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LI Pie Shops-National Pi Day 2018

Making a great pie requires major baking skills, but if you’re buying one you need to know which Long Island bakeries and farm stands make the best pies for National Pie Day. Here are some top pie picks for dessert-lovers.

Briermere Farms- Riverhead

Pies from Briermere Farms are made entirely from scratch using fresh fruits grown on the farm. They do not use any prepared ingredients or fillings. Some of their cream and meringue pies include lemon meringue, coconut meringue, chocolate cream and key lime. Some of their fruit pies include apple, blueberry, cherry, peach, raspberry, strawberry, rhubarb and apricot. Fruit pies can even be bought in advanced and froze if you follow the directions on the Briermere Farms website.

Diane’s Bakery Café- Rosyln

Pies from Diane’s Bakery are always fresh and delicious. Some the types of pies baked include apple, triple berry, pecan, chocolate mousse and banana cream. Diane secret to a great apple pie is all about the ingredients. She uses fresh local apples, lemon juice (so the apples don’t brow) and nutmeg to heighten the flavors and aromas of the apples. Diane’s pies are not overly sweet, which showcases the fruit in the pies. Each pie is $26 which can be considered expensive, but they are well worth it.

 Buttercooky Bakery-Floral Park & Manhasset

The Buttercooky Bakery is not just known for their cookies, they also make a variety of lattice, traditional and crumb topped pies. Their slogan is “baked with butter makes it better.” Some of their most popular pies include their sweet potato pie, key lime and coconut cream with whipped cream icing with coconut flakes, yum!

Jericho Cider Mill- Jericho

The Jericho Cider Mill is a popular hot spot on Long Island. They make delicious apple cider, cider doughnuts, jams and pies. Some of their most popular pies include apple, apple crumb and pumpkin. If you have your heart set on a certain type of pie, make sure to arrive early and know it might be difficult to find parking.

Kerber’s Farm-Huntington

Oprah once described the kerberry pie from Kerber’s Farm as one of the best desserts she ever had. This pie is a mix of blueberries, strawberries and raspberries covered with a crumb topping. Some of Kerber’s other pie varieties include strawberry –rhubarb, s’mores, coconut-cream, cherry, blueberry and apple. Go where the A-listers go to get their dessert.

Youngs Farm-Old Brookville

Pie crust is made of three basic ingredients, flour, fat, and water. Most pie crust recipes use butter as its fat, however at Youngs Farm, they use shortening. Crusts made with shortening are easier to work with and come out tender and flaky. They make a variety of pies including pumpkin, apple, apple crisp, cranberry nut, pecan and more. Be sure to pick up one of Youngs seasonal apple pies and a container of vanilla ice cream.

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Sail Away Coffee Co. launches canned Nitro Cold Brew

Long Island-based Sail Away Coffee Co., released their canned nitro cold brew on March 7th at their Next Adventure Launch party at The Nova Sanctuary in Oceanside, NY. The Nitro brews come in three flavors: sweetened, unsweetened and sea salt & caramel featuring local sea salt from Amagansett, NY.

Nitro coffee is cold brewed, put into a keg and is infused with nitrogen gas. Cold brewing helps soften the acidity of the coffee to reduce heartburn or acid reflux discomfort. The nitro foam gives the coffee a smooth, rich and creamy finish without any milk or sugar making it the perfect vegan coffee drink if you are looking for something non-dairy.

Support a local coffee company rather than a chain retailer and jump start your day with a Nitro Cold Brew from Sail Away Coffee. Want to know where on Long Island you can find it? Click here.

If you didn’t want to drink coffee late to prevent a good night’s rest, beers from Montauk Brew Co., spiced rum from Sailor Jerry and whiskey from Cutty Sark were available behind the bar.


Liberty Links of Freeport served up delicious sausage sandwiches and an exquisite Duck Potato Salad.


The legendary Liege Waffle Co Food Truck from Deer Park, NY had cereal covered waffles to indulge your sweet tooth.


