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How to Have a Successful Halloween Party for Kids

You are about to launch the biggest and best Halloween party ever. Your kids and their friends are ecstatic about the activities, decorations, and creepy creations. Here are some tips and suggestions to assist you in your preparation.

Get Organized

Search the web and read books and magazines for interesting new ideas and activities. Sit down and make a list of everything that needs to be done and all the items that need to be purchased. If you are ordering any items online, make sure to allow plenty of time for shipping, exchanges, and returns. Make a list of all the perishable foods that need to be purchased and place your catering order 24-48 hours in advance.

Create a Scary Haunted House

A haunted house is a great addition to any Halloween party. Select an area of the house or yard (an outdoor shed, a porch area, or a specific room in the house) and start setting up in advance because it will take some time to create and prepare the haunted house. Use plenty of spider webs, life-size scary figures and spooky music to create the perfect ambience.

Prepare Ghoulish Goodies

Food and beverage selections are a great way to get creative. For example, fill a rubber glove with water, freeze and remove the glove. Place the ice hand inside a bowl of blood red fruit punch. Wrap hot dogs in strips of puff pastry to create miniature mummies. Create ghoulish names for all of the food selections and write them on small place cards.

Stock-Up on Halloween Candy There is a saying about purchasing Halloween candy, if you think you have enough candy, go out and buy some more. You can never have too many goodies to pass out to kids, you can even stock up on supplies a month before the party. Hand out goody bags either before or after the festivities begin, write the kid’s names on each bag in case they get misplaced.

 Host a Costume Contest

Dressing up in costumes is one of the best parts of Halloween. Hold a costume contest for the most original, the scariest and the best overall costume and encourage all the children invited to the party to dress up. You can even hold a separate contest for all the adults and helpers at the party. Have the guests vote by secret ballot and hand out special prizes to all the winners.

 Halloween Bingo

Have a Halloween bingo party, the equipment is minimal and all ages can participate; you will be amazed at how engaged the guests are. This will become an annual event that everyone looks forward to. Give out fun prizes such as cash, trinkets, or small gift cards to the winners.

Planning a Halloween party does not have to be difficult task, follow these tips and you will have the most successful and exciting Halloween party ever. Guests will be looking forward to your party for years to come.

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Fall Festivals the Entire Family Can Enjoy

Fall Festivals

Autumn is upon us bringing beautiful foliage and a bounty of festivals the entire family can enjoy. Plan a fun-filled weekend this fall at these family festivals happening on Long Island. Consider one of these fall festivals for your next family weekend adventure.

34th Annual Oyster Festival

Dates: Saturday, October 14 – Sunday, October 15th

Location: Theodore Roosevelt Park

West End Ave

Oyster Bay, NY

Cost: Free

Did you know that the Oyster Festival started as a hometown parade honoring Theodore Roosevelt? This festival has evolved into the largest outdoor festival, attracting over 200,000 visitors each year. The Oyster Festival is known for their iconic oyster eating and shucking contest, live entertainment, vendors, rides and much more. This festival is perfect for seafood lovers, culinary pros serve up inventive gourmet seafood dishes showcasing oysters and clams, along with other festival favorites including frozen hot chocolate, fried Oreos and funnel cakes. There are also plenty of carnival rides, exotic animals (including miniature ponies) and a Pirate exhibit, perfect for kids. This is a great way to spend and Indian summer weekend down by the waterfront.

Riverhead Country Fair

Date: Sunday, October 8th

Location: Riverhead’s Main Street

Riverhead, NY

Cost: Free

Every year Riverhead celebrates its farmers and the agricultural heritage at the Riverhead County Fair. This year is the 42nd annual Riverhead County Fair and there will be plenty of amusement rides, pony rides, pumpkin decorating contests, entertainers and delicious food. Tractor pulls and antique farm equipment will be displayed and make great photo ops.

RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns

Location: Garden of Gords

71 Old Westbury Road Old Westbury, NY

Dates: Various evenings in October

Tickets: therise.org

RISE of the Jack O’ Lanterns is returning for its 6th year at Westbury Gardens. Come see 5,000 hand-carved illuminated jack o’lanterns arranged along a scenic path set to a spooky musical score. Some fan-favorites will be reappearing along with new spectacular carvings. Did you know that 5,000 fresh pumpkins are carved each week? Get into the Halloween spirit and plan a family outing to the RISE of the Jack O’Lanterns; you will be amazed at the talent and creativity that goes into these pumpkin carvings.

