Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Best Towns to Visit on Vacation During the Winter!


Are you looking for a unique, cultural atmosphere, with some colorful people and an air of originality? Well, you’re in luck! Sprinkled between airports and busy highways are some cities offering a slower, but perhaps richer, slice of life.


From country music to herbal cocktails to horseshoe crabs, the Smithsonian Magazine presents some cultural gems worth mining. Here are 8 of the top 20 small towns with some standout attractions for your next weekend getaway:
  • Chautauqua, NY 
Home to the Chautauqua Institution which was founded in 1874 to further people’s eduction on vacation. This small town is cited for its summertime art exhibitions, concerts, performing arts classes, and lectures.
  • Healdsburg, CA 
Nestled between Calistoga and the wild Pacific Coast, with damp morning fogs and blistering afternoon sunshine, the earth is so fertile anything grows! Right in the middle of four celebrated Sonoma Country wine regions, this cute town is a must see.
  • Williamsburg, VA 
Entering the 300-acre historic district, be prepared to mingle with some people in 18th century dress actually practicing colonial trades like shoe-making, brick-making, weaving, and blacksmithing.
  • Steamboat Springs, CO
Champagne powder snow for skiing and world class symphony orchestras for listening. This town has sent 79 athletes to the Winter Olympics since 1932 and provided year round music festivals and entertainment for country, jazz and bluegrass fans. Let’s not forget about Steamboat’s cowboy past - the rodeo comes back in the summer.
  • Woods Hole, MA
Home of the nation’s first marine animal showcase, the Woods Hole Science Aquarium opened in 1875. Still open and in operation, see codfish, flounder, horseshoe crabs and other critters through glass-lined cases. Not to mention educational museums, the fact that it’s on Cape Cod, why wouldn’t you want to head there? Just be sure to stop for a bite at the beloved Pie in the Sky village coffee shop!
  • Marietta, OH
The first permanent settlement in the Northwest Territories - this town has a Sweet Corn Festival in July, Native American archaeological sites, and a castle.
  • Beaufort, SC
Pronounced “BYOO-furt” and positioned right on the water between Savannah and Charleston, this place is about as Southern as it gets. Its history of plantations, churches, and the Gullah people makes this hidden spot a must see.
  • Sedona, AZ
Nature lovers rejoice! If you’re an outdoors-man who lives for beautiful scenery and art - this place is for you. Also having a reputation of shamans, psychics, and healers - people flock from all over to experience the beauty and spirituality, and we don’t blame them.
No matter which of the above small towns you choose to visit, let Dynasty Limousine take you there! We are available for pickups and drop offs at all of the major New York Airports including, JFK, La Guardia, Mac Arthur Airport and for most private airports including Farmingdale Executive Airport. Dynasty Limousines has competitive rates for Airport and Ground Transportation in the New York area. Call and request a quote today (631) 587-8500!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Winter Travel Tips You Wish You Knew About Sooner!

As seasons change, so do travel patterns. Whether you're looking to visit the warmest or coldest of climates, there's always an incredible vacation destination to travel to throughout the year. If you’re looking to make your winter travel plans go smoothly, keep these helpful tips in mind:


  • Use the best apps: Mother Nature has been and will always be unpredictable - especially in the Winter. The weather can really wreak havoc on travel plans so you’ll want to be on your A game. Take advantage of all the apps out there, from weather and flight trackers to on ground transportation when you arrive to your destination, there’s an abundance of travel apps at your disposal.
  • Prepare for crowds: With all the upcoming time off from school and the office, you’ll need to prepare for crowded and busier airports. When possible, opt for carry on vs. checked luggage to skip the hectic baggage claim waits all together. If you haven’t booked your flight yet - try to avoid booking on busy days to lessen the stress of crowds.
  • Pack smart: Warmer jackets are heavier and bulkier, you’ll want to wear this on the flight to save on packing real estate. You may also choose to pack dual purpose items (items that can be worn with more than one outfit) to save space in your luggage as well!
  • Make an itinerary: When going on vacation, it's important to make an itinerary to avoid any mishaps. From the time you board the plane to the time you step foot in your hotel, it's important to have every hour accounted for. This will keep your vacation stress-free, since you won't have to worry about planning out your day on the spot! 
  • Hire a car service: Waiting outside in messy New York weather for a cab or shuttle is not ideal. Ensure you get to and from the airport promptly and stress free by reserving your ride with us. We’re available for pickups and drop offs 24/7!
If you need a ride to or from any of the major New York Airports including, JFK, La Guardia, Mac Arthur Airport or private airports including Farmingdale Executive Airport - give us a call. Dynasty Limousine has competitive rates for Airport and Ground Transportation in the New York area. Call and request a quote today (631) 587-8500!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Theatrical Productions to See on Long Island This January

Curtain up! Light the lights! — the Long Island theatre scene is always bringing the very best in entertainment to your town! From musicals to plays, there’s a variety of upcoming shows this January that are located only minutes away from your house. If you’re in the mood to see a wonderful theatrical production and don’t feel like trekking to Manhattan — we have your entertainment needs covered:


Oliver!

