A Weekend at Stratton Mountain Resort

It’s officially snowboarding season and ya girl is through the roof! Opening weekend for Stratton Mountain Resort in Vermont was Friday, November 25th. So you better believe, we took off early Black Friday morning and headed right up to the condo at the mountain. Is it too early to say it will be my second home this winter? Probably not.

It was my first time at Stratton Mountain and I loved it. For an east coast mountain it had the cutest little town that really reminded me of the mountains out west that I visited. Obviously, no where near the size of Vail Village or Beaver Creek but still as adorable and enjoyable to walk through.

The Good

  1. Parking was not bad
    Being that it is early season, this is no surprise. From the condo, we would typically take a shuttle to the homeowner’s lodge but with the little traffic we were able to score parking in the garage so no need for a shuttle.
  2. The food is next level
    We ate a few different places in the village – The deli has incredible sandwiches and an awesome craft beer selection. The main cafeteria at the Base Lodge has quite possibly the biggest salads you could image. It also has delicious soups and noodle bowls, which is the absolute perfect winter day meal. I was shocked for how great the food was given the typical quality you expect from mass food service venues – but Stratton Mountain Resort proved that wrong! The sushi place also looked amazing and will be a stop next trip.
  3. Sunday was empty
    If you could imagine a private mountain, that’s what Sunday was. Everyone had left with looming rain, but it held off. We had an amazing day riding with spring-skiing like conditions and little to no crowds anywhere on the resort.

The Bad

  1. Ice Everywhere
    This is expected, but it still needs to be mentioned. Conditions on Saturday were awful, but it was still incredible to be out of the mountain so in reality it wasn’t that bad.
  2. Minimal Trails Open
    There were only a handful of trails open. Again, totally standard with early season but still doesn’t mean it would have been better if there was more snow! It was imperative to get out there early to get runs on the trails before all the snow was inevitably skiied off. They did have 2 park features available, which I wasn’t expecting. (This is the year I’m tackling more of the park).
  3. We had to Leave Sunday Night
    We would of loved to stay another day or two, but my dumb self left my computer on Long Island so I could truly disconnect from work and Ian had a busy day with clients on Monday. With snow on the forecast for this week, I’m thinking another trip up will be in our future real soon.

The Trip – Long Island to Stratton Mountain Resort

I wasn’t only counting down the days to this trip for almost a month, but I was geeking out the entire time. I started snowboarding two years ago and there was a point where I never wanted to step on a snowboard again very shortly after I started. With my friends and family I was able to get over the hurdle and continue this sport that I picked up quickly and fell in love with even quicker. To sum it up, snowboarding has a special place in my heart and I genuinely enjoy getting out to the mountains and getting batter whenever I can.

We left Sunday, later then we anticipated, which is pretty on brand. We packed up the cats and heading up to Vermont. There was not much traffic for Black Friday, even by the malls, so the drive up was pretty pleasant. We found this really silly question generator for couples that kept us laughing and entertained when the trip got a little boring. I think the cats had more fun on the road trip than we did. They were climbing around the truck and cuddling with us, then going back and hanging with each other in the backseat. It was adorable and they were incredible in the car, it makes sense because Ians been traveling with them since they were little kittens.

We made it to the mountain and had a little family dinner before getting to bed to try and get first chair! …We naturally didn’t get first chair but we tried our best. When we got to the mountain on Saturday it was pretty packed, but we have the blessing of using the home owners lodge and it was great to be able to escape the crowds and relax when needed.

We mainly took the gondola up but occasionally hit the 6er chairlift that only went halfway up the mountain. After 4 or 5 runs we grabbed lunch at the deli and hung out in the village before returning to the mountain for the afternoon. The food was incredible highly recommend. We were on the mountain until about 3pm, which was when we took a run that was like sliding down a hockey rink on a mountain – so we called it a day. It seemed that everyone else was on the same page. We grabbed a drink at the base camp lodge bar, which was clearly a hot spot, and watching the people still out on the mountain coming back to the base after their final runs for the day.

Ian and I met up with my friend Frank on the mountain and after the drinks at the lodge, we headed over to the village for some shopping and browsing. If anyone has a connect for a grey fuzzy bucket hat let a girl know! Check it out on the shelf in the second picture!! I fell in love with this hat, but didn’t end up getting it and I immediately regretted the decision. We ended up at Mulligan’s for some beers and snacks before heading home for the night.

Sunday was a slow start for sure, but we made it to the mountain and the conditions were drastically better than the day before. We were ripping! I don’t even know how many runs we got in, but it was non stop until it started raining and we called it a day. It was super slushy and very reminiscent of spring riding which I loved. At the end of the day, it was an incredible trip and one awesome way to kick start the 2022/2023 season! I’m exciting for putting this Stratton season pass to use, but I will be at Stowe before I’ll be back at Stratton this year, so expect another trip update from further north in Vermont in the next week or so!


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A Weekend in Point Pleasant New Jersey

As a weekend trip enthusiast, I am traveling more often than not and typically insanely busy. I am super lucky that Ian likes to adventure as much as me, if not more! He is always down for spontaneous trips and finding the best things to do while we’re there. FYI – I highly recommend finding a best friend and travel buddy in your partner.

We always try to make the most of our weekend trips and turn them into little date nights. As a chronic over-worker with 3 jobs (me) and a successful business owner (Ian), we always put work first and sometimes spend a bit too much time focusing on making money. But whenever we can spend some time without work we make sure it is 100% used for us time. It makes every date night and trip so much more fun because we are 100% committed to it being for us and nothing else! Even when we travel, we try to leave work out of it. That’s exactly what we did in Point Pleasant!

