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Old 03-19-2018, 12:04 PM
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Hey Guys,

I'm getting married the first week of June, and for our honeymoon we've decided to take the boat from the Cape down to NYC and back - stopping at points along Long Island along the way spending just as much time (if not more) exploring land as we will on the water.

As I iron out the details and chart a course/itinerary, I'm curious to hear your experiences with:

1. General POIs (e.g. I heard something about vinyards on Long Island?)
2. Marinas to stay at that aren't too (shabby)
3. Bars that are close to said Marinas

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks,
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Having been from Maine to Miami and live on Long Island, I would not take a trip to NYC for a honeymoon, that's a lot of running even in good conditions, my choice would be:
Block Island
Newport
Greenport (Vineyards, there are 35 of them)
Sag Harbor
Montauk

IF you still decide to continue to NY, Fire Island is the best location on LI, Watch Hill and Sailors Haven are open to the public, other are town run.
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there is nothing better then the view of Manhattan by boat. Dock at Liberty landing ,then commuter ferry to city, statue, etc.
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Sounds like fun, congratulations

I've done these and enjoyed them

Block Island - Block Island Boat basin, you won't be rafted. Rent a Moped and go around the island. You'll have to fuel up at Champlins

Fire Island - Davis Park, good restaurant & beach. Ask for a floating dock, they don't take Amex

Duck inside Jones inlet if you need fuel. Scotties marina, there are a few restaurants there also

Liberty Landing while you're in the city

Greenport on the way back - Brewer Sterling Harbor marina, ask for the E dock, a lot of friendly people there. They have fuel
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From all these suggestions I'm assuming your planning on taking the ocean route as opposed to the LIS?
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Originally Posted by gregb5220 View Post
From all these suggestions I'm assuming your planning on taking the ocean route as opposed to the LIS?
Actually I was planning on going through the sound on the idea that it would be a safer bet in terms of conditions - particularly for early June. That makes some sense, right?
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Originally Posted by marlinmike View Post
Having been from Maine to Miami and live on Long Island, I would not take a trip to NYC for a honeymoon, that's a lot of running even in good conditions, my choice would be:
Block Island
Newport
Greenport (Vineyards, there are 35 of them)
Sag Harbor
Montauk

IF you still decide to continue to NY, Fire Island is the best location on LI, Watch Hill and Sailors Haven are open to the public, other are town run.
Mike - I was planning on going inside the sound, to hedge my bet in terms of conditions. I take your point though, about a lot of running. How we've been thinking about it is that we wouldn't be doing this all in one or even two days. Rather, we would take our time (say 4 days there, 4 days back) just hoping from place to place as we make our way (and back).

Does this make sense? I am obviously a novice to the area, and so please do challenge me if what I'm imagining isn't going to be a reality (e.g. there are not many places inside the sound to stop and smell the boozy roses).
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Definitely Greenport (Mitchell Park Marina) slips very reasonable lots to do, many great places to eat. If you are interested in the casino life take a 13 mile trip up the Thames to Norwich (Marina at American Warf) they have a free shuttle to Foxwood or Mohegan Sun. Nice restaurant right at the marina for lite eats and drinks. Have a great trip!
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I always like dreaming big, some of our best trips where difficult runs in-between but the reward was great. That said this is a honeymoon, so your call on how you want to challenge yourself. The weather is always the key, you will have a few good days followed by not so good. The LIS can get very sporting with the right wind direction, thus holding you up in locations. I work in NYC so I get the draw, just feel its best left to a separate trip dedicated to just that, again just my opinion, best take in all the good posts and discuss with future bride. All the best!!

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Mike - I was planning on going inside the sound, to hedge my bet in terms of conditions. I take your point though, about a lot of running. How we've been thinking about it is that we wouldn't be doing this all in one or even two days. Rather, we would take our time (say 4 days there, 4 days back) just hoping from place to place as we make our way (and back).

Does this make sense? I am obviously a novice to the area, and so please do challenge me if what I'm imagining isn't going to be a reality (e.g. there are not many places inside the sound to stop and smell the boozy roses).
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If you're taking the Sound, which I agree is the safer bet as far as conditions, it can get snotty as you mentioned, but not as snotty and dangerous as the ocean.

Greeport is a good choice, as mentioned. You can Uber it around all of the wineries, plenty of places to eat also.

Can hit up Port Jefferson next, call ahead to Danford's Hotel and Marina. Can get a slip there, and they also have rooms. They have their own bar and restaurant or you can take a 3 minute walk out into Pt Jeff village and there are plenty of other bars and restaurants.

Next harbor west is Northport and Huntingoton Harbor. You can dock up in Northport at the village dock and walk right into the village, again bars and restaurants, but not sure if you can stay overnight on the dock. Not sure about Huntington either.

After that is Hempstead Bay, not sure what is ion there, but can always pull in and look around, see what you find.


Further west is Manhasset Bay and Port Washington, pretty sure there are overnight spots in there, but I'm not familiar with them. There is another thread on here, guy is taking a 38' trawler around from the south shore of LI (Amityville) to the NorthShore (Port Jeff) and someone provided him info on staying over in Port Washington. Check there for that info.

After that you are pretty much into Queens, but can cruise across to City Island, New Rochelle, Larchmont or Mamaroneck pull in some places and maybe do the CT side on the way back.
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Originally Posted by ScottyDee View Post
Actually I was planning on going through the sound on the idea that it would be a safer bet in terms of conditions - particularly for early June. That makes some sense, right?
Yup..and southbay just gave you all my suggestions lol
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ScottyDee,

Lot's of good info. I agree with Block Island Boat Basin, no rafting. Greenport and Mitchell Marina is great. While you are there you can either take ferry to Shelter Island or take you boat over. Coecles Harbor is nice and there are some other harbors and marinas to explore. Sag Harbor is on my list for this summer.