56th Annual Apple Festival

Dates & Time: Saturday, October 7th– Sunday, October 8th  (9am- 5pm)

Location: Mill Neck Manor

40 Frost Mill Rd, Mill Neck, NY

Cost: Parking fee is $15 per vehicle.

The 56th Annual Apple Festival is located on the historic Gold Coast estate in Mill Neck Manor. This festival is filled with games and activities for children and plenty of mouth-watering goodies including ripe apples, jellies, fudge, and baked goods. There is also a pumpkin patch, handmade crafts and a variety of meats and cheeses. This is a great festival for the entire family; however keep in mind no dogs are allowed on the campus grounds.

 Long Island Fair

Dates: September 16, 17, 23, 24 (10 am-6pm)

Location: Old Bethpage Village Restoration

1303 Round Swamp Rd.

Old Bethpage, NY

Cost: $15 adults, $12 children ages 5-12, and children under 4 are free

Don’t miss the Long Island Fair at Old Bethpage Village Restoration; it is packed with fun family-friendly activities including carousel, petting zoo and potato sack races. This festival also has great entertainment including an acrobatic dual trampoline show, a juggling and aerialist performance and high dive show. Step back in time and enjoy an old-time baseball game and a demonstration by Teddy Roosevelt’s Rough Riders. Plan a beautiful fall day with the family to visit this historical landmark.

Oktoberfest at Eisenhower Park

Dates: Saturday, October 7-Monday, October 9th

Location: Eisenhower Park

1899 Park Boulevard

Westbury, NY

Cost: Free

Celebrate Oktoberfest and German culture on Long Island at Eisenhower Park. Enjoy German fare (including Bavarian pretzels, bratwurst, and schnitzel), dance to the live polka music, take a tractor ride and get lost in the pumpkin maze. This is a fun free festival and a great way to celebrate Oktoberfest with the entire family.

5th Annual rUNDEAD 5k Zombie Run & Fall Family Festival

Date: Saturday, November 4th 8:30am-4pm

Location: Massapequa PAL Field

510 Parkside Blvd Massapequa, 11758

Cost:  $30

The rUNDEAD is a 5k trail run benefitting the Special Olympics on Long Island. Each runner starts off with a flag belt and three flags (each flag represents a life-line). Zombies will try to take your flags one a time and each time a zombie grabs one of your flags you lose a life. The runner must finish the race with at least one flag in order to survive the zombies and be eligible for an award. This is a great event to raise money for a good cause, get some exercise and practice escaping from zombies.

Great Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular Sail 2017

Date & Time: Saturday October 28th 3pm-6pm

Location: Belmont Lake State Park

Southern State Parkway Exit 38 North Babylon, NY

Cost: Free Event

This Halloween themed event that is perfect for the whole family. There are balloon animals, a children’s spooky den, trick or treating, crafts and much more. However, the best part of the event is at dusk when 50 carved pumpkins are put on floatation devices, lit with candles and sailed on the back of kayaks around Belmont Lake. If you are one of the first 50 people to bring a carved pumpkin, yours might get picked to be sailed! Be sure to bring you camera this is definitely an event that you and your family will want to capture.

Spooky Fest

Date & Time: Saturday, October 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 (6:30pm.-9:30pm)

Location: Tanglewood Preserve

1450 Tanglewood Rd.

Rockville Centre, NY

Cost: $10 per person or $15 when including the scary “Haunted Woods” and “Maze of Zombies” attractions

Many activities for young kids around Halloween time can be too scary for them to enjoy. However, Spooky Fest features “Not-So-Spooky Walk”, Halloween Theater, arts and crafts, live animal exhibit, a “Mystic Den,” face painting and “Friendly Merry Monsters.” These “non spooky” activities are great way for the little ones to get in the Halloween spirit.

