36 Hours in Greenport, N.Y. (and Beyond)

On the bucolic North Fork of Long Island: oysters, wineries, country roads and water views all over the place.

Comments: 24

  1. I've heard so many nice things about the North Fork. For those of us with no cars (and no license to rent a car! ;-) .... is there any way to get out there via LIRR + short Uber? Would be good info to include here for the many NYers with no cars. Tku!!

  2. I recommend grabbing the LIRR to Long Island Airport and renting a car from there, driving the rest of the route yourself. You’ll want a car out there and it’s quite a bit cheaper to rent from Long Island than NYC!

  3. Hampton Jitney from a number of stops on the East Side of Manhattan direct to several North Fork towns including Greenport. Nice bus with WiFi and snacks. $20.

  4. @Lisa I'm also a non-driver. You can take the Hampton Jitney, or the LIRR (limited service), to Greenport. In Greenport, you can walk--to the waterfront, restaurants, shops, and some hotels and B&Bs.
    To see more of the North Fork, eg, wineries, try the North Fork Link https://www.northforknow.org/nofolink.
    I haven't been able to get Uber on the North Fork, and taxis are very limited.

  5. Another interesting shop in Greenport is Ray design shop. Vintage Scandinavian glass and modern prints. Right near Barba Bianca in the lead photo.

  6. Missed Sound View Greenport for lodging, dreamy rooms and steps that take you to your own little beach -- heaven! and Pizza Beech for happy hour cocktails.

  7. If you go to the North Fork area and Greenport, you're missing out if you don't stay at the Soundview Inn with all new rooms with each room on the water. And its amazing Halyard Restaurant.

  8. I don’t think the lodging suggestions are very good.

  9. Please stop by the fireboat behind the Seaport Museum. It is being painstakingly restored and is one of the last steam engine fireboats in existence. I believe they do tours; the engine room is amazing!

  10. My family has a summer home in Southampton and we've watched the area transition from a relatively insular beach town to that which it has become today (insert your own adjectives). For a glimpse of what "used to be" we often took a ride to the North Shore to visit places like Greenport, East Marion, and so forth. I've not been to the east end for years and while the photos suggest that Greenport has certainly been dolled up a bit (love the lavender!) it seems to have maintained it essential charm.....for now.

  11. the photos make it seem more dolled up than reality.....it needs a good cleaning up. Also the turn over of stores on main street has accelerated. The town has such a small tax base, there isn't much extra in the budget for street cleaning, etc. It could be a real quaint place. North fork resident 21 years.

  12. The LIRR has summer service to Greenport from Penn Station. Not many trains however -- maybe three departures on summer weekends.

  13. Great article. Have to say I as the owner of the kayak and paddle board rental shop inside of Orient beach state park, found it funny that when speaking about rentals in the park you give a link to a shop in Greenport. They are awesome people that I refer to often. Was a bit of a dig though I must say.

  14. I'm amazed that you didn't mention the Orient Point - New London ferry. It's a great ride, especially since you actually have to get out of your car when the boat sails and interact with others.

  15. I highly recommend Fordham House Bed & Breakfast. The rooms are gorgeous and immaculate. The breakfast is outstanding and the hosts are gracious and extremely knowledgeable about the area.

  16. Uhh. We can’t handle the excessive crowds, long lines, hour plus waits for tables, zero parking and travel gridlock anymore. The Northfork has reached its tipping point of over hype. The first rule of the Northfork is WE don’t talk about the Northfork.

  17. And with this article Greeport will become like Montauk-a formally quiet, low-key, local community that has become galleries, expensive shops, and overrun with people from the Manhattan...gross gentrification

  18. My family has had a splendid home on Little Peconic Bay in Southold (about 5 miles SW of Greenport) since the 1930s; it was built by my paternal grandfather and grandmother.

    As a kid, I spent every August there in the 1960s and early '70s, and loved the whole area for its tranquility, semi-rural ambiance, and peace and quiet. All of these qualities are now gone. (I stopped visiting in the early 2000s.)

    The idyllic farms are gone; in their place, Commercialism is a rampant weed. Highway 25 -- once a veritable "street" -- which connects Southold to Greenport, is now a full-fledged and ceaselessly congested highway. Don't hope for "peace and quiet": This whole area now exudes the interminable buzz and hiss of automobiles and motorcycles.

    I miss the simpler, quieter times of my childhood. And I feel terribly sorry for today's youths, that they rarely 9if ever) have the chance, anywhere, to experience Quiet.

  19. As a Southampton native, I love the spotlight on Greenport + the North Fork. But... in the future, don't refer to all locals as "shopkeepers and farmstand workers."

    We are business-owners, doctors, lawyers, writers, teachers, farmers, fishermen and yes...employees too. Word choice matters and by describing all of us as 'workers' you're erasing our identities and motivations for calling the East End home.

  20. Gross gentrification... great term.
    I know, right? We locals would like to dine out occasionally also.

  21. Thank you for writing this article. I read it while on lunch break at work. It transported me to a wonderful place that I hope to visit one day.

  22. Thanks for pricing us retired people out of existence..

  23. Get a Reuben sandwich at the Orient Country Store along with your cookie

  24. Wondering what visiting here on an autumn weekend would be like...