A few weeks ago we found ourselves heading down to the Jersey Shore to visit my Sister, Brother-in-law, and niece & nephew. This was a bit of an unplanned trip but we had a fun-filled weekend of exploring, trying new food, and hanging with family.

First stop when we made the trip to New Jersey, was naturally Last Wave Brewing Co. With my brother-in-law being the head brewer, it’s pretty much the go-to spot when we visit. They had some incredible season brews, all pie themed, as well as Ian’s favorite from the trip, Cranito, a cranberry sour. We played some Chutes and Ladders (dinosaur edition) with the kiddos at Last Wave, naturally letting them win since my nephew is a bit of a sore loser.

While the kids went to bed, Ian and I took advantage of the free time to grab some dinner, just us. From my sister’s recommendation, we ended up at Dona Julia Mexican Kitchen. One word – amazing. The food was beyond incredible and fresh, it was also a family owned restaurant with the sweetest staff!

I got the chicken and beef tacos and Ian got a vegetarian dish, while we both shared the nachos. We both decided that Dona Julia Mexican Kitchen is 100% worth a repeat meal and we will be going back there when we come back to New Jersey.

We ended the night we some outdoor fire beers with my sister and brother-in-law and enjoyed some of the last bearable fall nights.

The next day we had a family breakfast with my sister and her family at the cutest breakfast spot, John & Elaine’s. It feels like a time wrap going back to a classic Americana spot with great food, good people, and good vibes. It was exactly how an old school diner should be. I would be gatekeeping if I didn’t share that you need to get the fresh squeezed orange juice. Pancakes were top notch. Eggs were cooked perfectly. Bacon was perfect. I don’t think I have had that great of a breakfast in a long time! …Ian and my nephew had to do some exploring for cars on Facebook Marketplace before the meal arrived.

It was overall a great weekend and an awesome change of pace for the typical busy work week. If you want to check out any of the places we went, you can find them here!

Last Wave Brewing Co.
601 Bay Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

Dona Julia Mexican Kitchen
1308 Richmond Ave, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742

John & Elaine’s
1103 Richmond Ave, Point Pleasant, NJ 08742


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6 Reasons to Visit Long Island This Fall

Long Island is notoriously known as a Summer spot and is highly trafficked in between Memorial Day and Labor Day by those who live in New York City. I don’t blame them for coming out this way, Long Island has everything you could want for an epic Summer weekend – the beaches, the relaxation, the amazing restaurants. But once the Summer House leases end, so does a lot of the city-slickers which makes room for the locals! Granted, we the city people come out east to the island, they’re immediately going to the Hamptons or Montauk. There’s a whole lot more in between NYC and the Hamptons, but I’ll leave that for another post.

With the summer Long Island hype dying down and the New York City locals returning to the concrete jungle, it can only mean one thing – Fall is around the corner. Fall on Long Island is very different than summer on Long Island, but just as enjoyable (but for different reasons).

Visiting Long Island in the Fall is the best time to visit, in my opinion. Here are 6 reasons why :

6 Reasons to Visit Long Island This Fall

Fall Activities on the North Fork

This one is pretty much a given and isn’t much of a secret… The North Fork of Long Island is already a packed house in the fall, but it doesn’t mean it can’t be mentioned here. Between all the farm stands, apple picking, pumpkin picking, sunflower fields, corn mazes, and more, the North Fork on Long Island is the ultimate Fall destination on Long Island. Visiting Long Island in the fall means going back home with an endless supply of apples, pumpkins, plenty of local beers & wines, and maybe a pie or two from a local farm stand. The North Fork is very different from the South Fork, which gets most of the notoriety in the Summer season. You’re in for a laid back, relaxing, slow-paced (by New York standards) trip that is very different from the fat paced, party scene of the South Fork during the Summer.

Because of it’s popularity, I’d recommend visiting early in the Fall season. My cousins and I went on Labor Day Weekend 2 years ago, and it was the most enjoyable Fall Trip to the North Fork to date. We went apple picking, went through the corn maze, stopped by the sun flower field, and grabbed some wine at a local vineyard, and most importantly successfully avoided the crowds. Going early means missing out on some of the live music, pumpkins, and more seasonal activities like hay rides and haunted houses, but it is a very small price to pay in order to beat the crowds.

Colder Nights

We all know it will be 70’s / 80’s all the way through September, especially this year with the crazy heat. Nothing beats a warm fall day on the beach, followed by an epic sunset – now throw in that its sweatshirt weather and it’s a perfect night. No more muggy, hot, humid, nights – at least less often. Whether you are at the beach are walking around Sag Harbor, it’s a more enjoyable without getting drenched in sweat from the crazy heat.

There’s just something special about warm days, being able to enjoy all the outdoor activities during the day, like the beach, outdoor dining, hiking and be able to enjoy a nice night with a bonfire and some warm drinks.

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Best Breakfast Spots on Long Island

Looking for the best breakfast on Long Island? Look no further. I’ve put together a list of some the best breakfast places that Suffolk County has to offer. If you are looking for some Long Island brunch spots, this list can double as that too! These are not listed in any order, so you should … Read More

Local Breweries’ Pumpkin Beer

It’s Pumpkin Season – which means pumpkin beer! There are so many Long Island Breweries, located all throughout the Island – from Barrier Brewing Company to Port Jeff Brewing Co. and from St. James Brewery to Moustache Brewing Co. The breweries on Long Island should be it’s own reasons to visit Long Island, but the pumpkin beer is definitely a reason to visit Long Island in the Fall.