The South Shore Dive from Sayville, NY served up some serious pub grub including Buffalo wings and mac and cheese. Their Mac and cheese is made with sharp cheddar, blue cheese, goat cheese, a béchamel sauce and is topped off with toasted breadcrumbs.


Nawlins Seafood Company in Freeport had a big meaty hero that satisfied the coffee crowd.


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St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawls on LI

The weekend is “crawling” and there’s no better way to enjoy the weekend than bar hopping. Huntington, Patchogue and Freeport are the places to be on Long Island if you’re looking for St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawls. Get your green shirt ready and let the shenanigans begin!

5th Annual Huntington St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Bar Crawl

Date/Time: Saturday, March 10th-2-8pm

Location: Check in from 2-5 at the Huntington Village Tavern

378 New York Ave # 1

Huntington, NY 11743

Participating Locations: Christophers, Finleys, Nags Head, Huntington Village Tavern, Mary Carrolls & P & Q’s.

Tickets: $25 at

Don’t miss the 5th annual St. Patrick’s Day Leprechaun Bar Crawl in Huntington, NY. Enjoy drink specials including $2 select beers, $3 well drinks and $4 select shots. Crawl for charity while raising money for MoRE, an organization dedicated to serving families and children affected by life-threating illnesses and trauma.


2nd Annual Patchogue St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl

Date/Time: Saturday, March 10th- 1-7pm

Location: Woodcleft Avenue, Freeport, NY

Participating Locations:

Fulton’s Gate Irish Pub 1- 2:30pm

124 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11782

Village Idiot 2:30 – 4pm

8 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772

Gallo 45:30pm

3 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772

The Clifton 5:30PM – 7PM​

151 E Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772


Patchogue is a nightlife hot spot on Long Island, making it the ideal spot for the 2nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Bar Crawl. Score drink specials including $3 select beers, $4 select shots and $4 specialty drinks. This bar crawl also supports MoRE, a charity that raises donations for families and children with life-threating illnesses.


Nautical Mile Irish Day-A New Freeport Tradition

(on behalf of Island Harvest)

Date/ Time: Saturday, March 10th-12-8pm

Participating Locations: Elliot’s of Freeport, Braccos, Rachel’s Waterside Grill, Halfway Down, Riverhouse Grill, BREWSA, Jeremy’s Ale House and Freeport Water Taxi.

Hold your mugs up high and enjoy bottomless $3 green beers when you purchase a VIP Cup. The VIP cup is also good for selected mixed drinks and participating locations.



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Best Easter Egg Hunts on Long Island

Easter Sunday is a hop, skip, and a jump away. One of the best ways to celebrate is taking your children to a local Easter Egg Hunt. Enjoy collecting seasonal goodies, fun activities and you can even snag a photo with the Easter Bunny himself.

Here are some upcoming Easter Egg Hunts on Long Island

2018 Easter Egg Hunt in Northport Village

Date/Time: Sunday, April 1st-1pm

Rain Date: Sunday, April 8th-1pm

Location: Northport Village Park

Main Street, Northport, NY 11731

Cost: Free Event


Be sure to wear your bonnet with all the frills upon it for the enormous Easter Egg hunt across Northport Village Park on Easter Sunday.


Long Island 2018 Easter Egg Hunt Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce New York

Date/Time: March 24th-11am-2pm

Location: The American Legion Hall in Babylon

22 Grove Place, Babylon, NY 11702

Phone: 631-669-0094

This Easter Egg Hunt is presented by the Babylon Village Chamber of Commerce. Be sure to register to find out where you can find clues to collect eggs. Return the tickets inside the eggs after the hunt for a chance to win some cool prizes.


Egg-Cellent Celebration

Date/Time: Saturday, March 31st

1 -2 pm (ages 2-4)

3 – 4 pm (ages 5-7)

Cold Spring Harbor Whaling Museum

301 Main St, Cold Spring Harbor, NY 11724
Cost: $12 parent/child pair and $4 per sibling


Go on an egg hunt inside the Whaling Museum and decorate a Faberge “style” egg, a lavish egg that was made for royalty and is covered with gold and jewels. If your children are into animals, stay and learn about egg-laying creatures and even see a carved Ostrich egg.


