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June
6

Chocolate Ice Cream Day - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

It's never a bad time for ice cream. However, some days seem made for it. June 7th is National Chocolate Ice Cream Day, so why not celebrate with a cup or a cone? If you're new to the area, our real estate agents can help you find your way around and get what you need. Here are our picks for the best places to get chocolate ice cream on Long Island.

  • Itgen's Restaurant and Ice Cream Parlour - 211 Rockaway Ave., Valley Stream, NY 11580
    This gem is a great place for lunch, but an even better place for ice cream. Itgen's serves up sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and other typical diner food. They also have a variety of ice cream flavors, including chocolate, chocolate peanut butter, vanilla fudge, and more. And they have an even wider variety of toppings, from hot fudge and butterscotch to pineapple syrup and candied walnuts. You'll definitely want to try their Death by Chocolate sundae: double chocolate chip ice cream, hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, and chocolate sprinkles.

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May
16

Hamburger Month Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Director Quentin Tarantino once declared that hamburgers are the cornerstone of a nutritious breakfast. There's no wrong time for a burger, especially in May during National Hamburger Month. Join our real estate agents in exploring the range of unique burgers at these restaurants around Long Island. 

  1. American Burger Co. - 80 E. Main St., Smithtown, NY 11787
    A certain fast-food chain urged us to "Have it your way," and American Burger Co. takes personalization to a whole new level. Their 1/3-pound patties blend chuck, sirloin, and ground beef, cooked to your preferred doneness. Choose your favorite bun, cheese, and toppings, or try one of their specialty options, such as the Philly Cheesesteak. Feeling adventurous after a day viewing Smithtown homes for sale? Go with a Wagyu truffle, bison chipotle, or lamb harissa patty. Hours are 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily.

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May
9

Books Shops - Long Island, NY - Laffey Real Estate

Whether you love fiction, nonfiction, fairytales, or romance novels, May is the month for you. It's Get Caught Reading Month. Even if nobody catches you, this is the perfect occasion to curl up with a good book and let your mind explore. Our real estate agents recommend visiting one of these Long Island book stores to find the perfect book.

April
25

Biking Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Bike riding is one of the best ways to spend time outdoors and keep your physical activity levels high. Our real estate agents swear by it, especially in the right setting. Whether you're bringing family members or going it alone, these stellar bike trails are some of the best places to enjoy a ride on Long Island. 

  • The Bethpage Bikeway – Woodbury, NY 11797 
    The Bethpage Bikeway is one of the most well-known bike paths in the Long Island area. The path offers a full 13.4 miles of asphalt-paved track that travels across several parks in Nassau County: Trail View State Park, Bethpage State Park, and Massapequa Preserve.

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April
11

Grilled Cheese - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Sometimes our real estate agents crave a good grilled cheese sandwich, especially on a cool, rainy day. With National Grilled Cheese Day coming up April 12, we started thinking about how to make the perfect grilled cheese sandwich.

Not all grilled cheese is created equal. Our favorite version has slightly toasted golden bread, a good blend of melted cheese, and just enough butter. Of course, everyone has their own version, including many of the great restaurants on Long Island.

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March
21

Bourbon Bars - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Nothing warms the soul quite like a nice glass of bourbon. Trying different types of bourbon can be a lot of fun—there are many subtle differences in flavor.

Our real estate agents love gathering with friends and trying new varieties, and there are quite a few popular bourbon destinations around Long Island. If you're thinking about a bourbon tour around Long Island, make sure to stop by some of our favorites.

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March
7

St. Patrick's Day Parades - Long Island, NY - Laffey Real Estate

St. Patrick's Day is coming up—how do you plan to celebrate? 

Local parades are a great way to enjoy the merry atmosphere of the holiday while also connecting with your friends and neighbors. If you're ready to join in the fun, here are some of our real estate agents' top picks for upcoming St. Patrick's Day parades you can attend around Long Island.

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February
28

Peanut Butter Treats Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

You may not realize it, but National Peanut Butter Lover's Day is right around the corner. On March 1st, feel free to indulge in your favorite snack, whether it's a simple peanut butter and jelly sandwich or a high-calorie candy. There are plenty of places where you can pick up something special, so our real estate agents have picked out their favorite spots and treats. 

  1. Doughnut Plant — 31-00 47th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101
    From standard and sourdough donuts to vegan and gluten-free selections, Doughnut Plant has it all. To celebrate this special day, we'd suggest that you pick up one or two of the peanut butter and jam donuts along with a yummy cup of coffee. If you're looking for something unique, however, you must also take home one of their ripple donuts, which is a huge, three-ring yeast donut that you design yourself. Be sure to stop by after looking at Long Island City homes for sale.

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February
14

Family Baking Month - Laffey Real Estate

Mmmmm, what smells better than something in the oven? Our real estate agents will assure you that many potential buyers have been attracted by the aroma of freshly baked cookies in the kitchen. Why not enjoy that same sensation while spending some quality time with your loved ones to celebrate National Bake for Family Fun Month? Here are a few tasty treats that everyone can enjoy:

  • Red Hot Baked Apples
    Not only are they quick and easy, but these delectable desserts offer a healthy, gluten-free alternative to traditional baked goods.

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January
31

Outdoor Dining in an Igloo - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

During winter, outdoor dining is now an option on Long Island, with some of the best local restaurants adding heated igloos that allow you to dine outdoors during any season. This dining trend has quickly become very popular, with outdoor igloos/greenhouses becoming some of the hottest tables at your favorite dining destinations. Our real estate agents have the inside scoop on 6 of the best places to have dinner in an igloo on Long Island.

  • Vista Sky Lounge – 27-05 39th Ave., Long Island City, NY 11101
    For a view from above in your own personal igloo near Long Island City homes for sale, try a trip to Vista Sky Lounge. A classic rooftop bar, Vista Sky Lounge offers unmatched views of the Manhattan skyline with a menu of fine dining and craft cocktails to match. It's a great place to start or cap off your next night on the town.

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January
24

Painting Classes - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Have you ever looked at a beautiful painting and wished you could create something similar? While some people do have a natural knack for painting, it is a skill that can be learned and practiced. A great way to get started with painting is to take a class or two at a local studio. Our real estate agents recommend these great art schools and teaching studios offering painting classes on Long Island.

July
26

Long Island Restaurants for Wings - Laffey Real Estate

Talk about a staple of traditional American cuisine—buffalo wings have become the quintessential sports bar food. Originating in 1964 on the western side of the state, buffalo wings are now one of the most popular menu items for restaurants across the country. Whether you're having an outdoor cookout or watching the big game, wings make for the perfect food choice. Who can resist that delicious combination of crispy, deep-fried chicken and spicy sauce paired with a cold beer?

Long Island has no shortage of restaurants serving up great buffalo wings. Below are some recommendations from our real estate agents.