I’ve already seen Leaf Pile Ale from Greenport Brewing Company out and about! I spoke to some friends at Port Jeff Brewing Co. and Boo Brew will be hitting the shelves soon. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to plan a brewery tour of Long Island to try out all of the Pumpkin Beers.

Haunted Houses

Although I am a big baby and don’t do haunted houses, there are quite a few incredible haunted houses on Long Island that are worth visiting this Fall. There really is a haunted house for every level of fear you are looking for. Family friend to fearing for you life level scary. ‘ Chambers of Hell ‘ located in Hauppauge, New York continues to be one of the top rated haunted houses in the nation, coming in at #1 in New York State and 39th best haunted house in 2021. Gateway Playhouse always puts on a show with their Drive-Through attraction “Haunted Playhouse,” located in Bellport, New York. Deepwells Farm in Head of the Harbor, New York, adds a historical touch to their haunted house ‘ Haunted Mansion ‘ which adds in a unique element since Deepwells Farm is known for its paranormal activity and real-life ghost encounters that happen year round on the property.

If you’re looking for a great scare this Fall, there’s no need to travel way upstate or into New Jersey or further. There is a plethora of options to visit this Fall on Long Island!

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5 Must-Visit Long Island Coffee Shops

Coffee Shops are my go-to spots – morning, afternoon, or night! Back when Covid-19 wasn’t a thing, you could find me posted up at a local coffee shop working on this blog or some of my work projects. The atmosphere is always so welcoming and they are all decorated so cute. It’s safe to safe … Read More

Hikes to See Beautiful Fall Foliage

Being in the Northeast means all 4 seasons! Getting to see the leaves change color is such a highlight on the Fall on Long Island. Visiting Long Island in the Fall is a great time to really take in the changing of the seasons. The leaves changing mixed with the serene landscape is a recipe for the perfect Fall vision. There is way too many hiking trails to list, but all have their own unique view of the Fall Foliage – especially those that run near the water on either the north or south shore. There’s something very special about seeing the reds, yellows, and oranges in the tress right next to the water line. From Nassau County to Suffolk County, the fall foliage is on display.

One of my favorite hiking spots is Avalon Preserve in Stony Brook, New York. The rich history of Stony Brook is attractive in its own right, but the amazing walk through nature, especially in the Fall, is worth visiting.

Locals Only

The best part of Fall on Long Island is that it is mainly just the locals! Visiting Long Island in the Fall is a great time to take in everything Long Island has to offer without all the commercialized, tourist-trappy, Instagram clout chasing, parts of the Summer that make it all seem in-authentic. At the end of the day Long Island is an amazing place to visit Year-round, no matter the season. Long Island can get a bad reputation in the summer, especially with all the negativity press around the $90 chicken fingers this summer. Once all the summer craziness slows down, the beauty of Long Island really shines. Enjoying Long Island as the locals do is the best way to really immerse yourself in the amazing place that I am lucky to call home.


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The Perfect Port Jefferson Date Night

After what has been (and honestly continues to be) the world’s most crazy and hectic summer, Ian and I finally found some time to enjoy a much needed unplanned date night. Last weekend was really no different from the rest of the insane weekends we’ve been doing all summer ( Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Birthday Weekends, Lacrosse Tournaments, anything you can think of we’re had on our calendar this summer), considering we had a Bat Mitzvah and a Guyanese Wedding to attend, but we somehow managed to get a few hours to spend together in Port Jefferson for a date night on Saturday.

Every weekend has been regimented, there’s been so much to get done that the only way to fit everything in is to make wild schedules – wake up at this time, be ready to leave by 9, stop at Target or CVS, grab a quick lunch, off to the next event, try to catch a breath, drive another hour, get to the restaurant for dinner, get home at 1am and set your alarm to wake up at 6am… It’s been more stressful than relaxing, even with my amazing Summer Fridays from work. When we found a few hours on Saturday Night that weren’t accounted for, we immediately knew that a spontaneous, no thought, low-key date night was needed.

We didn’t want anything crazy, just a simple night – no fancy restaurant, no crazy traveling involved, just a low-key night spent together. Jumping in Ian’s cute little BMW 2002 and heading over to Port Jefferson was the obvious choice!


The Perfect Port Jefferson Date Night

Dinner

Slurp
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We wanted low-key, but we also wanted great food that doesn’t break the bank – Slurp it was. Located right in town, we were able to find a parking spot super close so there was no need to drive around like crazy trying to find something. Parking in Port Jefferson is notoriously difficult, but we had no issue finding a solid spot on the side of the road without having to go into any of the parking lots. We started off with Bao Buns for an appetizer. For Dinner, Ian got the Vegan Slurp Ramen and I got the Spicy Slurp. Both were pretty damn good and I would absolutely get them again.

Vegan Ramen and Spicy Ramen at Slurp Ramen in Port Jefferson New York

After Dinner Drinks

Port Jeff Brewing Company
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A short walk across the way from Slurp leads you to Port Jeff Brewing Co. It was the perfect night to sit outside and Port Jeff Brewing had tons of outdoor seating, for all different sizes of groups. There was no live music when we went on Saturday, but they had a schedule up for all the days bands would be coming to play. There were dates throughout September, so even after Summer officially ends you can still enjoy outdoor entertainment. We were hoping to grab a Sour at Port Jeff Brewing because its out latest obsession, unfortunately they were sold out BUT we did get the amazing news that are going to be releases Boo! Brew soon!!

