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Avocado Toast & More: 5 Restaurants for Breakfast

Breakfast Restaurants on Long Island - Coach Realtors

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and there is no place that does breakfast quite like Long Island. A good breakfast replenishes your energy every morning, so treating yourself to a delicious meal is definitely worth it. Everybody has a favorite breakfast dish, but our REALTORS® like a healthy and slightly indulgent breakfast, so we're big fans of avocado toast. Regardless of what you love, there are dozens of amazing breakfast locations across Long Island where you can find some excellent breakfast cuisine. Here are five of our favorites.

  1. Flour Shoppe Cafe - 486 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    One of the best breakfast spots on Long Island is just around the corner from our favorite Rockville Centre homes for sale. Flour Shoppe Cafe serves some of the freshest and healthiest breakfast options around. The Avocado Toast is a big hit, or if you're looking for something savory, try the Apple Crumb Pancakes. The menu also has a variety of breakfast sandwiches and specialty drinks.

  2. Organic Krush - 1111 NY-25A, Stony Brook, NY 11790
    This "lifestyle cafe" serves food free of pesticides, GMOs, hormones, and artificial ingredients, so you can be sure you're only eating the freshest, healthiest breakfast. Avocado Toast, frittatas, eggs, pancakes, and sweet potato hash are just a few of the highlights of the menu at Organic Krush. This great cafe is also conveniently located a few miles from some beautiful Stony Brook homes for sale.

  3. Morning Rose Cafe - 317 Bedford Ave., Bellmore, NY 11710
    For some fresh, upscale breakfast and lunch entrees, you'll definitely want to try Morning Rose Cafe. No other cafe serves Avocado Toast quite like this restaurant. It consists of multi-grain bread topped with smashed avocado, marinated cherry heirloom tomato salad, arugula, and balsamic glaze. While prices may be a bit more than your traditional breakfast spot, the quality and taste of the food are well worth it!

  4. Brownstones Coffee - 55 Merrick Rd., Amityville, NY 11701
    For a rich and indulgent breakfast, order some pancakes or French Toast at Brownstones Coffee. This coffee shop and breakfast spot has a huge breakfast menu, so you'll have no problem finding something for everyone. You'll also enjoy the vintage vibe and turn-of-the-century decor. After breakfast, schedule a tour of one of these local Suffolk County homes for sale or Nassau County homes for sale.

  5. Toast Coffeehouse - 650 Patchogue Rd., Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
    A bright, cozy, and friendly coffeehouse and diner, Toast Coffeehouse is a popular local destination, especially on the weekends. With a mix of healthy bowls and indulgent dishes, the menu has plenty of options, but the waffles are absolutely delicious. Try the Tennessee Chicken & Waffle combination, which features a cinnamon sugar sweet potato waffle and spicy fried chicken. Don't forget to schedule a tour of one of these Port Jefferson homes for sale after your meal.

With so many amazing restaurants around Long Island, deciding where to eat can be challenging! Contact us today for more local business recommendations.


Love a Good Latte? 5 Coffee Shops on Long Island

Order a Latte on Long Island - Coach Realtors

Do you love starting your day with a rich creamy latte? This popular drink originated in Italy and is the perfect blend of espresso and steamed milk. You can order them hot or iced—either way, this delicious beverage can help to jump-start your morning.

Lattes are also the drink of choice for many of our REALTORS® you may run into at a local Long Island coffee shop on your way to work. If it's been a while since you've treated yourself to a delicious latte, now is the time to do it. Here are our five favorite coffee shops around Long Island:

  1. A Latte Fun - 568 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington Station, NY 11746
    This unique family-friendly coffee destination is a fantastic place to bring the little ones. A Latte Fun offers a safe place for kids to play while parents enjoy their favorite latte. There are numerous play areas suitable for crawlers to age 6, and snacks and lunch options are also available for the kids. There is also a full-service coffee bar so parents can order their favorite beverage. Birthday party packages are also available. While you're in the area, check out these beautiful Huntington homes for sale.

  2. Southdown Coffee - 210-B Wall St., Huntington, NY 11743
    Southdown Coffee serves one of the best iced lattes on Long Island. Catch up with friends or get some work done at any of their six locations across the area. Healthy breakfast and lunch options, as well as online ordering, are available as well. The coffee shop opens at 7 a.m. daily.

  3. Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea - 200 W. Main St., Smithtown, NY 11787
    With freshly brewed premium Abianno Espresso and fresh, steamed milk, Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea is one of our favorite places for a latte. This comfortable cafe has a clean interior, light eats, great coffee, and an artsy atmosphere. Order online if you want to beat the line, and drive-through pick-up is conveniently available. On your way home, swing by these Smithtown homes for sale.

  4. Rivers Cafe - 304 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001
    Rivers Cafe
    is a hidden gem that is definitely worth a visit. This small, quaint coffee shop offers some of the best coffee around Long Island. Order your latte any size, any milk, and choose from a wide range of flavors. This shop is family owned and operated and is just down the road from some fantastic Floral Park homes for sale.

  5. Kookaburra Coffee Co. - 69 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    A local coffee shop with great lattes and delicious baked goods, Kookaburra Coffee Co. is a great place to visit any day of the week. With good service, reasonable prices, and amazing coffee, you'll want to keep coming back to this neighborhood favorite. If you'd like to enjoy a latte here every morning, it'll be easy if you buy one of these nearby Rockville Centre homes for sale.

Having some of the best local coffee in your own backyard is just another great benefit of living on Long Island. Contact us today to schedule a tour of one of our amazing local listings.


5 Stops for National Frozen Yogurt Day

Frozen Yogurt - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

Yogurt has been around for thousands of years, but it wasn't until the 1970s that vendors started selling frozen yogurt. Frozen yogurt has become so popular that it has its own holiday. That's right: National Frozen Yogurt Day is coming up on February 6. All you need to do to celebrate is stop by a frozen yogurt shop and order your favorite flavor! Here are some of the local frozen yogurt shops our REALTORS® recommend.

  1. Sundaes: 1074 NY-112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
    Sundaes is a great place to stop if you're looking at Port Jefferson homes for sale nearby. They carry Hershey's ice cream along with custom-made frozen yogurt. Grab a cup, and walk from dispenser to dispenser, filling it with your favorite flavors and toppings.

    Sundaes has classic fro-yo flavors, like vanilla and chocolate, and some creative choices, like blackberry and cheesecake. Their toppings bar has more than 50 options.

  2. Yogurt Fancy: 737 Fort Salonga Rd., Northport, NY 11768
    Yogurt Fancy is another self-serve frozen yogurt shop. Their yogurt contains only 25 calories per ounce, making it a low-guilt dessert option. They also have lots of healthy selections at their toppings bar. Vanilla frozen yogurt topped with blueberries and raspberries can be so refreshing.

    Yogurt Fancy also offers vegan swirls, acai bowls, and fresh fruit smoothies. Don't forget to look at some Northport homes for sale while you're in the neighborhood. 

  3. Ice Cream Social: 1153 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
    This shop may be named Ice Cream Social, but they're worth visiting for their frozen yogurt. They serve the Only 8 brand of frozen yogurt, with two flavors "on tap" at all times. New flavors come in every Friday. Favorites include the Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel and Cappuccino.

    Ice Cream Social clearly labels the menu so you can tell which products are nut- and gluten-free. They have several vegan options, including tasty vegan ice cream. Enjoy your frozen dessert, then head out to look at some Commack homes for sale.

  4. Lucky Penguin Ice Cream: 673 Glen Cove Ave., Glen Head, NY 11545
    After a long day of looking at Nassau County homes for sale, some frozen yogurt from Lucky Penguin Ice Cream should really hit the spot. You can place your order online, so it's ready for pickup as soon as you arrive.

    The yogurt milkshakes are a tried-and-true favorite at Lucky Penguin. Guests love the Chocolate Peanut Butter Milkshake, which is thick and extra creamy. The Mint Chocolate Milkshake is a bit more refreshing, and the Cappuccino Milkshake is perfect if you're in the mood for both fro-yo and coffee.

  5. Yo Go Wild - 536 Commack Rd., Deer Park, NY 11729
    Yo Go Wild is a self-serve frozen yogurt shop located near many Suffolk County homes for sale. Simply fill your cup with one or more of their 18 flavors of frozen yogurt, add toppings, and weigh and pay. You can also choose any frozen yogurt flavor to make into a shake.

    This shop also offers acai bowls with three fruits of your choice, granola, coconut, and honey, as well as delicious crepes in a variety of flavors topped with powdered sugar and whipped cream.

Long Island is a great place to enjoy frozen yogurt, even in February. The shops above are some of our favorites, but others are also worth visiting. Contact us if you are new to the area and still looking for a home. Our agents would love to help.


5 Indoor Sports Centers Around Long Island

Indoor Sports Centers - Long Island - Coach Realtors

It might be winter, but that doesn't mean the kids can't get some exercise and enjoy their favorite sports and activities. Head on over to your local indoor sports complex, where there are plenty of leagues and camps going on all year long, including the cold winter months.

Not only can they participate in numerous sports, it's also a great way to meet people in the community. Here are five of our favorite indoor sports centers around Long Island recommended by our REALTORS®:

  1. Long Island Sports Complex - 103 Mill Rd., Freeport, NY 11520
    The Long Island Sports Complex hosts many leagues and camps across several sports, including baseball, football, soccer, and lacrosse. Games are played on a 25,000-square-foot indoor turf field, and the sports center offers plenty of seating with full views of the field, making it easy for spectators to watch games. The Long Island Sports Center also offers birthday party packages. Plus, it's conveniently located near these Nassau County homes for sale.

  2. All Island SportsPlex - 10 Dunton Ave., Deer Park, NY 11729
    This 11,000-square-foot indoor turf field has bright LED lighting and plenty of space. The All Island SportsPlex hosts trainings, camps, and clinics for kids and also offers special event rentals. Be sure to check out these nearby Suffolk County homes for sale.

  3. Globall Sports Centers Nassau - 1 Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City, NY 11530
    This unique sports center offers a 55-yard by 45-yard playing field, a 45-foot ceiling, and a comfortable bleacher viewing section. Globall Sports Centers Nassau has adult and youth soccer leagues and tournaments. Soccer, flag football, dodgeball, kickball, and wiffleball are all activities available for birthday parties. While you're in the neighborhood, take a drive by these Garden City homes for sale.

  4. The Sports Arena - 620 Middle Country Rd., St. James, NY 11780
    Youth leagues, adult leagues, birth parties, and special events—The Sports Arena in St. James hosts it all. This community asset is a great place for kids to learn how to play their favorite sports. Equipped with a state-of-the-art indoor soccer field, ice rink, and gymnasium, plus concessions and an arcade, it has everything you need for a fun weekend.

  5. Long Island Sports Hub - 165 Eileen Way, Syosset, NY 11791
    This expansive indoor sports complex is one of Long Island's most popular and is a central location for community baseball, basketball, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, and volleyball camps and leagues. Long Island Sports Hub is a state-of-the-art facility with a 72,000-square-foot turf field, a hardwood basketball court, and an ice hockey rink. The center hosts tons of programming for kids, and party and event rentals are also available. 

Our local indoor sports centers offer a safe place for kids to play their favorite sports in a climate-controlled environment. Contact us today to learn more about the great amenities on Long Island. 


3 Meals, 6 Restaurants in Huntington, NY

3 Meals, 6 Restaurants in Huntington, NY - Coach Realtors

Huntington, NY, has earned the right to be called a popular foodie town, with many outstanding restaurants serving varied and delicious cuisine. Whether you're dining out for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, you'll find a restaurant where you can relax and enjoy a stellar meal.