  • Drift Inn - 236 E. Main St., East Islip, NY 11730
    Nothing goes together quite like a cold beer and an order of hot wings, and you can get both at Drift Inn. Not only does this restaurant serve some of the best wings in Long Island, they have a wide array of flavors. If you're feeling really brave, try the extra hot Hot Carolina Reaper sauce. The Drift Inn often hosts live music on the weekends, and they have a nice outdoor space. It's also conveniently located near some great Commack homes for sale.

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June
21

Yoga Studios - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

International Yoga Day is celebrated on June 21, so grab a mat and a bottle of water and head to a local Long Island yoga studio. You'll be practicing one of the oldest and best ways to relax your mind and body, and who doesn't need to release some tension after COVID-19 quarantines?
  
Our real estate agents suggest finding your om at these yoga studios on Long Island. 

  • Long Island Center for Yoga – 107 E. Main St., Babylon, NY 11702  
    Long Island Center for Yoga specializes in gentle yoga, meditation, and tai chi. The center, which is located just around the corner from Babylon homes for sale, has classes, memberships, and class times to suit just about every need and interest. Over 25 classes are offered throughout the week, with morning, day, and evening times to suit your schedule. Yoga classes, which are taught by instructors who have at least five years of experience in teaching the practice, range from gentle to Vinyasa. And finally, if you'd like to become a member, you'll have a plan to suit your needs whether you want to attend class twice a week or are a frequent practitioner.

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June
7

Candy Month Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

If you've been known to have a sweet tooth, then June is your month. That's right, June is Candy Month, which gives you all the reason you need to indulge in some extra chocolate or a bag of your favorite sour gummies. Luckily for you, the Long Island area is home to many wonderful candy stores. Our real estate agents recommend visiting one of these top shops to indulge your sweet tooth this June. 

  • Roe Roe's Sweet Street: 68 W. Main St., Babylon NY, 11702
    Roe Roe's Sweet Street is a family-owned chocolate shop near plenty of homes for sale in Babylon. The shop has a nostalgic feel and will remind you of childhood. They even have a Candy Museum inside, where you can admire the candy of yesteryear while listening to music from the '50s and '60s.

    Roe Roe's has a little bit of everything chocolate – from fudge to gourmet truffles to chocolate-dipped strawberries. Their chocolate-covered popcorn is a crowd favorite and a perfect choice if you love crunchy treats. They even sell dipped apples and cherries.

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May
17

Touring Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

If you're a resident of Long Island, looking at your community through the eyes of a tourist can help you rediscover or make a first trip to many interesting local destinations. You won't need to worry about traveling far or spending a lot of money, and if you'd like to make a return trip, they're within an easy drive.
  
Our real estate agents suggest exploring the following destinations to take a look at Long Island through a tourist's eyes:  

  • Old Westbury Gardens – 71 Old Westbury Rd., Old Westbury, NY 11568
    Old Westbury Gardens and the estate of the same name, located near Old Westbury homes for sale, make you feel as though you've stepped into the pages of The Great Gatsby. The gorgeous grounds consist of 160 acres of lawns, wooded paths, beautiful gardens, water fountains, ponds, and lakes, and you'll frequently find events such as festivals hosted in the gardens. The estate, a 44-room English manor house, was built by financier John Phipps in 1906 and is also available to tour.

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May
3

Juice Bars Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Whether you're trying to get rid of the "Quarantine 15" or you just want a healthy boost, fresh-made juices are all the rage! After a full morning of helping clients find their dream home, our real estate agents love stopping by one of the great local juice bars for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. 

Unique Beverage Day is coming up on May 6th, so now is a great time to venture out and try a new juice cocktail for yourself. Here's a round-up of our favorite healthy hot spots. 

  • Fusion Juice Bar: 34-02 36th Ave., Astoria, NY 11106
    One of the top choices in the Queens area, Fusion Juice Bar offers a great selection of cold-pressed juices, fresh juices, acai bowls, energy shots, superfood smoothies, and more. Their huge menu means you can visit almost every day and never get bored! We love stopping by any time we're in the area showing Astoria homes for sale.

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April
19

Visit the Past Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Long Island is rich with history, with several sites that make ideal destinations for trips that are fun and educational. Theodore Roosevelt, as well as the Guggenheim and Vanderbilt families are part of the area's history, so you'll be able to visit their former homes as well as other interesting locations.

Our real estate agents suggest making a trip to visit the past at these historic Long Island destinations and making sure of any restricted hours due to COVID-19 before your visit:

  • Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium – 180 Little Neck Road, Centerport, NY 11721   
    Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium is located near Centerport homes for sale and is on a 43-acre estate, the centerpiece of which is a spectacular Spanish-Revival mansion of William Vanderbilt II. Take a tour of the mansion's living quarters and then visit its Marine Museum to see wild-animal habitat, dioramas, and more. Then head to the planetarium to watch a show, complete with a full-dome view and surround sound. Finally, finish your visit at the observatory, where you can look at the evening sky through telescopes that provide amazingly detailed views.

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April
5

Craft Beer for Beer Day Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Our real estate agents love introducing new residents to the area. This includes helping them find the best local restaurants and watering holes. When we learned that Beer Day was coming up soon, we knew now was a great time to take a closer look at some of the excellent craft breweries nearby. 

Whether you're a beer connoisseur or just open to trying something new, we recommend visiting one (or more!) of the following local breweries. You never know what awesome new beverage you're going to discover. 

  1. South Shore Craft Brewery: 3505 Hampton Rd., Oceanside, NY 11572
    Nassau County's newest craft brewery is already making a name for itself. South Shore Craft Brewery is a farm brewery, meaning they source most of their supplies from New York State growers and suppliers. They brew up a variety of beers and cider and also stock NYS wine and mead. Stop by their tasting room to enjoy a pint or a flight. While you're there, you can also grab a bite from their food truck and engage in a riveting game of Jenga. On your way home, we suggest taking a drive around so you can get a look at some of the beautiful Oceanside homes for sale in the neighborhoods nearby.

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March
15

Walk-Worthy Parks - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

With a unique blend of natural scenery, history, art, and recreation, the parks of Long Island offer endless entertainment for local residents. The many walk-worthy parks of Long Island are ideal for enjoying some natural beauty as winter turns to spring and learning about the history of local communities in the process. From inspiring one of the most popular novels in history to hosting major golf tournaments, Long Island's parks have done it all. Our real estate agents have the exciting details on five of the best walk-worthy parks to explore around Long Island.

Where to Go for a Walk Around Long Island

  1. Sands Point Preserve Conservancy – 127 Middle Neck Rd., Sands Point, NY 11050
    Ever wonder what it would be like to live in the world of F. Scott Fitzgerald's iconic novel The Great Gatsby? Then a walk at Sands Point Preserve Conservancy, located on Long Island's Gold Coast near Sands Point homes for sale, is sure to get the imagination flowing. Experience a walk on any of six marked hiking trails that stretch over 200 acres, amble through a rose garden that features more than 1,500 roses, and stick around to enjoy a sunset with stunning waterfront views.

