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Times Square. The Statue of Liberty. The Empire State Building. New York City is full of attractions, but Long Island is where seasoned city-dwellers prefer to spend their down time.

Soak in the serene beauty of Long Island's beaches on this week's escape to the Allegria Hotel.

Spend one ($192) or two ($374) luxurious nights in a king or double beach-view guest room and receive a welcome amenity. Elegant accommodations feature in-room wine coolers and limestone bathrooms with spa showers. Instead of sirens and car horns, the rhythm of the breaking surf will lull you to sleep.

Each day, awaken to a delicious included breakfast for two, then take a morning stroll on the beach. Only the famous Long Island Boardwalk separates this upscale hotel from the mighty Atlantic. "With stylish design, resort-like ambience, and a terrific restaurant," says The New York Times, "the Allegria, which opened last fall, wouldn't seem out of place on South Beach."

Don't miss dinner at Atlantica, the Allegria's restaurant, headed by award-winning Chef Todd Jacobs. Savor a meal of new-American cuisine with a touch of French influence that rivals the city's best.

If you want to see what the Big Apple has to offer, you're only an hour from the bright lights of Manhattan. Allow the concierge to arrange everything from transportation to Broadway tickets. Looking for nightlife? Check out the posh scene with a view of the ocean at L'onda Lounge, or kick up the party on the rooftop at Jack's on the Rocks Lounge.

Get away to the sandy side of New York with this week's Escape to the Allegria Hotel. Manhattan isn't the only place to wear your "I

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