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May
2

Long Island: Catch a Glimpse of Space

Space Day on Long Island - Coach Realtors

May 6th is National Space Day. What better way to celebrate than by checking out the tremendous innovations in space exploration we've made over the years? Or by experiencing the beauty of space for yourself? There are great options to do both right in your new neighborhood. If you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale, you can pay a visit to the Cradle of Aviation Museum. Or if you're looking at Suffolk County homes for sale, you'll want to see the Vanderbilt Planetarium.

  • Cradle of Aviation Museum - Charles Lindbergh Boulevard, Garden City, NY 11530
    Near these Garden City homes for sale, the Cradle of Aviation Museum is all about flight, from kites and hot air balloons all the way to the rockets that have taken us into space. Among the exhibits is a replica of the first liquid-fuel rocket ever built, the Goddard A-Series, in the 1920s.

    Of course, not all the exhibits are just replicas. There are also a number of real space modules, such as the Rockwell Command Module 002, which flew to the moon and back in 1966, and the Grumman Lunar Module LM-13, built for the canceled Apollo 19 mission. There's also a Grumman Lunar Module simulator built to help astronauts prepare for the journey.

    The museum also has a planetarium with a wide array of space shows and exhibits. There's an exploration of the night sky, a trip through the asteroid belt, an exploration of what humans' first mission to Mars will be like, and much more. Plus, go with Big Bird and Elmo on an exploration of the stars and constellations in One World, One Sky.

    The Cradle of Aviation Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am-5 pm. Tickets are $21 for adults 13 and up, or $19 for children and seniors. There are also private bookings available for parties and other events.

  • The Vanderbilt's Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium - 180 Little Neck Rd., Centerport, NY 11721
    The Charles and Helen Reichert Planetarium is part of the Vanderbilt Museum. It provides a variety of different shows and events to teach children and adults alike about the wonders of space. Open Friday through Sunday, there's an ever-rotating schedule of daytime and evening shows, plus live lectures on the stars and planets.

    Current shows include Stars, narrated by Mark Hamill, about the birth, life, and death of everything from pulsars to black holes, and Dynamic Earth, which explores the oceans, atmosphere, climate, and more. Plus, the Vanderbilt Planetarium is also playing One World, One Sky, the Sesame Street-helmed exploration of the stars.

    The planetarium even has a rooftop observatory, where visitors can get a guided tour of the real night sky via their powerful Meade reflecting telescope. The observatory is open every Friday night, and, as it happens, National Space Day falls on a Friday.

    Plus, if you like to hike, you might check out the Solar System Hiking Trail, a mile-long loop that includes a scale model of the solar system. Hikers start at the sun and walk around to all eight planets. Note that the trail is only for experienced hikers.

    Daytime shows are $16 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, or $13 for children under 12. Evening shows are $10 for adults, $9 for students and seniors, or $8 for children. There are also laser shows featuring a dazzling display of flashing, colorful lights set to music.

Wherever you're looking to move to, our REALTORS® can help you find a house that meets your needs and show you some of the fun and interesting things to do around the neighborhood. Contact us today and let us get you into your dream home.

March
14

Where to Go for Pie on Pi Day Around Long Island

Bakeries for Pi Day - Long Island - Coach Realtors

Pi Day is observed on March 14, but instead of trying to remember exactly what pi stands for, it's a great excuse to stop by a local bakery for some pie. The Long Island area is home to many bakeries worth visiting on Pi Day or any other.

Our REALTORS® suggest taking a tasty trip to one of the bakeries around Long Island to enjoy pie on Pi Day.

Nassau County

  • Buttercooky Bakery - 217 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001
    Buttercooky Bakery
    , located near Floral Park homes for sale, is a third-generation family business that's served up delicious sweets for over 50 years. This location is the bakery's original flagship store, and its success has allowed the family to add two more locations. Whether you want a small pie all to yourself or a larger one to share, you'll be able to choose from 4-, 8-, and 10-inch pies. Available flavors include pecan, lemon meringue, brownie, and several apple, cherry, and blueberry variations.

  • SugarBerry Bakery - 312 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    With the goal of being an ambassador of the European art of baking, SugarBerry Bakery uses the highest quality ingredients to create its pies and other sweets. The bakery, located just around the corner from Rockville Centre homes for sale, is a cozy space where you can select desserts directly from a beautiful gallery. Pie flavors include apple, blueberry, cherry, coconut, custard, and chocolate mud.

  • Whistle Stop Desserts - 3424 Lawson Blvd., Oceanside, NY 11572
    Whistle Stop Desserts
    has made treats in Nassau County for over 40 years. The bakery got its start with cheesecake and has since expanded to pies and other sweets, with fine-tuned family recipes forming the basis for most of its offerings. Choose from a selection of coconut custard, pecan, chocolate pecan, and fruit pies, including key lime and banana caramel creme, made with no added sugar.

Suffolk County

  • Torte Jeff Pie Co. - 218 E. Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Not surprisingly, pies take center stage at Torte Jeff Pie Co., located near Port Jefferson homes for sale. Choose from apple crumb, toasted coconut, pecan, lemon meringue, key lime, and chocolate cream, as well as vegan options like apple, blueberry, and strawberry rhubarb. You'll also find savory pies like chicken and brisket pot pie.

  • Kerber's Farm - 309 W. Pulaski Rd., Huntington, NY 11743
    Kerber's Farm
    has the distinction of being one of the last remaining working farms in Huntington. It's also the site of a shop that sells pies, among other things, and the business has been featured in national publications, including Oprah magazine and The New York Times. You'll find its shop near Huntington homes for sale and can order a small or large apple, apple crumb, strawberry rhubarb, banana cream, s'mores, and more. 

  • Copenhagen Bakery & Cafe - 75 Woodbine Ave. A, Northport, NY 11768
    Copenhagen Bakery & Cafe
    uses no preservatives or fillers in its pies and other offerings, and some ingredients are even imported from Denmark to provide an authentic flavor. Located near Northport homes for sale, the friendly bakery has tables inside and outside by the water where you can relax and chat. Customer favorite pies include raspberry peach, coconut custard, and blueberry crumb.

Contact us to see Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. We've served Long Island's real estate needs for 65 years, earning a reputation for experience, finesse, and a deep commitment to our agents, community, and people who are drawn to live on Long Island. 

February
28

Long Island: Find the Perfect Dress for Your Big Day

Bridal Shops - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

National Wedding Planning Day is March 1, so if you're a bride-to-be, it's the perfect time to start planning the wedding of your dreams. One of the most important elements to decide on is your bridal gown, and you'll find many shops in Nassau and Suffolk counties that can help you turn your dreams into a reality.

Our REALTORS®  suggest visiting one of the following Long Island shops to find the perfect dress for your Big Day.

Nassau County

  • The Wedding Plaza - 216 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001
    If you're looking for a designer wedding gown, stop by The Wedding Plaza, located near Floral Park homes for sale. The shop, serving area brides since 1988, has a large selection of dresses from designers including Kitty Chen, Pronovias, and Justin Alexander. And if you have a specific designer you love, schedule a visit during one of the shop's frequent trunk shows that highlight their collection. 

  • Blossom Brides - 230 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    You'll find the latest in bridal looks and accessories at Blossom Brides, located just around the corner from Rockville Centre homes for sale. And when you find a gown to love, you can have the shop employ some of their original and unique customization options to create a one-of-a-kind look. Custom tailoring and design work are offered, and after your big day, the shop can even clean and preserve your gown for you.

  • Karen Sabag New York - 1685-87 Northern Blvd., Manhasset, NY 11030
    If you're a bride-to-be who will be in the area looking at Manhasset homes for sale, schedule an appointment with Karen Sabag New York to discuss the vision you have for your gown. The atelier will work closely with you from design conception to completion to take your gown from sketch to reality, reflecting hundreds of hours of work as various artisans create your dress.

Suffolk County

  • Angel Bridals - 39 W. Main St., East Islip NY 11730
    For over 30 years, Angel Bridals, located just around the corner from East Islip homes for sale, has helped brides get ready for their big day. Couture bridal gowns are available from sizes 2 to 32, and you'll also be able to find everything you might need to accessorize your gown, including custom headpieces, jewelry collections, and undergarments. The shop also offers expert alterations, gown restoration, and customizing, which is their forte. 

  • Blu Rayne Bridal Boutique - 3 Crooked Hill Rd., Commack, NY 11725
    No matter your style, you're likely to find the right bridal gown at Blu Rayne Bridal Boutique. Located near Commack homes for sale, the boutique carries traditional gowns as well as those in styles such as boho chic. For a fun experience, gather friends and family to accompany you on Princess Package at the shop, including champagne, stylists, light snacks, and a credit toward a bridal gown purchase.

  • Bridal Salon of Dix Hills - 1870 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743
    Bridal Salon of Dix Hills, a full-service bridal boutique located near Huntington homes for sale, aims to make your fairytale wedding a dream come true. The shop carries dresses in sizes 2-32W and specializes in figure-flattering gowns for any bride. Their experienced staff will guide you through the process of finding the perfect gown for you.

Contact us to see Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. Since 1954, our brokerage has helped clients who have been drawn to live on Long Island find their dream homes, and we'd love to help you as well! 

February
7

Where to Celebrate Pizza Day Around Long Island

Pizza Day - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

It's crunchy. It's chewy. It's cheesy! What could be better than pizza? Many people share our opinion of pizza because there's a national holiday dedicated to this food. National Pizza Day is February 9th, 2022, and our REALTORS® have some awesome pizza restaurants to recommend in honor of the occasion. 

  • Rustica Brick Oven Cafe: 1 Nassau Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530
    Rustica Brick Oven Cafe is a great place to grab a pizza when you're looking at Garden City homes for sale. Offerings include 8" personal pizzas, along with 12" and 17"pizzas for sharing.

    A favorite here is the Rustica pizza, which comes topped with tomato basil sauce, roasted red peppers, pepperoni, tomatoes, olives, and house-made mozzarella. The BLT pizza is also awesome if you're in the mood for something more creative.

  • Village Pizzeria: 169 Tulip Ave., Floral Park, NY 11001
    If you're in the area looking at Floral Park homes for sale, stop by Village Pizzeria for a traditional Italian experience. The restaurant uses top-quality ingredients and old family recipes to create fantastic pizza.

    Top menu items here include the Neapolitan, Sicilian, and Margherita pizzas. Most are sold by the pie and by the slice.

  • Gino's Pizzeria: 48 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Gino's Pizzeria is a great place to celebrate National Pizza Day. It's a family-owned restaurant that uses recipes directly from Southern Italy. Pizzas are made with real San Marzano tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella for a truly indulgent experience.

    If you're looking at Port Washington homes for sale, Gino's is just minutes away. The Marinara and Pizza Bianca are local favorites, and the Mac-n-Cheese pizza is a creation everyone deserves to try at least once. 

  • Giovanni's Pizza: 149 Veterans Memorial Hwy., Commack, NY 11725
    Giovanni's Pizza
    is known for its friendly service and great food. The pizza offerings are creative, including the BBQ Chicken and Buffalo Chicken pizzas. The restaurant also has a good selection of calzones for those who prefer their pizzas in pocket form.

    Giovanni's would be a convenient place to stop if you're looking at Commack homes for sale. With plenty of soups, salads, heroes, and pasta dishes on the menu, it's a great choice for families, too.

  • Emilio's: 2201 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
    If you prefer to dine in a high-energy atmosphere, Emilio's is a good place to grab a pizza. The destination features a full bar, televisions on the wall, and upbeat servers. 

    While Emilio's does offer some incredible seafood dishes, you have to try the pizza on National Pizza Day. The Old World Pies are made on classic, thin Italian crusts. There's also a delicious baked cheese calzone, along with a delightful roasted cauliflower pizza.

  • Nina's Pizzeria: 487 Main St., Northport, NY 11768
    Nina's Pizza is a cozy restaurant located in what used to be a private home. When the weather is nice, you can dine on the front patio. Nina's is known for its Caprese Salad, which can round out your pizza order.

    One of the top pies to order here is the Spicy Thai Chicken pizza. The sweet and spicy sauce is incredible. Make sure you allow some time to look at East Northport homes for sale after your meal. 

National Pizza Day could not be easier to celebrate. Grab yourself a slice at one of the above restaurants and enjoy. If you'd like help viewing Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we're ready to help. Contact us to learn more about our real estate services. 

January
24

Reserve an Igloo for Dinner Around Long Island

Outside Igloo Dining - Long Island - Coach Realtors

Our REALTORS® will give you a tour of open houses if you're visiting Long Island in search of a home. But if you want a real taste of Long Island hospitality, make sure to reserve an igloo for dinner.

An igloo dining experience allows you to curl up in a cozy bubble as you dine and stave off the winter weather for a few hours. Igloo dinners are perfect for a family outing or a winter date. Our REALTORS® suggest coming out of the cold and enjoying the unique dining experience that the following places have to offer.

  1. Uncle Bacala's – 2370 Jericho Turnpike, Garden City Park, NY 11040
    Located in the vicinity of our Garden City homes for sale, this restaurant offers excellent views afforded from its picturesque outdoor deck. Whether you're looking for a quiet sunset date or an unforgettable experience with family and friends, Uncle Bacala's is the place to be. The Igloos come in various sizes, so you can bring the whole family to enjoy hearty Italian meals or a date for a romantic dinner.

  2. 317 Main Street – 317 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
    East Norwich is a charming place to call home, as proved by its array of neighborhood parks, entertainment centers, and restaurants. One such restaurant is 317 Main Street in Farmingdale, located just a few minutes from these stunning East Norwich homes for sale. Their restaurant offers live entertainment, distinctive cocktails, and an unbeatable menu.

    Moreover, you can find several igloos lining the sidewalk that are heated and equipped with Bluetooth speakers. Nothing beats the view, and the fact that you can bring your own music makes for a magical night.

  3. Smuggler Jack's – 157 Forest Ave., Massapequa, NY 11758
    Smuggler Jack's is a waterfront restaurant and bar that offers an unmatched dining experience that's bound to make you forget the crisp chill of winter. You can experience waterside dining all year round in the clear domed structures that come complete with comfortable furniture and a fireplace that keeps the space toasty even in the depths of winter.

  4. Maxwell's - 501 Main St., Islip, NY 11751 Islip
    Get cozy in the heart of Islip just a few minutes from these East Islip homes for sale at Maxwell's. It's a casual dining spot that offers the best of everything from an innovative menu to an outdoor igloo outfitted with twinkling lights, fur blankets, and cozy seating. These igloos sit up to eight people, making them perfect for a get-together or a family outing.

  5. Wave Seafood & Steak Restaurant – 25 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    After a day taking in some Port Jefferson homes for sale, you can spend your evening indulging in a delectable dinner at Wave Seafood & Steak Restaurant. The restaurant offers seasonal menu items ranging from fresh salads to delicious seafood. Perched along the Port Jefferson harbor, an igloo dinner at Wave is accompanied by a breathtaking water view—especially at sunset—and a cozy fireplace.

Ready to Make Long Island Home?

Long Island is one of the best places to live in America—it's home to friendly neighborhoods, great schools, and has some of the best recreational centers this side of the Atlantic. If you're ready to find your forever home in Long Island, have a look at our Nassau County and Suffolk County homes for sale. Contact us today so we can set up a house tour and get you started on your home-purchasing journey.

January
10

5 Destinations for Heritage Treasures Day Around Long Island

Heritage Treasures Day - Long Island - Coach Realtors

Heritage Treasures Day was established in 2017 in the UK as a way to explore and preserve historical sites. It takes place every year on January 11 and has grown in popularity worldwide. There are many great places to celebrate this unique day near Suffolk County homes for sale and Nassau County homes for sale, with museums and preserved historical sites dating back to American history's earliest days. Our REALTORS® have all the details on five fascinating destinations for Heritage Treasures Day around Long Island.

  1. Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate – 135 West Gate Dr., Huntington, NY 11743
    The Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate is one of Long Island's most famous historical treasures and is conveniently located near Huntington homes for sale. Oheka Castle is a slice of historic Europe in the heart of Long Island, serving today as a luxury hotel, wedding venue, dining destination, and event space. Enjoy a luxurious overnight stay at the amazing hotel, grab a meal at the OHK Bar & Restaurant, or stop by for a tour to experience all that the estate has to offer.

  2. Country House Restaurant – 1175 N. Country Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    The Country House Restaurant was built circa 1710 near Stony Brook homes for sale, and it's still in operation today. Sit down for an amazing meal in a beautifully preserved historic home, and experience Long Island history in the present day. The menu changes monthly with new things to try, and there are also special menus available for many of the year's biggest holidays.

  3. Cradle of Aviation Museum – Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530
    Located near Garden City homes for sale, the Cradle of Aviation Museum tells the story of how humanity took to the skies and beyond. It's a great place to learn all about the history of flight in the United States and features some excellent space travel exhibits. The museum features eight galleries with more than 75 air and spacecraft, along with fun exhibits on retro games and a state-of-the-art planetarium that has unique shows all day long.

  4. Stony Brook Grist Mill – 100 Harbor Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    The Stony Brook Grist Mill was built in 1751 and served as an active mill for local farmers until the 1950s. Today, it has been converted into a historical site where you can learn about the mill's history and discover how wheat was processed in the past. It's open every Sunday for guided tours, with a miller on-site and a gift shop where you can find fun souvenirs.

  5. Long Island Traditions – 382 Main St. #G02, Port Washington, NY 11050
    If you're interested in getting involved with preserving local heritage sites yourself, then Long Island Traditions is the perfect organization to help you pursue your passions. Located near Port Washington homes for sale, Long Island Traditions works to preserve historic architecture, historic sites, and structures that tell the story of Long Island, as well as amplifying the voices of local artists who create works about historical sites. Long Island Traditions also has the Honoring Traditions program, which focuses on the music, dance, crafts, and art of cultures that have called Long Island home.

Are you searching for a home that makes it easy to explore all of the fascinating historical and cultural destinations around Long Island? Let our local real estate team help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in your favorite Long Island communities.

December
13

Visit These Music Shops Around Long Island

Music Shops - Long Island - Coach Realtors

Monday, December 13th is an important day, especially for music lovers. It's Violin Day! Invented in the 1500s, the violin has since become an important instrument across various genres of music, from classical to hard rock. What better way to honor it than by visiting one of the great music shops on Long Island. Here are some top music shops our REALTORS® recommend.

  • Lewis Music: 278 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501
    Lewis Music is a locally owned music store not far from many Garden City homes for sale. They sell string instruments, including violins. Some are new, and others are used on consignment. The store also sells bows and offers bow repair services.

    Lewis Music also sells guitars and band instruments, and they offer both in-person and virtual music lessons. If you're not quite ready to buy your own instrument, ask about their rental program.

  • Laconia Music Center: 410 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
    Laconia Music Center is a music store just minutes from Floral Park homes for sale. They opened in 1960 and have been serving the Long Island community ever since.

    This store offers violins and other orchestra string instruments with straightforward pricing. They're also known for their selection of less-common instruments, including tubas, bassoons, and contrabasses. Aspiring musicians of all ages can take lessons at their modern studio.

  • Poppa's Music Music: 168 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501
    Take a break from looking at Nassau County homes for sale, and stop by Poppa's Music Music to look at the instruments. They have an impressive selection of guitars, pianos, and woodwinds.

    Poppa's Music Music also offers rentals, including violins and larger string instruments like cellos. They have some smaller instruments to suit school children, too. If you already own a violin or other instrument and need it fixed, visit their repair center.

  • Munro Music: 416 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, NY 11731
    Munro Music is within easy reach of East Northport homes for sale. They offer violin and viola lessons for all ages. You could even learn how to play the cello, the bass version of the violin. Their one-on-one, private teaching style makes it easier to learn at your own pace.

    Munro Music also sells sheet music, and they rent band and orchestra instruments for the school year and summer. 

  • The Instrument Store: 81H E. Jeftyn Blvd., Deer Park, NY 11729
    If you're looking at Dix Hills homes for sale, then The Instrument Store is a good place to celebrate Violin Day. They've been in business since 1991, and they carry a great selection of instruments, from saxophones to guitars.

    The Instrument Store often offers open box deals, which are a good way to save when buying an instrument. If they have to order an instrument for you, they always offer free shipping. 

  • The Music Zoo: 123 Smith St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
    The Music Zoo has such a creative name, and its employees are just as creative and lovely. Open since 1994, this is a great music shop to visit if you're looking at West Islip homes for sale.

    The Music Zoo sells some of the best brands, from Gibson to Taylor. They're also a great place to pick up amps and various musical accessories. 

Whether you play the violin, have always wanted to learn, or just like admiring the art behind these gorgeous string instruments, stopping at one of these music shops is sure to be enjoyable. Contact us if you need help finding homes for sale nearby.

December
6

Where to Suit Up Around Long Island

Menswear Shops - Long Island - Coach Realtors

Nothing makes a man look and feel better than a well-fitted suit and tie. Since December is National Tie Month, why not take some inspiration from it to upgrade your wardrobe? To help you get started, our REALTORS® have rounded up six of the best menswear shops around Long Island in the list below. 

  • Bertalia - 15 N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570 
    Bertalia
    has been helping men around our Rockville Centre homes for sale dress to impress since 2002. Their suit department is extensive and includes a multitude of tie options in both colorful and subdued designs. Their expert staff is always on hand to provide fashion advice to shoppers who need it, and they even offer in-house tailoring services upon request.

  • Joseph & Joseph - 132 7th St., Garden City, NY 11530 
    If you're looking for one-on-one guidance while shopping for your suits and ties, Joseph & Joseph is the place to go. This small menswear shop doesn't even have their own website, but they get more than enough business through word-of-mouth to sustain themselves. The shop is owned and operated by the same two Josephs for whom the business is named. They are known for their excellent, knowledgeable service and a willingness to go above and beyond for their customers.

  • Giorgenti New York - 1325 Franklin Ave., Suite 255, Garden City, NY 11530 
    Giorgenti New York
    is an independent menswear retailer located near many of our Garden City homes for sale. From shirts and dress pants to sports coats, overcoats, vests, tuxedos, and (of course) ties, you'll find everything you need to look your best all in one place.  Notably, this goes for women as well as men – Giorgenti is happy to provide tailoring services for women's suits and menswear-inspired items as well. All of the business's pricing is listed on their website, making this an excellent place to find bespoke menswear on a budget. 

  • Milano Men's Attire - 245 W. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11746 
    Milano Men's Attire
    caters to men who prefer the slim and stylish fit of Italian suits over the boxier American style. Run by an experienced tailor with over 20 years in the business, this shop offers suits and ties from popular Italian brands like Ferrante and Dolce Punta and is frequented by high-profile clients like David Ortiz. Located just minutes away from many of our Huntington homes for sale, it's a great place to add a little European flair to your wardrobe with a piece of clothing made just for you.  

  • Edward Alan Big and Tall - 10-2020 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725 
    Shopping for clothes can frustrating for people who rarely fit into the standard range of menswear sizes but don't have the budget for custom clothing. Luckily, there's a solution located close to our Commack homes for sale. Edward Alan Big and Tall carries both casual and formal menswear in larger sizes than you'll find on the rack at most other retailers. If you still can't find the right fit, this shop offers free alterations with any purchase to help you look your best.

  • Thomas Mitchell Clothiers - 24 Gerard St., Huntington, NY 11743 
    Instead of trying to keep up with fast-changing modern fashions, Thomas Mitchell Clothiers has taken a different approach to menswear. Their shop is designed to mimic the look of a British haberdashery, and their clothing emphasizes that same old-fashioned appeal. The shop stocks a variety of slim-fitting traditional British menswear in luxurious fabrics like wool, cashmere, tweed, and more. They offer custom sizing to ensure optimal fit, but if you prefer to shop off the rack, they also employ a full-time tailor who can alter their pre-made garments to better conform to your measurements.  

A new suit can make you feel like a whole new you, and it's never hard to get one on Long Island. There are so many quality clothing retailers around our Nassau County homes for sale and our Suffolk County homes for sale that you'll always have a place to shop for any occasion. If you've been thinking about making this area your home, contact us today; we'll be happy to help you find a local property that meets your needs.

November
8

Where to Make a (5K) Run for It This Holiday Season

Holiday 5Ks Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

We can all use a little help staying in shape when the holidays roll around. It's hard to motivate yourself to go for a run when it's cold outside, and who can turn down all that stuffing and pumpkin pie? Our REALTORS® understand the struggle.

Luckily, the holiday season also brings plenty of opportunities to hit the pavement on Long Island. Check out these fun 5K runs and walks in Nassau and Suffolk Counties this season! They all offer an opportunity to stay active and support a worthy cause.

  • Nassau County Turkey Trot - 1899 Park Blvd., Westbury, NY 11590
    On Sunday, November 14th, the annual Nassau County Turkey Trot returns to Westbury, NY. This event includes both 5K and 10K races, and the 5K is stroller-friendly. All participants are encouraged to bring food donations for those in need, either to the race site or pre-race check-ins. The run takes place in beautiful Eisenhower Park, convenient to many Nassau County homes for sale.

  • Smithtown Kickers Turkey Trot - 51 Lawrence Ave., Smithtown, NY 11787
    With all proceeds going to Angela's House and Smithtown Children Foundation, the Smithtown Kickers Turkey Trot has become a beloved annual tradition. This year's race takes place on Thanksgiving Day, November 25th. It's a 5K run/walk that begins at Smithtown Elementary School and follows a course through the heart of the city, near many Smithtown homes for sale. The event also includes a 1-mile kids' fun run, with prizes for top finishers in various age groups. 

  • Port Washington Thanksgiving Day Run - Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050
    A 5-mile race through the rolling hills of Nassau County, the Port Washington Thanksgiving Day Run has been going strong for over 40 years now. After being held as a virtual event in 2020, the race is back in its true form this year. Expect some great views across the bay as you near the finish line in Manorhaven Park, a stone's throw from these Port Washington homes for sale.

  • Conquer the Hills 5K - 501 Horseblock Rd., Farmingville, NY 11738
    Farmingville's Conquer the Hills 5K takes place on November 26th this year, better known as Black Friday! The race begins and ends in Farmingville Hills County Park, a beautiful green space just minutes from many Suffolk County homes for sale. In addition to the 5K race, this event also includes a 2.6K hike, which is a great option for participants who want to experience the park at their own pace. 

  • Santa's 5K Toy Trot - 49 Smith St, Patchogue, NY 11772
    Like many races, Santa's 5K Toy Trot had to be a virtual event last year. But this venerable tradition is back for 2021, returning to Patchogue's Shorefront Park on December 5th. Santa's 5K Toy Trot is a run/walk that offers great views of Great South Bay and a chance to support a great cause. Proceeds benefit the Kiwanis Foundation, and participants are asked to bring one unwrapped toy for their annual community toy drive.

  • Jingle Bell Run - 1000 Hempstead Turnpike, Hempstead, NY 11549
    On Saturday, December 11th, lace up your shoes and put on your most festive holiday costume to participate in the annual Jingle Bell Run. The race takes place at Hofstra University in the Nassau County community of Hempstead, and 100% of the proceeds go toward the Arthritis Foundation and its goal of fighting arthritis. It's a fun, festive 5K that helps support a great cause. 

Looking for more information on life on Long Island? Contact us today, and be sure to ask our agents about finding your dream home in Nassau and Suffolk counties. 

November
1

Long Island: Get in the Holiday Spirit with These 5 Events

Holiday Events - Long Island - Coach Realtors

The holidays will be here before you know it, and this year there are plenty of great ways to get into the holiday spirit! This time of year, our REALTORS® love visiting local craft fairs, watching holiday performances, and more. They also enjoy sharing all the best upcoming events with new residents. 

To make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun, we've gathered a list of five local holiday events you won't want to miss. So mark your calendars, gather up your family and friends, and head out to enjoy all the great things Long Island has to offer!

  1. East Islip Craft Fair: East Islip High School - 1 Redmen St. Islip Terrace, NY 11752 
    If you've been checking out Nassau County homes for sale, you might already be familiar with East Islip High School. Not only is it a great place to send your kids, but it's also the location of the East Islip Craft Fair. This is one of the best places to shop local for your holiday gifts. 

    The event will be held on Saturday, November 13th from 10 am to 4 pm and will feature many exhibitors with handmade items. Refreshments will also be available for purchase.

  2. The Great All Nighter: Bizarre Bazaar: Cradle of Aviation Museum - Charles Lindbergh Blvd, Garden City, NY 11530
    A unique spin on the traditional craft fair, the Bizarre Bazaar features a curated collection of items from some of Long Island's most talented makers. Here you'll find antiques, art, records, handmade goods, and more. 

    This event is scheduled for Friday, November 26th from 7 pm to midnight and Saturday, the 27th from 10 am to 5 pm. While you're in the area, we recommend taking a drive around so you can get a look at some of the great Garden City homes for sale
  3. 42nd Annual Holiday Festival: Stony Brook Village Center - 111 Main St., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    If you've been thinking about buying one of the beautiful Stony Brook homes for sale, you'll want to pay a visit to the city's 42nd Annual Holiday Festival. There will be a Legends & Spies Puppet Procession, holiday train display, carolers and live music, a tree decorating contest, a chance to sit and chat with Santa, and more.

    The event will be held on Sunday, December 5th from noon to 6 pm. There will also be a tree lighting ceremony at 5:30 pm on the Village Green.

  4. A Christmas Carol: Theatre Three - 412 Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Theatre Three is located just a short drive away from some of the best Port Jefferson homes for sale. On Sunday, December 5th, you can head over to the theater to see a live performance of Charles Dickons' A Christmas Carol. This production is in its 36th year, and it was chosen as Newsday's number-one holiday theatrical event.

    Performances are scheduled for select weekend dates beginning on November 13th and continuing through December 26th.

  5. Port Jefferson Santa Parade: Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    There's tons of holiday fun in Port Jefferson this year! Their 2021 Santa Parade is scheduled for Sunday, November 28th from 3 pm to 4 pm. This free event will feature a variety of floats, vintage cars, and, of course, an appearance by the Big Guy himself. If you have kids or are a kid at heart, this is an event you won't want to miss. 

Is a gorgeous new home on your holiday wish list this year? The experts at Coach Realtors can help. Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

October
11

Shift10 Day: Where to Shop Local Around Long Island

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Shopping local isn't always easy. Our REALTORS® certainly understand the convenience of big box stores and online mega-retailers, but there's something about buying locally-made goods from a locally-owned business that just feels better. 

Shift10 Day is a great reminder to support local businesses, and, in honor of the occasion, we're sharing some of our favorite places to shop local on Long Island!

