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May
2

Long Island: Catch a Glimpse of Space

Space Day on Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March
28

Where to Take a Walk in the Park Around Long Island

Walk in the Park - Long Island - Coach Realtors

March 30 is Take a Walk in the Park Day, and with winter's ice grip finally beginning to loosen, our REALTORS® are excited to do just that. Luckily, we have a lot of great places to go for a hike here on Long Island. 

Walk in the Park in Nassau County

Located just a short drive from New York City, Nassau County offers some lovely parks and trails on western Long Island. These great hiking spots are also convenient to many Nassau County homes for sale.

  • Hempstead Harbor Shoreline Park - Port Washington, New York
    Overlooking the southwest side of Hempstead Harbor, Hempstead Harbor Shoreline Park is a great place for a hike on a crisp spring day. The park features a 2-mile trail with easy terrain and great views of the water, with benches and gazebos along the way where you can stop and enjoy the scenery. It's just minutes from these Port Washington homes for sale

  • Manhasset Valley Park - 461 Maple St., Manhasset, NY 11030
    A picturesque park that spans the valley separating the Great Neck and Cow Neck peninsulas, Manhasset Valley Park is a beautiful green space within walking distance of many Manhasset homes for sale. The park spans 26 acres and includes well-manicured walking paths that wind among woods, meadows, ponds, and streams. 

  • Hempstead Lake State Park - Eagle Avenue, West Hempstead, NY 11552
    Hempstead Lake State Park is one of the largest parks in Nassau County and a hub for all kinds of outdoor recreation. This 737-acre park includes 8 miles of hiking trails, including a picturesque 3-mile path that encircles Hempstead Lake. The park is also popular for fishing, kayaking, and horseback riding and is only a short drive from these Rockville Centre homes for sale

Walk in the Park in Suffolk County

Suffolk County encompasses the eastern two-thirds of Long Island. In addition to these lovely Suffolk County homes for sale, you'll find some truly perfect places for a leisurely stroll or an energetic hike in Suffolk County. 

  • Blydenburgh County Park - Veteran's Memorial Highway, Smithtown, NY 11788
    Encompassing 627 acres of wooded hills and valleys surrounding Stump Pond, Blydenburgh County Park is one of Long Island's best-kept secrets. A 5.7-mile loop trail traverses the pond's shoreline, and the Long Island Greenbelt Trail Conference often offers guided hikes. The park is just minutes from numerous Smithtown homes for sale and also offers camping from April through November. 

  • West Meadow Wetlands Reserve - 44 W. Meadow Ln., Stony Brook, NY 11790
    Featuring a mile-long beach and 88 acres of tidal marshes, wetlands, and maritime forests, West Meadow Wetlands Reserve is a perfect place to enjoy the scenery overlooking Long Island Sound. The reserve is walkable from many of these Stony Brook homes for sale and is a great place to spot dozens of native shorebird and songbird species that frequent the area. 

  • West Hills County Park - Sweet Hollow Road, Huntington Station, NY 11747
    West Hills County Park is a beautiful park spanning 800-plus acres, with well-groomed hiking trails that meander among dense woodlands. It's one of the best places on Long Island to immerse yourself in nature, despite being near many Huntington Station homes for sale. A highlight of the Park is the Walk Whitman Trail, which crosses the highest point on the island. 

Contact us today to learn more about life in Nassau and Suffolk counties. When you're ready to find your dream home on Long Island, our agents are here to help every step of the way. 

January
10

5 Destinations for Heritage Treasures Day Around Long Island

Heritage Treasures Day - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June
14

Where to Capture Nature Shots on Long Island

Photograph Nature Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April
26

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

Nature Preserves Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

March
8

Walkable Main Streets Around Long Island

Walkable Long Island Main Streets - Coach Realtors

When searching for a house among Suffolk County homes for sale, "walkability" is often an important factor. Whether you want to live in the suburbs and have close access to walkable areas or you prefer to reside right in the middle of the action, there are plenty of excellent options in the Long Island area. 

Our REALTORS® love showing homes in these vibrant cities since there are so many exciting things to do. Here are a few of our favorite nearby towns with walkable main streets. 

  • Garden City
    If you're looking at and walkability is important to you, then you'll definitely want to check out Garden City. When visiting, plan to skip the drive and take the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) instead. The bustling downtown area is just a seven-minute walk from the station and near these Garden City homes for sale.

    Once you arrive, you'll love visiting the Garden City Public Library, enjoying one of the many outdoor dining options, or just relaxing on some of the comfortable sidewalk seating. There are plenty of shopping opportunities here as well. In the summer, downtown hosts Friday Night Promenades, which are themed nights complete with live music, food, and children's activities.
  • Port Washington
    When visiting Port Washington's waterfront area, the first thing you'll notice is the beautiful view. However, there's also so much more! While you're here, we suggest taking a stroll down the town dock, visiting a few of the great local shops, and grabbing a bite to eat. Conveniently located near these Port Washington homes for sale, there's often live music here in the summer and a lively farmers' market every Saturday.
      
