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May
9

6 Destinations for Craft Beer on Long Island

Craft Beer Week - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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.

May
2

Long Island: Catch a Glimpse of Space

Space Day on Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April
4

Long Island: Where to Go for an Acai Bowl

Acai Bowls - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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
    Brekky
    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.

March
28

Where to Take a Walk in the Park Around Long Island

Walk in the Park - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

Walk in the Park in Nassau County

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

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

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

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

Walk in the Park in Suffolk County

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

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

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

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

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

March
7

Follow These Steps for a Beautiful Butterfly Garden

Creating a Butterfly Garden - Coach Realtors

Planting a butterfly garden has many rewards. Chief among them, of course, are visitations by these extravagantly beautiful fluttering insects that all of us, from children and upwards, delight in. But there's also the enjoyment you'll feel at creating an attractively landscaped garden with interesting plants and eye-catching colors and foliage.

Perhaps the biggest reward, however, is that you'll be helping butterflies in the area of Nassau county homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale by way of countering some of the hardships that are besetting these fascinating insects nationwide: principally, loss of habitat.

What to Plant in Your Butterfly Garden

Before launching your butterfly garden, visit some local nurseries and talk to a staff member knowledgeable in local butterflies and their needs. You might also go to a local public butterfly garden such as Floral Park Centennial Garden, where an expert can advise you on local plants for your garden.

When you visit a nursery, you'll see a wide variety of plants labeled "butterfly attractor" or "butterfly plant." Many of these plants, such as members of the Buddleia genus, are great butterfly-attracting plants. The problem with some of them is that they are non-native and have become invasive since being introduced to the United States. So if at all possible, concentrate on acquiring native plants. These are plants that butterflies from this region evolved with and find most nourishing.

Then, there's the matter of choosing pollen-bearing plants for energy and planting other species for caterpillar food. Flowers are, of course, the main source of nectar, which helps migratory butterflies such as monarchs make their way to warmer climates in the winter. But the flowering nectar plants will be different from the plants you plant for caterpillar food. The latter are plants that will attract the butterfly when seeking to lay eggs. Once the eggs hatch, the caterpillars eat the leaves, then turn into a chrysalis and, eventually, a butterfly. Both types of plants are recommended for creating a well-balanced butterfly garden.

Of course, the plants you choose will also depend on the conditions in your yard. Choose a sunny, open spot (dappled shade in part of the garden is OK) for best results. Among the plants you might try:

  • Sweet Pepperbush (also called Summersweet, or Clethra alnifolia)
  • Virginia Sweetspire (Itea virginica)
  • Buttonbush (Cephalanthis occidentalis)
  • New Jersey Tea (Ceanothus americanus)
  • Blazing Star (Liatris)
  • Purple Coneflower (Echinacea purpurea)
  • Giant Hyssop (Agastache)
  • Joe-Pye Weed (Eutrochium)
  • Milkweed (Asclepias)

A word about milkweed: there are several milkweed species, but it's best if you plant those native to our area. Milkweed is an important plant for migratory monarch butterflies in particular, whose decline has been partially attributed to destruction of milkweed in fields and due to development.

Some non-native plants that are butterfly attractors and do well in our area are alyssum, lantana, petunias, and zinnias.

You can plant such herbs as parsley and dill and fennel and sage for caterpillar food.

Vary your plantings, including annuals and perennials, as well as bushes, shrubs, and vines. Butterflies and caterpillars need protection from predators, such as birds. Yes, we love birds, but they do eat insects, so give your butterflies a break by planting your garden near a bush or tree where they can shelter. A shallow pan with damp gravel or rocks will be helpful to provide moisture and minerals. 

Need tips on what sells when improving your property? Our REALTORS® can help. Contact us today. 

