The Greenport Maritime Festival is three days of fun in the sun for everyone, September 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2014!
The 2014 Greenport Maritime Festival features classic wooden boats, local produce and seafood, fine wines and craft beer, fireworks displays, and trips out to the Bug Light lighthouse! There are also plenty of activities for the family with nautical arts and crafts, live music, raffles, pirate shows, demonstrations, and much more!
And it’s not just the Maritime Museum. Other attractions and Greenport businesses involved in the Greenport Maritime Festival include the Railroad Museum of Long Island, the Greenport Village Blacksmith Shop, the Firefighter Fireboat Museum, the Old Greenport Jail, Greenport’s Antique Carousel, Mitchell Park’s Camera Obscura, and numerous shops and restaurants in the Village of Greenport!
Greenport’s East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation houses an exciting collection of historical, local artifacts including lighthouse lenses and exhibits detailing Greenport’s fishing and oyster industries.
Located in the former railroad station adjacent to the North Ferry Terminal, the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation features an ever-expanding array of maritime collections.
No, I’ve not had too much to drink (talk to me again after 5, why don’tcha) – I’m talking about the upcoming festival called Shellabration in North Fork’s Greenport Village to both celebrate the Peconic Bay harvest and promote the health of local waters.
Sample, savor, and salivate over the very best of freshly harvested, Peconic Bay shellfish prepared by Greenport’s leading chefs in conjunction with the finest wines North Fork vintners have to offer.
I’ve got your attention now, haven’t I? I thought so!
Join us in celebrating Greenport’s Annual Maritime Festival Sept. 2013-Greenport, NY. Over the weekend of Friday 20th through Sunday 22nd over 40,000 visitors from all over the world visit this wonderful slice of historic America to enjoy the museums, fishing contests, parade, flyovers, fireworks, amazing food, and so very much more.
While East Hampton nightlife has quieted some in recent years (whereas Montauk is becoming the place for clubbers and night owls) one of the nicest ways to spend an evening in the Hamptons is to find a venue with a waterfront view, where you can watch and hear the water while enjoying a cocktail and maybe some music. A popular spot for this is the Boathouse (39 Gann Rd. East Hampton), located in a secluded spot with a view of three mile island. You can get tasty cocktails here and groove to DJ beats.
Other more conventional clubs include Lily Pond (44 Three Mile Harbor Rd. East Hampton), RdV East (125 Tuckahoe Road, Southampton) and the redesigned Maidstone (207 Main St. East Hampton).
The Morning After – Fresh Tastes
After a night of dancing and cocktails, you’ll be ready for some fresh sustenance. After a warm, delicious breakfast at the inn, explore the farmer’s market in Greenport. Open from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Saturdays at the United Methodist Church (624 Main St.), you can pick up local honey, pastries, eggs, cheese and of course produce. Get goodies for lunch at the beach!
When you are ready for your next meal, check out the chic, newly renovated seafood restaurant Race Lane (31 Race Lane East Hampton). The space was designed by American architect Norman Jaffe and serves raw seafood (think clams and oysters), as well as seafood favorites like red snapper, salmon and lobster.
Your Home Base – Arbor View House
While you explore Long Beach and the Hamptons, we want to be your home base, where you can spend each night in a comfortable and private room, awakening to the crisp smells of the ocean.
The Tall Ships 2012 are coming to Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island over Memorial Day Weekend.
This is an extraordinary occasion–a chance to see some of the most glorious ships in the world under sail. The ships will arrive on Friday, May 25th and depart on Tuesday, May 29. While they’re docked in the Village of Greenport, visitors are invited to step on board and speak with members of the crew.
It’s magnificent to simply see the ships. Being able to tour them is, as they say, icing on the cake.
We’re looking forward to Memorial Day Weekend at our North Fork Long Island Bed and Breakfast, which is about five minutes from the Village of Greenport. You can bike to Greenport from Arbor View House in about fifteen minutes; that’s a good option during busy times like Memorial Day Weekend with the Tall Ships in town.
There will be vendors in town and Front Street will be closed each day until 6 pm.
Come see the Pride of Baltimore II, a reproduction 1812-era topsail schooner and the Goodwill Ambassador of the State of Maryland.
Come see the Picton Castle, a three-masted, square rigger tall ship based in Nova Scotia.
Come see the H.M.S. Bounty, a movie-star of a ship and a relic of the famous ship that was mutinied off the coast of Tahiti in 1789.
Come to the North Fork of Long Island to see the Tall Ships over Memorial Day Weekend. Stay at our Bed and Breakfast near Greenport while you’re here. Guests will receive 4 tickets (per couple) to Tall Ship events.
One of America’s Prettiest Towns is just a couple miles down the road from our Long Island Bed and Breakfast. It’s called Greenport, New York.
Each year, Forbes compiles a list of America’s prettiest towns. To do so, Forbes works with travel experts (from Frommer’s, Midwestern Living magazine, and Rough Guides) who scour the country in search of potential candidates for America’s Prettiest Town. They passed by the Hamptons in 2011 and found themselves in an old fishing village on the North Fork of Long Island. Greenport stands up well to the competition.
The Village of Greenport was established in 1838, though settlers were in the region as early as the mid 1640s. Shipbuilding, trade, and the whaling industry flourished for decades; in its prime, Greenport could support up to 24 whaling ships at one time. Business boomed. Goods and people from all over the world traveled between Greenport, Connecticut, and New York City by ferry and rail.
