Hotel at a Glance: The Roslyn Hotel
The charming Roslyn Hotel borders a forest and overlooks Hempstead Harbor, making it seem tucked away from the urban bustle. It's actually just a quick drive off the Long Island Expressway, and only 30 minutes from New York City. The four-floor hotel is set in the community of Roslyn on the North Shore of Long Island, surrounded by old estates and lauded art museums, such as the Nassau County Museum of Art.
- Start the day right with a complimentary breakfast buffet.
- In-room amenities include european marble baths, Keurig coffeemakers, iPod docking stations, and free WiFi.
- Go shopping at Americana Manhasset mall, home to luxury retailers including Coach, Dior, and Prada.
Long Island’s North Shore: Lavish 20th-Century Estates and Art Museums Near New York City
The North Shore region of Long Island encompasses a string of coastal towns, from the Great Neck peninsula 7 miles west of Queens to Port Jefferson, a Revolutionary War village. Prominent families such as the Vanderbilts and the Whitneys began building private estates on the North Shore around the turn of the 20th century; given its high-class reputation, the area is still known as the Gold Coast today. A handful of these mansions are now open to the public, including Teddy Roosevelt’s summer home at Sagamore Hill, and Walt Whitman’s birthplace at Huntington Station.
This area also offers a number of first-class museums, including the Nassau County Museum of Art. Housed in a 19th-century Georgian mansion, the museum features a 600-piece collection with works from Roy Lichtenstein and Auguste Rodin.
There are a handful of outdoor attractions you can check out on the North Shore, too, such as the Old Westbury Gardens. Old Westbury is set on 210 sprawling acres of formal rose gardens and tranquil ponds, all surrounding a mansion built in 1906. You can stroll the grounds on your own or follow along on a 45-minute guided tour. Also worth a visit is Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay. The property is known for its walking trails and the Camellia Greenhouse, which houses the largest collection of the namesake flowers in the northeast.