Local Profile: The Menhaden

A Greenport Getaway

Make your summer getaway into a winter stayaway at the Hamptons’ newest luxury lodgings: Greenport’s The Menhaden. This 16-room boutique hotel expertly channels its surroundings, with clean lines and thoughtful nautical décor that includes bottles, bricks, horseshoes and even a mast from one of the town’s famed whaling ships, all unearthed during the construction of the property. Here, our Top 10 reasons to book a night (or several!) at The Menhaden as summer turns to fall and winter.

Snack Like a Local
The on-site restaurant is a gem (we’ll get to that in a minute), but the guests-only goodies are also worthy of note: each floor boasts a private galley stocked with North Fork potato chips, local pastries with fresh- churned butter…everything you need to fuel your vacation, whether you’re sunbathing on the beach or climbing the 137 iron steps of the Montauk Lighthouse before the snow falls. And with pantry offerings that go way beyond basics like fresh fruit, you’ll find something to snack on all year round – whether you arrive during peak produce season or just before a picturesque wintertime flurry.

Leave the Car Behind
Located just two blocks from the terminus of the Long Island Railroad’s Ronkonkoma branch at Greenport, The Menhaden is an accessible escape. What’s more? Throughout your stay, you’ll enjoy access to the house car, a custom, eco-friendly electric vehicle fondly known as The Menhaden Moke, plus complimentary bike rentals and a private water taxi to Shelter Island, making the entire East End easily within your reach. Book a cooking class with a top local chef, pitch in during the harvest at a nearby winery…or just let the staff suggest a favorite restaurant to enjoy the fruits of all that labor.

Savor the View
With the area’s only rooftop terrace, The Menhaden is literally head and shoulders above other local spots for private events. It’s exclusive to guests of the property, and includes fire pits, a bar and comfortable lounge seating with sweeping views of Greenport Harbor, Shelter Island, the North Ferry and the North Fork’s exquisite sunsets. Book a private party, or simply set up shop as the sun dips below the sea and enjoy a view that feels like it’s up there just for you.

Try Something New

In addition to comfortable digs, the hotel offers a thoughtful selection of curated experiences, from a visit to an oyster farm to a tour of local lavender fields. Take in a sunset yoga flow on the rooftop, followed by fresh-squeezed juices, or pop into SALT at Sound View for a taste of halotherapy. Craving a bit more adventure? Take a day boat and cook up the evening’s catch back at the hotel, or meet (and milk!) a goat, then sample goat’s milk cheeses, at a local dairy. Hungry for more? Make your own mozz; taste wines directly from the barrels; pick your own berries; even hunt (or fish!) for your own dinner. The only limit to the fun is your imagination.

Bring a Friend
A number of the hotel’s rooms are specifically pet friendly, and offer a warm welcome to well-behaved dogs under 25 pounds. So there’s no reason that your best friend can’t join you in Greenport for the weekend! Forget a dog walker or costly pet sitter and travel together. After all, nothing beats a run on the beach (no matter the season!) with you bud. And, oh, yeah: the hotel is happy to recommend additional dog-friendly activities nearby, from pig roasts to live music to food trucks. Woof!

Snack on Something Cozy
Rooftop S’mores?! Bar: raised. Post up on the rooftop and let the team at The Menhaden spoil you with custom S’mores kits. We’re talking sea salt chocolate, handmade marshmallows…the works, all served up surrounding one of their private fire pits. Savor the view (and a sweet treat!) even as autumn winds begin to blow across the Hamptons; with the fire to keep you warm, you’ll never miss the summer sun. (And at just $15 per person, is there a better, more affordable way to end a perfect Long Island day??)

Share a Meal with Friends
Invite the whole gang, because even if they’re not guests of The Menhaden, your crew will adore the flexible seating and comfortable setting at The Merchant’s Wife. With a separate entrance on Third Street, it’s a perfect place for a meal, whether you’re all staying on site or simply gathering together from across the island. and beyond Long banquette tables are appropriate for lounge-style dining, while the marble tabletops lend a festive, formal mood. Hand- painted botanicals adorn the space from local artist Kara Hoblin, and a playful playlist sets the scene, with everything from classic rock to old-school hip hop.

Eat Well
The seasonal menu at on-site restaurant and cafe The Merchant’s Wife includes casual small plates inspired by coastal Mediterranean dining. Recently, that has meant Golden Beet and Grilled Artichoke Salad with kale, egg yolk and dill vinaigrette, followed by locally caught Striped Bass a la Plancha with olive oil mashed potatoes and charred lemon vinaigrette. But as the seasons change, look for Grilled Squid and Charred Octopus with chickpeas, sweet tomatoes and caper-parsley salad, or Roasted Porcini Chicken with Castelvetrano olives and arugula. Because variety is the spice of life, and it’s the seasons that keep things spicy around here.

Bring a Crowd
Traveling with friends – or bringing the whole family along? The Menhaden is available for full buy-outs or event blocks for special occasions. Think of it as your own private shore house – complete with on-site restaurant, complimentary car service, bikes for pedaling all over town…and all the space you need to enjoy those closest to you without feeling like they’re on top of you. Mom will swoon over the Restoration Hardward finishes. The kids will be distracted by all of the fun things to do in town (and at the beach). And you? You’ll be kicking back on the rooftop with a cocktail, high above it all, feeling like the king or queen of the universe. Hard earned; well deserved.

Sound Smart
Sure, it looks like it might be “men-HAT-ten.” (Given its proximity to NYC, you’d be forgiven the assumption.) But “meh-HAY-den” is actually an oily fish used for animal feed and fertilizer. So what’s in a name? Menhaden – also known as bunker fish – are prevalent in the nearby waters, and were once used by Native Americans to fertilize their crops on this famously farmable land. Today, along with bluefish and striped bass, they’re a symbol of the region’s nautical heritage and increasingly sustainable present and future. As a new life for The Peconic House, once one of the region’s crown jewel resorts, The Menhaden is fertilizing the East End all over again. And we’re thrilled to be a part of this newest chapter.