  • Kennedy Plaza Farmers Market - 307-369 National Blvd., Long Beach, NY 11561
    One of the best places to get fresh, local produce on Long Island, the Kennedy Plaza Farmers Market takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays from May through November. In addition to locally grown fruits and veggies, you'll find an amazing variety of local, handmade goods ranging from soaps and candles to baked goods and preserves. The market is located in Long Beach, convenient to many Nassau County homes for sale

  • Aldo's Coffee Company - 103-105 Front St., Greenport, NY 11944
    Aldo Maiorana has been roasting coffee and baking biscotti at Aldo's Coffee Company since 1987. It's become a staple of the Greenport Community, and one of Long Island's truly great coffee shops. To this day, every cup of coffee you get at Aldo's is made using beans roasted in-house in small batches. They make a perfect cappuccino too, and the shop is located near many beautiful Suffolk County homes for sale.

  • The Giftologist - 37 S. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    You never know what you'll find at The Giftologist, but if you're looking for a unique gift for someone special, something is bound to catch your eye. Carrying a wide and ever-changing selection of gifts, this shop is carefully curated and well-stocked with locally made products. Located a stone's throw from many Rockville Centre homes for sale, The Giftologist also offers monogrammed and customized gifts, along with complimentary wrapping. 

  • Hengstenberg's Florist - 39 Main St., Northport, NY 11768
    Serving the North Shore of Long Island for more than 70 years, the folks at Hengstenberg's Florist have the skills that can only come from decades of experience, handed down through generations. Located within walking distance of many Northport homes for sale, Hengstenberg's Florist is the perfect place to get a unique flower arrangement for a special occasion or any old day. 

  • Port Jeff Brewing Company - 22 Mill Creek Rd., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Why drink the same old beer when you could be sipping craft ales, lagers, and stouts brewed right here on Long Island? Port Jeff Brewing Company has been one of Long Island's best local microbrewers since they opened their doors in 2011, serving expertly crafted beers in their cozy taproom by the waterside. With a warm, welcoming atmosphere and a location convenient to many Port Jefferson homes for sale, this is a place you're definitely going to want to visit again and again. 

  • The Dolphin Bookshop - 299 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Big chain booksellers can never match the charm and personal attention you get at a local store like The Dolphin Bookshop. They've been in business since 1946, and you don't get to that point without offering the best selection and customer service around! With an on-site cafe and a great section of books by local authors, The Dolphin Bookshop is one of the best places to find your next great read near these Port Washington homes for sale

Long Island is an amazing place to live if you like to shop local! Contact us today to learn more about life in Suffolk and Nassau counties and talk to our agents about finding your dream home on Long Island.

October
4

Order a Custom Cake Around Long Island

Custom-Decorated Cakes - Long Island - Coach Realtors

National Cake Decorating Day is celebrated on October 10 to recognize the skill and creativity of those who can turn a cake into an artistic masterpiece. Long Island is home to some excellent cake decorators, so why not celebrate the day by ordering a custom cake at a local bakery?

Our REALTORS® suggest dropping by one of the following Long Island bakeries that offer custom cakes.

Nassau County 

  • Buttercooky Bakery - 217 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001
    Buttercooky Bakery, located near Floral Park homes for sale, has helped Long Island make sweet memories for over 50 years. The third generation of owners is still supplying fresh cookies, pastries, and custom cakes for every day as well as special occasions. Use their on-the-menu options like Banana Vanilla or Silk and Satan (chocolate mousse and New York cheesecake as inspiration), or go with a unique idea.

  • The Sweet Peace Specialty Cakes & Boutique Bakery 26A Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook, NY 11563  
    Located near Nassau County homes for sale, The Sweet Peace Specialty Bakes & Boutique Bakery creates custom cakes as well as other delicious treats. The chef and her trained staff will work with you to make sure you get the custom cake you'll love. And while you're placing your order, make sure to take a look at the bakery counter and treat yourself to some mini cupcakes, truffles, or doughnuts.

  • Dortoni Bakery and Pastry Shoppe 3264 Hempstead Turnpike, Levittown, NY 11756 
    Dortoni Bakery and Pastry Shoppe 
    opened its doors in 1976, starting with a nod to the traditional yet simple pastry shops in Naples, Italy. Today, it has expanded to use the highest quality ingredients to bake delicious European tortes, Italian pastries, cakes, and more. Their custom cakes are beautifully designed and created using your choice of over 30 flavors of fillings made of the fresh, highest quality ingredients. Whatever type of cake you can imagine, Dortoni's takes pride in making it a delicious reality.

Suffolk County

  • Alpine Pastry - Shoppe 59 Route 111, Smithtown, NY 11787  
    Whether you're planning a celebration for your child's sports team or an elaborate upscale wedding, you're in good hands with Alpine Pastry Shoppe. Open for over 30 years, the bakery has been continuously owned and operated by the Cuccia family. It's conveniently located just around the corner from Smithtown homes for sale and offers a long list of cake and filling flavors you can choose from. 
      
  • Fanny Cakes Custom Cakes & Gourmet Desserts - 127 Smithtown Blvd., Suite 10, Nesconset, NY 11767 
    Fanny Cakes Custom Cakes & Gourmet Desserts
    was named in honor of the owner/baker's grandmother, who nurtured her love of baking. She creates sweets using the finest all-natural ingredients like Madagascar bourbon vanilla, fresh fruits, and sweet creamery butter. And if you're feeling inspired to create your own at a later date, the bakery offers baking and decorating classes for every age group.

  • Rustik Cake Studios - 39 Tuckahoe Rd., Southampton, NY 11968
    Rustik Cake Studios
    is known for its artistry as well as its tasty creations, having won prizes at competitions such as The Ithaca New York Cake Competition and the Atlantic Bakery Expo. Check out the studio's website to see their online portfolio for inspiration as well as a list of flavors and fillings. You'll find the shop conveniently located just around the corner from Suffolk County homes for sale.

Contact us if you'd like to buy or sell a home in Nassau and Suffolk counties and to find out about the bakeries and other small businesses that help make the area unique. 

September
20

Long Island: Have Dinner with Friends at These 5 Places

Restaurants for Dinner with Friends - Long Island - Coach Realtors

There are few things better than enjoying dinner out with friends. After all, when you combine amazing food, a great atmosphere, and a handful of your favorite people, you're sure to have a great time.

If you've just moved to the area, you might feel overwhelmed by your choices and wonder how to find the best area restaurants to take your friends. No worries! Our REALTORS® love showing new residents around and helping them discover all the best local hot spots. Here's a quick round-up of five places that are perfect for a night out with friends.

  1. Waterzooi: 850 Franklin Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
    Located not far from some of the best Garden City homes for sale, Belgian restaurant Waterzooi is always a great place to meet up with friends. Whether you want to grab a quick lunch, enjoy a more formal dinner, or head out for weekend brunch, you're going to love the menu! They offer seating in the dining room or more casual spots in the lounge or on the patio.  

    This sophisticated bistro has an incredible menu that features oysters, shellfish, lobster, crab, shrimp, and more. We recommend the Moules Pots, Wellington Burger, and the Truffle Lobster Mac & Cheese.

  2. Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas: 1002 Old Country Rd., Garden City, NY 11530
    If you enjoy sharing small plates with friends, you'll love Spuntino Wine Bar & Italian Tapas. This trendy restaurant features authentic Italian small plates, and everything they make here is focused on fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients. They also work closely with several small area farms for many of their supplies.

    Wine lovers rejoice! Spuntino also has more than 55 wines by the glass, four on tap, and more than 350 wines by the bottle. They also offer three wine flights every day!

    On the menu, you'll find a wide selection of small plates as well as pasta, pizza, seven different types of bruschetta, and meat and seafood entrees. There's truly something for everyone here, making this the perfect place to bring a group of friends. 
     
  3. Mesita: 212 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    What's more fun than heading out with friends to an authentic Mexican restaurant? Mesita serves authentic, modern Mexican cuisine in a fun atmosphere that everyone in your group is sure to love. If you can't decide what to eat, we recommend fajitas, tacos, or burritos. If you're feeling adventurous, you may also want to try their signature 54-oz. Mega Margarita. 

    There are some great neighborhoods nearby, so plan to take a drive around after dinner to check out some of the beautiful Rockville Centre homes for sale.

  4. Crabtree's Restaurant: 226 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001
    If you're ever in the area checking out Floral Park homes for sale, consider asking some friends to meet you at Crabtree's Restaurant. It was named one of the most beautiful restaurants in New York and is the perfect spot for lunch, dinner, or Sunday brunch.

    You'll love this Mediterranian/American restaurants' diverse menu and great wine list. It includes items like grilled octopus, white truffle ravioli, and half roast duck a l'orange. If you can, plan to sit outside on the patio where you can enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful view.

  5. Burgerology RVC: 226 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    If you're looking for something a bit more casual but still delicious, you can't go wrong with Burgerology RVC. This place serves amazing burgers, fries, shakes, and craft beers in a trendy warehouse setting. Don't miss their Bacon Mac, Cookie Dougnut Milkshake, or the Einstein Burger with braised short rib, caramelized onion, swiss cheese, and cabernet gravy. We promise you won't be disappointed! 

    Finding the perfect home can be a challenge, but it's much easier when you have a great agent by your side! The experts at Coach Realtors are here to help. We specialize in homes in both Nassau County and Suffolk County and would love to help you find exactly what you're looking for. Contact us today to get started. 

    August
    16

    On the Menu: Where to Order Fajitas Around Long Island

    Order Fajitas Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

    National Fajita Day is coming up on August 18th. How are you planning to celebrate? Our REALTORS® highly recommend stopping by one of these Mexican restaurants on Long Island and ordering yourself some delicious fajitas. Throw in some margaritas and a few friends, and you'll have a real party! Here are some of the top restaurants to visit on National Fajita Day.

    • Oaxaca Mexican Food Treasure: 385 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
      Oaxaca Mexican Food Treasure is near many great Huntington homes for sale. This authentic Mexican restaurant was named one of the Top 10 Restaurants on Long Island by Newsday.

      Fajitas Rio Bravo is well worth ordering here. You can get it with beef, chicken, pork, or shrimp. The peppers and onions are always tasty and well-seasoned. If you save room for dessert, the free flan is incredible.

    • Pico Tequila Grill: 1930 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731
      If you're looking at East Northport homes for sale, stop by Pico Tequila Grill for some fajitas. Everything on the menu is made fresh, and they offer Happy Hour specials daily.

      The Fajitas Platter here is a popular order. You can order it with vegetables, chicken, steak, or shrimp. The fajitas come with lime rice and black beans, and you can choose between corn and flour tortillas.

    • Gracia's Taqueria & More: 285 Commack Rd., Commack, NY 11725
      They may have named themselves after tacos, but Gracia's Taqueria & More has some amazing fajitas, too. You can order Fajitas de Pollo, Fajitas de Carne, or Fajitas de Camaron. Or, you can get a combo platter and enjoy one of each.

      Gracia's is near Commack homes for sale. They also have a lot of sharable appetizers, like the Andale Queso Fundito and Fiesta Nachos Cheese.

    • El Guapo Tacos & Tequila: 52 Old Country Rd., Mineola, NY 11501
      El Guapo Tacos & Tequila is just minutes from many Garden City homes for sale. They offer takeout, so you can order your fajitas to-go if you're in a hurry.

      In addition to fajitas, El Guapo has excellent chips and salsa, so make sure you enjoy them while waiting for your order. Their guacamole is also exceptional.

    • Habanero Mexican Grill: 465 Atlantic Ave., East Rockway, NY 11518
      This modern Mexican restaurant is near Hewlett homes for sale. They're open for lunch and dinner, so you can enjoy your fajitas whenever it is convenient. 

      Habanero Mexican Grill hasn't always offered fajitas, but they recently added them to the menu. The chicken and shrimp fajitas are a fan favorite! If you want to round out your meal, you can add a side of cilantro rice or cheese fries to your order. The 3-milk cake is the perfect dessert!

    • Margarita's Cafe: 97 Manorhaven Blvd., Port Washington, NY 11050
      If you're looking at Port Washington homes for sale, then this is a great place to get your fajita fix. Margarita's Cafe even offers salmon fajitas, which are unique and delicious. Their vegetarian fajitas, made with seasonal veggies and squash, are also popular.

      As the name would suggest, this restaurant has a great selection of margaritas. The Mar Azul, made with blue agave tequila, will really please your taste buds. The coconut margaritas are delicious, too. Don't forget a round of guacamole for the table, either! It's made fresh to order.

    Whether you're looking at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, stopping to celebrate National Fajita Day is sure to add to the fun. Enjoy your meal, and don't forget to contact us if you're looking for a real estate agent on Long Island.

    June
    14

    Where to Capture Nature Shots on Long Island

    Photograph Nature Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

    Are you a nature lover or a photography buff? If so, you're going to love exploring the Long Island area! Nature Photography Day is June 15th, making now the perfect time to experiment with this fun hobby. Whether you've got a ton of fancy equipment or just your smartphone, there are plenty of opportunities to get some great shots. 

    While showing new residents around the area, Our REALTORS® often point out some of their favorite places to capture incredible nature photos. Here are a few you'll want to check out. 

    • Sands Point Preserve: 127 Middle Neck Rd., Port Washington, NY 11050
      A historic site where you'll find plenty of walking trails and gorgeous views, Sands Point Preserve is the perfect place to spend a few peaceful hours practicing your photography skills. In addition to wildlife, there are also plenty of spots to get some beautiful waterfront snapshots as well as old and interesting buildings to photograph.

      If you're considering purchasing one of the beautiful Port Washington homes for sale, you're going to want to make this a regular stop. They often host learning adventures for children and families, cultural events, and more!

    • Muttontown Preserve: 25A west of Jericho-Oyster Bay Rd., Muttontown Lane East Norwich, NY 11732
      The 550-acre Muttontown Preserve is the largest nature preserve in Nassau County. This beautiful setting features ponds, woodlands, and fields where you're bound to come across plenty of animals in their natural habitat.

      Next time you're in the area looking at East Norwich homes for sale, take a break and wander the preserve's miles of marked trails. This is a great spot to capture stunning shots of birds, reptiles, amphibians, and other animals, as well as beautiful trees and wildflowers. 
    • Centennial Gardens: 251 Floral Pkwy., Floral Park, NY 11001
      If you've been looking at Floral Park homes for sale, you're going to love living near Centennial Gardens. This is an incredible location for capturing images of flowers, shrubs, and trees, as well as various wildlife. Take some time to visit the well-maintained gardens or head out to explore the walking trails and see what kinds of things you might come across.

    • South Shore Nature Center: 130 Bayview Ave, East Islip, NY 11730
      The South Shore Nature Center is a 200-acre preserve that features freshwater wetlands, mature forests, and an extensive salt marsh. Try exploring the network of trails and taking some photographs from the boardwalks. 

      If you're nearby looking at East Islip homes for sale, this is the perfect spot to relax and take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

    • Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve: 25 Lloyd Harbor Road Huntington, NY 11743
      Ideal for capturing beautiful photos of a wide variety of birds, flowers, and small wildlife, Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve is a popular destination for both locals and visitors. You'll enjoy the beautiful gardens as well as the rest of these impressive grounds. 

      After you're done with your photography session, we highly recommend taking a drive around so you can get a look at some of the wonderful Huntington homes for sale nearby.

    • Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve: 200 New Hwy, Commack, NY 11725
      When we're showing Commack homes for sale to our clients, we always like to tell them about Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve. Not only is this an excellent destination for nature photography, but it also features a museum, playground, water park, and more. The preserve is also home to a concert series, education programs, and other exciting events. 

    If you're interested in exploring Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we're here to help! We've assisted many clients in finding their dream homes, and we can do the same for you. Contact us today to get started. 

    April
    26

    Long Island: 5 Nature Preserves & Gardens to Enjoy the Great Outdoors

    Nature Preserves Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

    A short getaway to experience nature can help you feel refreshed while also allowing you to get in a bit of exercise along the way. Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island have several spots that serve as an oasis where you can get away in gardens and nature preserves that are conveniently close by.
      
    Our REALTORS® suggest visiting the following destinations to help you enjoy the great outdoors in Long Island.    

    1. Centennial Gardens – 251 Floral Pkwy., Floral Park, NY 11001  
      Centennial Gardens contains eight different gardens, allowing you to experience several types within the same location. Situated near Floral Park homes for sale, the gardens range from formal planted settings to individual plantings and gardens in a more natural setting. And since walking paths include ones that are hilly and provide a good workout, and those that can easily be navigated with strollers or wheelchairs, you can choose the ones that best suits you. As you explore the gardens, you can also enjoy a waterfall as well as a beautiful wooden walking bridge.
        
    2. Champlin Creek Nature Preserve – 50 Irish Lane, East Islip, NY 11730   
      Champlin Creek Nature Preserve flows between Islip and East Islip and is home to a fish and wildlife habitat that's about 3.5 miles long. Located near East Islip homes for sale, the creek is a free-flowing freshwater stream bordered by wet forest land in some areas. It's known for having conditions favorable to brook trout, and brown and rainbow trout are also stocked in the stream.
        
    3. Elderfields – 200 Port Washington Blvd., Manhasset NY 11030  
      Elderfields is not only a nature preserve but also a historic museum and farm, so it has plenty to see and do. It comprises four acres and is located near Manhasset homes for sale. You'll find a walled garden on the property, which is also home to the Hewlett-Munson-Williams House from the 17th century, making it one of the oldest existing homes in the area. Elderfields also houses an arts center with a museum of antique decorative arts, studio space, arts classrooms, and more. Art shows are regularly scheduled at the center.
        
    4. Muttontown Preserve – 25A West of Jericho-Oyster Bay Road, Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, NY 11732  
      Nassau County's largest nature preserve, Muttontown Preserve has marked trails that stretch for miles and is located near East Norwich homes for sale. Before you start, pick up a map and brochure that include descriptions of the areas along the trails. You'll be able to see wildflowers, trees, and birds along the way and may also spot some mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.
        
    5. Islip Meadows County Nature Preserve – 350 Bayview Ave., East Islip, NY 11730  
      If you're looking for a bit of untouched nature, head to Islip Meadows County Nature Preserve, which comprises over 87 acres. It includes tall grasses, wetlands, and a small beach to enjoy. You can also walk 1.75 miles of trails and see wildlife, including waterfowl, along the way at this preserve.

    Contact us if you'd like to see Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. We can help you find one that's near the destinations you'll most enjoy. 

    April
    5

    Long Island: See What's New During Library Week

    Visit Long Island Libraries - Nassau and Suffolk Counties - Coach Realtors

    What's the best thing to do when you settle into a new house? If you are like our REALTORS®, you will fall into your favorite chair and pick up a book to relax. With National Library Week scheduled for April 4-10, there is plenty of time to browse the local libraries' shelves for the perfect book to read. 

    Suffolk County Libraries

    • Commack Public Library - 18 Hauppauge Rd., Commack, NY 11725
      Located in the heart of Huntington near Commack homes for sale, the Commack Public Library is a great place to kick up your heels and dig into a delicious book. It's the perfect place to find books about decorating, how-to-repairs, and much more.

    • Huntington Public Library - 338 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743
      Hunting for the perfect book is easy at the Huntington Public Library, conveniently located near these Huntington homes for sale. The library holds a vast selection of children's books, classics, how-to books, and so much more. All you have to do is decide which ones pique your interest the most.

    • Port Jefferson Free Library - 100 Thompson St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777-1897
      After buying any of the fabulous Suffolk County homes for sale, the favorite word of most new homeowners is "free!" At the Port Jefferson Free Library, you'll find plenty of books and other media that won't cost you a dime. Well, unless you bring them back late. 

    Nassau County Libraries

    • Floral Park Public Library - 17 Caroline Pl., Floral Park, NY 11001
      The Floral Park Library is ideal for finding a book and enjoying some beautiful scenery when you're done looking at Floral Park homes for sale. The library features a broad selection of children's books, how-to books, teen books, and books for every interest and desire.

    • Hewlett - Woodmere Public Library - 1125 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557
      The Hewlett-Woodmere Public Library is a regional favorite. Their vast collection of books is one of the best in the region. The library also offers a busy social calendar packed with classes and activities, and it's easy to see why so many families enjoy spending time here after they find the perfect Hewlett homes for sale to move into.

    • Manhasset Public Library - 30 Onderdonk Avenue, Manhasset, NY 11030
      Searching for Nassau County homes for sale can be exhausting. When you want to catch your breath, stop by the stately Manhasset Public Library. You will find friendly service and helpful librarians who can cater to every interest you can imagine. 

    Notes About Library Visits

    Pandemic protocols are in place at every library in Suffolk and Nassau counties. This means libraries may close, may limit access, and may request visitors limit the duration of their visits. For the time being, it's advisable to call ahead to make sure the library is open. And, what if you don't feel like driving in? No problem, because most are offering home delivery services! 

    It is also tax season, and many libraries are offering community tax clinics from now through mid-April. This may increase foot traffic and limit access. However, it's also a great opportunity to ask those last-minute tax questions you may have. 

    We invite you to contact us when you are ready to learn more about the homes we have for sale. It's our pleasure to tell you more about the communities we serve and help you find the perfect home for you and your family.

    March
    22

    Explore These 6 One-of-a-Kind Museums Around Long Island

    One-of-a-Kind Museums - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    Communities across Long Island have always held a deep love for history, culture, the arts, and scientific discovery, so it's no surprise that our area is home to a wide variety of fascinating museums for all ages. Exploring museums near Suffolk County homes for sale is a great way to discover new things, and many Long Island museums are currently open with online reservations for timed entry. Our REALTORS® have the exciting details on six one-of-a-kind museums that you definitely won't want to miss around Long Island.

    1. Science Museum of Long Island – 1526 N. Plandome Rd., Manhasset, NY 11030
      Located on the beautiful Leeds Pond Preserve near Manhasset homes for sale, you'll find the Science Museum of Long Island. Programs at the Science Museum of Long Island are designed to help children discover and fall in love with science through interactive learning. There are after-school workshops every weekday, and the museum is also open for fun events like birthday parties.

    2. Cradle of Aviation Museum – Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530
      Conveniently located near Garden City homes for sale, the Cradle of Aviation Museum is a must-see for anyone who's interested in aviation. Visitors of all ages will love exploring the more than 75 air and spacecraft on display at the museum, as well as fun displays like the Back to the Future exhibit. This museum is also home to a state-of-the-art planetarium, where you can take a journey to the stars.

    3. Long Island Children's Museum – 11 Davis Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
      Kids near Nassau County homes for sale are sure to love a trip to the Long Island Children's Museum, where they can learn, play, and discover through exciting, interactive exhibits. There are 14 unique exhibits for kids to explore, along with live theater, arts programs, play spaces, and special events throughout the year.

    4. Long Island Museum – 1200 NY-25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790
      Commonly shortened to the Long Island Museum, the Long Island Museum of Art, History, and Carriages is a great place to learn about local history near Stony Brook homes for sale. The Long Island Museum is located on a large, scenic estate, with living history exhibits like a historic schoolhouse, blacksmith, and carriage shed. There's also an art museum on-site, and beautiful gardens to explore as you move from one exhibit to the next.

    5. Hecksher Museum of Art – 2 Prime Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
      There are a variety of art museums close to Huntington homes for sale, and the Hecksher Museum of Art is one of the best. With exhibits displaying a mix of emerging, contemporary artists and famed artists from throughout history, the Hecksher Museum of Art offers something for every art lover. There are also a variety of art classes available, including programs for kids.

    6. Long Island Explorium – 101 E Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      If you're looking for a fun, educational way to entertain the kids around Port Jefferson homes for sale, your whole family will love visiting the Long Island Explorium. With programs built on a detailed curriculum that's crafted to inspire learning, creativity, and problem-solving, the Long Island Explorium strives to make learning a fun, engaging experience for children. There are also 19 interactive exhibits, designed for hands-on learning.

    Searching for a home that makes it easy to explore all that Long Island has to offer? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.

    February
    22

    Say Thanks to a Barista at These 6 Coffee Shops

    Coffee Shops for Thanks a Barista Day - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    Alright, who wants coffee? Our REALTORS® count themselves lucky to live on Long Island, a place with more great coffee shops than just about anywhere. 

    In honor of National Barista Day—coming right up on March 1st—we thought we'd give a shout-out to some of our favorite places to get a cup of Joe in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. While you're there, be sure to thank your barista for helping you make it through the day!

    • Kookaburra Coffee Co. - 69 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      Founded in 2007, Kookaburra Coffee Co. offers an expertly curated selection of fine coffees from all around the world. Their baristas can always be counted on for a vibrant, flavorful pour-over or a rich, frothy espresso. In addition to their main location near these Rockville Centre homes for sale, Kookaburra Coffee Co. also has a second shop in Malverne, NY.

    • Cafe Revue - 313 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
      Equal parts bookstore, coffee shop, and lunch hangout, Cafe Revue is a one-of-a-kind spot, to say the least. This cozy, welcoming space is one of Long Island's best destinations to relax with a cup of coffee and a good book. Cafe Revue brews locally-roasted coffee from Southdown Coffee Roasters, located just up the road from many Huntington homes for sale. They also serve a variety of gourmet sandwiches, soups, salads, and desserts. 

    • Rivers Cafe USA - 304 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001
      Family-owned Rivers Cafe USA serves authentic Central American coffees, sourced from the Chinchontepec mountain range in El Salvador. Every cup is perfectly balanced. Their espresso is next-level too, and you'd have a hard time finding a better latte, macchiato, or cappuccino. With their convenient location near these Floral Park homes for sale, Rivers Cafe offers some truly unique and original coffee flavors. 

    • Pipeline Coffee Co. - 1887 Wantagh Ave., Wantagh, NY 11793
      With a focus on fresh, local, sustainable coffee roasted right here on Long Island, Pipeline Coffee Co. is one of the best places around to get a freshly brewed cup of joe from a skilled barista. All their coffee beans are roasted in-house. You can order a cup for takeout, or have freshly roasted beans shipped right to your doorstep. Pipeline Coffee Co. is located in the community of Wantagh, with a second location in Rockville Center. 

    • Village Coffee Market - 131 Main St., Stony Brook, NY 11790
      For coffee lovers, browsing the Village Coffee Market is like being a kid in a candy store. In addition to serving top-shelf coffees and lattes, they also offer an amazing selection of coffee beans, K-cups, snacks, and coffee-related gifts. Village Coffee Market is located a stone's throw from these Stony Brook homes for sale, but you can also order beans to be shipped right to your door.

    • Tend Coffee - 924 Montauk Hwy., Shirley, NY 11967
      Offering an amazing variety of house-roasted certified organic coffees, Tend Coffee opened its doors in 2011, and quickly earned a reputation as one of Suffolk County's best coffee shops. This is a great place to not only sip a cup of coffee but learn more about the flavors you're enjoying. They make some of the best coffee around, including flavorful blends and complex single-origin coffees. The folks at Tend Coffee also ship their coffee anywhere in the USA. 

    Contact us today to learn more about life on Long Island. If you're looking for the perfect Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, our team is here to help every step of the way. 

    February
    8

    6 Places for the Perfect Valentine's Day Takeout

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    Valentine's Day might be a bit different this year, but that doesn't mean you can't still enjoy a romantic evening with your special someone. Our REALTORS® love re-creating the intimate atmosphere of a fine restaurant at home, and they say it's easier than you might think!

    Just set the table, dim the lights, put on some soft music, and light a few candles. Then, order take-out from one of the area's best restaurants and let them handle the rest! Here are a few of your best options for an unforgettable Valentine's Day feast. 

    1. Gatsby's Landing: 1362 Old Northern Blvd. Roslyn, NY 11576
      If you've been thinking about buying one of the beautiful Nassau County homes for sale, you'll definitely want to get to know Gatsby's Landing. This trendy restaurant and bar offers both indoor and outdoor dining with heaters and plexiglass walls. You'll love the stunning view and elegant ambiance!

      If you're planning on avoiding the crowds this Valentine's Day, you'll be glad to know that they also offer takeout and delivery so you can enjoy the globally-inspired menu from the comfort of your home. During the entire Valentine's weekend (Thursday through Sunday), they're offering an al la carte dinner menu all day and chef specials.

    2. Waterzooi: 850 Franklin Ave. Garden City, NY 11530
      If you and your love enjoy seafood, you'll definitely want to consider ordering takeout or delivery from Waterzooi. This Belgian bistro and oyster bar offers an innovative, seafood-focused menu.

      Choose from a wide selection of oysters, shellfish, mussels pots, and more! They also have excellent items from the land. Some of our favorites are the Steak Au Poivre and the Wellington Burger made with USDA prime beef and truffled mushrooms sauteed in foie gras mousse.

    3. Crabtree's Restaurant: 226 Jericho Turnpike Floral Park, NY 11001
      The award-winning Crarbtree's Restaurant is another Nassau County favorite. Many would argue that it's one of the best restaurants in New York.

      They offer both pickup and delivery. The menu features items like a Grilled Baby Quail Appetizer, Escargots Bourgogne, Half Roast Duck a L'Orange, and Grilled Medallions of Lamb.
        
    4. Tellers Chophouse: 605 Main St. Islip, NY 11751
      Meat lovers, rejoice! You're going to love Teller's Chophouse. This refined steakhouse offers the finest quality you'll find outside of Manhattan. We recommend starting with the Duck Fat Fries and Waygo Beef Carpaccio. For dinner, consider the Filet Mignon Wellington with Brie Fondue or the 21-Day-Dry-Aged Porterhouse for Two. No matter what you choose, you won't be disappointed.

      Tellers Chophouse is also located not far from some of the best Suffolk County homes for sale. You may want to take the scenic route home so you can get to know some of the great neighborhoods nearby. 
    1. Le Soir: 825 Montauk Hwy Bayport, NY 11705
      Nothing says romance quite like fine French cuisine. Le Soir Restaurant offers all the classic items you would expect to see at a high-end French restaurant, including hors d'oeuvers like Pâté de Campagne, Saumon Fumé Escargots Bourguignonne. For dinner, you'll have a choice of entrees like Jumbo Shrimp Risotto with asparagus, sun-dried tomato, and vermouth sauce, Sauteed Lobster, or a Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin stuffed with apples and topped with cider sauce. 

    2. Orto: 90 N. County Rd. Miller Place, NY 11764
      Fans of Italian food will love ordering takeout or delivery from Orto. This rustic restaurant was ranked among the "10 Best Italian Restaurants on Long Island" and has been praised in many local and national publications.

      Choose from a selection of delicious appetizers and entrees, or select the two-course prix fixe menu. Some of the most popular menu items include the Tomato-Braised Pork Braciola with creamy polenta and greens, Ricotta Gnocchi with braised chicken and tomato, and the Monkfish with cranberry beans, chorizo, and calamari a la plancha. Don't forget to add their incredible New York Style Cheesecake or House-Made Doughnuts with chocolate sauce for dessert!

    Love is in the air, and there's no time like the present to fall in love with your dream home. We're here to help! Contact us today to discuss your goals. We'll start showing you some of the area's best properties right away. 

    November
    23

    Long Island: Where to Order a Dozen Cookies Dec. 4th

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    With more than 2 billion cookies consumed in the United States each year, it might seem that every day is Cookie Day. But Friday, December 4 is as good an occasion as any to join our REALTORS® in celebrating with a dozen or two of your favorite cookies from these great bakeries around Long Island.