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March
1

Long Island Restaurants for Pad Thai - Laffey Real Estate

One of our favorite ways to beat the winter blues is to warm-up with our favorite foods. With its distinctive blend of sweet and spicy flavors, Thai cuisine is always a great option for dining in or takeout. Long Island has so much diversity when it comes to local restaurants and cuisine, it's no wonder there are several great Thai restaurants to choose from.

Since our real estate agents can never get enough Thai food, they compiled a list of their favorite destinations for Pad Thai in Long Island:

  • Lemonleaf Grill - 536 S. Broadway, Hicksville, NY 11801
    Lemonleaf Grill is often regarded as one of the best Thai restaurants in Long Island. From Pad Thai to your favorite curry, the food is bursting with flavor, and portion sizes are generous. Dine-in and takeout options are available. After dinner, check out these nearby Hicksville homes for sale.

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February
15

Breakfast Restaurants - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

If there's one thing our real estate agents can all agree on, it's that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When you're on Long Island, and you need something to get your day going, stop off for a hot meal and a cup of joe at one of these classic breakfast joints.

  • Maureen's Kitchen - 108 Terry Rd., Smithtown, NY 11787
    Maureen's Kitchen has such a reputation for great breakfast food that you need to get there early because if you don't, the line might be around the block. Located a stone's throw from these Smithtown homes for sale, Maureen's serves breakfast all day in their unpretentious cow-adorned space, dishing out specialties like croissant French toast and a new omelet special every day of the week.

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February
8

Valentine's Day Carryout - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Valentine's Day is one of our favorite holidays of the year because it's a great opportunity to show your love for the special person in your life. We know that planning a Valentine's Day date is going to be a little bit more complicated this year due to health and safety restrictions. However, a nice date night in your own dining room can be just as romantic as a night out on the town. With so many fantastic local restaurants, it's easy to enjoy your favorite dinner at home. Our real estate agents compiled a list of some of our favorite Long Island restaurants offering takeout this Valentine's Day.

  • Vespa Italian Kitchen - 282 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
    This classy restaurant has a modern flair and always makes for a great Valentine's Day date night spot. This year, you can order online and enjoy Vespa Italian Kitchen's authentic Italian cuisine from home. The large menu features pasta, sandwiches, and stone-fired pizzas, so you'll be sure to find something you enjoy. Best of all, this restaurant is just a few minutes away from these Farmingdale homes for sale.

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January
18

Italian Food Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

When you're craving comfort food, few things satisfy the stomach and soul like a hearty plate of pasta. Our real estate agents head to these top restaurants around Long Island for delicious and authentic Italian cooking with a modern twist.

  • Scarpetta Beach - 290 Old Montauk Hwy., Montauk, NY 11954
    Go for the spectacular views and stay for the upscale Italian classics at Scarpetta Beach. Every table at this waterfront restaurant, just minutes from Montauk homes for sale, looks out over the ocean. Customer favorites include polenta and short rib and bone marrow agnolotti. Enjoy patio seating anytime thanks to the cozy heat lamps. Scarpetta Beach is open daily from 5:30 - 8 p.m.

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January
4

Winter Weather Activities Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Just because it's winter is no reason to give up on the more strenuous walking regimens we developed in warmer weather. It's all a matter of having the proper gear: down outerwear; layers underneath, starting with thin, long-sleeved, wicking baselayer; warm, wicking socks; sturdy footwear; a face covering for windy days; and good gloves to keep hands warm. The next step is targeting the right destinations for your hikes. Are you bringing the kids? The dog? Do a little research, and be sure to check the weather, so you don't dress too warm or not warm enough for the temperature.

If you're looking for a home with outdoor adventuring destinations nearby, our real estate agents can help. While you're taking a break from house-hunting, how about checking out these places for some inspiration?

  1. Blydenburgh County Park - Veteran's Memorial Highway, Smithtown
    This richly forested, 627-acre park at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River offers year-round delights for explorers. Hike around 100-acre Stump Pond on a hike led by the Greenbelt Trail Conference guides. Year-round horseback riding is offered. Dog owners can also bring their canine friends for a romp in the dog park. Enter at the northern entrance by following Route 347 to Brooksite Drive North; turn left on New Mill Road and follow to the park entrance at the end. The park is open year-round to Suffolk County residents and their guests, so if you're looking for a house among Smithtown homes for sale, put this gem at the top of your list of places to visit.

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December
21

Family Holiday Crafts - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

The holiday season has always represented a time to connect with family and friends, celebrate annual traditions, and reflect on the year that has been. While we've had an unusual year that has changed how we interact with loved ones, you can still enjoy all the season has to offer – even if you're staying home all day. Our real estate agents have gathered some of the best Christmas activities that will keep your kids entertained and help you create lasting memories.

  • Design a Winter Wreath
    As you set your table with festive decorations, deck out your tree with beautiful ornaments, and place a garland on your holiday mantel, don't forget your front door. A festive wreath can elevate your entrance and it's very easy to make. Take the kids outside for a quick winter walk to collect pine cones, evergreen branches, or leaves. You can also rely on store-bought items to make your stylish seasonal wreath.

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November
9

Coffee Shops - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

It's no secret that New York City runs on coffee, but you don't need to go to Manhattan to get a great cup of joe. There are hundreds of cafes around Long Island that will get you fueled up and ready to go! Our real estate agents encourage you to celebrate National Espresso Day on Monday, November 23rd, at one of these local coffee shops around Long Island.

  • Flux Coffee – 211 Main St., Farmingdale, NY 11735
    Roasted, bagged, and brewed around the corner from the coziest Farmingdale homes for sale, Flux Coffee relocated from the West Coast to bring the East Coast a transparent coffee experience. Visit to learn more about their ethical sourcing and manual brewing to create their amazing blends. Bring home a bag of beans from Burundi, Ethiopia, Costa Rica, or Peru so you can continue enjoying National Espresso Day at home.

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November
2

Long Island Vegan Restaurants - Laffey Real Estate

World Vegan Day may have been Nov. 1, but our real estate agents are still celebrating with a hearty, wholesome vegan dish this week. The annual event highlights the dietary and environmental benefits of veganism. No matter if you're strictly vegetarian, pescatarian, or someone who likes a good meal with or without meat, you'll love the offerings at these Long Island vegan restaurants.

  1. 3 Brothers of Rockville Centre – 285 Merrick Rd., Rockville Centre, NY 11570
    3 Brothers of Rockville Centre is the home of quality vegan and traditional pizza. Every item on their menu has a vegan alternative. For example, you could get a sausage pizza with two cheeses or its vegan partner, made with cashew mozzarella, cashew parmesan, and house-made seitan sausage. 3 Brothers of RVC is a perfect place to stop by a vegan slice after you've finished touring Rockville Centre homes for sale.

