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Staycation Destinations on Long Island - No Passport Required

Whether you are looking for a a unique vacation staycation, romantic weekend getaway, or a special anniversary without going too far from home- Long Island has spots that make you feel like you've stepped into a beautiful European location.

Tour the Long Island Riviera!

 "A Day in France"

Stay: Oheka Castle, a French-style chateau, the second largest private residence ever built in America. 

Dine: Bistro Cassis  a quaint bistro with classic French dishes

Pastries!: Fiorello Dolce Patisserie is known for their croissants and if you want to try a specialty- their Frenagel is the love child of a French croissant and a bagel. 

Excursion:
Take a stroll around Heckscher Museum where you will find works by American and European artists.
Make a trip to Sparkling Pointe on the North Fork where the 40 acres of vineyard are planted only with the classic Champagne grape varieties. Stop at Croteaux Vineyards along your way which makes rose wine only. Croteaux's wines combine the traditional tastes of southern France with the distinct seaside style and agrarian history of the North Fork.

 "The English Countryside"

Stay: Kerber's Farm airbnb, private tranquil setting on a small organic farm. Kerber's Farm has chickens, bee hives, ducks, and an adorable cafe/bakery. 

Dine: Head to Massapequa Park to The Good Life, a full service English Style Pub restaurant complete with the classic red telephone booth. Enjoy traditional pub food along with English favorites such as Fish & Chips and Tikka Masala. 

Tea!: Robinson's Tea Room in Stony Brook offers the British Afternoon Tea service, which includes sweets, savories and scones on a three-tier tower with unlimited tea, is a favorite for guests looking for something special and unique. The Secret Garden tea cafe & gift shop in Port Jefferson features a menu with a Full Afternoon Tea and they also serve traditional clotted cream imported from England. 

Excursion: Visit the Bayard Cutting Arboretum where you can tour the Cutting estate featuring extensive moldings and details. You can also walk the beautiful grounds filled with informal planting. You may also engage in another tea affair at the Hidden Oak Cafe where with proper reservations you can enjoy a Victorian Tea. For formal gardens, take a trip to Old Westbury Gardens. George A. Crawley, a British artist, designer and purveyor of English taste, brought together a total concept of house and gardens in his estate design for the Phipps family. Today, visitors can experience the grounds and gardens, which remain largely untouched from the Phipps era, with many English-style perennials and biennials preserved. You may also enjoy the Cafe in the Woods with Afternoon Tea

 

"A Trip to Tuscany"

Stay: Sannino Vineyard Bed & Breakfast, located in the heart of Long Island’s Wine Country. Enjoy the Tuscan styled Suite or Villa, both with stunning views of the main estate and sustainable vineyards. 

Dine: Il Giardino in Aquebogue, serving authentic Sicilian dishes and local seafood in a historic inn setting. Maroni Cuisine in Northport offers a Chef Tasting menu of delicious classics

Olive Oil & Balsamic: Take a stroll into The Crushed Olive in Huntington or The Olive Tree in Northport for olive oil & balsamic tasting and purchasing.

Excursion: Sip where you sleep. enjoy wine steps away from your room at Sannino Vineyard. Make a trip to Raphael Vineyard- the winery was designed by owner John Petrocelli who was inspired by the Italian monasteries of his ancestral home.

Make a reservation at The Cook's Studio in Hicksville to learn pasta making or how to make fresh mozzarella or burrata.

 

"Northern Europe Excursion"

Stay: Garden City Hotel in Garden City may appear new but the grounds have long held a large estate style hotel and the property hosts a very interesting history. The original hotel was build in the Victorian style and opened in 1874. 

Dine: Kelly's Ale House in Bohemia is a pub with some of your favorite Northern European and Irish faire with a twist including Swedish meatball sliders, fish & chips and bangers and mash. Huntington's Meehans & Finnegans as well as Northport's Napper Tandy's offer similar offerings with great pub vibes. 

Scandinavian delicacies!: Copenhagen Bakery in Northport will be your pastry location as well as a great spot for breakfast whether you are hungry for a Belgian waffle or a Aebleskiver (pancake popover balls).

Excursions: 

Sands Point Preserve, walk the grounds and enjoy the sites of Hempstead house and Castle Gould. Castle Gould was the first of four mansions built here, designed by architect Augustus N. Allen in 1902, modeled after Ireland’s Kilkenny Castle.

Take a drive past some of the most iconic features of the South Fork-- Windmills popular in the Netherlands. Long Island is host to more windmills than anywhere else in the United States.

Take a Brew Crew Cycling tour to try out some of Long Island's craft brewery with stops locations, consisting of Long Ireland Brewery, North Fork Brewing Company, Tradewinds Brewery, and/or The Birchwood of Polish Town.

If in season visit a tulip festival - popular in places with Dutch heritage during the Spring. WaterDrinker Farm in Manorville planted over 500,000 tulips for their festival.


"Mediterranean Island Hopping"

Start off in Greenport

Stay:  Menhaden- Boutique 16 room hotel with high-end service and modern amenities. Enjoy the North Fork’s only hotel roofdeck

Dine in Greeport: Olive Branch - Traditional Mediterranean recipes with European and American influences. Featured dishes from Turkey, France, Greece, and Italy.

Excursion: Take in some shopping in Greenport, seaside town with art galleries, eateries, and shops. Be sure to visit Mitchell Park, where there is a carousel. Make sure to check out the night life at Claudios

Boat: Shelter Island Ferry - North Ferry- Greenport-> Shelter Island

Island 1: Shelter Island

Stay:  Sunset Beach Hotel- on Shelter Island feels like you are staying on the Amalfi coast. 

Dine on Shelter: Enjoy French inspired cuisine at Sunset Beach or take in a four-course Italian-inspired Chef's menu at 18 Bay that is a direct reflection of the local markets. 

Excursion: Take a boat charter and enjoy some water sports with Peconic Water Sports or book a sunset sail with Layla Sailing

Boat: Shelter Island Ferry- South Ferry- Greenport -> North Haven

Drive/Boat: Drive to Bay Shore and catch a Fire Island Ferry

Island 2: Fire Island 

Stay: The Fire Island Beach House - great spot located on the ocean side of Fire Island

Dine: The Canes at the Fire Island Beach House has light bites including their Mezze Platter and Watermelon Feta Salad. A bit more hungry, then head to the Island Mermaid-  'fusion' cuisine, boldly blends distinct flavors and interesting ingredients from diverse parts of the world for the sophisticated fire island palate. 

Live it up: That Mykonos party atmosphere can be found at Flynn's (dine here too). Their Sunday Funday is famous so make sure to enjoy the DJ 

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