On Sunday, I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon in Port Jefferson with my brother and his fiancee during the Port Jefferson Village Harvest Festival. The festival really does take over the entire town. The whole day felt like the opening to Hocus Pocus with all the laughing and kids and dogs running around in costumes. It’s a wonderful town for a day trip or a longer vacation in one of the hotels along the water.
Port Jefferson Farmers’ Market
Every Sunday in spring, summer, and fall the Main Street parking lot fills up with local vendors from 9 am – 1 pm. Fresh produce, baked goods, drinks, and snacks are all for sale. We bought an apple cider spiced kombucha to share as we wandered through the market and along the waterfront.
Go To A Festival
I attended the Harvest Festival last weekend and loved it. There was so much to do we were only able to try a few of the activities, but there really was something for everyone. We took the Haunted Walking Tour for a $1 donation to the local food pantry. The 45 minute tour took us through the heart of Port Jeff as we learned about the history of the town and ghosts associated with those historical events. There was also a costumed dog parade, chowder crawl, fire with marshmallow roasting, sand art, roasted corn, wine and whiskey tastings, music throughout the village, and more.
The Harvest Festival is just one of the many festivals Port Jefferson hosts every year. The Charles Dickens Festival happens every December, there’s an Easter Parade and an Antiques and Gardens weekend each spring, countless events during the summer, and new events coming up all the time.
Walk Along The Waterfront
Get a closer look at the ships in Port Jefferson Harbor by walking along the waterfront. Follow the boardwalk through the park and walk down the public piers for excellent views of the harbor, the town, and the surrounding hills. It’s a great place to relax as even during the festival it was a bit quieter than the rest of the town.
It’s a seaside town, so naturally you’ll want to get some seafood while you’re here. The Steamroom Restaurant has a casual atmosphere and excellent food. Order at the counter from a massive menu and grab a seat inside or outside. Their New England Clam Chowder is very popular, and for good reason, my bowl was practically perfect: thick, creamy with big chunks of fresh clams. I also ordered raw oysters, cold and salty as they should be.
Port Jeff Brewing Company
Port Jeff Brewing is a brewery and tasting room in the heart of Port Jefferson. They don’t serve any food here, it’s all about the beer. And for that, we’re grateful, because their focus on the beer makes all the difference. Port Jeff Brewing is one of the best breweries I’ve been to in a long while. I sampled a pumpkin stout and a pumpkin ale (called Boo Brew, too cute!) and both were awesome. The pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice flavors were present in both beers, and both were just high quality beers. What more can you ask for?
Have you ever been to Port Jefferson? What do you love about it?
*Real life blogging note: Sorry about the crappy photos. My phone decided it didn’t like most of my shots of Port Jeff and they disappeared. If they ever reappear, I’ll update the post.