Walk by the Water

I really wish I took more pictures of the night because it was the best weather possible. We decided to keep the night rolling, and walk off the ramen, by heading down the water. We head past Danfords and made our way down to the Port Jefferson Visitors Center. The lit path was a perfect walk to the “beach” area – it was late at this point but you wouldn’t of guessed it purely based by the amount of people who were also out and about. We made our way past the #PJBIGCHAIR and naturally had to get a picture of Ian… He’s 6’6″ but by the picture you can barely tell.

Walking by the Water in port jefferson new york taking a photo break in the #pjbigchair a giant blue adironack chair on the walking path

We rested by the Big Chair for a bit enjoying the live music that could be heard from Danfords. After a couple Billy Joel singalongs and some boat watching, we decided to call it a night. It was a blast just heading out to Port Jefferson without a plan for a low-key date night. There were so many great spots to choose from but our little date night in Port Jefferson was perfect for us!

If you’re thinking about a spontaneous date night on Long Island, Port Jefferson is a great spot to pick!


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7 Things You Must Do Before You Go to Fire Island, New York

Living on Long Island means you pretty much live where other people vacation. It took me my almost 30 years of life, and living in another state, to really come to terms with that and realize what a great place to live Long Island is. There’s so much to do, including go to my favorite place, Fire Island.

Located just south of Long Island, it’s a short ferry or boat ride from the mainland, but provides picture perfect ocean views, adorable restaurants & shops, and everything you would want in a quaint beach town. Before you go to fire island, here are some things you need to know and prepare for!


7 Things You Must Do Before You Go to Fire Island, New York

1. Research the Different Towns

There are so many different places you can go in Fire Island – Kismet, Davis Park, Ocean Beach, just to name a few! Each have their own quirks and charms. It’s important to know that each town is different, some have more restaurants than others, some have stricter beach rules than others, some are much more expensive than others… Do you research to make sure you are going to the best spot for your trip. Trust me, there are very different places you should be going for family trips with children or for bachelorette parties.

2. Book Hotels/Rentals in Wayyyyy Advance

Knowing how small the island is and how dedicated people are to returning to the same place the same week every single year, it’s important to get ahead of the rental game. Not only is booking in advance helpful for getting good rates and the exact dates that you want, but also good properties. Like the towns, not all hotels/rental houses are created equal. Some are brand new fully gut-renovated mansions (that come with a hefty price tag), while others are quaint small 1-bedroom bungalows. Locking in your accommodations early is also important because popular dates fill up quickly!!

3. Get a Beach Cart

I know I mentioned this in a previous point, but the beach cart needs its own blurb. Because there are no cars, you only mode of transportation is your feet or a bike. While most ferries don’t allows bikes on the boat over, you are looking at walking with all of your belongings to your house. If it is close to the ferry dock, you’re in luck. If not, you may be setting yourself up for failure without one. There are plenty of places where you can rent beach carts, but you can also pick up one of your own. The one linked is from Amazon, so all my last-minute shoppers, you can have this in two days! They aren’t too expensive and if you’re a beach person, this will itself off in no time.

4. Pack Everything You Need, and More!!

Fire Island is a small island with no cars. The only way to access is by boat, which means it costs a decent amount to import food, water, clothes, sunscreen, toiletries, and everything we take for granted on the main land. Mark ups are incredibly high and because its such a small island, theres typically only 1 maybe 2 stores where you can get what you need – which means they can charge whatever they want. To avoid spending a large chunk of your spending money on water and food, liberally pack these items with you! Make sure to stock your beach cart and coolers full, the ferries do a great job of helping you load and unload all your belongings!

5. Buy Bathing Suits

You will be living in bathing suits. Whether you are walking to the beach, tanning, or grabbing food, chances are you’ll be in a bathing suit and a cover up. It honestly may be the only outfit you have to pack! Everything is super casual on the island. You can obviously get dressed up and be fancy, but you risk sticking out like a sore thumb! This is an incredibly laid-back island, remember that.

6. Research the Laws of the Town you are Visiting

Another one that was briefly mentioned before. Each town has their own laws, some are more strict than others and most have different rules. The last thing you want is to get in trouble on Fire Island. That would mean another trip back at a later date for court and a typically hefty fine. These towns are also historically known for being very strict when it comes to the rules. At the end of the day, Fire Island is a small island and the owners, police, and regulars like to keep the towns peaceful and free of trouble, so the police will intervene to uphold the rules. That’s why it is important to know the rules before you go, some are kinda ridiculous but you still need to abide by them! I guess it’s a locals only kinda thing…

7. Get Ready for an Awesome Trip & Start Planning for Next Year

Once you go to Fire Island, you will want to go back. There is so much charm to the island and really makes you forget about all the stress and problems on the main-island. Make sure you fully disconnect to really make the most of your trip to Fire Island!


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A Guide to Roadtrip Planning

Early tomorrow morning, my boyfriend and I and heading out on a 8 hour roadtrip to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I was team ‘let’s just book flights,’ while he insisted on driving there. We all know that I love driving, but the trip to Pittsburgh is absolutely daunting and honestly plain old boring.

