Friday, September 30, 2016

Fall Foliage in New York

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Southern California might be wonderful with their year-round sunshine and beaches, but New York offers something that just can’t be beat: the change of seasons. From the abundance of u-pick farms to vivid fall foliage displays, New York State is home to one of the best autumns in the country.

If you’re looking to revel in the beauty that the fall season brings, don’t miss these peak weeks for fall foliage from Long Island to the Catskills!
Walkway Over the Hudson
Sunken Meadow State Park
Some people think Long Island is only a prime destination during the summer months, but there are plenty of reasons to head to the north shore after Labor Day, case and point: Sunken Meadow State Park in the fall. This state park offers the most beautiful views of the Long Island Sound and Connecticut, from the beachfront to the bluff top. Whisper Vineyards and Harmony Vineyards are also nearby...vino anyone?

Walkway Over the Hudson
When you think of Walkway Over the Hudson, think of it as Poughkeepsie’s version of the Highline in NYC. This former railroad overpass is more than a mile long, making it the world’s largest elevated pedestrian bridge. Right in the middle of the Hudson River and surrounded by the Catskills you won’t be able to miss the colorful sights of this season. 

Shawangunk Mountains Scenic Byway
About 90 miles north of midtown is an 88-mile loop between Kerhonkson and New Paltz, NY that offers drive-by viewers some of the state’s most “insta-worthy” pictures. When you’re done cruising the scenic byway,  you can visit some of the local towns for delicious food and drinks.

Bear Mountain State Park
Bear Mountain State Park is in mountain terrain, west of the Hudson River. While visiting there, you can enjoy easy hiking trails that light up with the colors of fall. The park also features shaded picnic groves, perfect for a Sunday brunch with family or friends. 

No matter where your adventures take you this fall, let Dynasty Limousine help get you there! From airport drop offs to local wine tours, we've got you covered. Contact one of our transportation specialists today for more information and to view our availability: 631-587-8500   

Thursday, September 29, 2016

7 Tips for Flying with Small Children

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We’ve all been there - 30,000 feet in the air, aboard a plane, in a small confined area, with crying children. Whether you are the parent of that child, a passenger, or a member of the fight crew - that experience can be a nightmare.
While you can’t predict how children will react in flight, as a parent, you can at least be prepared:
1. Consider your flight time.
Some kids can sleep no matter the time of day or where they are. For others, this is where things get tricky. Keep in mind your child’s sleep preferences prior to booking a flight. If they need complete silence and darkness to sleep, a red-eye or early morning option may be better for your family.
2. Remember wheels are free.
Airlines will accept strollers as checked baggage for no extra charge. You’ll have to fold it up to get through security, but at least you can wheel it all the way to your gate. You can also use the stroller to transport carry-ons and instead let the kids release some energy prior to boarding.
3. Take advantage of early boarding.
Pre-boarding options for parents with young children used to be nearly universal, however many airlines moved away from it. Check with your airline to see if this still remains an option - this way you can have a few extra minutes to stow away your belongings and get the kids in their seats prior to the rest of the passengers taking up the aisle. Delta Air Lines and JetBlue are the most widely known for allowing parents with children age 2 or younger to pre-board flights, United reinstated this policy earlier this year, and American and Southwest also have pre-boarding options.
4. Gadgets are good.
Please, we repeat, please, don’t follow your “limited electronic use” policy while traveling. Kids get restless, easily. Since they’ll be unable to run around the airplane, it’s best to have something to distract them. Prior to departure, upload all their favorite movies, shows, and games to a tablet or smartphone. You’ll also want to make sure you have headphones that are comfortable in smaller ears.
5. Pack some surprises.
Whether it’s a coloring book, Play-Doh, magnetic Bingo, books, or mid-flight snacks, make sure your airplane goodie bag is ready to go. This way when the kids get bored of one thing, they’ll have something else to entertain them on standby!
6. Consider little ears.
Little ears are more sensitive to air pressure and noise. Give them something to snack or suck on during take off to prevent ear pain. For those traveling with infants - you may want to try mastering this technique. While we haven’t tested this viral video’s claims - many have commented saying this technique has indeed stopped their child from crying. What do you have to lose!
7. Keep everyone together.
Traveling with children to and from the airport can become hectic, but it doesn't have to be. Arrange your airport transportation with Dynasty Limousine! We’ll arrive to your home, load up your luggage, and navigate the way to the airport so you can focus on prepping your children for take off. Return service available as well!
For more information and to view our availability, contact a transportation specialist here today: 631.587.8500.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

