Greenwich: A Beginner’s Guide

Polo photo: BobLubash

The local forecast calls for sunny days ahead. Now, what to do? Take advantage of the warm season and head outdoors to explore your favorite town: Greenwich. Cristin Marandino, editor of Greenwich Magazine, offers five picks, appealing to a variety of interests, that every newcomer should know to feel like an insider.

Bruce Museum
With more than a dozen rotating exhibitions throughout the year, the Bruce Museum is a world-class art institution right here in Fairfield County. Past exhibitions have included the first retrospective in more than twenty years of Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley’s work; Contemporary artist Chuck Close; and Danish sculptor Bjorn Okholm Skaarup. Permanent galleries feature the natural sciences. 1 Museum Drive; 203-869-0376; brucemuseum.org

Capitol Theatre
Roc-n-roll is alive and well at the Capitol Theatre just over the Greenwich border in Port Chester. Over the years, the storied venue has showcased everyone from the Grateful Dead to Janis Joplin. On the schedule for this summer are the legendary Bob Dylan (June 13-15) and Pixies (Sept. 24). Hit the Rye House for a Happy Hour of truly great deals before the show or meet up at Garcia’s in the lobby. If you want to make the night an exclusive affair, book a Presidential booth, which holds up to six people and comes with its own private cocktail waitress.  149 Westchester Ave., Port Chester, 914-937-4126; thecapitoltheatre. com

Bowman Observatory
You don’t have to schlep to the Hayden Planetarium to get a good look at the summer sky. The Bowman Observatory’s state-of-the-art Carbon Fiber sixteen-inch- diameter Ritchey-Chretien telescope takes stargazing to new heights. Operated by members of the Astronomical Society of Greenwich, the observatory is open to the public free of charge on the first and third Wednesday of the month. Summer hours are 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. (clear nights only), and for special celestial events. 180 East Elm St. (on the grounds of the Julian Curtis School), greenwichstars@gmail.com

Photo by: Venera Alexandrova

Greenwich Avenue
While every town has a downtown dotted with shops and restaurants, Greenwich Avenue is a centralized hub of iconicglobal brands like Hermes, Ralph Lauren, Saks Fifth Avenue, Baccarat and  Tesla. It is also home to local businesses that have been catering to the luxe market for decades—some even more than a century—including jewelers Betteridge and Manfredi, fashion retailer Richards and florist McArdle’s. Choose from a casual bite at a number of eateries, including Méli Mélo and Chipotle, or go more upscale and hit East End or Bistro V. Don’t want to spend any money? At a little over a half-mile long, the Avenue is a perfect stroll for  people-watching and window-shopping.

Greenwich Polo
One of Greenwich’s greatest hidden gems is  Greenwich Polo Club—ranked among the most elite polo venues in the world. Every Sunday in June and select Sundays in July, August and September, visitors are invited to this back-country enclave to watch the majestic game while enjoying an afternoon with friends and family. Bring a picnic lunch (don’t forget the champagne) or visit one of the gourmet food trucks and full bar on the grounds. Dress is casual chic and while hats are not required, they are certainly encouraged. Season passes and match tickets, starting at $40 per car, are available online at greenwichpoloclub.com or pay per car at the gate, $60. (Photo by Bob Lubash.)

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