While roadtripping is my thing, I’m still not really feeling this one but we’re doing it and we’re gonna be stuck in my car for 8 hours. I’ve been planning and scheduling this trip for almost a week now and wanted to share some tips on making sure your roadtrip is a smooth as humanly possible.


A Guide to Roadtrip Planning

Plan an Exact Departure Time

Things always get hectic the day of leading up to a roadtrip. Chances are you’re leaving super early or super late, to avoid traffic, and things always seem to come up last minute. Setting a goal of leaving at an exact time can help reduce the super last minute tasks and keep your schedule on time.

Make Sure Your Car is in Top Condition

Get a service check, get a fresh oil change, rotate your tires, make sure your car or vehicle is good to go. The last thing you need is for something to break or for your car to stop working because you did not take care of routine maintenance.

Make a Packing List

I’m talking about an extensive packing list – clothing, accessories, toiletries, snacks, everything. Write everything down! The most annoying thing after roadtripping somewhere, is getting out of the car and realizing your forget something

Prep the Day Before

Pack your bags, load up the car, give yourself a mental pep talk the day before you leave! You want to make the start of the trip as easy as possible. No one wants to be running around like crazy the hour before a trip wondering if everything is good to go.

Pack Car Bags and Trunk Bags

When packing organize your belongings by when you are going to be using them, during the roadtrip or once you get there. For me, I’ll be working remote this roadtrip so you better believe my laptop and my charger are in my car bag, along with some snacks and plenty of water bottles! I also keep all my chargers and headphones in my car bag, along with lysol wipes and hand sanitizer!

Plan Bathroom Breaks & Gas Station Stops

There’s great apps like roadtrippers and GasBuddy that make this easy, but having a good understanding of where you need to stop for gas and breaks limits the stress of potentially running out of gas or stopping in a less than ideal area.

Bring a Spare Tire

Accidents happen, so do pot holes and nails in the road. If you experience a blow out its better to be prepared. Especially if you are in a remote area, tire shops may be few and far between. Having a donut or a full size spare can ensure you can get your car to a safe location to ultimately get it repaired.

Make Playlists

Part of the fun of roadtripping is just hanging with yourself or your friends and just hanging out. Nothing is better than an epic roadtrip playlist – throwbacks to billboard top 50 hits, whatever you are feeling make a playlist, put it on shuffle, and forget about it. All you have to do is sing along when your favorites play.

Pack Snacks & Water

It’s important to remember to bring food and water! Even with a solid plan for stops, there’s always a chance that traffic or construction will slow your trip down. Being prepared to be stuck in the car for longer periods of time than anticipated is important.

Get AAA

Triple A is a necessity for all roadtrippers. Before you go off on your trip make sure you have a AAA Membership. There are different tiers, so you can pick the one thats most affordable for you. Obviously it takes time to the mechanics to reach you if you do need help, but knowing that they are a phone call away takes away a lot of stress and anxiety.

Share Your Phone Location With Friends and Family

It’s not smart to text and drive, but it is important to keep those closest to you updated on your location. Sharing your location via Find My Friends or another mobile application, gives those are home peace of mind. This is especially important for solo-travelers – You should always have your location shared with at least 3 people. Should anything happen they are able to pass on your whereabouts, but also they can follow along on the incredible journey that you are embarking on!

Get Excited!

Roadtrips are awesome. Even if I’m not reallllyyy looking forward to the one tomorrow morning, I know it will be a great time. You get to see so much from a perspective that you wouldn’t get from flying. You can stop at smaller towns and live like locals, things you wouldn’t get to do in those tourist hotspots. So, get excited for your trip! It’s going to be a great one.


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Best Breakfast Spots on Long Island

Looking for the best breakfast on Long Island? Look no further. I’ve put together a list of some the best breakfast places that Suffolk County has to offer. If you are looking for some Long Island brunch spots, this list can double as that too!

These are not listed in any order, so you should absolutely try them all. I stuck to Breakfast spots in Suffolk County for now, maybe I’ll make one for Nassau County too?

If you’re looking for Long Island Coffeeshops, don’t forget to check out my blog listing some of the best!

Maureen’s Kitchen

108 Terry Road, Smithtown, New York
Hours
Monday – Friday : 7am – 2pm
Saturday – Sunday : 7am – 1:45pm


Javier’s

101 E. Main Street, Smithotwn, New York

Hours
Sunday – Saturday : 7am – 3pm


Sweet Mama’s

Northport : 9 Alsace Place, Northport, New York

Hours
Sunday – Saturday : 8am – 8pm

Stony Brook : 121 Main Street, Stony Brook, New York

Hours
Sunday – Saturday : 9am – 8pm


Relish

Kings Park : 2 Pulaski Rd, Kings Park, New York

Hours
Monday : 8am – 3pm
Tuesday – Thursday : 8am – 8pm
Friday – Saturday : 8am – 9pm
Sunday : 8am – 7pm

Hauppauge : 551 Hauppauge Rd, Hauppauge, New York

Hours
Monday – Tuesday : 8am – 3pm
Wednesday – Thursday : 8am – 8:30pm
Friday – Saturday : 8am – 9pm
Sunday : 8am – 7pm


Hatch

286 Main St, Huntington, New York

Hours
Monday – Friday : 8am – 3pm
Saturday – Sunday : 7am – 4pm


The Shed

Huntington : 54 New Street, Huntington, New York

Hours
Monday – Thursday : 11am – 10pm
Friday : 11am – 11pm
Saturday : 9am – 11pm
Sunday : 9am – 9pm

