All Blog Entries by Debra Russell

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Growing Strong: Long Island doesn't fall short on restaurant and bar options, with top-notch dining and tons of entertainment. Huntington is home to staple establishments like Finnegan’s Restaurant & Tap, which has been serving pub fare since 1912. Finnegan’s is the oldest continually operating bar in Huntington. But over the last few months a new wave of local restaurants have set up shop in and around town. Read below to find out more about the new kids on the block!



Mission Taco

A split between traditional dishes and trendy tacos, Mission Taco brings a chill vibe that is family friendly earlier in the day to a trendy bar scene late at night. Standing apart from the many other Meixan restaurants in and around town, Mission

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“If there’s a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached.” - Jimmy Buffett

The unofficial start of summer is days away and it’s hard to have anything else on our minds other than the beach and shoreline. Long Islander’s from Great Neck to Montauk have miles of boardwalks, beach trails, waterfront restaurants and beautiful sunrises and sunsets to enjoy.

Check out some of the local beaches in our Huntington area and beyond below.

Local Huntington Beaches:

Asharoken Beach, Eaton's Neck Road, Northport
Centerport Beach, Little Neck Road, Centerport
Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Avenue, Northport
Crescent Beach, Crescent Beach Drive, Huntington Bay
Fleets Cove Beach, Fleets Cove Road, Centerport
Gold Star Battalion Beach, West Shore Road,

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The weather is heating up and longer days are here to stay - find out how to spend those extra hours of daylight and warm evenings below.

The Outdoorist:

Plan a trip to the Planting Fields Foundations and get blown away with spring foliage, historic buildings and formal gardens. Be sure to bring your camera! Grounds are open daily. Next event occurs on April 27th- Arbor Day Family Festival.

(Photo Credit: Instagram @acm_0817)

Take a walk, hike or bike at Caumsett State Historic Park Preserve. With over 1700 acres of land, the park provides a diverse landscape for fishing, bird watching and nature photography as well. The park is open from sunrise to sunset 7 days a week, year round.

For a quick walk - head over to Betty Allen Twin Ponds

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It’s that time of year again and we’re feeling LUCKY! There is plenty of food, drinks and celebrations to be had now until Saint Patrick’s Day.


This Sunday, March 10th, the 85th Annual Huntington Ancient Order of Hibernians St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be bustling through Huntington Village. The parade will feature dozens of the finest metro area’s pipe bands and will be lead by Timothy Rossiter, Grand Marshal.

 As Long Island’s oldest and largest St. Patrick's parade it only seems fitting to celebrate in my favorite town!

The parade kicks off at the Huntington Train Station and will make its way into the village among thousands of spectators along New York Avenue and Main Street. So if you are planning on driving through town be aware of

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From a romantic dinner for two, to an entire weekend escape you have been DREAMING for:

Check out my suggestions below!

(Image Credit: The Mansion at Glen Cove)

Local Overnight Escapes You Will LOVE

Nassau County

The Mansion at Glen Cove
200 Dosoris Lane, Glen Cove, NY 1542
Enchanting Georgian estate designed in 1910 sure to charm with modern elegance throughout.
Hotel Dining: Pratt’s Restaurant & Bar located on the third floor.

The Garden City Hotel
45 Seventh Street , Garden City, NY 11530
Iconic landmark with first-class service. Experience luxury accomodations and a full service spa escape.
Hotel Dining: Red Salt Room and The Rose Room.

Suffolk County

Hotel Indigo East End
1830 West Main Street Route 25, Riverhead, NY 11901

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Whether you are staging your home for sale or are past due on organizing your space, decluttering your home will increase its value and can speed up its sale.

Marie Kondo’s new Netflix series, Tidying Up, has created a binge worthy cleaning frenzy since it debuted on January 1st, landing just in time for New Year’s resolutions. Did you know that decluttered homes sale on average 80% faster than not?

Taking small steps to organize your home and better yet -- your life can “spark joy” in more ways than you can imagine.

Ready to take on the KonMari Method? Follow Kondo’s 6 steps bellow:

1- Commit yourself to tidying up
2- Imagine your ideal life
3- Finish letting go first
4- Tidy by category, not location
5- Follow the right order
6- Ask yourself

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Now that all the leftovers are gone, our stomachs full and our hearts filled with friends and family - it’s time again for holiday celebrations. December is in full swing and if you haven't picked out your Christmas tree yet check out my suggestions below. Also, find out where you and the kids can grab a cup of hot cocoa, meet Santa and take a holiday family photo!


For the adventurous:

Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm

Long Island’s most western Christmas tree farm
Offers both pre cut and cut your own trees
1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington

Tilden Lane Farm
Offers both pre cut and cut your own trees
43 Wyckoff Street, Greenlawn

For the young at heart:

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Thanksgiving is less than a week away but there’s still time for last minute touches to add some extra sparkle to your holiday! For those hosting or invited to Thanksgiving this year read my suggestions below for some quick and easy additions that are sure to impress:


For the Guest

Don’t come empty handed! It’s a nice gesture to show your appreciation with these Simple and Thoughtful Host Gift Ideas: 

Flowers and wine are a staple host gift, however a gourmet olive oil is a unique twist. The Crushed Olive has a wide variety of gourmet and infused oils that will make an unforgettable gift. 


Who doesn’t like a little chocolate? Bon Bons makes molded chocolates that are tasty and beautiful. 



For the Host

Whether you

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Autumn is a critical time to work outdoors and prepare your home to withstand the potentially harsh winter weather to come. Fall maintenance not only boosts your curb appeal, but helps you identify any potential problems before they arise.


Checkout my Fall Homeowner’s Checklist to keep your home’s health and curb appeal in tip top shape!



- Rotate Your Garden: Remove summer garden plants that have bloomed and make room for cool weather plants.

- Clean Up Borders: Weed and clean up the borders of your lawn edging.

- Fertilize The Lawn: Use winterizing fertilizers to help ensure your lawn stores nutrients over the winter.

- Plant: Plant spring bulbs to add in color for next year and consider perennials that can bloom

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Pumpkin, apple and cinnamon spice fills the air as we celebrate fall. From hayrides and pumpkin picking to carnival attractions, I have everything you need to plan the most amazing Long Island fall weekends. Check out what is happening on Long Island this fall.

What: Fall Farm Festival
Where: White Post Farms, 250 Old Country Road, Melville
When: Weekends and Columbus Day, Now - October 28th from 10 am-4pm
About: Your admission to The Fall Festival includes: Six Great Shows, (The Great Stage Show, Tricks For Treats Exotic Bird Show, Mutts Gone Nuts, Nick's Kids Show, The Magic of Jim McClenahan, Anastasini Variety Show), Sing-A-Long Hayrides, Unlimited Use of Our Bounce ‘N Slides, Our Famous Animal Farm, Singin’ Chicken Show, Animal Farm Jamboree Show,

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