Our REALTORS® suggest stopping by the following six restaurants in Huntington to treat yourself to breakfast, lunch, or dinner:


  • Munday's - 259 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743
    Stop by Munday's, where breakfast is served all day, and the menu is filled with plenty of ways to customize your meal, including nine different bread choices for toast. Create your own omelet with your choice of meats, vegetables, and cheeses, or order your choice of buttermilk, pumpkin, multigrain, sweet potato, or whole wheat pancakes. You can also fill your pancakes with a wide range of ingredients, including blueberries, pecans, or rainbow sprinkles. 

  • Hatch - 286 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743
    serves classic and creative breakfast items, including pancakes in yummy varieties, including blueberry danish, pineapple upside down, and apple-cinnamon buttermilk. If you just can't decide, order a flight of three different pancakes. The menu also has a section of healthier breakfast options, including the Hatch Power Bowl, which is loaded with quinoa, avocado, cremini mushrooms, eggplant caponata, and more. It's topped with two poached cage-free eggs and seasoning. 


  • The Shed - 54 New St., Huntington, NY 11743
    The lunch menu at The Shed offers dishes with a bright take on American comfort food served in a relaxed, rustic-chic atmosphere. Choose a salad (Cobb or Caesar) or bowl (veggie protein, beet, or The Shed Bowl with roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, arugula, and more). You can choose from many customizable add-ins, such as salmon, steak, or avocado. Traditional sandwiches and burgers are also available. 

  • Besito - 402 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
    is known for its high–end interpretations of Mexican cuisine that have earned the restaurant numerous accolades, including being named as one of OpenTable's top 100 restaurants in America. Start your meal with Besito's Famous Guacamole, made fresh tableside. Then choose an entree such as Shrimp Jalisco or Sonora Ribs, or select one of several types of iron skillet tacos. 


  • Babalu NY - 286 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
    A Cuban Mediterranean bistro, Babalu NY keeps its ingredients fresh and local. A prix fixe menu is available for dinner on Tuesday-Friday and Sundays, allowing you to choose from a special menu of tapas, entrees, and salads. Tapas include pasteles from a family recipe using green plantain, eddoe, potato, and tropical pumpkins wrapped in green banana. Entrees include roasted chicken or bacalao (filet of cod).

  • Prime - 117 N. New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
    Treat yourself to dinner at Prime, known for its steak and seafood dishes and its views of Huntington Harbor through its custom-designed glass wall. Customer favorites include Prime's curated raw bar, sushi, and USDA Prime 35-day, dry-aged beef served as options such as a Porterhouse or New York Strip. And make sure to leave room for a layered s'mores brownie or movie theater sundae for dessert.

Contact us if you're looking for a home and want to see Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. Our company has a deep commitment to the community, our agents, and the people drawn to live in this wonderful area. 


Long Island: 5 Restaurants for a Christmas Meal

Christmas Meal Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

While it's the most wonderful time of the year, we all know preparing Christmas dinner can be a lot of work, especially if you're hosting lots of friends and family. While everyone love's a home-cooked meal, some years, it just makes sense to give the host a break. Whatever your situation, our REALTORS® can tell you many great Long Island restaurants are serving high-quality take-out meals for Christmas dinner, so you can make the holiday's a breeze.

If you'd like to enjoy the holidays without all of the work, we recommend taking a look at the holiday take-out menus at these Long Island restaurants:

  1. Zorn's of Bethpage - 4321 Hempstead Turnpike, Bethpage, NY 11714
    Whether you're looking for a family-size meal or dinner for one, Zorn's of Bethpage has Christmas meals ready to pick up on Christmas Eve. Plus, they have many options to choose from, including trays of Chicken Parmigiana, Vegetable Lasagna, and Italian Sausage (just to name a few). The food is delicious, and prices are reasonable. If you're visiting from out of town, you may also be interested in these beautiful Nassau County homes for sale just down the road.

  2. Prime - 117 N. New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
    Enjoy a dine-in Christmas Eve dinner or Christmas Day dinner to-go at Prime. Christmas Eve will feature a full menu plus holiday specials. Christmas to-go offers a 3-course, chef-prepared meal for eight to 10 people. Reservations can be made online, and while you're in the area, be sure to take a drive by some of our favorite Huntington homes for sale

  3. The Jolly Fisherman & Steak House - 25 Main St., Roslyn, NY 11576
    If you'd prefer to dine out on Christmas day, The Jolly Fisherman & Steak House is often open for Christmas Eve dinner, Christmas lunch, and Christmas dinner. Meals are also available to go. This waterfront restaurant usually offers a special holiday menu and the food is delicious. You'll also enjoy a nice interior dining room decorated for the holidays.

  4. The Milleridge Inn - 585 N. Broadway, Jericho, NY 11753
    Stop by The Milleridge Inn for a sit-down Prix Fixe dinner with turkey, prime rib, lamb, roast beef, ham, and tons of great desserts. There is also an extravagant Christmas Eve Dinner Buffet, which includes roasted turkey, prime rib, lamb roast beef, ham, a seafood bar, carving station, and more. This historic restaurant provides a great setting for a comfortable holiday meal. Reservations are required.

  5. Wave Seafood Kitchen - 25 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Wave Seafood Kitchen often hosts one of the best Christmas Day buffets around. With seafood, steak, and numerous holiday favorites, it's an easy and delicious option for the holidays. In addition to its spectacular food, you'll also love the amazing harbor views and the upscale, classy ambiance. Call ahead for reservations or more details, and don't forget to check out these Suffolk County homes for sale while you're in town.

The holidays should be time of joy, not stress. Long Island's amazing restaurants can help ensure you make the most of your Christmas this year. Contact us for more local recommendations.


Where to Shop Small This Holiday Season

Small Business Saturday 2022 - Coach Realtors

Big-box retailers have become popular places to shop, but that doesn't mean we should forget our local small businesses. The Saturday after Thanksgiving is designated as Small Business Saturday each year, and it falls on November 26 this year. It's a great reminder to support small businesses, many of which have been negatively affected by the pandemic. You'll be supporting your local economy and helping preserve unique businesses. And they're the perfect spots to pick up interesting holiday gifts or a treat for yourself.

Our REALTORS® recommend shopping small this holiday season at the following Nassau and Suffolk counties businesses:

  • Port Salt Cave - Inspiration Wharf, 403 Main St. #3, Port Washington, NY 11050
    Port Salt Cave
    , located just around the corner from Port Washington homes for sale, offers products that focus on health and well-being. You'll find items from around the world, including hand-crafted jewelry, natural stones, and Himalayan salt lamps. If you find a gift you'd like to buy, pair it with a gift certificate for a visit to the shop's salt cave, which uses therapeutic salt imported from Poland. 

  • Stony Brook Chocolate - 143 Main St., Stony Brook, NY 11790  
    Most people love chocolate, so you may be able to buy several gifts—as well as some for yourself and for entertaining—at Stony Brook Chocolate. The charming shop is located near Stony Brook homes for sale. Choose from a wide variety of the finest Belgian chocolate creations, including clusters, candies, patties, and turtles in your choice of milk, dark, or white chocolate. If you're looking for something delicious that also makes a beautiful presentation, consider the All-Occasion Gift Box, which comes with 16 assorted truffles and a large chocolate bar, all of which are intricately decorated.

  • The Giftologist - 37 South Park Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570  
    The Giftologist
    has a huge variety of carefully curated gifts, including perfumes inspired by local beaches, adorable Jellycat-branded plush animals, accessories including bags and jewelry, and much more. If you're looking for holiday gifts, you'll probably be able to cross several names off your list at the shop, which is close to Rockville Centre homes for sale. It even carries products it puts in its "funny, snarky, and witty" category, including appropriately designed socks. They're definitely a different gift idea for that sarcastic coworker or eye-rolling teenager.

  • Matty's Toy Shop - 19 Covert Ave., Floral Park, NY 11001, with two additional locations  
    From its modest beginnings in flea markets to its current three independent locations, Matty's Toy Shop has served the area since 1988. Located near Floral Park homes for sale, it's one of the largest independent toy retailers in the country. Reviewers praise its excellent customer service as well as its large selection, which includes educational toys. You'll find everything here, from specialty toys to the hottest toys of the year.

  • The Gift Corner - 157 N. Country Rd., Mount Sinai, NY 11766
    The Gift Corner
    , located near Mount Sinai homes for sale, will get you in the holiday spirit if you're not there already. The shop carries plenty of festive items to help deck your halls for the holidays or give as gifts, including Christmas signs, ornaments, and Santas and snowmen galore. You can even find gifts for the Fluffies or Fidos on your list.

If you're looking for a home to buy in the area, contact us to see Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale. For over 65 years, our business has helped countless homeowners achieve their dreams, and we look forward to serving you as well. 


Find Gluten-Free Options at These 5 Restaurants

Gluten-Free Dining - Long Island - Coach Realtors

Gluten is a protein found in wheat and some other grains. While most people can digest it without an issue, others react severely to it and therefore need to follow a gluten-free diet. Awareness around gluten-free diets has really grown over the past few years. November is now Gluten-Free Awareness Month, a chance to talk about gluten-free diets and also celebrate the many restaurants and food companies that have created delicious gluten-free foods. If you're looking for a Long Island restaurant to celebrate with a gluten-free meal, our REALTORS® have some suggestions.

  1. San Remo: 328 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    If you're looking at Rockville Centre homes for sale, stop by the nearby San Remo for a delicious meal. This authentic Italian restaurant has an extensive gluten-free menu. Choose from appetizers like Calamari Fritti, Stuffed Artichokes, and Minestrone Soup. The entrees are just as appealing. Guests love the Pollo Marsala, Gnocchi with Bolognese, and Penne Peppina.

    San Remo also has an extensive wine list, so treat yourself to a glass of Chianti or Malbec alongside your meal. This would be the perfect spot for a gluten-free date night.

  2. Green Street Eatery: 7 Emerson Avenue, Levittown, NY 11756
    Green Street Eatery is the perfect place to grab a quick, fresh bite to eat while looking at Nassau County homes for sale. Order at the counter, and your meal will be ready in minutes. Green Street Eatery specializes in local, plant-based, vegan, and gluten-free foods. Everything on their menu is gluten-free.

    Choose from smoothies, bowls, sandwiches, and even tacos. The BBQ Jackfruit Tacos are a crowd favorite, as are the dark chocolate truffles.

  3. Little Beet: 630 Old Country Road, Roosevelt Field Mall, Garden City, NY 11530
    Little Beet
    has a few locations in New York, including this one in the Roosevelt Field Mall. Their goal is to create fresh food that promotes wellness. Guests love the modern, artistic appeal of their dining rooms.

    At Little Beet, you create your own bowl. Choose a base, such as Basmati rice. Add two veggies, a protein, and a sauce. There are plenty of gluten-free options, as well as lots of vegan and vegetarian options. Enjoy your bowl, then look at some Garden City homes for sale nearby.

  4. No Gluten Kneaded: 1089 Smithtown Avenue, Bohemia, NY 11716
    Gluten-free baked goods can be hard to find, but not at No Gluten Kneaded. This incredible bake shop sells gluten-free cookies, muffins, cakes, brownies, and more. 

    Guests love the Apple Cider Donuts, Blueberry Muffins, and Cinnamon Rolls here. The Take-and-Bake Sicilian Pizza is perfect for a quick dinner. Don't forget to look at some West Islip homes for sale while you're in the area. 

  5. Hatch: 286 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
    If you're looking at Huntington homes for sale, then Hatch is just minutes away. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a delicious, gluten-free brunch. They offer a few different types of pancakes, including Cinnamon Roll and Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes. They can be made gluten-free upon request.

    Another tasty option at Hatch is the Fall Buddha Bowl. Made with quinoa, butternut squash, chickpeas, avocado, and crimini mushrooms, it is both vegan and gluten-free. For something sweeter, try the Peanut Butter and Banana Overnight Oats.

