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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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
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.

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
12

Thanksgiving Day Runs for Long Island Families

Long Island Thanksgiving Day Races
With the holiday season fast approaching, now is the perfect time to start planning how you'll spend your morning before the big meal on Thanksgiving Day. Turkey trots, 5K runs and charity races have become a favorite tradition in Long Island communities, offering a great opportunity to get in a workout on Thanksgiving, as well as support charitable causes. The phenomenon has grown so much that Thanksgiving is now the most popular day of the year to run a race!

Whether you're still shopping for a Nassau or Suffolk county home, or you're a long-time resident, everyone is welcome at these community-focused events. Our real estate agents have all the details on a host of Thanksgiving Day runs happening in the Long Island area this year.

  • Sri Chinmoy Thanksgiving Day 5K & 10K - Flushing NY
    With two races kicking off at 10:30 a.m., along with a run for kids at 10 a.m., the Sri Chinmoy Thanksgiving Day races feature something for every member of the family. Enjoy the scenery of Flushing Meadows Park as you begin your Thanksgiving Day.

  • 5-Mile Turkey Trot for the Marisa Fund - Congers, NY
    Run for a great cause in Congers at the Turkey Trot supporting the Marisa Fund. The Marisa Fund is dedicated to eradicating child cancer, and the 8:30 a.m. race regularly draws thousands of participants from local communities.

  • Oyster Bay Turkey Trot - Oyster Bay, NY
    Open to runners of all ages, the Oyster Bay Turkey Trot travels through the scenic streets of Oyster Bay, with a beautiful finish in Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park.

  • Garden City Turkey Trot - Garden City
    With three races to choose from, including a Fun Run, the Garden City Turkey Trot has something for runners of all experience levels. Proceeds benefit a variety of local causes, and there is a food drive associated with the race as well.

  • Thanksgiving Day Charity Run - Huntington NY
    Every year, the Townwide Fund of Huntington stages the Thanksgiving Day Charity Run for residents of all ages. A Fun Run for kids is followed by the main 4-mile race.

  • Gavin's Got Heart Turkey Trot 5K - Islip, NY
    The Gavin's Got Heart organization is dedicated to supporting families with children who have congenital heart defects, and its Turkey Trot 5K is always one of the most popular in the area. The big race kicks off at 8 a.m., rain or shine.

  • Massapequa Turkey Trot 5K - Massapequa, NY
    The Massapequa Turkey Trot supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, with all profits going directly toward the cause. The race raised $34,000 in 2017, thanks to the efforts of both runners and volunteers.

  • Sinai Turkey Trot 5K - Mount Sinai, NY
    The 8th Annual Sinai Turkey Trot is sure to be a memorable day for all in attendance, with two races, refreshments, an award ceremony, and activities for children throughout the day. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

Would you like to become a member of one of the many Long Island communities that love to give back on Thanksgiving? We can help! Contact us at Coach REALTORS® to buy, sell and learn about homes throughout Long Island, NY.

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
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.

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