Glen Cove Mansion Hotel & Conference Center
The Glen Cove Mansion was the home of a wealthy socialite during the Gilded Age, when affluent Manhattan families—including the Morgans, Tiffanys, Vanderbilts, and the Woolworths—started building country homes on Long Island. In the 1960s, the mansion was meticulously converted to a hotel while retaining its historic charm. Antique light fixtures, imported wood paneling, and other original details fill the common areas. Outside, the original pillared entrance and fountain still stand as the centerpiece of the estate’s expansive grounds.
- Outdoor adventure: This deal includes a free bike or snowshoe rental so you can explore the surrounding tree-lined neighborhood.
- Rise and shine with a complimentary breakfast for two each day of your stay.
- Pub 1910: Savor Cajun-seared salmon or sip martinis while playing billiards in the saloon-style restaurant.
- Take a dip in the indoor pool and hot tub.
Long Island’s North Shore: Picturesque Coves Lined with Elegant Estates
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.