3 Things You Didn’t Know About Port Jefferson: Fall Edition

The charm of Port Jefferson lasts year round with plenty of exciting things happening in the Village during the fall.

Fresh Produce A Plenty
The weather may be getting a little cooler, but there are still many ways to enjoy fresh, local produce in Port Jefferson during the fall. The farmer’s market at Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park continues to run every Sunday through the first weekend in December. You can bring your family and friends to see what the local farms are growing and stock up on the freshest produce around. Produce from the fall harvests makes the best apple pies and the creamiest butternut squash soup!

Halloween Happenings
Halloween is an excellent time for kids, and kids at heart, to get out and enjoy what Port Jefferson has to offer.

• On October 20th, there is a Halloween or fall themed window painting contest for Port Jefferson’s school-aged children with a second contest that all ages are eligible to enter. Later that evening, the Taste of Port Jefferson is being held in the Village Center click here for event information.

• The Haunted Mansion on October 27th, in the Village Center, offers two sessions that will feature a candelabra tour, a Frankenstein monster, a mad scientist, haunted characters, Three Village Chambers players, a fortune teller, horror movies, and so much more!

On October 28th, Port Jeff hosts the 9th Annual Harvest Fest which is a great time to stroll through the Village, spend time with the family and enjoy live music, marshmallow roasting, fall drinks, and Halloween themed entertainment.

• Residents of Port Jefferson can enjoy a Halloween party on October 31st at the Waterview at the Port Jefferson Country Club. The event is a great way to spend time with neighbors, make new friends, and enjoy festive celebrations.

Outdoor Activities
In a village as beautiful as Port Jefferson, outdoor activities are a staple of life with plenty to do in all seasons.

There are beautiful views around the harbor to see the fall foliage, but if you want to more immersed in nature, there are plenty of easy walking trails nearby. One of the closest trails is the Setauket -Port Jefferson Station Greenway trail. This 3.4-mile trail takes you through an old growth forest, farmland, meadows, business districts, the Stony Brook University campus, and county parks.

The Rinx sponsors outdoor ice-skating on the harbor beginning November 24th.

If there’s one outdoor event you can’t miss, it’s the 23rd Annual Charles Dickens Festival beginning on December 1st. The Village of Port Jefferson magically transforms into the Dickensian era. During the two-day, award-winning festival, you can find characters like Father Christmas, Scrooge, and chimney sweeps galore roaming the streets. The Dicken’s Festival is a long-standing Port Jefferson tradition that highlights history, Christmas spirit, and village unity.

Contact us for more information on The Shipyard at Port Jeff Harbor, located in the heart of all the Port Jefferson community has to offer.

Fall is almost here

The first days of school have passed, and the weather is changing rapidly.  As we begin to usher in the fall season, we put together a few ways to help you get ready for one of the most beautiful times of the year. 

Decorate Your Home

There are a few simple swaps you can make to give your home a fall feel without a major redecorating:

autumn ornament on a wooden background

Add flowers. Swapping summer flowers for picks like sunflowers, chrysanthemum and pansies keep the room bright while adding fall flare.

Make a wreath. Wreaths aren’t just for Christmas.  Making a wreath from leaves, pine cones, and other fall classics can warm up any door or entrance. There are plenty of DIY sites for you to get inspired.

Incorporate candles. Tall candles can make your space warm and inviting. Surround the candles in lanterns or on decorative trays filled with coffee beans, fall leaves, acorns, or candy corn to give it an autumn feel.

Your Lifestyle

Now that the summer is coming to an end, you’ll need to find new ways to enjoy your leisure time and entertain family and friends. Shipyard’s luxurious amenities let you continue to live your ideal life, even after the warm weather fades.

Trade in that wine glass for a coffee mug on the rooftop deck that’s open throughout the season.  Fall is the perfect weather for resident grill masters to stay cool as they barbeque. Cap your evening off roasting smores with friends around a firepit in true fall fashion.

If you prefer to spend the cooler fall nights indoors, the common spaces throughout the property can accommodate your friends and family for entertaining. The fireplace is a great place to host a game night and gather people together to relax and have fun.

You can also stay on top of your fitness goals no matter the weather conditions.  The cooler weather means you’ll just have to transition your workout routine indoors. Have your morning run in the fitness studio.

Your Community Events

Many exciting community events take place in the fall in Port Jefferson.

You can stock up on fresh produce at the Village’s Fall Farmer’s Market every Sunday through December 2nd.

Bring chairs and blankets and watch dragon boats compete, Saturday, September 15th, in the 4th Annual Dragon Boat Festival at the Major Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park and the Port Jefferson Inner Harbor.