West Sayville : 21 Main Street, West Sayville, New York

Hours
Monday – Thursday : 11am – 10pm
Friday : 11am – 11pm
Saturday : 9am – 11pm
Sunday : 9am – 9pm

Brownstones

West Islip : 306 Union Blvd, West Islip, New York

Hours
Monday – Saturday : 7:30 am – 3:30pm
Sunday : 7:30am – 3:00pm

Amityville : 55 Merrick Road, Amityville, New York

Hours
Monday – Saturday : 7:30 am – 3:30pm
Sunday : 7:30am – 3:00pm

Centereach : 1759 Middle Country Rd, Centereach, New York

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Monday – Saturday : 7:30 am – 3:30pm
Sunday : 7:30am – 3:00pm

East Northport : 361 Larkfield Road, East Northport, New York

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Monday – Saturday : 7:30 am – 3:30pm
Sunday : 7:30am – 3:00pm


Toast Coffeehouse

Port Jefferson : 242 East Main Street, Port Jefferson, New York

Hours
Monday – Friday : 8am – 3pm
Saturday – Sunday : 7:30am – 3:30pm

Patchouge : 46 East Main Street, Patchouge, New York

Hours
Monday – Friday : 8am – 3pm
Saturday – Sunday : 7:30am – 3:30pm

Bay Shore : 9 South Avenue, Bay Shore, New York

Hours
Monday – Friday : 8am – 3pm
Saturday – Sunday : 7:30am – 3:30pm


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10 Things To Do On Long Island Before The End of Summer

It’s the words that no one on Long Island wants to hear, “summer is almost over.” We wait all year for these three months, just to have them disappear shortly after they’ve finally arrived. With the sun setting before 8pm again, it’s tough to deny it but Fall will be here before we know it.

Don’t forget to check out my last post on Summer Essentials!

Summer on Long Island is the absolutely best and cannot be matched. It really flies by every year. I’m happy I was able to make it out east, to Fire Island, and also to New York City. I swear, having all of those options right at your finger tips is what makes living on Long Island so great. With Fall approaching, there’s plenty more amazing things to do, but before we get there – here’s 10 things to do before the sun sets on sweet Summertime :

1. Go to A Concert At Jones Beach Theatre

Concerts are back and just in time for the end of Summer! Between the recent shows of Incubus and Taking Back Sunday – the fun is never ending over at the Jones Beach Theatre. Pack your coolers and get ready to tailgate until the sun goes down! The best part of tailgating for concerts at Jones Beach is meeting all the other people who made the trip. You really meet some of the nicest humans from all over Long Island and beyond. Not to mention the actual concert is a blast – Listening to your favorite artists with the most picturesque backdrop just can’t be beat.

Check Out the Line-Up for Concerts at the Jones Beach Theatre!

2. Grab a Drink at Surf Shack

Located right off Ocean Parkway at Tobay Beach, in technically Massapequa, Surf Shack is exactly what it promises – a “Flip Flop Coastal Kitchen.” With great food and drinks this is a great spot to just relax and hang with friends or family. It’s not a bad place to catch a sunset or live out the last few days of summer. There’s also great live music!

Check Out Surf Shack’s Menu!

3. Have a Weekend Getaway on the North Forth

The North Fork of Long Island is the ultimate summer getaway. Staying away from the craziness of the Hamptons, the North Fork gives heavy stay-cation vibes with a big classy energy. Between exploring the wineries, cider house, and vodka distillery and shopping local at all the adorable farm stands, there are plenty of incredible restaurants waiting for you. Book an airbnb or stay at a quaint Bed and Breakfast to kick start an amazing summer getaway on the Northfork. Southhold, Greenport, and even Jamesport are great towns to spend a relaxing weekend!

4. Drive on Ocean Parkway During Sunset

This is for all my car lovers out there – There’s no better view of a Long Island sunset than the one from Ocean Parkway. With water on both sides, you get all the feels of summer from the comfort of your own vehicle. Roll down the windows and enjoy the breeze of ocean air. Looking to get out of your house and escape? Try this out. It’s a great little drive that will make you feel beyond content and ready to take on the next day!

5. Go For a Walk on The Jones Beach Boardwalk

There’s something about the South Shore Beaches – the ocean, the atmosphere, and the energy. Head down to the Jones Beach Boardwalk for a nice evening of relaxation and ocean views! When the beach goers start to leave, the craziness dies down and walking along the boardwalk you have the best views of the sunset. They recently added brand new volleyball courts, bocce ball courts, and little mini tennis courts. You can rent equipment and play or bring your own. There’s even a bird walk portion of the boardwalk. You can break off the main path and walk above the dunes to see all the wildlife that life in the area – great for kids and nature lover’s of all ages! Walking on the Jones Beach Boardwalk is not just a walk, there’s so much to do and so much to see. A must for any end of summer activity to do on Long Island.

6. Enjoy a Glass of Wine at Del Vino’s Vineyard in Northport

Don’t feel like driving in Hamptons traffic to head out east to grab a great glass of wine? Not a problem – Make a stop at Del Vino in Northport. Nestled away from major roads and Northport’s Main Street, when you are at Del Vino you are really taking a break from it all (Not like you really need to it’s not like we live in New York City)! With a wide array of wine and local beer to choose from, Del Vino is a great place to decompress after a tough work week. In my opinion, it is the perfect Long Island Summer date spot – so make your reservation and enjoy the end of summer at the vineyard!

