Did you know Memorial Day was originally called “Decoration Day” and honored soldiers who died in the American Civil War? These days, the weekend is considered the unofficial kick off to summer and the beginning of vacation season. So, pack up your shorts and sunglasses and throw on your sandals because it’s time to grab some fun in the sun!

If you’re looking for a destination bursting with summertime activity, you can’t beat Long Island, NY. From its popular beach towns such as The Hamptons and Montauk to the gorgeous wineries and quaint boutique shopping areas, there are endless areas to explore on your getaway. You can even tour the town on bike or go lighthouse spotting while strolling the beach at sunset. If you decide to make your way there with friends or a loved one, consider staying at a Long Island bed and breakfast. The innkeepers can help you plot out your great summer escape all while providing the comforts of home.

Arbor View House Bed & Breakfast and Spa, East Marion, NYArbor View House Bed & Breakfast and Spa, East Marion, NY

How does a romantic picnic next to a vineyard or on the beach sound? The Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast located in Cutchogue, NY, will pack a special treat of gourmet sandwiches or a basket filled with a local varietal, 3 gourmet cheeses, pepperoni, apples or grapes and crackers. A discount wine card good for local tastings and a wine club card for VIP status at select, premiere restaurants in town are also available. Spend a day exploring neighboring Shelter Island during your weekend stay at the Arbor View Guest House in East Marion, NY. After taking the ferry over, you can rent bikes near the terminal and ride the trails at the 2,000-acre Mashomack Preserve or go kayaking along the waters on a tour. After all the activity, you can wind down by spreading a blanket on the beach or heading back to the inn for an aromatherapy bath.

Prepare to stake your umbrella in the sand because the summer vacation season is almost here. If you’re looking for a relaxing getaway that’s also filled with leisurely fun, think about an escape to Long Island paired with a stay at a cozy B&B. Its sandy white beaches, picturesque vineyards and outdoor activity make for an ideal summer escape.

Want to see what Long Island is all about? Check out our “Livin’ It Up On Long Island” board on Pinterest!

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