Long Island sure has a lot to offer in terms of gluten-free eats. If you're new to the area and still looking for a place to call home, contact us soon. Our friendly agents will guide you through the buying process and help you find the best Nassau and Suffolk County homes for sale.


Order Gourmet Chocolate Cupcakes Around Long Island

Chocolate Cupcake Day - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

What's better than a sweet, moist, perfectly frosted chocolate cupcake? An excuse to eat one, of course! October 18 is National Chocolate Cupcake Day, an occasion to celebrate with one of the most well-loved desserts of all time.

Our REALTORS® love cupcakes just as much as you do, and today they'll be sharing some of their favorite places to get them around Long Island. Make sure to head out and get one before the big day!

  • Buttercooky Bakery - 217 Jericho Turnpike, Floral Park, NY 11001
    The Buttercooky Bakery has been open for more than 50 years and is still a favorite of many people living near our Floral Park homes for sale. Their chocolate cupcakes are one of their specialties and can be ordered in singles or by the dozen.

    They offer basic gourmet cupcakes with buttercream frosting and delightful themed versions with characters like Spiderman, Elmo, and Minnie Mouse. If you want to get a bit more adventurous with your chocolate treat, try their Oreo or M&M cupcakes. Both give you that same rich chocolate taste with a little extra crunch. 

  • Roger's Frigate – 99 Main Street A, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Rogers's Frigate is a must-see Long Island location for anyone with a sweet tooth. This sizable shop near our Port Jefferson homes for sale stocks every kind of sugary goodie imaginable, from homemade fudge and gelato to hard-to-find commercial candies and bulk options for all your favorites. 

    The Frigate's in-house bakery is refilled daily with fresh cookies, pastries, muffins, macarons, and of course, cupcakes. Their chocolate cupcakes are generously sized, swirled with buttercream, and topped with sprinkles, candies, or delicate gum paste flowers. Once you've ordered your treat, you can sit down to eat it in the shop's cheery dining area. Be sure to take a look at all the other fun goodies on the shelves before you leave! 

  • Copenhagen Bakery - 75 Woodbine Avenue Ste A, Northport, NY 11768-2898
    Copenhagen Bakery is one of the top spots for baked goods around our Northport homes for sale. Looking at their gorgeous gourmet cupcakes piled high with fresh buttercream, it's easy to see why they're so popular!

    All their baked goods are made with the finest ingredients and made fresh every day. Themed cupcakes are sometimes available depending on what the bakers choose to create that day, so you may be able to snag one for your National Chocolate Cupcake Day celebration. To sweeten the deal even further, they occasionally offer special prices for national days like this, so you might be able to get your delicious treat at a discount!

  • Front Street Bakery – 51 Front Street, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    While Front Street Bakery is most famous for goodies like their dot cookies and Danish crumb cakes, they were voted "Best Cupcake on Long Island" in 2022's Bethpage Best of Long Island competition for a reason: their cupcakes are unbelievably delicious. Moist, buttery, and with plenty of flavor, they're so good that they're sure to set your new standard for what a cupcake should be. 

    Their chocolate cupcakes are among their best, full of classic deep cocoa notes that perfectly balance the sweetness of the frosting. If you're in the area near our Rockville Centre homes for sale, stop by early to pick one up before they're all gone!

  • Stanley's Bakery - 68 East Main Street, East Islip, NY 11730
    Stanley's Bakery may not look like much from the outside, but locals know better. In the estimation of many people living near our East Islip homes for sale, this is one of the best places to get cake on all of Long Island.

    This shop's chocolate cupcakes are perfect single-serving morsels to enjoy alongside a cup of coffee. Their staff is always experimenting with new ways to decorate this classic treat, so you never know what kind of sprinkles, toppings, or other additions you might find on your next visit.

Want easy access to all of these mouthwatering goodies all year long? If you move into one of our Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, you'll never be more than a few miles away. Contact us today to book a viewing appointment for any home in our Long Island roster and start looking for the perfect place to call your own. 


Long Island: 5 Places for Beer Lovers Sept. 7th

Breweries for Beer Lovers - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

Craft beer has never been more popular, and it seems like great new breweries are often popping up around Long Island. It doesn't matter what style of beer you prefer; breweries provide an opportunity to try different types of beer in a fun environment. Plus, many of them have great food too! 

Our REALTORS® are always on the lookout for new local breweries. With National Beer Lover's Day coming up September 7, we recommend you honor the date by visiting one of our favorite Long Island beer destinations.

  1. Sand City Brewing Co. - 60 Main St., Northport, NY 11768
    Sand City Brewing Co. makes more than 50 different types of beer, with many available to try at their Northport location. Five beers are available on draft each week, and the selection rotates every Monday. If you like the brewery, you can purchase beer or merchandise to go. On your way home, schedule a tour of these beautiful Northport homes for sale.

  2. South Shore Craft Brewery - 3505 Hampton Rd., Oceanside, NY 11572
    You'll find some Long Island-made IPAs, ales, porters, and lagers on the draft list at South Shore Craft Brewery. Most ingredients in this local brewery's beer are grown right here in New York. You'll find a comfortable indoor bar area as well as a huge pet-friendly outdoor patio. If you're hungry, food trucks are often available throughout the week. This is one of Long Island's best breweries, and it's just around the corner from these Nassau County homes for sale.

  3. Port Jeff Brewing Company - 22 Mill Creek Rd., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Schedule a tour or a beer tasting at this sailor-themed microbrewery with a rotating tap selection. The Party Boat IPA and the Starboard Oatmeal Stout are two of the most popular beers at Port Jeff Brewing Company. The brewery also free live concerts, bingo on Mondays, and other special community events. It's also conveniently located near these Port Jefferson homes for sale.

  4. Barrier Brewing Co. - 3001 New St. a2, Oceanside, NY 11572
    With more than 50 beers and a popular taproom, Barrier Brewing Co. is quickly becoming a staple on Long Island. The tap room has 20 beers on draft and 29 available in cans, and flights and growlers are both available. There is a comfortable patio area and a rotating food truck schedule making this a great weekend hangout destination. This brewery is just down the road from some amazing Hewlett homes for sale.

  5. Saint James Brewery - 430-13 N. Country Rd., Saint James, NY 11780
    This awesome brewery has a tasting room not too far away from these Suffolk County homes for sale. You'll find traditional lagers and IPAs at Saint James Brewery, but they also specialize in Belgian-style beer. Not to mention, they're a certified farm brewery, meaning many ingredients used in the brewing process are grown in New York state. Flights and pints can be ordered in the tasting room, and growlers are available to go.

Head on out and celebrate National Beer Lover's Day on Long Island. You might just discover your new favorite brew. Contact us today for more brewery recommendations or to tour one of our local listings.


Before You Go Fishing: 5 Bait and Tackle Shops on Long Island

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To fish, you need the right supplies. From bait to line, your equipment makes a difference in the fish you catch. Luckily, there are several excellent bait and tackle shops on Long Island. Our REALTORS® recommend stopping by one of the following shops before your next fishing adventure.

  1. Hi-Hook Bait and Tackle: 33 New York Ave. Huntington, NY 11743
    Hi-Hook Bait and Tackle 
    is a small but well-stocked bait and tackle shop located near many Huntington homes for sale. The store has a good selection of live bait, along with various lures, hooks, and lines. The owners are quite knowledgeable and can help you find what you need for a good day on the water.

    Hi-Hook Bait and Tackle listens to their customers and adds new items to their selection upon request. They cater to both saltwater and freshwater anglers.

  2. Cow Harbor Bait & Tackle: 81 W. Fort Salonga Rd., Northport, NY 11731
    Cow Harbor Bait & Tackle is located inside the Brittania Yachting Center. They offer fresh bait, rod and reel repairs, and updated fishing reports. The shop employees know all the best local fishing spots and are happy to advise you if needed. The shop's selection of eel skins and plugs is also top-notch.

    Stop by this tackle shop after looking at some Northport homes for sale. They're open year-round.

  3. East Coast Fishing Supply: 245-20 Northern Blvd., Little Neck, NY 11362
    If you're looking at Garden City homes for sale, then East Coast Fishing Supply is just minutes away. This store offers a great selection of rods and reels. They also sell all sorts of baits and lures, along with clothing made specifically for fishing. You'll find hats, coveralls, boots, and more.

    East Coast Fishing Supply has several experienced trout fishermen on staff. They're passionate about helping locals and visitors alike make their next big catch.

  4. Atlantic Outfitters: 405 Main Street #2, Port Washington, NY 11050
    Stop by Atlantic Outfitters after a day of looking at Suffolk County homes for sale. This bait and tackle shop is one of the best-stocked in the area. They carry all the fishing gear and apparel you might need but also a good selection of gear for kayaking, SUP, and other water sports.

    Atlantic Outfitters even offers kayaking, fishing, and SUP lessons upon request. They've been a mainstay in the area since 2004 and have a loyal customer base.

  5. Causeway Bait & Tackle: 3031 Merrick Rd., Wantagh, NY 11793
    Causeway Bait & Tackle 
    is a small shop with a big selection of fresh and live bait. If you are heading out to the water, this is a good place to stop on your way. They're also conveniently located near Nassau County homes for sale.

    You'll find specialty items at Causeway Bait & Tackle, such as Spoon Fed Wireless Spoons, Blood Stream Top Predator Chum Kits, and more. If you like to be well equipped, this is a great place to expand your collection and prepare for anything.

Long Island is a great place to live if you enjoy fishing and spending time on the water. Not only are there many bait & tackle shops, but also lots of awesome fishing spots. If you're considering moving to the area, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll tell you more about our real estate services, and we can help you navigate the local market.


6 Things to Do on a Rainy Summer Day on Long Island

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Summer is a wonderful time for adults and kids to enjoy the great outdoors, but what happens when the sun goes away and rain clouds are all you see? While many of us might retreat to our computer screens and streaming services, you should consider visiting one of the many indoor facilities on Long Island and the nearby areas.

To get you started, our REALTORS® have zeroed in on some of our favorites.

  1. Lolli Bop Cafe & Play - 398 Central Ave., Lawrence, NY 11559
    If you're trying to find something for kids to do indoors on a summer day, head to the Lolli Bop Cafe & Play. This huge area has enough room for babies to safely crawl around and gives older kids access to a clubhouse, Lego wall, music section, and more, while the adults can enjoy free Wi-Fi and a magazine section. You can also pick up a wide range of treats, such as breakfast items, tacos, pasta, rice bowls, desserts, and cold drinks.

  2. Woodmere Lanes - 948 Broadway, Woodmere, NY 11598
    There are several bowling alleys in the area, but for our money, we're going to go with Woodmere Lanes. This family-friendly alley has adult leagues, youth leagues, and all-you-can-bowl Sundays. This is a popular spot to hold a kid's birthday party and has plenty of traditional bowling snacks like pizza, fries, chicken fingers, buffalo wings, and nachos, plus more "dinner-friendly" fare such as burgers, grilled cheese sandwiches, beers, and wines.

  3. Long Island Explorium - 101 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
    Next stop, science! The Long Island Explorium features STEAM-based (think STEM but with art) programs, classes, and exhibits. While some museums near Port Jefferson homes for sale take a hands-off approach, touching is not only allowed but encouraged. Your children will have access to various interactive activities that will spark their imagination and creativity. Perfect for a warm summer's day!

  4. RPM Raceway - 40 Daniel St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
    Time to get your motors running, ladies and gentlemen—and kids! This is the perfect place to beat the heat and let your children burn off a little steam and get some exercise. Don't worry—adults are welcome, too. In addition to high-speed go-karts, RPM Raceway also features bowling, billiards, virtual reality, 150+ arcade games, and a racing simulator. As for food and beverages, you'll find hand-crafted burgers, wood-fired pizzas, soft drinks, craft cocktails, and more.