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Great Howl-O-ween Pet Parades and Events

Great Howl-O-ween Pet Parades and Events

People aren’t the only ones who get excited about the arrival of fall, canines love it too. Autumn is a great time of year to meet fellow dog lovers, enjoy the beautiful weather and dress you pet up in costume. Here are some upcoming fall and Halloween events that you and your pup can take full advantage of.

Wines and Canines Walk/Run
Date & Time: Sunday, October 1st 11am-2pm
Location: Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
2114 Sound Avenue
Baiting Hollow, NY
Price: Adults $30/ Children under 12 are free
Join fellow pet families at Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard for the annual Wines and Canines Walk/Run in support of homeless dogs at the Kent Animal Shelter. Take a long leisurely stroll or invigorating run along the North Fork wine & farm country while enjoying pop-up prizes along the route. Enter the auction, 50-50 raffle and the people/pet lookalike contest. Listen to live music from while you sip and swirl wines that benefit the rescue horses at the vineyard.

Paws on Parade
Date & Time: Saturday, October 07th 9:30am-12pm
Location: Rogers Mansion
17 Meeting House Lane
Southampton, NY
Cost: $20 in advance | $25 day of
The Paws on Parade is a great way to celebrate the pets in your life and support the animals of the Southampton Animal Shelter and restoration programs at the Southampton Historical Museum. Enjoy family-friendly activities including contests, an agility course, auctions, photo ops, face painting, etc. Take a stroll from Rogers Mansion to the Bathing Corporation beach. St. John’s Church will even have a station where you can have your animals blessed.

Halloween Pet Costume Contest
Date & Time: Saturday, October 14th 1pm-2pm
Location: All Petco locations
Come down to any Petco location on October 14th and receive 30% off dog and cat costumes, toys and treats from the Halloween Bootique. Enter you furry friends in the Halloween Pet Costume Contest for chance to win spooktacular prizes. If you decide to dress up with your pet, you can also earn Pal Reward bonus points.

Little Lucy’s Halloween Pet Parade 2017
Date & Time: Saturday, October 28th 1pm
Cost: $10
Location: Agawam Park                                                                                                                                                  23 Main St                                                                                                                                                         Southampton, NY 11968 (across the street from Little Lucy’s on Jobs Ln)
Little Lucy’s Canine Couture Boutique is holding their 17th annual Pet Parade to Benefit Wagging Tails Dog Rescue. Dress up your pup and join the Pet Parade as you walk through the village of Southampton. The dog wearing the best costume will win a special prize.

Fall Dog Festival
Date & Time: Sunday, October 29th 11am-4pm
Register by 2pm to participate in the parade
(Registration forms are at the map stand by the parking area)
The parade begins 3pm
Location: Old Westbury Gardens
71 Old Westbury Road
Old Westbury, NY
There are many fall festivals for families and kids but what about dogs? Bring your fur babies to the Fall Dog Festival with where all the displays, activities and exhibits are pet friendly. Dress up your furry friend and enter the costume contest and parade. This festival also has booths featuring several animal welfare and rescue organizations.





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Ways to Enjoy your Backyard Garden this Fall

Ways to Enjoy your Backyard Garden this Fall

Ways to Enjoy your Backyard Garden this Fall

Fall certainly has its benefits; the cool weather makes it pleasant to be outdoors and embrace the beauty of nature before the winter arrives. Your backyard should showcase what you enjoy; it should be a space that reflects your personality while accenting the exterior of your home. Here are a few ideas that will enhance to your backyard enjoyment during the fall months.

Plant some Veggies

Fall is a great time for gardening; many crops grow best during the cool weather. Several plants need to be watered less when it’s cold. Many leafy vegetables including kale, cabbage and Swiss chard grow best in cool weather. Experts suggest planning young plants rather than seeds and fertilizing before it gets too cold. Other vegetables that grow well in the fall include beats, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, peas, spinach, turnip, radishes, eggplant, cucumbers and squash. Fall gardens are also typically cheaper to create and maintain, just another reason to start planting. Fall is also a great time to repair summer lawn damage by seeding and fertilizing the bare spots on the grass.