    • Buttercooky Bakery - 495 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
      The name of Buttercooky Bakery gives you a hint about their slogan: "Baked with Butter, Makes It Better." Owner Ben Borgognone's European-style baked goods are so highly regarded that he was asked to be the star of a pastry chef reality show. The bakery, located minutes from Huntington homes for sale, offers so many different types of cookies that it takes four categories to list them all. Buttercooky Bakery is open daily from 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

    • Fehn's Cake & Cookie Shop - 3649 Merrick Rd., Seaford, NY 11783
      At Fehn's Cake & Cookie Shop, baking is truly a family affair. Current owners Kathy and Heidi are continuing the tradition of their parents, William and Gussie, who opened the shop more than 50 years ago. Fehn's cookies are so popular that they now offer shipping of 1.5- and 3-pound assortments in tins for any occasion. Hours are 6:30 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 6 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday.

    • Dortoni Bakery and Pastry Shoppe - 11 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Commack, NY 11725
      Brighten your day with a colorful rainbow cookie from Dortoni Bakery and Pastry, considered by many to be the best version of this classic favorite in Nassau County. Dortoni serves the area near Commack homes for sale, but it's reminiscent of traditional pastry shops in Naples, Italy, with its menu of simple but flavorful cookies such as biscotti and hand-decorated shortbread. Dortoni is open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. seven days a week.

    • Tate's Bake Shop - 43 N. Sea Rd., Southampton, NY 11968
      Located in a charming pistachio-colored house, Tate's Bake Shop is a longstanding part of the community around Southampton homes for sale. But thanks to high-profile fans such as Rachael Ray and Gwyneth Paltrow, Tate's chocolate chip cookies have been acclaimed as tops in the nation. The shop's trademark thin, crispy cookies also come in oatmeal raisin, butter crunch and other delicious flavors. Hours are 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily.

    • The Sweet Escape Bakery - 771 Montauk Hwy., Suite 11, Bayport, NY 11705
      Enjoy cookies with a Continental flair at the Sweet Escape Bakery, not far from Bayport homes for sale. The Sweet Escape specializes in macarons, a classic French candy-colored sandwich cookie with a delicate exterior and luscious filling. Choose from 20 flavors, including Fruity Pebbles, Strawberry Cheesecake and Salted Caramel. Hours are 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday and Friday, 7 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Sunday.

    • Alpine Pastry Shoppe - 59 Route 111, Smithtown, NY 11787
      For more than 30 years, Alpine Pastry Shoppe has been delighting the community around Smithtown homes for sale with a variety of traditional Italian cookies. The Cuccia family uses recipes handed down through generations to create their butter cookies, biscotti, pignoli and other authentic treats. Alpine Pastry Shoppe is open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday.

    From Nassau County homes for sale to Suffolk County homes for sale, we've got Long Island covered. Contact us at Coach Realtors for more information.

    September
    28

    Where to See Changing Leaves Around Long Island

    Changing Leaves - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    There's nothing quite like Long Island in Autumn. Cool breezes off the sound, apple orchards ripe for the picking, spectacular foliage—it's really something. Our REALTORS® are excited to share some of their favorite spots to catch the changing leaves on Long Island. 

    • Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve - 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd, Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743
      Nestled on a rugged peninsula extending into Long Island Sound, Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve is always a reliable place to catch some vibrant fall colors. The park's many acres of woodlands and meadows are crisscrossed by hiking and horseback riding trails, and offer some truly spectacular views. The park is just minutes from these Suffolk County homes for sale, and offers one of Long Island's most picturesque landscapes in any season.

    • Bethpage State Park - 99 Quaker Meeting House Rd, Farmingdale, NY 11735
      Bethpage State Park is most famous for its golf course, and fall is a mighty good time to spend a day on the links. But that's not all Bethpage State Park has to offer. Located a stone's throw from these Nassau County homes for sale, the park is home to shady picnic areas and several miles of secluded nature trails that meander through a varied forest with an abundance of fall color. 

    • West Hills County Park - Sweet Hollow Rd, Huntington Station, NY 11747
      Bridle trails and a fenced-in dog run make West Hills County Park a perennial favorite, especially during the colorful fall months. The park is also home to many well manicured nature trails, including the historic Walt Whitman Trail, which leads to Long Island's highest point (400-foot Jayne's Hill). With many Huntington homes for sale nearby, this is one of the most popular Suffolk County parks, so it's usually a good idea to visit on a weekday to beat the crowds. 

    • Caleb Smith State Park Preserve - 581 W Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787
      Leaf peeping and bird watching are always popular at Caleb Smith State Park Preserve. Spanning over 540 acres of mixed forests and wetlands, the park offers splendid scenery and views that change with the seasons. A nature museum spotlights local flora and fauna, and nature programs for kids of all ages are offered year-round. Caleb Smith State Park Preserve is located near the North Shore of Long Island with many Smithtown homes for sale nearby.

    • Planting Fields Arboretum - 1395 Planting Fields Rd, Oyster Bay, NY 11771
      Planting Fields Arboretum is a spectacular landscape of woods and well-groomed gardens, which spring to life in vivid color in autumn. The gardens surround a spectacular Gilded Age mansion, and the arboretum hosts an incredible diversity of plant life. Whether you book a mansion tour or simply explore the grounds, be sure to check out these Oyster Bay homes for sale in the area. 

    • Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail - Merrick Rd, Massapequa, NY 11758
      As its name suggests, the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail traverses both Nassau and Suffolk Counties, connecting Long Island's North and South Shores. Stretching 20 miles end-to-end, the trail offers endless fall scenery, with numerous access points all along its length. The southern end of the trail near these Massapequa homes for sale is a great place to start, with a clearly marked trailhead and plenty of parking.

    Peak foliage usually arrives on Long Island toward the end of October, and watching as the colors gradually transform over the next month is one of the great joys of the year. Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and talk to our team about finding your dream home on Long Island today!

    September
    14

    I Love New York: 5 Historical Places to See Around Long Island

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    When most people envision New York City's iconic places, many of Manhattan's landmarks come to mind, but there are so many other wonderful sites just across the East River. If you love New York then our REALTORS® believe you'll love visiting these historical sites on Long Island.

    1. Sands Point Preserve – 127 Middle Neck Rd., Port Washington, NY 11050
      Sands Point Preserve
      is also known as the Gould-Guggenheim Estate as well as the Hempstead House. No matter what you refer to it as, the Sands Point Preserve is a truly impressive sight to behold. The preserve takes up 216-acres on the Guggenheim Estate, offering year-round opportunities for outdoor activities, educational programs, cultural events, and a perfect backdrop for anyone who loves a walk in the park. Close to many of our Port Washington homes for sale, we always recommend visitors to the area tour the mansion and stroll the Sands Point Preserve to gain insight into the rich history of the famed "East Egg" as described in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby.

    2. Oheka Castle – 135 W. Gate Dr. Cold Spring Hills, Huntington, NY 11743
      If you're planning on purchasing one of our Huntington homes for sale, it's only a matter of time until you discover Long Island's iconic castle. Oheka Castle is an astounding Gold Coast Mansion that sits atop the highest point on the island. A popular destination for weddings, celebrations, and other events, Oheka Castle is one of the most remarkable sites on Long Island. When you're house hunting in the area, consider visiting Oheka Castle for a historic tour, grab a bite to eat at their OHK Bar & Restaurant, or even stay the night in one of their hotel suites.

    3. Stony Brook Grist Mill – 100 Harbor Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
      Part of the Ward Melville Heritage Organization, the Stony Brook Grist Mill is still a fully-equipped and operation mill on Long Island. Located in the Mill Pond, it was once the center of the community where residents would gather and gossip. Today, you can take a guided tour during the weekend to learn more about the Mill's history. As you tour Stony Brook homes for sale, be sure to visit the other historical places listed with the Ward Melville Heritage Organization.

    4. Queens County Farm Museum – 7350 Little Neck Pwky, Floral Park, NY 11004
      Also known as Queens Farm, this site dates back to 1697 and is still New York City's largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. As a major metropolitan city, it's easy to forget how much of NYC was once home to miles of farming communities. The Queens County Farm Museum is open daily for visitation and offers an opportunity to grab a breath of fresh air in between Floral Park homes for sale appointments.

    5. Northport Historical Society and Museum – 215 Main St., Northport, NY 11768
      The Northport Historical Society Museum and Shop is a wonderful destination where you can learn about the history of the area. Their museum and research library displays a collection of artifacts and the society hosts education programs for visitors of all ages. As you consider Northport homes for sale, make a stop at this historical building to discover just how rich with heritage the Northport area is.

    Would you like to call Long Island home? We can help. Contact us today.

    August
    24

    National Golf Month: Tee Up Around Long Island

    Golf Courses - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    August is National Golf Month, and if you're anything like the rest of us, then you've probably been itching to get out and hit the links all summer. Well, it's finally time. 

    Golf is a fun way to enjoy some time in the great outdoors while still maintaining social distancing. Our REALTORS® are excited to enjoy National Golf Month to its fullest, so we thought we'd share some of our favorite places to tee up around Long Island!

    • Bay Park Golf Course - 1 1st Ave., East Rockaway, NY 11518
      Bounded on two sides by the East Rockaway Channel and Hewlett Bay, Bay Park Golf Course is nestled among the rolling terrain of 96-acre Bay Park. It's a splendid executive-level 9-hole, par-30 golf course, just minutes from many Nassau County homes for sale. The facilities are clean and well-kept and great for a quick afternoon game.

    • Timber Point Golf Course - 398 Great River Rd., Great River, NY 11739
      Some new rules are in effect at Timber Point Golf Course (golf is by reservation only, masks must be worn when sharing a golf cart) but the links are open, and that's the important thing! Choose between 9- and 18-hole courses, both of which are picturesque and, at times, challenging. Discounted tee times are available to Suffolk County residents, so keep that in mind as you're browsing Suffolk County homes for sale!

    • Harbor Links Golf Course - 1 W. Fairway Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050
      With an 18-hole course, a 9-hole course, practice area, driving range and mini-golf, Harbor Links Golf Course is a perfect destination for golfers of every age and skill level. A stone's throw from countless beautiful Port Washington homes for sale, Harbor Links currently requiring golfers to pay for their group over the phone by credit card no less than 20 minutes prior to tee time. Face masks are required in areas where social distancing is not possible. 

    • Crab Meadow Golf Course - 220 Waterside Rd., Northport, NY 11768
      Few golf courses can match the impressive scenery at Crab Meadow Golf Course. Practically every shot on the 18-hole course offers a sweeping view of Long Island Sound. Located a short drive from these Northport homes for sale, Crab Meadow Golf Course is currently offering golf carts on a first-come, first-served basis due to the pandemic, and you'll find the newly updated rules for claiming and returning your cart on their website. 

    • Rockville Links Club - 600 N. Long Beach Rd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      Rockville Links Club offers one of Nassau County's most lovely golf courses, with meandering, beautifully manicured fairways lined by magnificent mature trees. The 18-hole course is just minutes from these Rockville Centre homes for sale, and always provides a perfect place to play a relaxing round of golf in a beautiful setting. 

    • Smithtown Landing Golf Course - 495 Landing Ave., Smithtown, NY 11787
      With an 18-hole municipal course that is open to the public, Smithtown Landing Country Club also offers a pro shop, driving range, and two practice greens. Golfers are asked to keep 6 feet apart and refrain from shaking hands to help stop the spread of coronavirus, but Smithtown Landing is still one of the most fun, relaxing courses near Smithtown homes for sale

    Whether you're looking to enjoy a round of golf, or you're just ready to finally get outside and enjoy the fresh air, Long Island is a great place to be. Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and talk to our team about finding your Long Island dream home. 

    August
    10

    Long Island: 5 Shops to Visit for National Vinyl Record Day

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    The vinyl renaissance has been in full swing for a decade now, and music lovers love to browse local record shops in hopes of snapping up coveted limited-release albums. 

    Whether you're a dedicated vinyl aficionado, or just want to see what all the fuss is about, our REALTORS® are excited to recommend some of our favorite Long Island record stores, just in time for National Vinyl Record Day on Aug. 12th!

    1. Record Reserve - 698 NY-25A, Northport, NY 11768
      One of the top destinations for new and used records on the North Shore, Record Reserve is always a fun place to browse, with bins filled with records in every conceivable genre (check their website for a listing of the newest arrivals). They've also got a great selection of CDs, t-shirts, and tapes. Check them out in the heart of downtown Northport, just around the corner from some of the most beautiful Northport homes for sale.

    2. Infinity Records - 510 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, NY 11762
      Offering everything from records and CDs to turntables and musical instruments, Infinity Records is a true Long Island music lover's paradise. If vinyl is what you're after, you'll find a huge variety of new releases and reissues, along with a deep selection of vintage LPs and 45s spanning every era and genre. They've been in business for more than 30 years and have the selection to back it up. Infinity Records is a perfect place to find something rare or unusual near Nassau County homes for sale.

    3. Mr. Cheapo CD and Record Exchange - 2020 Jericho Turnpike #46, Commack, NY 11725
      For more than 35 years, Mr. Cheapo CD and Record Exchange has been one of the top spots on Long Island to turn your old CDs and vinyl into cash. As a result, they're also one of the best places to find old records, with tens of thousands on file and more rolling in every day. You could easily get lost browsing through their vast collection of vinyl records (and CDs, DVDs, cassettes, laserdiscs, and just about every other media) near these Commack homes for sale

    4. Needle & Groove Records - 73 Atlantic Ave., Lynbrook, NY 11563
      With a focus on rare and hard-to-find classic rock LPs in near-mint condition, there's always treasure waiting to be found at Needle & Groove Records. Their hand-picked collection also includes a lot of great blues, jazz, R&B, pop and funk records, as well as new, sealed reissues.

    5. Record Stop - 30 Railroad Ave., Patchogue, NY 11772
      Established in 1974, Record Stop has always been one of Long Island's great family-owned record stores. Anyone looking for the latest vinyl releases near Suffolk County Homes for Sale would do well to make this their first stop, but they also have a great selection of vintage vinyl, along with top of the line turntables and accessories.

    Indie record stores are still alive and well on Long Island! Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties, and talk to our team about finding your Long Island dream home. 

    July
    6

    Explore These Bike Trails Around Long Island

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    One great way to enjoy the outdoors around Long Island is to seek out the local bike trails. Our REALTORS® have several great suggestions for enjoying the amenities in our area, which are a real asset to the Long Island lifestyle.

    Here are six unique bike trails, located close to some of our Nassau County or Suffolk County homes for sale. Please note social distancing and mask requirements before biking the trails.

    1. Heckscher State Park- Heckscher Parkway Field 1, East Islip, NY 11730
      Cycle the 4.5-mile flat trail for a panoramic view of Great South Bay. Watch for the nests of ospreys, a sea hawk, that tower over the park campground, and over the trail near Field 7. This 1600-acre former 19th-century estate also shelters white-tail deer and a variety of other birds. The park, originally opposed by local residents, represented public official Robert Moses's toughest fight to ensure the availability of public lands on Long Island. East Islip homes for sale are conveniently located near the trail and other amenities of Heckscher.

    2. Eisenhower Park - Merrick and Stewart Avenues, East MeadowNY 11554 
      This 930-acre oasis in Nassau County is one of the largest public spaces in the New York metro area. Larger than Central Park, it comprises property owned by Salisbury Country Club plus adjoining properties the county acquired. There's an easy, 5-mile loop trail, accessible all year round, near Meadowbrook Parkway. Check out Garden City homes for sale, just a few minutes away from the biking trails and everything else Eisenhower Park has to offer. 

    3. Belmont Lake State Park - Southern State Parkway Exit 38, North Babylon, NY 11703
      Located in Suffolk County, Belmont Lake State Park offers lots of activities, including picnicking, pedal boat and kayak rental, fishing, game courts, and also trails for walking and biking. Cyclists can enjoy a flat, easy 2.5-mile trail that runs through pretty woods, by a small waterfall, and over a stone bridge. Interested in Commack homes for sale? You won't be far from this picturesque park. 

    4. Valley Stream State Park - Valley Stream State Park Road, Valley Stream, NY 11580
      It's a short, rolling 2.7-mile loop trail around a lake, but you can pack a lunch, bike a bit, and choose one of the many picnic tables along the route in this shady park to set up the eats while the kids play. Picture yourself in one of our Hewlett homes for sale, where you'll be just minutes away from this gorgeous setting. 

    5. Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve - 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington, NY 11743 
      Twenty-seven miles of trails traverse this flat to hilly park, a former estate on a Gold Coast peninsula that reaches into Long Island Sound. Caumsett comprises salt marsh, woodland, meadows and rock shoreline. Developed by Marshall Field III, the estate was acquired by New York State in the early '60s. In addition to biking, the park offers walking, bridle paths, hiking, nature trails and cross-country skiing. Have a look at Huntington homes for sale, and you could be in close proximity to this Long Island gem.

    6. Hempstead Lake State Park - Lakeside Drive, West Hempstead, NY 11552
      The flat, easy, 2.4-mile trail winding around McDonald Pond isn't the only draw for this shady park. Enjoy boating, horseback riding, picnicking, playgrounds, playing fields, tennis, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, and fishing. There's also a historic merry-go-round. Imagine your family biking the trails around McDonald Pond, just minutes from Rockville Centre homes for sale.  

    Our real estate agents can help you find that special home close to biking trails and other amenities in our Long Island parks. Contact us today.

    April
    6

    Long Island: Pay a Virtual Visit to These Libraries

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    With businesses and public facilities shut down all across the state, many people are looking for new ways to entertain themselves from home. Thanks to the incredible online resources offered by our local libraries, we all have plenty of options!

    All of the libraries around Nassau and Suffolk counties are currently allowing residents to apply for a digital library card so you can access their digital materials from your home even if you're not already a member. Take a look at some of the other special services that are currently available.

    • Floral Park Public Library: 17 Caroline Place Floral Park, NY 11001
      The Floral Park Public Library, near these Floral Park homes for sale, has an impressive catalog of digital books and materials available to anyone who has a library card. While you're on the library's website, make sure to scroll through the home page where you'll find links to all kinds of digital resources. This includes a link to the Teen BookCloud website designed especially for teens in grades 7 through 12, a  "Kidz Bop Dance-Along Video," and more. Follow their Facebook page where you'll find online storytimes, virtual Family Trivia Night and more! 
    • Garden City Public Library: 60 7th St. Garden City, NY 11530
      Located not far from some of the best Garden City homes for sale, the Garden City Public Library has a great selection of ebooks, audiobooks, digital magazines, and resources like live tutoring, test prep, and language courses. The library also hopes to launch more links to virtual programming in the coming days. Keep an eye on their website and Facebook page so you can stay on top of their latest announcements. 
    • Rockville Centre Public Library: 221 N. Village Ave. Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      If you've been thinking about moving into one of the beautiful Rockville Centre homes for sale, you'll want to familiarize yourself with the Rockville Centre Public Library. Browse their collection of ebooks, audiobooks, streaming video, digital magazines, and resources including live tutoring. They're also offering a variety of virtual programs including children's Storytime Circle, "Music for Aardvarks," and a Mother/Daughter Book Discussion that's appropriate for fifth through seventh graders. Follow their Facebook page for more information and updates.  
    • Port Washington Public Library: 1 Library Drive, Port Washington, NY 11050
      Port Washington Public Library has many options for digital downloads and streaming, including music, video, and comic books. Through their website, you can also access online courses, learn languages, download interactive animated talking storybooks for kids, and more! This great library is just one of the reasons why Port Washington homes for sale are so popular. Check out their list of upcoming events like virtual storytime, family yoga, book clubs, and more. You can keep up with all of their events and updates by following their Facebook page.  
    • Huntington Public Library: 338 Main St. Huntington, NY 11743
      Once you apply for your temporary library card, you'll have access to all of Huntington Public Library's ebooks, digital magazines, streaming movies and music, and more. You can also access Ancestry.com right through the library's website. Children will enjoy the huge array of educational resources, including Brainfuse, Sesame Street ebooks, National Geographic Kids, and more! When the library opens back up, we suggest stopping in and taking a look around. It's near some best Huntington homes for sale, so it will be easy to visit when you're in the area. 

    Times have certainly changed, but at Coach Realtors, we're still helping people buy and sell their homes! We're offering virtual open houses and making other accommodations to maintain safe social distancing during the entire process. Don't put your dreams on hold! Contact us today to discuss your goals and get started. 

    March
    16

    Best Places to Train for Your Next 5K

    Running Trails - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    Spring is in the air, and our REALTORS® are excited about the return of warm weather and prime running conditions! Nassau and Suffolk counties host countless 5K runs and walks throughout the spring and summer months, and we have an equally wide range of great places to train for your next race. When you're ready to hit the trail, be sure to check out these great running destinations!

    • West Hills County Park - Sweet Hollow Road, Huntington, NY 11747
      Considered by those in the know to be a hidden gem among Suffolk County parks, the charming landscape of West Hills County Park is a perfect place to run this spring. Located close to these Huntington homes for sale, the park includes miles of scenic and well-groomed nature trails in a mixed deciduous forest. The highlight of the park is the Walt Whitman Trail, which crosses the highest point on Long Island, the 400-foot "peak" of Jayne's Hill.

    • Trail View State Park - 8101 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
      One of the great hiking and running destinations on Long Island, Trail View State Park is a 7.4-mile linear park that passes through of the most picturesque forests, marshlands and fields in the region. The trail is beautifully maintained and serves as a link in the Nassau/Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, which extends from the north shore of Suffolk County all the way to the south shore of Nassau County.  There are numerous locations where you can access the trail, including the primary trailhead in Woodbury, just minutes from many Nassau County homes for sale

    • Setauket-Port Jefferson Station Greenway Trail - Main Street, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
      Offering a clean asphalt surface for running, walking and cycling, the Setauket-Port Jefferson Station Greenway Trail is a great resource for Suffolk County runners. The trail was built in two sections in 2009 and 2014 and now stretches 3.4 miles through forests, farmlands, and meadows between Setauket and Port Jefferson Station. Plans are currently underway to extend the trail a further 10 miles along a future rails-to-trails route. You'll find the Port Jefferson trailhead near the intersection of Main Street and Hallock Avenue, just near these Port Jefferson homes for sale

    • Sans Souci County Park - Broadway Ave., Sayville, NY 11782
      With a name that means "without worry" in French, Sans Souci County Park lives up to its moniker, offering more than 300 acres of shady woods and picturesque ponds. Surrounded by Suffolk County homes for sale, the park is also a nature preserve, harboring a rich diversity of plant and animal life. Two trails, the 1.3-mile White Loop and the 2-mile Orange Loop provide ample ground for runners to get in shape among some of Long Island's most serene scenery. 

    • Heckscher State Park - 1 Heckscher State Parkway, East Islip, NY 11730
      With five trails ranging from 1.5 to over 13 miles in length, Heckscher State Park is a great destination for runners and hikers of all skill and fitness levels. Opened in 1922, this long-standing favorite preserves 1,600 acres of woods and wetlands, including a long stretch of beach along Long Island's south shore. Just minutes from numerous East Islip homes for sale, the park also includes a section of the 31-mile Long Island Greenbelt Trail, one of our all-time favorite running routes. 

    With spring on the horizon, we're excited to be able to hit the trails once again here on Long Island! Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

    March
    2

    Read Across America Day: Visit These Bookstores and Libraries

    Long Island Bookstores - Coach Realtors

    It's no surprise that the man who said, "Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living" gave us How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, The Cat in the Hat, and Yertle the Turtle. On Monday, March 2, take a break from touring Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale to honor Dr. Seuss's birthday. Celebrate Read Across America Day with a trip to one of these wonderful local bookstores and libraries.

    • The Dolphin Bookshop & Café - 299 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050
      While they have a wonderful selection of books, The Dolphin Bookshop & Café is more than just a place to find reading material. With events and activities including live music, art exhibits, and PTA meetings, The Dolphin serves as a vibrant gathering place for the community around Port Washington homes for sale. Bookshop hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Thursday, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

    • Book Revue - 313 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
      At 17,500 square feet of space, Book Revue is the largest independent bookstore in Long Island. Despite the size, the family-owned shop maintains a unique character and personality not found in big-box national chains near Huntington homes for sale. Register your book club with Book Revue and members are eligible for discounts and other perks. Authors who have visited Book Revue include fascinating and diverse personalities such as Run-DMC, Hillary Clinton, Mariano Rivera, and J.K. Rowling. Book Revue is open from 9:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

    • Friends of the Library Used Book Shop - 150 E. Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      Buying books to support a good cause is a win-win. Proceeds from sales at Friends of the Library Used Book Shop help fund facilities, materials, and programs of the Port Jefferson Free Library. All books are tagged with a suggested price, but sales are by donation so you can pay whatever you deem appropriate. Inventory constantly turns over, so you'll find something new on every visit. Stop by during a day of viewing Port Jefferson homes for sale. Hours are 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

    • Smithtown Library - 1 North Country Road, Smithtown, NY 11787
      From its modest beginning with a few books stored in a law office, the Smithtown Library has grown to become the largest library system on Long Island. Learn more about the history and tradition of the area surrounding Smithtown homes for sale through the exhibits, programs, and collections in the Long Island Room. The library showcases other visual media with art exhibits and Friday movie screenings. Hours are 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekdays, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

    • Manhasset Public Library - 30 Onderdonk Ave., Manhasset, NY 11030
      The beautiful, spacious three-story building housing the Manhasset Public Library, right down the street from Manhasset homes for sale, accommodates a number of functions. There are separate areas for kids, teens, and adults along with quiet reading nooks, study rooms, and a vending machine "café." Exercise your body as well as your mind with on-site Zumba, yoga, stretching, and meditation classes. The library is open weekdays from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. (later opening at 11 a.m. Tuesday), 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Turn fantasy into reality with the home of your dreams. Contact us at Coach Realtors to get started.

    February
    17

    Taste the Greats Long Island 2020

    Taste the Greats Long Island 2020 - Coach Realtors

    Fantastic food and luxurious accommodations are simply a fact of life around Long Island, but haven't you ever wished that you could simply try all of the greats in one place? Taste the Greats Long Island, held annually at the gorgeous Oheka Castle Hotel, is the perfect event for you to do just that. The event features food from more than a dozen of the top chefs on Long Island, along with an extensive, curated wine list, a diverse selection of local craft beers, and live entertainment all evening long. Our real estate agents have all of the delicious details on how to enjoy this one-of-a-kind Long Island event in 2020.

    Elegance at Taste the Greats

    Date: March 14, 2020 – 8 to 11 pm

    Location: Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate – 135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY 11743

    • An Elegant Evening at the Oheka Castle Hotel and Estate
      While there are many storied event venues located close to Huntington homes for sale, few can match the history and elegance of the Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate where Taste the Greats Long Island is held every year. Home to many of the island's biggest weddings, bar mitzvahs, galas, and corporate events, Oheka Castle is one of those rare places that transports you back to another era when you step on the grounds. The entire hotel and estate bring to mind the decadence and gorgeous mansions of the Roaring '20s, with picturesque views, elegant design, and unmatched atmosphere. It's the perfect place to experience the best dining and drinks that Long Island has to offer.

    • Taste the Greats with 13 of Long Island's Best Restaurants
      Many of Long Island's best restaurants are overseen by world-class executive chefs, who pour their passion into creating unique meals that you won't find anywhere else. Taste the greats brings 13 of those chefs and restaurants together, to share the special dishes that made them famous. Sample signature dishes from Frank Monahan of Oheka Castle, Guy Reuge of Mirabelle Tavern, Tom Shaudel of Kingfish, Marco Pellegrini from Osteria Umbra, and many more. There will also be delightful desserts available from Linda Johnson, who operates Chocology, and Rob McCue of Granny's Ice Cream. Your admission includes tastings from every chef, along with unlimited drinks.

    • Enjoy Live Entertainment while You Sample Local Brews and World-Class Wine
      While the food is a central attraction, Long Island's best wouldn't serve a great meal without a perfect drink to pair with your plate. Take advantage of the open bar at Taste the Greats Long Island to enjoy a selection of local craft beers, wines from around the world, and craft cocktails that pair perfectly with your favorite food. There will be live entertainment throughout the evening, with classic jazz tunes setting the mood at Oheka Castle.

    • Upgrade to a VIP Package for Extra Food, Drink, and Music
      Looking to extend your evening at Taste the Greats? Opt for a VIP package, and you gain access to the exclusive after-party following the main event. The after-party features another hour of tastings, including special items that aren't available at the earlier tastings. Put on your dancing shoes while the DJ spins your favorite tunes, or sit back and enjoy a glass of the best wine that Long Island has to offer.

    If you love world-class dining, then Long Island is truly a place where you can taste the greats every day of the year close to home. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Huntington, NY area.

    January
    27

    Learn How to Knit at These Long Island Shops

    Long Island Knitting Shops - Coach Realtors

    Did you know knitting is becoming a super-trendy hobby? It's true! Although this pastime was once relegated to the older generation, it has enjoyed quite a renaissance over the past few years. In fact, several of Our REALTORS® have taken up the hobby and agree that it's a fun and relaxing way to unwind. 

    If you've been thinking about taking up a new skill that's easy to learn, knitting is a great option. And, there are plenty of local shops that can help you get started. Here are a few of our favorites. 

    1. Knitting on the Lamb: 456 E Jericho Turnpike S. Huntington, NY 11746
      Are you thinking about moving into one of the beautiful Huntington homes for sale? If so, then you'll definitely want to pay a visit to Knitting on the Lamb. The owner of the store offers knitting lessons and teaches in a fun way that's easy to understand. You can also get all the supplies you need here, including a gorgeous selection of yarns.

    2. The Knitting Garden: 49 Green St. Huntington, NY 11743
      The Knitting Garden carries a large selection of knitting supplies, including needles, yarn, patterns, and more. They offer classes and are happy to provide advice and one-on-one instruction. They also carry plenty of samples and will help you pick out exactly what you need to get started on your first project!

    3. The Knitting Place: 191 Main St. Port Washington, NY 11050
      If you're looking for a friendly and welcoming store that carries beautiful and unusual yarns, The Knitting Place is it! Check out their list of classes and calendar of events or just stop in and enjoy working on your projects in their cozy space.

      Before you head home, take a drive around the area and get a look at some of the beautiful Port Washington homes for sale.

    4. Sew What's New and Yarn Too! 400 Main St, Islip, NY 11751
      Not far from some of the best East Islip homes for sale, popular craft store Sew What's New and Yarn Too! offers a wide variety of classes perfect for anyone who wants to get started with knitting, crocheting, or sewing. You can also come by on Thursday evenings to get professional advice about all of your knitting projects.

    Knitting is a hobby you can enjoy by yourself or with the company of others, making it the perfect pastime for just about everyone. Try it out, and you're sure to get hooked! Whether you're thinking about buying or selling a home, the professionals at Coach REALTORS® can show you just how easy it can be. Don't let your real estate journey stress you out—let us help! Contact us today to get started. 

