10 Ways to Have a Gatsby Gold Coast Summer

While everyone is heading out to the East End this summer, beat the traffic and enjoy some time on Long Island’s Gold Coast. Earning its name from the luxurious estates and wealth in the area, the Gold Coast won’t disappoint when it comes to waterfront dining, recreation and lodging options. Make the most out of a Gold Coast summer.


Prime, Huntington



High-end fare and gorgeous views of the Huntington Harbor make Prime an ideal summer spot. Customers can indulge in an array of seafood, unique sushi rolls like the tornado roll (shrimp, avocado, crispy potato, eel sauce) and steak. Take the summertime vibes to another level with a refreshing cocktail like the pineapple mojito and house-made sangria or opt for one of the many wine options. Even better? Head over for brunch every Sunday (11:30am-3pm) this summer to enjoy live jazz while chowing down. Phone: 631-385-1515 | Address: 117 North New York Avenue Click to taste

Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille, Port Washington

Further west is Louie’s Oyster Bar & Grille, another gem with waterfront views perfect for a summertime oasis. The restaurant, which has been around since 1905, overlooks the Manhasset Bay with outdoor seating on the dock. Food options include a variety of seafood, steak and an assortment of appetizers like the heavenly biscuits and lobster tacos. Grab a cocktail or an iced after dinner spiked coffee and enjoy some breathtaking sunset views. Phone: 516-883-4242 | Address: 395 Main St Click to taste

Lombardi’s On The Sound, Port Jefferson


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This place so beautiful it’s been a popular wedding venue for decades. One reason is clear: Lombardi’s On The Sound offers panoramic views of the Long Island Sound. Pair that with some steak, seafood or Italian dishes on a warm summer night for a dinner experience by the water to remember. Phone: 631-473-1440 | Address: 44 Fairway Dr Click to taste


Oheka Castle, Huntington

Oheka Castle

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Feel like royalty by booking a room at Oheka Castle. This historic mansion (it’s listed on the National Register of Historic Places) sits at the highest point of Long Island, but is a reminder of a French chateau. Another popular wedding venue, Oheka Castle has 32 guestrooms and suites dripping in luxury with fine furnishings. Book one of the Gatsby Suites to be transported into the Roaring Twenties or the Carnegie Suite inspired by Andrew Carnegie. Aside from roaming the gorgeous estates, ultimate relaxation comes with in-room massages. Phone: 631-659-1400 | Address: 135 W Gate Dr Click to stay

Glen Cove Mansion, Glen Cove

Another luxurious stay awaits at this 55-acre Glen Cove estate that’s been around since the early 1900s. The warm ambiance is said to have been set forth by original owners John Teele and Ruth Baker Pratt and just keeps surviving decades. The Georgian-style mansion offers 187 guest rooms and suites, an outdoor pool surrounded by greenery, two outdoor tennis courts and a sauna. A stay is complete with drinks and light fare on the third floor’s Pub 1910. Phone: 516-671-6400 | Address: 200 Dosoris Ln Click to stay

The Inn at Fox Hollow, Woodbury

The Inn at Fox

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A boutique hotel with gardens and waterfalls, the Inn at Fox Hollow is the perfect opportunity for a relaxing retreat. Each of the modernly furnished and luxurious suites comes with a kitchen while complimentary breakfast and dinner is served Monday through Thursday. The Inn also has a heated outdoor pool and hot tub surrounded by palm trees making it easy to forget how close to home you really are. Phone: 516-224-8100 | Address: 7755 Jericho Turnpike Click to stay


Mansion hopping

Sands Point Preserve Conservancy

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It would be a shame to spend time on the Gold Coast without exploring the extravagant mansions filled with history. Take a trip to Oyster Bay’s Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park, a 400-acre estate once owned by the wealthy William R. Coe. This summer it also offers the exhibition, Sporting Life On Long Island: The Great Estates Era, which puts Long Island’s glamorous past on full display. The list continues with Mill Neck Manor (a Tudor Revival mansion sitting on 86 acres), the Old Westbury Gardens (the former home of John S. Phipps), Coindre Hall (Medieval-styled mansion built for George McKesson Brown in Huntington) and the Hempstead House (Tudor-style castle on the Guggenheim Estate in Sands Point).

Cedar Beach, Brookhaven

What’s Long Island summer without a visit to the beach? Dig your toes in the sand at Cedar Beach, a clean space with several amenities like a concession stand, playground and walk trail. Address: 244 Harbor Beach Rd Click to explore

Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington


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Get lost in art this summer at Huntington’s beloved museum located in the scenic Heckscher Park. There’s exhibitions all summer long, including Earth Muse: Art and the Environment, which encourages visitors to look at nature in whole new way. Come August, guests can see paintings, prints and photographs of the sea with Ebb & Flow: Seascape and Shoreline ViewsPhone: 631-351-3250 | Address: 2 Prime Ave Click to explore

Summer Arts Festival, Huntington

Huntington is giving Long Islanders music for free nearly all summer during the annual Summer Arts Festival. From June 27-August 13, concerts are taking place at the Huntington Heckscher Park at the Chapin Rainbow Stage at 8:30pm Wednesday-Friday and 7:30pm on Tuesdays for family night. Some highlights include Miles to Dayton from Port Jefferson Station performing some folk and rock on July 28 and fellow Long Islanders Nonstop to Cairo bringing hip hop and funk on August 11. Phone: 631-351-3089 | Address: NY-25A & Prime Ave Click to explore

anna halkidis

anna halkidis

Anna Halkidis is a senior web editor at Long Island Pulse. Feel free to reach out at anna@lipulse.com or on Twitter @annahalkidis.