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October
12

Dessert Around Long Island- Laffey Real Estate

What could be better than Dessert Day? Celebrating that special day on Long Island, of course! There are so many legendary, local bakeries throughout Long Island communities, many of which have been serving the region for decades. Whether you're looking for a traditional treat or a fresh, new custom creation, Long Island's bakeries have it all. Our real estate agents are saving room for dessert, and we have all the delectable details on 5 of the best bakeries on Long Island.

  • Copenhagen Bakery – 75 Woodbine Ave., Northport, NY 11768
    You won't ever have to travel far from Northport homes for sale to enjoy a delicious dessert, thanks to legendary local bakeries like Copenhagen Bakery. Enjoy a meal from the extensive breakfast/lunch menu, and be sure to save room for dessert! Copenhagen Bakery offers a little bit of everything to satisfy your sweet tooth, including cookies, danish, pastries, cakes, and fresh breads. Grab a fresh cake from the shop to celebrate Dessert Day with your family, or call ahead to have a special cake custom made.

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September
21

Antique Shopping - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Searching for antiques and vintage pieces can be a fun treasure hunt, and fortunately, the Long Island, NY area—including Nassau, Sussex, and Queens counties—has plenty of shops you can explore. Each has their own special feel and history, and you'll have fun browsing for additions to your home.

Our real estate agents recommend stopping at the following five shops to go antiquing near Long Island:

  • The Vintage Living Antiques & Collectibles - 2863 Long Beach Road, Oceanside, NY 11572
    When you make a trip to The Vintage Living, located around the corner from Oceanside homes for sale, you never know what you'll find, but odds are high that you'll come back with something you didn't know you needed. From antique furniture to vintage advertising collectibles, this friendly and affordable shop is packed with items large and small.

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September
8

Wine & Cheese Shops - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

The pairing of wine and cheese has been practiced for centuries—in France, of course, but also in Britain. In both countries, it was recognized that cheese just seemed to bring out the best of the wine, and vice versa.

Turns out, it's all about chemistry. The astringency of wine is caused by a substance known as tannins, the acidity of which makes your mouth pucker. Cheese, on the other hand, is creamy and fatty and coats your mouth. Your mouth reacts pleasurably to the creamy coating at first, but then needs the wine to cut through it, cleansing your palate. Wine and cheese truly do complement each, causing you to crave the opposite whenever you consume one or the other.

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August
17

Restaurants for Waffles - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Waffles are simple in creation and appearance, but they lend themselves to a seemingly infinite number of variations, which is why they're such a popular brunch dish. Our real estate agents will be indulging at these great waffle spots to celebrate National Waffle Day on Monday, August 24. Why not find a new favorite flavor combination? 

  • Costa Nova Waffle - 211 - 2nd St., Mineola, NY 11501
    Named after a scenic beachside community in Portugal, Costa Nova Waffle will change everything you thought you know about waffles. Costa Nova serves a unique hybrid of traditional waffles and crepes, prepared Bolacha (crispy) or Tripa (soft). Choose from a selection of delectable fillings such as chocolate chips, cookie butter, and ovos moles, a traditional Portuguese egg custard. Costa Nova's waffles are designed to be portable, so you can eat on the go before viewing Mineola homes for sale. Hours are 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. - 10 p.m. Thursday, 9 a.m. - 11 p.m. Friday, noon - 11 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. - 9 p.m. Sunday.

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August
10

Golf Courses - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

August is National Golf Month, and it's hard to imagine a better time to be out on the links. Considering how much time we've all spent in self-quarantine this spring, getting out and playing a round of golf sounds better than ever. 

Here on Long Island, our real estate agents are always grateful to live in a place with some of the best golf courses in the Northeast. Golf is also a great activity when you want to get outside and have fun while still practicing safe social distancing. Be sure to check out these amazing Long Island golf courses this month:

  • Harbor Links Golf Course - 1 W Fairway Dr., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Nestled among the rolling hills of Nassau County, Harbor Links Golf Course offers well-groomed greens and fairways that challenge players of all skill levels. Harbor Links includes an 18-hole championship course as well as a 9-hole course and driving range. There are great views to be had from practically every hole. Harbor Links Golf Course is convenient to many beautiful Port Washington homes for sale and is routinely ranked among the very best of Long Island's public courses.

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July
20

Grow an Herb Garden - Owning a Home - Laffey Real Estate

Tired of buying fresh herbs at the supermarket and after snipping a few leaves, you find them withered in the fridge, unusable? What if you had your very own herb garden, where you could pinch off just as much as you needed and no more, leaving the plant to grow on and keep producing? If you've thought about an herb garden but weren't sure how to get started, take heart. Many herbs are easy-peasy to grow. 

While you can grow herbs handily indoors in a sunny window or with a grow lamp, you can also create garden magic with herbs outdoors. Your herbs will be more profuse with plenty of sunlight and fresh air, so it's worth a try. What's more, if you take some care to ensure it's well designed and lovely to look at, your herb garden can be a selling point when you put your Long Island home on the market. Just ask our real estate agents about this and other tips for selling your home.

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July
13

Farmers Markets - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

The only thing better than loading up your plate with crisp, fresh produce is picking it yourself from a local produce stand. Farmers markets, produce markets, and specialty shops throughout Long Island have the best greens from around the state. Our real estate agents encourage you to order a bag of fresh, seasonal produce for pickup or delivery from one of these area produce stands.

  • Roslyn Farmers Market – Christopher Morley Park, 500 Searington Rd., Roslyn, NY 11576
    All of the wonderful local vendors at The Roslyn Farmers Market now accept preorders for pickup, giving you a convenient and safe way to get your weekly produce box. Part of the Long Island Growers Market, you can also shop the market in person if you're in town viewing our Roslyn homes for sale and would like to get to know their 25 vendors before you make your selections.

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July
6

Cooking Classes - Long Island, NY - Laffey Real Estate

If you're anything like our real estate agents, you've been spending a lot of your stay-at-home time in the kitchen. Take the next step in developing your culinary repertoire with these great cooking and baking classes around Long Island.

  • Baking Coach - 320 Broadway-Greenlawn Rd., Huntington, NY 11743
    For Lisa Basini, founder of Baking Coach, culinary skills are more than just a means of preparing food. As a child, Lisa used her passion for cooking to learn reading and math. As she grew older, food gave her an education and appreciation for other cultures. Baking Coach is currently offering virtual workshops via Zoom, with summer workshops for kids near Huntington homes for sale expected to begin in late July. Visit the website for dates and registration info.

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May
11

Gardening Tips - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

With the weather warming up, it's a great time to experiment with gardening. Not sure you have a green thumb? Don't worry, it's easier than you think! Even some of our real estate agents who have never gardened before are excited to start this new hobby. Here are some of the best tips to help you get started.

  1. Decide What You Want to Grow
    First, it's helpful to think about what you want to grow. Do you want a full vegetable garden with a variety of foods? Would you prefer to plant some pretty flowers? Or maybe a small herb garden is more your speed.

    Don't over-think it! There's no right or wrong answer to this question and, remember, you can always change your mind next year.