  • Rockville Centre
    Often referred to as an "urbanized suburb," Rockville Centre offers easy access for those who want to hop on a train and head into Manhattan as well as a very walkable area with a variety of shops and restaurants. This is a lively town with Rockville Centre homes for sale that are popular with millennials, young families, and empty-nesters. In fact, sometimes it's called a "mini-Manhattan." 

  • Huntington
    Huntington Village is extremely popular among local families and visitors, who swarm the area on weekends and holidays. This family-friendly area is home to many shops, restaurants, and a wide variety of activities.

    From the Huntington Public Library to the Main St. Board Game Cafe and the Paramount theater, there's never a shortage of things to do here. The area is also home to many events, such as the Long Island Fall Festival, Huntington Summer Arts Festival, the annual Tulip Festival, and the Huntington Village Art Walk.

    You don't have to spend much time here to see why so many people looking at Huntington homes for sale end up settling here. 
  • Northport
    The quaint shops, waterfront views, and many restaurants make Northport's Main Street, near these Northport homes for sale, one of the most popular in the area. It's home to both Northport Park and Cow Harbor Park, and the John W. Engeman Theater.

    In the summer and fall, the city hosts a fairly large farmers' market. You also won't want to miss the annual Cow Harbor Day celebrations, including a parade, music, food, vendors, and more. 
  • Port Jefferson
    Main Street Port Jefferson offers a variety of activities, including plenty of shopping and dining options. There's also a 350-foot pier and promenade just a short walking distance away from the Main Street area and these Port Jefferson homes for sale. Nearby, you'll also find the Long Island Explorium, The Rinx ice skating rink, and Rocket Ship Park.

    The area hosts various activities throughout the year, including the Boater's Maritime Festival, Fall Harvest Fest, a Fourth of July parade, and more. 

If you're ready to find the home you've been dreaming of among Nassau County homes for sale, the professionals at Coach Realtors are here to help! Contact us today to discuss your homebuying goals.

September
28

Where to See Changing Leaves Around Long Island

Changing Leaves - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September
14

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

Historical Places - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
6

Explore These Bike Trails Around Long Island

Bike Trails - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June
8

Where to Find Farm-Fresh Produce Around Long Island

Long Island Farmers Markets - Coach Realtors

Summer's almost here, and it's prime time for farmer's markets. Even though COVID-19 has changed the way some vendors do business, many Long Island farmer's markets are open for business. Whether you're looking for fresh flowers, produce, meat, or other hand-crafted local goodies, you'll find at some of our REALTORS® favorite farmer's markets.  

  • Rockville Centre Farmers Market - Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre, NY 11570 | Sundays, 7 am - 12 pmJune 7 - November 22
    Organized by the Long Island Growers Market, LLC, you'll find plenty of fresh, local fruits and veggies, warm-from-the-oven artisan breads, bagels, rolls and pastries, pickles, jams and jellies, empanadas, and so much more at this fun, friendly farmer's market. While you're at it, explore the area's diverse, walkable downtown, which is filled with restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues just steps from a multitude of Rockville Centre Homes for Sale.

  • Islip Farmers Market - Islip Town Hall Parking Lot, Montauk Highway, Route 27A 655 Main St., Islip | Saturdays, 7 am –-12 pm, June 6 - November 21
    Also supported by the Long Island Grower's Market, Islip Farmer's Market is a great place to pick up local fare and get a feel for this quaint little town. So take a break from checking out Suffolk County homes for sale and give it a try. If you're concerned about safety, all vendors take pre-orders that can be picked up at the market.

  • Kennedy Plaza Farmers Market - 307-369 National Blvd., Long Beach, NY 11561 | Saturdays & Wednesdays, June - November9 am - 2 pm
    Here you'll find shellfish and regional fish, tasty vegan baked goods, ice cream, locally-raised meat, and so much more. Or maybe you're in the mood for some local honey or maple syrup? Make a day of it when you go looking at Nassau County homes for sale and stop by Kennedy Plaza Farmer's Market for some scrumptious treats, and of course, fresh, healthy produce.

  • Three Village Farmers Market - 93 N. Country Road, Setauket, NY 11733 | Fridays, June 12 - Oct 4, 3 pm - 7 pm
    If you're ready for a different kind of date night, Three Village fits the bill. Located on the North Shore of Long Island, this fun Friday night farmer's market is one of the best places to find local cheeses, eggs, and all types of hand-crafted artisanal products. Choose from a variety of unique hot sauces that span the full range of spicy, and then cool it down with some homemade fudge.

