Tour Long Island

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Tour Long Island

Tour Long Island

What to do when touring Long Island, NY

Long Island is a remarkable region of New York, just east of the world’s largest metropolis. Capable of bringing you gourmet dining with world renown chef’s, world class vineyards, miles of undeveloped sandy ocean beaches, and a host of quaint villages with galleries and all facets of talented artists. Long Island is an eclectic mix of suburbia, boating and ocean beaches on Nassau’s South Shore, to the North Shore’s beautiful Gold Coast Mansions among the homes, to the lessening of population as you travel east.

Once in eastern Long Island taking the LIE (Long Island Expressway) you will come to Riverhead at an end at the inside of the fish tail shape the island is often likened to. That is where the atlantic ocean rushes into the space between the two forks and is called the Peconic Bay.  Once there in the old village of yesteryear you can stay awhile for some summer fun and attractions or major shopping at the designer mall, or you can choose to go south to The Hamptons on the south fork, or north to the North Fork. The North Fork has some quaint little towns, some sleepy villages and some bustling touristy areas… all minutes from the long stretch of a few towns that are home beautiful and bountiful vineyards. After a day of touring the shops, preserves, farm stands and North Fork Wineries, there are plenty of restaurants for dining, and places to stay. North Fork Bed and Breakfasts are all around but often filled to capacity in warm weather so reservations a must. For last minute travel or if you plan to stay for a day trip going longer…. then try the many  North Fork hotels or inns either on the North Fork or just west of it in Riverhead.

The south fork or The Hamptons  is a long stretch of about ten towns and villages all with their own welcoming charm. They each have there character and flavor and can keep you easily busy for a vacation at any one of the Hampton towns. Beaches, ferries, boat trips, golf, dining, watersports, movies, theater, art galleries, or just finding a quiet place to do nothing are what The Hampton’s is about. If you have only one day to see the Hamptons and you cannot choose which, it is a popular belief that Montauk is a must see place on one’s travel itinerary. Because it is the furthest eastern point of New York state, and there are breathtaking cliffside views of the Atlantic Ocean, along with outdoor waterfront dining, and enjoyable beaches along with the famous Montauk Light house at the very end, be sure to include it if you can. Places to stay in Montauk also are in high demand in the warm weather. Visit emontauk.com to find view available Montauk hotels, motels or inns, call ahead and reserve. Off season there are always enjoyable things to do as well and plenty of places to stay.

Back west there are a number of fun Long Island villages to browse, shop and enjoy along with cool and interesting tourist attractions. There are small, known and less known villages all across the island. Popular and well known big village/ towns are Nassau County’s: Long Beach, Rockville Center, Garden City, Great Neck and Manhasset.  Suffolk County’s most well known villages are: Huntington, Port Jefferson, Stonybrook, Sayville and Fire Island Enjoy iLongIsland as a travel resource for making the most of Long Island and many of the wonderful things to see and do.

 


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