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May
4

Online Classes - Laffey Real Estate

Even if you're stuck at home, your family can still travel the world virtually with Airbnb. This popular app that lets homeowners host guests from around the globe now offers the opportunity for guests to digitally embark on experiences hosted by talented men and women. Our real estate agents encourage you to grab the family and join one of these entertaining Airbnb experiences from the comfort of your own home.

  • The Medici Escape Room
    We bet you didn't know that you could play an escape room challenge in which you didn't leave the room! Travel to Florence, Italy, for The Medici Escape Room. This experience is half an escape room, half a trivia game, and 100 percent fun. In this challenge, you'll learn about the history of the Medici Family while solving puzzles and riddles that take you around Renaissance-era Florence. All you need is a pen, paper, and some quick thinking to enjoy this fun game!

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April
13

Long Island Restaurant Takeout - Laffey Real Estate

Are you looking for a way to skip a few trips to the grocery store and enjoy one night without a sink full of dishes? Then let these Long Island restaurants and cafes keep your family fed throughout the week. Our real estate agents have identified six restaurants around Nassau, Suffolk, and Queens Counties that offer convenient take-out and delivery options.

  1. Ben's — 211-37 26th Ave., Bayside, NY 11360
    Ben's
    knows that there's nothing quite like a classic New York deli sandwich to remind us of simpler times. Thankfully, their overstuffed sandwiches, paninis, burgers, salads, and other menu items are available to-go. Hot entrees and cold entrees, including their family-style dinners, are all available for pick-up. Close to Bayside homes for sale, Ben's is closed for Passover, but you can still purchase gift cards online to use once the restaurant reopens April 17 for takeout orders.

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April
6

Long Island Museums Online - Laffey Real Estate

Long Island is home to several museums that offer a wide array of fine art, history, education, and community programs. Our real estate agents love exploring the rich culture and history of this beautiful area. Here they share some of their faves that feature virtual exhibitions and information you can check out online.

  • Nassau County Museum Of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn, NY
    Located on the former Frick Clayton Estate in the heart of Long Island's Gold Coast, the Nassau County Museum of Art, located near Roslyn homes for sale, features a range of rotating exhibitions and a permanent collection of more than 600 pieces that includes works by Roy Lichtenstein, Auguste Rodin, and other 19th- and 20th-century artists. Take a sneak peek online at the museum's current exhibit called Blue, which features works by Picasso, Matisse, Klee, and others, as well as the impressive sculpture garden.

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February
24

St. Patrick's Day Events - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Whether you have a deep Irish ancestry or you're Irish for the day, our real estate agents know that there's nothing quite like celebrating St. Patrick's Day on Long Island. The first St. Patrick's Day celebrations in the United States took place in Boston in 1737, and St. Patrick's Day has long been a national holiday in Ireland. Along with celebrating Ireland's patron saint, St. Patrick's Day in America has grown into a celebration of Irish culture. Plan for a full day of St. Patrick's Day family fun, with our guide to celebrating the luck of the Irish around Long Island.

February
17

Bakeries for Paczki - Laffey Real Estate

Did you know that one of the sweetest holidays of the year happens on the day before Lent? For people of Polish heritage and anyone who loves Polish cuisine, Fat Tuesday is better known as National Paczki Day! Whether you're trying paczki for the first time or you've been looking forward to this unique holiday all year long, Nassau County has tons of great bakeries and Polish delis where you can celebrate in style. Our real estate agents have all of the delicious details on where to celebrate National Paczki Day around Nassau County this year.

Order Paczki at These 5 Places

  1. Polish Kitchen and Deli – 602 Glen Cove Ave., Sea Cliff, NY 11579
    With a convenient location close to Sea Cliff homes for sale, the Polish Kitchen and Deli is the perfect place to pick up paczki and so much more. If you're looking for a full meal before you enjoy your sweet treat, this is the place to be. The Polish Kitchen and Deli features a full hot lunch buffet, with all of your favorite Polish specialties in one place.

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December
16

Long Island New Year's Celebrations - Laffey Real Estate

Ready to roll into the Roaring 2020s? Then join our real estate agents and get ready to ring in the New Year at one of these exciting NYE parties around Long Island.

  • Jericho Terrace New Year's Eve Gala — Jericho Terrace 249 Jericho Turnpike, Mineola, NY 11501
    Toast to a new year full of happiness and health at the New Years' Eve Gala on the Jericho Terrace. Bring your finest attire when shopping Mineola homes for sale and enjoy an evening of unlimited fun and entertainment. Cocktail hour will feature dozens of appetizers, which will roll right into a delicious dinner of salad, pasta, and a surf and turf dish. Savor a dessert trio of cupcakes, cheesecake, and cannolis before a champagne toast at midnight.

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December
2

Holiday Shop Local - Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

The holidays are almost here, and with that comes the challenge of finding unique gifts for all the special people on your shopping list. Although you could go to a big box store to take care of your holiday shopping. our real estate agents recommend exploring some of the great local shops around Long Island. Not only is this an excellent way to support your community, but you're also far more likely to find one-of-a-kind gifts that are sure to really "wow" your family and friends.  

Not sure where to start? No problem! Here are a few of our favorite places to find unique Christmas gifts for every type of recipient.

  1. Wit & Whim: 6 Carlton Ave., Port Washington, NY 11050
    Wit & Whim offers an excellent selection of modern, vintage, and handmade items from over 60 local merchants. Shopping at this store is even more special because they give back a portion of all their profits to deserving charitable organizations!

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November
4

Nassau County Turkey Trots - Laffey Real Estate

There's nothing quite like lacing up your running shoes and hitting the pavement in the crisp fall air of Nassau County. With Thanksgiving right around the corner, our real estate agents are excited to share these upcoming 5K runs and walks in and around Nassau County this season!

  • Massapequa Park Turkey Trot - 1000 Lake Shore Drive, Massapequa Park, NY 11762
    On Saturday, November 23, the 10th annual Massapequa Park Turkey Trot offers a chance to run to raise money for a great cause. The race benefits the YES Community Counseling Center and its mission to increase awareness, prevent and treat drug use and abuse. Arrive at Brady Park between 7 and 8:30 am for check-in and registration, followed by the 8:30 am Youth Fun Run and 9:00 am 5K Run/Walk. Brady Park is a lovely green space just minutes from Nassau County homes for sale.

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October
21

Long Island Fall Hiking - Laffey Real Estate

Fall is officially here on Long Island. For some, that means a welcome return of pumpkin spice lattes and hot apple cider. For our real estate agents, it means perfect weather to head outdoors and do some exploring. 

Long Island is blessed with some of the most splendid hiking trails in the Northeast, with quiet forests and peaceful gardens that give hikers throughout the region ample opportunity to explore. Be sure to check out some of these favorite fall hiking spots around Long Island this season. 