Run: Now playing through January 21, 2018

Known as a classic staple of theatrical history, Oliver! Tells the tale of a 9-year-old orphan who aspires to live his very best life, despite starting from scratch. Based off of the classic novel by Charles Dickens, audiences will be enamored with the brilliant tale retold by Lionel Bart, which boasts incredible songs such as “Where is Love?,” “As Long As He Needs Me,” “You’ve Got to Pick a Pocket or Two,” and more! Throughout Oliver’s adventures, he eventually finds a potential home to move into. Will Oliver’s life change for the better, or will it stay the same? Find out by seeing this incredible production by Smithtown Center for the Performing Arts!


My Fair Lady

Run: January 13 - January 28, 2018

With a slew of incredible adaptations, it’s no secret that My Fair Lady has been a fan favorite for years! Based George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion, this musical staple tells the tale of of phonetics professor Henry Higgins and his quest to turn Eliza Doolittle, into a cultured member of society. Throughout the show, the unlikely pair begins to become the best of friends, which proves that anything is truly possible! Through classic songs such as “On the Street Where You Live,” “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t it Be Loverly,” and more, you’ll be sure to sing the night away! If you’re looking for a classic, heart-warming tale with a bit of comedy, then My Fair Lady is certainly the show for you!

Annie

Run: Now playing through January 21, 2018

Having been a household names for many years, Annie is truly a classic staple of musical theatre! This feel-good musical tells the tale of an orphan named Annie, who through her good spirits, believes that she was left at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage by mistake by her parents. One day, when Annie least suspects it, she’s temporarily adopted by millionaire Daddy Warbucks for a press stunt and realizes that Annie is the daughter he never had. Through iconic songs such as “Tomorrow” and “It’s a Hard-Knock Life,” you’ll be singing in your seat with this incredible show!
 
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Monday, January 8, 2018

January 2018 Concerts on Long Island

Fact: there is no greater experience than attending a concert, especially on Long Island. From seeing your favorite artist/band up close to singing along with them, there is no greater feeling! If you’re looking to change up your routine and see some great acts live, then let Dynasty show you the way! Check out these incredible shows coming to a theater near you this month:


WAR » Tickets

Date: Thursday, January 11, 2018
Time: 8pm


The Purple Xperience | Prince Tribute » Tickets

Date: Friday, January 12, 2018
Time: 8pm



Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds » Tickets
Date: Sunday, January 14, 2018
Time: 8pm

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The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra » Tickets

Date: Friday, January 19, 2018
Time: 8pm



Mike Delguidice & Big Shot: Celebrating the Music of Billy Joel » Tickets
Date: Saturday, January 20, 2018
Time: 8pm



Blues Traveler: 30th Anniversary Tour » Tickets
Date: Saturday, January 27, 2018
Time: 8pm

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Thursday, December 28, 2017

Best Spots to Celebrate NYE on Long Island Without a Reservation

The glimmering lights, sounds of crowds cheering, and the joyous sound of noisemakers only means one thing: it’s New Year’s Eve! Known as one of the most prominent celebrations around the world, New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate the old and welcome the new, shining New Year! If you’re looking for some last minute plans, but didn’t make a reservation months in advance — fear not, because we’re about to introduce you to some incredible impromptu spots where you can celebrate!

Back to the Eighties with Jessie’s Girl at The Paramount

Address: 370 New York Ave, Huntington, NY 11743
Time: 10pm
Note: Tickets must be purchased prior to entry.

Looking to ring in the new year with a blast from the past? Known as one of the best eighties cover bands in the world, Jessie’s Girl will be playing The Paramount for a special New Year’s Eve show! Starting at 10pm (unlike traditional showtimes), the seven member band will play hits from Michael Jackson to Madonna, and will rock out in the most colorful eighties-esc costumes, too. It’s truly a show to be seen — especially at The Paramount, which hosts four bars that offer a large variety of your favorite cocktails and brews! Although a reservation isn’t required, you will need to purchase a ticket to enter the show. For more information, visit the venue’s official website or visit Ticketmaster to purchase your tickets for the greatest eighties show on earth!

Espana Tapas & Wine Bar

Address: 655 Middle Country Road St. James, NY 11780
Time: 2 - 9pm

Want to grab a great meal before the ball drops? Known as the premiere tapas spot in St. James, Espana Tapas & Wine Bar brings the most decadent Spanish cuisine to your taste buds and is truly known as a food lover’s paradise. From an incredible selection of ensalads to quesos y charcuteria, the possibilities are truly endless when you dine at this incredible spot. If you’re looking to dine here on throughout the new year, then it’s good to know that on Tuesdays this restaurant has a BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine) night and has paella special on Wednesdays! This will definately be a new favorite spot for you and your appetite in 2018!

