Home for the Holidays: Staycation on LI


There’s no place like home for the holidays!


This holiday season!


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Are you enjoying a little time off this holiday season? Looking for ways to entertain your kids during their school vacation? Before you turn as green as the Grinch with envy towards your friends who are lying on a hammock in some tropical paradise, remember that a staycation can be just as satisfying. Check out these events and ideas to make your holiday a true recess from the daily grind.

Were you that employee who pushed everyone out of your way on your last pre-holiday work day so you could leave the parking lot first? Yeah, these options are for you:

Have a drink at the wineries. The Sparkling Pointe Tasting House in Southold is hosting the 2012 Winter String Series on December 29. After a few sips, you can have your designated driver chauffeur you over to Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead that same day to catch live music with Panic. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for the Long Island Winterfest starting February 9 – every type of wine pairs perfectly with live jazz music.

Say Ommm. Every Wednesday through the winter, Amy Hess hosts Earth Yoga at the Quogue Wildlife Refuge from 9-10am. Leave your sweaty heap of stress on that yoga mat and move on with your life!

Pamper yourself with a massage from Massage Envy. They are open seven days a week with locations all over Long Island. The promotional rate is 49 dollars for a one-hour introductory massage.


Even the best weekday night Seinfeld reruns can’t always cure the holiday blues. You deserve some serious escapism:

– End your 2012 with some well-deserved laughs when you go see Jeff Dunham at the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale on December 31 at 3pm. Tickets start at $47.50 and are selling out quickly!

– Celebrate the season by supporting a local theater company. The John W. Engeman Theater at Northport is showing A Christmas Carol through January 6,

Do you have a lot of pent up energy that you had to tamper while writing final papers, sitting in the office or standing in lines for holiday sales? Let it out, you animal!

Wail away your woes at Karaoke Night on December 28 at the Connetquot Public Library in Bohemia.

Had a holly jolly breakup? Check out some singles events, such as a Singles Meet & Greet at Thom Thom Steakhouse in Wantagh at 8pm on December 27. If you don’t get a smooch under the mistletoe, at least you got a bunch of tasty appetizers for just five bucks.

Okay, go-getter, this one’s for you. Volunteers are more needed than ever after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Here’s how you can help:

Donate food or help with package donations at one of the Island Harvest facilities located throughout Long Island. Island Harvest serves our own local Long Islanders who are in need. Check out more information or volunteer at islandharvest.org.

Give the gift of time by checking out Long Island Volunteer Center for a list of people and places who could use your help. You can register on the website by your area of interest (financial donation, animal care, food service, etc.) and the organization will place you where your skills are most needed.


Still feel the need to escape? Fine, we can trick you into thinking you’ve gone on vacation:

Complete a marine life mission at the Fishes & Wishes New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center in Riverhead. Your paid package includes a champagne/sparkling cider toast at midnight, cocktail hour, buffet dinner, live DJ & entertainment, overnight stay at the Hyatt Resort and complimentary breakfast. Call 631-208-9200, ext. H20 for more details.

Feeling better about spending your week off locally yet? See? We told you. There really is no place like home for the holidays!

  • photo: courtesy of Martha Clara Vineyards

  • photo: courtesy of Martha Clara Vineyards

  • photo: courtesy of Long Island Volunteer Center

  • photo: courtesy of Quogue Wildlife Refuge

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