Build a Butterfly House

Did you know that birds aren’t the only ones that need a home in your backyard? It turns out that you can attract more butterflies by building a butterfly house. Butterfly houses are tall and narrow structures with a few vertical slits in the front. They serve as shelter for butterflies during the colder months. A great way to add security to the butterflies’ home is by adding tree bark in a vertical position; this provides better protection and gives the butterflies something to cling onto when they go into hibernation. A butterfly home needs to be set up in a sunny location, mounted against a wall or wooden pole about 4 feet off the ground.

Prepare for Spring

Did you know that the fall is great time to start preparing your garden for next spring? Some plants need to set their roots before the ground freezes. Some of these plants include daffodils, tulips, hyacinths, and crocus. Perennial flowers are great additions to fall gardens because they come back every season without needing to be replanted. If you don’t have a green thumb, these flowers are beautiful and low-maintenance. Other flower options include mums, peonies, hibiscus, asters, and coral bells.

Create a Backyard Oasis

Create an area in the backyard where you can relax and watch the changing leaves. Take advantage of the end of the season patio furniture sales and score some great deals on outdoor furniture. Adding a bench, hammock or swing are great ways to provide comfortable and cozy seating. Buy or build a fire pit and gather around with friends and family, roast some hotdogs or make everyone’s favorite campfire treat, s’mores. Enhance the ambiance of your garden by adding string lights to illuminate the backyard during those autumn nights. Add a garden gnome, they are good luck and protect the garden.

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Long Island’s Best Baked Goods

Long Island’s Best Baked Goods

Want to know where the best local bake shops are on Long Island? We’ve narrowed down our favorite spots so you know where to go when you’re craving a cookie, brownie, cake or pastry. Here’s a list of incredible bakeries in Nassau and Suffolk County guaranteed to satisfy whether you’re craving sweet or savory baked goods.

NUTELLA OBSESSION BROWNIES

The Vanilla Bean l Carle Place

242 Voice Road, Carle Place, NY 11514 l 516-427-5034 l thevanillabeanny.com

Mon—Sat: 8am-8pm l Sun: 8am-7pm

The Vanilla Bean Bakery & Espresso Bar is owed by self-taught baker Aida Antoun and her husband Emad. This bakery uses premium ingredients and sources their coffee from a roaster in Brooklyn. Their signature item is their Nutella obsession brownies. These decadent chewy brownies are filled with spoonfuls of Nutella and will satisfy any chocolate lover. They also have Nutella cheesecake, cupcakes, cookies and cakes if you’re looking to get your Nutella fix.

HALLULLAS

San Antonio Bakery & Restaurant l Valley Stream

174 Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream, NY 11580 l 516-568-0075

Closed Mondays l Tue—Thu: 8am-9pm l Fri/Sat: 8am-10pm l Sun: 8am-9pm

San Antonio Bakery & Restaurant is not your typical one-stop shop; this two-in-one serves as a remedy to any craving. If you’re in the mood for authentic Chilean baked goods, look no further, the San Antonio Bakery offers a variety of breads and pastries. Hallullas (Chilean biscuits) have a similar texture and taste to a scone except larger, circular and stuffed with savory fillings. These are delicious with spreadable fruit or butter. They bake a variety of Chilean breads including the Marraqueta (a classic Chilean bread that is crispy and slightly salty) Coliza (a flat square chewy bread with a flakey crust) and Dobladitas (a quick bread that is rolled out, cut into circles, and folded in layers before baking.)

DOMINICAN STYLE CAKE

Little Sugar Shop l Valley Stream

157 Rockaway Ave, Valley Stream, NY 11580 l 516-612-2697 l littlesugarshop.com

Closed Mondays l Tue—Fri: 11am-6pm l Sat: 10am-6pm l Sun: 10am-2pm

Little Sugar Shop owner Vyancka Kilimet, started baking with her great aunt since when she was a child in the Dominican Republic. Her bake shop reflects her Dominican roots and the diverse population in the area. Her most requested item is a Dominican Style Cake, a moist pound cake filled with guava and dulce de leche and topped off with a marshmallow meringue frosting. Kilmet is always looking to add new items to her menu and travels around the globe learning techniques from the world’s top bakers.

