7 Best Places To Relax on Long Island

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Old Westbury Gardens.

Old Westbury Gardens
The former home of John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps, and their four children  is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The magnificent Charles II-style mansion is nestled amid 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes. Today, Westbury Gardens welcomes visitors of all ages for guided tours, programs, museum exhibits, concerts, and more. 71 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury. 516-333-0048, oldwestburygardens.org

Since 1995, Pal-O-Mine Equestrian has been a refuge for individuals with disabilities, at-risk youth, the military, and all vulnerable populations. Offering therapeutic horseback riding lessons, Pal-O-Mine’s mission is to provide specialized equine programs using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing. Programs include adaptive horseback riding for individuals with disabilities such as autism, anxiety, ADHD, neurological disorders, cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injuries, and others. Pal-O-Mine offers individual, family and group therapy sessions focusing on grief, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, substance abuse and addiction. 829 Old Nichols Rd., Islandia, 631-348-1389, pal-o-mine.org

BEST WINE BARwineThe Wine Cellar on Main
The price is right and so is the mood at this casual, lively village venue in the heart of downtown Northport, especially on weekends, when live music fills the air. You don’t need to be an oenophile to enjoy what the sommelier has uncorked. You can get a table, sit at the bar, or stand in the back and chat with your friends. On the menu are small, tapas-style plates of tasty food, or you can order an entree from a nearby restaurant that delivers. We’ll drink to that! 70 Main Street, Northport, 631-651-5555, thewinecellaronmain.com

Dr. Kelly Mattone 
When you want to look your best in just a day, head over to Dr. Kelly Mattone at Medical Aesthetic Studio. Their services are custom designed to provide men and women with non-surgical cosmetic alternatives that may erase years from the face and sculpt inches off the body. Dr. O’Malley-Mattone offers private complimentary consultations and performs a thorough hands-on examination based on your personal concerns and individual needs. 8 Bond Street, Suite 200, Great Neck, 516-482-2424, aesthetic-associates.com

BEST MASSAGEwellness massage relax relaxing 56884Glowinskin Esthetics
Let all your tension go at Glowinskin Esthetics, Long Island’s go-to place for a massage. Your muscles not only go through the daily wear and tear of everyday life, but they become tense just from the stress you encounter. The expert masseuses at Glowinskin are there to help ease that tension with their touch. One visit to Glowinskin, and you’ll feel like a new person! 267 Sea Cliff Ave., Suite #1, Sea Cliff, 516-801-4668, glowinskinesthetics.com


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The Garden City Hotel

Garden City Hotel
There’s nothing like the Garden City Hotel, Long Island’s landmark of gracious hospitality and first-class service. This elegant and historic hotel welcomes guests into spacious and luxurious guest rooms and suites, and delights with an array of new dining experiences, including David Burke’s Red Salt Room. Explore all that this iconic address has to offer in the heart of picturesque Garden City. The lush, manicured grounds and recently restored event spaces of the hotel create an unmatched setting for your next meeting or social event. 45 7th St., Garden City, 516-747-3000, gardencityhotel.com


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Jones Beach State Park is the biggest draw, but not only thing to see on Jones Beach Island. (WikiMedia)

Jones Beach State Park
The most famous state park on Long Island is in a class all its own. Popular in the summer months for its seemingly endless beach, the park is in many ways the crown jewel of our dear Island. The park welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, many of whom make the annual pilgrimage to the Bethpage Air Show—always a high-flying extravaganza. When things cool down a bit during the summer evenings, Long Islanders move from the beach to Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater, which hosts live performances by some of the top names in music! 1 Ocean Pkwy., Wantagh, 516-785-1600, jonesbeach.com


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