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Greenport

Greenport
Greenport's sandy sound and bay beaches stretch farther than you imagine.

Greenport has a bohemian feel. Those born-and-bred there – many of whom are still involved with boats and fishing – have welcomed the newcomers, who tend to be creative types yearning for a quality of life upgrade.

Living in Greenport

A historic waterfront, miles of beach, local wines and fish fresh from the boat to your plate "“ Greenport offers everything you might want from a Long Island destination. Over the past 15 years, the former port town's star has risen, but Greenport old-timers welcome any newcomers. The village retains its relaxed bohemian feel thanks to its playful waterfront, with a charming antique carousel that stands at its center.  

Greenport history  

Settled in the 1600s by a group of colonists from New Haven, this North Fork settlement became known as Greenport in 1831. During the 19th century it was a major fishing, whaling and ship-building port, and developed a major oyster industry as well. Other merchandise was less salubrious, and during Prohibition a substantial smuggling operation operated in the village.

As other industries came and went, tourism remained a valuable industry for the village. George Washington and Benjamin Franklin both visited Greenport, and Walt Whitman once lived here. After some difficult years in the late 20th century, the port village is once again attracting visitors. In 1997, Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt came to Greenport to film Devil's Own, and in 2011, its resurgence was confirmed when Forbes names it one of the prettiest towns in America.

Things to do in Greenport  

Life in Greenport revolves around the harbor and waterfront. Here you'll find Greenport's antique carousel, a neighborhood favorite protected inside a glass building in Mitchell Park by the marina. Dating back to 1920, the carousel was donated to Greenport in 1995. It has 36 beautifully carved horses and two sleighs, around half of which are original to the carousel. Come winter, and Mitchell Park's seasonal outdoor ice-skating rink opens once temperatures drop low enough.

In summer, life moves to the famous Long Island beaches, and in Greenport you have golden sands right on your doorstep. South of the harbor Fifth Street Beach and Park provides calm waters, picnic areas and playgrounds.  

To dig a little deeper into Greenport's maritime history, pay a visit to the East End Seaport Museum, which runs cruises out on the water in season, including out to the famous Bug lighthouse. You can also take to the water on the Glory, the first solar-powered tourist vessel in the US, and discover the hidden corners of the Peconic Bay.

Though most activity involves the water, don't miss the inland pleasures"”namely sampling the delights of North Fork's vineyards. Kontokosta Winery produces award-winning Cabernet Franc and rosé and some enticing merlots, which you can sample in the tasting room, or take outside where there are stunning views across Long Island Sound waterfront. The atmosphere here is intimate, and it's a place to relax and enjoy the locale as you taste a wine flight. If you would like to visit a selection of the region's vineyards in a day without having to drive yourself, then Greenport is the perfect starting point for a North Fork wine tour.   

Greenport restaurants  

In the past 15 years Greenport's dining scene has grown and matured. Nowadays its  restaurants have quite a reputation for celebrating local produce. The village has some established destinations like the Frisky Oyster, a refined, stylish restaurant with a menu that's known for its crispy calamari, scallops, local duck, and, of course oysters.

Also taking advantage of Long Island's best ingredients, Noah's is North Fork's most celebrated locavore restaurant. Here, this means seafood. The menu changes daily and features a raw bar of oysters and Peconic Bay clams. Naturally, the wine list is heavy on Long Island vintages.  

For quality house-roasted coffee, there's only one name that matters in Greenport: Aldo's. With a European feel and divine home-made biscotti baked on site, you'll be tempted to linger all day over your caffeine fix.

Greenport events  

A major highlight in the Greenport calendar is the annual Greenport Maritime Festival in September, which kicks off with a parade through downtown and a nautical display of classic wooden boats. Kayak races, water sports, music, food stalls and local wines all feature, with Mitchell Park the center of activity. Sunday is family day, with old-fashioned games, competitions, and a sunset sail to Bug Light.

Greenport nightlife

Though the vineyards here are famous, Greenport doesn't lack good beer options either. Greenport Harbor Brewing produces seasonal beers, pale ales, IPAs and a fine stout"”look out for them in the bars and restaurants throughout town.

A real gem in the Greenport bar scene is Brix & Rye, which boasts an intimate speakeasy ambience. The inventive cocktail menu changes regularly, and the knowledgeable bartenders will happily advise you on what to order. Delicious pizzas complete the picture.

For more of a festive feel you can't beat popular Mexican hotspot Lucharitos. Its unique tequila bar has swiftly become a Greenport institution, and the pomegranate margarita a firm favorite.

Greenport real estate

The quaint historic village of Greenport has a good variety of real estate for rent and for sale. Beachside homes for sale in Greenport offer unrivalled maritime views. Set in their own land, they have direct access to the water. Cozy cottages have real charm and give you a beautiful bayside locale. Greenport's historic properties include classic Victorian houses with elegant porches and bay windows.

If you opt instead for a village center condo, you'll be close to the hip restaurants and bars of Greenport village, the vineyards of North Fork and the endless expanses of beach all around.

