2009-05-15 / Columnists

Dorothy Dunne

Beach Clubs Cleared For Three Years
News Events/Travel Editor/Host • WNYX - TV Morning News • 12:00 noon on UHF Chs. 35 & 26 Monday - Friday

D ental A gre at sigh of rel ief for the pre and post members of the Breezy Point and Silver Gull Beach Clubs especially in these rocky economic times. People are not traveling too far for a retreat from the summer dog days and demand for beach and surf is greater than ever. Cheers that the Clubs will remain open. Years ago I had some memorable times going from cabana to cabana to getting tid -bits of news about the "Down for Summer" families. What a relief for Tom August who manages both Clubs so well. As I remember most of the people came from Brooklyn, and a few as far as Manhattan. It was fun time; Cabana happy hours and dinner dances. Time to relax and enjoy the sun, the ocean and the camaraderie and not so far from home. I would like to stop by and see if anyone is still around in my time. If I don't remember due to my stroke, please forgive me, but come up to me and help me remember. I do wish Tom August a successful three more years and an extension of many years to come.

Speaking of short nearby vacations, (four and a half hours from New York City) is the Corning and the Finger Lakes Wine country with its Glass Museum and where Mark Twain's burial will be celebrated in 2010. Olana restaurant at 72 Madison Avenue, between 27 and 28 Streets, welcomed a handful of members of the media for a Finger Lakes wine tasting luncheon. It was superb! Brut Glenora sparkling wine … Rooster Hill Semi-dry Riesling to wash down ricotta and pine nuts; pork tenderloin accompanied 2007 Run Cabernet Frank; passion fruit coconut cheesecake with 2007 Sheildrake Riesling Ice Wine. All in all an unforgettable dining experience. Not only that, but each press person received a gorgeous work of glass blown art from the Corning Museum of Art. There are lots to do in Mark Twain Country like river adventures, hiking, biking, excellent dining and wine tasting. A delicious way to spend a weekend or a week or whatever time you have. www.Cor ningFingerLakes. com And, not too far from home.

However, if you are up to traveling farther you may choose the beautiful country of Slovenia, nestled between Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary, which combines the aspects of Austro /Hungarian Empire with a relaxed Mediterranean Style mixed with 100 years of Slavic roots. It offers everything from seaside promenades to world class ski slopes, hiking, lunch in a rusty village pub or trendy café. You will be welcome and warmly received by their English speaking people. It is a melange of mountains and National Parks, stately historical cities, the magnificent Alps, breathtaking caves, brightened Mediterranean coastline and the famous Lipica horses which have to be five-years-of-age before they can be riden. Castles and museums and hundreds of events and festivals throughout the year. Specials and lower air fares are available. One of my favorite clubs in New York, the 21 Club, was where the Solvenia Tourist Board hosted a fabulous filet mignon luncheon for the media and travel agents. Another beautiful dining experience. The 21 Club is extending restaurant week and is offering a pre- fix luncheon for $24 and dinner for $35 only till May 31. It is worth the travel, folks. Food and service are beyond compare. If homebound, Kennedy's is my favorite spot. The Jewelry and Fashion shows were in town and as I wandered through the Javits Center, I noticed the necklaces, rings, the bigger the better and in bulk and the larger.

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