  5. Long Island Aquarium - 431 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901
    Just in case the rain outside inspires you to think about water, it might be time to head down to the Long Island Aquarium. This amazing attraction includes an incredible 120,000-gallon shark tank, sea lion shows, penguins, and numerous places to touch some of the animals. You can even snorkel with tropical fish or explore the Lost City of Atlantis shark exhibit. Incredibly, these things are only a portion of what you'll find there.

  6. Nassau County Aquatic Center - Merrick Avenue, East Meadow, NY 11554
    We obviously can't make a list of fun things to do on a rainy summer day without telling you about a swimming pool. The Nassau County Aquatic Center, located at Eisenhower Park, is one of the premier swimming facilities in the entire country. In addition to the swimming opportunities, there's also a fitness center available along with courses certified by the Red Cross.

These are only a few amazing places to enjoy yourself on Long Island and nearby areas. Searching for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale that your family will love? Contact us today to find your ultimate dream home.


Family Day: Where to See Wildlife on Long Island

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Spending a day with family is a great way to bond and re-focus on what's most important in life. If you're looking for something fun to do as a family, consider heading off to see wildlife on Long Island. From petting zoos to nature preserves, our REALTORS® can recommend some awesome places for a wildlife-focused family day.

  • Holtsville Ecology Site: 249 Buckley Rd., Holtsville, NY 11742
    The Town of Brookhaven Holtsville Ecology Site and Animal Preserve is a publicly owned preserve built on a former landfill site. The town took ownership of the land in the 1970s and has been working ever since to preserve it in a way that benefits both people and native wildlife.

    Here, you and your family can walk along the exercise trail and tour the various ecology exhibits, which feature bobcats, eagles, and buffalo. There is a greenhouse where you can learn about plant life and composting. You can even take home some free compost if desired.

    The Holtsville Ecology Site is open from 10 am - 4 pm, seven days a week, until September 25th. 

  • White Post Farms: 250 Old Country Rd., Melville, NY 11747
    White Post Farms 
    is a popular petting zoo that has won numerous awards over the years. This would be a great family day destination for younger children. There are plenty of animals to pet and feed, including goats, giraffes, and lorikeets. Pony rides are also available for an extra charge.

    White Post Farms also offers a garden center, where you can shop for plants to fill your garden. Their gourmet farm market sells delicious jams, jellies, breads, and fruit. 

    The petting zoo is open seven days a week. Admission tickets are $25.95 per person, and children under 15 months are free. You can buy tickets online before your visit.

  • Long Island Zoological Society: 296 Wading River Rd., Manorville, NY 11949
    Take a drive to Manorville, and visit the Long Island Zoological Society Animal Farm Petting Zoo. This non-profit petting zoo opened in 1981 and has become a favorite among the community.

    Most of the animals housed here have been rescued. You'll see llamas, deer, miniature cows, ducks, emus, and much more. The safari train ride is lots of fun, and there are pony rides for little ones.

    Long Island Zoological Society is open daily from 11 am - 5 pm. Admission tickets are sold on-site.

  • Long Island Game Farm: 489 Chapman Blvd., Manorville, NY 11949
    Long Island Game Farm is a children's zoo and wildlife park in a natural setting. You can walk the nature trails, seeing animals like baby deer and goats along the way. The zoo also has some more typical animals, such as lemurs, wallabies, and giraffes.

    Zebras named Zephyr and Thor are a big attraction here, and there's also a gift shop where you can buy stuffed animals, figurines, and other memorabilia. 

    Long Island Game Farm is open weekends from 10 am - 5 pm and weekdays from 10 am - 4 pm. Admission tickets are sold at the gate, and there are family fun packs available to help larger families save. 

Long Island has a lot to offer when it comes to wildlife experiences and family day activities in general. If you like it here and are looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, don't hesitate to contact us. We'll help you find the perfect place to call home.


Father's Day on Long Island: Where to Take Dad Out to Eat

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Father's Day will be here on June 19th, and there are many different places in Nassau County and Suffolk County where you can take dear ol' dad for a wonderful meal. There are hundreds of great restaurants out there, and our REALTORS® have nailed down a few of their favorites:

  • Revel Restaurant & Bar — 835 Franklin Ave., Garden City, NY 11530
    If you're looking for a Father's Day restaurant that's a little on the fancy side, then the Revel Restaurant & Bar should be at the top of your list. Not only is the interior gorgeous, but the food is some of the tastiest in the area. Located near many Garden City homes for sale, the owners pride themselves on a selection of inventive dishes that are made from locally sourced, farm-to-table ingredients. And since it has a fully functional bar, you'll find a wide variety of craft beers, wines, and spirits. Their motto is "sophisticated, yet unpretentious," and they definitely live up to that philosophy.

  • Jerry and the Mermaid — 469 E. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901
    Jerry and the Mermaid has been around for multiple generations and is now a mix of classic dishes and modern culinary delights. If you're looking for a seafood feast, this restaurant has just about anything you could ask for. From their coconut shrimp and crab cakes to the blackened fish sandwich and lobster roll, you might find it difficult to pick just one or two favorites. Plus, they have a great selection of drinks like their toasted coconut margarita, and watermelon and mint mojito.

  • The View Grill — 111 Lattingtown Rd., Glen Cove, NY 11542
    Gourmet food. Beautiful landscape. What else can you ask for to make Father's Day extra special? The View Grill features many different selections, from grilled steak and poached lobster tails to BBQ burgers and sesame chicken. Headed up by executive chef Jeanine Dimenna, who was recently celebrated by the Long Island Herald, this is a wonderful restaurant to celebrate any day of the week.

  • Love Lane Kitchen — 240 Love Lane, Mattituck, NY 11952
    The always delightful Love Lane Kitchen is a favorite of the locals and visitors to the area. Many people make it a tradition to stop by during their Burger and Beer Night every Monday. With dinner selections that include littleneck clams, risotto, duck tagine, lobster rolls, and many other delicious types of food, you'll never leave this place unsatisfied.

  • Gregorio's Pizzeria & Trattoria — 4656 Merrick Rd., Massapequa, NY 11758
    Pizza is a favorite of fathers and pretty much everyone else all around the world, and there's nothing quite like Gregorio's Pizza & Trattoria. With more than three dozen types of pizza on the menu, including a breakfast pizza with seasoned scrambled eggs and a mac & cheese pizza that's almost too good to be true, there's something for everyone. And if pizza isn't your thing, they have many other Italian dishes to satisfy anyone in your party.

  • Farm Country Kitchen — 513 W. Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901
    You'd be hard-pressed to find anyone in the area who wouldn't give Farm Country Kitchen a glowing review. Their menu is filled with favorites such as their park bench salad, BBQ shrimp, mussels, crab cake sandwich, New Orleans scallops, and more. They're also a popular place for catering and even feature a pre-selected dinner for four to-go special. Whether dining in or taking food home, give this place a try.

Whether you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, we can find you your dream home. Contact us today to get started!


6 Destinations for Craft Beer on Long Island

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There's no better time to sample a new local brew than National American Craft Beer Week. That's why our REALTORS® have put together a list of our favorite breweries in Nassau and Suffolk counties.

  1. Oyster Bay Brewing Company — 36 Audrey Ave., Oyster Bay, NY 11771
    In the past, Oyster Bay Brewing Company has been recognized as the best craft beer brewery on Long Island, and it's easy to see why. This amazing brewery has tons of tasty selections, with their famous honey ale and Barn Rocker session ale topping the list. They take great pride in Long Island's nautical history and are dedicated to producing the highest quality beer available. Their wonderful selection also includes a summer brew, pumpkin ale, hard seltzers, and more.

  2. Barrage Brewing Company — 32 Allen Blvd. Unit E, Farmingdale, NY 11735
    The Barrage Brewing Company has perhaps the most unique history in all of Long Island. What started with just two taps in a family room has transformed into over two dozen beers. They continue to test recipes with hops, yeasts, and other ingredients to create more varieties. Some of the best include a porter made with cappuccino and tiramisu milk, salted caramel and fudge porter, and their infamous brown ale known as the Yada Yada Yada. 

  3. Lost Farmer Brewing Company — 63 E. 2nd St. A, Mineola, NY 11501
    Locals just can't decide whether they prefer the Lost Farmer Brewing Company's delicious beer, tasty pizzas, or steaming hot Bavarian pretzels. Oh, who are we kidding? Of course, it's the beer! Not only that, but the place is dripping with '80s and '90s music that will keep everyone entertained. There's only one large table inside if you have a big group, but there's plenty of indoor and outdoor seating for friends and family.

  4. Blue Point Brewing Company — 225 W. Main St., Patchogue, NY 11772
    This unique brewing company has developed a cult following thanks to their amazing selection of tasty craft beers that feature local ingredients such as seaweed, oysters, and beach plums. Many locals and visitors swing by the Blue Point Brewing Company to try their flagship beer known as the Toasted Lager, the proud winner of two World Beer Cup medals. And for the past few years, customers have enjoyed their new facility down the street that includes a restaurant and has a 60,000-barrel capacity.

  5. Montauk Brewing Co. — 62 S. Erie Ave., Montauk NY 11954
    Take a quick jaunt to the local beaches during the summer, and you'll be sure to see people guzzling down the signature blue cans of Montauk Summer Ale. Although the Montauk Brewing Company hasn't been around as long as others on this list, it's quickly become one of the favorites of many locals and travelers. Their taproom may be small, but you'll find a relaxing outdoor patio and picnic tables that project the area's mellow vibe.

  6. Sand City Brewing Company — 60 Main St., Northport, NY 11768
    The Sand City Brewing Company, near these Northport homes for sale, is another brewer who's only been around for a few years but has enjoyed great success with residents and tourists. Many people in the area feel that their IPAs are the best on Long Island, so feel free to try a few and tell us what you think. When you arrive, you'll be greeted with a welcoming sign hung up between two buildings that will lead you to the tasting room, where you'll always find pints, flights, and growlers ready to be enjoyed.

If you're searching for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, our agents can help. Contact us to find your dream home.


Long Island: Where to Go for an Acai Bowl

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Sweet, savory, filling, and satisfying, acai bowls are a favorite breakfast choice for some of our REALTORS®Not only are acai bowls tasty, they have loads of health benefits. Acai berries have strong antioxidant properties, and when adding extra fruit, oatmeal, or peanut butter, you can also get some extra protein, fiber, and Vitamin C in your diet.

Because acai bowls often have many ingredients, making them at home isn't always convenient. However, if you're lucky enough to live in an urban area like Long Island, you can easily find several great local smoothie shops that make some fantastic acai bowls. Here are some of our favorites.

  • Bare Naked Bowl - 2565 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow, NY 11554
    One of the top Long Island destinations for acai bowls, Bare Naked Bowl uses fresh, organic ingredients and gives you the option to customize your bowl any way you like it. They offer six bases, four types of granola, and 23 superfood toppings. If you don't feel like customizing, you can easily choose from one of their six signature bowls. The menu also features smoothies, snacks, and coffee. On your way home, make sure to check out these Nassau County homes for sale.

  • Food For Thought - 154 7th St., Garden City, NY 11530
    This health food cafe is just down the street from some beautiful Garden City homes for sale and also happens to serve some of the best acai bowls around. Try the Original AB, The Dynamic Duo, Mango Madness, or create your own acai bowl. There are tons of toppings to choose from. Looking for something different? The menu at Food For Thought also features tons of other healthy eats.