LEMON POPPY BAKED DONUTS

Foughnuts l Great Neck

8 Bond St, Great Neck, NY 11021 l 516-466-0806

Mon—Thu: 9am-9pm l Fri/Sat: 8am-9pm l Sun: 9am-5pm

Foughnuts got its name because their doughnuts are baked, not fried like traditional yeast made doughnuts. These cake like doughnuts are moist and flavorful and are a healthier option compared to a fried chain store doughnuts. Some of the different types of doughnuts they bake include chocolate ganache, red velvet, cookies and cream, apple caramel and lemon poppy. This bakery is certified Kosher and offers gluten and peanut-free options. The doughnuts sell for $3.25 a piece and are guaranteed to satisfy your doughnut cravings.

 CROISSANTS

Saint Honore Pastry Shop l Port Washington

993 Port Washington Blvd, Port Washington, NY 11050 l 516-767-2555 l sainthonorepastry.com

Closed Mondays l Tues—Sat: 7am-7pm l Sun: 7am-1pm

Saint Honore Pastry Shop, is named after their famous puffed pastry that is filled with vanilla custard surrounded by caramel profiterollers and topped off with homemade whipped cream. They offer a variety of pastries, breads, cookies, and custom cakes. Their croissants are perfect for breakfast; almond or chocolate seems to be the most popular. They are buttery, flakey and go perfectly with a cup of coffee.

 SUFFOLK

AREPA CON QUESO

La Espiguita Bakery l Brentwood

1995 Brentwood Rd, Brentwood, NY 11717 l 631-952-3441

7 days/week: 6am-10pm

If you’re craving authentic Columbian baked goods, this spot is for you. They have many beautiful cakes and desserts as well as some Columbian favorites including Arepa con queso (corn tortilla with cheese) and empanadas. Platanos asados con bocadillo y queso, resembles a hotdog but it’s a baked plantain split in half stuffed with guava jam and cheese. This Columbian staple is sweet and savory.

CROISSANTS

Fiorello Dolce l Hungtington

57 Wall St, Huntington, NY 11743 l 631-424-0803

Closed Mondays l Tues—Sat: 7am-7pm l Sun: 7am-5pm

Fiorello Dolce is a European style patisserie with Parisian flair. They have a variety of pastries, cookies and cakes but their claim to fame is their legendary croissants. The croissants they offer are: plain, ham and swiss, bacon and cheddar, turkey and cheddar, French onion, almond, and chocolate. They also make “fernagles”, a bagel/croissant hybrid. Danishes are made from the same dough but have fruit instead. The owners also claim the bakery is visited by ghosts and sprits and even had a medium confirm that.

WEDDING CAKE

The Rolling Pin l Setauket & Bay Shore

1387 Route 25A, Setauket, NY l 631-689-2253

Mon-Sat: 6am-7pm l Sun: 6am-5pm

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184 West Main Street, Bayshore, NY l 631-647-5112

Mon-Sat: 6:30am-6pm l Sun: 7am-4pm

Culinary Institute graduate, David Dombroff, has been creating incredible deserts for over 20 years. His team of “confectionery wizards” helped him make The Rolling Pin one of the most sought out bakeries for wedding cakes on Long Island. They even offer 11 different cake fillings to choose from and a complimentary one year anniversary cake. How can you beat that?

 

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Five Clever Ideas for Organizing Your Home

An organized home is essential for maintaining a smooth daily routine. A cluttered environment is difficult to dust and clean and prolonged exposure to dirty and dusty living conditions can even affect your health. When you live an organized life, you will have less stress, get chores done quicker and have more time to do what you love. Organizing your home might seem like a chore, but once you discover these five clever hacks, it will quickly transform your life.

A makeover for your makeup

Looking for a great way to organize your makeup? A votive holder, vase and even a mason jar are great places to store makeup brushes and razors and are aesthetically pleasing. Fill your container with coffee beans; it will help to keep those brushes upright in the holder. Hanging shoe organizers also make great makeup holders. Hang your organizer behind a door for a plethora of storage and easy access.

Coffee that goes the distance

Before you throw out your old coffee canisters, give them good a wash so that they can be used to store items at home. You can also upcycle your coffee can by painting it or covering it with wallpaper. Coffee cans are a great way to organize nuts, bolts and nails in the garage, store items on the bathroom counter and hold kitchen utensils. They can even be used store pens, pencils and rulers on a desk as well as personal belongings on a dresser.

