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Loving Long Island Newsletter - Rain, Rain Go Away
May 09, 2009

Rain Rain Go Away!

This is the time of year that Long Islanders want to get out and do things. If only the rain would stop...

Assuming it does stop someday, there'll be plenty to do on Long Island this summer. One of my favorite things to do is play on Fire Island.

If you've never been to Fire Island make this the summer you get there. One of Long Island's best known secrets, Fire Island offers everything from night life to tranquility all in one place. I spend as much time as I can here during the summer, and make a few trips during the winter too.

Here it is in a nutshell...

The Fire Island Lighthouse is one of the few places on Fire Island that you can get to by car. After a 10 minute walk from Robert Moses field 5 you will enjoy stunning views from the top of this magnificent structure. Don't miss it.

Kismet is just a short walk east from the lighthouse. Have lunch at The Inn or The Out and stay for some live music after the sun goes down.

Atlantique marina and beach is popular place for families with young children or teens. Enjoy hot showers and the Session Stand snack bar.

Ocean Beach has more bars, shops, and restaurants than any other community, so this is the spot for nightlife, dining and shopping.

The Sunken Forest at Sailor's Haven is a 250 year old maritime forest nestled between two large dunes that give it the appearance of being below ground level. The 1.5 mile self-guided boardwalk tour is a great introduction to plant and wildlife on Fire Island. Sailor's Haven also has a snack bar, gift/supply shop, visitor center, marina, and public bathing and bathroom facilities. This is a great place for family beach outings.

Just 1 mile east of Sailor's Haven is Cherry Grove, the center of gay culture on Fire Island. This beautiful town has clubs, boutiques, restaurants, art galleries, and a theater. The beach here is very much clothing optional, so be prepared.

Watch Hill is a much larger version of Sailor's Haven and is located much further east. Visit watch Hill instead of Sailor's Haven if you live near or east of Patchogue. Be sure to visit the Casino restaurant in Davis Park when you get hungry.

Well, that's all for this issue of the Loving-Long-Island newsletter.

Regards, -Bill (a.k.a. The Long Island Guy)

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