Places to Visit »Bailey Arboretum

bailey arboretumBailey Arboretum is located very near the Planting Fields Arboretum, along the Gold Coast of Long Island. I love Planting Fields, and it was even the first place I ever recommended on Brix Picks, but the much smaller and simpler Bailey is equally nice and more intimate.

We went on a cold Sunday afternoon. No one was there, the ground was dusted with snow. It was very peaceful and magical the way all foresty, naturey places are compared to the grit of the big city.

The grounds consist of wide paths cut through tall trees and all the trails loop around, which is great if you're ever afraid of getting lost. Two frozen lakes sit at the beginning of the park which must be lovely in the summertime, they run off into incredibly clear creeks. There are also several large trees bearing the markings of inconsiderate but in-love people from the past.

It made me think of what a spectacular on Midsummer's Night Dreamy kind of wedding one could have here. The entire atmosphere was so private (despite looming local private mansions in the background) that it felt like a very special spot that no one else in the world knew about.

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Posted on January 28, 2008

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