    January
    20

    Get Ready for Long Island Winterfest 2020

    Long Island Winterfest 2020 - Coach Realtors

    Bundle up and bring the family to Long Island Winterfest 2020. The annual event returns to the East End for its thirteenth year of magic in the winter. Our REALTORS® love this five-week celebration of local culture, and we're sure you will too! We've gathered everything you need to know about prior events and how to prepare for Winterfest 2020.

    Winterfest 2020

    • Date: February 7th – March 8th, 2020
    • Where: Venues throughout the East End of Long Island

    The East End hosts festivals and events throughout the year, and if you haven't checked out any of their previous Winterfest celebrations, you've been missing out! Offering authentic experiences of Riverhead, the North Fork, and the South Fork, last year 30 unique venues in the North Fork and Hamptons hosted Winterfest events. People from all over the state came to meet the local farmers, bakers, makers, performers, artists, musicians, and chefs that make Long Island such a unique part of New York.

    New this year is the Winterfest VIP Founders Club and its corresponding VIP Passport Card. Join the club and receive a card and lanyard holder qualifying you for substantial savings on participating festival restaurants, hotels, and entertainment. With your VIP Passport Card, gain access to the After Hours Party following the Winterfest Kick Off Party (a $20 value), a $20 Bistro 72 gift card, and 10 percent off overnight bookings at Hotel Indigo Riverhead. Purchase your VIP Passport Card here.

    Last year's events included trivia nights, live concerts, theatrical performances, and family-friendly activities for kids and adults. This year will be no different, with a variety of events to enjoy, including:

    • 13th Annual Winterfest Kick Off Party at Hotel Indigo Long Island East End - 1830 W. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901 | Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 7 - 10 pm
      Winter may be in full swing, but Winterfest is just heating up with the 13th Annual Winterfest Kick Off Party. Celebrate the night with live music, food, a Chinese auction, a 50/50 raffle, and plenty of other fun surprises. Overnight packages including a ticket and lodging at the Hotel Indigo will also be available if you'd like to make it a weekend getaway. Presale tickets are $55 until Feb. 7, and tickets at the door are $65.

    • Pints, Flights, & Trivia Night at Jamesport Farm Brewery - 5873 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901 | Feb. 7, 6:30  - 7:30 pm
      Test your knowledge and enjoy great craft beer at Jamesport Farm Brewery in Riverhead, NY. Prizes include free beer, so this is one event you (and your trivia-loving friends) won't want to miss.

    • Smoked Craft Cocktail Demonstration at Long Island Spirits - 2182 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow, NY 11933 | Feb. 8, 3 - 5 p.m.
      In addition to live demonstrations of how these impressive cocktails are made, attendees can see how the art of torching barrel staves is achieved. All this and live music, too!

    • Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes at The Suffolk Theater - 118 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901 | Feb. 8, 8 pm
      Get ready to rock out to the "Godfathers of the Jersey Sound"! In addition to having collaborated with big names in the industry like Bruce Springsteen and Steven Van Zandt, Southside Johnny is also a member of the NJ Hall of Fame.

    ​​​​​​​We invite you to join us at Winterfest 2020! As always, contact us if you'd like help buying or selling our warm and welcoming homes around Long Island.

    December
    16

    New Hobbies for a New Year Around Long Island

    New Year New Hobbies - Long Island, NY - Coach REALTORS

    Do you think you're too busy to take up a hobby? Scientific studies show having a hobby provides personal and professional benefits, making you healthier and more productive.

    Bring in the new year with a new and improved you. Our real estate agents share some of their favorite hobbies around Long Island. Which one will you try?

    • Find Your Om at Om Sweet Om Yoga - 12 Irma Ave., Port Washington 11050
      Yoga focuses on the mind-body connection for better overall health. Start the year stress-free at Om Sweet Om Yoga, just minutes from Port Washington homes for sale. Classes are available for all skill levels, abilities, and ages, including YoGuy classes targeted specifically for the male body. New students can participate in two weeks of unlimited sessions for only $39. Classes are offered seven days a week. Visit the website for the full schedule.

    • Learn to Cook at The Well-Seasoned Chef - 45 New Hyde Park Road #A, Garden City 11530
      Growing tired of fast-food and deli counter take-out? Resolve to eat healthier and save money in 2020 with cooking lessons at The Well-Seasoned Chef. With a formal culinary education and a rich family tradition of cooking, Chef Sophia makes creating fresh, tasty dishes accessible to all. The Well-Seasoned Chef maintains a nut-free facility near Garden City homes for sale, with other food allergies and sensitivities accommodated as well. Visit the website for schedule and pricing.

    • Paint a Masterpiece at The Art Studio - 221 N. Long Beach Road, Rockville Centre 11570
      Dress up the walls of Rockville Centre homes for sale with a DIY masterpiece created at The Art Studio. Instead of guiding you step-by-step to copy an existing work, instructors at The Art Studio teach a full range of methods including drawing, painting, clay, and mixed media. Classes focus on helping each student develop skills and reach their full creative potential. Looking for a unique theme for a children's party? "Paint on the Gogh" with The Art Studio's fully-equipped bus seating up to 20 kids. Visit the website for schedule and pricing, including multi-class packages.

    • Knit a Scarf at Rumpelstiltskin Yarns - 269 Main St., Huntington 11743
      Stay warm during chilly winter weather around Huntington homes for sale by learning to knit colorful scarves, sweaters, and blankets at Rumpelstiltskin Yarns. Classes run two to five weeks and beginner projects are clearly designated. There are also several once-a-month classes focused on different versions of specific crafts such as Fair Isle, lace, and granny squares. If you hit a rough spot, the "Yarn Doctor" has periodic open sessions when you can receive help. Visit the website for schedule and pricing.

    • Dig Up Family History at the Port Jefferson Free Library - 100 Thompson St., Port Jefferson 11777
      The late writer and poet Maya Angelou once said, "If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going." Explore your roots at Port Jefferson Free Library, which offers appointments for one-on-one time with a librarian to start your genealogy research. Want to take a deeper dive into the past? Monthly genealogy research group meetings are open to the public at Patchogue-Medford Library, about 20 miles from Port Jefferson homes for sale. PJFL is open 9:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. weekdays, 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday.

    Do your plans for 2020 include buying or selling a home? Contact us at Coach Realtors for friendly and experienced help with your real estate needs at any time of the year.

    December
    2

    Long Island: Where to Order Cookies for Holiday Parties

    Holiday Cookies - Long Island Bakeries - Coach REALTORS

    Our REALTORS® know that the neighborhood really matters when choosing your new home. Long Island is full of wonderful neighborhoods ready for you to call home. Throwing a party is a fun way to celebrate the holidays in your new home with family and friends. And no holiday celebration is complete without some holiday cookies. Let's face it, everyone loves cookies! They're perfect to round out the food choices at your own celebration, bring to someone else's party, or to give as a gift for the host or hostess. Here are some of the best places on Long Island to get cookies for your holiday party.

    • Cookies by Design - 1969 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731.
      After you're done looking at East Northport homes for sale make sure to stop at Cookies by Design for a dessert everyone at the party will love. Whether you're looking for a gift box with a variety of flavors, a giant cookie to share, or an arrangement of custom-decorated cookies, you'll find what you need here. Hosts and guests alike will be impressed. 

    • Butter Crust Bakery - 36 Laurel Road, East Northport, NY 11731.
      Butter Crust Bakery is a family-owned bakery that has been serving East Northport for over 50 years, so you know your holiday cookie order will be delightful. Their elegant and tasty cookies make every party a special occasion.

    • Butter Street Sweets - 256 Main St., Northport, NY 11768
      Butter Street Sweets provides photo-worthy cookies to Northport homes for sale that are perfect for your holiday party. Whether you prefer custom-decorated cookies or a platter of classic holiday favorites, your guests and your taste buds will be impressed! 

    • Chip 'n Dipped - 342 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
      Chip 'n Dipped offers a unique take on holiday cookies, with all your favorites dipped in delectable chocolate. After you're done checking out Huntington homes for sale stop by and watch them create homemade treats, you'll love to eat. If your holiday parties are taking place out of town, don't worry. Chip 'n Dipped can ship nationwide.   

    • Buttercooky Bakery - Locations in Floral Park, Huntington, and Manhasset
      With three locations around Long Island, including one near Manhasset homes for saleButtercooky Bakery can meet all your holiday cookie needs. Traditional butter cookies in a wide variety of flavors, your favorite Italian cookies, and specialty cookies can take any holiday celebration you're having to the next level.

    No matter what holidays you celebrate this season, your get together is always better with cookies! Local businesses are just one of the many features that make Long Island a great place to live. And our agents at Coach REALTORS® can help you find the right home you'll love. Contact us today to get started.

    November
    11

    Holiday Shop Local at These Long Island Craft Fairs

    Long Island Holiday Craft Fairs - Coach REALTORS

    It's hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner, but yes, it's true! Finding the perfect gift for that special someone can be challenging, but one of the great things about living on Long Island are the fun, quirky arts and crafts fairs.  Our REALTORS® love checking out what local artisans have to offer—here's a sampling of some of their fave fairs to hit for holiday gifts.

    • Walt Whitman Fine Art & Crafts Fair -  Walt Whitman High School, 301 W. Hills Road, Huntington Station | Saturday, November 23rd
      With more than 100 vendors offering handcrafted items only, this fun festival is the perfect place for holiday shopping while checking out beautiful  Huntington homes for sale. Admission is $2.00 for those over 12 years old—proceeds go to building a beautiful art gallery for Walt Whitman students.

    • East Islip Craft & Gift Fair - East Islip High School, 1 Redmen St., Islip Terrace, NY  | Saturday & Sunday,  November 23rd & 24th
      This free fair offers a wide array of handmade crafts, art, and all types of unique gift ideas. Enjoy food provided by the East Islip High School PTSA—their famous meatball sub is a can't-miss local favorite. You can also find local authors signing books. While you're in the area, get even more of a feel for the community by checking out East Islip homes for sale.

    • Deepwells Holiday Boutique -  Deepwells Farm Historical Society, 2 Taylor Lane, St James, NY | Saturday & Sunday,  December 7th & 8th
      This special holiday-themed event showcases handcrafted items like ceramics, jewelry, stained glass, handmade dolls, ornaments, fiber arts, photographs, paintings, and much more. This historical property is also home to Deepwells Mansion, which hosts a haunted house, concerts, and other events throughout the year. So take a break from looking at Smithtown homes for sale, learn a little local history, and find the ideal gift for that special someone.

    • Northport Craft Fair - Northport High School, 154 Laurel Hill Road, Northport, NY | Saturday & Sunday,  December 7th & 8th
      Long Island's largest indoor craft fair features more than 200 exhibitors selling original photography, art, jewelry, textiles, and more. Looking for gifts for foodie friends? Choose from a selection of organic olive oils, jellies, chocolates, baked goods, teas, and local honey. Refreshments served by the Northport Hight School DECA Club.

    • Art League of Long Island's Holiday Fine Art and Craft Fair - 107 E Deer Park Rd, Dix Hills, NY | Saturday & Sunday,  December 7th & 8th
      There's no shortage of arts and crafts fairs the weekend of December 7th, so get in the car and check out a few while you're searching for Dix Hills homes for sale! Now in its 56th year, this annual juried fine art and craft fair features original pieces in all mediums from Long Island artists and crafters. Shop local, support Long Island artists and find unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones!

    • St. James-Smithtown Craft Fair - Smithtown East High School, 1 School St., Saint James, NY | Saturday & Sunday,  December 14th & 15th
      Check out handcrafted new and vintage jewelry, homemade candy, wreaths, holiday decorations and décor, and handcrafted organic soaps and body products, and so much more at this much-loved local craft fair. Refreshments served by the Smithtown College Scholarship Committee.

    Ready to begin your search for a beautiful Long Island home? Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to get started today.

    November
    4

    Celebrate National Hiking Day Around Long Island

    Long Island Parks for Hiking Day - Coach REALTORS

    Lace up your hiking boots! November 17 is National Hiking Day, and if ever there was a great time to hit the trail, this is it. Here on Long Island, we're blessed to be surrounded by some of the most picturesque hiking trails in the Northeast, and our REALTORS® are excited to share some of their favorites!

    • Trail View State Park - 8101 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY 11797
      The name says it all. Trail View State Park is a 400-acre, 7.4-mile linear park that offers sweeping views of Long Island's hardwood forests, wide-open fields, and rich marshlands. The trail straddles the line between Suffolk and Nassau counties, and offers some of the best hiking opportunities in both, just minutes from many Nassau County homes for sale. The park's wealth of wildlife habitat also makes it a top spot for bird watching in the region. 

    • Muttontown Preserve - Jericho Oyster Bay Road, East Norwich, NY 11732
      Muttontown Preserve is Nassau County's largest preserve, encompassing 550 acres of woodlands, fields, ponds, and estate grounds. Right around the corner from these East Norwich homes for sale, the preserve includes 20 miles of trails that are great for spotting spring wildflowers as well as brilliant fall foliage. 

    • Cold Spring Harbor State Park - Cold Spring Harbor State Park
      A quiet park spanning 40 miles of rolling hills, Cold Spring Harbor State Park is a lovely place for an afternoon hike, with well-groomed trails lined with towering oaks and thickets of mountain laurel. The park is a stone's throw from these Suffolk County homes for sale, and marks the northernmost trailhead of the Nassau-Suffolk Greenbelt Trail, which extends well beyond the park's boundaries all the way to the south shore of Nassau County. 

    • Walt Whitman Trail - 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746
      Few authors captured the beauty of the American wilderness quite like Walt Whitman, and the Walt Whitman Trail truly does his work justice. It's an 8-mile loop hike that starts and ends at the Walt Whitman Home in Huntington Station before circling through West Hills County Park and crossing Jayne's Hill, the highest point on Long Island. Be sure to check out the Walt Whitman Home while you're there, along with these lovely Huntington homes for sale.

    • Avalon Park & Preserve - Harbor Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790
      Encompassing five distinct plant and animal habitats, Avalon Park & Preserve offers an opportunity to step rich landscape that feels miles away from modern life. Once a residential site in the early 1900s, the area has been allowed to revert to its natural state over the past century. Home to a wealth of birds, butterflies, and other wild creatures, Avalon Park & Preserve is convenient to many Stony Brook homes for sale, and is open to hikers from dawn to dusk every day. Leashed pets are permitted as well. 

    • Caleb Smith State Park Preserve - 581 W. Jericho Turnpike, Smithtown, NY 11787
      Nestled in the cozy community of Smithtown, 543-acre Caleb Smith State Park Preserve is one of the best places on Long Island to reconnect with nature. With many miles of hiking trails meandering through secluded woodlands and along the banks of the Nissequogue River, the park is home to rare plants and endangered birds, and is just minutes from Smithtown homes for sale.

    We love life on Long Island, and we think you will too! With all the amenities of the big city and wide-open spaces of the country, it's a truly unique place to call home. Contact us today to learn more, and talk to our team about finding your new home.

    October
    21

    Living the Long Island Dream | Gold Coast Mansions

    Long Island Gold Coast Mansions - Coach REALTORS

    Who hasn't dreamed of living in a mansion of their own? Our REALTORS® know that Long Island is the perfect place to indulge in your fantasies and gaze longingly upon the many Gold Coast Mansions dotting the landscape. Although Long Island was home to more than 500 of these grand estates erected in the early 1900s, there are less than 200 still standing today. Take a relaxing drive and discover the wonder of these seven Gold Coast Mansions and envision what life in the Roaring '20s would have been like with a home this marvelous.

    1. Sands Point Park and Preserve — 127 Middle Neck Road, Port Washington, NY 11050
      Known as the Guggenheim Estate after the family who called it home, Sands Point Preserve is a sprawling park that invites residents and visitors to spend the day enjoying the outdoors. Now owned by a conservancy group, the grounds host educational, cultural, fitness and seasonal activities throughout the year for children and adults alike. The Port Washington homes for sale nearby are within walking distance from this welcoming estate.

    2. Nassau County Museum of Art — 1 Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor, NY 11576
      Owned by Henry Clay Frick, the Nassau County Museum of Art has an impressive collection of works from the 19th century through the present day. Stroll through the galleries of the brilliantly designed interior and you'll have trouble distinguishing art pieces from the elaborate décor.

    3. Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve — 25 Loyd Harbor Road, Huntington, NY 11743
      As you browse Huntington homes for sale, be sure to stop by and feast your eyes on the extravagant 1,500-acre estate known as Caumsett. Both the Caumsett Foundation and State of New York sponsor events throughout the year geared towards outdoor education. With hiking programs and guided walks, bird-watching groups, family scavenger hunts, maple syrup making classes and more, a visit to Caumsett is worth the trip.

    4. Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium — 180 Little Neck Road, Centerpoint, NY 11721
      This Gold Coast Mansion has been transformed into a museum and planetarium which features William K. Vanderbilt's artifacts he collected while traveling the world in the late 1800s. If you're lucky, you'll be in town to catch one of the many spectacular performances that take place within the museum.

    5. OHEKA Castle — 135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY 11743
      Of the many castles on Long Island, the OHEKA Castle estate is settled amongst other dazzling Huntington homes for sale. This magnificent mansion has to be seen to be believed. You can book a tour of the castle, book a table at their OHK Bar & Restaurant or even book a room for the night and truly experience luxury living in a Gold Coast Mansion.

    6. Chelsea Mansion — 34 Muttontown Lane, East Norwich, NY 11732
      The gorgeous Chelsea Mansion enjoys a secluded space on Nassau County's largest nature preserve, Muttontown Preserve. Find serene solitude as you guide yourself through the many trails along the grounds. Now a venue for weddings, private events, and other celebrations, the Chelsea Mansion's charm is one of the reasons the Muttonwood Preserve was named the Best Nature Walk of Long Island. Be sure to stroll by next time you're looking at East Norwich homes for sale.

    7. Old Westbury Gardens — 71 Old Westbury Road, Westbury, NY 11590
      No list of Gold Coast Mansions would be complete without one of Long Island's best-preserved buildings, Old Westbury Gardens. Open to the public, you're free to roam the grounds yourself or go on an interesting guided tour. Other educational programs and classes are also open for the public to attend, as are the many outdoor concerts and festivals that breathe new life into the grounds.

    Dreaming of living the good life on Long Island? We can help! Contact us today to tour the best Long Island homes for sale!

    October
    7

    Having a Scary Good Time Around Long Island

    Long Island Halloween Events - Coach REALTORS

    Looking to have a scary good time around Long Island this October? Our REALTORS® love exploring Long Island from end to end, searching for awesome Halloween activities for friends and families. Trust us — there are tons of ghoulishly great events happening throughout Suffolk and Nassau Counties all month long! Here are five frighteningly fun activities to put on your spooky schedule.

    • Halloween Family Fun Fest at The Madison Theatre at Molloy College — 1000 Hempstead Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570 | Oct. 26
      The annual Halloween Family Fun Fest outside of the Madison Theatre at Molloy College is a great place to celebrate Halloween with your little ones. An entire afternoon is dedicated to pumpkin picking and decorating, mask making, trick or treating, and more! With a bounce house, haunted house, petting zoo, games, and other fun activities, this event is one of the best on Long Island. Be sure to bring a costume to wear after you've checked out our Rockville Centre homes for sale.

    • A Kooky Spooky Halloween at Theatre Three —2 Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777 | Oct. 5-26
      Interested in a hauntingly fun trip to the theater? Then be sure to buy tickets to A Kooky Spooky Halloween at Theatre Three this October! This family-friendly musical tells the tale of a ghost who — believe it or not — is afraid of the dark! Abner Perkins is a spirit who is easily scared. Join him and his friends as they learn the power of helping others in this fun play. There is also a special Sensory Sensitive Performance on Oct 6! Take a break from visiting Port Jefferson homes for sale and sit back for a fun show!

    • Elwood Pumpkin Farm — 1500 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743 | Sept. 21 – Oct. 31
      Nothing says Halloween quite like a visit to the pumpkin patch. Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm is the most western pumpkin farm on Long Island, offering visitors and residents alike the chance to come and pick out the perfect pumpkin. Grown right there on the farm, your children can pick a pumpkin straight from the vine, run through a corn maze, and enjoy a hayride. Open from September 21, be sure to schedule a visit next time you're considering looking at Huntington homes for sale.

    • Sleepy Hollow and the Great Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Blaze with Long Island Museum — 1200 Route 25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790 | Oct. 16
      Here's a fun Halloween event that is educational and exciting. The Fall Bus Trip hosted by the Long Island Museum heads to Sleepy Hollow and the Great Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Blaze. Attendees will first tour Sunnyside, the home of famous writer Washington Irving who penned The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. The tour will also travel to The Great Jack O'Lantern Pumpkin Blaze at Van Cortland Manor, where you'll see dozens of artfully carved pumpkins lighting up the night. This is a full day trip so consider scheduling viewings of Stony Brook homes for sale the day prior or after.

    • Hoyt Farm Monster Mash — 200 New Highway, Commack, NY 11725 | Oct. 19-20
      Are you looking for an exclusive Halloween treat that's great for the whole family? Then get ready to do the mash at Hoyt Farm! The Hoyt Farm Monster Mash is open to Smithtown residents only and limits tickets to no more than four family members. This exciting children's Halloween festival is a must-do for families of all ages. Crafts, face painting, pony rides, games, pumpkin picking, hayrides, haunted houses, and more are included in your ticket price. The Hoyt Farm Monster Mash is a creative way to spend the afternoon after visiting new Commack homes for sale.

    Trick or treating for more great homes throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties? Contact us today, and we'll make sure you get a sweet treat without the tricks!

    September
    23

    Long Island's Consignment Shops Can't Be Beat

    Long Island Consignment Shops - Coach REALTORS®

    Everything old is new again, which is why consignment shops benefit buyers and sellers alike. Offering your used but well-cared-for items on consignment provide an eco-friendly option for pre-move decluttering as well as a creative way to pick up extra cash for your down payment.

    Join our REALTORS® in celebrating National Consignment Day on Monday, October 7 with a visit to one of these unique consignment shops around Long Island.

    1. Lucky Finds Boutique - 7A N. Park Ave., Rockville Centre 11570
      How can you go wrong with a shop called Lucky Finds Boutique? Readers of Long Island Express voted Lucky Finds, located nearby Rockville Centre homes for sale, "Best Thrift/Consignment Store in Long Island" four years in a row. Thanks to owner Shannon McComb's discerning eye and knowledge of her clientele, racks at Lucky Finds display an ever-changing assortment of chic and trendy designer clothes and accessories. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Review of consignment items is by appointment.

    2. Act II Consignment Boutique - 11 Hewitt Square, East Northport 11731
      Gently-used designer clothes and accessories get new life at Act II Consignment Boutique, just minutes from East Northport homes for sale. Name brands such as Calvin Klein, DKNY, and Anthropologie are available at a fraction of retail price. Act II accepts freshly-cleaned items no more than two years old, and consignors receive 50 percent of the sale price. Act II is open 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday with consignments taken by appointment.

    3. Helga's Choice Consignment - 139 Main St., Northport 11768
      Moving into one of the great Huntington homes for sale? Lighten your load by taking your unused men's women's and children's clothing along with art and housewares to Helga's Choice Consignment. Helga's is always on the lookout for top-quality items to provide variety for her clientele. Drop off your items from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday. Call first to make sure they're currently accepting consignments.

    4. Plato's Closet - 6153 Jericho Turnpike - Commack 11725
      Do your kids have more clothes than they could wear? Plato's Closet pays cash on the spot for teen- and young adult-style clothing and accessories in good condition. Pack up their used Forever 21, H&M, Lululemon and Under Armour items and stop in on your way to view Commack homes for sale. Hours at Plato's Closet are 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. every day but Sunday.

    5. The Kids Kloset - Various locations
      Children grow out of clothes before they even get a chance to wear out. The Kids Kloset is a three-day mega-consignment sale event held each fall and spring in locations convenient to Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale. In addition to kids' clothes, you can clear out almost any type of infant- or child-related products, including toys, video games, nursery furniture, and educational materials. Stuck with maternity clothes? Bring those along too!  Just register online, drop off your items, and collect a check. Visit the website for dates, times, and locations.

    Ready for a fresh start at a beautiful Long Island home? Contact us at Coach REALTORS® and get started on your new journey.

    August
    26

    Welcome September at these Long Island Fall Festivals

    Long Island Fall Festivals in September
    September is doubtless one of the best months of the year on Long Island, with beautiful weather, end-of-summer fun, and tons of great events for residents of all ages. Whether you're looking for a family outing, a local festival, live entertainment, or even an event where you can sample Long Island's best hard cider, you'll find it during September. Our REALTORS® are ready to enjoy the final days of summer, and we've put together a guide to six great events where you can celebrate September around Long Island.

    1. East Northport Festival – September 6 to 8 – 190 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, NY 11731
      Looking for family fun close to East Northport homes for sale? Then be sure to visit the East Northport Festival, which is returning for its 24th year in 2019. The East Northport Festival is considered one of Long Island's top festivals.  It features fun and game for the whole family, including games and rides, live entertainment, an international food court, sidewalk sales, exhibits, and customed characters. Connect with the East Northport community on September 6 - 8 at John Walsh Memorial Park.

    2. Pour the Core – September 28 – 1 Heckscher State Parkway, East Islip, NY 11730
      East Islip homes for sale make it easy to attend Pour the Core, Long Island's biggest and best hard cider festival. Whether you're a hard cider fan or simply want to try something new, this unique festival is sure to have something for you. Sample some of the area's best hard cider, enjoy some delicious food, and soak up the sun at Heckscher State Park. There are over 75 ciders to sample, along with a donut eating contest and local food trucks.

    3. Italian Festival – September 5 to 8 – 175 W Shore Rd., Port Washington, NY 11050
      If you're searching for a great, local event close to Port Washington homes for sale, set aside some time for the annual Italian Festival in North Hempstead Beach Park. This is one of the largest Italian heritage festivals on Long Island, with fantastic food an so much more. Enjoy live entertainment, carnival games, educational opportunities, and a celebration of Italian culture throughout the weekend.

    4. Village Cup Regatta – September 7 – 1 Surf Ave., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      Located just a short drive from Port Jefferson homes for sale you'll find the Port Jefferson Yacht Club, which hosts the annual Village Cup Regatta. Settle in to watch Port Jefferson's annual boat race, with all proceeds going toward cancer research. Attend the reception, reserve a seat on a spectator boat, and take in a race for the ages.

    5. Commack Day – September 28 – 200 New Highway, Commack, NY 11725
      Shopping for Commack homes for sale? Get a taste of what makes the community special at the second annual Commack Day, a community event for all ages. This local event is filled with food, drink, vendors, and fun games for kids. All proceeds go toward charity, so you can support a good cause while having a great time.

    6. Cow Harbor Day Weekend – September 20 to 22 – 54 Woodbine Ave., Northport, NY 11768
      Want to know what makes Northport homes for sale so popular? Start by visiting the annual Great Cow Harbor Day Weekend festival, one of the biggest local events of the year. The festival features a concert, 10k run, a lighted boat display, a boat parade, great food, and plenty of fun around the docks.

    Searching for a home close to all of the action on Long Island during every season? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.

    August
    12

    5 Things That Influence a Home's Value

     

    What Influences Home Value

    One of the biggest challenges home sellers face is determining how to properly price their home. There are many things that impact the value of a home, and some are more obvious than others. 

    To help you out,  our REALTORS® have created their list of the five things that can influence your home's value.

    1. Location
      It's no secret that when it comes to real estate, location is key. When evaluating your home's value, the three primary concerns are the quality of the nearby schools, nearby employment opportunities, and proximity to entertainment, shopping, and recreational facilities. Convenient access to major highways and public transportation can also have an impact. 

    2. Size and Usable Space
      The square footage of your home will also impact its value. Larger homes are generally worth more. However, the amount of usable space is also an important factor. To determine your usable space, subtract the square footage of spaces like the unfinished basement, attic, and garage.

      Homes with more bedrooms and bathrooms are also usually considered more valuable. If you have extra space and can turn it into additional bedrooms and bathrooms, this may help increase your home's resale value. 
    1. Neighborhood Comps
      One of the most important things appraisers and realtors look at when determining the value of your home is the recent sale price of similar homes in your neighborhood. This is known as "Neighborhood comps." 

      When checking "comps" they'll look for homes as similar as possible and as close in location as possible to your home. The sale price of these homes serves as a benchmark. Note that if there has been a foreclosure or short sale in your neighborhood this can complicate things and could even pull down the value of your home. 
    1. Condition and Age
      The age and condition of your home will also have a significant impact on its value. In general, newer homes are worth more. If you have an older home with recent upgrades to important features like the electrical, plumbing, roof, or appliances, this will help to increase its value.

      Homes that are move-in ready will also pull in a much higher price than those that need significant work. Make sure to wrap up any unfinished projects before putting your home on the market. Taking care of simple home maintenance tasks and making your house as presentable as possible is well worth the effort when you're getting ready to sell. 
    1. Updates and Upgrades
      If your home is older and has outdated features, doing some updating will usually boost your home's value. A new garage door and updated kitchen and bathrooms are high up on buyers' wish lists.

      Before you jump into a remodel, however, make sure what you're considering will actually yield a decent return on your investment. It's a good idea to consult with a real estate professional before diving into any remodeling projects. Remember, also, that any updates you do must be up to code or you can end up doing more harm than good. 

    Your Long Island Real Estate Professionals 

    Determining the true value of a home is a complicated process, and it's not recommended that you try to do it on your own. Pricing your home correctly is one of the key factors to a successful home sale, so it's not something you want to leave up to chance. 

    If you're selling your Long Island home, our pros at Coach REALTORS® are here for you. Contact us to get started! 

    August
    5

    August Summer Concerts on Long Island

    Long Island August Concert Schedule

    The Concerts Continue on Long Island

    Concerts are a big part of summer, and our REALTORS® want you in on the fun!

    Long Island is known for its thriving music scene. Everything from the most refined orchestral scores to the iconic garage bands can be found on its shores. Concerts are a wonderful way to expand your musical taste and wind down the summer this August.

    Many of them even take place outside so you can have a family picnic.

    Free public performances are happening all over Long Island this summer. In fact, many towns and cities throughout the region have maintained these concerts for years. They're just one more reason you'll love to live in Long Island.