Easter Egg Hunt

Date: Saturday, March 24th

Rain Date: Sunday, March 25th

Time(s): 3 years & under -10:00 a.m.

4 year olds-10:30 a.m.

5 year olds- 11:00 a.m.

6 year olds- 11:30 a.m.

7 year olds- 12:00 p.m.

8 & 9 year olds-12:30 p.m.

Location: Long Beach Recreation Campus

700 Magnolia Blvd, Long Beach, NY 11561

(Recreation fields are located on Magnolia Boulevard and the Bay next to the Long Beach Ice Arena)


Bring your Easter Baskets and get ready for the Long Beach Annual Easter Egg Hunt. Kids in the same age groups will gather eggs together. Prizes will be awarded to kids in each age group.


LI State Parks Recreation

Date/Time: Saturday, March 24 at 12 PM – 2 PM (new hunt every 15 minutes)

Location: Belmont Lake State Park

Exit 38, Southern State Parkway, NY, North Babylon, New York 11703

Phone: 631-321-3510

Age: Children 9 and under

Cost: Free

Don’t miss the 25th annual Belmont Lake State Park Egg Hunt in Babylon. Egg hunts will be conducted every 15 minutes. The first egg hunt will begin at 12:15pm and the last hunt is at 1:45pm. There will also be a petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, food vendors, games and much more. The Easter Bunny will also be there taking selfies with all the kids.

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Best Chocolate Shops on Long Island


In 1861, John Cadbury created the first heart-shaped box of chocolates and this Valentine’s Day tradition continues today. During the month of February, many of us are focused on romance and finding the perfect Valentine’s Day gifts. This year don’t settle for a card store box of generic chocolates, surprise your date with the best chocolates and confectionary treats made locally on Long Island.

Chocolate Works

916 Old Country Road
Garden City, NY 11530
(516) 833-9198

2350 Merrick Road
Bellmore, NY 11710
(516) 900-1119

371 South Oyster Bay Road
Plainview, NY 11803
(516) 252-3855

6401 Jericho Turnpike
Commack, NY 11725
(631) 486-8888

143B Main Street
Stony Brook, NY 11790
(631) 675-9366

Chocolate Works is known for their decadent chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolates and truffles. They also have handmade milk and dark chocolate heart boxes, perfect you’re your Valentine. For Valentine’s Day, they make a box, made of Belgian chocolate that is filled with delicious candies. If you are looking for a non- chocolate treat, consider a snapshots in sugar, they are a sweet way to capture a special moment in your relationship.

Kron Chocolatier

24 Middle Neck Rd

Great Neck Plaza, NY 11021

(516) 829-5550

Kron Chocolatier uses an old Hungarian family recipe to make their chocolates. They offer a plethora of delectable sweets that are all handmade and hand-packaged. For Valentine’s Day, indulge your sweetheart with long stem gourmet chocolate roses, edible chocolate heart boxes filled with gourmet chocolates, Budapest Truffles and solid chocolate lips in milk, dark or white chocolate.

Schwartz Candies

169 Voice Rd

Carle Place, NY 11514

(516) 294-2831

Schwartz Candies have been featured on the Food Network TV show Unwrapped. They were founded in 1939 and still dip their chocolates traditionally by hand. Their marshmallow heart is dipped in semisweet chocolate and come in boxes with eight assorted flavors, vanilla flavored marshmallows or vanilla flavored marshmallows with a caramel bottom. If you are looking for an eclectic mix, Schwartz’s also has assorted miniature hearts filled with caramels, almonds, apricots, creams and truffles.

Emile’s Candies

229 Merrick Rd

Oceanside, NY 11572

(516) 766-4402

Emile’s Candies is a third generation, 50 year old establishment, making their candies the old fashioned way, to ensure freshness and quality. They have a large assortment of heart-shaped Valentine’s Day boxes that you can fill with chocolate dipped creams, crisps, crunches, nuts, caramels, fluffy marshmallows and exotic fruits.