  • Trail View State Park - 8101 Jericho Turnpike, Woodbury, NY
    This 400-acre, 7.4-mile linear park is a fantastic hiking destination that creates a link between Cold Spring Harbor State Park on the north shore to Bethpage State Park on the south shore. Trail View State Park offers rolling terrain and serene views, with opportunities for hiking, jogging, and cycling. The southern section is open to pets as well, and the park's location under the Atlantic Flyway makes it a favorite spot for bird watching. You can access the park at several points, including along the Jericho Turnpike near these Woodbury homes for sale

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October
7

Long Island Halloween Events - Laffey Real Estate

Long Island celebrates Halloween like no other area of New York. Our real estate agents invite you to join us at one of these great spooktacular events around Long Island.

  • Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns — 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY 11568 | Oct 4-6, 11-13, 17-20, 24-28
    We guarantee you've never seen many pumpkins as are on display at the Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns event. Over 30,000 carved pumpkins will be on display at this family-friendly fall fathering. One of the coolest and most iconic events in the country, Rise of the Jack O'Lanterns cannot be missed! Be sure to buy tickets and plan a visit when you come to check out Old Westbury homes for sale.

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September
16

Coffee Houses Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Caffeine fiends — get ready to sip and celebrate National Coffee Day on September 29th! Some of the best cafés in the state are located right here on Long Island. Our real estate agents have ventured from end to end in search of the best brews, favorite flavors, and coolest coffee shops for you to visit during National Coffee Day.

  1. Babylon Bean Coffee House — 17 Fire Island Ave., Babylon, NY 11702
    The perfect way to start your National Coffee Day is at Babylon Bean Coffee House. Just around the corner from Babylon homes for sale, they are the center for the caffeinated community of Long Island. If your blood type is coffee, then Babylon Bean has the locally roasted beans sourced from around the world that your body needs to survive the workday.

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September
9

Oktoberfest Around Long Island - Laffey Real Estate

Oktoberfest always ranks among the liveliest holidays of the year around Long Island, with a ton of festivals and events taking place in the area. There will be drink specials at your favorite watering holes, family-friendly events organized by local communities, and celebrations of all things German throughout the early fall on Long Island. Sample authentic German dishes, enjoy the best Bavarian beers, then get ready to hit the dance floor at Oktoberfest celebrations this year. Our real estate agents have the details on 5 fun Oktoberfest events on Long Island in 2019.

  1. Oktoberfest at Black Forest Brew Haus – 2015 New Hwy, Farmingdale, NY 11735
    Stop by Black Forest Brew Haus, located close to Farmingdale homes for sale, to enjoy Oktoberfest specials and celebrations from late September through October. Visit Long Island's authentic German restaurant and brewery for the true Oktoberfest experience, complete with local craft beer inspired by the best Bavarian brews. Black Forest Brew Haus offers a taste of Oktoberfest any time of the year and really kicks thing into high gear during the annual celebration in October.

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August
5

Long Island Horseback Riding Lessons
If you love riding and all things equestrian, then there are few better places than Long Island to call home. It's a welcoming place for riders of all ages and experience levels, kids included! There are facilities throughout Long Island that offer riding lessons for kids, and so much more. Whether your child wants to learn the ropes of riding for fun or train to participate in competitions, you'll find a training facility in the area that suits your needs. Our real estate agents have all the details on the best spots for riding lessons to introduce your kids to the robust equestrian scene on Long Island.

  • Thomas School of Horsemanship – 250 Round Swamp Rd., Melville, NY 11747
    Located close to Melville homes for sale, the Thomas School of Horsemanship is one of the top-ranked learning facilities on Long Island. The Thomas School offers lessons year-round, with a comprehensive training program at the Riding School. In addition to teaching riding skills, the Thomas School stresses riding safety for all ages. Kids will learn in a safe, encouraging setting that offers everything they need to learn the ropes.

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July
8

Long Island Ice Cream Shops

Whether you're looking to celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 21 or simply searching for a sweet treat to cool off on any summer day, Long Island is a fantastic place to enjoy some ice cream.  It's only fitting since the first ice cream parlor in America opened its doors in New York City in 1790.

Residents of the city have been enjoying the fabulous flavors of local ice cream shops ever since, and today Long Island is home to a wealth of options for satisfying your sweet tooth. Our REALTORS® offer this list for some of the best spots for ice cream on Long Island.

  1. Herrell's Ice Cream – 46L Gerard St., Huntington 11743
    Looking for something sweet close to Huntington homes for sale? Then be sure to stop by Herrell's Ice Cream, where there's always something new and delicious to try. Herrell's is a cheerful, old-fashioned ice cream parlor, serving up memories for more than three decades. This shop also pioneered the "Smoosh-in," where ice cream is blended with chopped up cookies, candy, and other treats.

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June
4

Long Island Vinyl Record Stores

Did you know that vinyl records are back and growing more popular by the year? Whether you're new to the world of vinyl, have been collecting for years, or recently rekindled your love for the format, you're certainly not alone.

Vinyl record shops are popular hangouts, where you can search for obscure records, add old favorites to your collection or discover new music recorded on vinyl. Long Island is home to some of the best vinyl shops in the region. Our real estate agents have the details on the best places to shop for vinyl in Long Island communities.

  1. Mr. Cheapo CD and Record Exchange – 2020 Jericho Tpke., Commack 11725
    Looking for a soundtrack while you shop for Commack homes for sale? Stop by Mr. Cheapo CD and Record Exchange, where you can find great deals on records from across a wide range of genres. This is one of the most well-known music shops on Long Island and has been serving the area with affordable music for more than three decades.

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May
20

Memorial Day Weekend Events on Long Island
With so many current military members and veterans living on Long Island, it's no surprise that Memorial Day holds a special place in the hearts of our residents. Our real estate agents are humbled by the sacrifices the brave women and men of our armed forces have made and plan on honoring their bravery throughout the weekend. You and your family can celebrate this important annual holiday as well by attending one of these Memorial Day events.

  1. Memorial Day Flag Placement at Long Island National Cemetery – Wellwood Ave, Farmingdale, NY 11735
    What better way to honor those who have died for our country than at the Memorial Day Flag Placement Ceremony at Long Island National Cemetery? Beginning at 6:00 am on May 26th, volunteers will place flags at the headstones of our beloved veterans who have defended our freedom. At 2:00 pm, a ceremony will take place at the Memorial Garden. If you would like to show your respect and appreciation for our fallen soldiers, donate your time and make sure each headstone is not without a proud American flag. Just down the road from Farmingdale homes for sale, the ceremonial events at the Long Island National Cemetery offer an admirable way to spend your Memorial Day Weekend.

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May
13

Long Island Wineries

National Wine Day is May 25.  Our real estate agents are here with seven wineries throughout Long Island that we think that you will love.

  1. Vinizzo - 343 Sea Cliff Ave., Sea Cliff, NY11579
    The Izzo family combines modern science with old-world knowledge at Vinizzo to produce some of the finest wines found in the Long Island area. Each wine is aged to perfection and tells its own unique story as you uncork for a quiet dinner at home or a celebration with friends. While you're searching for the perfect Sea Cliff homes for sale, visit Vinizzo, and taste what makes this winery an essential part of the Sea Cliff community.