    Let's look at some of the best summer concerts in August 2019:

    1. Northport Harbor Family Nights – Northport Main Street, Northport, NY 11768
      Northport homes for sale benefit from many wonderful cultural events, most of them free. You can attend Northport Harbor Family Nights from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fridays in August. Participants will enjoy live music and dining sponsored by top local restaurants. Vendors will be on hand with art and souvenirs, and an eye-catching selection of classic cars will be displayed.
    2. Port Jefferson's Sunset Concerts – Harborfront Park, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      Port Jefferson homes for sale aren't far from one of the most beautiful historic parks in New York. Sunset Concerts take place at Jeanne Garant Harborfront Park 6:30 p.m. each Wednesday through August. Guests are encouraged to bring a blanket and snacks and picnic out by the water as they take in performances by Pat Wictor, Marci Geller, the Dave Christian Project, and more.
    3. Dennis Cannataro Family Concert Series – 1 North Country Road, Smithtown, NY 11787
      Smithtown homes for sale are part of an active and welcoming community. Events like the Dennis Cannataro Family Concert Series mean there's always something to see and do! The performances will run from mid-July to mid-August, starting at 8 p.m. each Thursday. Tribute bands will deliver amazing covers of Beach Party, Billy Joel, and The Beatles.
    4. Summer Performances at Manorhaven Beach Park – Manorhaven Boulevard Port Washington, NY 11050
      Summer Performances at Manorhaven Beach Park will give you a night to remember near Port Washington homes for sale. This festive occasion will feature cover bands in August and July. Things will really heat up in August thanks to the Arethra Franklin tribute show, "Step," that gets started at 7:30 p.m. on Friday the 2nd.
    5. Summer Concerts on the Village Green – 129 Main Street, Stony Brook, NY 11790
      Stony Brook homes for sale are some of the most sought-after on Long Island. Imagine having Summer Concerts on the Village Green just around the corner! On Sundays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., the town will be presenting a compilation of Music Through Time. In August, you can hear hits from the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, all led by Long Island's Got Talent 2019 Finalists.

    You'll have a swing in your step and a song in your heart when you find your Long Island dream home. At Coach, we make it easy for you. Contact us to learn more today.

    July
    15

    Long Island Golf: 6 Must-Play Courses

    Long Island Golf Courses
    The waterfront destinations, rolling meadows, and conserved natural sites of Long Island provide a wealth of opportunities for outdoor fun, including some of the best golf in the region. Whether you're looking for an affordable, public course, an elegant, private club, or anything in between, you'll have no trouble finding what you seek on Long Island. Our REALTORS® know Long Island golf, and we're here to share 6 of the best local golf courses in Long Island communities.

    1. Harbor Links Golf Course – One Fairway Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050
      Located a short drive from Port Washington homes for sale, you'll find the top-rated Harbor Links Golf Course. Ranked as one of Long Island's top public courses, Harbor Links features both an 18-hole championship course, and a 9-hole executive course that's perfect for fitting in a quick round. With a scenic North Shore location, you'll have beautiful views no matter which course you play.

    2. Crab Meadow Golf Course – 220 Waterside Rd., Northport, NY 11768
      Northport homes for sale make it easy to reach the popular Crab Meadow Golf Course, one of the newest courses on our list. The scenery here is phenomenal, with nearly every shot providing a view of the Long Island Sound. Of course, the golf is great, too, with a course that measures 6213 yards from the white tees, providing a fair, challenging layout for golfers of all experience levels.

    3. Dix Hills Park Golf Course – 575 Vanderbilt Pkwy., Dix Hills, NY 11746
      Looking for a quick, fun golf outing near Dix Hills homes for sale? Stop by the 9-hole Dix Hills Park Golf Course, where you can enjoy a round in a casual, family-friendly setting. Dix Hills Park Golf Course is a par 31 layout perfect for a family golf outing, with generous fairways and large greens to target.

    4. Garden City Country Club – 206 Stewart Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
      If you're searching for great golf close to Garden City homes for sale, make time to visit the historic Garden City Country Club. Founded in 1916, GCCC has been providing one of Long Island's premiere country club experiences for more than 100 years. The facility also features racquet sports, along with extensive event spaces.

    5. Port Jefferson Country Club – 44 Fairway Dr., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      With 18 holes overlooking the Long Island Sound and a location close to Port Jefferson homes for sale, the acclaimed Port Jefferson Country Club offers so much more than excellent golf. Port Jefferson Country Club is an excellent place to enjoy racquet sports, take lessons from a pro, or host a social event. There's also a busy schedule of special events at the club, especially on weekends.

    6. Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club – 2000 Raynors Way, Smithtown, NY 11787
      You won't have any trouble finding a place to play 18 holes when you shop for Smithtown homes for sale, thanks to highly rated local courses like the Stonebridge Golf Links & Country Club. The tree-lined course at Stone Bridge Golf Links features rolling fairways, water features, and beautiful landscaping everywhere you turn. Stonebridge also offer junior golf programs, along with lessons for players of all experience levels.

    Still searching for a home that allows you to enjoy all of the great golf and outdoor fun in Long Island communities? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.

    July
    1

    5 Long Island Locations to Keep Your Kids Busy

    Long Island Kid-Friendly Events

    Long Island Celebrates National Anti-Boredom Month

    Do your kids wait anxiously for the start of summer vacation only to start complaining about boredom by July? That was the inspiration for designating July as National Anti-Boredom Month. Celebrate with your kids at these great family-friendly events and activities around Long Island recommended by our REALTORS®.

    1. Long Island Children's Museum - 11 Davis Ave., Garden City 11530
      Want to keep the kids entertained and sneak a little learning in on the side? The Long Island Children's Museum, just minutes away from Garden City homes for sale, is full of interactive exhibits to promote exploration and skill development for all ages. Learning spaces include 14 exhibit galleries, a 140-seat theater, and four classroom-size studios. In addition, "Our Garden" is the summer-only backyard exhibit that includes a water play area. Hours are 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday except for July and August, when the museum is open seven days a week. General admission is $14.
    2. Theatre Three - 412 Main St., Port Jefferson 11777
      Take a break from screens of all types and let your kids discover the joys of live theater at Theatre Three, conveniently located near Port Jefferson homes for sale. Theatre Three has an entire program dedicated to staging works for children. This summer's schedule includes one-hour performances of classic stories Cinderella in July and Pinocchio in August. On July 7, the 11 a.m. performance of Cinderella is sensory-free for anyone with sensitivities to lights, noise, and other stimuli. Reserved seats for all ages are $10.
    3. AR Workshop - 273 Main St., Port Washington 11050
      Arts and crafts are classic summer activities. AR Workshop offers kids and family events where you can create one-of-a-kind decor items such as pillows, wall hangings, and tote bags to dress up Port Washington homes for sale. Fees include all materials, tools, and instruction. You can also bring your favorite munchies and small appetizers to enjoy during the session.
    4. Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve - 200 New Hwy., Commack 11725
      One of the benefits of Smithtown homes for sale is access to Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve. The grounds feature an apple orchard, wooded areas, and a pond as well as open fields. Bring along a bird-watching guide and let the kids see how many species they can find. Afterward, they can burn off some energy at the baseball fields, playground, and water park. Pack a picnic lunch and make an entire day of it. Hoyt Farm is open 9 a.m. until dusk year-round. 
    5. Caumsett State Historic Park - 25 Lloyd Harbor Rd., Huntington 11743
      Caumsett State Historic Park is devoted to the enjoyment of nature found not far from Huntington homes for sale, but it has a colorful past as part of Long Island's famed Gold Coast. In the 1920s, the 1,500-acre grounds were the estate of Marshall Field III, heir to the department store fortune. Now four miles of trails wind through woods and across meadows to Long Island Sound. The park's summer calendar includes several kid-centric events such as "clown college," magic shows and guided hikes. Park hours are sunrise until sunset seven days a week year-round and the vehicle entrance fee is $8.

    Learn why Long Island is a wonderful place to raise a family. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® for help from one of our friendly Long Island real estate professionals.

    June
    24

    Celebrating July 4 on Long Island

    Long Island July 4
    It's almost time to enjoy one of Long Island's most popular holidays with July 4 fireworks, cruises, and celebrations throughout our local communities.

    Long Island hosts some of the country's most spectacular fireworks displays on Independence Day. Whether you're looking to explore local history, settle in with the family for a night of fun, or hit the water for an evening of dining, drinks, and spectacular fireworks shows, you'll find a Long Island event right for you. Our REALTORS® have the details about how you can celebrate America this July 4 on Long Island.

    1. Stars Over Montauk - Umbrella Beach, Old Montauk Highway, Montauk 11954
      Suffolk County homes for sale offer easy access to the Stars Over Montauk July 4 celebration, which always ranks as one of the biggest on Long Island. Presented by the acclaimed Grucci Fireworks team, Stars Over Montauk is a spectacular show that only seems to get bigger and better every year. The fireworks begin at 9:30 pm and are visible from a variety of beachfront locations.

    2. Long Island Ducks Fireworks - 3 Court House Dr., Central Islip 11722
      Head out for an evening of baseball, fireworks, and family fun when the Long Island Ducks take on the Sugarland Skeeters.  The Long Island Ducks Fireworks Spectacular is easy to reach from East Islip homes for sale, and games are popular local gathering places throughout the summer. The fireworks don't start until after the game ends, so this event provides a full evening of fun.

    3. Jones Beach Fireworks Spectacular - 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh 11793
      Nassau County homes for sale make it easy to watch the Jones Beach Fireworks Spectacular, which features some of the most creative pyrotechnics that you'll find anywhere on July 4. Watch a brilliant display of fireworks, set to an array of patriotic songs, surrounded by the beautiful setting of Jones Beach.

    4. Viking Fleet Fireworks Cruise - 412 W Lake Dr., Montauk 11954
      If you want to experience Stars Over Montauk from a unique point of view, be sure to reserve your spot on the Viking Fleet Fireworks Cruise. The cruise features a buffet, drinks, music, dancing, and unmatched views of the fireworks.

    5. Jones Beach Fireworks Cruise - 31 Woodcleft Ave., Freeport 11520
      Heading to Jones Beach, instead? There's a fireworks cruise there, too! The Jones Beach Fireworks Cruise has a live DJ, cash bar, snacks, and a smooth ride to the best seats in the house for the fireworks show.

    6. Parade of American Flags  – 633 Mt. Sinai Coram Rd., Mt. Sinai 11766
      Looking for something fun and educational to do before all of the great fireworks start? Head to the Avenue of America for the Parade of American Flags, located close to Mount Sinai homes for sale. Here you'll find a collection of 100 national, state, and territorial flags spanning the history of America. Learn about the history of each flag and discover the symbols that make each flag special. This free event is open to all ages and is a great way to experience some patriotic pride on Independence Day.

    Are you searching for a home of your own, close to all of the great holiday events on Long Island throughout the year? We can help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.

    June
    10

    How to Celebrate Long Island Dads on Father's Day

    Long Island Fathers Day

    Father's Day is June 16th, and our REALTORS® want to take a moment to thank the many father-figures that have made our lives amazing. Whether a father works long hours at the office or spends day and night caring for his children, being a dad is no easy job. In appreciation of the hard work and sacrifices our fathers have made, celebrate of Father's Day by grabbing your dad or grandfather and treating them to a delicious meal, cold beverage or fun activity around Long Island.

    1. Rothmann's Steakhouse – 6319 Northern Blvd., East Norwich, NY 11732
      Treat your dad to a dinner fit for a king at Rothmann's Steakhouse. Not far from East Norwich homes for sale, Rothmann's has been attracting diners from far and wide for over a century — including famous faces like President Theodore Roosevelt and Elizabeth Taylor. One of New York's premier steakhouses, Rothmann's is known for their 38-day dry aged prime beef steaks, live Maine lobsters and special sushi rolls. Bring dad for a dinner of steaks and scotch or get an early start with a brunch buffet of omelets, seafood and more!

    2. Harbor Links – 1 Fairway Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050
      Spend the afternoon on the links with dad at Long Island's premier public golf course. Harbor Links, close to Port Washington homes for sale, features the award-winning 18-hole Championship Course and a par-31 9-hole Executive Course.  We're sure every dad will agree — a rough day on the putting green is better than a good day at work!

    3. Huntington Humidor – 8 New St., Huntington, NY 11743
      Does your dad love the taste of a smooth cigar? Then take him to the Huntington Humidor for the finest quality cigars near Huntington homes for sale. Specializing in the best tobacco selections from around the world, you and your father can hang out in the public lounge and enjoy a quiet smoke. Looking for a more exclusive gift? Rent a private lounge for the two of you which includes Wi-Fi, multiple televisions, coffee service and so much more!

    4. Port Jeff Brewing Company – 22 Mill Creek Rd., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      Trust us — your dad deserves a cold beer and there's no better place in Port Jefferson to find a delicious craft beer than the Port Jeff Brewing Company. Located just a few minutes from Port Jefferson homes for sale, Port Jeff Brewing Company is a craft brewery that has a tasting room perfect for sampling their small-batch beers. Their year-round selection includes the Trippel H Belgian style ale, the Party Boat IPA and the powerful Porter. They also release special beers throughout the year so you never know what tasty brew on tap might become your dad's new favorite beer.

    5. Angler Fishing Fleet – 405 Main St., Port Washington, NY 11050
      Every dad deserves an adventure at sea, and The Angler Fleet fishing charter will give your father an amazing half-day trip on the Long Island Sound. Set sail from Inspiration Warf near Port Washington homes for sale and head into the Sound to catch striped bass, blackfish, flounder and porgy. These calm waters are perfect for casting a line and kicking back for a relaxing afternoon with your dad!

    6. Bowlero Commack – 2183 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
      Bowling plus beer and bite-sized snacks equal the perfect Father's Day afternoon! Iron your dad's old bowling shirt and bring him to Bowlero for a few frames of fun. Just down the street from Commack homes for sale, Bowlero has 40 lanes, an arcade, sports bar and lounge area where you two can spend the day trying to conquer the dreaded 7-10 split. If you're looking for a budget-friendly activity after dinner, be sure to stop by after 6 pm for reduced game prices and arcade card deals.

    Would you like to treat your dad to more Father's Day fun? Contact us today and let us help you make this Father's Day special by finding Dad the perfect Long Island home for sale.

    June
    3

    Long Island Outdoors: Favorite Spots to Go Running

    Long Island Running Trails

    Long Island — are you ready for a run? June 5th is National Running Day, and our REALTORS® are ready to lace up our running shoes and get our hearts pumping! Whether you run 5Ks like there's no tomorrow or can only fit in a good jog when work calms down, any time spent running is a great way to clear the mind and strengthen the body. We hope you'll join us in celebrating National Running Day at some favorite Long Island spots for running.

    1. Avalon Park & Preserve – 200 Harbor Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
      Run away from it all — or at least for a little while — with a trip to Avalon Park & Preserve. Just across from Stony Brook homes for sale, this natural conservation area is home to jogging trails that will you across five different types of habitats. You can create a running route of any length around this 8-acre preserve as the various trails intersect and loop at different points. Pavement, crushed stone and boardwalk paths will give your feet a change of pace as you get lost in the labyrinth located in the center of the park.

    2. Blydenburgh County Park – 100 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Smithtown, NY 11787
      Surrounding Smithtown homes for sale are several parks including Blydenburgh County Park. Run their trail from the entrance to Stump Pond or follow the trail as it connects you to Forestwood Park and Caleb Smith State Park. Blydenburgh County Park is also a perfect place to get your run in with your furry friend. Let them off the leash at the Blydenburgh Dog Park and run around together in celebration of National Running Day!

    3. Heckscher State Park – 1 Heckscher State Parkway, East Islip, NY 1730
      Not far from East Islip homes for sale is Heckscher State Park, a perfect spot for tons of outdoor activities including a great run. This 1,600-acre park has four miles of paved trails. Jog along the Great South Bay and keep your eye out for deer, birds and other wildlife that you may encounter on the trails.

    4. RVC Athletic Complex/Hempstead Lake – Peninsula Blvd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      Do you prefer track or trail? What about indoor or outdoor? At the RVC Athletic Complex, you can run whichever route you desire! Located just across the street from Rockville Centre homes for sale, the RVC Athletic Complex is home to Malloy College's sports teams. Run on their indoor track or soak up some sun on the outdoor track. For those who want to go the distance, you can run the trail around Hempstead Lake.  

    5. Northport Nautical Mile – From Laurel Ave School (158 Laurel Ave) to Northport Village Dock (1 Main St.), Northport, NY 11768
      The Northport Nautical Mile is a June 15th race organized by the Northport Running Club, however, you can run this route any day of the year! Explore the village as you run passed Northport homes for sale down to the Northport Bay. If you extend your run, continue north beside Northport Park or south near Cow Harbor Park and enjoy the refreshing breeze along the bayside.

    Looking for Suffolk and Nassau County homes for sale?  Our REALTORS® are ready to help you get the race started toward homeownership in one of our nearby communities.

    May
    28

    Summer Camps for Long Island Kids

    Long Island Summer Camps
    This summer, our REALTORS® want to help you find the perfect summer camp for your children. From half-day camps to overnight trips, these six facilities create unforgettable summers for kids of all ages.

    1. Saint Patrick's Teen Travel Camp – 280 East Main St., Smithtown, NY 11787 
      Looking for a way to get your teen to put their phone in their pocket and get engaged with the world around them? Consider enrolling them in Saint Patrick's Teen Travel Camp. These overnight travel groups offer kids 13-15 unforgettable trips to places like Hershey Park and Disney. Saint Pat's has other fun and immersive summer camps for kids aged 3-5 and 6-12. Lunches will be served and each child will get a camp t-shirt to wear during trip days. This great summer camp experience is only steps away from Smithtown homes for sale but it will take your children on supervised adventures around the East Coast.

    2. American Theatre Dance Workshop – 500 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501 
      Families looking at Garden City homes for sale are always interested in learning about the cultural and arts programs offered around town for children. The American Theatre Dance Workshop offers three amazing summer camps for kids of all ages. The general dance camp features creative dancing, ballet, tap or theatre dancing while the intensive camps increase the skill level with the addition of pointe, hip hop and modern dance along with vocal and acting work. For the most magical experience, girls can attend Princess Dance Camp where they will dance to their favorite songs, complete arts and crafts, and even get a surprise visit from some Princesses!

    3. Buckley Day Camp – 2 I.U. Willets Rd., Roslyn, NY 11576 
      Buckley Day Camp hosts six different camps in the village of Roslyn, just a small drive from Manhasset homes for sale. Junior Camp is perfect for the little ones that haven't yet entered grade school while the Intermediate Camp facilitates activities for grades 1-4. The Senior Camp, Teen Camp and CIT Camp each offer hours of fun for kids in grades 5-7, 8-9 and 10-11, respectively. Mom and dad can join the fun too with Parent & Child Camp for 18-30 month children. View Buckley's camp calendar and give your child memories that will last a lifetime.

    4. Camp W – 121 Wolf Hill Rd., Melville, NY 11747 
      Athletics mixed with academics and every activity in between — the day camps at Camp W are filled with a diverse schedule that will pique the interest of any aged child. Kids take to the field for football and softball then can learn magic, martial arts, website design and so much more. If you're planning on moving into Huntington homes for sale this summer, Camp W is a wonderful neighbor to have.

    5. Garvies Point Museum & Preserve Summer Day Camps – 50 Barry Drive, Glen Cove, NY 11542 
      Keep your children's minds active with hands-on activities at summer day camps provided by Garvies Point Museum & Preserve. These themed weeks cover topics like nature, geology and Native American history. They'll learn about animals, plants, astronomy and more while making new friends in these educational workshops. The Garvies Point Museum & Preserve is located along Barry Drive surrounded by beautiful Nassau County homes for sale.

    6. New York Musician's Center – 701 Bedford Ave., Bellmore, NY 11710 
      Make summer vacation rock with the camps at New York Musician's Center. This national award-winning music school has been voted the best place for music lessons on Long Island near Rockville Centre homes for sale. Guitar, piano, singing, drum and string instrument lessons are available during these 20-hour camps. Let this summer camp take your 4th-9th graders on a musical journey!

    For more information about summer camps or homes for sale on Long Island, contact us today.

    May
    13

    6 Spots on Long Island for the Perfect Selfie

    LONG ISLAND SPOTS FOR SELFIES
    Did you know that May 21st is National Selfie Day? It's true, so now is the time to start planning your Instagram exploits for this unique holiday. Fortunately, Long Island is the perfect place to celebrate National Selfie Day, no matter what type of background you like for your favorite photos. From scenic shorelines to quaint downtowns, historic farms, parks, and sprawling natural beauty, there are so many great places on Long Island to snap the perfect selfie. Our REALTORS® know every corner of Long Island, and we've got six great, Instagram-worthy spots where you can snap the perfect selfie this year.

    1. Stony Brook University Sculpture Garden – 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook 11794
      Looking to show off your artistic side in a selfie? Stony Brook homes for sale make it easy to reach the scenic Stony Brook University campus and its unique sculpture garden. Snap a selfie in this beautiful, outdoor setting, surrounded by the hustle and bustle of a thriving college campus.

    2. Montauk Lighthouse – 2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk 11954
      Capture Long Island's nautical vibe with a selfie at the historic Montauk Lighthouse, with beautiful views of the sea, rocky shore, and of course the lighthouse itself. Stopping by during the sunset can make for an awe-inspiring shot of one of Long Island's iconic photo spots. There's also a museum on-site, where you can learn more about the Montauk Lighthouse.

    3. Oheka Castle – 135 West Gate Dr., Huntington 11743
      The Oheka Castle Hotel & Estate, located in Huntington, is one of the most beautiful properties in all of Long Island. Huntington homes for sale are just a quick trip from this gorgeous Gold Coast mansion, where you will find the ideal backdrop for a stately selfie.

    4. Adventureland – 2245 Broad Hollow Rd., Farmingdale 11735
      One of Long Island's favorite spots for family fun is also a great place to snap a selfie, with bright lights, big rides, and families having the time of their lives. With its convenient location in Farmingdale, Adventureland is easily accessible from a wide variety of Nassau County homes for sale.

    5. Long Island Aquarium – 431 E Main St., Riverhead 11901
      With both indoor and outdoor exhibits along with a vast collection of aquatic life, the Long Island Aquarium is a fun destination for nature-lovers of all ages. It's also a perfect spot for a selfie, with thousands of fish and aquatic animals that provide a truly unique background for your photo.

    6. Avalon Park and Preserve – 200 Harbor Rd., Stony Brook 11790
      Return to scenic Stony Brook to visit Avalon Park and Preserve, which regularly ranks as one of the most beautiful spots on Long Island. This park showcases the rich natural history of the area and inspires wonder in all who visit. Doesn't that sound like a great place for a selfie? Best of all, you can come back during each season to grab another stunning shot of yourself at the park.

    Still searching for the perfect home close to all of the beautiful scenery and Instagram-worthy vistas of Long Island? Contact us to buy, sell, and learn about real estate throughout the Long Island, NY area.

    May
    6

    6 Sip-Worthy Wineries on Long Island

    Long Island Wineries
    Did you know that it's almost time to celebrate one of the most delicious holidays of the year? We're talking, of course, about National Wine Day! Celebrated every year on May 25th, National Wine Day is an opportunity to pay homage to everything you love about your favorite glass of wine.

    Naturally, a wine goes best with a good meal and even better people, so National Wine Day also presents the perfect chance to explore Long Island's wine scene with friends and family. No matter what corner of Long Island you call home, there's a great winery, vineyard, retailer, or tasting room close to home. Our REALTORS® are here with a guide to six Long Island destinations for celebrating National Wine Day this year.

    1. Del Vino Vineyards – 29 Norwood Rd., Northport 11768
      Located just a quick trip from East Northport homes for sale, Del Vino Vineyards is the first stop on the popular North Shore Wine Trail. This family-owned and operated vineyard has a history dating back more than 100 years, and today is known for creating some of the best wine on Long Island. It's also a great spot for weddings, parties, and other big events.

    2. Testa Wines of the World – 1035 Oyster Bay Rd., East Norwich 11732
      Finished shopping for Huntington homes for sale, and looking to celebrate National Wine Day in your new dwelling? Testa Wines of the World is one of Long Island's best-known wine importers, with a bottle to match every taste, and offers a convenient location just west of Huntington. Stop by, tell the friendly, knowledgeable staff about your favorite types of wine, and pick the perfect bottle to go with your National Wine Day meal.

    3. Harmony Vineyards – 169 Harbor Rd., Head of the Harbor 11780
      Stony Brook homes for sale make it easy to reach the delightful Harmony Vineyards, a perfect destination for celebrating National Wine Day this year. Stop by for a National Wine Day brunch, or hang out late into the night with other wine enthusiasts.

    4. The Wine Cellar on Main – 70 Main St., Northport 11768
      Looking for great food and even better wine located close to Northport homes for sale? Look no farther than the Wine Cellar on Main, where music, wine, and food are always on the menu. The Wine Cellar features live music most nights, and plenty of great food to pair with your glass.

    5. La Parma – 415 Main St., Port Washington 11050
      What could go better with a fine glass of wine than a big, traditional Italian dinner? La Parma, located around the corner from Port Washington homes for sale, offers an ideal mix of fantastic food, fabulous wine, and friendly, personal service – perfect for celebrating National Wine Day with your favorite people.

    6. Whisper Vineyards – 485 Edgewood Ave., St. James 11780
      Smithtown homes for sale make it easy to reach the popular Whisper Vineyards, where there's never a bad time to celebrate with a great glass of wine. This award-winning vineyard, established in 2004, has quickly grown into one of Long Island's premier destinations for fine wine and great times. In addition to wines created on-site, Whisper Vineyards offers spirits from a variety of local producers.

    Still searching for the perfect home close to all of the excellent food and drink available on Long Island? Contact us to buy, sell, and learn about real estate throughout the Long Island area.

    April
    22

    Celebrate Long Island Living at the Montauk Music Festival

    Montauk Music Festival
    Montauk residents and music lovers from across the state are anxiously awaiting the 10th annual Montauk Music Festival (MMF). This year, the four-day event will feature over 400 up-and-coming musical artists from a variety of genres including rock, alternative, pop, hip-hop, folk, jazz, reggae, blues, country, and more!

    Our real estate agents rank MMF as one of their favorite events of the year, and once you check it out, you'll understand why. Here's everything you need to know so you and your family can get the most out of this not-to-be-missed event.

    4 Days of Entertainment at Montauk Music Festival

    MMF kicks off on Thursday, May 16th with an opening party at The Montauk Yacht Club from 7 p.m. to midnight. For the next three days, visitors will be able to choose from a variety of free concerts at over 40 different venues throughout the city.

    On Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., there will also be open-air concerts at the Montauk Lighthouse. Grab a blanket, some chairs, and your family and friends, and plan to spend the day there. There will be food, soda, and alcoholic beverages for sale as well as a variety of interesting vendors including a pop-up store for Rudy's Custom & Vintage Guitars. You'll also find a variety of workshops and exhibitions at the Ocean's Institute located at the foot of the lighthouse. 

    "Ask the Experts" Event

    If you're an aspiring musician or are interested in getting a behind-the-scenes look into the music industry, you won't want to miss the "Ask the Experts" event on Friday, May 17th. It will be held at the Lighthouse from noon until 5 p.m. Last year's event included yoga, one-on-one mentoring sessions with the artists, an industry panel, a group listening session, and a wellness workshop. When the 2019 schedule is released, it will be updated on the MMF Ask the Experts page

    Getting to MMF

    Depending on where you're coming from, your best transportation options may be the Hampton Jitney, Long Island Railroad, or the Hampton Hopper free shuttles. The Montauk Yacht Club is located at 32 Star Island Road, and the Montauk Lighthouse is located at 2000 Montauk Highway.  

    Although the open-air concerts are free, those going to the outdoor concerts will have to pay for museum admission. The cost for all three days is just $11 for adults, $8 for senior citizens, and $6 for children. The full admission price goes towards supporting the lighthouse, and your ticket also gives you the opportunity to tour the museum and climb to the top of the 200-year-old lighthouse.

    For an inexpensive, fun, and family-friendly weekend, you can't go wrong with the Montauk Music Festival.  

    Your Montauk Real Estate Professionals

    The thriving music scene is just one of the many things to love about living in Montauk. If you're thinking about moving here, we would love to show you around. Contact us today to get started!

    April
    1

    Long Island Easter Events for Your Family

    Long Island Easter Events
    Spring will be here before you know it, and that means warmer weather, blooming flowers, and, of course, the Easter Bunny! One of the things our real estate agents love about living in Long Island is that there are always so many family-friendly things to do, and celebrating Easter is no exception. Here's a rundown of some of the area's most popular Easter attractions. 

    1. Long Island City Annual Egg Hunt and Festival: Gantry Park | 4-09 47th Rd, Long Island City, NY 10007
      Head out to Gantry Park on Saturday, April 20th for the Long Island City Annual Egg Hunt and Festival. This event runs from 10 am until noon and features three separate Easter egg hunts to ensure that kids of all ages can have a safe and enjoyable experience.

      Although the event is free, tickets are required and won't be sold that day, so make sure you go online and complete your registration!
    1. Easter Kids Party Cruise: Skyport Marina | 2430 FDR Drive, New York, NY 10010
      Kids and parents will both enjoy the Easter Kids Party Cruise hosted by the Easter Bunny himself! With six different cruise times over Easter weekend, you'll have plenty of opportunities to catch this not-to-be-missed event.

      Enjoy two stories of music and family fun featuring face painting, clowns, balloons, dancing, and a magic show. Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door if they're still available. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.
    1. Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival: 5th Avenue from 49th to 57th Streets
      The annual Easter Parade and Bonnet Festival is a New York City tradition that stretches back to the 1870s. This loosely-formed parade is different than what you'd expect from a traditional NYC parade. Instead of fancy floats, here you'll find "paraders" marching down the streets dressed in all kinds of themed costumes and Easter bonnets. There are also always plenty of costumed pets.

      The parade begins at 10 am and continues until around 4 pm on Easter Sunday. The route goes right past St. Patrick's Cathedral, which is one of the best viewing spots. Since this is an informal event, you might even want to don your best bonnet and join in on the parade!
    1. Easter Kid's Disco and Egg Hunt: Doha Nightclub | 38-34, 31st Street, Long Island City, New York 11101
      Perfect for the little ones and their parents, the Easter Kid's Disco and Egg Hunt at Doha nightclub is an Egg-citing good time! From 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 20th, your kids will get to meet the Easter Bunny while enjoying plenty of music and dancing, face painting, a magic show, and, of course, tons of candy! There will also be a balloon egg hunt and a toy raffle. 
    1. Spring Fun Hunt at Wantagh Park:  Wantagh Park Children's Playground | 1 King Rd, Wantagh, NY 11793
      On Sunday, April 14th, the Wantagh Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Spring Fun Hunt at Wantagh Park. Bring your little ones to meet the Easter Bunny and search for over 4,000 hidden eggs. There will also be treats, raffles, and more. This popular community event is always a hit!

    Want to learn more about what makes Long Island one of the best places to raise a family? Contact us! We would love to show you around the area and help you find your dream home. 

    March
    25

    About Town - Long Island Neighborhoods to Discover

    Long Island Neighborhoods
    Long Island is a unique place because it is home to such a diverse collection of neighborhoods where every resident can find something to love. Whether you're interested in art, the outdoors, shopping, dining, an excellent school district, great golf, or fun on the water, you'll find a Long Island neighborhood that's perfect for you. Our real estate agents are here to help you get to know local communities, with our guide to some of Long Island favorite neighborhoods.

