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Summer Escapes: Port Jefferson

Michael and Heather LaReddola of Coram wade in

Michael and Heather LaReddola of Coram wade in Port Jefferson Harbor with their children Aiden, Aubrey, and Ashley. (June 16, 2013) Photo Credit: John Griffin

Port Jefferson is known for its Christmas Dickens Festival and overall quaint vibe, but the village was once home to a thriving shipbuilding industry, and its harbor was home to hundreds of whalers and other seamen (and perhaps ladies). It's still a hot spot for recreational boaters, and anyone can enjoy the village's nautical treasures. Plus, the ferry to Connecticut leaves from its harbor.

A lobster dinner with corn, slaw and a
Photo Credit: John Griffin

A lobster dinner with corn, slaw and a baked potato is served at The Steam Room in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Michelle Garcia of Port Jefferson spins her daughter
Photo Credit: John Griffin

Michelle Garcia of Port Jefferson spins her daughter Mia in Mayor Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

One of the Celtic Quest's deckhands, Matthew Lyons,
Photo Credit: John Griffin

One of the Celtic Quest's deckhands, Matthew Lyons, shows Victor Muscietta a sea robin during the sunset fishing cruise out of Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Rainbow lollipops are just one of hundreds of
Photo Credit: John Griffin

Rainbow lollipops are just one of hundreds of candy (and ice cream) choices at the Frigate in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Candy sticks are just one of hundreds of
Photo Credit: John Griffin

Candy sticks are just one of hundreds of candy (and ice cream) choices at the Frigate in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Fishermen set out their poles on the Celtic
Photo Credit: John Griffin

Fishermen set out their poles on the Celtic Quest's sunset fishing cruise out of Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Fishermen on the Celtic Quest's sunset fishing cruise
Photo Credit: John Griffin

Fishermen on the Celtic Quest's sunset fishing cruise set out their poles facing the fading sun, off of Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Tom Dolan and daughter Catherine Dolan of Oakdale
Photo Credit: John Griffin

Tom Dolan and daughter Catherine Dolan of Oakdale smile holding up a porgie they caught on the Celtic Quest's sunset fishing cruise out of Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

The Celtic Quest charter fishing boats are docked
Photo Credit: John Griffin

The Celtic Quest charter fishing boats are docked at the Brookhaven Marina pier in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

A family strolls on the Brookhaven Marina pier
Photo Credit: John Griffin

A family strolls on the Brookhaven Marina pier in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

The Steam Room in Port Jefferson offers seating
Photo Credit: John Griffin

The Steam Room in Port Jefferson offers seating on an open air, outdoor terrace. (June 16, 2013)

A mural that reflects the seaside decorates a
Photo Credit: John Griffin

A mural that reflects the seaside decorates a wall of the terrace at The Steam Room restaurant in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Michael and Heather LaReddola of Coram wade in
Photo Credit: John Griffin

Michael and Heather LaReddola of Coram wade in Port Jefferson Harbor with their children Aiden, Aubrey, and Ashley. (June 16, 2013)

Xinguo Hong and his son Kevin wade in
Photo Credit: John Griffin

Xinguo Hong and his son Kevin wade in Port Jefferson harbor. (June 16, 2013)

Avishag Wegner-Huecker plays in a rice-filled boat at
Photo Credit: John Griffin

Avishag Wegner-Huecker plays in a rice-filled boat at the Maritime Exporium in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Eileen Liu sits with her father, Han Liu,
Photo Credit: John Griffin

Eileen Liu sits with her father, Han Liu, near Danfords in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

Jonathan Urbom sends a note from his
Photo Credit: John Griffin

Jonathan Urbom sends a note from his "ship" while playing at the Maritime Explorium in Port Jefferson. (June 16, 2013)

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