Greenport is much quieter today than it was then, but it’s economy is still largely linked to the sea. Today, people travel to Greenport to relax in a beautiful, tranquil setting. They come to stay in inns like our North Fork Long Island Bed and Breakfast, and to rediscover a slow pace of life–even if it’s only for a weekend. They visit the pretty town of Greenport, take long beach walks, and feast on local seafood.
The North Fork of Long Island is not immune to change, of course. Quite a few old tackle shops and fish huts have been transformed into art galleries, internet cafes and gourmet restaurants. Restaurants serve wine made from grapes nursed on ocean mists in local vineyards.
We appreciate these changes. What’s not to like about restaurants full of good food, art galleries full of good art, and great local wine?
Fortunately, Greenport has retained much of it’s quaint, small town charm, and it draws people who find simplicity appealing. The online editor of Frommer’s travel guide, Jazon Clampet, is quoted as saying that the Village of Greenport draws visitors who “would rather relax than star-gaze.” Mr. Clampet is referring here to stars like Meryl Streep, not stars found in constellations.
The next time you have a few days to yourself, consider heading to one of America’s Prettiest Towns. Stay in our New York Bed and Breakfast, and discover just how lovely and relaxing the North Fork of Long Island can be.
Please visit Forbes to read more about America’s Prettiest Towns.
Situated on a south facing deep water harbor, Greenport was once home to a thriving shipping, whaling, and shipbuilding industry. In the early 1800s, Greenport was such an important hub that the Long Island Railroad was created to connect it to New York City, and ferry lines were established to connect it to Connecticut. Today, the waterfront village of approximately 2,000 is a cultural hub, with numerous restaurants, shops, and historical sites. It is on the “must see” list for guests of our Long Island, NY Bed and Breakfast.
At this time of year, when chilly winds blow, we like to restaurant hop in Greenport. Read on for a list of a few of our favorite spots:
The Harbour Front Deli and the Stirlington Deli both offer a good selection of sandwiches, hearty soups, and other treats, with fast, friendly service. Eat in, or grab your meal and enjoy it at the beach.
Aldos has superlative coffee, cocoa, and pastries. The Bistro Bar Menu at Bruce’s Cheese Emporium features many local “Farm to Table” items: wine, beer, cheese, and produce.
The Chowder Pot has great views of Peconic Bay and Shelter Island, and even better chowder. The Metro Cafe has generous burritos and other southwestern fare. And it’s hard to beat the pizza you’ll find at La Capricciosa Brick Oven Pizza.
There is also fine dining on the North Fork of Long Island. If you want to step out, step into Porto Bello Restaurant. Or try The Frisky Oyster Restaurant, a relatively new spot that has garnered rave reviews from the NY Times, and a rating of 26 from Zagat’s; they’re food is consistently good. If you’re young and hip and miss the city a little during your Long Island, NY Bed and Breakfast retreat, you’ll be happy at the Frisky Oyster.
If you’re a bit older, perhaps, and prefer your dining experiences to be steeped in tradition, try Claudio’s. The original Claudio arrived in Greenport in 1854, with the Portuguese Whaler “Neva”. After many more voyages on the “Neva”, Manuel Claudio had enough resources to stay on dry land for the rest of his life. In 1870 he opened Claudio’s Tavern; it’s been in the family ever since. Folks interested in hitting all the major North Fork Tourist spots will want to check out Claudio’s.
Noah’s is the only restaurant in Greenport with a raw bar; it offers several varieties of oysters daily, shucked to order. Noah’s features small plates, with small pours of wine to match, at affordable prices. It’s one of our favorite places to dine (and we’re not alone–Zagat’s has given it a 27). If you’ll be staying at our Long Island Bed and Breakfast on New Year’s Eve, consider having your New Year’s Dinner at Noah’s.
New on the Greenport restaurant scene is the North Fork Oyster Company. Their oysters are delivered the day their harvested, and they pour Greenport Brewing Harbor Company draughts.
Even though The North Fork Table is outside of Greenport, in Southold, it should be included on this list. The North Fork Table is considered the best restaurant on North Fork, Long Island. The James Beard Foundation named it the 2011 winner for North Fork, the East End, and the Hamptons. Zagat’s has given it a 29. The food is fresh, the menu inspired.
Eating a good meal is one of the best winter activities there is. Dipping a pastry into coffee, tea, or cocoa is another. So go ahead. Take a blustery beach walk, and work up a powerful appetite. Then head down the road to Greenport, and eat to your heart’s content.
Tea lovers unite and add the Greenport Tea Company to your list of places to stop when shopping in Greenport, Long Island. Once a tea lover, always a tea lover and Greenport Tea Company has everything that you need to enjoy a great cup of tea. Zagat calls them the “gem” of an afternoon tearoom and says they bring a “touch of England” to the bay. This is easy to do since one of the owners came from England and knows how to serve a great cup to tea.
The shelves of the Greenport Tea Company are filled with over 50 jars of tea, all dedicated to the pleasure of steeping and drinking first-rate loose-leaf tea. They even have a dessert tea called Sweet Endings, which was blended by the owners and has scents of caramel, chocolate, and vanilla. Perhaps you may wish to have a little lemon curd or enjoy High Tea for two? Once you have tried their tea and returned home, fear not! They offer on-line shopping on their website and you can replenish your supply of tea or enhance your tea brewing accessories.
At any time during the year, but especially during the winter months, this is a delightful way to spend an afternoon in Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island.
We at Arbor View House also serve tea in the afternoon for our guests. Come join us here and at the Greenport Tea Company.