Dragon Boat Race photo courtesy of Greater Port Jeff

The 41st annual outdoor country auction on October 13this a longstanding tradition that features antique items, a country auction, and plenty of vendors.

And look out for the opening of the Haunted Mansion and the Harvest Fest Window Painting Contest in October too!

Go ahead and delight in the change of season and enjoy what the cool weather brings to the Shipyard at Port Jefferson.

The Perfect Summer Cocktails – and How to Enjoy Them

There’s only a little bit of summer left here on Long Island. We can’t think of a better way to enjoy the last of it than with a refreshing cocktail (if you’re of legal age, of course).

Here are some classic summer cocktail recipes to prepare during your next outdoor gathering or dinner. Stop by Port Jeff Liquors to stock up on supplies, then get to mixing!

Ingredients: Ice cubes, 2 ounces freshly squeezed lime juice, 1-ounce simple syrup, 1 teaspoon orange liqueur, 1 tablespoon of salt.

Directions: Wet the rim of a glass and coat with salt. Mix ice, tequila, lime juice, simple syrup and orange liqueur in a cocktail shaker and shake well. Strain into a glass filled with ice.


If you’re looking to grab a margarita while you’re out rather than make one yourself, Nantucket‘s has them—and they’re discounted during happy hour!

Ingredients: 1-ounce fresh lime juice, 2 teaspoons of sugar, 1 cup ice, 12 fresh mint leaves, 2 ounces white rum, 1-ounce club soda.
Directions: Stir lime juice and sugar in a cocktail glass until dissolved. Add ice. Shred mint leaves into the glass and stir. Add rum, more ice, and club soda, then stir until chilled.

Fresh Mojito cocktail in summer on a terrace with bokeh

Not sure you can make this well? Head down to Smoke Shack Blues for a great mojito that perfectly complements their barbecue food.

Piña Colada
Ingredients: 1 ½ cups ice, ½ cup frozen pineapple cubes, 2 ounces pineapple juice, 2 ounces coconut cream, 1 ½ ounces white rum, 1-ounce dark rum, pineapple slices.

Directions: Blend ice, pineapple, pineapple juice, coconut cream, and both rums in a blender until smooth. Pour into two glasses and garnish each with a pineapple slice.

Homemade Frozen Pina Colada Cocktail with a Pineapple Garnish

Blender not working? Grab one at The Steam Room, where frozen drinks are a specialty!

Ingredients: Two diced apples, 1 diced orange, whatever other fruit you desire, 1 bottle medium-bodied red wine, ¼ cup brandy, ½ orange juice, 2 tablespoons lemon juice.

Directions: Add fruit and lemon juice to a large pitcher and stir. Add red wine, brandy, and orange juice, and stir. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours, but best overnight. Serve over a glass of ice and top with sparkling water if desired.

Sangria in glasses with ingredients – orange, lemon and lime slices, sugar, dark stone background

Don’t have the time to let your Sangria sit? Barito always has pitchers ready!

The Best Way to Enjoy Them
What’s even better than enjoying these cocktails is doing so in a relaxing, modern maritime environment. Shipyard residents can prepare cocktails in their own state-of-the-art kitchens, or in a conveniently-located shared kitchen space.

The Shipyard’s outdoor amenities and rooftop deck offer opportunities to enjoy cocktails, with company around a fire, grilling some tasty summer meals, or just as an accompaniment to peaceful relaxation as you take in the panoramic view of Port Jefferson.

If cocktails aren’t your preference, Shipyard still offers ways to enjoy a beverage in luxury. We have wine lockers residents can rent, so they always have a temperature-controlled bottle ready for dinner or a surprise guest.

Enjoy the perfect summer cocktail, and many more year-round features and amenities, as a resident of Shipyard at Port Jefferson. Contact us to learn more.

8 Things to do in Port Jeff this Summer

What comes to mind when you think of summer on Long Island?

Are you picturing waterfront views, outdoor shopping, dinner and cocktails, and kids running around in the grass?  If so, Port Jeff offers you the quintessential Long Island summer experience!

Whether you’re looking to plan the perfect date night, a fun night out with friends or you’re spending quality time with your family, Port Jeff is bursting with opportunities to make the most of your summer.

Here are some of our favorites:

Shop local

Port Jeff has small shops and boutiques that have unique items you just won’t find in a commercial mall. Some of our favorites are Fame & Rebel, a women’s clothing boutique for “badass babes”, and Kate and Hale, a boutique founded by sisters from Long Island that prides itself on offering carefully curated quality clothes.  You can also pick up trinkets and souvenirs at Sea Creations or head over to Home Kingdom for handcrafted furniture and gifts.

