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A quiet getaway, yet close to downtown Ruby’s Cove is a great place to stay for people looking to hit Greenport Village. (Courtesy photos)

If exploring all downtown Greenport has to offer is a top priority when you vacation on the North Fork, shack up at Ruby’s Cove Bed and Breakfast is a great option.

Located “127 steps to Main Street,” the Bay Avenue B&B is in walking distance to all the village’s boutiques and critically acclaimed restaurants — and Greenport Harbor Brewery Co.’s tasting room is literally around the corner.

Beaches and wineries are also a short drive away, but cars really aren’t a necessity since the Ruby’s Cove provides bikes for all of its guests.

“I fell in love with Greenport while riding my bike,” said owner Donna Gruber, who moved to Greenport and immediately opened the B&B after a visit to the village in 2009. “I want other people to do that too. This [B&B] is for youthful minded people of all ages that want to jump on a bike and ride around or get out to the restaurants.”

The Madeline bedroom.
The Madeline bedroom.

In addition to the bars and beaches, visitors will also get a rare chance to experience the village’s history first hand while staying at Ruby’s Cove.  Built in 1837, the Queen Anne Victorian home is located in the historic district of Greenport.  However, the atmosphere is far from stuffy — Ruby’s Cove features an eclectic décor with a relaxed and inviting vibe.

With chandeliers, plush bamboo and Egyptian bedding and towels, each of the three rooms is both romantic and comfortable, fitting for both singles and couples.

The rooms have free wifi and personal bathrooms.

The dinning room.
The dinning room.

Breakfast at Ruby Cove is great for people who like to sleep in.

While coffee, yogurt and fruit are available early in the morning, those hoping to get more shut eye on their vacation can still look forward to a hardy meal around 10 a.m. featuring  local eggs and produce.

Guest favorites include Ruby’s Red Rum Runner French Toast, chile relleno bake, fruit pancakes, Hawaiian breakfast bread, green (pesto) eggs and ham, roasted sweet potatoes and numerous seasonal specialties from local North Fork farms.

Vegan and vegetarian meals are happily prepared if requested in advance.

The living room
The living room.

You won’t be able to resist lounging around in the salon, library or outdoors on the wraparound porch at Ruby’s Cove.

Don’t expect to come and watch the tube, however.  There are no TVs, though free wireless internet is always available.

Instead enjoy the use of the B&B’s free bikes, beach gear, or share bottle of wine or a fresh growler of beer from Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

Getting to your room is also a breeze.

Come out on the LIRR or Hampton Jitney from Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Queens. Greenport’s railroad station and bus stop is just a 5-minute walk but, if you want, the staff at Ruby Cove can even pick you up for free. The free ride is also offered to visitors using the Cross Sound Ferry from New London to Orient.

Ruby’s Cove is located at 151 Bay Ave. in Greenport.