Just a quick 2 1/2 hour trip outside the city, Greenport New York is the perfect weekend escape! We first heard about this quaint little town over the summer and then started to see it pop up more and more over the past few months online and with casual conversations with friends. I had heard so many great things about the town of Greenport, the food, the wineries and so much more, that Matt and I decided we had to check it out for ourselves. Thanks so much to everyone for all the amazing recommendations, this trip would not have been nearly as great if it weren’t for you all! I hope that through this post I can return the favor for those interested in visiting the town of Greenport!
WHERE WE STAYED:
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, we ended up booking this getaway super last minute and when researching places to stay, two caught my eye: the Sound View (where we stayed) and American Beech (completely booked). Both are absolutely gorgeous properties, the Sound View is located right outside of town (about 2mi) and on the water, your bedroom door literally opens up to the Long Island Sound and you get the most epic sunset on the island. They recently renovated and the property is beautiful. They also have bikes you can rent for $25 a day, which we opted for our first full day there making getting around to town and one of the wineries simple. The only drawback though is the bikes they have do not have gears, so sometimes our adventures took much longer (and a bit more challenging) than planned. Another option is using a local bike renting service on the island which offer bikes with gears! Just a little side not, cabs are quite pricey (about $20 each trip) and Ubers pretty much do not exist.
American Beech is another beautiful property, and when we go back I would love to try and stay here for a different experience. This hotel is located right smack in the heart of town making getting around super easy. As you scroll through their site you will see just how stunning this place is, truly a dream escape from the city.
WHERE WE ATE:
First off, I can’t thank you all enough for your amazing recommendations on the food front! We had some pretty incredible meals and knowing where to go made things so much easier. As you can see, we don’t mess around when it comes to food and made sure to cover as much ground as possible over the weekend.
Bruce + Son – Hands down one of the best brunch spots I have ever been to! Not only was the food to die for (we ordered the avocado toast with salmon, the eggs benedict with the yummiest basil hollandaise sauce, and the brown sugar bacon…still dreaming about this meal), but the restaurant itself was adorable. If you can, try and snag a seat on the porch.
Noah’s – To be completely honest, we weren’t too crazy about this meal…especially compared the to the others we had. If you go here though, I would definitely recommend the grilled octopus and the crab stuffed deviled eggs, those were delicious! I know lots of people recommended this spot, so maybe we just ordered wrong!
1943 Pizza Bar – Matt and I were both in the mood for pizza and everytime we walked by this spot it smelled amazing. It is nestled within the American Beech hotel/food scene which is not to be missed in itself. We tried one of their specials of the day and it was excellent!
Little Creek Oyster Farm – On our own make-shift food tour on our last day, we popped over here to enjoy the weather and snack on some oysters and shrimp cocktail. It is a very laid back vibe with communal tables, and a corn-hole game in full swing alongside the restaurant. If you are into shucking your own oysters this is the place to do it, or you can take the lazy mans way out (which we did) and have them do the hard work for you.
American Beech – This place is POPPIN at night, so make sure to make a reservation. We grabbed a glass of wine at the bar outside the restaurant while we waiting for our table and it was such a fun, welcoming atmosphere, with an open air concept and fire pit. This dinner was delicious, we started with the buratta and for our mains Matt went with their burger and I choose the scallops with a side of crispy brussel sprouts. Another meal I am still dreaming about!
Port – We stopped here before taking the ferry over to Shelter Island and although I enjoyed my fish tacos I am still kicking myself for not ordering the lobster roll because it looked amazing! We did however, start with the lobster guacamole and I was very impressed with the huge chunks of lobster mixed within. A great casual spot to grab a bite to eat right along the waterfront.
WHAT WE DID:
Rent bikes – I mentioned it above, but I loved cruising the town on our bikes. It was such an easy and fun way to get around. The heart of town is not too big, so we did park our bikes and walk around once there. One thing I loved was taking our bikes on the ferry across to Shelter Island (more on that adventure below).
Shelter Island – If time allows, take the ferry over to Shelter Island. It is so quaint and the cutest town with a fairly large beach. We had big plans of biking down to Sunset Beach, which is known to be a really fun restaurant/bar right on the beach, but once we got all the way down there we found out it was closed for the season! As a result, we were left with nothing but a huge hill to walk our bikes back up, haha! We should have taken note when we continually called to make reservations and no one ever picked up. Needless to say, it was still fun to bike around and check out this island. There is also a super cute hotel called The Chequit right near the ferry that you can check out, stay at, or just grab a drink or bite to eat.
Check out the wineries – While there are a bunch out there, we only made it to Kontokosta, but it was beautiful! Nestled right by the water, you can take your wine out to the cliff and enjoy the view. They also have a small oyster truck on property if in need of a snack while sipping your wine. We biked here from our hotel, which was about a 1.5 mile bike ride. We started with a wine tasting, and then we ordered a glass of our favorite after to enjoy outside!
Walk around town – There is a good bit to do, see and eat in town and the best way to check it all our is to just walk around and explore. Lots of cute shops to pop in and out and, don’t forget to treat yourself to some homemade ice cream from Sandpiper!
Lavender By the Bay – This place smelled AMAZING!! We went on the early side, which is what I would recommend as it started to get packed by the time we were finishing up. You don’t need a whole lot of time here, but snapping a picture in the lavender field is a must and make sure to check out the gift shop afterwards, which is filled with so many lavender goodies. Of course I ended up trying the lavender scone!