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January
17

Homeowners: How to Store Holiday Decorations

Holiday Decoration Storage - Coach Realtors

Putting up your Christmas tree and lights was fun, but the fun stops, and stress kicks in when it's time to take them down. Storing holiday decorations can easily go from full-blown fun to frustrating. However, Our REALTORS® have compiled five simple and practical tips to help you correctly store your holiday decorations.

  • Buy an Ornament Chest for Your Christmas Ornaments
    An ornament chest is the best way to store your Christmas tree decorations and ornaments since it contains several layers that allow you to categorize each item. These layers offer easy access to the ornaments when needed.

    Before putting your decorations in, consider placing a cloth on the chest to prevent the movement of the ornaments. You can also use padding or tissue paper to prevent the decorations from brushing against the chest surface and scratching.


  • Get a Box for Artificial Christmas Trees
    If you bought your artificial Christmas tree during the holidays, the highest chances are that the tree came packed in a box. Since the box is already a correct fit for your tree, you can use it to store the tree.

    When packing the tree, you will be using opposite steps as you did when unpacking it. Bundle up each branch and ensure the tree remains straight as you pack it in. Alternatively, you can use ceiling hooks to hang your tree in the garage.


  • Storing Ceramic Houses and Figurines
    Undoubtedly festive ceramic houses and figurines add a gorgeous display during the holidays. However, they can be challenging to pack. Similar to ornaments, they are fragile and are sometimes attached to lights. Therefore, packing them needs you to pay attention to detail to avoid damage or breakage.

    Ceramic houses, figurines, and other glass ornaments should be handled and stored as fragile items. Get bubble wraps, carefully wrap them in, and keep them in a box. Seal the box tightly and if possible, remember to label it as fragile and store the box on other bulky boxes.


  • Ensure Your Lights Are Tangle Free
    Christmas lights can be hard to store since they are long and contain little garlands. No matter how carefully you roll them up, they will end up tangled. When storing them, you should ensure they are tangle-free to prevent interfering with the wiring or making ends. You can use delivery boxes to keep your lights.

    Cut your box or cardboard into rectangular shapes. Hang the rectangular pieces and wind your lights around the craps. Otherwise, you can use water bottles as storage for beaded garlands. You can also try using a pill organizer to store any spare light bulbs you have.


  • Storing Wrapping Paper and Other Supplies
    Did you know that those garment bags you use to store wreaths can have a different use? Use a garment bag to hang up your wrapping paper and other supplies. Besides making them easy to access, they will remain dust-free during the year. 

    When it comes to storing supplies like ribbons and tapes, you can use a shoebox to keep everything organized and in one location. A shoe box makes it easy to color organize ribbons and notice when the tape supply runs low. 

Ready to own your home in Long Island? Go through Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale to find an ideal home for you. Contact us once you do and get started with the buying process. 

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. 

December
14

Long Island: Find Unique Gifts at These 6 Shops

Unique Holiday Gifts - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

After a one-of-a-kind year, treat family and loved ones to a one-of-kind gift this holiday season. Join our REALTORS® in supporting local businesses by patronizing these amazing shops around Long Island. 

  1. What a Girl Wants - 3490 Merrick Rd., Seaford, NY 11783
    Any female on your list will be delighted with a gift from What a Girl Wants. With their extensive selection of clothing and accessories, jewelry, and home decor, the family-owned shop offers something to suit every personal taste. They even have an assortment of gift items for the man in your life. What a Girl Wants provides free shipping for orders over $100. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  2. Wrapping It Up - 180 Park Ave., Amityville, NY 11701
    Do you have that one person you just don't know how to shop for? Problem solved with a unique gift from Wrapping It Up. The shop features more than 350 kinds of candy, nuts, and chocolate along with gift items from Crabtree & Evelyn, Melissa & Doug, and other top brand names. Shop "a la carte" or have the cheerful staff package your selections in a delightful gift basket. Visit the website or call 631.598.4400 to order.

  3. Oodles of Doodles - 2322 Merrick Rd., Merrick, NY 11566 
    Honestly, Oodles of Doodles is just plain fun to say. But this charming shop is a great source for personalized, hand-painted kids' gifts that will remain keepsakes forever. Choose from a wide range of products such as rocking chairs, toy boxes, and doll furniture that will put a smile on any child's face. Oodles of Doodles is open 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon - 3 Sunday.

  4. Long Island Country Life - 237 Middle Country Rd., Selden, NY 11784
    Long Island Country Life
    is dedicated to the idea that a home should be an oasis. Their wide array of home decor products, from ornaments and wall hangings to Adirondack chairs and beer-barrel tables, create a cozy, rustic ambiance in any home. Hours are 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.

  5. Wit & Whim - 6 Carlton Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050
    The term "retail therapy" takes on added depth at Wit & Whim. The chic, boutique-style shop carries vintage, modern, and handmade goods created by local artists around Port Washington homes for sale. In addition, part of the profits are donated to charitable community organizations. Wit & Whim is open Wednesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  6. Willy Nilly Trading Company - 153 W. Main St., Bay Shore, NY 11706
    When Willy Nilly Trading Company opened in 2000, the downtown area was beginning a major turnaround. The shop's quirky selection of clothing, home decor and gifts proved so popular that the shop eventually expanded by 2,000 square feet. Co-owner Marilyn Schulman incorporated her family's home and lighting business into the mix as Willy Nilly @ Home. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Shopping Nassau County homes for sale? Maybe you want to market your house among Suffolk County homes for sale. Whatever your Long Island real estate needs, contact us at Coach Realtors for cheerful and experienced help.