  • Acai Beach Bowls - 917 W. Beech St., Long Beach, NY 11561
    Acai Beach Bowls is a great spot on Long Island for a healthy snack. Choose from organic acai, banana, or apple juice for the base of your acai bowl and add in your favorite toppings. There are five pre-made variations on the menu if you need some inspiration. You'll also find some great Rockville Centre homes for sale not too far away.

  • Brekky - 2 Sound Rd., Wading River, NY 11792
    is a small cafe with a large number of healthy food options. Choose from 13 acai bowls or create your own. We recommend the Yoga Bowl, acai, Greek yogurt, granola, coconut, honey, and any three toppings. 

  • Bango Bowls - 199 Main St., Setauket-East Setauket, NY 11733
    You can find some of the tastiest acai bowls on Long Island at Bango Bowls. Choose from an acai, pitaya, or green base, add in oats & honey, vanilla nut, or chocolate granola, and choose from over 25 toppings. The menu also features poke bowls, warm bowls, and salads. If you like the area, there are some beautiful Stony Brook homes for sale nearby.

  • Sarikopa Coffee and Tea - 226 Riverleigh Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901
    Sarikopa Coffee and Tea might be known for their brewed beverages, but they make a great acai bowl as well. Top your both with strawberries, blueberries, banana, coconut flakes, and granola. They also have a fantastic breakfast menu. Afterward, be sure to swing by these amazing Suffolk County homes for sale.

Acai is known as the superfood of superfoods, so it's not surprising these delicious bowls have become so popular in recent years. Luckily, they're easy to find around Long Island. Contact us today for more local recommendations.


Where to Go for Pie on Pi Day Around Long Island

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

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

Nassau County

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

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

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

Suffolk County

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

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

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

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


Long Island: Find the Perfect Dress for Your Big Day

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

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

Nassau County

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

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

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

Suffolk County

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

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

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

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


Where to Celebrate Pizza Day Around Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Reserve an Igloo for Dinner Around Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Visit These Music Shops Around Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Where to Suit Up Around Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Shift10 Day: Where to Shop Local Around Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Order a Custom Cake Around Long Island

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

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

Nassau County 

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

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

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

Suffolk County

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

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

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


Long Island: Have Dinner with Friends at These 5 Places

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Visit These 6 Bakeries During Sourdough Bread Month

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    If you love bread, then September is your month! Sourdough September is the perfect opportunity to slice into a loaf, spread it with butter, and dig in. Making your own sourdough is fun, but there are also plenty of great Long Island bakeries that sell this style of bread. Here are a few that our REALTORS® recommend visiting.

    1. Marie Blachere: 550 Middle Neck Rd., Great Neck, NY 11023
      If you're looking at homes for sale in Manhasset, this French bakery is a short drive away. While pastries are their main focus, they also make traditional breads, including an artisan sourdough that sells for $5.50 a loaf.

      Marie Blachere has a cozy dining room, so consider enjoying a meal on-site. They have a whole menu of sandwiches, some of which can be enjoyed on a sourdough roll. Their raspberry mint lemonade is also a fan favorite.

    2. Roast Sandwich House: 100 Main St., Mineola, NY 11501
      Roast Sandwich House is a great place to visit if you prefer your sourdough in sandwich form. It's near homes for sale in Garden City, too. 

      The BBQ turkey grilled cheese is popular. It's made on fresh sourdough and stuffed with NY cheddar, pickled jalapenos, crispy onions, and southwest ranch. Consider pairing your sandwich with a side of the tomato bisque soup or loaded potato soup.

    3. Flour Shoppe Cafe: 486 Sunrise Hwy., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      With a name like Flour Shoppe Cafe, they have to serve great sourdough! If you visit for breakfast, the Croque Madame sandwich is a good choice. It's made with incredible ham and aged cheddar. For lunch, try the Dewey, a sandwich consisting of turkey, avocado, maple pepper bacon, cheddar, Sriracha, and tomatoes on sourdough.

      This cafe is near plenty of homes for sale in Rockville Centre, and they have a nice, outdoor patio where guests can dine.

    4. Duck Island Bread Company: 201-C East Main St., Huntington, NY 11743
      Duck Island Bread Company was founded by a baker who studied in France and Germany. They make their bread in small batches, so every loaf is special. Most of the breads here are naturally leavened, which means they're classified as sourdough.

      Bring home a baguette, some sandwich rolls, and maybe even some pastries. This bakery is conveniently located near homes for sale in Huntington.

    5. Blondie's Bake Shop: 90 A Washington St. Ste. A, Centerport, NY 11721
      Blondie's Bake Shop is just a short drive from homes for sale in Northport. This classic bakery relies on traditional recipes and techniques to make some incredible creations. The sourdough boule is a popular choice. It's wonderful spread with butter or made into a sandwich.

      While you're visiting to celebrate Sourdough September, consider also trying the black pepper Romano biscuits or the apple pie sticky buns. The scones are also incredible. 

    6. Park Bake Shop: 112 Main St., Kings Park, NY 11754
      Park Bake Shop is just north of many homes for sale in Commack. It's a small and inviting shop that makes a bit of everything, from bread to donuts. Their sourdough is crusty and tender — perfect for sandwiches.

      If you're stopping by for bread, you might as well try some cookies or donuts, too. The chocolate-covered pretzels are a great snack that you can take home for later.

    If you're planning to look at Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, feel free to contact us. Our real estate agents are ready to help.


    On the Menu: Where to Order Fajitas Around Long Island

    Order Fajitas Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Order Your Coffee Iced Around Long Island

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    Are you looking for a home in the Long Island area? Our REALTORS® can help you find the perfect home. Long Island is also home to some great coffee shops, with roasters setting up cozy cafes to serve residents well-brewed, fresh cups of coffee.

    Here are some Long Island coffee shops you must try.

    • The French Workshop, 191 7th St., Garden City, NY
      The French Workshop holds your attention from the moment you walk in. It's one of the more beautiful Long Island coffee shops that boasts some of the best pastries, this side of the Atlantic.

      unday morning at this popular French café offers eye-catching specialty espresso drinks. It's a throwback to old-school café culture where writers, poets, and artists alike would spend their days waiting for their muse strike. Located just up the road from these Garden City homes for sale, the French Workshop is a great place to spend the day or grab a quick coffee.

    • Toast Coffeehouse,  242 E. Main St., Port Jefferson, NY
      If you enjoy sitting in a cosy coffee shop enjoying a book while sipping on hot chocolate or an impeccably brewed latte, you'll find Toast Coffeehouse to be the perfect spot.

      Toast Coffeehouse opened its doors in Port Jefferson in 2002 and has become an integral part of the community. Located near these Port Jefferson homes for sale, this café is a perfect place to get your next coffee fix.

    • For Five Coffee, 292 Plandome Rd., Manhasset, NY
      If you're a coffee-lover, you probably want to buy coffee from people who appreciate the bean as much as you do. For Five Coffee believes that every good coffee starts when the green bean is picked, fresh off the coffee trees. You'll be hardpressed to find a coffee shop that values the coffee harvesting, roasting, and brewing processes as much as For Five Coffee.

      With its bright, modern design reminiscent of these Manhasset homes for sale, For Five Coffee always strives to deliver the finest coffee in every cup.

    • Dortoni Bakery and Café, 11 Vanderbilt Motor Pkwy., Commack, NY
      With the tagline "If you can dream it, we can create it," there's no better place to get heavenly pastries and a freshly brewed cup of coffee. Its homey, warm and welcoming interior will draw you in. And the fresh food and good coffee will keep you coming back for more.

      Come and experience the results of endless research at Dortoni bakery and pass by these Commack homes for sale for a feel of what this great town has to offer

    • Kookaburra Coffee Co., 69 N. Village Ave., Rockville Centre, NY
      There's nothing quite like a cup of coffee brewed by baristas with a sincere love of good coffee. From its owner to the roasters, Kookaburra Coffee is dedicated to delivering expertly curated beans. Depending on your preferences, this warm, cozy café can whip up delicious lavender lattes, iced coffee, and even lemonade.

      Located a few blocks from these Rockville Centre homes for sale, Kookaburra Coffee Co. is renowned for its fabulous services and enjoyable atmosphere.

    Long Island Runs on Coffee

    Whether you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, you're guaranteed to find excellent coffee in the neighborhood. Contact us to help you find a home in a neighborhood with everything you need.


    Try Lunch or Dinner at These Long Island Food Trucks

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    Grabbing lunch or dinner at a food truck is such a great way to get out there and experience a new cuisine. Or, of course, you can enjoy a tried-and-true favorite. The Long Island area has quite a bustling food truck scene. You could try a new truck every day for a month, but here are some top trucks our REALTORS® recommend visiting first.

    • Better Burger: 473 CR 111, Manorville NY, 11949
      If you're looking at Suffolk County homes for sale, stop by Better Burger for a delicious pick-me-up. They offer a great selection of signature burgers and gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. The breakfast grilled cheese is a fan favorite.

      Better Burger has plenty of picnic tables where you can sit and enjoy your meal around the food truck. Their shakes are a delicious way to end the evening.

    • Good Eats Grill: 110 W. 9th St., Huntington NY, 11746
      Good Eats Grill is a food truck that conveniently operates near Huntington homes for sale. They update their location often on their social media pages, so they're easy to track down.

      This food truck is known for its macaroni and cheese balls, which are gooey and delicious. They rotate through tons of other delicious options, from lobster tails, to grilled steaks, to egg rolls. 

    • Katie's Food Truck: 145 W. Main St., Smithtown NY, 11787
      If you're looking at Stony Brook homes for sale, stop by Katie's Food Truck for lunch or dinner. The focus here is on California cuisine, and tacos are a fan favorite. The macaroni and cheese cones are also a hit.

      Katie's updates their location often on social media. They often serve outside their main location, but you'll sometimes find the truck at the Riverheads Outlets or the Walt Whitman Mall.

    • Island Empanada: 314 Commack Rd., Commack NY, 11725
      For something a little different, stop by Island Empanada, a food truck operating near Commack homes for sale. You'll see their truck at a lot of local carnivals and car shows, too.

      In addition to empanadas, this truck serves other Mexican and Latin American favorites like tostones and fried plantains. They even offer plant-based empanadas, a vegetarian-friendly option. 

    • Picante Tex Mex: 5507 Nesconet Hyw. Ste 16, Mount Sinai NY, 11766
      If you're out looking at Mount Sanai homes for sale and find yourself in the mood for Tex-Mex cuisine, Picante Tex Mex is the place to go. They travel all over Long Island, bringing delicious food along for the ride.

      A favorite at Picante Tex Med is the nachos. You can have them topped with your choice of protein, along with lettuce, jalapeno peppers, sour cream, guac, and pico de gallo. Their chimichangas and chalupas are also to die for. 

    • Taste Buddyz: 226 Westbury Ave., Carle Place NY, 11514
      Taste Buddyz is a food truck worth visiting after a long day of looking at Nassau County homes for sale. They consider themselves to be street food specialists, and it certainly tastes like it!

      Favorites at Taste Buddyz include the chopped cheese empanada and the barbecue pulled pork sandwich. They also serve jalapeno poppers, fresh-squeezed lemonade, and an array of other treats. The apple caramel empanadas are the perfect way to end a meal.

    Stopping by a food truck is the perfect option after a long day of house hunting. Plus, it allows you to explore the area a bit more and dive into the local cuisine. If you are searching for homes on Long Island and are looking for a real estate agent, don't hesitate to contact us.


    5 Places to Celebrate Chocolate Day on Long Island

    Chocolate Shops Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

    Wednesday, July 7th, is World Chocolate Day! You should celebrate with a trip to a chocolate shop, to get some good, high-quality chocolate. Our REALTORS® can help you find the perfect home for you, but where can you find delicious chocolate in the Long Island area? Here are our picks for the best candy shops and chocolatiers to help you celebrate Chocolate Day the right way.