Bon Bons Chocolatier

319 Main Street

Huntington, NY 11743

(631) 549-1059

Bon Bons Chocolatier have been creating handmade chocolates for over 30 years in small batches that are fork-dipped by hand. Everything is made fresh to order including their signature chocolates and unique shaped candies. Make Bon Bons your one stop shop for Valentine’s Day, besides candy, they also carry cards, gifts and seasonal tableware.

Morgan’s Bay Confections

9 Post Place

Babylon, NY 11702

(631) 224-5959

Morgan’s Bay Confections in Babylon is well-equipped to fulfill all of your chocolate needs. If you cannot visit their shop, they can even ship goodies to you. For Valentine’s Day, try their decadent stuffed strawberries, dipped in chocolate and stuffed with cannoli cream.

Lazar’s Chocolate

350 Wheatley Plaza

Greenvale, NY 11548


Lazar’s Chocolate family recipe dates back over 70 years ago to Europe and is still being used today. Surprise your Valentine with a Chocolate Non Pareil Heart Pop made with a Swiss-style of chocolate. This oversized milk chocolate lollipop is coated with beads of sugar for color and crunch. Looking for something more traditional? Try their milk chocolate heart candies, chocolate lips or a heart box filled with chocolates.

Sayville Chocolatier

6 Main Street

Sayville, NY 11782

(631) 589-6713

Sayville Chocolatier has been Sayville’s Premier Chocolate Shop since 1980. For Valentine’s Day they have fresh dipped chocolate strawberries, chocolate hearts and baskets. One of their stand-out items is their chocolate high heels filled with luscious truffles. If your Valentine has allergies, they also carry some nut-free sweets so he or she won’t feel excluded on this special day.

Afresh Approach LLC

82 Park Ave

Bay Shore, NY 11706

(631) 647-3535

Afresh Approach provides a wide selection of gourmet candies and delectable treats. Every treat is made by hand the old fashion way with loving care by experienced confectioners. They craft the best personalized chocolates with the themes and flavors that you desire. If you and your Valentine are expecting wedding bells, they are also known for their handcrafted wedding favors.

Kerri’s Kandies Inc

2160 NY-112

Coram, NY 11727

(631) 696-4947

Kerri’s Kandies is a family owned and operated store that uses pure couverture chocolate for all of their handmade creations. For Valentine’s Day, consider their chocolate puppy, truffles, chocolate dipped fruit (including strawberries) and large variety of fudge. If you are looking to make your own chocolates, Kerri’s carries chocolate melting wafers, molds, sticks, bags and custom printed ribbon for your DIY needs.

Ralph Rotten’s Candy & Nut Shoppe

2425 Middle Country Rd

Centereach, NY 11720

(631) 981-3051

Ralph Rotten’s Candy & Nut Shoppe has been operating under new ownership since November, but they are still whipping up the same delicious confections like they have the past 31 years. One local favorite is their chocolate covered gummy bears that are coated in rich Belgian chocolate. They offer a variety of Valentine’s Day baskets, trays and a pretzel boat filled with an assortment of goodies.

Kilwins Babylon Village

130 Deer Park Ave

Babylon, NY 11702

(631) 482-8551

Kilwins Port Jefferson

109D Main St

Port Jefferson, NY 11777

(631) 509-6555

Kilwins provides their customers with high quality products and a friendly atmosphere. Some of their trademark chocolate items include their hand dipped chocolate strawberries, Mackinac Island Fudge and chocolate dipped pretzels. If you’re craving something sweet that isn’t chocolate, try Kilwins Original Recipe ice cream. They have over 40 different flavors and even make ice cream cakes too, a perfect way to cool off after a hot date.

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The Importance of Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday

November 25th, the Saturday after Thanksgiving is Small Business Saturday. American Express helps promote small business shopping around the country, making it a nationwide movement. Businesses around the country sign up to be part of the Shop Small Movement.