7 Ways to Incorporate Beer at Your Wedding

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Are you and your spouse to be beer aficionados? Then it’s only appropriate to serve up your favorite suds in a fun and unexpected way. From "I-Do Brews" to Beer Boats, here’s some creative ways to incorporate beer at your wedding.

Beer Boat: Add some nautical flare with a boat filled with ice and brews. Perfect for a casual, summer wedding.

Beer Bar: Have your guests serve themselves, by building a personalized beer bar. 

I-Do Brew: Create your own custom "I-Do Brew" as your signature drink. 

Wedding Favors: From bottle openers to personalized beer mugs, give your guests something they’ll take home and actually use.

Table Cards: Something old, new, borrowed, and brewed. Put guest’s names and table numbers on your favorite ale! 

Beer Ceremony: Forget the Unity Candle or Sand Ceremony - pop open your “I-Do Brews” and create your own Beer Ceremony.

Brewery Venue: For the ultimate suds lovers, host your special day in none other than a brewery.

With all the beer at your wedding, ensure your guests have a safe way to get home. Reserve shuttle bus transportation to and from your reception with Dynasty Limousine. Contact us for more information and to view our availability: 631.587.8500.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Celebrate Fall on Long Island

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Hooray, happy first day of fall! Break out the flannels, order yourself some pumpkin spice lattes, and gear up for all the excitement fall on Long Island brings. Here’s some of our favorite ways to celebrate the autumn season.

Vineyards - With 50+ wineries in our backyard, Long Island Wine Country is booming! Choose from one of the more popular vineyards or perhaps try a new one off the beaten path. No matter what you choose, our wine tour division - First Class Wine Tours of Long Island - will work with you to plan the perfect day of relaxation and fun.

Apple Picking - Calling all apple-obsessed Long Islanders! Get your fix at one of Long Island’s many u-pick apple farms. Check out our previous blog on the best u-pick locations, many of which offer delicious fall treats, corn mazes, and other fresh vegetables ripe for picking.

Pumpkin Picking - Whether you want to carve a jack-o-lantern, bake some fresh pumpkin pie, or are looking to spend a fall day outdoors - head to one of LI’s pumpkin patches. Similar to the above, many pumpkin patches also offer a variety of fall snacks, corn mazes, and haunted hayrides closer to Halloween.

Haunted Houses - No matter where you live on Long Island, a haunted house is likely nearby. From spook walks to haunted castles, scream parks to a zombie apocalypse - get a group together and head out for a good fright night.

Whether you’re looking to take a trip to the vineyards or an afternoon apple picking is more your speed - allow Dynasty Limousine to handle your transportation needs. Reserve one of our cars for you and your group, we'll arrive promptly to bring you to your destination and home afterwards. Contact us for more information and to view our availability: 631.587.8500.

Monday, September 19, 2016

5 Things to Do in New York City's Financial District

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New York City’s Financial District in lower Manhattan is one of the more historic neighborhoods of the five boroughs. Home to Wall Street and the heart of the financial industry - it also features the 9/11 Memorial, South Street Seaport, and is the resting place to one of our Founding Fathers.

On your next trip into Manhattan, be sure to head downtown for historical sites, alfresco dining, and more!
1. Visit the 9/11 Memorial.
Free of charge and open to the public daily (from 7:30am to 9pm), honor the lives of those who were lost during the terrorist attacks of February 26, 1993 and September 11, 2001. Join a staff member on a 45 minute guided tour of the memorial, exploring the symbolism behind its design, the historical significance of the World Trade Center, and learning about what happened on 9/11. Then, purchase tickets to the 9/11 Memorial Museum which displays artifacts associated with the events of September 11th while presenting stories of loss and recovery.

