A Day in Cherry Grove, Fire Island
If you haven't noticed, summer is here, and it's glorious. In New York City the days are hot and the nights have cooled down to a perfect 75 degrees. But that doesn't mean a quick getaway is out of the question. Out on Fire Island, it's even more splendid -- and we're not talking about all the muscles at Middle Tea in The Pines.
If you're looking for all the beach and more of a mixed scene (in all senses of that word), head to Fire Island's other town, Cherry Grove, for the perfect dog-days-of-summer escape. What the residents fondly refer to simply as "The Grove," is a laid-back and salt-sprayed, car-free community of boardwalks and ramshackle bungalows that transport visitors to bohemian Vacationland. More here than just sun, sea, and carefree weekend love affairs, there's also some tried-and-true businesses that beat at the heart of the community. Below, a quick rundown for making a day of it.