February
28

Long Island: Find the Perfect Dress for Your Big Day

Bridal Shops - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

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

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

Nassau County

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

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

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

Suffolk County

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

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

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

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

February
7

Where to Celebrate Pizza Day Around Long Island

Pizza Day - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

January
24

Reserve an Igloo for Dinner Around Long Island

Outside Igloo Dining - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ready to Make Long Island Home?

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

January
10

5 Destinations for Heritage Treasures Day Around Long Island

Heritage Treasures Day - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
13

Visit These Music Shops Around Long Island

Music Shops - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

December
6

Where to Suit Up Around Long Island

Menswear Shops - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November
8

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

Holiday 5Ks Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November
1

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

Holiday Events - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October
11

Shift10 Day: Where to Shop Local Around Long Island

Shift10 to Local Shops - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October
4

Order a Custom Cake Around Long Island

Custom-Decorated Cakes - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

Nassau County 

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

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

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

Suffolk County

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

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

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

September
20

Long Island: Have Dinner with Friends at These 5 Places

Restaurants for Dinner with Friends - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    September
    7

    Visit These 6 Bakeries During Sourdough Bread Month

    Long Island Bakeries for Sourdough Bread - Coach Realtors

    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.

    August
    16

    On the Menu: Where to Order Fajitas Around Long Island

    Order Fajitas Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    August
    9

    Order Your Coffee Iced Around Long Island

    Iced Coffee - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

    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.

      S
      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.

    July
    19

    Try Lunch or Dinner at These Long Island Food Trucks

    Food Trucks - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

    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.

    June
    28

    Where to Tour Long Island on Horseback

    Horseback Riding - Long Island, NY - Coach Realtors

    Finding a new home is always a difficult proposition, not just for the home itself but for the neighborhood. There are plenty of Nassau County homes for sale, but when you move in, will you be able to go horseback riding regularly, like you used to? Don't worry. Here are just a few amazing horseback riding trails and facilities in and around Nassau County, Suffolk County, and the Long Island area.

    • Nassau Equestrian Center - 62 Route 106, Jericho, NY 11753
      The Nassau Equestrian Center is a great place for both beginner and expert riders. They have a variety of beautiful paths to ride, plus lessons for all skill levels, in either English or Western saddle style, beginning at 6 years old. Nassau Equestrian Center prides itself on happy horses and clean, comfortable facilities. They also offer riding parties for children, providing horses, riding assistants, and more to make your child's birthday or other event one to remember.

    • Big River Barn Rescue - 1864 Muttontown Rd., Syosset, NY 11791
      The trails at Big River Barn Rescue are by appointment only, but they're well worth the extra effort. Their riding trails feature beautiful woods and meadows, and other amazing scenery. As their name implies, they also function as a horse rescue, helping rehabilitate racehorses and other types of horses from injuries. Any horse you ride at Big River Barn will be a rescue. Rides can range from just over an hour to over four hours and are available to riders of all skill levels.

    • Bethpage Equestrian Center - 499 Winding Rd., Old Bethpage, NY 11804
      While Big River Barn rehabilitates horses, Bethpage Equestrian Center uses horses as therapy for people. Their therapeutic riding program teaches both children and adults how to ride, to provide physical exercise, as well as social and emotional well-being. The beautiful park also offers regular lessons in English and Western styles, as well as camps, birthday parties, and more. It's a beautiful and relaxing place to come and bring your kids or just yourself.

    • Babylon Riding Center - 1500 Peconic Ave., West Babylon, NY 11704
      Available by appointment only, Babylon Riding Center is a great spot for beginners, providing lessons in either 30- or 60-minute blocks. They also have beautiful trail rides – either guided tours or on your own. The guided tours also include riding instruction, plus a photo of you in front of the lake.

    • Suffolk Equestrian Academy - 188 Bellport Ave., Medford, NY 11756
      Suffolk Equestrian Academy
      is a gorgeous, 10-acre facility, perfect for both experienced and beginning riders alike. They provide lessons for children as well as adults and have horse leasing programs for students to get more riding time on their own. They also offer summer camps and other seasonal camp programs, plus party services.

