Huntington • New York
Located on the north shore of Long Island is the charming town of Huntington, New York. Conveniently near one of the most valuable estuaries in the U.S., the Long Island Sound, Huntington is a memorable place to delve into with its sweeping coastline, lighthouse, and Great Gatsby-type mansions.
A taste of Europe in America begins at the elegant Oheka Castle, originally built for the Kahn family, back in 1919. The estate is the 2nd largest private home in America, behind the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina. Step into the roaring twenties era as you explore the lushious, manicured castle ground and the historic charm of the chateau. The lavish, historic hotel offers tours for $25/adult, $5/child, providing you a guided tour of the designated public areas of the estate & gardens, in addition to tea, coffee, and homemade cookies from the pastry kitchen.
The downtown district of Huntington is swarming with trendy shops, bars, entertainment venues, restaurants, galleries, and more. For the brunch-type, check out places like Hatch, Toast & Co., and The Shed restaurant. For craft beer lovers and brewery fanatics, Six Harbors Brewing Co., Oyster Bay Brewing Co., Harbor Head Brewing Co., & Sand City Brewing Co. are nearby.
For pizza lovers and midnight snackers, Little Vincent's pizza parlor is open late-night throughout the week, and until 3am on Friday and Saturday nights, serving up mouthwatering, cheesy slices daily.
Bon Bons Chocolatier is a Huntington original. Established in 1979, the handcrafted chocolate shop offers educational tours suitable for all ages. The sweet treats are prepared fresh to order, and come in a wide variety like bark and truffles to pretzels, fudge, and caramel popcorn.
Some of the popular restaurants and pubs in the area are Vaux Hall, Meehans, Christopher's, Nag's Head Ale House, Rust and Gold, Finley's, Sandbar, Stella Blue, Finnegan's, Oaxaca, and Crabtrees, a vintage-industrial inspired pub overlooking Huntington village.
Huntington is home to an array of scenic waterfront parks, like Caumsett State Park, Halesite Park, and Heckscher Park. The historic town is also the birthplace of famous American poet, Walt Whitman. In his memory, a shopping center, monuments, hiking trail, schools, and plaque featuring a quote from "Leaves of Grass" are scattered throughout the town to commemorate his legacy. The Paramount theater hosts nearly 200 shows annually, ranging from plays, comedy shows, and concerts. The Vanderbilt Museum and Planetarium offers mansion tours, planetarium shows, ballets, and even collectible car shows year round, fitting for all ages.
Come discover the waterfront town of Huntington, Long Island, New York, the perfect spot for date night, family day trips, and solo explorers. The town is home to marinas, museums, art galleries, parks, contemporary restaurants and bars, and is in close proximity to the gold coast mansions, estates built between 1890-1930 by the country's wealthiest folks and are now open to the public for tours. Thanks to the Long Island Rail Road for making this all possible, Huntington would be a bit of a different place than it is today.