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May
6

 

Long Island Swim Lessons

Our real estate agents are enjoying spring, and we hope you are, too!

Warm weather means a whole lot more fun you can have both indoors and out. That's especially important for kids, many of whom are getting ready to greet summer vacation.

When school is out, giving kids something exciting to do is key to managing their energy level. One great solution is to teach the young ones how to swim.

Long Island kids and teens can get a lot out of learning to swim. After all, swimming is the first step toward safety at sea, and boating is one of Long Island's top hobbies.

But swimming can also be a blast on its own. At the right swim school, kids will meet new friends and build skills they can use to be more active throughout life.

Here are some places to learn to swim on Long Island:

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March
25

Oyster Bay Coe Hall Historic House Museum

Our REALTORS® want to invite you to celebrate the beauty of the natural world in Oyster Bay. Arbor Day is coming, and it's the perfect time to appreciate the outdoors.

Oyster Bay homes for sale are situated within a beautiful landscape that incorporates green spaces making full use of gorgeous its surrounding Long Island real estate. Although Oyster Bay is home to more than 294,000 people, its many trees give it a relaxed air.

Not surprisingly, the Oyster By community recognizes and protects its natural heritage. When Arbor Day arrives on April 27, people come out to celebrate and to plant trees for the next generation.

It's the Arbor Day Family Festival, and it's an event you won't want to miss.

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March
18

Long Island Area Parks
There's nothing like a walk in the park to clear your mind and enjoy the beauty of nature. Our real estate agents along with many clients want to live near the outdoor spaces Long Island real estate offers.

Although Long Island is renowned for its breathtaking shoreline, there are many different types of parks. You'll see them situated around hilly plains, forested areas, and, yes, seaside cliffs from one end of the Island to the other. There's always something to see and do.

National Take a Walk in the Park Day is celebrated on Saturday, March 30 this year. There has never been a better time to get outside and appreciate all that makes Long Island unique.

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January
28

Long Island Valentine's Day
Long Island is an amazing place to live and if you're looking for creative ideas to pamper or surprise the one you love On Valentine's Day there are plenty of options to choose from. Our real estate agents have created this handy guide to help you make this special day a hit with your honey.

Romantic Eats

Valentine's Day is a great opportunity to explore some of the exciting culinary options Long Island has to offer. Who knows, you may even end up finding a new favorite:

  • 2 Spring - 2 Spring St., Oyster Bay
    This farm-to-table American Brasserie has a sophisticated feel without being stuffy. The menu at 2 Spring features fresh seafood, a raw bar, premium farm meats, small plates and seasonal produce sourced from Long Island's very own North Fork. Enjoy beautiful views of the town square and take in the eclectic design and décor that features a modern ambiance with mid-century flair. Reservations are a must for this Oyster Bay hot spot.

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January
21

Long Island Cooking Classes
There is a beautiful kitchen in your new home that our real estate agents know you are eager to put through its paces. You may even want to prepare some new recipes to celebrate. As you ponder the possibilities, you will be delighted to discover that Long Island is home to some of the finest cooking classes on the East Coast. Each of the following five locales can help you braise, bake, brew, and stew a meal that your family and friends will praise.    

  1. Sur La Table - 1468 Northern Blvd, Manhasset
    Sur La Table offers a wide selection of culinary tools that chefs crave. If it whisks, whirls, or cuts, you will find it stocked on their shelves. Everything they offer will fit easily within the Manhasset homes for sale you have your eye on. The premier classes offered at Sur La Table are designed to show you how to combine tools and techniques to achieve culinary perfection with every meal.

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December
17

Long Island Wineries
There's no doubt Long Island is an exciting place to live. If you're a wine enthusiast moving to one of our communities, all the better. Throughout the Long Island real estate area, you'll find plenty of places to relax with a glass of your favorite Bordeaux or chardonnay. Our real estate agents compiled a list of five favorite vineyards and wineries so you can get a "taste" of what it means to live here.

  1. Vinizzo - 343 Sea Cliff Ave., Sea Cliff
    Producing quality wine is part of the Izzo family tradition, and at Vinizzo, you'll experience the results of generations-old knowledge of winemaking perfected through modern techniques. Each vintage is a unique presentation of flavor and history, delighting the palate and warming the heart. While you're looking at Sea Cliff homes for sale, make some time to visit Vinizzo, and taste what makes this winery so unique.

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November
27

Long Island Holiday Family Events
The holiday season is right around the corner, and before long, the sights and sounds of Christmas will be everywhere. During this time of year, there are always plenty of great activities in the Long Island area.  Our real estate agents picked out a few of our favorites we're certain your family will enjoy.

  1. Hearthside Cheer - Rogers Mansion, 17 Meeting House Lane, Southampton, NY
    Add some unique holiday fun to your schedule this year by joining the festivities at Hearthside Cheer. From beautiful decorations to tempting treats to sample, Rogers Mansion going all out to deck the halls for this special event. The Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest promises to be loads of fun, so get ready for an evening to remember.

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November
19

Long Island Kids See Santa
The holiday season will be here before you know it, and that means Santa Claus is coming to town. During this magical time of year, there's nothing quite like seeing the joy in your children's eyes when visiting with Jolly Old St. Nick. Our real estate agents have made a list and checked it twice, so all you'll have to do is make your way out to one of the following places around Long Island for holiday memories that will last a lifetime.

  1. White Post Animal Farm - 250 Old Country Road Melville, NY 11747
    The Christmas Season comes to life at White Post Animal Farm. While getting their picture made with Santa may be the highlight of the trip for your kids, there are other fun activities to enjoy while you're there. Holiday train rides and pony rides will delight them.

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November
13

Long Island Restaurants Thanksgiving Dinner
Thanksgiving foodies have a great reason to love living on Long Island. Some of Long Island's favorite restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving Day serving traditional turkey dinners, while others allow you to order off an a la carte menu.

This year, instead of cooking and cleaning for days, why don't you let someone else do the hard work? Our real estate agents recommend dining at one of these six Long Island restaurants on Thanksgiving Day.

  1. Brasserie Americana Bar, Lounge & Restaurant - 30 Cutter Mill Road, Great Neck, New York 11021
    The Brasserie Americana Bar, Lounge & Restaurant hosts a Thanksgiving buffet beginning at noon.  The meal includes a carving station and sides, such as pumpkin ravioli, candied sweet potatoes, and cornbread stuffing. It also features desserts including a chocolate fondue station. It costs $42.95, with children 10 and under half price. 

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October
18

Rockville Centre Spooky Fest
Long Island's Rockville Centre is a close-knit, family-friendly community sure to top your list of possible new hometowns when you're searching for homes for sale in Rockville Centre.

