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Advice for April trip to New York/Connecticut

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Postby Seasentinel » Wed Feb 11, 2009 6:58 am


Tim and I decided to go to New York this April rather then our traditional spring trip to the OBX. I definately want to see Fire Island so we are planning on taking that little stretch of New York but man there's alot of lighthouses to see! Also since we're not too far from Conneticut I thought about checking out some of them. If anyone can offer any advice on the best route and places to stay it would be greatly appreciated.

PS....we also hope to visit some abandoned asylums that I know are up in that area!

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Postby wheland » Wed Feb 11, 2009 8:09 am


Michelle,

I'd need a bit more information- like how many days are you planning for, etc.

There are a number of options- driving tour of the lighthouses of Staten Island, a Circle Line cruise around Manhattan where you can see several lighthouses, a drive out to the tip of Long Island for Montauk after Fire Island with some other nice lighthouses thrown in on the way out and back, drive along I-95 in Western CT where you can get to see a number of lighthouses.

Keep in mind one thing- drive time in and around NYC, Long Island and CT can be much different from what you are used to. There is no good time to drive there- just that some are definitely better than others.

I can reccomend the Marriott Islandia as a good place to spend the night- of course I got the Lighthouse challenge rate then.

The Fairfield Inn in syosset is also a nice place to stay- and is usually reasonably priced.

The Marriott Islandia is a bit more centrally located though.

One problem with Long Island especially out on the East End near Montauk is that most places will require a two night stay especially on weekends- even in April. It's why I've usually stayed in Central LI and driven back to the hotel.

Here's a link to the site for the 2008 Long Island Lighthouse challenge- it has some great info to assist with atacking long Island lighthouses.

http://www.lilighthousesociety.org/chal ... ge2008.htm

A good site to check out for driving information, etc is Lighthouse Friends- i've used it extensively in the past and it has been very helpful.

http://lighthousefriends.com/

In NYC I've stayed at the following places and been pleased with all of them-

Radio City Apartments http://www.radiocityapts.com/

Nothing spectacular but a nice clean comfortable place to stay in Midtown Manhattan.

Hampton Inn Manhattan- Madison Sq Garden Area- a newer property very convenient to the train station. Can be a bit pricey- I used points.

http://www.hamptoninn.com/en/hp/hotels/ ... cn=NYCHSHX

Comfort Inn Midtown- again nothing special but a nice clean place to stay in NYC.

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Hope some of this helps.

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Postby Seasentinel » Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:33 am


Thanks for all the info....going to look into everything now. We'll be in the area for a few days...at least 4 maybe?
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Postby Ross » Wed Feb 11, 2009 9:56 am


It's quite possible to head through Long Island (for Fire Island, etc.) and take the Orient Pt Ferry to New London CT (you'll see 5 more lights just on that cruise), with your car, and drive down through CT on your way back... you could possible squeeze in Montauk, as well.

There are a lot of routes you can take, if you have 4 days, you should be able to hit quite a bit!
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Postby wheland » Wed Feb 11, 2009 10:00 am


I'd suggest to give yourself two days to do Long Island - that way you'd have time to spare and time to spend exploring some of the towns as well- Greenport is a nice little town. you have the East End Seaport Museum there.

http://www.eastendseaport.org/

There is a nice little restaurant in the marina that is at the end of RT 24 in Orient Point- and you can see two lighthouses from there as well- Orient Point and Plum Island.

Unfortunayely it looks like the Museum isn't open in April- and there are no tours of say Huntington Harbor LH until may either.

You can still see the lighthouses from the shoreline, though.

The lighthouses on staten Island are never open but most can be seen one way or another in April.

The circle Line does cruise in April- and you'd go right by roosevelt Island and Jeffrey's Hook as well as the rest of Manhattan, the Brooklyn bridge, the cloisters and many other fine sights.

http://www.circleline42.com/

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Postby Seasentinel » Wed Feb 11, 2009 5:28 pm


Thanks for all the help! I had already looked on lighthousefriends for info. I think maybe we'll start at Princes Bay Lighthouse and work our way east?
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Postby Grover1 » Sun Apr 26, 2009 6:03 am


Michelle ... pictures?
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Postby Seasentinel » Wed Aug 26, 2009 11:09 am


We never went because of the weather and last minute almost we went to the OBX instead
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