I’ve been to Greenport a few times now, and I find it to be one of the most relaxing and quaint little towns — the perfect spot for some summer fun, rest and recharging. As we are in the thick of summer, I think about all the goodies the North Fork has to offer and I wanted to share some of them with you.
So if you are looking for Summer Fun — have a look at some of my favorites and go North Forkin’ in Greenport, NY!
In just a couple of quick hours on the Hampton Jitney, you can make your way out of New York City for a few days to rest and relax. There are convenient schedules that run throughout the day, and you can even pre-purchse your ticket to make sure you get a spot, which is great if you are looking to maximize your time on the North Fork.
Best spot for coffee:
Aldo’s - I am a HUGE fan of the coffee and biscotti at Aldo’s. I take a daily morning walk up to have a sip and a stroll around the center of town. You have a nice view of the water and carousel, and the chance to say hi to the friendly pups on the patio area. Whether an espresso or latte, or cappuccino, the coffee is expertly roasted. I always try to grab a bag to bring home with me.
Blue Duck - I won’t admit how many things I’ve tried from Blue Duck. But I can tell you that every bite has been worth it. Eclairs, breads, croissants, scones, cakes, pies… you name it, they’ve got it.
Favorite Farm Stands and Food Spots:
Country View - This is a handy little stop and I’ve loved everything I’ve found there. From gorgeous flowers to fresh fruit and veg, and they even have fresh breads and gorgeous pies.
Sang Lee- There is so much to choose from here. Beautiful organic produce, a cooler with some refreshing teas and prepared goods like hummus and more. You can even get great quality meat, like grass-fed beef and lamb. I have enjoyed everything I’ve had from there.
Catapano Dairy Farm- Oh my, where do I begin! This is one of my favorite places to go. If I could buy and eat all the goat cheese they make I would. It is THAT GOOD. Fresh spreadable goat cheese, parmesan made from goat’s milk, all sorts of scrumptious cheeses to choose from. They also have lotions, bar soaps and bath goodies I stocked up on in all sorts of lovely scents. And you get to visit with the cute lil goats while they play on their blue boat.
Southold Fish Market- This is a great find! You can pick up a prepared lunch and eat in, or shop their fresh fish and prepared foods to take with you. Their lobster salad is fantastic, and perfectly prepared. Their seafood is of great quality, and we’ve tried a lot of what they’ve got.
Some of my favorite vineyards:
Kontokosta- Not only is the wine fantastic, but this vineyard has one of the most phenomenal views. Stop in their big red barn, choose a bottle or have a flight, then head out on a short walk to the open field which opens up to a magnificent cliff to watch the neverending blue ocean expanse before you. A stunning backdrop for a family picnic or romantic night out. There are some tables and chairs, but they fill up quickly– it would be a good idea to bring a little blanket with you. (Have a look at the pic at the top of the page.)
Croteaux - rosé ALL DAY here. I tried to go here a few times and FINALLY got there last year and it quickly made its way to the top of my list. The wine is fantastic, the setting is delightful. And I managed to buy myself some goodies in their gift shop.
Bedell- Great wines and a stunning location. I go back to Bedell everytime I head to the North Fork and I’m always happy to try a new sip. You can sit outside, near the vineyards on a cozy deck, or stop inside at the tasting station and chat with the helpful and knowledgeable folks serving you.
Sparkling Pointe- all kinds of bubbles! An ideal spot to stop for a sip and a stroll. The sparkling wine is fantastic and the seating out by the vines is quite a lovely way to spend some time.
Lenz- Great wine in a quaint location. We tried a couple of different flights and enjoyed them all. I’d suggest trying one with reds, whites and sparkling, you won’t be disappointed. And there’s some fun shopping, too.
Greenport Brewing – although not technically a vineyard, it’s worth a stop. There are several local beers to choose from, and usually a food truck parked nearby for noshing while you sip an ale. If not, you can always snag some pretzels!
Noah’s- I have been to Noah’s MANY times now and it NEVER disappoints. Their ingredients are fresh, vibrant and exquisitely prepared. I LOVE that you can order Tastes or Small Plates for a Tapas like meal, or as starters to share before the main event. I am completely into their Farm to Fork approach and it shows in the quality of their dishes.
The Frisky Oyster- make sure you get an order of the Peconic Gold Oysters Friskafella –ooooh wee, good. And sip on a refreshing Pink Panther -Finlandia, (strawberry purée, mint lemonade) or a Beast of Bourbon (Bulleit, Woodside Orchards’ Cider, lemon, and ginger ale)
North Fork Inn and Table- you should really just order any and everything here. I have loved every.single.bite I have had here.
The North Fork Lunch Truck - you can grab an AWESOME lobster roll and a refreshing iced tea and find a seat at a shady picnic table.
1943 Pizza Bar- really good, thin crust pizza with quality toppings. I’m a pizza snob, and it gets my approval. (If that means anything, ha!)
Fork and Anchor- This is a great spot for breakfast and lunch sandwiches, a place to grab supplies before you head out on a fishing charter or pack a picnic for the beach.
Fun things to do (when you’re not at a vineyard):
Lavender by the Bay - A fragrant little spot where you should stop for some lovely gifts and lots of lavender infused goodies, like honey, lotion, lip balm and more.
Brooklyn Girl Fishing - we went out for the day and came home with quite the haul– over 60 fish made it back with us. We went in for a Hook and Cook meal at the dockside restaurant. It was well worth it and a fun way to spend the day.
Day trips or dinner on Shelter Island via the Ferry – we hopped over for an evening drive and had a wonderful meal at Vine Street Cafe. The oysters were awesome and everyone enjoyed their entrees, too.
Day trip via Ferry to the Hamptons
Renting Bikes and riding to beaches- we were able to find a bike rental place that delivered them right to the house, and picked them up when we were done. They were about $20 a day.
Antiquing- there are so many great stops along the way. Head out for a leisurely drive and see what you can find.
Shopping in the quaint shops in the center of town. – There are so many that we like, I just wish I could remember what they’re called. I’ll update once I’ve found some new goodies this summer.
Exploring the other areas of the North Fork, like Southold, Peconic…
Best of all… relax! It’s so peaceful and serene. Bring a good book, put your feet up and let the breeze blow by.
There is tons of Summer Fun to be had North Forkin’ in Greenport, NY. I’ll be heading there again soon and I’ll share a Round Two of my new faves and finds.
I stay with family when I go, but there are so many adorable B&B’s or houses to rent in the area. Check VRBO.com, AirBnB, or have a search for a quaint Bed and Breakfast.
And although I go in the summer more often, Greenport is great any time of year. It’s awesome in the spring and autumn, too! Just imagine all the apple cider and colorful leaves, you can’t beat it!
Have you been to the North Fork? I would love to hear your favorite spots. Please leave me a comment and let me know!
Wishing you a dishing good summer!