    1. Huntington
      Huntington real estate is perfect for anyone who loves a community that blends the best of past and present. The city was founded in 1653 and has been making history ever since. Huntington is a dynamic community, encompassing a variety of well-known smaller towns and hamlets, along with exciting historic sites. Some of its landmark attractions include the birthplace of famed poet Walt Whitman and the majestic Huntington Lighthouse.
    2. Garden City
      Are you searching for a sense of community, and a neighborhood where the word "neighbor" still means something important? Garden City homes for sale put you in the heart of an area known for rolling out the welcome mat for newcomers and working hard to make every resident feel at home. Garden City is an upscale neighborhood, with a wealth of gourmet dining options and attractions. Museum Row, located in Garden City, is home to some of Long Island's most popular museums, including the Long Island Children's Museum, Cradle of Aviation Museum, and Nassau County Firefighter's Museum.
    3. Northport
      Does a scenic, historic waterfront community sound like the perfect hometown? Northport, located on Long Island's North Shore, is a small, quaint town, known for its unique collection of small businesses and vibrant, historic Main Street. Northport real estate is also ideal for anyone who likes to spend time on the water, with a deep-water harbor and a variety of excellent marinas where you can store your boat. It's also a community with a reputation for fun, free special events, like the Summerfest Concert Series, where the city gathers to make music and memories by the water during the warmer months.
    4. Port Jefferson
      Known as "Long Island's hidden treasure," Port Jefferson is a waterfront community located on the North Shore, with a wide variety of historic businesses and delightful dining spots. The town is still an active port, and Port Jefferson real estate makes it easy to take a scenic ferry ride to and from Bridgeport, CT. You'll also have plenty to do close to home in Port Jefferson, whether you like gourmet dining, unique shopping destinations, or spending time on the docks at a local marina.
    5. Rockville Center
      Searching for a community with easy access to... well, everything? Rockville Center homes for sale put you just 25 miles from midtown Manhattan, with a 15-minute commute to JFK Airport and a 35-minute ride to Penn Station via LIRR. But you won't have to leave town for great attractions and even better food. The Rockville Center dining scene is known as one of Long Island's best, with cuisine from around the world.

    Are you searching for a home in one of Long Island's vibrant, unique neighborhoods? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.

    March
    11

    Long Island Landmarks - Pepsi-Cola Sign Gantry Plaza

    Long Island Gantry Plaza Pepsi Sign
    At Coach REALTORS®, our real estate agents know curb appeal when they see it. The Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City is one of our hometown's favorite head-turners, lighting up the East River with its neon red letters. The sign is a beloved part of the Queens waterfront area does a great job making its neighborhood feel more distinct. But do you know the history behind the billboard that beckons Long Islanders home?

    An iconic throwback that waves "hi" to Manhattan every night, the Pepsi-Cola sign is the perfect welcome if you live on Long Island. It's also a point of pride with deep roots in local industry and art. Here's what you need to know about the Pepsi-Cola sign:

    Most of the Sign Was Replaced in the 90s

    The original sign looked a little different… because it was a different sign. The sign has had a few different looks and homes since it was first erected. In 1936, Pepsi installed the Art Deco billboard on the rooftop of their Hunters Point bottling plant. When they modernized their logo with a single dash in 1942, the sign changed too. And when they redesigned their bottles in the 1970s, they also redesigned the hand-painted metal bottle on the sign, which originally had a bottle cap with a 5-cent price tag.

    Unfortunately, a winter storm did serious damage in 1992, after decades of neon outages, electrical problems, and corrosion. After an extensive rebuild, a reconstructed version was back in place two years later, complete with new paint and primer for the support structure, new ruby red curlicue letters, and a brand new bottle that faithfully replicated the details of the original. Finally, when Pepsi closed and sold their plant in 1998, they had a stipulation: the sign would have to be part of any new construction.

    New Apartments Were Built Around the Sign

    Long Island neighborhoods are constantly evolving, but sometimes New York history doesn't clear the way for new real estate. When developers picked the site of the Pepsi-Cola sign for a new 25-story apartment tower, the city, and the Landmarks Preservation Commission made sure they kept their promise and modified their plans to accommodate it.

    The sign now backs up to the building, which is hollowed out behind it to create a "shadow box" effect and keep the first eight floors of apartments at a safe distance. Today, its front yard is scenic Gantry Plaza State Park, a riverfront recreational area with 12 acres of gardens, piers, athletic courts, and one more restored piece of the area's industrial past. Namesake gantries, originally used to load and unload rail cars from barges, are the perfect complement for the historic Pepsi-Cola sign on the far end of the park.

    Whether you want to live behind the Pepsi-Cola sign or find your next family home somewhere else on Long Island, our real estate team at Coach REALTORS® can help. Contact us to learn more about buying or selling a home here in New York.  

    March
    4

    The Hamptons Arts Weekend Festival - THAW Fest 2019

    Hamptons Arts Festival Thaw Fest 2019
    It's almost time to shake off the winter cold, thaw out for the spring, and enjoy one of Long Island's most popular festivals. THAW Fest 2019, presented by the Hamptons Art Network, features a full weekend of exciting, art-related events. There will be art exhibitions, live music, comedy shows, open houses, live performances, and plenty of great parties to complement all of the action. If you've been looking for the perfect opportunity to celebrate the return of spring, this is your chance. Our REALTORS® have all of the key details on what to expect from THAW Fest 2019, and how to enjoy the weekend's events.

    THAW Fest 2019: Celebrate the Arts and the Start of Spring 

    The Festival: THAW Fest 2019 – Presented by the Hamptons Art Network
    Dates: 
    March 22 - March 24, 2019
    Times: 
    Events Friday Evening, All Day Saturday and Sunday
    Location: Art Galleries, Performance Venues, and Businesses in the Hamptons

    Kick Off THAW Fest 2019 with a Friday Night Full of Events

    • Cocktail Party and Comedy Show – 5 pm to 8 pm – Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor – The weekend's events kick off on Friday night, with an invite-only cocktail party featuring live music from Dwayne Kerr.

    • DJ and Dancing with Open Galleries – 7 pm to 9 pm – Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill – Enjoy a night of dancing, music, and art with DJ Twilo at the Parish Art Museum. The galleries will also be open so that you can explore all that the museum has to offer.

    Spend Your Saturday and Sunday Exploring Local Art

    Southampton Events

    • Art Exhibition and Garden Tour – Saturday 12 pm to 4 pm – The Madoo ConservancyExplore the gorgeous gardens of the Madoo Conservancy, and enjoy browsing through the extensive art exhibition on display.

    • Visit the Watermill Center – Saturday 1 pm to 4 pm – The Watermill CenterHead to the Watermill Center in Southampton for a tour of the facilities, and a chance to hear from musician Marina Rosenfeld.

    • Film Screening with Hamptons DocFest – Sunday 2 pm to 5 pm – Parrish Art MuseumReturn to the Parish Art Museum for a film screening and discussion with a special guest speaker to close out the weekend.

    Bridgehampton Events

    • Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival – Saturday 6 pm to 8 pm – Bridgehampton – Enjoy a delightful evening of chamber music, featuring a two-piano program that you won't soon forget.

    Easthampton Events

    • Visit Historic Mulford Farm – Saturday 10 am to 3 pm – Historic Mulford FarmMake a trip to one of the area's most charming historic farms for a special decorative arts tour.

    • Explore Spectacular Gardens and Art Collections – Saturday 11 am to 4 pm – Longhouse ReserveVisit a true one-of-a-kind property to soak in the beautiful gardens, fantastic sculpture collection, and vibrant art at the Longhouse Reserve.

    Learn More about the Hamptons Art Network

    While ThawFest is a marquee event each year, the Hamptons Art Network also works throughout the year to build and grow the art community in the Hamptons. The Hamptons Art Network is made up of a variety of local non-profit organizations, which includes art galleries, festival organizers, performance venues, cultural organizations, and museums. Thaw Fest is a chance for these organizations to show off the work that they do all year long.

    Are you still searching for the perfect home close to legendary Long Island festivals like THAW Fest? We are here to help. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to buy and sell homes in the Hamptons and throughout all of the Long Island real estate market.

    February
    25

    Finding Om in Your Hometown - 5 Yoga Studios on Long Island

    Long Island Yoga StudiosYoga has gone beyond a trend to become one of today's more popular workout forms. In addition to improving body tone and flexibility, yoga's emphasis on the mind-body connection benefits mental well-being and overall quality of life.

    Get your Om on at these five great yoga studios on Long Island recommended by our real estate agents.

    1. Northport Yoga & Wellness - 162 Main St., 2nd Floor, Northport
      Are you intimidated by the idea of taking a yoga class? Instructors at Northport Yoga & Wellness believe in a personal approach that accommodates all students from nearby Northport homes regardless of age, size or fitness level. Northport Yoga specializes in Hatha, a style that incorporates static poses so it's easily adaptable for beginners and experts. Classes are held seven days a week on a drop-in basis or you can purchase unlimited weekly and monthly passes.

    2. Revolution Yoga - 7 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre
      Beautiful surroundings are a primary feature of Rockville Centre homes for sale, and Revolution Yoga contributes with their eco-friendly philosophy of giving back to the earth. The studio, which was created out of recycled and sustainable materials, offers a full weekly schedule of yoga classes along with a treatment room for massage and holistic treatments. Choose from a range of packages and memberships to fit any budget and see why Revolution was voted Best Yoga Studio on Long Island the last two years in a row.

    3. Om Sweet Om Yoga - 12 Irma Ave., Port Washington
      Om Sweet Om's charming name reflects the popular studio's mission to be your "home away from home." While Om Sweet Om schedules a variety of classes throughout the week, their principal focus is Vinyasa style, which features a fast-paced flow from one pose to the next. When you're viewing homes for sale in Port Washington, stop in and pick up new yoga gear and home accessories from their on-site boutique.

    4. Sound Body and Mind - 125 W. Shore Rd., Huntington
      Sound Body and Mind refers to both the studio's scenic waterfront location and the comprehensive benefits you'll receive from taking their classes. The unique Antigravity Aerial Yoga classes incorporate a hammock to provide support as you push yourself to greater results, including inversions if you're feeling really daring. Residents of Huntington homes love Sound Body and Mind's introductory special of one month of unlimited classes for only $69.

    5. YogaFlex - 639 Commack Rd., Commack
      If you like it hot, YogaFlex is the spot for you. The studio's hot yoga classes are conducted in rooms kept at elevated temperatures and humidity to help the body release impurities while keeping muscles warm and pliable. YogaFlex's new member special of $35 for 10 days is a good way to fit in some classes as you tour Commack homes for sale. When you're ready to commit, choose from plans ranging from five classes to one year of unlimited sessions.

    Yoga is a perfect complement to the casual but active lifestyle that's so unique to Long Island. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® and let our friendly real estate agents help you discover your ideal Long Island home.

    February
    18

    Tis the Season for Home & Garden Shows on Long Island

    Long Island Home & Garden Shows
    If you have recently purchased a Long Island home or are working with our real estate agents to find one, you should know about the Long Island home and garden shows coming to our area sure to satisfy the HGTV fan in all of us.

    America loves these shows, and with good reason. They are a one-stop shop for inspiration on all aspects of home decorating, landscaping and renovation, offering inspiration, ideas and expert advice for most any project homeowners could have in mind. You'll be able to discover new trends, get the lowdown on products, materials, and fixtures, and consult with a wide variety of home improvement professionals to help turn the dream-home image you have in your head into a reality. Here's the where and when of upcoming Long Island Home & Garden Shows:

    Long Island Spring Home Show - February 22 - 24, 2019
    Suffolk County Community College Grant Campus, 1001 Crooked Hill Road, Brentwood

    This event has a lot to offer, so prepare to be inspired. It is designed to be a fun, interactive environment for homeowners in all stages of remodeling, decorating and landscaping their homes, featuring loads of exhibits to stimulate creative ideas and lots of expert advice to help bring them to fruition.

    The Kitchen Showcase is a special feature of this show that is a can't miss for people planning kitchen remodeling projects for Brentwood homes. No matter what type of space or budget you are working with, there will be local contractors and other vendors available to answer your questions, display, explain and install all the latest trends in cabinetry and fixtures, and provide you with deep discounts to help you get your project underway. Another feature you won't want to miss is the Hot Tub Blowout Sale, which is the place to find the best prices on the best hot tubs and swim spas.

    Admission and parking are free, and hours for this Long Island Spring Home & Garden show are as follows:

    • Friday, February 22, 4 pm - 8 pm

    • Saturday, February 23, 10 am - 8 pm

    • Sunday, February 24, 10 am - 6 pm

    Long Island Spring Home Show - March 30 & 31, 2019
    NYCB Live, home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke., Uniondale

    This Home & Garden show aims to inspire, motivate and excite homeowners who plan to improve their Uniondale homes, whether those projects are minor renovations, major remodels or landscaping projects of any size. You'll find a long list of trusted local contractors and expert exhibitors from virtually all home improvement categories to guide and inspire.

    You'll also find features that focus on specific areas of your home, including a comprehensive Kitchen Showcase and a Landscape & Outdoor Showcase that is a "show within a show." Special show-only discounts are also featured by many vendors. You can take advantage of many opportunities to make planning your project, comparing contractors and materials, shopping and saving easy and convenient by attending this show.

    There is no fee for admission to the show, and the hours are as follows:

    • Saturday, March 30, 10 am - 8 pm

    • Sunday, March 31, 10 am - 6 pm

    When you're ready to buy or sell your Long Island home, contact us at Coach REALTORS® to get started.

    February
    11

    Winterfest 2019 - 5 Weeks of Local Long Island Living

    Long Island Winterfest 2019
    If you are considering a move to Long Island, as our real estate agents would surely tell you, getting a feel for the local culture is a great way to find out if this community is one you'd be happy to call home. Long Island's upcoming Winterfest 2019 event provides a golden opportunity to do just that. This mid-winter festival offers five weeks of local living on Long Island, giving locals, visitors and potential new residents a chance to immerse themselves in the unique culture of this community.

    About Long Island's Winterfest 2019

    Winterfest 2019 is the 12th annual presentation of this award-winning event, which is held each year all across the East End of Long Island. It is a celebration of Long Island's culture, including local wine, craft beer, foods, arts, music, and entertainment. A variety of businesses and venues participate in Winterfest each year, including local wineries, breweries, restaurants, theaters, art galleries, hotels and B&Bs, farmer's markets and retailers, among many others. This 5-week long event kicks off on Friday, February 22 and runs through Sunday, March 24. It offers a taste of authentic Long Island/East End living to all who attend, whether they come for a day, a weekend, a week or stay throughout the entire five weeks Winterfest 2019 events.

    Winterfest 2019: Highlights, Dates And Other Details

    Winterfest 2019 starts on Friday, February 22 and runs through March 24. The Kickoff Party is one definitely one of the highlights of Winterfest and is an event you won't want to miss. It will be happening on the opening day of Winterfest, from 7-10 pm and will be hosted by the Hotel Indigo. You'll need a ticket to attend, and purchasing yours in advance is wise to ensure your spot for this celebration.

    The Harborfrost celebration is another popular highlight of Winterfest 2019. It's happening at Sag Harbor, Long Island on February 23, from 1- 6 pm. Fire and ice is the theme of the event, and attractions include live ice carving demonstrations, ice sculptures, live music, children's activities, a Culinary Stroll, fire jugglers and dancers, shopping, dining and fireworks over the harbor.

    Other highlights of this event include wine tasting events, an array of live music performances, specialty cocktail gatherings, and craft cocktail seminars, American Country nights, art exhibitions and much, much more. For a full list of everything going on this year, visit the Long Island Winterfest 2019 website. You'll find a complete calendar of Winterfest events on the site, as well as information on how to book pre-packaged or customized tours for the ultimate Winterfest experience.

    Contact us at Coach REALTORS® when you're ready to start your search for Long Island homes for sale.

    February
    4

    6 Italian Restaurants on Long Island

    Celebrate National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

    Long Island Italian Restaurants

    Alfredo di Lelio's wife Ines was in the throes of perinatal pain, refusing to eat. She had no appetite until her beloved Alfredo, way back in 1908, mixed up some fresh pasta, cheese, and butter. Thursday, February 7 is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day, to offer thanks to Alfredo (and Ines, his muse) for his tasty invention. Our REALTORS® offer these six Italian restaurants to celebrate this delicious holiday.

    1. La Nonna Bella, 660 Franklin Avenue, Garden City
      Along the way to sniffing out good real estate bargains on Garden City homes for sale, you may be tempted by the delicious aromas emanating from Erica and Lino's La Nonna Bella. A mix of classic Italian dishes (from Bari, the Puglia region, and all over the peninsula) and new culinary trends, "The Beautiful Grandmother" feeds you, and feeds you, and feeds you. You may not always find Fettuccine all'Alfredo on every menu, but you will always find something amazing to enjoy. 

    2. Calogero's, 919 Franklin Avenue, Garden City
      Ines di Lilio did not live by fettuccine alone. Italy features some 350 different pasta shapes, after all; experience some of them at Calogero's, like the pan-seared scallops in herbed butter sauce with crispy gnocchi (pasta dumplings) and roasted brussels sprouts. Calogero's also offers gluten-free penne or whole wheat penne for many of its dishes. 

    3. Antonino's, 997 Northern Boulevard, Manhasset
      Visiting Manhasset homes for sale with your friendly, local real estate agent can certainly work up an appetite. Whether you need to dine to break bread and narrow your choices in homes, or you want to dine to celebrate a great find, Antonino's is an excellent place to park for lunch or dinner. 

      In case you worried that no Long Island restaurant actually offered February's famous fettuccine, we offer Antonino's menu, with two Fettuccine Alfredo options: $12.95 for a single serving, or $36.95 for a family of three to four (or two extremely hungry people, or one ... you get the idea). 

    4. Cipollini Trattoria and Bar, 2110 Northern Boulevard, Suite C, Manhasset
      Cipollini is one of several restaurants ably managed by Poll Restaurants. Expand your palette for Italian foods with Cipollini's lunch and dinner menu, featuring such temptations as Capellini ai Frutti di Mare (angel-hair pasta with fresh-caught seafood), Rigatoni alla Nonna (a different grandmother from Erica's and Lino's), and Pizza Robiola (with truffle oil).

    5. San Remo Ristorante Italiano, 328 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre
      If, after a day of open houses at Rockville Centre homes for sale, you feel the need to recharge, stop off at San Remo Ristorante Italiano. This restaurant's impressive menu and long wine list are only the beginning.  

      With all due respect to the immortal Alfredo, remember that Italians love to innovate with great ingredients. Try San Remo's own fettuccine dish, Fettuccini Alla Selva. It is a mouth-watering delight of handcrafted fettuccine noodles with Portobello, shitake and champignon mushrooms in truffle oil and garlic. 

    6. 3 Brothers of Rockville Centre, at 285 Merrick Road in Rockville Centre
      We end our tour with another Fettuccine Alfredo offering, at 3 Brothers of Rockville Centre. Whether you book for February 7 or any other day to celebrate great pasta, 3 Brothers offers you hearty traditional Italian fare. Going beyond, though, 3 Brothers also offers delicious vegan recipes. Most items can be ordered with whole wheat or gluten-free pasta. 

    Whatever your appetite, please remember our experienced real estate agents eagerly wait to serve you. Contact us today to see how Coach REALTORS® can make every evening in your new Long Island home a buona notte

    January
    28

    7 Long Island Day Spas to Cure the Winter Blues

    Long Island Day Spas

    Think comfy robes, mud masks, and hot stone massages sound decadent?  After weeks of house hunting, closing dates, and moving, you deserve it. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on the best spas in Long Island and are ready to let you in on the secret. Each of these locations brings something special to the table, so you just might want to try them all!

    1. Blue Horizon Spa: 23 Bayview Ave, Manhasset
      Located in the heart of Manhasset, Blue Horizon Spa offers massages by specialists who studied under both Koran and Chinese masters. Their services include licensed sports and therapeutic massages, reflexology, facials, and low-level laser therapy (LLLT).

    2. Blue Water Spa: 21 W Main St, Oyster Bay
      A day at Blue Water Spa is perfect for those who want to feel more relaxed and beautiful. In addition to facials, massages, and body treatments, this spa also offers waxing, airbrush tanning, and professional makeup application.  Book a Reiki session to help rebalance your body's energy, or try Cryo T-Shock, the spa's alternative to CoolSculpting®.
    1. Drew Patrick Spa: 128 W Main St, Bay Shore
      With services including a day spa, med spa, and fitness solutions, Drew Patrick Spa offers a full-spectrum wellness experience. Stop by for a relaxing massage and facial, a Botox or Juvéderm treatment, yoga classes, or a session with a personal trainer and nutritionist. 
    1. Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa: 16 Wall St 2nd Floor, Huntington
      Massages, facials, and hair removal are the specialties at Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spa. Choose from a relaxing Swedish, deep tissue, sports, or trigger-point massage, and treat yourself by adding hot stones and a peppermint scalp massage.  If younger, vibrant-looking skin is your goal, try a microdermabrasion session, facial peel, or one of the spa's many rejuvenating facials.
    1. Platinum Day Spa: 50 W Main St, Patchogue
      With a large menu of body treatments, nail services, and facials, Platinum Day Spa offers plenty of unique experiences. Want something a little different? Try the honey and almond body scrub, organic blueberry smoothie peel, or a champagne and rose pedicure. The spa also offers massage, reflexology, and waxing.
    1. Pure Spa & Salon: 43-34 32nd Pl, Long Island City
      Located at CityView Health and Racquet Club, Pure Spa & Salon offers a tranquil hideaway in the middle of the city. Try their "Urban Protection" facial, hot oil scalp massage, or a mint, sea salt body scrub.  Other services include waxing, sunless tanning, makeup and HD brows, and a full-service hair salon. 
    2. Spa 505: 338 Hicksville Rd, Massapequa
      If your goal is head-to-toe relaxation, one of the many packages at Spa 505 will deliver what you're looking for. Choose from an array of massages, body treatments, foot reflexology and more. Add a spa lunch for the ultimate day of pampering. 

    Want to learn more about what Long Island living has in store for you? Our real estate agents welcome the chance to assist in finding your dream home. Contact us today to discuss your goals so you can learn how easy home buying can be.

    January
    21

    Long Island: 5 Spots for Sunday Brunch

    Long Island Restaurants for Sunday BrunchSunday brunch with family and friends can turn an ordinary weekend into a special event. Long Island has no shortage of delightful restaurants serving up a delicious brunch menu. Our real estate agents share some of their favorite Sunday brunch spots with a perfect blend of food and ambiance.

    1. Jonathan's Restaurant - 2499 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park
      Jonathan's Restaurant is billed as "An American Bar & Grille" and their brunch menu includes regional favorites from all parts of the country. Choose crab cakes Benedict from the Atlantic Seaboard, enjoy the Southern flavor of pecan-crusted chicken and waffles or take a trip to the Pacific Northwest with a smoked organic salmon omelet. Champagne and mimosas come with a complimentary refill for only $7. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted.

    2. Rustic Root - 7927 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury
      Rustic Root is as casual and inviting as it sounds. Executive Chef Tom Gloster's creativity earned him a spot as champion on Food Network's Chopped, and Rustic Root's brunch menu reflects his love for traditional comfort food with an innovative twist. Bacon is made in-house and dishes such as oven-roasted chicken wings, lemon-ricotta pancakes, and skillet cornbread are made with fresh locally-sourced ingredients. Several vegetarian and gluten-free items are available. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted for Mother's Day only.

    3. The Restaurant at the Maidstone Hotel - 207 Main Street, East Hampton
      Lush Atlantic seafood is the star of the brunch menu served by the Restaurant at the Maidstone Hotel. Select from lobster, Peconic Gold oysters, littleneck clams, jumbo shrimp and tuna tartare a la carte or in seafood towers serving up to four people. Omelets and eggs Benedict are available for traditional breakfast lovers. Planning a romantic special occasion? Book a room or private cottage for the evening before or after. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted. 

    4. Big Daddy's - 1 Park Lane, Massapequa 
      "Laissez les bon temps roulez" at Big Daddy's, where the Blues Brunch menu features a distinct New Orleans flavor. Zesty dishes such as gumbo, shrimp and grits, chicken fried steak and blackened gator will transport you to the heart of the bayou. All egg dishes include a side of decadent French bread toast. Entrees include a complimentary Bloody Mary, mimosa or screwdriver, and you can upgrade to bottomless brunch cocktails for just $15. Brunch hours are 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted. 

    5. Thyme - 8 Tower Place, Roslyn
      Located in a two-story vintage home overlooking Gerry Park and Roslyn Duck Pond, Thyme is truly a place to get away from it all for a couple of hours. The $22 prix fixe menu includes choices such as Nova Scotia smoked salmon, cream cheese and chive scramble and Thyme's take on eggs Benedict served on a potato cake with Black Forest ham and sautéed mushrooms. Pasta, burgers, and salads are available if you're in the mood for lunch. Brunch hours are 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. and reservations are accepted.   

    Why not treat yourself to brunch before a Sunday afternoon of viewing Long Island homes for sale? Contact us to learn more from our friendly and experienced real estate agents. 

    January
    14

    Long Island Fine Wine & Food Festival

    Long Island Fine Wine & Food Festival
    Living on Long Island means that you're never far from a fantastic meal, the perfect glass of wine, or your favorite spirits. So, wouldn't it be nice to sample the best food and drink that Long Island has to offer, all under one roof? The Fine Wine and Food Festival is your chance to enjoy the best of Long Island dining while sampling some of the best wine, craft beer, and spirits that the region has to offer. This year's Fine Wine and Food Festival is right around the corner, and our real estate agents have all the details on how to enjoy one of Long Island's most popular annual events.

    The Event: The Long Island Fine Wine and Food Festival
    Location:
    The Nassau Coliseum – 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale
    Date: January 19, 2019
    Time: Session 1 – 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, Session 2 – 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm

    Sample Long Island's Best Fine Wine, Spirits, and Craft Beer

    Long Island will be bringing out its best for the Fine Wine and Food Festival, and your ticket buys you the chance to sample it all. Throughout the day, you can enjoy delicious drinks from a wealth of local breweries, wineries, and distilleries. This event features many of the biggest stars from the local culinary scene, all under one roof. Grab your souvenir Fine Wine and Food Festival tasting glass, and explore the best that Long Island has to offer.

    Delicious Dining from the Region's Best Chefs and Restaurants

    While seeing the sights, sampling the drinks, and hearing talks from experts, you're sure to develop an appetite during your day at the Fine Wine and Food Festival. Fortunately, many of the top restaurants and chefs in the area will be on handing serving delicious meals and providing free samples. Sit down and savor a gourmet meal, or travel from vendor to vendor to sample a little bit of everything.

    Learn from Leading Figures in the Food and Beverage Industries

    Throughout the day at the Fine Wine and Food Festival, you'll have chance sit down for talks from some of the area's top food and beverage producers. Whether you're involved in the industry, want to add some new flavors to your own creations, or want to keep up with Long Island's latest, the festival is a great chance to hear from a wealth of industry experts in one convenient location.

    Enjoy a VIP Experience with Two NY Sports Legends

    Interested in taking your experience at the Fine Wine and Food Festival to the next level? A general admission ticket will allow you to enjoy much of what the festival has to offer, but the VIP experience is a great option for anyone seeking a little something extra. This year, former New York Mets ace Dwight Gooden and former outfielder Mookie Wilson will be on hand at the Grant Thornton VIP Lounge for a truly memorable meet and greet experience. VIP tickets also get you early access to the festival (30 minutes before general admission), private wine tastings, specialty cocktails, fabulous food samples, and a chance to hear from VIP speakers.

    The Fine Wine and Food Festival is an excellent example of the events that you can enjoy when you live on Long Island, and a chance to sample some of the great restaurants in the region. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to buy, sell, learn about real estate in the Long Island, NY area.

    January
    7

    Long Island: Best Places for Whale Watching

    Long Island Whale Watching
    As beautiful as they are graceful, whales are some of Long Island's most famous residents. In addition to answering questions about Long Island real estate, our real estate agents are frequently asked about when, where, and how to see our whales. The whales make the area their home from early July and often stay well into September. This means that there are plenty of opportunities for your family to head out on the water to get up close and personal with these creatures.

    1. Coastal Research & Education Society of Long Island (CRESLI)
      CRESLI operates one- and two-day tours around Montauk from July through Labor Day. They boast an impressive 92% success rate in finding whales and their Viking Fleet is among the best in the region. In addition to the Humpbacks, Finbacks, and Minke whales, you will see plenty of sea turtles, birds, and dolphins frolicking in the surf.

    2. American Princess Fleet
      Operating out of Riis Landing, Rockaway in Queens, the American Princess Fleet offers tours from early May through September. The fleet has served the New York region for nearly a decade and their four-hour adventure cruises are highly regarded. They frequently find everything from Gannets flying overhead to schools of fish looking for their next meal.

    3. The Starlight Fleet
      Starlight, star bright, we want to see a whale tonight! If you say that to yourself the night before your cruise, there is a good chance your wish will come true with The Starlight Fleet. The company takes great pride in offering some of the most educational trips around, and each tour is led by a marine biologist. This means that you can learn anything and everything you have ever wanted to know about some of the most magnificent creatures in the ocean. Best of all, if you don't see any whales on your trip, they often offer free second trips so that you don't leave Long Island disappointed.

    4. Cape May Whale Watcher
      Cape May is a popular location for whales to swim about. They love the calm waters and plentiful food within the area. This makes it a great place to spot fins and blowholes passing through the water on a tour with Cape May Whale Watcher. Every now and then whales fluke, humpbacks breach, and bottlenose dolphins swim around the boat trying to get a closer look at the people trying to get a closer look at them.

    5. Frances Fleet
      Pilot whales, Finbacks, False Killers, Humpbacks, and Minkes are just some of the things Frances Fleet will take you to see. They have a stellar success rate spotting whales on tours running from the end of June through September 1.
       
    6. Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research
      The whales who make the area home are part of a rich and diverse ecosystem. The team at the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research works hard to protect and conserve the many species that call the area home. After your whale watching tour, it's a great place to stop in and see how they care for the seals, dolphins, and sea turtles that share the waters offshore with their larger whale cousins. 

    Before you go on any of these adventures, be sure that you pack sunscreen, a hat, binoculars, and a reliable camera. If you are prone to seasickness, you will also want to pack some medication just in case. 

    When the boat docks, be sure to contact us to learn more about the properties we have available. Our agents will be happy to help you move into the area so that you can see these beautiful creatures as often as you'd like. 

    December
    24

    Our Top 5 Spots to Spend New Year's Eve on Long Island

    New Year's Eve on Long Island - Coach Realtors

    At Coach Realtors, our real estate agents work hard to provide up-to-date expertise and top customer service for home buyers on beautiful Long Island. When an occasion like the New Year comes around, they also know how to have some fun!