    • Knoll Farm - 849 Suffolk Ave., Brentwood, NY 11717
      In addition to great trails, Knoll Farm has top-notch boarding services for people looking for a place for their own horse. Horses are turned out every day and can be given grooming, bathing, tacking, and whatever else they may need. Or, if you don't have your own horse, Knoll Farm has them available for lease. They have both indoor and outdoor facilities and offer lessons for all skill levels. You can learn basic riding, or competition riding, jumping, and more.

    Whether you're looking for Nassau or Suffolk County homes for sale, we can provide you with just what you need, with great options for horseback riding and other activities, right at your fingertips. Contact us to find a home that's right for you.

    June
    14

    Where to Capture Nature Shots on Long Island

    Photograph Nature Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    May
    24

    Where to Set a New Course Around Long Island

    Discover New Trails Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

    When you live in an area, having a deep understanding of its geography will help you navigate it and acquire a profound appreciation for its culture and history. Map Reading Week is the perfect opportunity to explore your community, so get out your print maps May 24th and refresh your map-reading skills.

    As you get to discover the gorgeous properties and the rich history of Long Island, here are some places our REALTORS® have compiled that are definitely worth a stop.

    • Muttontown Preserve - 6191 NY-25A, East Norwich, NY 11732
      With its woodlands, ponds, and estate grounds, Muttontown Preserve is Nassau's County's largest nature preserve. For history lovers, Muttontown Preserve is cobbled from three separate estates dating back hundreds of years and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

      So whether you want to explore miles of marked nature trails or explore these East Norwich homes for sale located in the vibrant community that's the Village of Muttontown, you should give this place a visit.

    • Centennial Gardens - 251 Floral Pkwy., Floral Park, NY 11001
      Centennial Gardens is possibly one of the most serene places on Long Island. The Gardens were custom-made by volunteers and the Floral Park Conservation Society, transforming what was once a formerly debris-strewn storm basin into a scenic garden featuring scores of flowers and trees, as well as a magnificent bird sanctuary.

      Conveniently located near these Floral Park homes for sale on the western edge of Nassau County, Centennial Gardens is a great place to learn a thing or two about flowers, birds, and gardening.

    • Old Westbury Gardens - 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, NY 11568
      Old Westbury Gardens is an elegant estate with formal gardens sprawling over 200 acres. It's a spectacular estate that has been featured in dozen of movies and TV shows. You're welcome to explore the gardens and the English manor house furnished with priceless antiques and decorative artwork.

      Like these other Garden City homes for sale, the Old Westbury gardens feature some of the most serene and beautiful gardens in the world. What's more, their Café in the woods is reopening just in time for Map Reading Week.

    • Blydenburgh County Park - Veteran's Memorial Hwy., Smithtown, NY 11788
      With its richly forested hills at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River, Blydenburgh County Park is great for hiking, trail running, picnicking, camping, and freshwater fishing for pumpkinseed sunfish and large-mouth bass.

      Horseback riders can trailer their mounts on the extensive bridle path system or take them to the practice ring. Located in Smithtown, just a few miles from these Smithtown homes for sale, there's no better place to relax on a lovely warm summer afternoon.

    • Cedar Beach nature Center - Harbor Beach Rd., Mt Sinai, 11766
      Located within the town of Brookhaven, Cedar Beach Nature Center provides residents with a place to experience and enjoy the natural environment. You can take a walk along the 700-foot boardwalk within the dune system that's a critical habitat for marine plants and animals.

      The nature center has living displays, including aquariums and an outdoor touch tank. You can also experience an animated view of marine life through interactive interior displays. The walking trail and fishing pier will draw you in, whereas the wildlife will leave you enamored. Located in the hamlet of Mount Sinai close to these Mount Sinai homes for sale, the Cedar Beach Nature Preserve is a great place to visit for hikers and nature enthusiasts.