    • Kilwins Chocolates - 109D Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      prides itself on both high-quality chocolate and great customer care. With locations all around the country, there's one in Port Jefferson that features both in-store shopping and DoorDash delivery. Their selection includes delicious, hand-paddled fudge (buy two slices, get one free), their signature rich, creamy ice cream, and of course, a variety of chocolates and truffles of all types. Their products are all lovingly made on-site and a treat for anyone who stops by.

    • Chocolate Works - 160 Walt Whitman Rd., Huntington Station, NY 11746
      With several locations around Long Island, including one in Walt Whitman Shops mall in Huntington Station, Chocolate Works has something for every taste and price range. That includes gourmet, Belgian chocolate truffles, hand-dipped, chocolate-covered cinnamon bun pretzels, and a variety of delicious sugar-free options, from vanilla caramels to cognac cherries. You can even special order a chocolate pizza for parties and events. Plus, they offer chocolate workshops, where you and your family can learn to make sweet treats of your own!

    • Sugared Up - 522 Main St., Islip, NY 11751. This Islip gem has both a candy shop and a cafe, which provide a plethora of amazing chocolate products. The candy shop features fresh truffles, chocolate-covered pretzels, and much more, all lovingly handmade. They also do beautiful gift baskets for every occasion. The cafe includes a wide assortment of hand-dipped milkshakes, in every flavor you can imagine, from birthday cake to cookie butter to Nutella and more. So whether you go to the shop, the cafe, or both, Sugared Up is the perfect place to get your chocolate fix.

    • Jacques Torres Chocolate - 630 Old Country Rd., Garden City, NY 11530
      Widely known as Mr. Chocolate, Jacques Torres is one of the best chocolatiers anywhere. You may have seen him as the head judge on Netflix's Nailed It! He has several Jacques Torres Chocolate shops around New York, including one in the Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City. There are chocolate chip cookies, macarons, a bonbon counter, and of course, Jacques Torres's signature hot chocolate.

    • Minty's Candies and Treats - 33 S. Broad St., Norwich, NY 13815
      Minty's Candies and Treats
      is a wonderful, locally-owned candy shop in Norwich. Open Tuesday through Saturday, they sell a variety of chocolates and truffles, as well as four different types of fudge: chocolate, peanut butter, chocolate peanut butter, and chocolate nut. They also sell several different types of chocolate pizza, both whole and by the slice - and don't forget the chocolate wings! Minty's even sells a selection of retro candies that many customers may remember from their youth, such as Mallo Cups and Charleston Chew bars. Whatever you're looking for, Minty's has just about everything you need to celebrate World Chocolate Day.

    Whether you're looking for Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale, there's guaranteed to be some excellent chocolate nearby. Contact us to help you find a home in the area that's convenient to everything you need.


    Order the Burger Off the Menu at These Long Island Restaurants

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    Burgers are the mainstay of many restaurants, and whether you prefer a simple, classic patty or a burger made with prime meats and garnished with upscale toppings, you'll find what you love at a local restaurant. And with the entire month of May designated as Burger Month, you'll have plenty of time to scope out Long Island burger destinations and add some to your list of favorites.
    Our REALTORS® suggest ordering a burger off the menu of some of these Long Island restaurants during Burger Month:  

    • The Burger Spot – 150 7th St., Garden City, NY 11530
      The Burger Spot, located near Garden City homes for sale, serves made-to-order gourmet burgers in a casual, comfortable setting. They're made using the finest quality grass-fed USDA Angus beef that's fresh and never frozen. Even the brioche and ciabatta buns are baked daily at a local artisan bakery. Classic and creative signature burgers are available, with selections like the Athenian, topped with feta, lettuce, red onion, tomato, cucumber, extra-virgin olive oil, and herbs.

    • The Rex Burger & Lobster – 524 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501  
      You might find the menu at The Rex Burger & Lobster, located near Nassau County homes for sale, to be more limited than your typical burger restaurant. That's because their goal is to make their food extraordinarily delicious and judging by the awards, their burgers and lobster dishes have received, that's just what they're doing. Treat yourself to The Rex Burger, made with all-natural angus beef and topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, grilled onions, and Rex sauce. 
    • Black Label Burgers – 683 Old Country Rd., Westbury, NY 11590
      It all starts with the beef at Black Label Burgers, and they don't just use any ordinary type. It's USDA prime beef from a farm in Washington state that's known for its responsible practices and superior beef. As good as it is, you can upgrade to aged beef, which is even more tender and flavorful. Try a burger and its beer recommendation paired with truffle fries or sweet potato fries and a side of the restaurant's marshmallow sauce. 
    • Gourmet Burger Bistro – 5 Mill Creek Rd., Port Jefferson, NY 11777  
      Gourmet Burger Bistro
      , located just around the corner from Port Jefferson homes for sale, aims for the feel of an upscale bistro that offers traditional and new-world burgers. The selection of gourmet burgers is long, and you'll be able to choose from a brioche, sesame, 7-grain, or pretzel bun. Each burger comes with fried onion strings, but you can substitute roasted fingerling potatoes or mixed vegetables. 
    • Go Burger – 271 Route 25A Mount Sinai, NY 11766  
      Located near Mount Sinai homes for sale, Go Burger keeps their burgers simple and tasty. Try a single burger with a 5-ounce patty, or double it up with two patties. Garden burgers are also available if you'd like to avoid meat. Sides included sweet potato fries and loaded chili cheese fries, and you can finish off your meal with an egg cream. 

    • Prime Burger Bar – 6092 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725  
      Prime Burger Bar, located near Commack homes for sale, is a popular neighborhood spot that's comfortable and welcoming. You'll be able to build your own burger with the restaurant's proprietary blend of USDA Prime chuck, short rib, and ribeye steaks. If you'd prefer to skip the beef, you can choose turkey, ahi tuna, lamb, or vegan Beyond burgers.

    Contact us to see Nassau and Suffolk County homes for sale. Our agents know the area well and can help your transaction proceed smoothly so you can buy your dream home as quickly as possible.


    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.


    Say Thanks to a Barista at These 6 Coffee Shops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    6 Places for the Perfect Valentine's Day Takeout

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Where to Stock Up for Cheese Lovers Day Around Long Island

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    Mark your calendars and don't spoil your appetite. Wednesday, January 20th is National Cheese Lovers Day, and we're ready to celebrate. 

    Our REALTORS® happen to believe that just about anything is better if you put a little cheese on it. Or a lot of cheese. If you agree, you might want to check out some of these amazing Long Island specialty cheese shops.

    • Village Cheese Merchant - 28 S. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      Offering an amazing selection of gourmet cheeses and charcuterie from all corners of the globe, Village Cheese Merchant is one of Long Island's great cheese shops. Whether you're looking for buttery truffle gouda from Holland, six-month aged Manchego from Spain, or goat's milk cheese from a farm in Upstate New York, you'll find it here. The shop is conveniently located less than a mile from many Rockville Centre Homes for Sale, and the knowledgeable shopkeepers are always happy to make recommendations for the perfect cheese in any situation.

    • Brew Cheese - 127 Main St., Stony Brook, NY 11790
      It's no secret that beer and cheese are a match made in Heaven. That match is the secret to success at Brew Cheese, a Stony Brook staple that offers an incredible cheese-centric menu and ever-changing selection of craft beers and ales on tap. A stone's throw from these Stony Brook Homes for Sale, Brew Cheese offers cheese boards, fondues, and some seriously next-level grilled cheese sandwiches. Be sure to ask for their weekly pairing recommendations and featured grilled cheese. 

    • Cavaniola Gourmet Cheese - 89 Division St., Sag Harbor, NY 11963
      Whether you're on the hunt for something special for a party or gathering, or simply looking for an opportunity to satisfy your own craving, Cavaniola Gourmet Cheese in Suffolk County is a great resource. The store is staffed by friendly experts who can help you create the perfect pairing with any cheese. Choose among a varied selection of domestic and imported cheeses, or ask them to put together a cheese board, charcuterie assortment, or gift basket together for you. They have a great wine cellar too!

    • Cheese Store of Cedarhurst - 532 Central Ave., Cedarhurst, NY 11516
      Ever since it opened its doors in 1977, Cheese Store of Cedarhurst has been one of Long Island's go-to specialty food stores. And while their focus is, and has always been, on offering gourmet cheeses of exceptional quality, they also have an amazing selection of other goods worth checking out. Be sure to browse their selection of specialty coffees, fruit and nuts, candy, and desserts. The Cheese Store's cheesecake is some of the best you're ever likely to taste, and they create spectacular cheese platters and gourmet food baskets for all occasions. 

    • Babylon Cheese Cellar - 51 Deer Park Ave., Babylon, NY 11702
      A specialty food and artisan cheese boutique located in the heart of the charming Babylon Village, Babylon Cheese Cellar can always be counted on to offer something special and unique. Their cheese platters and specialty gift baskets are great for any occasion, and the shop is overstuffed with a dizzying selection of fine cheeses from across the country and around the world. You'll also find just about anything you could want to serve with your favorite cheese, from crackers, jams, and pates to balsamic glazes, olives, and chocolate.

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


    Tempura Day: Where to Order Some Jan. 7

    Tempura Day: Where to Order Some Jan. 7 - Coach Realtors

    National Tempura Day is January 7, which means there couldn't be a better time to try one of Long Island's many Japanese dining establishments. Tempura is a popular Japanese cooking style that involves lightly frying with a batter made from soft wheat and cold water. Whether you prefer tempura with shrimp, scallops, crab, or vegetables, almost everyone can agree that food tastes a little bit better when made Tempura style.

    Take the time to celebrate National Tempura Day by trying one of these fantastic Long Island Japanese restaurants recommended by our REALTORS®.

    • Inatome Japanese Steak + Sushi - 6 5th St, Valley Stream, NY 11581
      A short drive away from some beautiful Hewlett homes for sale is Inatome Japanese Steak + Sushi. This classic Japanese staple has been serving delicious tempura in Long Island since 1975. Their menu features various tempuras, including shrimp, vegetable, calamari, scallop, and soft shell crab. They also have fantastic sushi and hibachi, along with a great selection of beer and sake. Dine-in or order online for takeout.

    • Watawa - 164 Hicksville Rd, Bethpage, NY 11714
      This awesome contemporary Japanese-fusion restaurant serves up some fantastic vegetable and shrimp tempura made with fresh ingredients. Watawa offers a fun and friendly atmosphere with a contemporary vibe. They serve a variety of classic Japanese dishes and also have a delicious sushi bar. Beers, wines, and sake are available to drink. Best of all, Watawa is just a short drive from some of these fantastic Nassau County homes for sale.

    • Kumo Japanese of Stony Brook - 2548 Nesconset Hwy, Stony Brook, NY 11790
      Signature sushi rolls, hibachi, and mouth-watering tempura can all be had at Kumo Japanese of Stony Brook. This trendy Japanese steakhouse and bar offers delicious light and crispy tempura, and you can choose between chicken & vegetables, shrimp and vegetables, or vegetarian. Happy hour is Monday through Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm., and you can enjoy a refreshing glass of beer or wine at Kumo's neon-lit bar. Best of all, the restaurant is conveniently located near these Stony Brook homes for sale.

    • Kaiyo - 92 Main St, Mineola, NY 11501
      A great place to get your tempura fix near these Garden City homes for sale is Kaiyo, a small Japanese restaurant offering high-quality sushi, crispy tempura dishes, and fresh kitchen entrees. This place is definitely a local favorite. Dine-in or order takeout online—either way, you won't be disappointed.