    We've heard it all around town, and the verdict is unanimous: 2018 has seemed like a very long year for lots of people. Well, no matter how you feel about it, the new year is always full of potential. If you're in the mood to celebrate the possibilities, you won't be disappointed by the options here on Long Island. There's something for everyone, and it's sure to be memorable and exciting.

    For a New Year's Eve you'll look back on fondly, check out these five options on the Island:

    1. The Royal Palm, 2143 Boundary Avenue, Farmingdale 
      The Royal Palm is one of the top event venues and banquet halls in the Farmingdale area. It is known for hosting weddings in impeccable surroundings with lavish food options, including a delectable South Asian sit down or buffet-style meal. Its New Year's festivities kick off at 9 pm and run until 1 am, well after the ball drops. Adults get in for $75; kids for just $25.

    2. Long Island New Year's Eve Party, Aura Light and Sound, 1900 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow
      Aura Light and Sound sponsors a Long Island New Year's Eve Party with a twist: It's a singles mingle night that might have you meeting that special someone. The mingling part of the evening runs from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm in the East Meadow. From there, the dance party kicks off! Mingling requires a reservation; the rest is open to the public until 12 midnight.

    3. Three Village Inn, 150 Main Street, Stony Brook
      Famous in the local area, Three Village Inn will be hosting a sumptuous dinner with a special menu just in time to ring in the new year. Delectable entree options include roasted prime rib, roasted loin of venison, seared duck breast, and vegetarian lasagna. The three-course meal, with choice of dessert, will be available for $65 with children under ten eating at half price.

    4. Bellport Country Club New Year's Eve Gala, Bellport Country Club, 40 South Country Road, Bellport
      If you want to ring in the New Year right, the Bellport Country Club has a New Year's Eve Gala that will get you started in style. The gala has just about everything you could want. It begins with an elegant gourmet dinner topped off with a lavish cocktail hour. From there, you'll dance in the splendor of an opulent "black tie optional" venue. Tickets are $99, and the fun starts at 8.

    5. Hotel Indigo, 830 West Main Street Route 25, Riverhead
      Sophisticated Hotel Indigo has just the thing for diners who would like to enjoy a somewhat longer evening. From 5 p.m. until 7:30 pm, catch a three-course meal while pianist Mike Dimeo serenades you. From 9 pm to 1 am, a full five-course meal will be available. Participants will get to ring in the new year with Matt Marshak playing his most popular jazz numbers.

    Our realtors are a looking forward to a fantastic new year in 2019. It's never too early to start your search for a home in Long Island. Contact us to get started.

    December
    17

    Your Bucket List of 9 Things to Do at Christmas on Long Island

    Christmas on Long Island - Coach Realtors

    Christmas is right around the corner, and the people of Long Island know how to enjoy the holiday cheer. Our real estate agents have gathered a list of some of the best holiday activities on Long Island to put you in a festive spirit.

    • Make Your Own Gingerbread House in Riverhead - Gingerbread University, 3225 Sound Ave, Riverhead
      Much more fun than a "real" university, Gingerbread University is a fun, hands-on experience that's perfect for all ages. Try your hand at food decoration artistry under the supervision of highly-trained Ginger Elves. Your admission includes all of the gingerbread pieces, icing, and sweet treats you need to build your one-of-a-kind gingerbread house. When you're done creating your masterpiece, the elves will box it up so you can safely take it home to show your family and friends.
       
    • See the Holiday Lights at Jones Beach - Smith County Point Park, 1 William Floyd Pkwy, Shirley
      From now until December 30 you'll have the chance to enjoy a stunning view of lights and animation from the comfort of your car. The Magic of Lights display is over a mile long and features thousands of twinkling lights. While you're there, make sure you stop by Santa's village to enjoy tasty treats and pictures with Mr. Claus himself.

    • Eat Cookies from the Best Bakery in Town - Front Street Bakery, 51 Front Street, Rockville Centre
      Front Street Bakery has been voted the best bakery on Long Island eight years in a row. Once you step inside their doors, you'll immediately understand why. This establishment has been family-owned and operated for generations. They pride themselves in making the most delicious cookies, cakes, bread, muffins and more. Stop by and enjoy a treat, or order ahead for your next holiday gathering.
       
    • Add Dazzle to Your Trees - Hick's Nurseries, 100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury
      Hick's Nurseries isn't just a great place to find the best plants and gardening essentials; it's also home to a wide selection of personalized Christmas ornaments. The company is celebrating 165 years in the business and has become a holiday staple for many Long Island families. Here you'll find hand-painted glass ornaments and designs that span from classic to contemporary. Not only do they have beautiful and unique pieces to add dazzle to your tree, but it's also the perfect place to pick out a memorable gift for everyone on your list.

    • See Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol at Theatre Three, 412, Main Street, Port Jefferson
      Celebrate 35 years of A Christmas Carol at Theatre Three this holiday season.  Follow Ebenezer Scrooge as he finds the real meaning of Christmas at Long Island's Theatre Three.  A Broadwayworld.com winner for Best Play, Newsday reviewed this performance: "There could scarcely be a finer tribute to [Dickens'] legend than A CHRISTMAS CAROL at THEATRE THREE."

    • Cut Your Own Christmas Tree - Shamrock Christmas Tree Farms, 20685 Main Rd, Mattituck
      There are few better ways to bond as a family than choosing and cutting down your own Christmas tree. The family owned and operated Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm is the perfect place to do it. Don't forget to stop by the gift shop to check out the beautiful handmade wreaths, ornaments, and holiday décor. There are also plenty of tasty snacks and family-friendly fun including children's activities, carolers, and even wine tastings for Mom and Dad.

    • Go Ice Skating - Buckskill Winter Club, 178 Buckskill Road, East Hampton
      Nothing says "winter wonderland" like ice skating in the great outdoors. The Buckskill Ice Rink is the perfect place to let the kids burn off some energy, enjoy a romantic date, or spend a fun day with friends. When you're ready to warm up, step inside the clubhouse and get cozy next to the open fire while enjoying European hot chocolate and an array of foods from the full snack bar.

    • Make a Difference in Another Person's Life by Volunteering - Long Island Cares, Inc., 10 Davids Drive (Harry Chapin Way), Hauppauge
      Celebrate the true meaning of the season by volunteering at Long Island Cares. This organization supports over 600 food banks, emergency shelters, and soup kitchens. Even a few hours of volunteer time is enough to make a real difference in the lives of others. Check out the Long Island Cares website for more information about some of the upcoming volunteer opportunities.

    Is a Long Island Home on Your Holiday Shopping List?

    If you're in the market for a new home in the Long Island area, you're in luck. At Coach Realtors, we have the inside scoop on all of the hottest properties for sale. Contact us today to discuss your ideal home so we can help make it a reality.

    December
    3

    7 Long Island Locations to Cut Christmas Trees

    Long Island Christmas Treet Farms
    Few traditions mark the start of the holiday season better than heading out into the crisp fall air to choose and cut your own Christmas tree. And if you're shopping for a Christmas tree on Long Island, you'll find no shortage of great, family-friendly Christmas tree farms. Some farms simply offer beautiful trees, while others mix in additional fun activities that every member of your family can enjoy. Our real estate agents have the details on seven of the best Christmas tree farms on Long Island.

    1. Zuhoski Farms – 11825 Oregon Rd., Cutchogue
      Open every day leading right up to Christmas, Zuhoski Farms offers trees for every taste, ranging in size from 4' to 11' tall. Choose the perfect Douglas fir, then relax while the team at Zuhoski Farms cuts it down and prepares it for your home. Pre-cut and live trees are also available.

    2. Santa's Christmas Tree Farm – 30105 Main St., Cutchogue
      Get in the holiday spirit by selecting your very own tree at Santa's Christmas Tree Farm, a family-owned farm that has been creating memories for decades. In addition to a great selection of trees, kids will have the opportunity to meet Santa and even see a live reindeer. The store at Santa's Christmas Tree Farm covers more than 2,500 square feet and features everything that you need to decorate your home for the season.

    3. Dart's Christmas Tree Farm – 2355 Main Bayview Rd., Southold
      Dart's Christmas Tree Farm is a well-known destination for some of the finest trees on Long Island and has been owned by the same family for generations. The gift shop is loaded with beautiful, homemade decorations as well, including wreaths and sprays.

    4. Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm – 2065 Main Rd., Mattituck
      Come for a Christmas tree, and stay for the wine, shopping, and special memories at Shamrock Christmas Tree Farm. There are carolers during the holidays, fun activities for kids to enjoy, and shops filled with lovely ornaments to hang on your Christmas tree.

    5. Elmwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm – 1500 E Jericho Tpke., Huntington
      One of Long Island's most popular pumpkin farms also happens to be a great place to shop for a Christmas tree. Elmwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm features 22 acres of Christmas trees to choose from, and you're welcome to bring your own saw to cut the perfect tree for your home.

    6. Lewin Farms – 812 Sound Ave., Calverton
      Searching for variety? Lewin Farms offers Douglas Fir, Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, and White Pine, with trees up to 15' tall. Best of all, every tree is the same price regardless of size. Head out to the field on a tractor, or on foot, then enjoy cutting your Christmas tree for the holiday season.

    7. Mike's Christmas Tree Farm – 323 Weeks Ave., Manorville
      While many farms don't allow pets on the premises, Mike's Christmas Tree Farm is happy to accommodate dogs – as long as they're on a leash. Shop from a wide selection of trees, enjoy a scenic tractor ride or even pick out the perfect place for a holiday family portrait. You can cut your own, or let the friendly team at Mike's handle cutting, preparation, and even securing the tree to your vehicle.

    Still shopping for the perfect place to put that Christmas tree? Our team is here to help you shop for Nassau County homes during every season. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.

    November
    26

    2018 Holiday Shows for Long Island Kids

    Long Island Holiday Shows for Kids
    Part of the magic of the holiday season is seeing the joy and wonder on your children's faces as they experience the sights and sounds of Christmas. The Long Island area is brimming with great choices for family holiday excursions. Our real estate agents picked out a few of our very favorite holiday shows that we know your kids will love!

    • Polar Express Trolley Ride - 9 Main Road, Riverhead, NY
      Climb aboard the Polar Express Trolley Ride, and experience the magic of this new Christmas classic with your kids. During the ride, you'll have the opportunity to get to know the characters, and of course, Santa will be there! You can even come dressed in your pajamas to make this show a unique and unforgettable adventure.

    • Jones Beach Magic of Lights Celebration - Jones Beach State Park, 1 Ocean Pkwy, Wantaugh, NY
      With more than a mile of festive and dazzling holiday lights, Jones Beach Magic of Lights Celebration is certain to put a smile on your kids' faces and the warmth of the season in your entire family's hearts. Enjoy this spectacular display in the comfort of your car as you drive through this captivating light show.

    • Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Holiday Light Show - Smith Point County Park, 1 William Floyd Pkwy, Shirley, NY
      Enjoy on of the area's most popular holiday light displays while supporting local programs and families when you visit the Girl Scouts of Suffolk County Holiday Light Show. In addition to the beautiful lights, your kids can grab a snack and see Santa in their Holiday Village.

    • Frosty the Snowman - Bayway Arts Center, 265 East Main St., East Islip, NY
      Bring your childhood holiday memories to life, and introduce the magic of this classic Christmas story to your kids at a viewing of Frosty the Snowman at the Bayway Arts Center. Will Frosty and Jenny be able to save the day? We're sure your kids will be delighted with this live show!

    • My Christmas Elf The Musical - The Noel S Ruiz Theater At CM Performing Arts Center, 931 Montauk Hwy, Oakdale, NY
      Forget the stress of holiday shopping, and bring your children out to see My Christmas Elf The Musical at CM Performing Arts Center. This delightful musical tells the story of Mittens, a toy maker who is on his way to becoming a family elf!

    • The Seiskaya Ballet's Nutcracker - Staller Center, 100 Nicolls Rd., Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 
      Expose your kids to the performing arts while giving them a wonderful holiday memory to cherish. The Seiskaya Ballet's Nutcracker at the Stallar Center presents this holiday favorite in a live performance that will captivate your whole family.

    • Once Upon a Snowflake - The Showplace at Bellmore Movies, 222 Pettit Ave., Bellmore, NY
      Once Upon a Snowflake is a fun-filled live show complete with music and plenty of memorable characters. After the performance, your kids can even meet and speak with their favorite characters from the show!

    We have no doubt that your kids will love any or all of these festive holiday shows. If you would like more information about Long Island or to discuss your real estate goals in 2019, contact us today.

    November
    19

    Coach Realtors Partners with Pajama Program for Long Island Kids

    At Coach Realtors, we live, work, and play in many of the same Long Island communities where we do business. So the health of local communities and their residents is an important priority, especially during the holiday season. This year, we are partnering with the Pajama Program throughout the holidays, to help bring a good night's sleep to children in Long Island communities. Our real estate agents have the details on what the Pajama Program is all about, and how you can pitch in to help provide a healthy night's sleep to area children. 

    Long Island Pajama Program

    Now through December 1, help us bring joy to the children in our communities by bringing unused pajamas and books to your local Coach Realtors office. The Pajama Program has a simple mission: Good Nights Are Good Days. The program was founded by Genevieve Piturro, who discovered during visits to local shelters that the children didn't have pajamas or books to enjoy before bed. The charity has been growing ever since, with Pajama Program chapters located in every state across the country.

    The catchy slogan of the Pajama Program speaks to the genuine need for children to enjoy a healthy night's sleep, and to have the energy, comfort, and confidence to approach the next day. Imagine being a child, not knowing what pajamas are, and not having a story to read before going to bed? Sleeping in a shelter, with little in the way of bedtime comfort or personal space, can make having the energy to get through school each day a real challenge.

    From humble beginnings with a bag of new pajamas and children's books, the Pajama Program continues its mission to bring a good night's sleep to children throughout the country. The program is supported by the hard work of volunteers, many of whom have already devoted their professional lives to working with children.

    Help Support the Pajama Program

    The Pajama Program also relies on local organizations across the country, like Coach Realtors, to set up pajama and book drives for children. We're proud to play our part in the process, and we'll be accepting donations at our offices from now through December 1, 2018. Bring unused pajamas and books to your local Coach Realtors office, and we'll handle the rest. The holiday season is an excellent time to donate to a worthy cause, and what could be a better gift than a good night's sleep? Pajamas and bedtime stories provide comfort to children, no matter their background, and a good night's sleep is one of the keys to a successful day. Your donation can help local Long Island kids approach each day with confidence.

    Are you interested in becoming a member of one of the many communities located throughout Long Island? We'd love to help! Contact us at Coach Realtors to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.

    November
    5

    8 Long Island Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

    Long Island Restaurants Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving is a special holiday no matter where you choose to celebrate it, and dining out has become an increasingly popular Thanksgiving option for people around the country. Whether you're hoping to avoid the stresses of Thanksgiving cooking, or just want to celebrate the holiday in a unique way at one of your favorite restaurants, you'll find several great options for enjoying Thanksgiving in communities throughout Long Island. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on eight of the best places to dine out.

    1. The Capital Grille - 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City
      Known for its seafood, steak and spectacular wine selection, The Capital Grille is a lovely place to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Enjoy delicious, creative meals prepared with fresh ingredients, in an elegant atmosphere that's perfect for special celebrations.

    2. Thyme - 8 Tower Place, Roslyn
      Whether you're looking for a classic turkey dinner or something new to delight your senses on Thanksgiving, Thyme has you covered. Located in Roslyn, Thyme offers an extensive menu with unique appetizers, a diverse selection of entrees, and all of your favorite holiday desserts.

    3. Brasserie American Restaurant, Bar and Lounge- 30 Cutter Mill Rd., Great Neck
      With a warm, friendly atmosphere and attention to small details that make a meal special, Brasserie Americana is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing Thanksgiving dinner. Enjoy an extensive buffet prepared with fresh ingredients, while all of your needs are taken care of by an expert staff.

    4. 32 Star - 32 Star Island Rd., Montauk
      Interested in sampling some of Long Island's best seafood for Thanksgiving? 32 Star, formerly known as Coast Kitchen, offers an extensive collection of seafood favorites in a beautiful waterfront atmosphere. After your meal, head over to the Lighthouse Lounge to enjoy your favorite cocktails.

    5. The Inn at New Hyde Park - 214 Jericho Tpke., New Hyde Park
      With four seatings available throughout the afternoon and early evening on the big day, The Inn at New Hyde Park offers a Thanksgiving buffet that's sure to delight every member of the family. Sample a savory selection of Thanksgiving favorites, and leave the cooking to the team at The Inn.

    6. Mirabelle, Stony Brook - 150 Main St., Stony Brook
      Regularly ranked as one of the best dining options on Long Island, Mirabelle, Stoney Brook goes above and beyond to provide a memorable holiday experience. The Grand Thanksgiving Buffet lives up to its name, with a carving station, bistro, soup & salad station, appetizers, traditional side dishes, and decadent desserts.

    7. Volpe Ristorante - 7725 Jericho Tpke., Woodbury
      Try a new twist on some of your favorite classic Italian dishes with Thanksgiving dinner at Volpe Ristorante. The Thanksgiving menu features turkey, steak, seafood, lasagna, and fresh takes on traditional holiday desserts. There's also an affordable kid's menu, perfect for younger members of the family.

    8. Eric's Italian Bistro - 70 E. Old Country Rd., Mineola
      Looking for a family-run restaurant where you can celebrate Thanksgiving with all of your favorite people? Eric's Italian Bistro in Mineola offers a mix of contemporary and classic Italian dishes in a warm, inviting atmosphere. Chef George Echevveria will be hard at work in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, preparing food that will bring a smile to your face.

    A Nassau County home makes it easy to enjoy all that Long Island has to offer, on holidays and throughout the year. Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to find yours.

    October
    22

    Long Island Landmarks: The Paramount in Huntington

    Huntington NY The Paramount Theater
    Did you know that Huntington, NY is home to one of the most popular club venues in the world? The Paramount Theater, located in downtown Huntington, is an excellent example of why Huntington's downtown ranks as the trendiest, most dynamic downtown on Long Island. Huntington is home to a diverse collection of restaurants, performance venues, shopping spots, and attractions that make it a very hot destination for people of all age groups. The Paramount Theater is one of the crown jewels of downtown Huntington, and our real estate agents have the inside scoop on what to expect from this popular, local entertainment destination.

    A World-Class Entertainment Destination in Huntington

    Attraction: The Paramount Theater
    Location: 370 New York Ave. Huntington 

    A Show for Every Interest at the Paramount

    No matter what you love to watch, you'll find a performance at the Paramount with your name on it. The Paramount Theater hosts more than 200 events every year, and you never know what will be coming up next on the packed schedule. There are live music performances from world-famous artists new and old, major boxing matches, and comedy shows that will have you laughing until your stomach hurts.

    Since it opened in 2011, the Paramount has become a favorite stop for big-name artists, thanks to its excellent atmosphere, energetic crowds, and reputation as a world-class club venue. Musical performances at the Paramount span every genre, with a Tribute Series for classic artists, and plenty of opportunities to catch the hottest new acts on stage close to home.

    Take the final few months of 2018, for example. In the last few months of this year alone, performers as diverse as Michael McDonald, Jim Breuer, Tracy Morgan, Skid Row, O.A.R., Jewel, Ken Jeong, and the Beach Boys will be taking the stage at the Paramount. There will also be tons of tribute shows, with popular cover bands playing your favorite classics from artists like Fleetwood Mac, Cream, the Eagles, Eric Clapton, and Tom Petty.

    Become a Founder's Club Member for Unforgettable Experiences

    Visiting the Paramount is a great experience no matter where you sit, but there is one place that will truly take your night out to the next level. The Founder's Club at the Paramount is a private, members-only club that provides the unique opportunity to rub elbows with the big-name acts who take the stage. Membership includes meet and greets, a private entrance, discounted food and drinks, a full concierge service, private performances, and complimentary access to the Founder's Club. There are both individual and corporate memberships available for the Founder's Club, so it's also a perfect place to entertain your clients and employees.

    Get to Know Long Island's Hottest Downtown

    The Paramount Theater offers more than enough to make a trip to downtown Huntington an excellent experience, and it's only the start of the attractions that you'll find in the area. Whether you're looking for a formal meal, a quick, tasty bite, sensational shopping, or the perfect place to enjoy a few drinks before the show, Huntington offers everything you need for a fabulous night on the town. And it's not just a great place for adults. Families love visiting downtown Huntington as well, and there are a ton of family-friendly attractions that will be as fun for parents as they are for the kids.

    Don't want to miss a minute of the action at the Paramount? There's never been a better time to call Long Island home. Contact Coach REALTORS® to buy and sell homes throughout the Huntington, NY area.

    October
    15

    Suffolk County Marathon Takes Off October 28

    Suffolk County Marathon October 28
    The cool, crisp air of autumn, beautiful foliage and vibrant downtowns of Suffolk County serve as the backdrop to one of our area's most anticipated marathons each year. The 2018 Suffolk County Marathon is coming up on October 28, providing the perfect opportunity to put your running skills to the test and support a great cause in the process. In addition to the full marathon, there are shorter runs designed for runners of every experience level and background. Our real estate agents have all the details on this year's edition of the Suffolk County Marathon.

    Great Race, Great Cause: The 2018 Suffolk County Marathon and Freedom Fest

    The Event: The Suffolk County Marathon
    Date/Time: October 28, 2018 at 8:00 am
    Registration: Online Sign-Up Available Pre-Race

    Choose Your Race and Save the Date 

    Whether you've been training for a marathon or simply want to do your part to support a good cause, there's a race during Suffolk County Marathon festivities with your name on it. In addition to the full marathon (26.2 miles), there will be a half-marathon (13.1 miles), 5k run/walk, kids fun run, and a four-person relay marathon. There will also be wheelchair races for the marathon, half-marathon, and 5k, along with virtual races for every race length. Each race will have a special start time for active-duty military members and veterans.

    The course for the Suffolk County Marathon starts and ends in Patchogue while winding through a number of great Suffolk County communities in between. There will be water, Gatorade, energy gel, and restroom stops spaced out along the route, as well as plenty of supporters along the way. Explore the downtown areas of Suffolk County communities, enjoy a great workout, and maybe even shop for Suffolk County homes for sale along your race route.

    Run to Support a Great Cause

    The Catholic Health Services of Long Island along with other local supporters sponsors the Suffolk County Marathon.The races wouldn't be possible without the work of countless local volunteers, who give their time to make the marathon a memorable experience for all in attendance. Proceeds from the Suffolk County Marathon go directly toward improving services for military veterans in the Suffolk County area, so supporting the race is also a great way to say "thank you" to those who have served.

    In addition to raising money for a good cause, the Suffolk County Marathon is an opportunity to find out what makes communities in the area so special. Every race will give you a chance to explore the natural scenery and historical, downtown neighborhoods of local communities from a truly unique perspective.

    Enjoy Freedom Fest after the Race

    The fun at the Suffolk County Marathon doesn't stop when the races end – it's just getting started! After a day of running, walking, or cheering on participants, be sure to make time to visit the Freedom Fest celebration. Freedom Fest is a fun chance to enjoy local dining, drinks, and shopping from Suffolk County's small businesses. The Greater Patchogue Chamber of Commerce arranges Freedom Fest, and it's the perfect way to relax after a busy day at the races.

    Whether you're ready to lace up your running shoes or you're looking for the perfect place to call home, our team is here to help with all of your real estate needs. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Suffolk County, NY area.

    October
    8

    Favorite Pumpkin Patches for Long Island Families

    Long Island Family Fun Halloween
    What could be better than spending a cool, crisp autumn day outdoors, doing something that every member of the family will enjoy? It's almost time for pumpkin picking season for Long Island families, and as always there are a ton of great, local farms to visit as you celebrate the season. Make memories that will last a lifetime, and support local farms in the process. Our real estate agents have the details on five of Long Island's best farms for pumpkin picking with children.

    Where to Pick a Perfect Pumpkin Patch in Long Island with Your Kids

    1. Organics Today Farms – 160 Washington St., East Islip, NY
      Do you love fresh, local ingredients for your meals? East Islip homes for sale are near a number of excellent farms, where you'll find food and so much more. Organics Today Farms offers pumpkin picking throughout September and October, with free admission every day. Pick your perfect pumpkins, spend some quality outdoor time with the family, and enjoy your favorite festive fall treats after a fun day on the farm.

    2. Elmwood Pumpkin Farm – 1500 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY
      Whether you're shopping for Huntington homes for sale or you're already part of the community, a trip to Elmwood Pumpkin Farm is a great way to spend a fall afternoon. Elmwood Pumpkin Farm is one of the best places on Long Island to pick pumpkins, with a warm, friendly atmosphere and plenty of extra activities to enjoy. Pick a pumpkin, enjoy a hayride, and travel through a corn maze designed especially for kids.

    3. Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms – 6 Bagatelle Rd., Dix Hills, NY
      Dix Hills homes for sale put you close to many local landmarks, and Schmitt Family Farms is an excellent example of the family-friendly attractions you'll find in the area. Pumpkin picking at Schmitt Family Farms is available seven days a week throughout late September and October. The farm also features local fall treats, rides and activities for the kids, fall decorations for the home, and so much more. The Fall Festival at Schmitt Family Farms starts on weekends in September and lasts all the way through Halloween.

    4. White Post Farms – 250 Old Country Rd., Melville, NY
      Established in 1886, White Post Farms has been serving local families for more than a century, and Melville homes for sale make it easy to reach this local favorite. White Post Animal Farm is home to the Fall Farm Festival, which features stage shows, hayrides, an animal farm, and of course the opportunity to pick pumpkins at the farm's large pumpkin patch. The Fall Farm Festival at White Post Farms runs every Saturday and Sunday, from September 22 through October 28 this year.

    5. Stakey's Pumpkin Farm270 West Lane, Aquebogue, NY
      While you're shopping for Aquebogue homes for sale, be sure to make time to enjoy the local attractions. A trip to Stakey's Pumpkin Farm makes for a lovely afternoon, with tons of fun activities that the whole family will enjoy. Start your day picking pumpkins, then transition to the many other attractions available at Stakey's. There will be hayrides, a bounce house, a corn maze, a flower house, face painting, while the Country Store at Stakey's Pumpkin Farm is a great place to shop for fall gifts or souvenirs for the kids.

    Interested in finding a home of your own in one of the beautiful Long Island communities on our list? Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY area.

    October
    1

    Long Island Landscape: Penn Station

    Long Island Penn Station
    As a busy, thriving metropolis, one of the most important aspects of New York City and its surrounding areas is the local metro systems. Taxis, buses, subways, and trains - NYC has them all. Our real estate agents recommend that anyone living in or interested in moving to the Long Island area be well-acquainted with the various metro services NYC has to offer. These services include the main intercity railroad station in NYC, Penn Station.

    So...What is Penn Station? 

    For residents and potential future residents of Long Island, Pennsylvania Station - or Penn Station, as most know it - stands as one of the critical transportation locations with which to become familiar. Penn Station represents the busiest transportation hub in the entirety of the Western Hemisphere.

    With 21 railway tracks fed by seven tunnels and three concourses for travel, Penn Station is one of the go-to options for both intercity and interstate travel. There are individual concourses for Amtrak, Long Island Rail Road (often abbreviated to LIRR), and New Jersey Transit services. Penn Station also connects New York to Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, and several intermediate points.

    In 2017, Penn Station opened its West End Concourse as well, allowing passengers to enter the station and board their trains using the historic James A. Farley Post Office on 8th Avenue. This is part of a larger plan, overseen by New York Governor Cuomo, to modernize and renovate Penn Station - a change that would be greatly appreciated by modern commuters.

    Penn Station Tips

    With more than 650,000 daily commuters flowing in and out of Penn Station, it's important to know a few things about the station. For one, the station is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The general consensus on the best way to reach the station is to take the closest subway or bus - avoid driving or taking a cab (but then, most NYC natives do that already!).

    If you need to grab a bite to eat while you're at the station, top recommendations seem to be that the Shake Shack is the best place to grab some grub inside Penn Station. There's also The Pennsy, a thriving food hall on the corner outside the station, as well as Rose's Pizza at Penn Plaza.

    Our best tip is to take the time to stop by Penn Station as soon as possible. Familiarizing yourself with the rails, you might be using may save you some time (and confusion) on down the line! Of course, Penn Station offers maps throughout its three concourses and plenty of signage to point the way. Aside from rubbing shoulders with the other commuters, you shouldn't have too many problems figuring out where you need to go when the time comes.

    New York City stands as one of the largest, thriving metropolitan areas in the world - a crossroads for people from all walks of life, and the cultural, financial, and media capital of the world. For those of us drawn to the hustle and bustle of urban life, NYC stands as the best representative of city life.

    Your Long Island Real Estate Professionals

    If you're a homeowner or prospective buyer interested in the Long Island area, then be sure to contact us and see what we can do for you! Our professionals at Coach Realtors are always happy to help a new client meet their real estate goals!

    September
    24

    Fall Festivals and Fun on Long Island

    Long Island Fall Family Fun
    As the calendar flips from summer to fall, communities around Long Island are gearing up for some of the most anticipated festivals of the year. Whether you're looking for a classic family fall festival, an opportunity to explore local farms, or something spooky to celebrate Halloween, there is a Long Island festival with your name on it. Our real estate agents have all of the exciting details on five popular Long Island festivals to enjoy this fall.

    Fall Family Fun: Find the Best Fall Festivals on Long Island

    1. Huntington Fall Festival – October 5-8, 2018 – Huntington, NY
      Whether you're shopping for Huntington homes for sale or simply looking for a fun way to spend a day, the Huntington Fall Festival is a great opportunity to get in touch with everything that makes the community special. The festival features two international food courts with flavors from around the world, a carnival with fun activities for every member of the family, and four stages that will be packed with live entertainment from start to finish. 

    2. Schmitt Family Farm Fall FestivalWeekends Mid-Sept. through Halloween – Dix Hills, NY
      Dix Hills homes are located near a number of historic family farms, and the Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival is your chance to to experience the agricultural side of the community. This family-friendly festival offers pumpkin picking, rides, activities for kids, fall food favorites, and so much more. You can even pick up some fall decorations that are perfect for setting the mood of the season.

    3. Spooky Fest – Oct. 13, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28–Rockville Centre, NY
      Before you head out with the family for a night of trick or treating at Rockville Centre homes, be sure to make time for the popular Spooky Fest. This festival includes scary activities – like haunted woods and a maze of zombies – for older kids and adults, along with a selection of "non-scary" activities for younger members of the audience. There will also be arts and crafts, face painting, an amazing animals exhibit, and plenty of fun surprises for all in attendance.

    4. Manhasset Fall Festival – October 6, 2018 – Manhasset, NY
      Take a break from shopping for Manhasset homes for sale to experience one of Long Island's most enjoyable fall festivals. Get ready to shop, dine, and participate in activities that the whole family will enjoy. The Manhasset Fall Festival offers the opportunity to pick your own pumpkin, purchase unique, hand-made Halloween decorations, participate in fun fall activities, and enjoy fresh, local food from some of the most popular restaurants in the Manhasset area.