    • Avalon Nature Preserve - Harbor Rd., Stony Brook, NY 11790
      Avalon Nature preserve is home to some of the most enchanting nature trails in New York. By taking a walk through the preserve, you'll be able to discover scenic spaces that will leave you in absolute awe. Avalon's breath-taking meadows and woodlands provide essential habitats protecting the local watershed and plant plus wildlife species.

      In the town of Stony Brook, natural wonders and beauty are in abundance. With so much to explore, including these Stony Brook homes for sale, this little slice of Suffolk County is a wonderful place to explore and call home.

    Making Long Island Home

    Contact us today to learn more about life and home in Long Island. Our team is always on call to help you find the perfect Suffolk County homes for sale or Nassau County homes for sale.

    May
    10

    Order the Burger Off the Menu at These Long Island Restaurants

    Long Island Restaurants for a Burger - Coach Realtors

    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.

    April
    26

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

    Nature Preserves Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

    April
    5

    Long Island: See What's New During Library Week

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

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

    Suffolk County Libraries

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

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

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

    Nassau County Libraries

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

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

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

    Notes About Library Visits

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

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

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

    March
    22

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    March
    8

    Walkable Main Streets Around Long Island

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    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.

    February
    22

    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. 

    February
    8

    6 Places for the Perfect Valentine's Day Takeout

    Valentine's Day Takeout - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    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. 

    January
    18

    Where to Stock Up for Cheese Lovers Day Around Long Island

    Cheese Shops Around Long Island - Coach Realtors

    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.

    December
    21

    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.

    October
    26

    Long Island: Celebrate World Vegan Day With Dinner

    Vegan Restaurants - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    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.

    October
    12

    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.

    September
    28

    Where to See Changing Leaves Around Long Island

    Changing Leaves - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    September
    14

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

    Historical Places - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    August
    24

    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. 

    August
    17

    Elevate Cooking at Home with an Herb Garden

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    Did you know gardening is a great way to relieve stress? This is one of the reasons why it's becoming extremely popular. In fact, many potential homebuyers tell our REALTORS® that a yard large enough for a garden is one of the features they really want in their new home. 

    If you're not ready to plant a large backyard garden just yet, consider starting with a simple herb garden. You can easily grow herbs either outdoors or indoors in pots. If you've been considering buying a new home, starting a container garden is a great idea. This way, you can start now and take it with you when you move. 

    To get your herb garden started, follow these simple tips.

    Choose the Perfect Location

    The most important part of starting an herb garden is choosing the right location. Most herbs do well in an area that gets full sun. Before you plant your herbs, watch the area for a few days to ensure that it gets at least 4hours of full sun each day.

    If you're going to plant your herbs outdoors, make sure you leave enough distance between the plants so they have room to grow. Generally, you'll need 1 to 4 feet of space between each plant depending on the type of herb you're growing.

    For a container garden, you'll want to choose large pots and place them in a warm spot that gets at least 4 hours of full sun each day. A deck, patio, or a corner of your yard are all great options, as long as they get enough sun. 

    Prepare the Soil

    If you're planting your herbs in the yard, you'll want to remove the grass, turn the soil, and use a large garden fork to loosen it up. This is an important step because loose dirt is better able to drain water and will make it easier for the plant's roots to grow. You should also consider adding compost to the soil. This will help with water drainage and act as a fertilizer. 

    To start your container garden, you'll need a high-quality potting soil and fertilizer. Once you've added both to the pot, simply add some water until the soil feels moist and you're ready to plant your herbs. 

    Choose Your Herbs

    The last step is to choose which herbs you want to grow. Think about the types of foods you enjoy cooking and the herbs that will compliment them the best. 

    Some of the best herbs for beginner gardeners include:

    • Sage
    • Parsley
    • Oregano
    • Mint
    • Corriander
    • Basil
    • Chives

    Make sure you choose plants that look strong and healthy. Then simply plant them in the dirt and wait for them to grow. 