7. Enjoy a Fishing Trip on a Boat Out of Captree

End your Long Island summer the right way with a fishing trip in the bay heading out of Captree! You can charter a boat yourself with a group of friends or family, or join in on a boat with other’s. Getting out to fish is easy on these charters, whether you’re a seasoned vet or a rookie. Historically these boats leave pretty early in the morning, so pack your lunch plenty of sunscreen and water and get ready for a day of fishing! If you get lucky you might even have some dinner to take home. For you night owls, there are also plenty of charters that leave in the evening. Regardless of when you choose to go, fishing out of Captree is a fun adventure to end summer for any group of friends of family!

8. Have a Beer at Port Jeff Brewery

Consider this some extra peer pressure to get get a Pier Pressure from Port Jeff Brewery. With an outdoor deck and plenty of seating, this brewery is the perfect spot to end a nice summer night. Between the amazing beer and amazing people, there’s not much else to want! Keep an eye out for dates where live music is playing – if you thought it couldn’t get any better, it does. Port Jeff Brewery has a great location right in the center of town – grab a beer before or after dinner, or run across the way and grab Ice Cream or Ralph’s! A quick trip to the Port Jeff Brewery can become a whole day outing in no time.

9. Spend a Day at the Beach at Robert Moses

A classic Long Island Beach Day is a staple of summer. Load up the car, grad lunch from the deli, pack the chairs and towels and head down to the south shore and enjoy the Atlantic Ocean at Robert Moses State Park. If you haven’t made it to the beach yet this summer, this is your sign to go make it happen.

* Pro Tip – pack sweat shirts and blankets and enjoy the sunset before packing up to head home!

10. Get Some Ice Cream from Kith Treats at Manhasset Americana

The original cereal infused ice cream? Sign me up. I may be excited to post this because I just recently found out this location existed. I used to plan city trips around getting this incredible ice cream, but not any more thanks to this great little location that is attached to Hirschleifers at Manhasset Americana. Pick between chocolate or vanilla ice cream in either a cup or shake and add your favorite toppings. They also have a menu to select from if you can’t make up your mind. My go to is “The Wifey” – something about the Nutella drizzle makes it the best thing on the entire menu. Plus they do collaborations with public figures so keep an eye out for new items added to the menu!


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5 Places You Need To Go To on The North Fork of Long Island

You’ve decided to head out east on Long Island – great choice! Whether you’re escaping the hectic New York City life or just looking for a weekend getaway from Nassau or Western Suffolk, the North Fork is a pretty great location. The North Fork is filled with scenic roads and country vibes. It’s really hard to believe how close it is to New York City because of how different it is out east. Low key vibes, one-lane roads, and farm stands on every corner – escaping to the North Fork is a must!

Here are 5 Places you need to visit when you are visiting the North Fork.

Kontokosta Winery

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Located in Greenport, New York, Kontokosta Winery is a real hidden gem. It is the only winery on the North Fork with views of the Long Island Sound. It really is the most picturesque vineyard I had been to. On 62 acres of property, Kontokosta has a beautiful barn style tasting room with high vaulted ceilings. You can relax inside, on an outdoor deck, or take a walk along the grass to the beautiful views on the sound. You really can’t go wrong at all when you visit Kontokosta!

Briermere Farms

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There are tons of farm stands and family businesses scattered throughout the North Fork, but none carries a bigger name than Briermere’s. A family business since 1961, Briermere’s has passed the test of time with straight A’s. Located on Sound Avenue in Riverhead, it is a pretty convenient first stop on your trip through the North Fork. I would say last stop, but if you wait til the end of the day all of the great baked goods will be gone. It’s a pretty hot commodity. Briermere is known for its pies, jams and jellies (all made from scratch). They are worth the drive, from wherever you are coming from. I promise you. Make sure you get there early to avoid the inevitable long line that wraps around the parking lot!

Lucharitos Taqueria & Tequila Bar

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Lucharitos is such an incredible lunch spot if you love tacos, burritos, and margaritas. With locations in Aquebogue and Greenport (and others opening soon across Long Island), you have multiple opportunities to grab some great food during your day. But be prepared, there will be a line and at least at 45 minute wait during peak hours at all locations. This spot is well loved and it is totally worth it! I would order ahead to pick up your food on your way out east or back to avoid waiting ! It also saves some time for the rest of your day’s adventures!

Lavender By The Bay

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When lavender is in bloom, you must stop by Lavender By The Bay! Two locations, one in Calverton and one in East Marion, offer the same amazing experience. The moment you pull up you will smell lavender, it can be kind of overwhelming but it really is incredible. On 15+ acres, you can pay to roam through the lavender fields and take all the Instagram-able pictures that you can dream of. They even have chairs set up throughout the fields to relax, take a break, and take in the beauty of the purple lavender all around you. Don’t forget to stop inside the store for some amazing smelling souvenirs! Pay attention to the website for official bloom dates to make sure you are going when the lavender is in full bloom!

Croteaux Vineyards

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Located in Southold, Croteaux really is a gem on the North Fork! It is the only vineyard in the United States that devotes itself to making Rose! With plenty of seating within a rustic barn and in the outdoor “Garden,” the walk-in only policy is not intimidating. The wine is amazing and so is the food! I highly recommend the lobster roll, which is only offered on weekends! There are so many places to relax and the scenery is beautiful, a day at Croteaux is not a bad idea at all. If you are a Rose lover, you need to make Croteaux a stop on your next trip to the North Fork of Long Island.


