20 Ways to Have the Best Week

In honor of Pulse’s 10th anniversary, we’ve created a bonus edition of The Best Week. Because who doesn’t need an extra weekend of summer activities? The Island is alive with such a multitude of sun and fun, it wasn’t hard filling the slots. Enjoy the ultra-deluxe anniversary best week—it will be if you follow all 10 days.


Soak up some art. Art Market, one of the big three East End art festivals, will showcase a wide selection of investment quality art. Craving a beach-vibe to go with the perusing? Get both at Eric Firestone Gallery’s exhibit She Sells Seashells by the Seashore .


Just chill. The North Shore is known for its calm waters and low-key beaches. Grab a towel and head to Sunken Meadow in Kings Park. Dig your toes into the sand and enjoy one of our Summer Reads and a cool glass of white.


Sun, smiles and drama—that’s summer. Northport’s Bare Bones Theater has them all (well, maybe not sun) in the dark dramedy Reasons to Be Pretty. See a show and argue the particulars at Swallow in Huntington where, if you ask nicely, they’ll serve you corn on the cob crusted in cheese and honey.


Get tee’d off and over the hump. Do some night “driving” at Heartland Golf Park in Edgewood or play replica par 3’s of Augusta and Pebble Beach (tee times ’til midnight). Take in the “pressure drop” (a signature absinthe-based cocktail) down the road at Verde Wine Bar & Restaurant .


Grab your stix, it’s lacrosse season and time to re-LAX. Catch the Lizards’ final home game this year at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium. Tocolo Cantina in Garden City offers a festive pre-or postgame scene with modern Mexican fare and flair .


Nothing says “classic” like dinner and a movie. Linger at The Trattoria in St. James which serves classic rustic Italian (parsnip soup!) that’s shareable. Catch the late show of Mr. Holmes playing at AMC Lowes Stony Brook.


Time for High Weekends in the Hamptons! July is when the stars come out for galas, fundraisers, benefit concerts and signature events like Donna Karan’s Super Saturday. Cap off the day at oceanside Bay Kitchen Bar in East Hampton  where dinner feels like a vacation.




Hire a captain and sail the New York harbors. Continue up the Hudson or drop anchor and explore a Summer in the City . For a change of perspective grab a rooftop movie at Yotel, Midtown.


Stay on deck and take a boat cruise out east via the Atlantic Ocean—it’s a whole different experience versus traveling the bays. Stop at Wölffer Estate and stretch weary sea legs (or backs) with their weekend yoga classes. They also have some fine sips.


Finish at The End. Montauk’s Surf Lodge is the newest beach venue for (free) summer shows. It’s so cool Willie Nelson, Patti Smith and Gary Clark Jr. have already played there. Grab creative rosé cocktails at Navy Beach. Not docked? No worries—they have a delivery boat.