Listen to live music

There’s live music every night on the dock at Wave Seafood Kitchen. This is a perfect place to get dinner or drinks, watch the sunset, and enjoy a night on the water. Every Wednesday in July and August, there is live music at Harborfront Park starting at 6:30 pm. If you prefer your music with a pint, the Port Jeff Brewing Company hosts bands every Wednesday night beginning at 7 p.m.



Port Jeff is home to some of the island’s best restaurants. In addition to Wave, The Fifth Season and Nantuckets serve local, top-quality seafood. For those who prefer vegetarian or vegan options, Tiger Lily Cafe is the perfect place to grab a bite during the day.

If you’re looking for something a little sweeter, stop by East Main and Main for a specialty donut whose unique flavor options set them apart from any regular donut shop. For other breakfast classics, Toast never disappoints.

Enjoy the nightlife

If you’re not ready to end the night after dinner, you can catch the nightlife at Schaefer’s, Spycoast, Portside, or a number of different places for drinks and dancing!

Indulge with ice cream

Summer is the season for ice cream! Be sure to stop by Chandler Square, The Frigate, Kilwins, Ralph’s, or Yogo Delish for a sweet treat.

Stroll around Harborfront Park

The Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park is the waterfront jewel of the village. You can walk around the expansive lawn, have a picnic lunch, or just enjoy the views of the marina. This is a perfect place to meet up with friends or bring your family.

Bring the kids

Let the kids enjoy the weather and stay active by bringing them to Port Jeff. They can rollerblade outdoors at Rinx, or run around with friends at the newly renovated Rocketship Park.

Go fish

Have a day out on the water and see what you can catch! Celtic Quest,  Osprey Fishing & Boat Charter and Captain Fish Port Jefferson offer boat rentals, fishing trips, and more! If fishing isn’t your favorite but you still want to enjoy being on the water, Osprey also offers sunset and dinner cruises.

Visit the marina to rent jet skis, paddle boards, kayaks and more! If you’re looking to spend an entire day out on the water, be sure to check out the fishing day trips and dinner cruises, too.

Port Jeff in Your Backyard

As a resident of the Shipyard at Port Jeff Harbor, you are across from the water, a short walk to the Village and can access all these activities and more.

With first-rate amenities in a modern, maritime style and located just steps away from one of Long Island’s famed historic villages, The Shipyard is the place to be this summer.

Contact us for more information about joining our community.


History Shapes the Shipyard at Port Jeff Harbor

The Shipyard at Port Jeff Harbor
Located directly along the north shore of Long Island, Suffolk County’s Village of Port Jefferson, rests, a modern, maritime-inspired community, offers a mix of 112 one- and two- bedroom luxury floor plans.

A Brief History
Port Jefferson’s first colonial settlements appeared in the 17th century. The community remained rural until the late -18th century when it developed into a prosperous shipbuilding center. The prominence of the Village’s shipbuilding industry spanned over a century, from approximately 1797 (when its first shipyard was built) to its close in the 1920’s. During its tenure, Port Jefferson was the largest shipbuilder in Suffolk County. As a shipbuilding hub, the yards in Port Jefferson built and supported ships that participated in coastal freight trade.

Fast forward to today; The Shipyard connects to downtown Port Jefferson’s storied past while looking ahead at how the Village is evolving into a vibrant downtown retail and entertainment destination.

Location, Location, Location:

The Shipyard is Port Jefferson’s only luxury apartment building that marries high-end waterfront apartment living and a relaxed nautical style. One of the Shipyards best amenities is the proximity of the charming, walkable and lively downtown of Port Jefferson. Whether you’re looking to spend the day shopping trendy boutique clothing stores, craving a tasty treat from a delicious café, or looking for a local landmark restaurant with breathtaking rooftop views and exquisite meals – Port Jefferson Village is calling your name.

Building Amenities

The design and amenities of the Shipyard reflect the culture of the waterfront Village of Port Jefferson. The Shipyard at Port Jeff Harbor will allow you to immerse yourself in relaxed nautical style, exceptional finishes, and an incomparable collection of amenities. The Shipyard’s 27 different one- and two-bedroom luxury floor plans are guaranteed to fit any lifestyle.

With stylish home features like gorgeous 9-foot ceilings, private patios and balconies, walk-in closets, granite countertops, and in-home washer and dryer. You will find all the modern amenities and luxury you would expect in a high-end apartment home. Unique features like the ceiling grid of the lobby built from the plans for the deck of the last ship built in Port Jefferson to the oversized historical photos that dominate the amenity areas make this project distinctly Port Jeff. 

