Greenport Commerce & Culture
While you could spend days simply reading the historic plaques, there is much more to the Greenport experience. Head to Mitchell Park near the waterfront for attractions that include a bustling marina, an ice skating rink, an antique carousel, and ample lawns. During Prohibition, rum-running and speakeasies were vital to Greenport’s economy — residents knew the waters so well they could smuggle anything without detection. Nowadays, alcohol plays a far more licit role in bolstering this village with beloved craft breweries, distilleries, and wineries. There’s farm-to-table cuisine, a historic waterfront restaurant with centuries of provenance, happening spots featuring seasonal menus, and — of course — delectable seafood. Front Street and Main Street run perpendicular to each other and house much of Greenport’s commerce, from shops selling furniture, books, and vintage clothes to an Art Deco movie theater. Ferry service can connect you to the enchantingly idyllic Shelter Island in under 10 minutes.