I grew up on the CT side of Long Island Sound so I would detour up the CT river to Essex. Lots of marinas and its a great little town for a night. Go to the Griswald Inn for dinner, drinks and music. You can take a short run up to Hamberg Cove and grab a mooring or just cruise up the river at its beautiful and you might see some Bald Eagles.

Check out Active Captain for reviews and local knowledge of the areas you are interested in, as well as Google.

Good luck.

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ScottyDee,

Lot's of good info. I agree with Block Island Boat Basin, no rafting. Greenport and Mitchell Marina is great. While you are there you can either take ferry to Shelter Island or take you boat over. Coecles Harbor is nice and there are some other harbors and marinas to explore. Sag Harbor is on my list for this summer.

I grew up on the CT side of Long Island Sound so I would detour up the CT river to Essex. Lots of marinas and its a great little town for a night. Go to the Griswald Inn for dinner, drinks and music. You can take a short run up to Hamberg Cove and grab a mooring or just cruise up the river at its beautiful and you might see some Bald Eagles.

Check out Active Captain for reviews and local knowledge of the areas you are interested in, as well as Google.

Good luck.

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X2 or 3 on Block Island Boat Basin if you are heading to Block. Have stayed there a couple times and it's great. Has showers and bathrooms, although you have that on board and probably better than the prison showers they have. The Oar is right there for breakfast, dinner, drinks, etc..
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On the LIS side some good advice given.

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Block island Boat Basin
Old Saybrook
Essex Island marina
Milford town marina
Liberty Landing

Danfords on the LI side

Newport on the way home. The Newport hotel and marina is a walk into town.

Fun trip.
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The best answer is to go both ways, ocean there and sound back or vice versa.

You can either round Montauk, or go between the forks and through the Shinnecock Canal to the Shinnecock Inlet. The Montauk route is prettier but longer and can be challenging, but Montauk is a great stop.

On the south shore of Long Island, there are fewer worthwhile stops but the views are good and entering NY harbor through the Verrazano Narrows is awesome - it starts with Coney Island, then the Narrows, then Governor's Island/Statue of Liberty/The Battery.

No problem making the trip if you have the Wellcraft 290 in your sig line. I make that trip in a Grady 30 CC several times per year (coming back from the Cape in my case).
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Lots of greats spots mentioned and this is a trip I would love to take one day and I already boat all over eastern sound. Block island is a must, I'm getting married on the island this year and the whole place is beautiful. All the marinas on the island are great they all just have their own flair. If I were taking this trip I would take a little more time than 8 days and I would travel from where you are along Rhode Island and Ct. making stops in Newport, watch hill, stongington harbor, fishers island, thaames river up past the submarine base to the casino and Norwich,, up the Ct river to Essex and further just for the scenic cruise, there are great places in Westbrook, Clinton, gliffford all the way down to New York City I'm just not familiar with much past that. And then south bay mentioned many beautiful harbors along the north shore of Long Island. Port Washington, Hunting harbor and oyster bay, port Jefferson, to travel along the cliff lined coasts to green port then shelter island and the great South Bay through montauk, one more stop in block back through the vineyards and Nantucket.. You can not go wrong stoping anywhere or everywhere along the trip. Congratulations on the mirage and good luck on a great trip.
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If you hit the North Shore of Long Island and happen to go into Northport Harbor you must eat at Maroni's Cuisine

Very very small place with awesome service and amazing food

You go there for the tasting menu, its like 12 courses

Its cash only and not cheap

Maroni Cuisine | » Chef?s Tasting Menu

And congrats on getting married !!!!
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Originally Posted by DOUGNASH View Post
If you hit the North Shore of Long Island and happen to go into Northport Harbor you must eat at Maroni's Cuisine

Very very small place with awesome service and amazing food

You go there for the tasting menu, its like 12 courses

Its cash only and not cheap

Maroni Cuisine | » Chef?s Tasting Menu

And congrats on getting married !!!!


$160 PP / CASH or Check only / beer & wine included .....AMAZING !!
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Originally Posted by Mata Peje View Post
$160 PP / CASH or Check only / beer & wine included .....AMAZING !!
Never been there, passed by it..is it really worth it?
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Running in LIS is going to be your best bet with many easy places to stop for an overnight and fueling options.

If your running from the cape Block would be a great 1st stop for an overnight and the Great Salt Pond is a great anchorage if you want to skip the marinas. If you want a slip X4 for the Boat Basin but if your there mid week before the 4th of July I don't think rafting will be an issue at Paynes or Champlins.

Mystic,Ct is a great stop over with many marinas to choose from and lots of great restaurants.

Greenport,Ny is a must and if you want to be right in the center of town then Mitchell Park Marina is the place and there are many vineyards in the area you can visit.

Across the sound is the CT river and not far up is the town of Essex which is a great small town. Take your new bride to dinner at the Griswald Inn which opened in 1776 I believe or just go have a drink and there is great coffee shop across the street.

Port Jefferson,Northport and Port Washington are all good spots to stop over either coming or going . Liberty Landing is the place to stay when down in NYC its safe and secure has 24hr fuel and ferry service to Manhattan. The view of the city at night is awesome and in the morning you have coffee with a view of the Statue of Liberty.

As you head west in the sound its gets narrower and you have great views of both coasts and the NYC skyline just keeps getting bigger it really is a great trip with so many options for marinas, anchorages food and fuel.
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