Treasures on Long Island travel far beyond the eye can sea. Whether it’s the delicate scent of ocean air, the warmth from the sun or balmy bay breezes some Long Island towns are situated amidst their own slice of heaven. Next up in Pulse’s monthly Town Matchmaker series: Port Jefferson and Greenport. For those who can’t get enough of Port Jefferson’s harbor views and eclectic dining delights the quaint village of Greenport is just as captivating. Here’s why.
Everyone who’s anyone has heard of Claudio’s Clam Bar stationed over the Peconic Bay. The oldest same-name family restaurant in the country is a flip-flop and fido friendly joint that, on a sunny day in July, feels like a blowout communal clam bake. In addition to the unpretentious vibes, diners come for award winning chowder that’s a must-order even in high heat, burgers and, of course, lobster rolls. Go.
Mitchell Park & Marina
The four-acre park, home to an antique carousel, observation deck and scenic paths fronting the marina, is nothing short of lovely. Let the warm and gentle breeze encompass your senses among the shoreline and as it sets in for good, expect numerous summertime events including a boat show, concerts and art shows. Go.
Part of a waterfront town’s beauty is the ability to navigate to other destinations. Located at the end of Wiggins Street, the North Ferry connects Greenport with the enchanting Shelter Island in just eight minutes. Go.
Calling all cheesemongers, winophiles and craft beer enthusiasts. The modestly sized cheese shop and gourmet café is serving up delectable sandwiches, salads and made-to-order cheese plates paired with hard-to-find craft beer and wine. Try the Bavarian pretzel bites served with whole grain mustard and cheddar cheese sauce or the clucker, a warm sandwich made with grilled chicken breast, fontina, tomato and basil pesto. For those who wish to relish in the nice weather, order a cheese-and-bread basket to snack on by the water. Go.
For two decades and counting the Main Street staple continues to make guests feel like they’ve wandered into a Tuscan Villa. Adorned with wooden accents, vases filled with flowers and antique mirrors expect menu items with the same welcoming aura. The house made mozzarella pinwheels, grilled bacon wrapped shrimp and black ravioli filled with lobster are simply delicious. Go.
Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park
The five-acre property has become known as the “waterfront jewel.” Filled with beautiful walkways, picnic areas, a 350-foot pier jetting into the harbor and elegant sculptures it’s the perfect place to be to spend a warm afternoon or take in a magnificent sunset. Go.
Celtic Quest Fishing
Set sail on your own charter boat. The Celtic Quest IV 70-foot fishing platform is equipped with everything needed for a day on the water. But if a sunset cruise is more your speed, there is also a large sun deck great for any party or event. Go.