We compromised on our departure time, we originally thought if we left super-early, we'd arrive in the cool morning hours...but after some thought, we realized we'd arrive there, only to find that nothing was open!
We decided on the 8:30 ferry, departing from Bridgeport, CT. Ferry service runs hourly, on the half-hour. The 2013 prices for a round-trip ticket for a "foot" passenger (no car) is $27.00 ($19.00 for a senior citizen round trip). You can also bring a car over, reservations required, for $54.00 each way (includes driver). There are also week-day specials of $74.00 with car (reservations required) and passengers. Costs may differ according to the size of your vehicle. Check their website for rates HERE.
There is free parking a few blocks from the ferry itself. Note there are two lots, a smaller one, closer to the ferry entrance, and a larger one a few blocks away. We first parked at the large one, and were concerned that there were no other cars there, drove a little closer, and discovered the other lot. The large lot is more of an "overflow" after the smaller one fills early in the morning. There is shuttle service that will drop you directly at the ferry from both parking areas.
|clockwise from left, parking information, shuttle van, Bridgeport Ferry Center|
Tickets are purchased on board - and when traveling with your car, even if you've already paid online, you still need to check in at the ticket office when you board. When you disembark, your tickets are collected.
|Bridgeport Ferry to Port Jefferson|
The ferry ride over is just over an hour and it was a beautiful morning. The sun was shimmering and reflecting off the water, and outside on the upper deck the ship's breeze was refreshing.
|Bridgeport Ferry Ride to Port Jefferson - Morning Sun|
We stopped for a hazelnut iced latte and a mid-morning hydration (it was soooo hot out) at the Messina Market. It was just the pick me up I needed to start looking through some of the quaint little New England shoppes!
|Messina Market - Hazelnut Iced Coffee / Latte|
We found some cute little stores, but were surprised that many weren't open. It was a Friday in July...so we weren't sure why. But for the stores that were open, there are some great finds to be found...
Don't you just love all the nautical themed merchandise, the jewelry, the driftwood items, and white washed furniture? I just love the beach cottage look! Someday it will all go in my little dream cottage on the beach. Biggest shopping regret of the day? Not buying those starfish earrings and necklace pictured above from the Kismet Boutique!
|Sightseeing in Port Jefferson NY|
|Gourmet Burger Bistro "GBB" - Port Jefferson NY|
SCORE! I have to honestly say that we had the best burgers ever, and I've already promised the cowboy a return trip with me, just so he can see for himself! I ordered the GBB Mini's pictured above, and it was all I could do to finish them! So good and I can't wait to return with the cowboy so we can do a food review! YUM!!! Here's a link to the GBB Menu: http://www.gourmetburgerbistro.net/files/55837847.pdf
All in all we had a wonderful day! - BUT....
The skies opened up, and I do mean opened up, just as we were heading to the 3:00pm ferry returning to Bridgeport.
|Raining in Port Jefferson NY|
We got drenched! The good thing? By the time the ship set out to return to Bridgeport, the sun was out again and the warm sea breeze dried us off!
If you have the chance - take the Bridgeport ferry trip to Port Jefferson!
It's a fun and relaxing day!
Have you been to Port Jefferson?
Did you have a shopping regret?
(Gosh - I just realized I didn't buy ANYTHING)
Where did you stop for lunch?
I'd love to hear about it in the comments below.
UPDATE: Link to the Port Jeff pictures on Home Place HERE