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.