Greenport's sandy sound and bay beaches stretch farther than you imagine.
Greenport has a bohemian feel. Those born-and-bred there – many of whom are still involved with boats and fishing – have welcomed the newcomers, who tend to be creative types yearning for a quality of life upgrade.

Living in Greenport

A historic waterfront, miles of beach, local wines and fish fresh from the boat to your plate "“ Greenport offers everything you might want from a Long Island destination. Over the past 15 years, the former port town's star has risen, but Greenport old-timers welcome any newcomers. The village retains its relaxed bohemian feel thanks to its playful waterfront, with a charming antique carousel that stands at its center.  

Greenport history  

Settled in the 1600s by a group of colonists from New Haven, this North Fork settlement became known as Greenport in 1831. During the 19th century it was a major fishing, whaling and ship-building port, and developed a major oyster industry as well. Other merchandise was less salubrious, and during Prohibition a substantial smuggling operation operated in the village.

As other industries came and went, tourism remained a valuable industry for the village. George Washington and Benjamin Franklin both visited Greenport, and Walt Whitman once lived here. After some difficult years in the late 20th century, the port village is once again attracting visitors. In 1997, Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt came to Greenport to film Devil's Own, and in 2011, its resurgence was confirmed when Forbes names it one of the prettiest towns in America.

Things to do in Greenport  

Life in Greenport revolves around the harbor and waterfront. Here you'll find Greenport's antique carousel, a neighborhood favorite protected inside a glass building in Mitchell Park by the marina. Dating back to 1920, the carousel was donated to Greenport in 1995. It has 36 beautifully carved horses and two sleighs, around half of which are original to the carousel. Come winter, and Mitchell Park's seasonal outdoor ice-skating rink opens once temperatures drop low enough.

In summer, life moves to the famous Long Island beaches, and in Greenport you have golden sands right on your doorstep. South of the harbor Fifth Street Beach and Park provides calm waters, picnic areas and playgrounds.  

To dig a little deeper into Greenport's maritime history, pay a visit to the East End Seaport Museum, which runs cruises out on the water in season, including out to the famous Bug lighthouse. You can also take to the water on the Glory, the first solar-powered tourist vessel in the US, and discover the hidden corners of the Peconic Bay.

Though most activity involves the water, don't miss the inland pleasures"”namely sampling the delights of North Fork's vineyards. Kontokosta Winery produces award-winning Cabernet Franc and rosé and some enticing merlots, which you can sample in the tasting room, or take outside where there are stunning views across Long Island Sound waterfront. The atmosphere here is intimate, and it's a place to relax and enjoy the locale as you taste a wine flight. If you would like to visit a selection of the region's vineyards in a day without having to drive yourself, then Greenport is the perfect starting point for a North Fork wine tour.   

Greenport restaurants  

In the past 15 years Greenport's dining scene has grown and matured. Nowadays its  restaurants have quite a reputation for celebrating local produce. The village has some established destinations like the Frisky Oyster, a refined, stylish restaurant with a menu that's known for its crispy calamari, scallops, local duck, and, of course oysters.

Also taking advantage of Long Island's best ingredients, Noah's is North Fork's most celebrated locavore restaurant. Here, this means seafood. The menu changes daily and features a raw bar of oysters and Peconic Bay clams. Naturally, the wine list is heavy on Long Island vintages.  

For quality house-roasted coffee, there's only one name that matters in Greenport: Aldo's. With a European feel and divine home-made biscotti baked on site, you'll be tempted to linger all day over your caffeine fix.

Greenport events  

A major highlight in the Greenport calendar is the annual Greenport Maritime Festival in September, which kicks off with a parade through downtown and a nautical display of classic wooden boats. Kayak races, water sports, music, food stalls and local wines all feature, with Mitchell Park the center of activity. Sunday is family day, with old-fashioned games, competitions, and a sunset sail to Bug Light.

Greenport nightlife

Though the vineyards here are famous, Greenport doesn't lack good beer options either. Greenport Harbor Brewing produces seasonal beers, pale ales, IPAs and a fine stout"”look out for them in the bars and restaurants throughout town.

A real gem in the Greenport bar scene is Brix & Rye, which boasts an intimate speakeasy ambience. The inventive cocktail menu changes regularly, and the knowledgeable bartenders will happily advise you on what to order. Delicious pizzas complete the picture.

For more of a festive feel you can't beat popular Mexican hotspot Lucharitos. Its unique tequila bar has swiftly become a Greenport institution, and the pomegranate margarita a firm favorite.

Greenport real estate

The quaint historic village of Greenport has a good variety of real estate for rent and for sale. Beachside homes for sale in Greenport offer unrivalled maritime views. Set in their own land, they have direct access to the water. Cozy cottages have real charm and give you a beautiful bayside locale. Greenport's historic properties include classic Victorian houses with elegant porches and bay windows.

If you opt instead for a village center condo, you'll be close to the hip restaurants and bars of Greenport village, the vineyards of North Fork and the endless expanses of beach all around.

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