Are you dreaming of traveling to New York these days? How about planning a few more days of vacation to discover a fantastic destination with attractions for the most demanding tourists? Take a trip to Long Island and find out.
From Manhattan to the tip of it, the trip takes about 3 hours and is worth exploring every corner, from start to finish.
Wonderful beaches and for all tastes
An island with dozens of beautiful beaches, all very different. Some are perfect for surfing, others for those who like calmer waters, some deserted, others lively, beaches with beautiful lighthouses or wild nature. It is impossible not to be enchanted by each of them.
Bars and restaurants by the sea, with live music and late afternoons with breathtaking sunsets, which can be enjoyed in charming marinas, on the lakes and in the canals where you can arrive by land or sea. These are perfect programs for anyone planning to travel between late spring and early fall.
Royal accommodation at Oheka Castle
Have you ever imagined staying in a castle in the heart of NY? This is one of the unmissable experiences in Long Island. The Hotel Oheka Castle is a century-old Château with wonderful gardens, which looks like an European movie set and is very close to Manhattan.
The castle is surrounded by greenery, with beautiful woods and gardens, a golf course and a mansion with more than 100 rooms.
The property has been completely renovated and transformed into a hotel with 32 luxurious apartments and suites. Today it is one of the most popular venues in the world to celebrate luxurious weddings. Kings, presidents, rich and famous have stayed here. The castle has appeared in several commercials and movies. This is a must-visit location during your trip to Long Island.
The Gold Coast and the settings of the Great Gatsbi
Anyone who read the novel or watched the movie “The Great Gatsby” may remember the million-dollar mansions and the extravagant, endless parties that took place on the Gold Coast of Long Island.
In the 1890s and 1930s, more than 1200 mansions were built in this region, the location chosen by millionaires for their summer homes. Today, less than 1/3 of them still exist, and luckily for us, some have been turned into hotels, parks and museums that can be visited.
In addition to Oheka Castle, Vanderbilt, Mill Neck, Planting Field, Sands Point, Bayard Cutting Arboretum are some preserved mansions that tell the story of those golden years in New York.
Organic farms, lavender fields and sunflowers
Who could imagine such European landscapes with lavender fields and even sunflowers so close to NY?
And who would have thought that alongside the bustling NY, there are places so bucolic and rural, with organic farms that sell vegetables, milk and eggs, pies and cookies on the side of the roads and on the way to the Hamptons?
Hamptons millionaire mansions
The island is also known as the New Yorkers’ backyard. The rich and famous have wonderful homes in the Hamptons area and that’s where they usually escape on weekends, holidays and summer vacations. In fact, this season of the year is usually very popular there.
In the past, this was primarily an agricultural and fishing area. With the arrival of railroad tracks and then roads, the region began to transform into a vacation spot for the wealthy New Yorkers. In addition to beautiful mansions, the Hamptons also have idyllic beaches, trendy restaurants and bars, and charming villages with shops, art galleries and cafes.
The trail for wine and beer lovers
Long Island offers dozens of wineries, craft breweries and distilleries. With different proposals, many offer huge open spaces with tables and chairs on the lawns, live music, overlooking vineyards, flowery fields and some of them with beautiful views of the sea.
To make the experience even more fun, it is possible to book a limo service and explore a dozen of these places with a group of friends. This will definitely make the difference on your trip to Long Island.