2. Head to the top of the Freedom Tower.
Start your journey to One World Observatory in the Global Welcome Center, which welcomes you in 10 languages and celebrates the homelands of international visitors. Then, listen to heartfelt stories in an inspiring walk-through video montage of the men and women who built One World Trade Center. As you ride in the Sky Pod Elevator to the top, you’ll be immersed in a virtual time-lapse thanks to floor to ceiling LED technology that will show you over 500 years of NYC evolution in under 60 seconds. Once on the 100th floor, see 360 degree views and discover Manhattan, Brooklyn, and New Jersey from an entirely new perspective. Plus on Thursday nights, check out the Live and Local series featuring local talent from the ti-state area! 

3. Take a look inside the Oculus.
Over 12 years in the making, the Oculus is a true spectacle for architecture fans. Housing the World Trade Center Transportation Hub, this all white bird-like structure replaces the PATH train station that was destroyed during the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Additionally, over 100 stores and restaurants reside within its 350,000 square foot Westfield mall that only just opened to the public mid August.

4. Pay tribute to Founding Father, Alexander Hamilton.
Tucked in the Financial District, you’ll also find Trinity Church and cemetery - the location of Alexander Hamilton’s grave. Hamilton was just 47 years old when he was  mortally wounded in a duel with Vice President Aaron Burr on July 11, 1804. He passed away the following day, on July 12th. The Founding Father was buried in the cemetery of Trinity Church - where he owned a pew and where five of his children were baptized. Due to the popularity of the Broadway musical, Hamilton, the grave has since seen a surge of fans coming to pay their respects.

5. Shop and dine in the South Street Seaport.
While the seaport is undergoing a huge overhaul - with Pier 17 set to open in 2017 - there are still tons of restaurants and retail shops to keep you busy! Check out Seaport Smorgasburg located within Fulton Market running daily for lunch and dinner through the fall!

Spend a day in New York City’s Financial District with Dynasty Limousine! You’ll avoid the hassle of public transportation and have a safe space to hold any souvenirs or other items that may be purchased throughout your day. Contact one of our transportation specialists for more information (631) 587-8500!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Long Island Wedding Venues: Mansions Edition

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One of the first things your guests are going to see at your wedding is the venue. And with stunning backdrops and breathtaking views, any of the mansions on Long Island are sure to leave your guests in awe.

Give the Royal Wedding a run for its money at one Long Island's popular estates:

Glen Cove Mansion - Glen Cove, NY
Budget: $23,205 - $35,377 for 100 guests
Maximum Guests: 220

Tucked away on 55 acres of secluded land along Long Island’s historic Gold Coast, you’ll find the Glen Cove Mansion. The property features 187 guest rooms including four suites, restaurant, pub, dining rooms, and outdoor reception areas.

NYIT de Seversky Mansion - Old Westbury, NY
Budget: $73,015 to $86,737 for 150 guests
Maximum Guests: 300

The historic NYIT de Seversky Mansion brings together Gatsby-era grandeur, modern convenience, and highly personalized service. It’s elegant rooms and grounds are sure to leave an impression! Additionally, since New York Institute of Technology acquired the Mansion in 1972, a portion of its revenue has benefited NYIT and its students.

Bourne Mansion - Oakdale, NY 
Budget: $72,162 to $75,975 for 150 guests
Maximum Guests: 400

Bourne Mansion personifies luxury and grandeur and the elaborate celebrations of yesteryear. Often considered a work of art, the mansion features panoramic views, manicured gardens, and extraordinary cuisine and service!

Mansion at Timber Point - Great River, NY
Budget: $7,541 to $23,913 for 50 guests
Maximum Guests: 250

Located on a picturesque historic estate with panoramic views of the Great South Bay - the Mansion at Timber Point is the perfect place for a joyful celebration. A roaring fireplace, glistening hardwood floors, and floor to ceiling windows truly seals the deal.

The Hempstead House - Sands Point Preserve, NY
Budget: $20,368 to $30,691 for 100 guests
Maximum Guests: 400

Drive through the gates of Sands Point Preserve, and you’ll be transported to the gilded era of Gold Coast glamor. On 216 acres sits a Celtic castle, a roaring ‘20s mansion, gardens and the Great Lawn, the perfect venue for your grand event. Choose the perfect room or combination of rooms to help make your vision a reality.

