Visit the real Gold Coast

Date Posted: 03/04/2013

Old Westbury Gardens.

Pictured: Old Westbury Gardens (photo credit: Long Island CVB).

With Hollywood’s latest hot ticket set to be Baz Luhrman’s version of The Great Gatsby, we look at some holidays for groups to the ‘real’ Gold Coast in New York State.

The Great Gatsby, written by F. Scott Fitzgerald, is set among Long Island's rich and well heeled at the height of the 1920s.

Groups visiting Long Island's North Shore, just a short ride from New York City, can soak up the atmosphere of a place synonymous with uninhibited wealth and opulence as immortalised in the movie and book.

And a trip to Long Island's Gold Coast can step back in time to the 1920s era, when neighbours from America's high society sought to own the most lavish, castle-like mansions and gardens to rival those in Europe.

Many of the Gold Coast mansions that grace this scenic coastal road are open to the public and feature art galleries and tours of the properties.

Visit architectural treasures including:

Sands Point: This 216-acre preserve includes two mansions; Falaise, a Normandy style manor house, and Hempstead House, an imposing castle. The grounds feature walking paths, while the mansions provide a glimpse of outstanding architecture and design perched high on a cliff, with views of the water.

Chelsea/Muttontown Preserve: A mansion boasting a real moat, soaring turrets and regal design. The first floor serves as an art museum.

Coe Hall at Planting Fields Arboretum: Stroll among the 409-acre grounds of the Planting Fields Arboretum featuring many rare and beautiful species. A group holiday can take in a mansion tour of Coe, to see tapestries, furnishings and artwork.

Coindre Hall: This 33-acre waterfront estate features a castle-like mansion and rolling grounds that overlook Huntington Harbor.

Old Westbury Gardens: A stately mansion, Westbury House contains 18th century furnishings and fine art inside while the grounds boast lovely gardens. Garden and nature lovers can find inspiration in the many rare plant species and ever-changing, meticulously maintained grounds.

Westbury Gardens.

Pictured: Coe Hall/Planting Fields Arboretum (photo credit:Long Island CVB).

Frick Estate/Nassau County Museum: This neo-Georgian mansion houses the Nassau County Museum of Art, including ten galleries of world-class exhibitions. The 145-acre estate features formal gardens, reflecting ponds, outdoor sculpture and rolling meadows.

Vanderbilt Museum: Located a little further from the city than some of the other Gold Coast mansions, this is one estate not to be missed.

In addition to mansion tours, the museum includes a display of large game taxidermy, including polar bears and lions, in addition to marine specimens. A planetarium is also located on the grounds, so plan to stay into the evening.

About New York State

Group trips to New York State’s 11 regions can take in landmarks such as Niagara Falls and Allegany State Park, to family-friendly attractions like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Museum of Glass in Corning.

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