Must-see attractions and events
With its famous beaches, boardwalks, mansions, movie sites, lighthouses and artistic offerings, Long Island, New York, is a summertime magnet for celebrities and vacationers, many of whom wish to escape the heat. suffocating Manhattan’s “concrete jungle”.
Long Island bustles with activity throughout the month of August. Known for its farms offering seasonal foods and flowers as well as more than 60 wineries, breweries and craft distilleries, the North Fork is a festive and fun destination all year round. Stop by Briermere Farms for a famous pie, pop in for a pint at Greenport Harbor Brewery, sip renowned wine at Palmer Vineyards or Lenz wine estateenjoy a succulent lobster roll on the waterfront at Claudio’s.
A small island accessible only by ferry from Greenport on the North Fork or North Haven on the South Fork, Shelter Island is known for its natural beauty, hiking, biking, bird watching and some of the most breathtaking kayaking in the county of Suffolk. Greenport is a charming town on the North Fork with lots to offer. Known for its abundance of restaurants, great shopping, and attractions, Greenport is also home to many historic bed and breakfasts among miles of farmland and some of the world’s most renowned vineyards. At the tip of the island, you’ll find an out-of-this-world boutique with vibrant, camera-ready art deco decor that will transport you to South Beach. American beech is a destination in its own right with the American Beech Restaurant, Black Llama Bar, event space, boutique and outdoor patio.
The Gold Coast has stunning grand estates surrounded by pristine gardens and glistening coastlines. Visit the mansions of the Roaring Twenties where industrial magnates reigned supreme. Spend the night in luxury OHEKA Castle, often serving as the setting for major Hollywood productions. A few must-see mansions for the ultimate Gilded Age experience are Planting Fields, Coe Hall, and Glen Cove Mansion.
Lighthouses have guided ships around the east coast for centuries, the oldest being Montauk Point Lighthouse built in 1796. Built in 1826, the Fire Island Lighthouse and its 182-step climb to the top is a must-see, and don’t miss the six-mile scenic hiking trails surrounding the historic structure. Huntington Harbor Lighthouse was established in 1857 and the current tower was first lit in 1912. The lighthouse was automated in 1949 and is still operational.
August concerts include a jimmy buffet concert on August 9 at the famous Jones Beach and the Goo Goo Dolls on August 20. UBS Arena at Elmont will feature Barry Manilow on August 6 and Twenty-One Pilots on August 24. Sam Hunt will perform his classic hits with special guests Ryan Hurd and Lily Rose at the Long Island Community Hospital Amphitheater in Farmingville on August 21.
The Dan’s Taste Summer Series culminates with Dan’s Taste Signature Weekend with two events on August 5 and 6, including a cooking contest between East End chefs against Manhattan chefs. The Hamptons Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, August 28-September 4, is one of the largest show jumping competitions in the United States and one of the last social celebrations of the Hamptons season. It is renowned for its high-end shopping and its magnificent 60-acre fairgrounds.
John and Patrick McEnroe will be joined by Bob and Mike Bryan, the winningest ATP doubles team of all time, at the 8th Annual Johnny Mac Tennis Project Pro Am on Saturday, August 27 at 2 p.m. SPORTIME Amagansett, 320 Abrahams Path, East Hampton. Participants will compete in a round robin tournament alongside former WTA and ATP Tour professionals, current and former Division I College players and top coaches from the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. Player tickets start at $2,500. Following the Pro Am, there will be a separate after-party hosted at a local private residence with drinks, dinner, dancing and auction. Tickets for the after-party are $250.
A wide variety of accommodation can be found throughout the region, from majestic castles to quaint bed and breakfasts. The Round Shaft, Amagansett is an elegant getaway in East Hampton offering personalized and discreet service and offering luxurious rooms, suites and cottages. The Roundtree and Baccarat Hotel New York presented the Sea to City Summer Escape until September 5. which offers access to both properties in addition to other amenities and optional luxury transportation by land or BLADE helicopter. The Bellport Inn, dating from 1889, is nestled in a historic property in Bellport Village within walking distance of Bellport’s restaurants, shops and marina on the Great South Bay. Bandshell’s free summer concerts are held every Friday in the summer at the Bellport Village Marina.
Measuring 118 miles long and 23 miles wide, Long Island is physically larger than the state of Rhode Island. With such geographic diversity to explore, activities to experience and attractions to see, visitors to one of the country’s most charming vacation destinations are sure to return again and again.