And what better way to show up to your stunning mansion wedding venue than in our Rolls Royce Phatom V? Dynasty Limousine is proud to offer one of the very few vehicles still in service - a sure showstopper. Contact us today to book your ride: 631-587-8500

Above budget information courtesy of Wedding Spot.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Large Group Transportation - Limo and Bus Services

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From wine tours to weddings, sporting events to casino travels - our goal is to provide you with a luxurious travel experience. And part of that includes having a vehicle large enough to comfortably fit you and your companions!

If you're looking for a vehicle large enough to accommodate your group of 10+ guests - we welcome you to check out some of our larger vehicles below - ranging from 13 passenger to 33 passenger accommodations. With a variety of colors and styles available, if you don’t see what you need please give our courteous staff a call to find out if we have the vehicle you are looking for: 
Dynasty Limousine Long Island group transportation

With competitive rates and exceptional customer service, it’s no wonder why Long Island chooses Dynasty Limousine for all of their transportation needs! Enjoy your upcoming events knowing you will get to and from your destinations promptly, safely, and comfortably. For more information on our available fleet, please visit our website or give us a call today: 631-587-8500!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

First Time Heading to Disney? Here’s Our Pro Tips

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Planning your first trip to Disney this fall? We don’t blame you - less of a crowd and lower temps than summer brings, plus who doesn’t want to check out Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival?

If you’ve already booked your trip - you probably have had it up the here with Google searches and friend recommendations on everything from where to stay to where to eat. But what about the pro tips no one tells you? Like what to do if it rains and if should you take advantage of extra magic hours?

Don’t worry - we’re here to educate the masses:

Bring comfortable - and we mean comfortable - walking shoes.
This is not a drill, we repeat, this. is. not. a. drill. It’s easy to underestimate just how much walking you will do at Walt Disney World. This is not a time to be fashionable or hop on the minimalist shoe trend, this is a time to make sure your feet survive to see another day. Perhaps we’re being dramatic, but we’ve experienced this first hand and have learned well from that mistake. Broken in, comfortable, supportive shoes are key.

Stay hydrated with free cups of ice water.
Pro tip: Most quick service restaurants and food stands will give you free cups of ice water - saving you a solid $5 for that bottle of smart water. This is especially good to know when it’s 100 degrees outside and you need to stay continuously hydrated.

Not interested in viewing the parade or nighttime firework display? Stay in the park anyway!
With most attendees lining up for the parade or fireworks, now’s your chance to get on some more rides! The park will seem significantly emptier and thus little to no wait times - but just make sure you are aware of the parade route so you don't get stuck in a far corner of the park waiting for the parade to pass.

Extra Magic Hours? Get on your favorite rides first!
During extra magic hours, it is not guaranteed that all rides will be open. So make sure you don't leave a must-do attraction, like splash mountain, for the midnight of your last night in the park---it may not be open.

Speaking of extra magic hours…
If you don't have a park hopper ticket, try to avoid parks on the day they have extra magic hours. Crowds tend to gather disproportionately at those parks and the extra hour or two you get will likely not make up for the larger-than-normal crowds throughout the day. If you do have a park hopper, consider going for extra magic hours and then leaving to go to a different park once you've done the must-do attractions.

If it starts to pour, stay put.

Seriously DO NOT LEAVE. Florida rainstorms are known to be heavy and quick. While everyone else is running for the exits, go hang out in a gift shop, grab some lunch, or go on a ride that’s indoors. The park will be much emptier when the rain subsides and you'll be happy you stayed. (A waterproof bag or Ziploc is recommended for cell phones and other electronics)

Well, those are our tips - for a list of even more tips for first-timers, check out this Travel + Leisure article. 

Start your vacation off truly stress free, let Dynasty Limousine take care of your airport transportation. We handle pick ups and drop offs at all major New York Airports including LaGuardia, JFK, MacArthur as well as most private airports like Farmingdale Executive Airport. Call and request a quote today: 631-587-8500!