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A Fall Getaway in Rockaway

August 31, 2020, 7:13.22 pm ET

  Photo: The High Tide                                                                                                       

Looking for a getaway closer to home, you may want to consider Rockaway Beach this Labor Day weekend with beach vibes, food, and a dose of Queens culture (socially-distantly, safely and responsibly, of course) and you will be helping locally-owned businesses.

Photo: Kimo's Kitchen                                                                                                  

At Kimo's Kitchen (92-16 Rockaway Beach Blvd; (347) 926-4384), a casual, counter service-style Mediterranean restaurant owned by an Egyptian immigrant + former personal chef to the Prime Minister of Greece - there are fresh and vibrant Meditteranean eats for your day in the sun, located just two blocks from the beach. 

Looking to make it a weekend, check out The High Tide (9720 Rockaway Beach Blvd; (347) 433-7905), a boutique nine-room contact-free "hotel" designed by local artists to reflect the vibrancy of the surrounding Rockaway neighborhood. 

and while you're there, grab a book at Avoid The Day (9904 A Rockaway Beach Blvd), an independent and primarily woman-owned bookstore and cafe in Rockaway founded by local residents Jianna Heuer and her husband Jason. Then just sit back on the beach.