December
7

Put a Holiday Home Sale on Your Wish List

Holiday Home Sale - Coach Realtors

Cold winter weather combined with holiday distractions typically makes this the slowest time of the year for the housing market. However, current market conditions point to this winter's "slow" season being super hot! 

Our REALTORS® have been busy helping buyers who are anxious to find the perfect Nassau County homes for sale while interest rates are low. Other factors, like pent-up demand and low inventory, have made this a great time to put your home on the market. Here's a closer look at the reasons why this holiday season may be the best time to list your home.

  1. Low Housing Inventory
    In September of 2020, the total inventory of homes hit a record low of just 2.7 months of supply. At the same time, sales of existing homes were up 9.4%. Projections show that if sales continue at this rate, there's a possibility we could actually run out of homes for sale. 

    While this might not be great news for buyers, it makes now a very attractive time to put your home on the market.

  2. Pent-Up Demand 
    Spring is usually the best time to list your home since that's when buyer demand spikes. However, in 2020, spring marked the beginning of pandemic lock-downs that caused the real estate market to grind to a halt. Now that things are starting to open back up, buyers are eager to jump back into their home search.

  3. A Need to Upsize 
    The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot about the way we live. Many people are working and schooling at home. Almost everyone is spending more of their free time at home as well. This has resulted in a large group of buyers who are fed up with their current spaces and ready to make a move.

    Each day, we talk to buyers who are looking for Suffolk County homes for sale with features like large back yards and extra space for a home office. 
  1. Low Interest Rates
    Mortgage interest rates also recently hit the 12th record low of the year. This puts them at the lowest they've been in over 50 years! Many buyers who realize they can save tens of thousands of dollars over the lifetime of their mortgage by buying now are out on the prowl for a suitable home.

  2. Bidding Wars 
    All of these factors have combined to create the best seller's market we've experienced in quite some time. Not only are many sellers getting top dollar for their homes, but bidding wars sometimes result in offers climbing well above the asking price. In fact, according to Realtor.com, in September of 2020, the median home price was up 11.1% compared to the previous year. The price per square foot was also up by 13.9% year-over-year.

  3. Delayed Economic Consequences 
    It's possible that the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic will cause a sharp decline in the economy. However, it's unlikely that this will impact the real estate market at least for a few months. If you've been thinking about selling, doing it now before more uncertainty strikes again could be your best bet. 

If a home sale is on your holiday wish list, Coach Realtors can help! Contact us today to schedule an appointment. 

November
2

Long Island: 6 Restaurants for Fine Dining on Thanksgiving

Long Restaurants for Thanksgiving Dinner - Coach Realtors

We know preparing Thanksgiving dinner requires time and effort. Long Island has many fine dining establishments with special Thanksgiving menus for those who prefer to enjoy the holiday without the stress of cooking. While the COVID-19 pandemic may limit dine-in availability, many of these restaurants are offering takeout options this year. Below are some Thanksgiving dining recommendations from our REALTORS®.

  • The Capital Grille - 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, NY 11530
    The Capital Grille is a great option for Thanksgiving dinner in Garden City, and their dining room's comfortable elegance can serve as a perfect backdrop for your family meal. They offer a special Thanksgiving day menu, which features slow-roasted turkey and brioche stuffing. However, if you're in the mood for one of their famous dry-aged steaks, you can order off the regular menu as well. After dinner, check out some of these Garden City homes for sale.

  • Jonathan's Ristorante - 15 Wall St., Huntington, NY 11743
    A Huntington staple since the mid-'90s, Jonathan's Ristorante is the perfect place to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with your family. In addition to their regular menu, Jonathan's typically offers Thanksgiving specials such as traditional roasted turkey, butternut squash soup, and pumpkin pie. Dinner is served from 2 to 8 pm., and takeout options are available. Swing by some of these Huntington homes for sale on your way home.

  • Mirabelle Restaurant - 150 Main St., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    One of the finest restaurants in all of Long Island, Mirabelle Restaurant at the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook offers fresh farm-to-table dishes across a French bistro-inspired menu. While Mirabelle's serves a dine-in Thanksgiving dinner most years, this year they are offering Thanksgiving meals to go. The meal package serves between 10-12 people and includes roasted turkey, all the trimmings, and freshly baked pie. After you pick-up your delicious dinner, take a look at these Stony Brook homes for sale.

  • Thyme - 8 Tower Pl., Roslyn, NY 11576
    Thyme's "harmonious" approach to food, fresh ingredients, and plate presentation makes them a great fine dining choice in Roslyn, not far from these Nassau County homes for sale. This year, Thanksgiving dinner will be served from 1 to 8 pm. For those who would prefer to eat at home, Thyme is offering curbside pickup and heating instructions to help you prepare your meal yourself.

  • Brasserie Americana Bar, Lounge & Restaurant - 30 Cutter Mill Rd., Great Neck, NY 11021
    This French/American restaurant is located inside The Inn at Great Neck in Nassau County. This year, Brasserie Americana is offering a Thanksgiving to-go feast for $259. The meal serves 8-10 people and includes turkey with your choice of brisket or honey glazed ham, two starters, three sides, and one pie.

  • Cooperage Inn - 2218 Sound Ave., Baiting Hollow, NY 11933
    Cooperage Inn is a classic Long Island restaurant offering a large special Thanksgiving dinner menu this year with a variety of classic holiday dishes. The full menu is also available for takeout, so you can pick-up dinner after visiting these Suffolk County homes for sale

With so many great options, providing a delicious Thanksgiving feast for your family can be easy this year. Contact us for more local restaurant recommendations.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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