Long Island / Hanover, 20.07.2021 | (kms) – Just a few miles away from New York City is the “Sylt of New York”: Long Island known for being a hideaway for the rich and beautiful. In the popular Hamptons, New York’s upper class spends time at the beach, surfing and kayaking, or in one of the numerous restaurants. The island’s rich history is marked by American celebrities.
Immerse yourself in the world of Great Gatsby
Long Island’s Gold Coast allows you to immerse yourself in the glamorous era of the Great Gatsby. The author of the novel with the same name, F. Scott Fitzgerald, lived on Long Island from 1922 and is today considered one of the essential U.S. writers. Surrounded by magnificent gardens, the opulent mansions he describes in his novel were built in the elegant style of the 1920s and are now partly open to tourists. On guided tours through the magnificent estates with luxurious furnishings, visitors experience a journey back in time to the roaring 1920s and feel a real “Great Gatsby feeling”.
A Hollywood scenery you can touch
One of the impressive stately homes that also opens its doors to visitors is the “Old Westbury Gardens” estate. The formerly private country estate is not only as a museum in the midst of colorful show gardens but is also a popular location for cultural festivities or private parties. Some Hollywood celebrities also know and appreciate “Old Westbury Gardens”: Nicolas Cage and Joaquin Phoenix shot the film “8mm” here. But the tranquil estate is also used as a backdrop for productions such as “American Gangster” and “Gossip Girl.
Oheka Castle – The second largest mansion in the USA was built by a German
The majestic Oheka Castle is considered one of the most impressive buildings in the Hamptons. With its 125 individually decorated rooms, it is now used as a hotel. The French chalet was commissioned in 1914 by German banker and entrepreneur Otto Hermann Kahn, who used the property as a summer home. He organized glamorous parties in what is now the second largest mansion in the U.S., where heads of state and celebrities were welcome guests – very much in the style of the Great Gatsby.
Relaxing time out in nature
For those who do not want to think about the wild parties of the 1920s but looking for a relaxing time-out far away from the urban jungle, Long Island offers countless recreational opportunities. The bright sandy beaches are known as the most beautiful in the world and invite you to sunbathe or stroll along the boardwalk. The well-kept parks and idyllic forests of Long Island provide a unique place for extensive hikes and adventurous bike rides followed by picnics in the open air. A popular destination in the region is the Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park. Located near the town of Easter Bay on Long Island. The Park pleased visitors with several thousand species of plants planted in impressive formations. History buffs can visit the park’s Coe Hall Historic House Museum to learn about the history of the house and the families who once lived there.
About Discover Long Island
Discover Long Island was founded in 1979 under the name Long Island Convention and Visitors Bureau & Sports Commission as an official agency to promote the regional travel and tourism industry. The organization contributes to Long Island’s economic development and quality of life by promoting the region to the public as a top-rated destination for tourism, meetings and conventions, trade shows, sporting events and other major events.
Detailed information about Long Island is available by phone at +1 631-951-3900 and on the website at www.DiscoverLongIsland.com.
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