  • Havens Farmers Market, 16 S. Ferry Road, Shelter Island, NY 11964 | Saturdays, 9 am - 12:30 pm
    From locally-crafted wine to a plethora of treats like homemade nut butters, pickles, fruit, vegetables, and cheese, this Shelter Island farmer's market is a can't-miss spot. The 10-minute ferry ride from the Greenport North Ferry Station gives you a breathtaking view of this gorgeous area nestled between the North and South Forks of Long Island.

Ready to learn more about Long Beach and its rich history and culture? Our experienced real estate professionals can help you find the home you've been looking for. Contact us today to get started.

February
17

Taste the Greats Long Island 2020

Taste the Greats Long Island 2020 - Coach Realtors

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

Elegance at Taste the Greats

Date: March 14, 2020 – 8 to 11 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

October
21

Living the Long Island Dream | Gold Coast Mansions

Long Island Gold Coast Mansions - Coach REALTORS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August
5

August Summer Concerts on Long Island

Long Island August Concert Schedule

The Concerts Continue on Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
1

5 Long Island Locations to Keep Your Kids Busy

Long Island Kid-Friendly Events

Long Island Celebrates National Anti-Boredom Month

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

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

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

June
24

Celebrating July 4 on Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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. 

March
25

About Town - Long Island Neighborhoods to Discover

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

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

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

March
11

Long Island Landmarks - Pepsi-Cola Sign Gantry Plaza

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

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

Most of the Sign Was Replaced in the 90s

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

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

New Apartments Were Built Around the Sign

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

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

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

March
4

The Hamptons Arts Weekend Festival - THAW Fest 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Spend Your Saturday and Sunday Exploring Local Art

Southampton Events

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

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

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

Bridgehampton Events

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

Easthampton Events

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

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

Learn More about the Hamptons Art Network

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

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

February
18

Tis the Season for Home & Garden Shows on Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Friday, February 22, 4 pm - 8 pm

  • Saturday, February 23, 10 am - 8 pm

  • Sunday, February 24, 10 am - 6 pm

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

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

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

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

  • Saturday, March 30, 10 am - 8 pm

  • Sunday, March 31, 10 am - 6 pm

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

February
11

Winterfest 2019 - 5 Weeks of Local Long Island Living

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

About Long Island's Winterfest 2019

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

Winterfest 2019: Highlights, Dates And Other Details

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

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

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

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

January
14

Long Island Fine Wine & Food Festival

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

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

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

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

Delicious Dining from the Region's Best Chefs and Restaurants

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

Learn from Leading Figures in the Food and Beverage Industries

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

Enjoy a VIP Experience with Two NY Sports Legends

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

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

January
7

Long Island: Best Places for Whale Watching

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
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.

October
22

Long Island Landmarks: The Paramount in Huntington

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

A World-Class Entertainment Destination in Huntington

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

A Show for Every Interest at the Paramount

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

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

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

Become a Founder's Club Member for Unforgettable Experiences

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

Get to Know Long Island's Hottest Downtown

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

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

October
15

Suffolk County Marathon Takes Off October 28

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

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

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

Choose Your Race and Save the Date 

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

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

Run to Support a Great Cause

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

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

Enjoy Freedom Fest after the Race

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

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

October
8

Favorite Pumpkin Patches for Long Island Families

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October
1

Long Island Landscape: Penn Station

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

So...What is Penn Station? 

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

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

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

Penn Station Tips

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

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

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

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

Your Long Island Real Estate Professionals

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

September
24

Fall Festivals and Fun on Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

September
17

Gantry Plaza State Park - a Midtown Manhattan Oasis

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

About Gantry Plaza State Park

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

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

A Historic Industrial Past

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

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

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

Outdoor Fun & Recreation

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

Special Events

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

Park Fees

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

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

Your Long Island Real Estate Professionals

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

September
10

Long Island Living: Coney Island and Luna Park

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

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

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

Ride, Play and Enjoy the Day

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

Great Food and Priceless Memories

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

Coach REALTORS® - Your Long Island Real Estate Professionals

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

September
3

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

August
13

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

Long Island Oyster Bay Sagamore Hill

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

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

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

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

History Unfolds at Sagamore Hill

Oyster Bay Sagamore Hill

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

An Inside Look at Roosevelt's Legacy

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

Explore the Grounds

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

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

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

August
6

Getting to Know Long Island Wine Country

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

July
23

Your Kids Will Love Garden City's Museum Row

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

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

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

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

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

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

Your Long Island Real Estate Experts

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

July
9

Long Island Lighthouses: Discover Fire Island Lighthouse

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

Explore Fire Island Lighthouse and More

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

Nature on Display

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

History on the Seashore

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

Adventure Awaits

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

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

June
25

6 Long Island Restaurants Our Locals Love

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

June
11

Best Beaches for Long Island Families

Long Island Family Beaches

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

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

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

June
15

10 Best Things About Living on Long Island

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

Long Island Beaches

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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