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Report 1696: New York for Three
By Linda Hagstrom from PA, Summer 2009
Trip Description: July 19-24, 2009. My daughter-in-law, granddaughter and I spend five days in the New York City area (two on Long Island and three in the city)
Destinations: Countries - North America; Regions/Cities - New York City
Categories: Hotels/B&Bs; Beach; Shopping; Sightseeing; Independent Travel; 3-4 people; Adults and Teens
Page 1 of 6: Getting to New York
Katelyn at Smithtown's beach on Long Island Sound
In mid-July, my daughter-in-law, Cathy, emailed me asking if I'd like to go to New York with her and my granddaughter, Katelyn, who is 13, for a few days the next week. Erik, my grandson, would be at Scout Camp, and Dave, my son, would be helping at the camp. Of course I said yes!
On Saturday July 18, Cathy and Katelyn drove to our house and stayed the night. We left early Sunday. Cathy did all the driving. Our first stop was in New Jersey for lunch, and we found a nice, locally-owned restaurant near the interstate.
Back in the car, we drove to Smithtown, Long Island, where Cathy grew up. Her parents had moved to Arizona more than 20 years ago, and this was the first time Katelyn had a chance to see the house her mother had grown up in. First we checked in at the hotel nearby and then drove to Cathy's old house. We parked in front of the house and walked around the neighborhood, recalling the different neighbors who had lived there. Then we walked to Cathy's old high school, very near her house. We walked around the school, admiring all the great athletic facilities. We got back in the car and drove around Smithtown, seeing what was still there and what had changed.
In the evening, we met Cathy's brother, Rob, and Rob's daughter, Gabrielle, at a pizza place and enjoyed some great Long Island pizza.
Then we drove to the beach, which Smithtown maintains on Long Island Sound. It was a beautiful evening, and Katelyn climbed up one of the sand dunes (maybe 100' tall - a REAL sand dune!) along the beach.
Then we drove to Port Jefferson, a nearby beach town, that had a lively night scene - most of the stores were still open at 9pm, and we walked around enjoying the resort-feel and watching a giant car ferry from Connecticut come in to the port and then leave.
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