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Long Island is a beautiful area with a lot to offer. It is especially fun in the Fall and throughout the holiday season.
It has been exceptionally warm this week and I decided to take the dogs on a little excursion to the beach. Smith Point Beach.
Smith Point is part of Fire Island. There’s a beautiful boardwalk, expansive beach, gorgeous sunsets and food and live music. Kids can play freely on the playground above the dunes and you can join in a volleyball game or cheer on your team.
When I was a kid, I loved to spend the day at the beach with my family and extended family jumping waves for hours. As a teen, I practically lived on that beach. I was there almost daily all summer long. I took my kids a lot when they were little as well and one of my fondest memories is of watching my son giggle and jump waves as I played in the surf with my daughter building sand castles.
Smith Point is also home to TWA Flight 800 International Memorial. It’s a spectacular sight to see although heart wrenching as well. I remember the incident like it was yesterday. My sister and her family would go to Portugal every two years for three weeks to visit her husband’s family. That year, my youngest sister went with them! About three years ago, my daughter went with them for two weeks for a family wedding.See slideshow of my daughter’s trip below:
So… the year my sister went with them when flight 800 crashed off the shores of Long Island, they had just flown to Portugal and were there maybe a day or two. My sisters were watching television at my sister’s in-law’s house. They couldn’t believe what they were seeing. They were chattering back and forth to one another in English, all excited, and no one could understand them as my sister’s husband wasn’t in the room to translate. The people knew something was wrong, but didn’t realize what. My sisters kept pointing to the television, trying to get across to them that the crash was “in their backyard.”
They watched it all unfold from Portugal, in shock that it was so close to where friends and coworkers lived. We also knew a lot of people involved in the recovery; police, firefighters, divers, morgue employees, morticians, etc. So, it hit very close to home literally and emotionally.
I was house sitting for my sister, so my kids and I were staying at her house for the three weeks she was in Portugal. I’d put the kids to sleep most nights and have friends over, many of whom were with the fire department and police. We were all watching the live scenes on television and many of the shots on the news were of people we all knew, working at at the crash site. It was all so surreal.
Long Island is known for it’s gorgeous beaches and has some of the most famous and desirable beaches in the country, especially out in The Hamptons. Now… we have ocean beaches and then we have beaches at the Great South Bay and the Long Island Sound. You will see boats close to shore in the Bay and in the Sound, but not along the Ocean Beaches, other than by the inlets, where you will see fishing boats coming in with their catch for the day.
Out in Hampton Bays I would frequent a restaurant where we would order fresh fish. The fish were off the boats daily. Nothing was more delicious. The views of the bay were spectacular and while we did sit inside if the weather was bad, most often we sat outside on the deck near the marina.
The Fall is a beautiful time to visit some of Long Island’s beaches and I’ve done it often. I’ve even walked the beach in winter, which is absolutely breathtaking.
Long Island is also known for it’s many farms and wineries and starting in early Fall, it is fun to go apple picking and pumpkin picking and to plan a day trip to the many wineries. The wineries offer a variety of entertainment, tours, food, and many host parties and weddings. Some of the farms have fun children’s entertainment. There are rides, corn mazes for the whole family to get lost in, live animals, and plenty of sweet treats.
Some farms even hold contests!
You can watch him cross the finish line in the video below!
Don’t miss visiting Long Island during the holidays. Visit a Christmas tree farm, ice skate outdoors or indoors, sleigh ride, visit our many museums and theaters, see a light show, enjoy holiday parades, and be sure not to miss the boat parades.
Don’t forget, when visiting Long Island, you are never very far from New York City. You can spend the day in the city and come back to the comfort and coziness of magnificent Long Island.
If you are hungry, we have amazing restaurants, cafes, ethnic eateries, and specialty dining. We can suit your any desire, be it fast food, a quick diner stop, a family restaurant or an elegant, romantic restaurant. Plus, we have the best pizza, bagels and egg sandwiches in the nation!
Call now, come visit Long Island. We hope to see you soon!
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