    Water and Maintain

    You'll want to keep an eye on your herb garden and water it whenever the dirt a few inches below the plant feels dry. Make sure you actually check the soil before you water because over-watering can cause the plants to rot.

    When the plants grow to about 6 to 8 inches, you can start to harvest them. Don't cut more than 1/3 of the branches and try to cut them close to a leaf intersection. This will help the plant grow back faster. 

    It's a Great Time to Make a Move! 

    Are you thinking about buying or selling a home? Now is a great time to make a move! There are many beautiful Suffolk County homes for sale and amazing properties in other nearby areas. We would love to show you around and help you find the perfect home. Contact us today to get started. 

    August
    10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    July
    6

    Explore These Bike Trails Around Long Island

    Bike Trails - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    June
    8

    Where to Find Farm-Fresh Produce Around Long Island

    Long Island Farmers Markets - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    June
    1

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

    Doughnut Shops - Long Island - Coach Realtors

    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.

    May
    26

    Long Island: Create a Time Capsule With Your Family

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    Has your family run out of words for Scrabble? Maybe you've binged everything in your Netflix queue. Our REALTORS® understand the difficulty of finding new and entertaining ways to pass the time at your home on Long Island.

    Creating a time capsule is an absorbing and rewarding activity that pays dividends now and later. Use these helpful suggestions to start a creative project involving the whole family.

    1. Make It Personal
      Traditional time capsules tend to focus on historical context, with documents and artifacts that objectively depict events of the time. While such items can certainly be part of your time capsule, the primary purpose is to relate each family member's personal experience during the COVID-19 quarantine.

    2. Limit Technology
      It's tempting to use the convenience of flash drives, DVDs, and other digital storage. While improvements in technology are largely a good thing, they come so quickly that storage forms can be outdated by the time you're ready to open the capsule. Stick to hard copies of photos and writings wherever possible.

    3. Document Your Surroundings
      Our world has temporarily shrunk to include only our immediate surroundings, which is your home, and what you can see from the windows. Draw a diagram of your neighborhood or print a picture off Google Maps. Add as much as you can about who lives where and what your interaction is with them. Also include detailed photos of your home, both exterior and interior.

    4. Make Lists
      There's a reason "listicles" are so popular in online media. They're easy to read while still imparting a lot of information. Stay-at-home provides almost an endless selection of topics to build lists around. Possible choices include TV shows and movies you've watched, games you've played, new recipes you've tried, and books you've read.

    5. Include Meaningful Mementos
      Newspapers and magazines are great inclusions to give a global perspective of events, but be sure to include items that are relevant to you and your family. Consider options such as a toilet paper roll (empty, of course), face mask, wrappers from favorite snack foods, and locks of hair from each family member (including pets!).

    6. H Is for Homework 
      Homeschooling has become the rule instead of the exception. Include copies of reports, math problems, spelling quizzes, and other examples of schoolwork your kids have done so they can recognize their accomplishments. 

    7. Say It in a Letter
      Are you or your kids unsure where to start? Writing thoughts down in the form of a letter makes it easier to maintain a casual, conversational tone. Address the letter to a friend, another family member, or your future self.

    8. Look Ahead
      What do you see happening one year, five years, or 10 years down the road? Have each family member write down their predictions for the future. Everybody can have fun giving their imaginations free rein, and you can look forward to finding out whether any of the dreams become reality.

    9. Set an Opening Date
      Think carefully about when you plan to open the time capsule. A certain amount of distance, at least 10 years, makes the opening more meaningful. You may want to coordinate the opening with a milestone birthday, anniversary, or other significant family occasion.

    Do your future plans include a new home? Contact us at Coach Realtors for up-to-the-minute information on Nassau County homes for sale and Suffolk County homes for sale.