    5. 39th Annual Garden City Fall Festival and Street Fair – October 20, 2018 – Garden City, NY
      Beloved public events are among the many reasons that Garden City homes for sale are so popular, and this year marks the 39th Annual Garden City Fall Festival and Street Fair. The Street Fair is a huge, all-day event, and is tied in with homecoming festivities in Garden City. There will be a big parade at noon to celebrate homecoming, along with a fun, festive atmosphere all day long on the streets of Garden City. Shop from local vendors, participate in fun activities with the kids, and take the opportunity to explore the many things that make living in Garden City so special.

    Fall festivals on Long Island are an excellent chance to explore local communities, and find the perfect place to call home. Contact Coach REALTORS® to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island, NY real estate area.

    September
    17

    Gantry Plaza State Park - a Midtown Manhattan Oasis

    Gantry Plaza - Long Island
    There's nothing like New York City excitement. NYC has 24/7 art, culture, and entertainment, but sometimes you just need a moment of peace. Our real estate agents recommend Gantry Plaza State Park. It's a city oasis in Long Island City that's close enough for you to enjoy a moment of peace and get right back to the action. 

    About Gantry Plaza State Park

    Gantry Plaza State Park is a peaceful green space that's perfect for a mid-city escape. The 12-acre park curves along the banks of the East River in Long Island City, Queens. Since its opening in 1998, the developers have transformed the park in stages to include activities and facilities for everyone.

    Gantry Park offers traditional park amenities in a city setting. You'll find spaces for picnicking, organized sports, evening concerts and more. You can follow the curved steps down to the waterfront plaza. There you can sit quietly and look out over the river to a panoramic New York City skyline view. If you bring your fishing gear, you can claim a spot along one of four piers and cast your line into the river.

    A Historic Industrial Past

    The park's location was once an abandoned dockyard and industrial site. Instead of tossing aside its past, Gantry Plaza State Park honors its once-thriving industrial roots. Two refurbished gantries give the park its name and a historical focal point. The structures were built in 1925 to help dock workers unload goods from railway cars and load them onto New Jersey-bound barges.

    Gantry Plaza - Pepsi-Cola Sign
    The bright red, four-story Pepsi-Cola neon sign is a national landmark and an essential element of Gantry Park's personality. The original sign was placed on top of the company's bottling plant in 1940. After decades of transitions and deterioration, Pepsi reproduced the sign in 1993. Despite the reproduction sign's young age, the Landmarks Preservation Commission gave it landmark status.

    The Pepsi-Cola sign and the gantries are unmistakable waterfront landmarks. Together, they make Gantry Park stand out when viewed from either side of the river.

    Outdoor Fun & Recreation

    Gantry Park is a great location for families that want a park with more than a fabulous view. There's pier fishing, Adirondack chairs for lounging, and picnic tables for casual outdoor dining. The playgrounds provide child-friendly fun, and the park's playing fields are available for organized sports.

    Special Events

    Gantry Plaza State Park hosts a schedule of events and concerts. Visit the New York Parks website for information on Fishing Fridays, Live at Gantries, and other upcoming events.

    Park Fees

    As with most New York State Parks, Gantry Plaza State Park visitors must pay a vehicle access fee. If you have an Empire Pass card, you qualify for entrance to Gantry Park, other New York State Parks, and State Department of Environmental Conservation venues.

    When you schedule a group picnic, you must pay a fee based on the number in the group. You must apply for a permit to conduct a wedding photo shoot or other photo or video production. Teams must apply for a permit to use park playfields. 

    Your Long Island Real Estate Professionals

    New York living can be exciting as long as you know the best places to go when you need to slow down. Our real estate professionals can help. Contact Coach REALTORS® when you're buying or selling a home in Long Island City or if you want to know more about the communities we serve.

    September
    10

    Long Island Living: Coney Island and Luna Park

    Long Island Living Coney Island and Luna Park
    Living on Long Island certainly has its share of perks. Aside from its array of stylish and beautiful homes, Long Island offers a variety of activities for your entire family to enjoy. While finding the perfect Long Island home for you is our priority at Coach REALTORS®, we also want you to discover all that the area has to offer. For a fun-filled day, our REALTORS® leave your cares behind and head out to Coney Island and Luna Park where adventure awaits in this iconic amusement venue which was inspired by the original 1903 park.

    Coney Island and Luna Park: A New Take on Classic Fun 

    Coney Island is legendary, in part because of its history as the place to go for a day of fun, food, and thrills. With the original Luna Park being one of three amusement parks established in the early twentieth century on Coney Island, its newer namesake embodies all the excitement of years gone by with modern touches and attractions. Although the original park was devastated by fire in 1944, visitors will find that today's Luna Park and Coney Island are reminiscent of its glorious past. The Parachute Jump ride--once nearly everyone's favorite--is no longer in service, but the attraction still stands, now covered in thousands of LED lights. The new Thunderbolt coaster pays homage to the classic wooden coaster that served up thrills to park guests for decades, and visitors of all ages will delight in riding the beautifully restored B & B Carousell.

    Ride, Play and Enjoy the Day

    For guests who are looking for over-the-top thrills, Luna Park makes the grade with rides like the Coney Island Cyclone, Zenobio, and the Sling Shot. Feel the wind in your face as you take a ride on the Steeplechase, another of the park's classic thrill rides with ties to its past, and get your adrenaline pumping as you climb aboard the Coney Clipper. If less intense attractions are more your taste, rides like the Circus Coaster and Lynn's Trapeze are sure to please. Younger riders will love the Mermaid Parade and Speed Boat rides. At Luna Park, you'll also find plenty of midway type games that bring back the nostalgia of a summer carnival. Try your luck at one or all, and bring back a fun prize as a souvenir.

    Great Food and Priceless Memories

    All the excitement you'll find at Coney Island's Luna Park might cause you to work up an appetite. You'll find plenty of mouthwatering treats throughout the park from savory and satisfying to refreshingly sweet. Enjoy delicious seafood offerings at Place to Beach, and don't miss the original Feltman's of Coney Island for the ultimate hot dog experience. Cool down with a creamy scoop from Coney's Cones or indulge with a treat from Fried Delights. You'll make so many great memories when you spend the day at Luna Park, and Thunderbolt Retail captures them in photos that you can take with you. Purchase souvenirs and trinkets at the Cyclone Shop and Last Stop Coney Island to remember your day.

    Coach REALTORS® - Your Long Island Real Estate Professionals

    Treat yourself and your family to a day of fun that you'll long remember. Coney Island and Luna Park are sure to become a favorite destination on Long Island. Our real estate agents are ready to help you find the home of your dreams, and we're excited to work with you. Contact Coach REALTORS® to get your home search started.

    September
    3

    An Insider's Guide to Buying a Home in the Hamptons

    Buying a Home in the Hamptons
    Are you daydreaming about living in the Hamptons? Visions of picture-perfect properties, unique restaurants, and a haven for fun are probably dancing in your head. For lucky locals who already call the Hamptons home, their community is this and so much more.  Our REALTORS® want to introduct you to some of the best-kept secrets about the Hamptons with this insider's guide.

    • Engage with a Thriving Art Community
      From large-scale to intimate and understated, the East End communities are full of art centers, museums, and resident artists. The Parrish art museum in Water Mill has been a part of Southampton since 1897, and Bridgehampton's Dan Flavin Institute has been a favorite in the area for over two decades.

      Hampton Beaches
    • Beat the Crowded Beaches
      During the summer months, when tourists and renters flock to the Hamptons, public beaches are crowded. If seclusion and quiet are what you're looking for, our real estate agents will help you find a perfect beachfront home that you'll love year-round.


      Hamptons Restaurant
    • Live a Foodie's Dream
      Farms are the traditional natural resource of the Hamptons, offering locals the opportunity to enjoy plenty of fresh-grown produce as part of their daily meals. You'll also find fresh seafood shacks, an array of local wineries, and delicious farm-to-table restaurants. Living in the Hamptons means there's never a shortage of delicious cuisine.

      Hamptons Shopping
    • Enjoy Some Savvy Shopping
      The Hamptons is home to plenty of upscale boutiques and quaint locations where you can find everything from everyday essentials to bikinis and fashionable work-wear.

      In addition to the mainstays, new locations pop up every summer, so you'll always be surprised with new shopping options. Until you're officially a "local," you'll want to ask around, so you don't miss out on any of the best shopping opportunities.

    • Get Your Fitness On
      Many Hamptons locals venture out from their homes to partake in fun fitness classes. Check out local cycle or spinning classes, yoga instruction with world-famous instructors like Rodney Yee, or "yoga in the vines" at your favorite local winery.

    • Perfect Your Swing with Top-Notch Golf
      If you're a golf lover, you'll appreciate the variety of top-notch courses to play in the Hamptons. Some of the most popular options include:

      • Shinnecock - known as the hardest golf course in the Hamptons
      • Maidstone - deemed the hardest short course in America
      • Peconic Bay - designed by Jack Nicklaus and Tom Doak
      • Friar's Head – a links-style 18- hole course loved by locals and tourists alike

    The Hamptons always provide something fun to do in and around the area. After you learn to live like a local, you'll never want to leave.

    Are you ready to become a Hamptons insider? At Coach REALTORS®, our agents have the knowledge and experience to help you find your perfect Hamptons property. Contact us today to learn more.

    August
    21

    Huntington Locals Love Their Hometown. Here's Why.

    Huntington NY Homes
    In 2016, Money Magazine realized what the locals have long known about the town of Huntington, NY, and ranked it one of the 50 best places in the United States to call home. No matter your career, your favorite hobbies, or what type of home you're searching for, there is truly a place for everyone in Huntington. The community's long, fascinating history, luxurious amenities, and affordable entertainment options make it a great fit for so many residents who love calling Hunting home. Our real estate agents have all the details on why you'll love calling Huntington, NY your new hometown.

    Huntington, NY Is One of America's Best Places to Call Home

    Luxury Is Never Far from Your Front Door

    Huntington is known as a community with some of the most luxurious homes in the Long Island area, as well as some of the best shopping and dining destinations. The Walt Whitman Shops, located in Huntington, include big-name brands like Coach, Kate Spade, Le Creuset, Lord & Taylor, Saks, and many more. Fabulous food is also waiting around every corner in Huntington, with popular spots like Prime Steakhouse, Honu Kitchen and Cocktails, and Cafe Buenos Aires offering upscale dining with flavors from around the world.

    There's Plenty of Affordable Fun, Too!

    While Huntington offers plenty of luxury, it's also a great place to live if you're looking for affordable family fun. Huntington Village is the perfect place to spend a day shopping, dining, and enjoying all that the community has to offer. Huntington is also home to a popular, diverse collection of parks, recreation areas, trails, and athletic facilities. There are also extensive recreation programs available, both during the summer and throughout the year.

    A Fascinating History and Bright Future

    The long, rich history of the Huntington area stretches back to the 17th century, and you can still find evidence of that history throughout the community today. There are organizations for every historical interest in the Huntington area, including a firehouse museum, the Huntington Historical Society, the Suffolk County Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium, the Hecksher Museum of Art, and so much more. The community is also home to some truly historic locations, like the Coltrane Home, Colonial Arsenal, Huntington Lighthouse, and the Oheka Castle. The future looks bright as well, with new businesses, services, and attractions adding to life in the community.

    Find Your Home in Huntington

    Huntington homes for sale feature something for everyone, whether you're shopping for the poshest, luxurious listings or searching for the perfect family home. Residents of Huntington enjoy easy access to the rest of Long Island, and the entire city, making it easy to live in the community no matter where your work takes you in the area. The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) makes it easy to reach Midtown Manhattan – and points beyond – as well as other communities throughout Long Island.

    Music, Art, and Special Events

    When you call Huntington home, there's always another exciting event coming up to circle on your calendar. The Huntington Arts Council does a fantastic job of bringing arts and cultural events to the community, while the Paramount – one of the community's most popular entertainment venues – is the place to be for world-class concerts. Of course, there are also fun events for major holidays throughout the year in Huntington.

    Interested in adding your name to the list of locals who love calling Huntington home? Our experienced, local real estate team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes in Huntington, NY.

    August
    13

    Sagamore Hill | President Theodore Roosevelt Oyster Bay Home in Long Island

    Long Island Oyster Bay Sagamore Hill

    Some people move to Oyster Bay for the quiet. Some move here to be near the seashore. And others for the history. In fact, historic homes for sale in Oyster Bay are popular.  And often disappear from the local housing market as quickly as they enter. However, one historic home sure to remain an icon in the Oyster Bay community is Sagamore Hill, the former home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.

    Sagamore Hill is a national treasure waiting to be explored and enjoyed. Congress established it as the Sagamore National Historic Site to preserve the house as a part of the National Park Service.  It was soon after listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

    The house is a must-see for Nassau County residents and visitors and is a source of pride for the community.

    Our REALTORS® are excited to tell you about the history of Sagamore Hill and Oyster Bay and can't wait to show you homes for sale in Long Island.

    History Unfolds at Sagamore Hill

    Oyster Bay Sagamore Hill

    When you step onto the grounds of Sagamore Hill, it's easy to leave your everyday life behind as history begins to unfold around you. The home itself is the centerpiece of the estate, having been the residence of Theodore Roosevelt from 1885 until the former President's death in 1919. While he was in office, Roosevelt's "Summer White House" was the site of several peace talks and visits from foreign dignitaries.

    An Inside Look at Roosevelt's Legacy

    Touring Sagamore Hill gives you a glimpse into the life of Theodore Roosevelt, the acclaimed political figure and the charismatic man. One of the highlights of the tour, the North Room showcases many of Roosevelt's prized trophy heads, animal skin rugs and gifts presented to him by various heads of state. You'll also find a collection of thousands of books and a diverse assortment of art acquired by Roosevelt throughout the home. The Queen Anne style home still has original furnishings and decor in its 23 rooms and underwent a meticulous renovation a few short years ago. Guided tours of Sagamore Hill are available for a small admission fee; you'll want to stop by the visitor center and bookstore during your visit.

    Explore the Grounds

    Sagamore Hill Historic Site includes not only the home but 83 acres of countryside once enjoyed by the Roosevelt family. Take advantage of the property's trails and picnic areas to relax and explore the salt marsh, beach, forest and meadows with your family. Part of the National Park Service, Sagamore Hill provides a tranquil setting for the outdoor enthusiast combined with the rich history of one of our country's most celebrated leaders. You can visit the park year round from sunrise to sunset.

    The Oyster Bay area of Long Island is both charming and steeped in history, and Sagamore Hill is a shining example of both. You can visit President Roosevelt's Sagamore Hills home at 12 Sagamore Hill Road in Oyster Bay, New York.

    Coach Realtors is your trusted source for buying and selling Long Island real estate. You can achieve your dreams of homeownership with the help of our real estate agents. Contact us to get started.

    August
    6

    Getting to Know Long Island Wine Country

    Long Island Wine Country
    Five Long Island Wineries You Won't Want to Miss

    Exploring Long Island wine country is an exciting and enriching way to get to know the area and to discover some of the finest wines in the nation. Dozens of vineyards and wineries dot the countryside throughout Long Island, bringing visitors and residents alike for a wine country experience not found anywhere else. Long Island wine country is a real east coast gem as it gains popularity with wine enthusiasts each year. Our real estate agents want you to enjoy your house hunt by becoming acquainted with all that Suffolk County has to offer, and we have highlighted five of our favorite stops you'll not want to miss.

    1. Jamesport Vineyards
      Award-winning wines enjoyed in a tranquil, rustic setting is what visitors can expect from Jamesport Vineyards in the North Fork region. Take a tour of the vineyards and taste a variety of wines in a restored 165-year-old barn. Relax out back on the lawn and catch the soothing sounds of jazz and sample the delicious offerings from the wood-fired oven at Little Oak, the vineyard's restaurant. 

    2. Mattebella Vineyards
      Located in Southold on Long Island's North Fork, Mattebella Vineyards produces an exceptional lineup of wines, crafted in the traditional Bordeaux style. The vineyard's focus is on superior taste and the wine drinker's experience. Mattebella Vineyards uses sustainable practices to produce their wines including hand-picking their grapes.

    3. Channing Daughters Winery
      In South Fork's Bridgehampton, you'll find a charming winery that is open year round. Channing Daughters Winery offers a spectacular selection of wines, perfect for practically any food pairing. All their wines are made in small batches to capture the highest quality flavor. Be sure to visit their sculpture garden while you're there and pick up a one of a kind gift basket to take with you. 

    4. Duckwalk Vineyards
      One of the most well-known names in Long Island wines, Duckwalk Vineyards is a must on your area wine tour. From its Vidal Ice Wine to a vast array of varietals, the vineyard's selection of wines is sure to please the palate. Enjoy a tasting in a refined, elegant setting and spend a day relaxing at Southhampton's premier vineyard.

    5. Harmony Vineyards
      Head of the Harbor, NY is home to Harmony Vineyards, a part of the East Farm Estate. In this historic setting, you'll find beautiful vineyards and a tasting room situated in a fully restored 1690 farmhouse. Harmony Vineyards presents entertainment year-round on Friday and Saturday nights, and guests can enjoy a seaside, farm-to-table brunch on Sundays. The vineyard supports various charitable causes with its profits, and presents a fun, inviting atmosphere to visitors. 

    There are dozens of beautiful vineyards and wineries to visit on Long Island, as well as an excellent variety of Suffolk County homes for sale. For more information on the area and to discuss your real estate dreams, contact us today. Let Coach REALTORS® be your partner in discovering Suffolk County.

    July
    23

    Your Kids Will Love Garden City's Museum Row

    Cradle of Aviation
    For a day of kid-friendly learning and excitement, gather the family and make your way to Garden City's Museum Row. With plenty to see and do Museum Row you could easily spend the day exploring some of Long Island's most fascinating museums. This collection of museums is constantly bringing its guests new and interesting exhibits, so each visit promises to be a family adventure.
    Our real estate agents want you to get to know the area as you search for your new home, and Museum Row is the perfect way to relax with your family. Here's a preview of the fun you'll discover in Garden City.

    Four Long Island Museums Your Family Won't Want to Miss

    1. Cradle of Aviation
      Children love the wonders of space and flight, and Museum Row's Cradle of Aviation brings the mystery and science of the two together in this fascinating museum. Marvel at more than 75 spacecraft and aircraft on display in the exhibition hall and let your kids live their dream with more than 30 hands-on exhibits and several cockpits to explore. Interactive stations throughout the museums such as short videos help bring history and the aviation frontier to life. Cradle of Aviation hosts annual summer mini-camps where kids can immerse themselves in the world of space and air exploration.

      Firefighters Museum
    2. The Nassau County Firefighter Museum and Education Center
      Lots of children dream of one day becoming a firefighter, and thankfully, some of them do. The Nassau County Firefighter Museum and Education Center is not only an exhibition of firefighter memorabilia and history but also a tribute to their dedication and service to our communities and an educational resource for fire prevention. The museum covers 10,000 square feet and is home to restored firefighting equipment and historic displays. The center prides itself on its educational programs and hands-on learning experiences for kids.

    3. Long Island Children's Museum
      With such a variety of exhibits and special programs, Long Island Children's Museum is sure to become one of your family's favorite destinations. The museum maintains a focus on nurturing the natural creativity that resides with everyone, offering special events and programs centered around art, science, nature, storytelling, and theater. Kids will love the interactive exhibits which include a bubble making station and Sound Showers, which allows children to learn about different types of sound.

    4. Long Island Museum of Science and Technology
      Currently, under construction, Long Island Museum of Science and Technology is certain to be an exciting new addition to Museum Row. The museum will showcase a wealth of exhibits to encourage the budding scientist in your family. Mom and Dad just might learn something too!

    Your Long Island Real Estate Experts

    Find a world of fun, family activities at these museums and many more when you visit Garden City's Museum Row. Contact us at Coach Realtors to learn more about our beautiful area and to discover the spectacular selection of available Garden City homes for sale.

    July
    9

    Long Island Lighthouses: Discover Fire Island Lighthouse

    Long Island - Fire Island Lighthouse
    Summer is in full swing, and it's the perfect season to bring the kids out to explore the history and grandeur of Fire Island Lighthouse. Spending a day at the lighthouse is not only a fun-filled experience for the entire family but an educational one as well. Our real estate agents will be hard at work helping you find your new home, so you can rest easy and take a break from the house hunt while you discover one of the area's most fascinating attractions.

    Explore Fire Island Lighthouse and More

    Fire Island Lighthouse is located at the western point of Fire Island and is open to the public for tours and special events. For many visitors, the highlight of touring the lighthouse is climbing the tower, where you can look out upon a beautiful ocean vista from the barrier island. If you visit when the skies are clear, you'll likely be able to see the New York City skyline. Visitors are treated to several interactive areas in the Keeper's Quarters, detailing the importance of the landmark in local maritime history. Step inside the lighthouse keeper's daily routine, and learn just how demanding their way of life has been throughout history. See actual lenses that have been used in the lighthouse in the new Lens Building, and stop by the Boathouse where you'll find life-saving equipment and a surf boat on display.

    Nature on Display

    As part of the National Park Service, Fire Island offers visitors a diverse and beautiful span of nature to explore in addition to the lighthouse. There are plenty of open spaces to enjoy on the barrier island, and ranger-guided tours can be arranged to experience the seashore, forests, and salt marshes of Fire Island.

    History on the Seashore

    While visiting Fire Island Lighthouse, you'll discover its rich history and the important role it has played in keeping both travelers and sailors safe throughout the years. The current lighthouse was built in the mid-19th century, replacing an older, smaller version, and was lit for the first time in late 1858. The lighthouse played a crucial role in guiding ships into the New York Harbor as they arrived from Europe, often being the first visible landmark to immigrants on board, and was in service until 1973.

    Adventure Awaits

    Bring the family and discover the story and surroundings at Fire Island Lighthouse. Tours are available daily for a small admission fee. Be sure to stop by the gift shop before you leave for unique souvenirs that the kids will love.

    To find the best selection of Suffolk County homes for sale, you need a trusted, experienced partner that knows the housing market well and focuses on your lifestyle preferences. Our real estate agents are excited to work with you and look forward to hearing from you soon. Contact us today for more information about the area and to discuss your real estate needs.

    June
    25

    6 Long Island Restaurants Our Locals Love

    Long Island Restaurants
    One thing is for sure if you live on Long Island: you'll never go hungry. Our real estate agents make it their mission to help you find your dream home on Long Island, but we've learned a lot about finding great restaurants as well. These are some of the best local favorites.

    1. Novita - 860 Franklin Ave. Garden City, NY
      A sleek, modern wine bar and Italian restaurant in Garden City, Novita offers an incredible selection of 100 wines from around the world, all temperature-controlled by a state of the art digital preservation tap system. They also serve some fantastic small plates that pair well with every wine on the menu. If you're with a large group, go with the Grand Board – an extensive selection of cured meats, cheeses, Sardinian flatbreads, fig jam, apple mostarda, olives and Marcona almonds.

    2. Babalu NY Bistro - 286 New York Ave. Huntington, NY
      At Balabu NY, chef Alan Gotay crafts mouth-watering, gourmet Cuban cuisine in a cozy, relaxed space. Hit them up at lunchtime for one of the best Cuban sandwiches you'll ever have, or head over a little later to explore the extensive dinner menu. They recently started serving beer and wine too, and offer 2 for 1 mimosas during Sunday Brunch.

    3. Besito - 399 Montauk Hwy. West Islip, NY
      Founded by restaurateur John Tunney after years of traveling through Mexico, Besito brings the flavor and spirit of Mexico to New York. From appetizers like tortilla soup with pulled chicken, avocado, cilantro and queso Chihuahua, to specialties like slow- cooked Sonora ribs glazed with agave-chipotle and lime, you can't possibly make a wrong turn on their vast menu of unique Mexican fare. And if you want to keep it simple, Besito also makes some seriously great iron-skillet tacos.

    4. Crabtree's Restaurant - 226 Jericho Tpke. Floral Park, NY
      Whether you reserve a table in the white-tablecloth dining room or grab a spot to dine out in the garden, Crabtree's Restaurant offers an incredible menu centered around expertly-prepared Mediterranean fare, with a particular focus on amazing seafood. The Mediterranean seafood salad, with marinated calamari, octopus and shrimp is a perfect option if you're looking for something light, and the dinner menu is packed with great dishes like Mediterranean seasoned grilled swordfish with chopped tomatoes, onions, white wine, Kalamata olives and fresh herbs.

    5. Mirabelle - 150 Main St. Stony Brook, NY
      Located in the historic Lessing's Three Village Inn, Mirabelle is one of Long Island's most iconic restaurants. This elegant eatery offers the refined French cuisine of chef Guy Reuge, who uses farm-to-table ingredients to put a fresh, local twist on classic dishes like Hudson Valley foie gras, seared loin of lamb and summer squash ragout.

    6. Ahuva's Grill - 1326 Peninsula Blvd. Hewlett, NY
      Ahuva's Grill is a Middle Eastern kitchen that serves fantastic housemade Yemenite-Israeli dishes in a simple, no-frills setting. Family owned and operated, Ahuva's Grill serves up the authentic creations of Yemenite-Israeli chef Ahuva Tsadok, who brings her roots and years of culinary experience to every dish. The restaurant is famous for its Yemenite soup and crispy whole wheat Kubaneh bread, and also makes some of the best kebabs, falafel, shawarma, and schnitzel around.

    Contact us at Coach Realtors to learn more about life on Long Island. From finding a great home to living Long Island life to the fullest, our team is here to help every step of the way!

    June
    11

    Best Beaches for Long Island Families

    Long Island Family Beaches

    From the North Shore to the South, it's hard to imagine a place that offers a greater wealth of beautiful beaches than Long Island. It's one of the things our real estate agents really love about our community, and we're excited to showcase some of our favorite Long Island family beaches. Read on if you're looking for the perfect home for your family.

    • Robert Moses State Park, Babylon
      Spanning 875 acres with nearly five miles of beaches, Robert Moses State Park offers endless options for family entertainment. Playgrounds, nature trails, picnic areas, fishing piers and a golf course give you plenty to of ways to keep busy, along with an expansive stretch of coastline with a boardwalk and four guarded beaches. The park's location at the westernmost end of Fire Island makes it easy to get to, and there is parking near the beaches.
    • North Hempstead Beach Park, Port Washington
      North Hempstead Beach Park overlooks Hempstead Bay and provides an incredible view across the bay to Long Island Sound. This 60-acre park includes a broad stretch of sandy beach that's great for swimming, building sand castles and sunbathing. Take a stroll on the promenade, try a little fishing from the pier, and be sure to check out the basketball, volleyball and bocci ball courts. Hit up the concession stand, or pack a lunch and enjoy it at the shady picnic area.
    • Crab Meadow Beach, Fort Salonga
      With a playground and covered picnic area overlooking a vast expanse of Long Island Sound, Crab Meadow Beach is an off-the-beaten-path spot for a relaxing family beach trip. A kayak launch and boardwalk are located near the beach, along with an on-site restaurant, called La Casa Cafe, which has a pizza and ice cream window.
    • Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh
      Families have been flocking to Jones Beach State Park for years, making it one of Long Island's most famous and popular beach destinations. With over six miles of shoreline, the park offers swimming, picnic areas, beachfront boardwalks and a series of iconic beach tunnels that lead down to the surf. Concessions offer classic beach favorites like hot dogs and ice cream. Weekends and holidays pack in beach lovers, so plan your visit mid-week if you want to beat the crowds.
    • West Meadow Beach, Brookhaven
      West Meadow Beach is a beautiful spot to take a dip and watch the sun go down across the water, but the real hidden gem here is the splash park, which is a great place for kids to play and cool off. There's also a volleyball area, walking trails, picnic gazebos, playgrounds, and plenty of parking convenient to the beach. Swimming lessons are offered daily, and lifeguards are on duty until 6 pm.

    Contact us at Coach Realtors to find out more about living on Long Island. From great parks and beaches to picturesque towns and rolling farmlands, Long Island is a beautiful place to call home.

    June
    15

    10 Best Things About Living on Long Island

    Long Island 10 Best Things
    We could go on and on about all the reasons why we think Long Island is special. Needless to say, we think it's a pretty great place to live. Our real estate agents are here with some of their favorite things about living on Long Island. 

    Long Island Beaches

    1. There's always a beach nearly.
      It doesn't matter where on Long Island you live. There's always a great place to swim, surf, sunbathe and simply relax a few minutes away, from the popular Jones Beach State Park to the remote coastline of Fire Island National Seashore, and countless smaller and less famous beaches in between.

      Long Island Scenery
    2. The scenery is great all year round.
      From the blooming wildflowers of spring to crashing surf of summer and the vivid colors of fall, Long Island is a truly beautiful place to call home.

      Long Island Small Towns
    3. You're close to the city (but not too close).
      It's really great to be just a quick train ride away from New York City. Long Island offers quaint small towns, rolling landscapes, and secluded beaches, but New York City is always there when you need it.
    4. Farm-fresh produce is always readily available.
      Long Island is home to countless farms and farm markets, which means you and your family can eat the fresh bounty of the season year-round.

      Long Island Montauk Lighthouse
    5. Long Island has a rich history.
      From colonial times to the present, Long Island has a vibrant and storied past that is on display everywhere you look. Check out the Montauk Lighthouse (the first lighthouse in New York), or the St. James General Store, which has been continuously operating since 1857.

      Long Island North Fork
    6. It's becoming a wine and craft beer capital.
      Long Island's North Fork
      is known to local wine diehards as the Napa Valley of the east, and there are a lot of great vineyards in the Hamptons too. For craft beer fans, Long Island is home to a rapidly growing craft beer scene. Blue Point Brewing Company is probably the most famous brewery on the island, but there are new, smaller microbreweries springing up all the time.

      Long Island Huntington
    7. The towns are charming, friendly and thriving.
      There are dozens of small to medium-sized towns on Long Island with bustling little downtowns lined with unique, locally owned businesses. From Babylon to Huntington, and Greenport to Port Washington, Long Island's towns are endlessly welcoming.
    8. Long Island seafood is uncredible.
      Since Long Island is surrounded on three sides by water, it should come as no surprise our seafood restaurants are second to none.  You'll find no shortage of seafood restaurants serving the freshest catch our local fishermen bring in.
    9. It's super haunted.
      If you aren't into ghostbusting, you can just skip this part. Long Island is home to some of the most haunted sites in America, from the King's Park Psychiatric Center to the real-life "Amityville Horror" house. If paranormal activity isn't for you, these places are pretty easy to avoid. But if you're into haunted houses, let's just say you'll like it here.
    10. The bagels are the best around.
      Ask anyone who's been to Long Island where you can get the best bagel in America. You might get a lot of different answers, but they'll all be on Long Island.

    Contact us today to learn more about life on Long Island. Whether you're a first-time home buyer looking for a starter home or an experienced homeowner searching for your next home, our Long Island real estate professionals are here to help you every step of the way.

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