Small Business Saturday encourages people to support local businesses in the community. This helps to drive sales at mom-and-pop stores that might normally struggle to compete with big chain department stores. Did you know that if you shop locally, the tax revenue benefits the entire community? This helps circulate the money spent back into the community, benefitting public services, including schools, libraries, fire and police departments. By shopping locally you indirectly help these community organizations. Local small business owners also usually follow “the good neighbor policy” and give back to schools, events and teams in the community. This helps boost the local economy and even create jobs.

Besides benefitting the local community and economy, there are also plenty of consumer incentives for shopping on Small Business Saturday. American Express offers financial incentives/statement credit to card holders. Many stores give freebies and discounts to shoppers on Small Business Saturday. Some towns even offer special chamber of commerce discount cards.

Shopping for holiday gifts can be stressful. It can be difficult to pick a gift that suits someone’s personality while avoiding purchasing items he/she might already have.

Small shops tend to have more of a unique selection and product diversity than big-box stores that carry the same dozen gift ideas. Small boutique shops carry rare, one-of-a-kind or locally made goods, which make extraordinary holiday gifts. Some specialty items might even be less expensive in-store than they would be if they were ordered offline. If you want to give a delightful and thoughtful gift this season, browse the selection at your local small shops.

Chain stores are crowded and packed during the holiday season and trying to get assistance or help is almost impossible. It is hard to find parking, get a dressing room and you have to wait on incredibly long lines in order to make a purchase. Small businesses usually offer better customer service and are less crowded. Local stores also give you a sense of community, they look to build relationships not just make a quick transaction. Have you ever walked into a local business and they know you by name? Now that’s service! It is always nice to be recognized and receive valuable assistance when you are trying to select a gift for your friends, family and loved ones.

Help spread the word about Small Business Saturday in your community. Share you experience by taking a photo at your favorite local store and posting it up on your social media feed. Apps like FourSquare let you check in and show your friends and family where you are shopping. Some stores even reward customers who use this app on Small Business Saturday. This holiday season join the nationwide movement and shop on Small Business Saturday.

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Best LI Restaurants to go to for Thanksgiving

Are you debating if your family should go out to eat this Thanksgiving? Here are 3 reasons to go out to eat for Thanksgiving dinner.

Bountiful Cornucopia of Choices

Restaurants offer lavish buffets and prix-fixe menus. If you’re not into traditional Thanksgiving foods, there are a plethora of other options that you can choose from. Restaurants also offer unique spins on the traditional Thanksgiving dishes if you’re bored of the same dishes year after year. There are also kid-friendly options like chicken fingers, pizza and macaroni and cheese for picky eaters. Anyone who has dietary restrictions or food allergies can order off the regular menu. If you have a big sweet tooth, there are a variety of desserts including pies, cakes and ice creams that you can order.

Less Stress

Treat mom, grandma or whoever does the holiday cooking in your family to a labor –free holiday. Put the chefs to work and let the host sit down, drink a glass of wine and enjoy spending time with the family this Thanksgiving. I’m sure the usual cook/host will be very thankful for no food shopping, cooking and cleaning this holiday.

No Leftovers

Rest assured, there will be no need to repurpose leftover turkey for a whole week if you go out to eat for Thanksgiving. Honestly, do you really eat turkey more than once a year? Now you won’t have to feel guilty if you throw away and leftover food that you have no room to store. Let the restaurants offer turkey noodle soup and turkey sandwich specials the day after Thanksgiving.

The Carlturn

1899 Hempstead Turnpike

East Meadow, NY 11554

(516) 542-0700 (Reservations Suggested)

Cost: Thanksgiving Dinner– Palm Court, Gold Cost Room & Gatsby Room

*$65.00 per person, *$30.00 Per Child (3-10 yrs.) *Plus Tax, Gratuity & Beverages

Thanksgiving Buffet-Ballroom & Drawing Room

*$49.00 per person, *$27.00 Per Child (3-10 yrs.) *Plus Tax & 20% Gratuity

The Carltun has a large spread for their Thanksgiving Buffet including Tuscan antipasto, assorted pastas, a carving station, salmon, chicken, salads, kid friendly choices, cakes, pies and ice cream, etc.