    May
    18

    How to Make Your Home a Sanctuary

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    While a vacation or retreat are excellent ways to de-stress and reconnect with your family, sometimes it's not possible to get away. Ensure that your time at home is at pleasant as possible by turning your home into a sanctuary. Our REALTORS® also find that peaceful properties are attractive to potential homebuyers. Check out a few simple tricks to make your home your own personal sanctuary.

    1. Use Music to Add Ambiance
      Add ambiance to your home in minutes with music. A catchy tune can quickly lift your mood or give you a surge of energy. Make it as convenient as possible to turn your music on and off by using your home assistant to control your playlist.

    2. Create a Nook for Your Hobbies
      Your home should feel like a safe haven after a stressful day. Carving out a chunk of time for one of your hobbies is a fantastic way to relax and recharge. However, don't waste time gathering supplies and finding a clear spot at your kitchen table.

      Instead, set up a permanent nook to enjoy your hobby. Use a spare corner or closet to set up a desk if your hobby involves crafting or writing, or position a cozy chair and storage basket close to a window if you like to knit or read. Or, if you need a little more space for woodworking or painting, set up a studio in your basement or garage.

    3. Remove Items That Don't Enrich Your Life 
      If your home feels stressful and you can't figure out why, start by getting rid of all your clutter and any items that don't enrich your life. Decluttering may feel overwhelming if you have a lot of overflowing spaces. Break the decluttering process into sections and start with one room or category of items (like clothing or paperwork) at a time. 

      Trash anything you don't use, that you don't wear, or that you just don't enjoy seeing. Make sure that every remaining item has a home, and see that your family understands where items are supposed to go.

    4. Get Rid of Stressful Reminders
      In many households, it's common to stick a bill or appointment reminder to your fridge or display board so you don't forget about it. However, seeing these items every time you walk into the room will make the space feel like anything but a sanctuary.

      File these items away in your planner or household binder. Replace them with photos or charming magnets that make you happy.

    5. Embrace Natural Light
      Give any room a quick pick-me-up by bathing it in natural light. Open the blinds or drapes and move any furniture that is blocking the light. The room will instantly feel more peaceful.

    6. Give Your Home a Signature Scent
      A pleasant spot has to have a delightful scent. Use candles, essential oils, or a diffuser to give your home a scent that welcomes you the moment you step through the door. When you smell that signature scent, this signals that you've arrived at your sanctuary. 

    Concerned that your home isn't right for your needs? Contact us to explore other properties!

    April
    6

    Long Island: Pay a Virtual Visit to These Libraries

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

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

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

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

    March
    16

    Best Places to Train for Your Next 5K

    Running Trails - Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    March
    2

    Read Across America Day: Visit These Bookstores and Libraries

    Long Island Bookstores - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    February
    17

    Taste the Greats Long Island 2020

    Taste the Greats Long Island 2020 - Coach Realtors

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

    Elegance at Taste the Greats

    Date: March 14, 2020 – 8 to 11 pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

    February
    3

    National Drink Wine Day: Wine Bars Around Nassau County

    Wine Bars Around Nassau County - Coach Realtors

    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.

    January
    27

    Learn How to Knit at These Long Island Shops

    Long Island Knitting Shops - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    December
    16

    New Hobbies for a New Year Around Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    November
    11

    Holiday Shop Local at These Long Island Craft Fairs

    Long Island Holiday Craft Fairs - Coach REALTORS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    October
    21

    Living the Long Island Dream | Gold Coast Mansions

    Long Island Gold Coast Mansions - Coach REALTORS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    October
    7

    Having a Scary Good Time Around Long Island

    Long Island Halloween Events - Coach REALTORS

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    September
    23

    Long Island's Consignment Shops Can't Be Beat

    Long Island Consignment Shops - Coach REALTORS®

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    September
    9

    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.