Spray bottles suspended to perfection

Looking to keep the area underneath the sink organized? Keep spray bottles off the ground by installing a tension rod under the sink or in a cabinet. A tension rod can be purchased at a local curtain store and will allow you to grab what you need when you need it, rather than having to dig through unnecessary items.

Magazine holders you were sure you’d never use

A magazine holder can be used for more than just storing magazines; it is a great kitchen hack. Place a magazine holder on its side for an easy way to stack frying pans or store rolls of aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Cutting boards and baking trays can also be kept in one place using a holder, genius!

Refrigerator storage at its finest

There are many ways that you can organize a refrigerator for more access and space. Try placing condiments and other items on a Lazy Susan (a rotating stationary dish) to make items easier to locate and reach. Kitchen organizer bins can be used in a pantry, refrigerator, freezer or storage cabinet. This is a great way to keep items neatly separated and returned to its original location. Another great way to create more room and store additional items is by adding a bonus shelf inside the refrigerator (a cooling rack would work great too.) This tip allows for items to be placed underneath and on top providing more vertical storage inside the refrigerator.

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2017 Fall Fashion Must Haves

Autumn is right around the corner and it’s time to start breaking out sweaters, scarves and boots and stocking up on the newest fall fashion trends. From bonfire bliss to apple crisp, fall wraps you in an immersive, sensual experience and your wardrobe should reflect that flavor. Fall is all about being cozy and comfortable, but you also want to feel confident. The good news is you don’t have to compromise comfort with these fabulous fall fashion tips.

Get the Skinny

Jeans are the building block for an entire look. Jeans are comfortable, flattering and flexible- the chameleons of the closet. Classic skinny jeans lend themselves to a wide variety of fresh fall styles. The clean lines mean they are easy to accessorize, plus they pair well with bulky sweaters, oversized tees and tunics. Finish your look with a pair of boots; short boots create a sexy flair, while tall boots flatter all shapes.

Take on Texture

Fall fashion is all about texture and interest, and there is something for everyone. Sweaters are a fundamental part of any fall wardrobe and come in a wide variety of styles, colors and patterns. If sweaters aren’t your thing, try tops embellished with fringe, fur, velvet, suede and sequins. Popular prints that you’ll be seeing this fall include plaid and animal prints.

Create a Capsule

Embrace the beautiful autumn color palette consisting of black, brown, camel, burgundy, olive, mustard, gray and pumpkin. These colors mix and match well. Build your fall fashion around a handful of key pieces that are interchangeable for a variety of looks. Capsule basics accessorize easily with pops of color. The monochromatic looks featured at the Fall 2017 New York Fashion Week showcased dynamic scarves, purses and shoes.

It’s All In the Details

Your personality is reflected in what you wear and details are everything. The straightforward nature of fall fashion makes it the perfect backdrop for accessorizing. Hats, scarves, jackets, boots and bags are taking over the fall runway. Denim jackets, purses and jeans embellished with patches and pins are popular this fall and are an easy way to update your current wardrobe. Deconstructed fashion is trending, it includes revealed linings, raw edges, fraying, unusually sewn seams and exposed zippers. Some people feel this is against the laws of fashion but many designers today would disagree and appreciate the relaxed look.

Layer It Up

One of the biggest wardrobe challenges is managing the unpredictable weather. You might wake up to a chill in the air but find yourself needing air conditioning by noon. Sweaters, scarves and jackets keep you cozy and can come off quickly when the weather calls for jeans and a t-shirt. A classic white tee is cute, comfy and can easily be dressed up or down. Pair a solid tee with statement jewelry that catches the eye. Motorcycle jackets are also a wardrobe staple and can be worn with a dress, jeans or button-down top.

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5 Top-Notch Vineyards on Long Island

Wölffer Estate Vineyard l Sagaponack l SOPHISTICATED l South Fork

 139 Sagg Rd, Sagaponack, NY 11962 l 631-537-5106 l wolffer.com
Sun-Thurs: 11am-6pm l Fri/Sat: 11am-8pm

Take a trip to what feels like the Mediterranean, at a vineyard that was specifically designed with a European touch. Wölffer Estates was born out of a vision to produce elegant, high-end, food-friendly wines in hopes of maintaining the style and creativity that was Christian Wölffer’s trademark. The estate is scenic and composes of a total of 170 acres, on which Wölffer Estate Vineyard and Wölffer Estate Stables are both situated.