Westbury Manor

1100 Jericho Turnpike

Westbury, NY 11590

(516) 333-7117

Cost: Thanksgiving Day Buffet: $49.00 per person All children under 10 yrs. $21.00

(All Kid’s Entrees include Ice Cream & Soft Drinks)

À La Carte Dinner Menu (Includes appetizers, soups and salads, pastas and entrées)

Wesbury Manor’s roasted Vermont turkey is sliced and served with a side of sweet potatoes, French green beans, chestnut stuffing, cranberry sauce and turkey gravy for only $39 a person or $21 per child.

 The Milleridge Inn

585 N Broadway

Jericho, NY 11753

(516) 931-2201

Cost: In the Cottage $55.95 (+ tax) Sit Down Prix Fixe 11am-6pm

Grand Buffet $55.95 (+ Tax) Grand Buffet 11am-4pm (seating every ½ hour)

Enjoy walking through the historic Milleridge village of specialty shops including the bakery, flower shop, candy shop and boutique stores before or after your meal. The grounds are beautifully decorated, making it a great place for family photo-ops.

Piccola Bussola

970 W Jericho Turnpike

Huntington, NY 11743

(631) 692-6300

Cost: (Family-Style A La Carte Menu, prices as marked on menu)

 La Bussola Ristorante

40 School Street

Glen Cove, NY 11542

(516) 671-2100

Cost: (Price Fixe Menu: $49 Adults & Children 12 and under $22)

Piccola Bussola

159 Jericho Tpke, Mineola, New York 11501

(516) 294-4620

Cost: (Buffet Family Dinner: $45 Adults & Children 12 and under $22)

If you decide to dine at Piccola Bussola, try the sweet potato gnocchi with maple cinnamon sage brown butter and the pumpkin ravioli, these pasta dishes with a fall twist are fabulous.


8 Tower Place

Roslyn, NY 11576


Thursday, November 23rd (1pm-7pm)

Thyme will serve Brunch on Friday, Nov. 24th (11:30am-3pm)

(Reservations require credit card authorization)

Cost: All menus & pricing subject to change, based on availability

Thyme works closely with local farms and uses the best quality seasonal ingredients. Enjoy a Thanksgiving Feast that highlights the seasons best.

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Great Outdoor Activities to do this Fall on Long Island

Great Outdoor Activities to do this Fall on Long Island

During the fall, Long Island is a great place to enjoy the mild weather, spend time with friends and family and explore seasonal themed activities. Here are some great outdoor activities that you will want to add to your autumn bucket list.

Pumpkin Patches

Nothing quite says fall like pumpkins. There are several u-pick pumpkin patches and farms that where you can walk through the fields and pick the perfect pumpkin fresh from the vine. Pumpkins can be used in a variety of ways, they can made into sweet and savory dishes like pie, soups, or breads, carved into jack-o-lanterns, or used as ornamental displays. Spending the day at a pumpkin patch is a fun outing that the whole family will enjoy.

Pick Apples

Apple picking is a great family activity, date or day trip with friends. Trek out to the east end where there are plenty of orchards and farm stands with a variety of apples to choose from. Many places allow visitors to pick apples and as well as other types of fruit and vegetables that are ripe during the fall including tomatoes, peppers and eggplants. Keep in mind that apples come into bloom during different times a year so plan your trip to coincide with apples varieties that you enjoy the most.

Get Scared

Halloween is the biggest fall holiday. Haunted houses are a spook-tacular way to get into the Halloween spirit. If you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, check out NYZ Apocalypse, they offer an interactive zombie survival experience. Bayville Scream Park offers 6 different attractions including Bloodworth Haunted Mansion, Uncle Needle’s Fun House of Fear, Temple of Terror, Zombie Pirates, Evil in the Woods and The Cage. Bayville also offers a tame Halloween experience for children during daylight hours called Kids “Not So Scary” Days. Other haunted attractions on Long Island include Halloween themed escape rooms, haunted mansions, castles and barns.

