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August 25th, 2006
The Great Gatsby! Cool!

Glen Cove Mansion PatioHistoric Glen Cove Mansion Hotel Introduces “The Great Gatsby” Package!
This bit of pr news caught my eye. How imaginative to head to Long Island and float thru the hotel grounds in filmy dresses and shiny shoes. 

"Long Island Gold Coast Mansion Recalls Elegance of the Roaring 20s! Glen Cove Mansion Hotel, the landmark Georgian estate located on Long Island’s historic Gold Coast and once the country home of the renowned Pratt family (Standard Oil), is drawing on its legendary heritage by introducing “The Great Gatsby” package.

The moment guests of The Great Gatsby package drive through the estate’s gates, they will find themselves transported to an elegant era. From the quarter mile drive to the mansion from Dosoris Lane (the same Dosoris Lane made famous in Audrey Hepburn’s Sabrina), and the 55 acres of groomed lawns and gardens, to the original architectural appointments — including a majestic baronial double staircase — and breathtaking Long Island Sound vistas, Glen Cove Mansion is the Gilded Age and the Roaring Twenties wrapped up in one magnificent estate.

The mansion even offers the original Pratt family swimming pool, which is still dressed in its early 20th Century splendor. If guests squint, they might catch a glimpse of Jay Gatsby peering from the mansion’s French balconies above the pool or discover Old Sport coming through the pool gates. At Glen Cove Mansion, so much of the past remains that it’s possible to conjure up the Roaring Twenties pool parties of that bygone era, complete with sequined flapper dresses, a live band, and everyone dancing the Charleston. Just sit at the pool at twilight and imagine … Afterward, top off the evening in the Manor House Pub, situated in the original third floor billiards room with commanding views of the North Shore, Morgan’s Island (formerly JP Morgan’s private escape) and Long Island Sound beyond. One can almost see Morgan’s yacht, the Corsair, through the mist, moored in the Sound, as it so frequently was at the turn-of-the-last-century.

And there’s more … included in the package is a copy of the classic, The Great Gatsby, and "The Trail of Gatsby." This detailed map highlights the trails of the Gold Coast as depicted in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel. Guests will discover that East Egg and West Egg are really Great Neck and Manhasset Neck. The map also contains features on the many mansions of the Pratt Family and a special inclusion on The Webb Institute (a former Pratt family mansion), which was featured in Batman Forever as "Wayne Manor.”

The Glen Cove Mansion Great Gatsby package also includes overnight accommodations for two; a sumptuous breakfast buffet the next morning prepared by the mansion’s award-winning chefs; a $50 mansion gift certificate for use in the Garden Room Restaurant or the Manor House Pub; two hours of bicycling around Long Island’s historic Gold Coast, including trail maps to the beach, area attractions and several other mansions. Also included are two hours of tennis rentals and court time at the estate (after all, Gatsby loved tennis), a welcome amenity, and the pièce de résistance — a miniature of Jay Gatsby’s famed roadster! The Great Gatsby package is $375 per couple per night. Guests wishing to extend their stay an additional night can do so for half price until December 30, 2006.

We think Jay Gatsby would approve.

For more information and to make reservations, call 516-674-2940 or visit www.glencovemansion.com.

The award-winning Glen Cove Mansion Hotel is situated on 55 secluded and landscaped acres on Long Island’s historic Gold Coast, 30 minutes from New York City, JFK International and LaGuardia Airports. The spacious Georgian-style mansion features stunning vistas of Long Island Sound and was once part of a prestigious collection of gracious country estates. Today the elegant property features 196 richly appointed guestrooms, including four suites, the Garden Room Restaurant with magnificent views of the terraces, the large and comfortable Manor House Pub, private dining rooms ideal for social and corporate occasions, as well as vast outdoor reception areas overlooking the mansion’s Gilded Age gardens. The property offers 25,000 square feet of event space, accommodating from 10 to 280 guests, and concierge services. Wireless Internet access is available throughout. Also provided are complete fitness and recreational facilities, including a sauna, steam and massage rooms, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, garden swimming pool, racquetball courts, bowling alley, lighted tennis courts, jogging trail and a sports field. Golf is available nearby. The Glen Cove Mansion Hotel is masterfully designed to integrate gracious accommodations, superb cuisine and attentive service with contemporary comforts and the latest technology. For more information on the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel, visit www.glencovemansion.com."

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