Greetings from Greenport on the North Fork of Long Island, New York, a maritime village by the sea which is becoming a destination for food and wine.

Listings

Preferred Exchanges

  • Open to Any Dates
  • Morocco

    Any time

    A simultaneous or non-simultaneous exchange is possible.

  • Madagascar

    Any time

    A simultaneous or non-simultaneous exchange is possible. Currently I'd prefer to travel to French-speaking countries (on the trail of cacao and chocolate), but I'm open to other destinations.

  • Cap-Haitien, Haiti

    Any time

    A simultaneous or non-simultaneous exchange is possible. Currently I'd prefer to travel to French-speaking countries (on the trail of cacao and chocolate), but I'm open to other destinations.

  • Côte d'Ivoire

    Any time

    A simultaneous or non-simultaneous exchange is possible. Currently I'd prefer to travel to French-speaking countries (on the trail of cacao and chocolate), but I'm open to other destinations.

  • Vietnam

    Any time

    A simultaneous or non-simultaneous exchange is possible. Currently I'd prefer to travel to French-speaking countries (on the trail of cacao and chocolate), but I'm open to other destinations.

Interests

  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • River Rafting/Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Antiquing
  • Culinary Travel
  • Historic Sites
  • Museums
  • Theater/Cinema
  • Shopping
Especially Passionate About
Cacao and chocolate

Cacao and chocolate

Ever since I won the chocolate Easter bunny raffle at Aldo's biscotteria in Greenport, New York, I have been passionate about chocolate. I have visited cacao estates in the rain forest and travelled to the Basque Country in France to meet chocolatiers. In 2010, I was selected "Ambassadrice du Chocolate" during the "Journees du Chocolat" festivities in Bayonne. I enjoy making chocolate desserts, pastries and bonbons, and I am currently branching out to savory dishes. As you can see, I am especially interested in food, travel, local cultures and languages.

Vacation Type
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Exchange Reviews

August - August 2014

Nous avons beaucoup aimé notre séjour à Greenport. C'est une ...

jean-patrick
jean-patrick from Châtillon-sur-Chalaronne said

Nous avons beaucoup aimé notre séjour à Greenport. C'est une petite ville balnéaire tranquille et animée. La maison d'Ellen est ancienne maison de pêcheurs. Elle est meublée avec beaucoup de goût et d'originalité et bénéficie d'un environnement très calme avec des voisins attentionnés. Elle est située à côté de la mer, près d'un petit port et c'est très facile de se promener en partant de la maison. Nous l'avons fait de nombreuses fois en fin de journée. Le seul bémol est que le bord de mer est peu accessible en raison des propriétés privées. Greenport est au bout de l’ile de Longisland. Cette île est à découvrir car elle bénéficie de beaux paysages préservés par des parcs naturels et permet de se plonger dans l'ambiance américaine des stations balnéaires. De nombreux new-yorkais ont une résidence secondaire dans cette île, c'est très dépaysant. De Greenport, il est facile d'aller à New York avec une compagnie de bus régulière. Il faut compter environ deux heures de bus pour chaque trajet. C'est pratique et sans doute la meilleure solution. Enfin Ellen est très sympathique, elle parle plusieurs langues et aime beaucoup les échanges.

Ellen
What we said about jean-patrick's house:

I hesitate to review this house in the region of La Dombes for fear that other people will discover this charming spot in central, southeast France. The renovated farmhouse was delightful: well-appointed, with a lovely country kitchen, back terrace with vegetable garden and fruit trees where one could have breakfast under a shady pergola, a gracious salon with dining area, and lots of bedrooms to choose from. The outdoor patio in the front of the property proved to be a divine spot to grill in the evenings and have dinner with a view of the marvelous gardens. No neighbors were visible, just milking cows and roosters which we heard occasionally in the morning. In fact, one house guest jogged early each day without being disturbed by passing cars. Genevieve, Jean-Patrick and their three girls welcomed me when I arrived in Chante-Poulet where a basket of local goodies -- from wines to confiture and pates -- awaited my house guests and me. The nearby town of Chatillon-sur-Chalaronne was close by, at most 1.5 kilometers, with its famous market on Saturdays and cafes and restaurants along the picturesque Chalaronne river. At a petanque competition on my first day, I met a local farmer who suggested we visit Georges Blanc's gastronomic restaurant in Vonnas, also nearby. One Sunday we had a leisurely four-hour lunch there of local specialties -- poulet Bresse a la creme, grenouilles (frogs) -- and of course local wines. Much of our time in the Rhone-Alpes was spent visiting vineyards and wineries, medieval towns, chateaux, enjoying the countryside of pastures with cows and sunflowers, the city of Lyon which is known for its gastronomy, and of course, chocolateries - Weiss Chocolates in St. Etienne and Valrhona's Cite du Chocolat, among others. The vacation was perfect. As foreigners (Americans) we did have some difficulty in getting internet access on our electronic gadgets in the home, and an Ethernet cable at one desk proved to be essential. This may be due to different pass codes, though I have not encountered this problem before when traveling in Europe and staying in hotels or private homes. One note of caution, I would find out from the couple exactly what animal care duties are required during your stay. We did, however, fall in love with the handsome "country" cat who greeted us each day when we returned home and blessed us with his presence at meal times, and took naps in the sun. Ellen