Watch the Fall Foliage

Fall is an ideal time to watch the leaves transform into beautiful shades of oranges, yellows and reds. Bayard Cutting Arboretum, Sunken Meadow State Park, Massapequa Preserve and Sands Point Preserve have hiking and walking trails with natural glory everywhere you look. Some places even offer free guided tours during the fall season to help visitors appreciate the beauty of nature. Create a fall scavenger hunt to keep your kids observant and entertained during the walk. Make sure to dress warmly, wear a comfortable pair of shoes and of course enjoy the view.

Escape from aMAZEing Corn Mazes

Did you know that some farms not only grow crops but also provide visitors with other activities such as corn mazes? Find your way though the winding path of a corn maze while getting lost in all the twists and turns retracing your steps while trying to navigate your way out. Be sure to check out F&W Schmitt Family Farm, Harbes Family Farm and Mattituck Barnyard “aMAZing” corn mazes this fall.

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Best Fall Beer Festivals on Long Island

Best Fall Beer Festivals on Long Island

The anticipation of pumpkin beers makes the fall one of the most exciting seasons for craft beer enthusiasts. Pumpkin beers, amber harvest ales and Oktoberfest beers are flooding back onto shelves, defining the fall lineup of seasonal craft beers. There is an abundance of pumpkin ales, imperial stouts, sours, and barrel-aged brews, but which ones are the best? With so many fall beers available it’s hard to know which ones to choose. Nothing is worse than going to the store and spending hard-earned cash on a six-pack of beer, popping it open and hating it after the first sip. Here is a list of local fall beers festivals where you can sample a variety of seasonal beers and even discover some new favorites before you make your next purchase at your local beer distributor.

Punktober Fest
Date & Time: Saturday, October 21st (12:45pm-5:30pm)
Location: Great South Bay Brewery
25 Drexel Dr.
Bay Shore, NY 11706
Price: $20.00 – $70.00 Tickets can be purchased on

Punktöberfest at the Great South Bay Brewery has a great selection of fall beers, traditional Oktoberfest foods and of course punk rock music. If you’re a fan of craft beer you’ll be happy to know that the local and international brewing community will be present and pouring their best pumpkin and German Style beers to celebrate the fall season. If you love beers, brats and punk rock come spend a beautiful fall day at the Great South Bay Brewery enjoying great food, drinks, games and music by Send Flowers, Gutterlife, The Burbs and more.

Pumpkin Fest
Date & Time: October 14th (6pm)
Location: TJ Finley’s
42 E Main Street
Bay Shore, NY
Price: Pay as you go

TJ Finley’s offers over 20 different types pumpkin beers served in hollowed-out mini pumpkins rimmed with cinnamon sugar (for the first 200 attendees.) With so many seasonal beers to choose from, deciding which one to try first can be a sweet challenge. This festival is a great place to taste a large variety of pumpkin beers from different breweries.

Halloween Costume Party at L.I. Pour House
Date & Time: October 28th -October 29th (8pm-3am)
Location: L.I. Pour House Bar & Grill/ 650 NY-112, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
Cost: $15 adv/$20 at the door (part of proceeds benefit the Strong Island Animal Rescue League)

Enjoy craft beer, live music, BBQ, and vendors. Dress up in your spookiest Halloween costume and try to win the $500 prize! Get a zombie makeover at the Walking Dead booth or get a psychic reading.

8th Annual Bats & Brews Benefit
Date: Saturday, October 21st (7-11pm)
Location: Scully Mansion/Seatuck Environmental Association
550 S. Bay Avenue
Islip, NY
Price: $80 Purchase Tickets at

Bats & Brews is the annual fundraiser for the Seatuck Environmental Association. This event includes a presentation about bats, craft beer, live music and games. The historic Scully Mansion has the perfect ambience for a pre-Halloween party. Bats & Brews features breweries exclusively from Long Island, Brooklyn and Queens that use sustainable practices and locally-sourced ingredients.

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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
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
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
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
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
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.