Fire Island Weekend gateway Summer 2012  |  Fires Island, United States  |  Fire Island located only a two hours away from Penn Station, New York City. Not many people overseas know about this full Gay Spring/Summer Weekend Gateway. What it always amazes me about this option, is that so close to such an overwhelming city like New York, you can have this fantastic outdoor seasonal destination with great beaches and scene where you may choose to relax, enjoy the beach, chill out, wine and dine, socialize or get wild and crazy. I am guilty of all the of them, I year after year, it has always been the best gateway to leave the city for a weekend, and change the air.

Two weekends ago, I came to the island, and spent an amazing weekend, so that I decided to overstay for more one night over the week. For me, weekdays at Fire Island are special, when most of the people head back to the city and the island remains quite, less crowded and more intimate. For those willing to stay overnight there are a few accommodation options, but all circle around either have a Share (renting a room at one of the houses for a period of time) or staying at one of the two hotels (aka. Le Ciel and Madison).
Fire Island’s roots date back to 1653, when Isaac Stratford constructed a whaling station on the Island, naming it Whalehouse Point. Similar to Nantucket, Fire Island was originally founded as an important whaling center during the 18th and 19th centuries. Real Estate boomed in the 1950′s and Fire Island emerged as the premier bohemian summer retreat. Newly established beach bungalows lit up with creative New Yorkers. Over the next ten years, the landscape became a collage of rooftops where the rich and famous were able to escape the busy streets of New York City and soak in the sun.
How do you get to Fire Island, well very easy… if you do not have a car, you can simply take the Long Island Rail Road Train from Penn Station to Sayville (approx. USD 13 per person). Once there you will take a shuttle bus that will link the Train Station to the Ferry Station ( approx. USD 5 per person ). Once there you will boar the SouthBay Clipper Ferry that in 15 to 20 minutes, subject to weather conditions, will take you safely to the island ( approx. USD 14 per person RT ). Same thing for the return.
Once there, just chill out and relax. Enjoy the nature surrounding you and get ready for afternoons of Low Tea and evening charged of adrenaline and sex-appeal at High Tea and Pavilion.  For those regulars to the island, we all are well aware of the blaze that took over a few month ago consuming and destroying almost 50% of the pier complex. Well not to worry, since this is already being rebuilt and by July 1st they are hoping to have all new and operative for the new summer season 2012. (photos below are: the undergoing construction and second the new plans for the pavilion released by Fire Island Pines).
So either if you plan to visit for a day, overnight or more one of the best options to enjoy your summer season close to the Big Apple. Quick and Fun. Look at the photo below with the deers roaming around and in between the boardwalks and houses… Looking forward for my next weekend there already. CM @ Carlos Melia Recommends
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