Midnight on Main Street in Patchogue

Address: W Main St, Patchogue, NY 11772
Time: 8-9pm

Always wanted to trek to Times Square to see the ball drop — but didn’t want to put up with the freezing temperatures and commute? If you’re looking for a similar experience, then check out Midnight on Main Street in Patchogue! Known as quite the exciting experience, this event is fun for the whole family! From noise makers and party hats, to a replica of the Times Square ball, Midnight on Main Street is the perfect way to ring in the New Year close to home — and won’t run past your bedtime! Once the Patchogue ball drops you can certainly stoll amongst the town and grab some food at one of the many delicious restaurants that line the block! It will truly make for one of the most memorable New Year’s Eve experiences — and may even be a new tradition for you and your loved ones, too!

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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Walking In a Winter Wonderland: 3 Nature Trails You'll Love

Believe it or not, winter on Long Island is the perfect time to take a nature walk! Whether you’re a nature enthusiast or you’re looking for some plans this weekend, taking one of these scenic walks is the perfect way to take in the gorgeous views all around you! If you’re not sure where to see the most beautiful snowy sights, then check out these prime nature walk spots:



Address: 25 Lloyd Harbor Road, Huntington, NY 11743


Looking for a nature walk with stunning scenic views of the ocean, a rustic mansion, and horses trotting in the distance? Look no further than Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve of Huntington! Known as one of Long Island’s premiere spots for taking a stroll or bike ride, Caumsett is also home to beautiful trees and winter sights that will make for some fabulous wintertime memories. If you’re looking to heighten your experience, check out the multitude of horses running as part of the Lloyd Harbor Equestrian Center. Caumsett is truly a sight to see, especially when you experience it in person.

Sands Point Preserve

Address: 127 Middle Neck Road, Sands Point, New York 11050


Home to an incredible view of the Long Island Sound, the Sands Point Preserve hosts approximately 216 acres of the nature and fun. With a series of extravagant nature walks through the woods, it’s an winter paradise right on the Island! If you’re in the mood to discover some water features, the Sands Point Preserve has a stunning pond that will make for the most fantastic photo-op! In addition to these key features, the preserve is also home to the historical Hempstead House — one of the most prominent structures on Long Island. If you’re looking to travel back in time, with gorgeous scenic views, then the Sands Point Preserve is right for you!

Massapequa Preserve

Address: Parkside Boulevard, North Massapequa, NY 11758


Nestled in the heart of North Massapequa, the Massapequa Preserve is the perfect nature walk (or jog) to take. Boasting jaw-dropping views of the most delicate plant life, the preserve is also home to pictureesc wildlife such as swans. When visiting this prime spot in North Massapequa, it’s important to know that the full length of the trail, from start to finish, will land you in Cold Spring Harbor — another stunning scenic spot on Long Island. In addition to walking and jogging, if you’re in the mood to take a bike ride with a view, then the Massapequa Preserve will be the perfect spot to do it!

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

How to Have a Winter Wedding on a Budget


Whether you have thousands of dollars to spend - or hundreds of thousands of dollars, your dream wedding is within reach, as long as you budget wisely. Remember, the best budgets are there to keep you from losing control and guide you - not make you feel stressed or guilty. 

If you’re in the early phases of wedding planning and looking for some budgeting tips, we’ve got you covered:

Figure out who’s paying. Perhaps just you and your partner are splitting the fees, or maybe each family is looking to help finance as well. If that’s the case, discuss with your family and your partner’s family, separately, to see what they’re looking to contribute and help shape your budget from there.


Do your research. You’ll need to know what things cost in your area before setting a final budget. Meet with multiple vendors, get printed price lists, and understand the ballpark of what certain services cost. You don’t want to have your budget for photography set at $1,000 only to find out photographers in your area charge upwards of $5,000!


Make a priority list. Figure out which wedding elements are important to you and start prioritizing. Does saying yes to the dress trump your floral arrangement needs? Does photography matter more to you than booking the best band/DJ in town? Whatever it is that you value most, prioritize. Then aim to put 75 percent of your budget towards those things [in case you need to spend a little more here or there].


Uncover hidden costs. Be prepared to explore hidden costs like overtime charges, gratuities, not to mention all the little things like stamps for RSVPs or marriage license fees. Having a good handle on what the extras will cost will help you cover it all - especially where the above ’75 percent’ of budget is concerned.


Be smart. With all the above situated, now it’s time to put all your budgeting and money management tricks to use. Keep all wedding money in a separate account so you can easily track all withdrawals and additions without confusing them with your normal daily funds. If you have credit cards that offer perks [like miles, rewards, or cash back], pay off wedding expenses with your card and reap the benefits! Just don’t forget to pay off your bill each month!


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