Established in 1640, Greenwich has long attracted commuters who value access to the thrills of the city while enjoying the small-town charm and natural splendor of this historic community. Once a resort town for the Rockefellers, this quiet city is dotted with beautifully preserved Victorian mansions, a stunning shoreline, and top-tier local arts and culture. With just a 45-minute commute, it continues to draw many New Yorkers seeking spacious country estates, New England charm, and upscale amenities.
What to Love
Small-town convenience with a cosmopolitan vibe
Miles of shoreline and countryside
45-minute train ride to New York City
Historic mansions and palatial waterfront homes
Greenwich boasts a small-town feel loaded with New England charm, and visitors and locals alike will find an abundance of upscale eateries, boutique retail establishments, and plenty of events for art lovers and film enthusiasts. Nature lovers enjoy strolling on the beautiful shoreline, horseback riding, and taking in the abundant natural beauty of this lively town. Historic mansions lend a stately air to the tree-lined streets, where immaculate landscaping blends with classic New England architecture.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
There’s plenty of high-end shopping and dining in this quaint corner of New England, where a seemingly endless array of top-tier eateries and boutiques attract locals and visitors alike to Greenwich's thriving downtown. Stop in at Harvest Wine Bar
, where Chef Nube Siguenza offers up modern takes on Italian cuisine paired perfectly with selections from the restaurant's extensive wine list. Offerings change with the seasons, highlighting local and organic produce from the surrounding area.
Reserve a table at Le Penguin
for new twists on French classics in an intimate setting. Indulge in fresh-caught seafood at Elm Street Oyster House
, one of the most highly-acclaimed restaurants in the state. High-style blends with bold patterns and color at the shop of local designer Patrick Mele
, who has been nationally recognized for his incredible, exuberant work by Vogue, Architectural Digest, and New York Magazine. Stylish boutique out of the box
is the first stop for locals looking for on-trend fashion and custom jewelry, while Saks Fifth Avenue
offers high-quality looks from your favorite designers.
Greenwich Avenue offers a great place to explore unique shops and excellent restaurants in the bustling downtown area of this small city.
Things to Do
The world-famous Greenwich International Film Festival
draws thousands of visitors yearly for movie screenings and festivities in downtown Greenwich. Locals reserve their tickets early for must-see screenings and the ever-popular Changemaker Gala, which benefits local charities and arts initiatives. Climb to the top of the hill overlooking Greenwich Harbor for great views and entry to the Bruce Museum
, where you'll find stunning art exhibits with global recognition for their excellence. Greenwich is also renowned for its equestrian culture, polo tournaments, show jumping events, and numerous horse riding and boarding facilities. One of only three polo clubs in the country that offer high-goal polo, Greenwich Polo Club
is the premier destination for polo matches and tournaments. And when you want to get away from it all, head to Greenwich Point Park
, which has miles of coastal trails and views of New York City across Long Island Sound.
The Greenwich Public School District is ranked as one of the best in the state, and locals here can choose from a range of both public and private options to best meet their unique needs. With an emphasis on high-quality education for all students, Greenwich offers a wonderful selection of schools.
- Greenwich Catholic School, K-8, 11:1 student-teacher ratio (471 North St., (203) 869-4000)
- Parkway School, K-5, ranked in the top 5% of Connecticut schools (141 Lower Cross Rd., (203) 869-7466)
- Greenwich High School, 9-12, ranked in the top 20% of schools in Connecticut (10 Hillside Rd., (203) 625-8000)