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7 United States Cities You Can Fly to For Under $375 Round Trip

I think it’s safe to say that people are struggling with staying in the same place. It’s been almost 8 months of the pandemic and slowly but surely more places are opening up. Although leaving the country is still not recommended, I’ve pulled together a list of some domestic travel options that will fulfill your travel desires and make your wallet happy.

Disclaimer – All these flights originate from NYC (LaGuardia or JFK, no one has time for flying out of Newark) and are all real flights for a long weekend trip on November 19 to November 22, 2020. With prices this crazy, I would check for any weekend and you may be shocked! I only included airlines that I personally would fly. So that means none of the fly for a few bucks but then we’ll screw you with bag fews and make you fly on a really old crappy plane that kinda seems like it shouldn’t be flying still and might fall apart in the air. Sorry for the run-on, but you get it. I got you.

There are so many amazing travel locations through the United States. So many look to travel international but forget about the beauty in our own 50 States. Use this post to plan a weekend getaway next year. Save it and Share it with you friends. For anyone still struggling with cabin fever, this will be your travel life line. Not only are these travel options cost-friendly, but the are to some incredible places that we all should visit at somepoint!


Los Angeles, California

American -Nonstop, JFK > LAX – $297 Roundtrip
JetBlue – Nonstop, JFK > LAX – $354 Roundtrip

Looking to escape to the West Coast? Now is your chance! You can’t beat these prices for nonstop flights for a long weekend in LA. Go hang with all the celebrities and influencers in Studio City or go get a workout in at Gold’s Gym in Venice Beach. LA is not just a nice warm getaway this time of year, but there is so much to do and so much to see.

Chicago, Illinois

United – Nonstop, LGA > ORD – $107 Roundtrip
American – Nonstop, LGA > ORD – $177 Roundtrip
Delta – Nonstop, JFK > ORD – $271 Roundtrip

Craving some deep dish pizza? Then you should already be booking your flight to Chicago! You can’t go wrong heading to the midwest to spend sometime in Chicago. With a many parks and great nightlife, it is a great destination for both those who like going out and those who are laid back on vacation. There will always been something for you to do. I can’t forget to mention the gorgeous skyline either. As the Hollywood of the midwest, you won’t be disappointed.

Nashville, Tennessee

American – 1 stop, JFK > BNA – $261 Roundtrip
Delta – Nonstop, LGA > BNA – $267 Roundtrip

Maybe I’m biased, but Nashville is one of my all time favorite cities to visit. At these prices, you really have to The atmosphere and energy are second to none. Waking up and grabby coffee at the frothy monkey, then heading to the Country Music Hall fo Fame, then off to Honky Tonk Central seems like a pretty good day to me right now. The nightlife is amazing and live music is everywhere. It’s hard to see many people having a miserable time in Nashville, everyone is happy and it’s just electric to be a part of it. If you are looking for an upbeat weekend filled with amazing food and great drinks, Nashville is the destination for you.

Houston, Texas

United – Nonstop, LGA > IAH – $161 Roundtrip
Delta – Nonstop, LGA > IAH – $287 Roundtrip

Houston is a relatively young city with a great nightlife, but it is also rather relaxed. It makes it a great location for a long weekend trip. Not to mention it is way warmer than it is up here in New York, which makes the trip much more attractive in my eyes. There’s a little bit of everything in Houston – low key sports bars, chill wine bars, and wild night clubs. Whatever you are into is there in Houston! This city is also known for its amazing food and has an amazing amount of restaurants where you are guaranteed a great meal. For under $300 for a round trip, Houston really seems like a no brainer.

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

American – 1 Stop, LGA > MYR – $246 Roundtrip

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina is the beach oasis to escape too. As a quaint beach town with a vibrant personality, Myrtle Beach is the perfect escape for anyone stuck in a city right now. With great fishing and better beaches, you will be living the simple life along the Atlantic Ocean for a weekend. I’d trade a large hotel for a beachfront rental in Myrtle Beach any day. There’s no roaring nightlife worth noting, aside from some great beach bars and local watering holes. Which in my opinion are some great places to go to! A trip to Myrtle Beach is filled with relaxation, and with the year we’ve all had doesn’t seem like a bad trip to invest in.

Denver, Colorado

Delta – Nonstop, JFK > DEN – $181 Roundtrip
United – Nonstop, LGA > DEN – $225 Roundtrip

Denver is a young city that seems to be getting a better and better reputation every single day. As a thriving city there is tons to do but there is also even more to see. If you like the outdoors, but still want to go to a “city city”, this is your spot. There are gorgeous hikes and beautiful views in the surrounding areas in this city. Denver really has everything, a great nightlife, lively atmosphere, and all come with a gorgeous view! The mountains are quite possibly the most perfect backdrop. Denver is a great city in the west to escape too, especially if you are looking for outdoor adventures.

Charleston, South Carolina

JetBlue – Nonstop, JFK > CHS – $197 Roundtrip
Delta – Nonstop, JFK > CHS – $311 Roundtrip

Charleston is quite possibly the most charming city in the United States. That’s a bold statement but it’s pretty accurate, if it’s not number 1 it’s definitely near the top of the list. Seriously, southern charm everywhere! Not only is the city so adorable, but it is extremely cost effective once you are there. It is rich with American history and you feel like you are walking through a social studies text book as you walk down the streets in Charleston. If you are looking for a weekend full of resting and relaxation with a large hint of Americana, this is your spot!


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