    July
    15

    Long Island Golf: 6 Must-Play Courses

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    June
    24

    Celebrating July 4 on Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    June
    3

    Long Island Outdoors: Favorite Spots to Go Running

    Long Island Running Trails

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    May
    28

    Summer Camps for Long Island Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    May
    6

    6 Sip-Worthy Wineries on Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    March
    11

    Long Island Landmarks - Pepsi-Cola Sign Gantry Plaza

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

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

    Most of the Sign Was Replaced in the 90s

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

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

    New Apartments Were Built Around the Sign

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

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

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

    February
    25

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    February
    11

    Winterfest 2019 - 5 Weeks of Local Long Island Living

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

    About Long Island's Winterfest 2019

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

    Winterfest 2019: Highlights, Dates And Other Details

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

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

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

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

    February
    4

    6 Italian Restaurants on Long Island

    Celebrate National Fettuccine Alfredo Day

    Long Island Italian Restaurants

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    January
    28

    7 Long Island Day Spas to Cure the Winter Blues

    Long Island Day Spas

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

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

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

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

    January
    21

    Long Island: 5 Spots for Sunday Brunch

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    January
    14

    Long Island Fine Wine & Food Festival

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

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

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

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

    Delicious Dining from the Region's Best Chefs and Restaurants

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

    Learn from Leading Figures in the Food and Beverage Industries

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

    Enjoy a VIP Experience with Two NY Sports Legends

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

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

    January
    7

    Long Island: Best Places for Whale Watching

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    December
    24

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

    New Year's Eve on Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    December
    17

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

    Christmas on Long Island - Coach Realtors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Is a Long Island Home on Your Holiday Shopping List?

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

    December
    3

    7 Long Island Locations to Cut Christmas Trees

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    November
    26

    2018 Holiday Shows for Long Island Kids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    November
    12

    Thanksgiving Day Runs for Long Island Families

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    November
    5

    8 Long Island Restaurants Open for Thanksgiving

    Long Island Restaurants Thanksgiving

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    October
    22

    Long Island Landmarks: The Paramount in Huntington

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

    A World-Class Entertainment Destination in Huntington

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

    A Show for Every Interest at the Paramount

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

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

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

    Become a Founder's Club Member for Unforgettable Experiences

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

    Get to Know Long Island's Hottest Downtown

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

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

    October
    15

    Suffolk County Marathon Takes Off October 28

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

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

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

    Choose Your Race and Save the Date 

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

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

    Run to Support a Great Cause

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

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

    Enjoy Freedom Fest after the Race

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

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

    October
    8

    Favorite Pumpkin Patches for Long Island Families

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    September
    24

    Fall Festivals and Fun on Long Island

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    September
    17

    Gantry Plaza State Park - a Midtown Manhattan Oasis

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

    About Gantry Plaza State Park

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

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

    A Historic Industrial Past

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

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

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

    Outdoor Fun & Recreation

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

    Special Events

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

    Park Fees

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

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

    Your Long Island Real Estate Professionals

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

    September
    10

    Long Island Living: Coney Island and Luna Park

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

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

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

    Ride, Play and Enjoy the Day

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

    Great Food and Priceless Memories

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

    Coach REALTORS® - Your Long Island Real Estate Professionals

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

    September
    3

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    August
    13

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

    Long Island Oyster Bay Sagamore Hill

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

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

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

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

    History Unfolds at Sagamore Hill

    Oyster Bay Sagamore Hill

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

    An Inside Look at Roosevelt's Legacy

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

    Explore the Grounds

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

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

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

    August
    6

    Getting to Know Long Island Wine Country

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    July
    23

    Your Kids Will Love Garden City's Museum Row

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Your Long Island Real Estate Experts

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

    July
    9

    Long Island Lighthouses: Discover Fire Island Lighthouse

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

    Explore Fire Island Lighthouse and More

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

    Nature on Display

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

    History on the Seashore

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

    Adventure Awaits

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

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

    June
    25

    6 Long Island Restaurants Our Locals Love

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    June
    11

    Best Beaches for Long Island Families

    Long Island Family Beaches

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

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

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

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