One is vintage, albeit significantly updated. The other debuted in the early 1990s. One takes up 9 acres while the other spreads across 26. Both feature a pedestrian shopping village.
The brick paved walkways and specialty shops at The Milleridge in Jericho and at The Shoppes at East Wind in Wading River are just part of the appeal of these cozy villages.
WHERE 585 N. Broadway, Jericho
INFO 516-931-2201, milleridgeinn.com
There’s plenty of room at Milleridge Inn — and a great deal to do. The dining and shopping spot in Jericho — whose multimillion dollar renovation is near completion — has retained its charm despite massive upgrades.
EAT Its most-frequented space — for its fireplaces, food and photo backdrops — is the storied Milleridge Inn restaurant. It’s said to be one of the oldest restaurants in America, dating back to 1672, according to Tarek Mostafa, regional manager with the Dover Group, which now owns the property. The space features more than a dozen rooms decked out in Early American fashion — with large windows (in some cases floor-to-ceiling), Colonial-style chandeliers and drapes. The Parlor Room, in the original part of the house, is popular for photos and cocktails, according to the staff. The restaurant hosts Sunday brunch and a la carte lunch and dinner daily.
Those looking to dine on a budget may prefer the 1950s feel of the Milleridge Café. Menu options at the parlor-style eatery include sandwiches, salads, daily hot specials and an ice cream bar. You can go beyond the butter at the Bread and Jam Shop bakery, which sells the same breads and desserts available at the inn. The selection also includes brownies, cakes, cookies and pies. Custom-designed cakes are also sold here.
SHOP You’re in luck if one-of-a-kind finds made by artisans from around the world and Irish imports intrigue you. You can find all this and more at Lauraine’s Irish Shop. The General Store — which stocks vintage decor, food, toys and clothes amid barrels of old-fashioned candies such as Mary Janes and Clark Bars — will take you back to a simpler time. Santa is always in season at the Milleridge Christmas Shoppe, which is open year round and stuffed with nutcrackers, Nativities and other novelties from the December holidays.
Nick Coppola, of Levittown, said he has been visiting Milleridge with his family since he was 5 years old.
“We go during all seasons. I love the way it captures the essence of Long island’s beauty,” Coppola said. “I’m so glad they saved it from being closed.”
COMING SOON The Pairing House wine bar will debut later this winter with a small plates menu. It replaces the Carriage House, which was used for private parties.
HOLIDAY EVENTS This December, there will be seasonal attractions for the entire family including Breakfast with Santa (9:30 a.m. Dec. 3, 4 and 11), carolers and trumpeters (5-9 p.m. daily as well as noon-4 p.m. weekends Friday, Nov. 25-Dec. 31) and a Christmas tree lighting 6:30 p.m. Nov. 29.
WHERE 5720 Rte. 25A, Wading River
INFO 631-929-3500, eastwindlongisland.com
While ideal for a day trip, East Wind is also marketed as a luxury hotel and spa destination. The Inn at East Wind features 50 rooms and luxury suites, a spa and salon. Now there’s also a retail complex: The Shoppes at East Wind.
SHOP Linda Creighton Wulforst, of Calverton, said she appreciates the unique offerings in the shops and was on hand for the grand opening on Oct. 28. During this trip she bought flowers from the on site florist and tea at the Cheese and Spice shop. “I mostly head east to Riverhead to shop,” Wulforst said. “So it’s nice to have some specialty shops close by. It’s a nice place to walk and browse, which is what I like to do.”
American Pie general store, originally from Sayville, features rustic home furnishings and seasonal decor made in the United States. There’s also a bridal shop, apparel and jewelry stores and a hot yoga studio. For art enthusiasts and crafty types, Little Miss Sew It All runs classes for children while the art studio Painted Canvas hosts daily art classes for ages 5 and older.
The Cheese and Spice Market has artisanal appeal — carrying fresh and ripened cheeses, herbs and spices and gourmet products. The Crushed Olive features a tasting room with more than 50 varieties of imported olive oils.
EAT Desmond’s Restaurant and Pub inside The Inn are open daily for lunch and dinner and on Sundays for a brunch buffet. Myra’s Cafe has a more moderately priced menu comprising such breakfast items as waffles, omelets, bagels and fruit. Tweets Ice Cream Cafe serves Starbucks coffee and hard, soft and sugar-free ice cream.
Another attraction: an indoor carousel in the village’s courtyard. It’s housed in a gazebo-like building with floor-to-ceiling glass panels and operates year round.
COMING SOON Ruggero’s Italian Restaurant will offer sit-down dining in the shopping village.
HOLIDAY EVENTS The Shoppes will host a tree lighting at 6 p.m. on Dec. 3, featuring a visit from Santa and musical performances by students from local schools as part of the seasonally-themed programs scheduled throughout the year in the courtyard. There will also be brunches with Santa at Desmond’s 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 11 and 18.