As our real estate agents will attest, there are plenty of things going on in this community for everyone from seniors to young families with children. One of the most popular of these is happening soon: Rockville Centre's Spooky Fest.

About Spooky Fest: An Annual Rockville Centre Halloween Celebration

Spooky Fest is an annual tradition in Rockville Centre, presented each October by the Center for Science Teaching and Learning (CSTL), a non-profit organization based in the community. The event takes place for seven days in October, during which the Tanglewood Preserve becomes 16 acres of family-friendly, spooky Halloween fun – complete with wooded paths, special effects, eerie lighting and plenty of characters and creatures.

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October
3

Old Westbury Halloween
For those seeking affluent, exclusive, and gorgeous places to reside in New York and Nassau County, Old Westbury homes for sale sit at the absolute pinnacle. With accolades like New York's most expensive suburb, awarded by Business Week, and having one of the three best public gardens in the world according to Four Seasons Magazine, Old Westbury earns its place as one of the most iconic and luxurious places to live in the nation.

At Laffey Real Estate our real estate agents put a focus on helping locals and prospective homebuyers to stay up to date with all of the great reasons to buy a home in Old Westbury and the surrounding areas. With art, excellent dining, and events on the regular, there's a lot to love! In keeping with the upcoming season, our spotlight now turns to RISE of the Jack O' Lanterns—an iconic staple among local Nassau County fall event lovers.

RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns - 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, NY

RISE of the Jack O'Lanterns has been entertaining visitors for seven years running now, offering an exciting range of attractions that has evolved and grown exponentially throughout the years. The event's mainstay includes an impressive array of multi-pumpkin structures—literally dozens upon dozens of jack o'lanterns configured into sculptures of fire trucks, spooky beasts, and the ever-impressive 40-foot jack o'lantern dragon. And new and exclusive to this year, you'll be able to enjoy moving, talking lantern sculptures along the path!

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September
20

Long Island See Fall Colors
One of the best parts of autumn is the opportunity to see beautiful fall foliage. It's just one of the many reasons our real estate agents and clients love to live here on Long Island.

The brilliant yellows, reds, and oranges of fall are a wonderful sign of the turning of the seasons. It might surprise you just how many opportunities Long Island offers to see colors up close.

Of course, many communities maintain a rich assortment of beautiful trees that you can visit any time of year. Public parks are especially precious here on Long Island.

However, there are fall sights to see far beyond your local picnic ground.

Let's look at six of our favorite places to see Long Island's fall colors:

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September
13

Long Island - The Paramount in Huntington

When you start your search for Huntington homes for sale, you'll soon understand why Money Magazine named our town to its 50 Best Places to Live in America list.  

Our real estate agents work hard to share information with clients about everything that makes buying a home in Huntington great from our art, culture, recreation, and plenty of spots for fun, relaxation, and entertainment. We recommend that you make time in your schedule for an exciting evening at The Paramount. It's one of the city's landmark locations, and it's a great place to let your hair down.

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September
6

Babylon Village Glen's Dinette
If you're making a move to Long Island, spend some time in Babylon Village. It's a culturally rich community with a strong sense of history and warm family friendly feel. Fall is a great time to tour Babylon homes for sale. While you're here, our real estate agents suggest you try breakfast at Glen's Dinette. It's a local institution that's always crowded and a great place to meet your new neighbors when you move to the community.

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August
30

Merrick Golf Club Long Island

Merrick homes for sale are fast becoming some of the most desirable in Long Island – not only as an amazing place to live but as an investment for the future. 

Our real estate agents have helped introduce hundreds of clients to Merrick, and we're proud to say so many of them are now living happily with an authentic Long Island lifestyle.

Senior executives, retirees, and rising professionals have all been attracted to the Merrick area for its amenities and unique charm. And one of the most popular ways to spend time outdoors in and around Merrick is the great pastime of golf.

Golfers of all skill levels will find courses ranging in difficulty from an enjoyable and relaxed outing to a tough, strategic challenge – sometimes, all of the above in the same nine or eighteen holes.

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August
7

Huntington Oheka Castle

Huntington homes for sale are attracting plenty of acclaim these days, and our real estate agents are ready to handle the increased demand. But, naturally, even the most dedicated house-hunters don't spend all of their time looking for homes – they also want to get acclimated to Long Island's Gold Coast and all its amenities and sights. And what sights they are!

The Gold Coast is known for both its natural and man-made wonders.  In addition to the Gold Coast's beach and historic lighthouses, it has a collection of gorgeous mansions. Some modern, some historical, all of these fabulous constructions are impressive in their own way. There are even mansion tours so you can see all of them in a whirlwind tour that will leave you breathless.

If you only have time to see one magnificent mansion, though, we have the pick for you.  It's the Oheka Castle, also known as the Otto Kahn Estate.

And it stands out as truly unique in an area that's replete with architectural wonders. 

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July
3

Flushing NY - Citi Field
When it comes to the best Flushing homes for sale, you can bet our real estate agents are here to play ball. We're ready to go extra innings for you in the big game of buying a home in Flushing – and we've helped plenty of clients just like you reach the "home run" of home ownership. 

Not surprisingly, many new Flushing homeowners are big fans of the game of baseball.

The New York Mets are a local institution who've been gladdening the hearts of baseball fans for generations. Some of the greatest players to ever step on the diamond have played for the Mets, and the team's storied rivalry with the Boston Red Sox is the stuff of sports mythology.

So, if you want to see the very best baseball has to offer, Flushing is the perfect place for you to be. You'll never miss a moment of the action right within driving distance of the phenomenal Citi Field.

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June
27

Long Island Celebrates July 4
Our real estate agents
are moving into a busy and exciting summer season. There are some amazing opportunities for home buyers like you throughout Long Island. No matter whether this is your first home, you want to trade up, or it's time to downsize, we can help you. 

We meet many visitors to Long Island who've been to the area a few times and found that it's simply right for them. There's always something more to discover, and that's especially true when major holidays roll around. Long Islanders really know how to celebrate!

In fact, Long Island is known for some of the best Fourth of July events anywhere in the United States.

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June
13

Long Island Montauk Point Lighthouse

Our real estate agents at Laffey Real Estate are always looking for ways to introduce more home buyers to everything Long Island has to offer. Our local area has a character all its own that you won't want to miss. Even if you're familiar with Manhattan, Long Island is an experience! 

One amazing aspect of Long Island is all the history you can still find standing side by side with beautiful, modern homes and amenities. It's impossible to overlook all the wonderful ways its past and environment has shaped all Long Island offers its residents.

One of the centerpieces of Long Island's unique beauty is the Montauk Point Lighthouse.

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June
4

Living on Long Island
Life is just a little sweeter when you live on Long Island, and there are so many reasons to love calling the island home. Whether you're searching for outdoor fun, waterfront views, spectacular real estate, or excellent entertainment, you'll find it close to home on Long Island. Our real estate agents are here to help you get acquainted, with our guide to ten things you need to know about living on Long Island.

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