HAUPPAUGE, NY (February 3, 2009) - One of the first questions after a couple announces their engagement is ‘How and where did he propose?” If you’re going to propose on Long Island, there are lots of places to go to make it memorable, from beautiful gardens, romantic beaches to gorgeous mansions and even sports stadiums. Following is a list of ‘Ten Memorable Places to Propose on Long Island.’ Old Westbury Gardens – Old Westbury, NY. This stunning English-style estate has over 160-acres of beautiful formal gardens, but your final stop should be at the Temple of Love. For a picturesque proposal, the beautiful gazebo here overlooks a lake surrounded by flowers and trees. Beaches – Wantagh, NY- Any beach on Long Island is a great spot. Why not put the ring is a clam or oyster shell ahead of time? Jones Beach is a great location. Take a sunset stroll before you propose, and then visit the Boardwalk Band Shell to celebrate. Fire Island Lighthouse- Fire Island, NY - Easily accessible from Robert Moses State Park, Fire Island has some of the most beautiful beaches on Long Island. Explore the Island, but end the day with a tower tour of the Fire Island Lighthouse. This historical landmark has a breathtaking view of the ocean and the Great South Bay. A great vista to contemplate your future; just don’t drop the ring. Vineyards – North Fork - Spend a day at a charming vineyard. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a glass of wine. The ambience of the vineyard suggests a new beginning, growth and change. It’s the perfect place to ask someone to begin a new life together. Carriage Ride – Northport and Huntington, NY- Horse-pulled carriage rides through town. Have dinner and then take a quiet, romantic ride through town. Stony Brook Village also has a carriage ride that can be arranged in advance. Bayard Cutting Aboretum - Oakdale, NY - This 690-acre property runs along the Connetquot River. The arboretum has a spectacular collection of flowers and trees, some of which are especially magnificent. An impressive place to propose is under the sweeping braches of the great Weeping Beech Tree, located on the front lawn of the arboretum. Sporting Event – Central Islip and Uniondale, NY- For the sports fan, you may want to consider a sporting event to let the world witness your promise of love and commitment. Contact the promotion manager with the Long Island Ducks to set up a proposal during one of their games. Or for an Islanders fan, for a $50 donation to the Islanders Children’s Foundation, you can have your message placed on the Islanders video board at Nassau Coliseum during a game. Horseback riding on the beach – Montauk, NY - Deep Hollow Ranch in Montauk offers trail rides on the beach. Imagine a lovely day exploring historic trails in Montauk and proposing at the beach. Sands Point Preserve – Port Washington, NY - Lovely throughout the seasons, Sands Point Preserve is open year-round. Explore the forests, beaches, pond and meadows, home to a variety of wildlife. However, the most outstanding feature of the preserve is the gorgeous castles-style mansions; Castle Gould, the Hempstead House, and Falaise. Open to tours May through October. Propose on the back veranda overlooking Hempstead Harbor. Japanese Stroll Garden - Mill Neck, NY -(open late April – October) – This four-acre property is a beautifully tranquil spot. Symbolic in its specific design, the garden is true to the eastern traditions of a Japanese garden. The landscape of flowers, ponds, streams, and mossy paths are precisely placed, taking you into another world. The Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission (LICVB&SC) was established in 1979 as the official tourism promotion agency for the destination’s travel and tourism industry. Based on Long Island in Hauppauge, NY, the LICVB&SC contributes to the economic development and quality of life on Long Island by promoting the region as a world-class destination for tourism, meetings and conventions, trade shows, sporting events, and related activities. For more information about Long Island, please contact the Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau and Sports Commission by calling 1-877-586-6654 or visit www.discoverlongisland.com. There are photos available for this story. Press Contact Email: kmatejka@discoverlongisland.com ; (631) 951-3900 xt.317
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