NextStop's Best Stories of 2015

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NextStop's Best Stories of 2015

2015 had a lot of highlights on our South Shore. Great events, attractions, things to do, ways to relax, our Island has it all. NextStop Magazine gave readers the best in food, drink, nightlife and family on and around Main Streets from Babylon to Bellport. Focusing on all the fun found in our area and the Long Island region in general (you all do visit the North Fork, right?), there was no shortage of things to choose from to focus our words and, sometimes more importantly, our lenses upon. Here are some of our favorite stories from this past year. NextStop: 2015.


Choose Your Best Friend Wisely

In the spring of this year, pets were on our minds. Well, our pets are always on our minds (and our Facebook feeds) in all seasons, but in April we dedicated an entire issue to the furry members of our families. Writer and pet care professional Colleen Peterson gave readers the lowdown on what they need to know before choosing a new dog. Which breed is right for you and why. Or perhaps a mixed breed or rescue dog suits you best. Either way, you’re not buying a new coffee maker; when bringing in a new member to your pack, it’s best to examine your situation and know what type of dog (or other animal) you’ll want to post all over your social networks. Read the rest here:

More Pet Fun:

Long Island Dog Parks:
Pet Friendly Beaches and Trails:
Dog-Friendly Drinking Spots:


Destination Boating

Early in the summer, we took a little boat ride. A few actually. Directly across the bay from this publication’s coverage area on the South Shore of Suffolk County, Fire Island boasts numerous ports to get out of the storm that is life on the mainland. Cherry Grove, Davis Park, Fire Island Pines, Ocean Beach, Sailor’s Haven and Watch Hill are just some of the friendly towns on our barrier beach where docking your boat for a weekend is as ideal a summer getaway as you’ll find anywhere, all just a few nautical miles away. Get the details:

More Long Island Boating:

Best East End Bars and Bistros by Boat:
3 Great LI Boating Destinations:


Summer Fun the Islander Way

In the middle of the summer, it’s hot. And as Islanders, you’re damn skippy we head to the shores to cool off. With water no more than maybe 10-20 minutes away from wherever we are, it’s so easy to reach the bays, the Sound or the ocean, where the beaches are as good as anywhere in the world (forget traveling down to the islands in the summer when you live on one). This summer we took a look at some of the exciting water-based activities found on the shores of our little sandbar. From flyboarding to kayaking, paddleboarding, jet skiing and fishing, there’s a slew of aquatic-themed ways to get your summer fun on. Get ready for next summer here:

More Long Island outdoors:

Best Long Island Mountain Biking:
Competitive Shooting Clubs & Ranges:
Watch Montauk Locals Surf the Blizzard of 2015:


Haunted Island

Come October when the leaves change colors and pumpkins cover our stoops and porches, the anticipation of Halloween grows as the last day of the month inches closer. On Long Island, various haunted houses, walks, corn mazes and the like open their creaky doors and gates to a public looking for a good scare to jumpstart their holiday season. Gateway’s Haunted Playhouse and the Spooky Walk at Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck are two in our area, but there are plenty more, from the small ones only identified by a roadside sign to the bigger attractions that are only a short drive away and certainly should be considered annual must-stops like Darkside Haunted House and F&W Schmitt Farms.

More Non-Profit Long Island:

Check out Gateway’s Winter Lineup:
Learn more about Camp Pa-Qua-Tuck:

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