Now that Labor Day has come to a close, it’s time to for me to visit some of my favorite September towns on the North Fork. This week I’m highlighting Greenport and all it has to offer.
Greenport is a perfect town for strolling. Walk along the water, take in the scene, the cute shops, and the boats. Also don’t miss a ride on the carousel, perfect for kids and kids at heart like myself. The historic merry-go-round is over 100 years old and at $2 a ride, it’s one of the finest attractions on the East End. Just think of all the Instagram-able moments.
For the love of all things vintage, cheese, and olive oil stop by shops like The Times Vintage, Kate’s Cheese Co., and Vines & Branches. D’Latte is a cozy coffee shop with delicious gelato. Order a latte or a scoop (or two) and grab an outdoor table.
Greenport Village also hosts its First Fridays Art Walk on the first Friday of each month through December, from 6 to 9 PM. Art spaces and businesses remain open after normal hours and there’s a self-guided walking tour. Galleries and studios will often host opening receptions and talks with artists. A walking tour map, designed by artist Kara Hoblin, is available at each stop. Join on Friday, September 6, for the next walk. Spaces include VSOP Projects, Nova Constellatio Gallery, Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, J. Garretson Fine Art Photography, Hector deCordova Studio, and Cindy Pease Roe Studio & Gallery.
You can’t go to Greenport, or the North Fork in general, without experiencing the wine. Kontokosta is located on the bluffs, overlooking the Long Island Sound, making it an ideal North Fork setting. The vineyard’s 2018 Cabernet Franc won the gold award at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
And we can’t forget the beer. The original Greenport Harbor Brewery and Tasting Room, which opened in 2009, is located in Greenport in what was once a firehouse, directly next to the old 1910 Greenport Jailhouse. Don’t miss it.
Make sure to stop by noah’s for happy hour. The menu, created by Chef Noah Schwartz, offers a wonderful selection of happy hour items, and it’s also a fantastic deal. The cheese plate, which costs just $12, is substantial and quality. It includes a selection of three cheeses, candied walnuts, truffle honey, and green apple. Other bites include a Crescent Farm duck BBQ or chick pea fries. Try a specialty cocktail like the noah’s north side or a cucumber margarita for just $10.
If you’re looking for a place to stay in Greenport, book the Lin Beach House. It could be the coolest place you’ll ever go. The inn offers five oversized guest rooms — think private balcony, king-sized bed, and a Victorian clawfoot tub. Downstairs you can find the Matchbook Distilling Co.’s bar, Days Like These, which is open Tuesday through Saturday.