1.Have a spa day

Prism Salon in St. James is the perfect place to ease your way back onto the road to recovery. You can get a massage or Reiki treatment followed by a specialized facial to heal your summer skin. Afterward, get a wax or thread, teeth whitened, a cut, color, and nails done before….

2.Meeting your friends for lunch

There’s something about eating sushi that makes you feel good about yourself. Perhaps it’s the fish or green tea, but Hotoke in Smithtown will please those healthy cravings. With a great menu and excellent service, you might even throw in some Saki, then work it off by….

3.Kayaking and Canoeing

After eating and pampering, you might be ready to move that body. Renting a kayak or canoe and paddling down the Nissequogue River is the perfect way to burn some calories. From Paul T. Given County Park in Smithtown, you can launch by hand on the river. The rental company will pick you up in their van to bring you back to your car post lazy river ride.

4. Shopping

Now that you've pampered, fed, and exercised, you might be ready for a little retail therapy. Of course, there's the Mall, but if you're looking for something a little different, check out Mimi's Closet. This unique consignment shop carries vintage finds, costume jewelry and funky pieces you won't find everywhere else.

5. A Night Out

Now the kids are home, the homework is finished, and everyone is fed. So, what's next for Mom and Dad? Call the sitter, 'cause Mom and Dad are going out! With two stages, karaoke and game nights, there's nowhere better than Katie Donegan's. There's an outdoor patio to cool down after hitting the dance floor where you can hit up the pizza truck if the BBQ hasn't filled you up.

Just because it's September, doesn't mean the party needs to end. Who needs more sand in their shoes, pounds of wet towels to contend with? Embrace the closing of the pool with the comforting thought that now, you'll have some time to yourself. Enjoy!