRE SOME LIGHTHOUSES
Go on a lighthouse cruise and step inside the Bug Light, one of only a handful of offshore lighthouses that allows visitors.
FEAST ON GREENPORT’S BEST EATS
Start your day with the flourless matcha pancakes at Bruce & Son, shuck your own oysters by the bucketful at Little Creek Oyster Farm and make sure to have a lobster roll from Greenport institution Claudio’s. Not into seafood? Fill up on casual Italian fare at famed chef Frank DeCarlo’s (of NYC’s Peasant and Bacaro) Barba Bianca.
EXTEND YOUR STAY
Not quite ready to say goodbye to funky Greenport? Cozy up at the dreamy Lin Beach House, a recently restored Victorian hotel.