    • Izumi Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse - 5745 Sunrise Hwy, Holbrook, NY 11741
      After you visit these Suffolk County homes for sale, stop by Izumi Sushi and Hibachi Steakhouse for some of the best shrimp tempura on Long Island. Open for lunch and dinner, Izumi serves high-quality sushi, lightly breaded tempura, hibachi, and a variety of kitchen entrees in a vibrant dining room.

    • Midori Sushi & Steakhouse - 271-6 NY-25A, Mt Sinai, NY 11766
      For one of the most popular Japanese restaurants in Suffolk County, try Midori Sushi & Steakhouse. Midori's has a sleek, trendy dine-in experience and a large menu of traditional Japanese favorites. If you're looking for a classic date night location, Midori's is a lot of fun. If you'd prefer takeout, you can also order online. Check out these Mount Sinai homes for sale on your way to pick up your order.

    One of the best parts about living in Long Island is easy access to world-class cuisine. There's always a new restaurant to try! For more recommendations on local businesses, contact us today.


    Where to Find a New Board Game Around Long Island

    When's the last time you sat around the table to play a board game? Stop by one of these Long Island shops to find your new favorite game.

    Board games have existed for thousands of years, even as far back as Ancient Egypt in 3500 BCE. While our games today may look far different from the original chess and checkers boards, they all have one thing in common: to challenge, entertain, and bring us together. Pick out a new game or an old favorite from one of these game stores around Long Island.

    • Boardwalk Games Inc —14 E. Broadway, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      If you and your family are searching for the perfect board game for Games Day, head down to Boardwalk Games Inc first. This game store has a fine selection of classic tabletop games and the latest board games on the market. Whether you're searching for heirloom-quality wooden games or contemporary games that will become new favorites, make a game run down to Boardwalk Games, just a few blocks from the Port Jefferson homes for sale that you've been eyeing.

    • Legendary Realms Games — 294 E. Montauk Hwy, Lindenhurst, NY 11757
      Specializing in board games and all other tabletop games, Legendary Realms Games is a great place to grab a game if you're in the area scouting Suffolk County homes for sale. If you happen to be a role-playing game fan, Legendary Realms manufactures terrain pieces and accessories that are all custom designed. You're welcome to purchase a game or play one of theirs, and if there's a favorite game that you want to share with others, bring it in and have fun with some new friends.

    • A Store of Fire & Dice — 486 Merrick Rd., Lynbrook, NY 11563
      If their name rings a bell, then you know that A Store of Fire and Dice is the place for you. Their premier location near dozens of Nassau County homes for sale is ready to serve all of your geeky needs. From tabletop games to trading card games, live-action role-play to role-playing games, you'll have plenty to choose from. Grab one to take home or sit down and play with other avid gamers.

    • Matty's Toy Stop — 1350 Peninsula Blvd., Hewlett, NY 11557
      Matty's Toy Shop has been the go-to for toys and games on Long Island since 1988. They evolved from a humble table at flea markets to one of the largest indie toy retailers in the United States. If you're in town checking out Hewlett homes for sale, we encourage you to shop for a board game and a few other holiday gifts. Matty's has a huge selection of unique toys and games that are educational, fun, and appropriate for ages infant and up.

    • Main St. Board Game Café — 307 Main St., Huntington, NY 11743
      Main St. Board Game Café wants you to unplug from the tech-infused gaming of today and remember the magic of face-to-face tabletop board games. No one wants buyer's remorse, which is why Main St. Board Game Café is so unique. Located around the corner from recently renovated Huntington homes for sale, you and your group can sit at the café and play over 300 different board games. While you play, let their kitchen cook up favorites like grilled cheese sandwiches, nachos, milkshakes, and coffee.

    Finding your dream home shouldn't be a roll of the dice. Contact us today to tour the latest listings in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.


    Long Island: Find Unique Gifts at These 6 Shops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Long Island: 6 Restaurants for Fine Dining on Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Long Island: Celebrate World Vegan Day With Dinner

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    November 1st is World Vegan Day and also marks the start of World Vegan Month. This is a perfect time to recognize how far the vegan movement has come, promote the undeniable benefits of vegan living, and share vegan meals with friends and family. Whether you're a long-time vegan, a budding flexitarian, or a proud omnivore, our REALTORS® are excited to share some of the best places to enjoy vegan dinner around Long Island.

    • Tiger Lily Café - 156 E. Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      Tiger Lily Café is an alternative vegetarian eatery with a '60s retro look. Meals are served in a funky setting with psychedelic art and eclectic music in the background. Known for their salads and wraps, Tiger Lily complements their food with a complete Juice Bar, featuring nutritious choices of protein shakes, wheatgrass shots, soy smoothies, fresh juices, and more. If you need a caffeine fix, you'll find Mocha Blanca, Black & Tan, Red Bull Chai, and Tahitian Vanilla Chai at the Java Bar. Their vegetarian specialties are tempeh, tofu, soy, fresh vegetables, and whole grains. After Port Jefferson homes for sale appointments, be sure to take a break from the ordinary and enjoy the comfy lounge chairs, colorful atmosphere, and great alternative cuisine at Tiger Lily Café.
    • The Purple Elephant - 81B Fort Salonga Rd. W, Northport, NY 11768
      Overlooking Northport Harbor, The Purple Elephant serves healthy and sustainable vegan dishes and drinks in a comfortable and relaxed environment. Their menu covers robust flavors of Latin and Central American cuisine. A portfolio of nonalcoholic drinks may entice you away from the booze behind the bar. Just a stone's throw away from many Northport homes for sale, this purple pachyderm is a perfect place to bring your vegan or non-vegan friends and family to celebrate World Vegan Day.

    • Plant Wise - 15 E Deer Park Rd., Dix Hills, NY 11746
      There isn't a lick of dairy or meat inside Plant Wise, a 100-percent plant-based eatery in a Dix Hills shopping center. This eatery serves delicious and nutritious meals to spread the joy and positive health benefits of eating at least one fully plant-based meal per day. Founders Alex and Pamela are focused on creating healthy, meat-free meals. After touring Dix Hills homes for sale, stop by this extra-ordinary café-style eatery for salads, bowls, smoothies, and custom juices.

    • 3 Brothers Vegan Café - 1038 Montauk Hwy., Copiague, NY 11726
      World Vegan Day is the perfect time to try 3 Brothers Vegan Café. Chef Jay Astafa menu features delicious vegan twists of classic Italian pastas, appetizers, sandwiches, salads, entrées, house-made desserts, and wood-fire pizzas. What sets this fantastic eatery apart from all others is that they have an in-house vegan cheese program. Their pizzas and dishes feature their own house-made cheeses, ranging from cashew milk mozzarella to macadamia feta. The vegan hot spot also caters to dietary needs by offering a lot of allergy-friendly and gluten-free options. The delicious and unique food will make you forget you're swapping out your Italian favorites.

    • True Food Kitchen - 630 Old Country Rd Suite 1040B, Garden City, NY 11530
      Created by a passionate team of visionary restaurateurs, accomplished chefs, and a renowned doctor of integrative medicine, True Food Kitchen is rooted in a belief that conscious nutrition can work without sacrificing creativity, flavor, and indulgence. Located near beautiful Garden City homes for sale, this award-winning restaurant is guided by a simple and researched principle called the anti-inflammatory diet. They select and prepare food to counteract chronic inflammation and help people achieve optimum health over their lifetime. The health-driven menu of natural, hand-crafted beverages and seasonal dishes caters to a range of food preferences, including vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and naturally organic.

    Are you searching for Nassau County home for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale? Please contact us today to learn more about life on Long Island and begin touring our best properties in the area.


    Long Island: Get Lost in Family Fun at These Corn Mazes

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    Fall is the perfect time to plan a family outing to get lost in a corn maze around Long Island. You'll also be able to enjoy other seasonal activities at most of the maze venues, including pumpkin picking and hayrides.

    Our REALTORS® recommend the following corn mazes in the Long Island area:

    1. F&W Schmitt's Family Farm – 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville, NY 11747 
      F&W Schmitt's Family Farm has a corn maze that's open on weekends and holidays and has an "Arabian Nights: Legend of the Lamp" theme. Take your time navigating the 7-acre maze or challenge your friends or family to a race to see who can finish first. A haunted corn trail is also available for daytime or scarier nighttime walks, which feature "ghouls."
    2. Hank's Pumpkintown – 240 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, NY 11976
      The traditional corn maze is taken up a notch at Hank's Pumpkintown, which has interactive activities like a farm scene investigation game and finger foods along the way. You can also take a narrated hayride through the maze that provides information about the farm. And you may want to plan to spend several hours at Hank's, since there's plenty of other activities, including a 70-foot jump pad, 50-foot tube slide, and farm fun like pig races and calf milking.

    3. Stakey's Pumpkin Farm – 270 West Lane, Aquebogue, NY 11931  
      Pit your wits against the twists and turns of a 3-acre corn maze at Stakey's Pumpkin Farm, but make sure to pick up your Corn Maze Trivia game before you start the puzzle. If you answer correctly, you'll be headed in the right direction, but wrong answers will lead you to wrong turns. And if you'd like to pick out some pumpkins, you'll find 26 acres to choose from.

    4. Fink's Country Farm – 6242 Middle Country Road, Wading River, NY 11792
      Family owned and operated for over 50 years, Fink's Country Farm offers a corn maze and plenty of other family fun. Pick your own pumpkin, take a hayride, treat yourself to roasted corn and hot cider, and more while you're at the farm. And on Halloween, grab a flashlight and wind your way through the maze as you enjoy musical entertainment.

    5. Fairview Farm at Mecox – 19 Horsemill Lane, Bridgehampton, NY 11932  
      This year marks the 20th anniversary of the corn maze at Fairview Farm at Mecox, which winds through about two miles of paths. As you go through the maze, you'll pass over two bridges that provide amazing views of the Atlantic Ocean as well as Mecox Bay.

    6. Harbes Family Farm – 1223 Route 25, Jamesport, NY 11952
      Try out a newly themed Robin Hood maze at Harbes Family Farm this fall. You can test your knowledge of the famous character as you work your way through the maze and also help him via an interactive video mission. While you're at the farm, pick out a pumpkin to buy and take time out for a relaxing hayride.

    Contact us if you're interested in Nassau County homes for sale or Suffolk County homes for sale.


    National Golf Month: Tee Up Around Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    New Homeowners: Furniture Shopping on Long Island

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    Whether you're buying a new home you need to completely furnish or would like to replace some of your current pieces, you'll find many unique furniture shops around Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale.

    Our REALTORS® suggest stopping by the following shops in Nassau and Suffolk counties:

    • Timbre & Rye - 800 E. Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11797
      Timbre & Rye specializes in modern, rustic, and industrial furniture, with each piece contributing to your home's overall aesthetic. You'll find many pieces for your living room, dining room, bedroom, and home office and can look for inspiration in the store's online idea book or visit the shop, which is located near Huntington homes for sale. Whether you're in the market for large pieces such as a sofa or accent pieces such as an ottoman or chest, you'll find a wide variety of unique furniture at Timbre & Rye.

    • France & Son - 916 Old Country Rd., Garden City, NY 11530
      Providing good design in the pieces you need has been the mission of France & Son, located near Garden City homes for sale, since its founding. It aims to bring luxury goods to your home to create an amazing interior that elevates your style while adding function. The store has its own line of furniture that's inspired by the classic designs of modernism to offer its interpretation of iconic pieces of the 20th century. You'll also find furniture products by other companies — including Four Hands and ED by Ellen Degeneres — at France & Son.

    • Dinette & Lighting Plaza - 6227 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY 11725
      Since 1983, Dinette & Lighting Plaza has offered high-quality products for the home. The shop, located just around the corner from Commack homes for sale, can also custom-make tables, chairs, and cabinets in any size, color, and design you'd like. The furniture is considered to be heirloom pieces you'll be able to pass down to your children someday. In fact, if you have an issue with a piece from Dinette & Lighting Plaza, you're welcome to bring it back so the shop can fix the issue.

