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Day Trip to Greenport, Long Island – My Favorite “UnHamptons” Town

August 13th, 2012 · No Brilliant Opinions · Hamptons, US Travel

We decided to get away from the Hamptons scene and check out the North Fork – affectionately known as the UnHamptons to its residents.  The Hampton Jitney is running a new ferry service between Sag Harbor and Greenport.  In the past we’ve made this trip by car and via two different ferries (Sag Harbor to Shelter Island and then Shelter Island to Greenport) and it would take us about 1.5 hours.  The new Peconic Jitney Ferry service will take you to Greenport from Sag Harbor in 40-45 minutes.

Peconic Jitney

The ferry departs from Sag Harbor’s Long Wharf (at the end of the dock past B.Smith’s restaurant) and from Mitchell Park in Greenport near the carousel.  Round trip fare is $20 (Tip:  Tuesday – Thursday kids under 12 pay $11) Reservations are strongly recommended. There is parking available for  Peconic Jitney Ferry riders at the Sag Harbor School on Jermain Avenue.  A free parking shuttle operates from the East Hampton Railroad Station and down Route 114 to the Sag Harbor School and Long Wharf.

The ferry ride to Greenport was very relaxing – although I did tease the staff for not providing a chocolate martini.

On the Peconic Ferry with Big P

As soon as we got off the ferry we started looking for a place to eat.  I remembered reading a great review in the NYTimes this weekend about a restaurant in downtown Greenport  –  First and South.  We were greated by the hostess, Sarah – who was warm, inviting, and had a table ready for us in five minutes flat.  First and South is in a beautiful restored victorian. The decor is comfy and classy.  I loved the chalkboard mural done by one of their employees   – which changes with the season.   I had a tasty pastrami sandwich and my family and friends loved the burger and First and South’s signature fries.  The service was efficient and friendly. Great food with no attitude on the side!

Lunch at First and South

Once our bellies were full we headed off to explore. The shopping area is lovely.  There are cafes, antique stores,  bookstores, clothing boutiques, ice cream shops and Big P even found a place with hand rolled cigars.

My big sister checks out the shops in Greenport

Lovely Linens and Antiques

If you want to spend a little more time on the water – head to the dock and book a harbor tour with the “Glory.”   On our last visit to Greenport, The Captain gave our kids a mini-lesson on operating a boat and they loved it.

Big P and Glory’s Captain

Take the “Glory” Harbor Tour

If you’re traveling with kids don’t miss the carousel. It’s also a treat for grownups like me who love the nostalgia.  The carousel is right in Mitchell Park on the waterfront.

Greenport Carousel

Mitchell Park is the “Central Park” of Greenport.  It’s the go to place for outdoor dance parties, concerts and theater productions.  (On Monday evenings during July and August, 2012 Mitchell Park will be hosting a series of outdoor dance parties with live music.)  On Saturdays, be sure to check out the Greenport farmer’s market.

The Peconic Bay Water Jitney is on a trial run for summer 2012.  Its continued operation depends on  approval by the village of Sag Harbor and  village of Greenport.  I’m giving them a thumbs up and my vote!


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