A Shipyard features unparalleled community amenities as well like:

  • Nautical contemporary, open spaces that are perfect for socializing, exercising or reflecting.
  • Expansive outdoor plaza with fire pits and BBQs for personal and family use.
  • Spacious roof deck with lounge seating and premium waterfront views of the Village.
  • Wine lockers with generous space for your personal wine collection.
  • Dog washing station for man’s best friend.
  • Racks and a repair station for bicycles.
  • Electric charging stations for those with environmentally friendly vehicles.
  • Large fitness center and yoga studio outfitted with stationary bicycles and top-quality workout equipment and weights.
  • The clubroom features flexible, multi-functional workspace and convenience station for coffee and tea.
  • Pub style room with pool table.

Living at The Shipyard guarantees a level of sophistication, mirrored with a relaxed lifestyle of nautical living. We can’t wait for you to enjoy our custom designed maritime-inspired space built specifically for you. Learn how you can become part of this standout community in Port Jefferson by filling out our form here.

Rent vs. buy: What works best for you.

Pros and Cons of Leasing or Buying

Leasing or buying is often not a financial question but a question of what stage of life are you in. Is this your first time leaving the nest or are you looking to downsize from a house into an apartment, or vice versa? When deciding to lease an apartment or purchase a home, there are advantages and disadvantages to evaluate. To help with this process, we list several points to consider when taking this leap and making that big decision:

Pros of Leasing:

  • Substantial stability allows you to be free of any ownership responsibilities: building maintenance, upgrades, repairs, structural issues, etc. As a renter, you don’t have the responsibility or burden of maintenance or repair costs – all you must do is simply communicate with the landlord, apartment complex superintendent, or property manager and inform them of the issue.
  • A renter’s housing costs are monthly fixed expenditures without the surprise maintenance costs associated with homeownership. You know, in advance, exactly what your monthly expense will be.
  • Renters are insulated from the fluctuations of the housing market.
  • Access to unique apartment amenities may include but are not limited to, the following: resident clubrooms, rooftop decks, wine lockers, dog washing stations, and fitness centers.
  • Leasing offers you freedom and flexibility to relocate and move elsewhere. Relocating for work (or pleasure) is less costly and less time-consuming in a rental situation.

Cons of Leasing

  •  Renting an apartment does not build equity.
  • Renting typically affords less privacy than owning a single-family home.

Pros of Buying

  • After paying down principal, the homeowner can build a substantial amount of equity if the housing market appreciates. A sharp rise in local property values could mean a sizeable profit when you decide to sell your home in the future.
  • There are a handful of tax benefits that are exclusive to homeowners. However, new tax policy changes may have an adverse impact on these benefits, especially in high tax areas.
  • Single-family homes often allow for more privacy than multi-family arrangements.
  • Storage options in a single-family home are usually more abundant than in an apartment.

Cons of Buying

  • There is often more limited flexibility if you decide that you would like to relocate. It often takes time to sell a home at your desired price, to the right buyer. If you need to sell your home quickly, you may be forced to accept a lower offer from a buyer and take a loss on your investment.
  • There is a potential for financial loss. Although homeownership allows you to build equity over time, that doesn’t mean that equity automatically equates to profit. If home values in your area remain the same or decrease while you own it, your investment will be at risk when you choose to sell.
  • It’s your financial responsibility to maintain and repair your home when necessary.

The Shipyard at Port Jeff Harbor

 Located directly along the North Shore of Suffolk County’s Village of Port Jefferson rests The Shipyard – a modern, maritime-inspired community that offers a mix of 112 one- and two- bedroom luxury floor plans. The Shipyard is Port Jefferson’s only apartment building in the Village that marries high-end, harborfront apartment living with a relaxed nautical style.

Benefits of Living at The Shipyard

The Shipyard’s 27 different one- and two-bedroom luxury floor plans are guaranteed to fit your lifestyle. We have reinvented what it means to live by the water on Long Island, offering features that make your home feel more like a five-star vacation getaway than a typical luxury apartment. With in-home features that include expansive 9-foot ceilings, private harborfront balconies, and sleek stainless steel Energy Star® appliances, our luxury apartment floor plans will cater to your every need.

With modern, open spaces that are perfect for socializing, exercising or relaxing, The Shipyard creates a lively community with unparalleled amenities, including the unique rooftop deck with lounge seating and premium views of the Village and waterfront, accessible pedestrian walking paths in proximity to the Village’s downtown, dog wash stations, wine lockers, a bike repair station, a fitness center and yoga studio, an expansive outdoor plaza with BBQs and a fire pit, and electric vehicle charging stations.