    • Leonardo Furniture - 500 Sunrise Highway, Rockville Center, NY 11570
      Since 1988, Leonardo Furniture has offered a wide selection of furniture and accessories near Rockville Centre homes for sale. You'll be able to choose from over 30,000 square feet of products for your bedrooms, dining room, living room, and kids' rooms. Product names to look for include Ashley, Vaughan-Bassett, American Drew, and more. Sales are frequent, so look for these opportunities to save when you're shopping.

    • Laura's Home and Patio, 2027 Jericho Turnpike, East Northport, NY 11731
      When you're decorating your new home, don't neglect your outdoor furniture and decor. Laura's Home and Patio, located near East Northport homes for sale, has a large selection of products available to enhance your outdoor living space, including dining tables, deep seating, and lounge options. You can also let store personnel customize a collection to suit your style and needs and choose from finishing touches such as fire pits.

    Contact us for more information about the furniture shops and other stores that help make Nassau and Suffolk counties a special place to work, play, shop, and live! 


    Where to Find Farm-Fresh Produce Around Long Island

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    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.


    Time to Buy the Doughnuts: National Doughnut Day is June 5

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    The first Friday in June means one thing – it's time to eat the doughnuts! Believe it or not, National Doughnut Day has important historical significance. The Salvation Army Lassies served doughnuts to our troops on the front lines in Europe during WWI. The doughnuts were actually cooked inside of the troops' helmets, giving these infantrymen the nickname of "doughboys." Today, we celebrate their commitment to feeding our country's soldiers by enjoying these delicious baked goods.

    National Doughnut Day falls on Friday, June 5th, this year and our REALTORS® are ready to dive into a box of delicious doughnuts. Whether you spell it "doughnut" or "donut", you do not want to miss out on tasty treats from these Long Island bakeries.

    • East Main & Main – 250 E. Main St., Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      What does East Main & Main Donuts do? They crush doughnuts unlike anyone else on Long Island. Their offerings are outrageous. The Homer is a classic Simpsons-inspired doughnut with strawberry frosting and rainbow sprinkles. The Big Daddy is a huge Boston cream dipped in chocolate, while the Cereal Killer has milk frosting and fruity pebbles cereal. From the Holy Cannoli to the Rainbow Cookie and Reese's Peanut Butter Cookie Dough, we suggest you just order one of each so you can sample them all! Better yet, celebrate National Doughnut Day every weekend and stop in for a new doughnut every weekend that you tour Port Jefferson homes for sale.

    • Stella Blue – 188 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
      Make National Doughnut Day extra groovy with a few sweet treats from Stella Blue. This Grateful Dead-themed bistro, just across the road from the best Huntington homes for sale, is known as a foodie paradise. Order a few of their homemade doughnuts, available in powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar varieties accompanying chocolate and vanilla dipping sauces. Thankfully, their only sizes are a dozen or a half-dozen, which means no judgment if you order by the boxful.

    • Wall's Bake Shop – 1336 Broadway, Hewlett, NY 11557
      Are you going to surprise your coworkers with boxes upon boxes of doughnuts? Let Wall's Bake Shop help you out. Just a quick drive on your way to work from beautiful neighborhoods with Hewlett homes for sale, Wall's is churning out baked goods of every variety, including scrumptious doughnuts. Sneak an extra box for yourself and make National Doughnut Day an all-day affair.

    • Hummel Hummel Bakery – 572 Larkfield Rd., East Northport, NY 11731
      If you've moved into one of our East Northport homes for sale, you've certainly heard of the world-famous "Pizza Crumbs" from Hummel Hummel Bakery. What you may not know is that they also whip up fantastic doughnuts. They've got you covered with all of the classics: Boston cream, jelly, French crullers, glazed twists, and Sunday doughnuts. They also have a selection of danishes if you're looking for a little variety.

    • Bagel Chalet – 36 Veterans Memorial Highway, Commack, NY 11725
      Don't let their name fool you! Bagel Chalet knows how to make a tasty doughnut, especially if you're searching for something other than the basic glazed. Not far from Commack homes for sale, head over to Bagel Chalet for a bear claw or a danish. If you just so happen to grab a bagel and a smear on National Doughnut Day, we won't tell as long as you bring us one too!

    Do you want to grab a box of doughnuts and cruise around Long Island looking for Suffolk County homes for sale? We're here to help! Contact us today to schedule virtual tours or private showings of Suffolk and Nassau County homes for sale.


    Read Across America Day: Visit These Bookstores and Libraries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    National Drink Wine Day: Wine Bars Around Nassau County

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    A glass of wine at the end of a long day is a popular stress reducer, but studies show moderate wine drinking has a number of physical benefits ranging from stronger bones to a healthier heart. Our REALTORS® suggest you treat yourself by celebrating National Drink Wine Day on Tuesday, February 18 at one of these marvelous wine bars around Nassau County homes for sale.

    • The Vine Wine Bar - 2259 Merrick Road, Merrick, NY 11566
      Think you have to be an expert to enjoy wine? The Vine Wine Bar takes an unpretentious approach that's equally accommodating to newbies and aficionados. With a dimly-lit, relaxing ambiance and a menu of small bites, shareables, and decadent desserts, The Vine is perfect for date night or a fun evening with friends. Doors open at 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

    • City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill - 1080 Corporate Drive, Westbury, NY 11590
      In case you're unsure what City Cellar Wine Bar & Grill is all about, the stunning glass-fronted, floor-to-ceiling wine cellar will leave no doubt. Wine flights include a trio of three-ounce pours for only $30, while blackberry, peach, and watermelon "zangrias" put an Italian spin on the classic Spanish drink. Hours are 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. - 11 p.m Saturday, and 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday. 

    • Michaelangelo's Wine Bar - 119 Front St., Massapequa Park, NY 11762
      The name of Michaelangelo's Wine Bar combined with its traditional menu conjures up romantic visions of sipping wine in the Italian countryside. Pair a glass of Sangiovese or Prosecco with an antipasti, Caprese flatbread, or cheese and charcuterie board. Follow Michaelangelo's on Facebook for notice about specials such as Sunday brunch and $5 sangria nights. Michaelangelo's is open from 5 p.m. - midnight Tuesday through Thursday, 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday.

    • Winston's Whiskey & Wine Bar - 14 S. Park Ave., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      Brick walls, distressed wood beams, and sconce lighting give Winston's Whiskey & Wine Bar a rustic yet elegant atmosphere well-suited to enjoying both of their signature beverages. Six types of house wine are available for only $8 a glass, with dozens of other choices offered by the glass or bottle. The menu includes gastropub favorites such as shrimp tacos, steak frites, and lobster mac & cheese. Hours at Winston's are 4 p.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. - 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11:30 a.m. - 8 p.m. Sunday. 

    • Meritage Wine Bar - 90 School St., Glen Cove, NY 11542
      Meritage Wine Bar follows a farm-to-table philosophy for maximum freshness and flavor in their Mediterranean-inspired tapas menu. The 25-page wine list features varieties sourced from growers who follow organic and sustainable practices. Don't miss their special tasting events spotlighting six wines and six dishes from a particular country. Meritage is open 11:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. - 11 p.m. Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

    Pop a bottle of red to celebrate buying or selling your Nassau County home with our dedicated and experienced help. Contact us at Coach Realtors for more information.


    Learn How to Knit at These Long Island Shops

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Get Ready for Long Island Winterfest 2020

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

    Winterfest 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    New Hobbies for a New Year Around Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Long Island: Where to Order Cookies for Holiday Parties

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Holiday Shop Local at These Long Island Craft Fairs

    Long Island Holiday Craft Fairs - Coach REALTORS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Long Island's Consignment Shops Can't Be Beat

    Long Island Consignment Shops - Coach REALTORS®

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    Best Breweries on Long Island to Celebrate National Drink Beer Day

    Long Island Breweries - Coach REALTORS®

    Some holidays don't require much explanation or instruction to enjoy, even if you're celebrating them for the first time. Such is the case with National Drink Beer Day, which is observed every year on September 28. This holiday is exactly what it sounds like – the perfect excuse to get out and explore all of the amazing breweries around Long Island! Our area is home to a diverse collection of award-winning local breweries, which produce some of the best craft beer in the country. Our REALTORS® are ready to celebrate, and we've got the inside scoop on 6 great Long Island breweries where you can raise a toast on National Drink Beer Day.

    1. Sand City Brewing Co. – 60 Main St., Northport, NY 11768
      Located just a short trip from Northport homes for sale you'll find Sand City Brewing Co., one of Long Island's most popular craft breweries. The tasting room at Sand City Brewing is the place to be, with beer by the pint or flight. Everything is created on-site at this award-winning local brewery, so come try a taste of Long Island.

    2. Port Jeff Brewing Company – 22 Mill Creek Road, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
      You'll never be far from a great beer when you shop for Port Jefferson homes for sale, thanks to the nearby Port Jeff Brewing Company. Port Jeff Brewing specializes in nautical-themed brews and features a fantastic tasting room that's open nearly every day of the year. Stop by anytime to enjoy some of the best Long Island has to offer and enjoy a busy schedule of special events.

    3. Six Harbors Brewing Company – 243 New York Ave., Huntington, NY 11743
      Looking for a cold brew close to Huntington homes for sale? Then head over to Six Harbors Brewing Company, Huntington's first craft brewery. Stop by the tasting room, get a growler filled, or pick up some cans to take home. Six Harbors has 13 in-house brews, with new flavors added frequently and plenty of personality to keep regulars coming back for more.

    4. LI Beer Tasting Tours – 150 Broadway, Rockville Centre, NY 11570
      Want to sample more than one brewery on Drink Beer Day? LI Beer Tasting Tours, located close to Rockville Centre homes for sale, provides the perfect way to do just that. The team at LI Beer Tasting Tours knows all of the best spots on Long Island and will take you on a tour of local brewing facilities. Fall in love with new flavors on your grand tour.

    5. Brew Cheese – 127 Main St., Stony Brook, NY 11790
      Beer plus cheese. That's the recipe at Brew Cheese, one of Long Island's more unique craft brew spots located close to Stony Brook homes for sale. At Brew Cheese, you can sample craft beer from throughout Long Island and beyond. The knowledgeable staff is happy to help you pair your beer with the perfect cheese.

    6. Secatogue Brewing Company – 375 Union Blvd., West Islip, NY 11795
      West Islip homes for sale
      make it easy to visit Secatogue Brewing Company, where you'll find some of Long Island's best beer and so much more. The tasting room is open every Thursday through Sunday, with fresh, unique brews in an open, modern setting. Food trucks visit every day, so you'll always have something tasty to pair with your favorite beer.

    Ready to find a home that allows you to enjoy all of Long Island's best breweries, all year long? Our team is here to help. Contact us to buy and sell homes throughout the Long Island area.


    Long Island Golf: 6 Must-Play Courses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    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.


    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.


    How to Celebrate Long Island Dads on Father's Day

    Long Island Fathers Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    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.


    6 Sip-Worthy Wineries on Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    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!


    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. 


    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.


    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
    March 22 - March 24, 2019
    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.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    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.


    6 Italian Restaurants on Long Island

    Celebrate National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

    Long Island Italian Restaurants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    7 Long Island Day Spas to Cure the Winter Blues

    Long Island Day Spas

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

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

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

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


    Long Island: 5 Spots for Sunday Brunch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    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
    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.


    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. 


    7 Long Island Locations to Cut Christmas Trees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    8 Long Island Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

    Long Island Restaurants Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    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.


    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.


    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!


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

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