Enjoy the view while you sip, sit back and relax under the vineyard’s stunning pergola. They have tons of comfortable seating options and a wonderful selection of snacks to enjoy. Their goat, sheep and cow cheese appetizer goes brilliantly with their popular rosé, “Summer in a Bottle,” known for its seductive floral aromas and hints of melon and lychee. If you end up going to Wölffer Wine Stand instead of the vineyard, they will also have cider available. Both the vineyard and wine stand have cheese and charcuterie (cold cooked meats) plates available.

 

Kontokosta Winery l Greenport l CONTEMPORARY l North Fork

825 North Rd, Greenport, NY 11944 l 631-477-6977 l kontokostawinery.com
Sun-Thur: 11am-5pm l Fri/Sat: 11am-6pm

If you love breathtaking architecture, you must see the beauty that is Kontokosta Vinyards. It is one of the few wineries in North America designed to be LEED Gold-Certified. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The 9,000 sqft gray barnlike building is wind-powered. Its tall windows face both the Long Island Sound as well as the vineyards’ 24 acres. The interior is large and spacious, black and white and incredibly modern and elegant. Some people have said it’s like walking into a magazine. There are picnic tables scattered over the lawn and you can enjoy views of the water and the countryside as you take a stroll. For something mesmerizing, try their Riesling and caramel popcorn.

Croteaux Vinyards l Southold l BOHEMIAN l North Fork

1450 S Harbor Rd, Southold, NY 11971 l 631-765-6099 l croteaux.com
7 days/week: 12-6pm

Truly a bohemian paradise, Croteaux Vinyards offers an ambiance and experience like no other. They are the only vineyard in the United States that exclusively makes Rose. The vibrant and creative outdoor oasis has a tasting barn, as well as a stunning outdoor garden. They only allow small groups in order to maintain its charm and peaceful ambiance. Limos, buses, and taxis are not allowed. The largest group they will accommodate is a group of eight. They do not allow outside food but have cheese spreads, bread baskets and other snacks available for purchase. Both sparkling and still wines are available. They are kid-friendly and dog-friendly. Croteaux will make you feel like you are in magical Provence, France.

Lieb Cellars l Cutchogue l RUSTIC l North Fork

13050 Oregon Rd, Cutchogue, NY 11935 l 631-734-1100 l liebcellars.com
7 days/week: 12-7pm

Boxed wine is here but that’s not the only good thing about Lieb Cellers. Their increased popularity has allowed them to do some incredible things. This summer they rolled out with the first canned wine product in New York State under their Bridge Lane brand. With a blend of industrial and traditional design, Lieb Cellers wants to make sure you will savor both the wine and the atmosphere during your visit. The charming and cozy interior, friendly staff and incredible live music certainly makes for a memorable experience. Pair your glass with a cheese board, warm up by their firepit and say a toast. If you feel adventurous, try their white merlot and don’t hesitate to bring Fido; they love dogs here.

One Woman Vineyards l Southold l QUAINT l North Fork

5195 Old North Rd, Southold, NY 11971 l 631-765-1200 l onewomanwines.com
Mon-Fri: 12-5pm l Sat: 12-6pm l Sun: 12-5:30pm

If you prefer cozy and quaint, subtle but sublime, simple and refined, this is for you. This vineyard is not commercialized. You will not find any buses, tours, frat boys or bridesmaids. While the tasting room is situated in a tiny rustic storefront, there is plenty of room to stretch your legs outdoors.

Have a glass of vino on their patio or even gather round one of their lunch tables. You can bring your own food and call it a picnic. This vineyard primarily focuses on white wines. Both the Gewürztraminer and the Grüner are incredibly popular. One person has even said that “the reserve Grüner is actually made of angel’s tears.” We kind of believe him. If you’re looking for a taste of heaven hidden in a small red home, you’ll find it here. The wines are distinct and elegant and not to be missed, and the story of the woman who founded this vineyard is sure to leave an impression.