My wife and I celebrated her birthday at the Heron Suites located in the Port of Egypt Marina in Southold New York and it turned out to also be a day spa for our boat. The Hotel is located just a few minutes by boat or car from Greenport NY.
My wife and I live on Long Island New York. We own a small cuddy cabin boat that we can trailer. We just purchased the boat this season and there were a few bugs in the engine I didn't get fixed yet. The problem wasn't too bad at the time, so I just hoped it wouldn't act up when we were away.
For my wife’s birthday, I was looking for a place that provided sheltered access to a safe and charming bay of water as well as a place where we can stay on property wit our boat. We wanted to stay on Long Island and Explore the East-End.
After a bunch of on-line investigation I found the Heron Harbor Suites in Southold New York. Heron Harbor Suites is a 20 room Motel located on the property of the Port of Egypt Marina. They have a private boat ramp so we were able to drop right in.
The moment we checked in we were greeted by the owner, Bill, who took the time to carefully show us on our marine charts what there was to do by boat and the safest way to do them. He pointed out landmarks and aids to navigation that will make it easier for us to find our way around and boat safely. He was very friendly and patient. His father owned the marina since 1931 and Bill worked there since he was 10 years old.
On the second day of our boat trip our outboard engine started to malfunction. We limped back in to our boat slip and went to the marina office to get help. I suspected it was a faulty power-pack. A marine mechanic was looking at our engine within 20 minutes. He confirmed it was the power pack and they got the part from a neighboring marina within the half hour.
From that moment on the boat performed beautifully and we had an amazing boating vacation. We circled our boat completely around Shelter Island. We had lunch by boat in Sag Harbor and we even tied up at the town dock at Shelter Island and walked around.
Most of the rooms at Heron Harbor are suites with a full kitchen so some days we cooked and ate in the room leaving us more time for boating. When we were not boating we walked around Greenport and Southold and ate out a few times.
What was supposed to be a fun trip for my wife and me turned out to be a medicinal trip for our boat. Where else can you stay at a working boat yard, have your engine worked on if needed and sleep only a few hundred feet from where your boat is docked?
If you are a boater we highly recommend the Heron Suites located in the Port of Egypt Marina. Every night you can walk down to the dock, say goodnight to your boat and sleep well knowing it is nearby and floating high the last time you saw it. A real boater always says goodnight to their boat.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The difference is in the details... Ideally located dockside in Southold, and part of the landmark family-owned Port of Egypt Marina, we invite you to experience all we have to offer. Heron Suites presents 17 well appointed and modernized suites with all the comforts of home plus access to the beautiful, natural surroundings of the North Fork. We offer 12 one-bedroom "First Mate Suites", 4 two-bedroom Captains Quarter's Suites, and our Admiral's Suites is a two-bedroom and two-bathroom handicap accessible unit. Each oversized suite conveniently features a full kitchen. Our friendly room decor is a welcome retreat in any season. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Heron Hotel Southold
- Heron Harbor Hotel
- Heron Suites North Fork/Southold, New York