What do Birthdays, Bachelorettes and Graduations have in common?

What do Birthdays, Bachelorettes and Graduations have in common?

They are all reasons to celebrate with a Like A Local private or custom tour! This past weekend, we hosted 4 amazing groups celebrating with friends and family. We are thrilled they chose to celebrate with us and we hope you will too! Contact lauren@likealocaltours.com for more information. Cheers!

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VALENTINE'S DAY: Private Williamsburg, Brooklyn Wine, Cocktail & Sweets Tour

Enjoy this special tour of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, for lovers featuring drinks and dessert. You will sample delights at chic pastry, ice cream and chocolate shops followed by Brooklyn Oenology for a guided wine tasting. We top it all off with a bespoke cocktail with an unbeatable view at celebrity hot-spot Ides Bar at the Wythe Hotel. Along the way you will learn the history of the neighborhood, enjoy some incredible large-scale street art, and snap some choice photos of you and your loved one out on a waterfront pier of the best view of the NYC skyline! What a perfect way to enjoy NYC & Brooklyn and celebrate. If you like spicy, we can heat things up with a hot sauce tasting led by a hot sauce sommelier. There is also the option to stop in some Brooklyn’s best boutique shops if you choose. Tour lasts 3 hours and you will also receive our Williamsburg map full of great recommendations.

Tour Price: $90 per person Valentine's Day Special: $72 per person

CONTACT LAUREN TO SCHEDULE: lauren@likealocaltours.com or (917) 417-0378

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Sunday Funday: Exploring Williamsburg Brooklyn with Like A Local Tours

October 23, 2015 by Cultural Xplorer: I find that the best way to explore any city is by doing it like a local. I am such a big believer in keeping it local, that I wrote a whole guide to exploring New York City like a local, which highlights some of the top things that I love to do as a resident. When the New York City based company Like A Local Tours invited me to explore Williamsburg with them on their Sunday Funday Tour, I jumped at the opportunity to get to know one of my favorite neighborhoods better through a resident’s eyes.

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Sunday Funday Like a Local Tours

The tour of Williamsburg began right in the heart of the neighborhood on Bedford Avenue, the longest street in Brooklyn, where our tour guide (and company owner) Lauren introduced herself to us, handed us maps which included some of the best places to check out in neighborhood, and then proceeded to take us on a tour of the neighborhood where she has resided for over ten years.


Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N. 11th Street

The first stop on the tour was at the Brooklyn Brewery, one of New York City’s most famous craft beer companies.

Personally, I have been a huge fan of Brooklyn Brewery’s beers for a number of years and I really love their seasonal ales, particularly their Summer Ale. Since the tour took us to the brewery in the fall, I decided to try their Oktoberfest ale, which is brewed from actual German malt and hops, and it reminded me of the beers that I tasted when I visited Munich, Germany.

Brooklyn Flea

Brooklyn Flea
Brooklyn Flea’s Williamsburg location, 50 Kent Avenue

Our next stop was to the Williamsburg location of Brooklyn Flea, which is New York City’s largest outdoor/indoor market system. Every week at various locations around the city, Brooklyn Flea features hundreds of vendors that sell everything from antiques, to vintage clothing, to one-of-a-kind artisan souvenirs. In addition to selling goods, the Williamsburg location of Brooklyn Flea also serves an eclectic mix of freshly made foods from vendors around the city.

While I typically do not shop at flea markets, I would definitely come here to buy unique gifts for my friends and family.

Mable’s Smokehouse & Banquet Hall

Mable's Smokehouse & Banquet Hall Williamsburg
Mable’s Smokehouse & Banquet Hall, 44 Berry Street

After walking around Williamsburg for about 45 minutes, our group was beginning to get very hungry, so we headed over to Mable’s Smokehouse, a family-owned Texas-style barbecue restaurant (and we all know how much I love Texas barbecue).

I ordered the delicious chopped beef brisket sandwich, and even weeks after eating it, I am still salivating thinking about its crispy deliciousness. I am kind of sad that I did not know about this amazing place before, but now this is going to be my go-to barbecue restaurant in Williamsburg!

Artists & Fleas

Artists and Fleas Williamsburg
Artists & Fleas, 70 N. 7th Street

After we had our fill of barbecue, it was time to go shopping again, so we headed to the Williamsburg location of the popular Artists & Fleas market. Similar to Brooklyn Flea, Artists & Fleas is a year-round indoor market that sells both vintage and unique items by local artisans.

This is a great place to go and ‘shop local’ and definitely a place that I would return to if I wanted to buy hand crafted items and one-of-a-kind gifts.

OddFellows Ice Cream Co.

OddFellows
OddFellows, 175 Kent Ave.

A lot of shopping can build up an appetite, so after leaving Artists & Fleas, we made our way over to OddFellows Ice Cream Co., a small batch ice cream shop that is well known for its extremely unique ice cream flavors, such as Thai Iced Cream and Oatmeal Cookie Dough.

I ordered a scoop of the Miso Cherry flavor, which tasted like an interesting blend of miso soup and cherries, a combination one would not typically think of eating together. Somehow the blend worked and I hungrily devoured every last spoonful of the ice cream.

Brooklyn Oenology

Brooklyn Oenology
Brooklyn Oenology, 209 Wythe Ave.

After we finished eating our ice cream, we headed to Brooklyn Oenology. Located in a converted warehouse, Brooklyn Oenology is a locally-focused winery and tasting room that serves wines from their own label as well as from other wine producers around New York State.

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you may know that I have a healthy obsession for wine, and I have enjoyed many wines from New York at places like the Brooklyn Winery (also located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn), on Long Island on a vineyards tour, and recently up in the Fingerlakes region during a trip that I took to visit Syracuse; so it was only natural for me to be ecstatic when finding out that we were going to be having a couple of tastings of wine.

One thing I particularly liked about Brooklyn Oenology was the artwork on their wine bottles. Not only do they use New York City artists to design their labels, but the labels also peel off of the bottles, so you can keep the artwork forever, and that’s pretty awesome!

Mast Brothers Chocolate

Mast Brothers Chocolate
Mast Brothers Chocolate, 111 N. 3rd St.

The last stop on our tour of Williamsburg was to the famous Mast Brothers Chocolate, a high-end chocolatier that crafts dark chocolate bars & baked goods. In addition to being able to purchase chocolate bars at the Williamsburg location of Mast Brothers, you can also sample some of their finest chocolates and look through a glass window into their kitchen where you can watch how the chocolate is made.

Like A Local Tours Information

If you are interested in taking a tour of Williamsburg, Brooklyn with Like a Local Tours, check out their three-hour Sunday Funday Brooklyn Tour ($55), which includes: Winery & Brewery Tours & Tastings, Tastes of Local Eats & Treats, and History of the Neighborhood & Local street art.

If you are looking to discover more of the food side of Williamsburg, they also offer a 2.5 hour Williamsburg Bites tour ($50), which includes popular spots such as:Momofuku Milk Bar, The Bagel Store, Odd Fellows Ice Cream, Pies N Thighs, Best Pizza, and Mast Brothers Chocolate Factory.

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE A TOUR GUIDE OR TRAVEL AGENT FOR THE MODERN TRAVELER?

Lilo Travel Blog September 27, 2015: What does it mean to be a travel agent or travel company for the modern traveler? Well, first one needs to know what defines the modern traveler - sometimes it's someone looking for the best way to go like a local, someone looking for thirtysomething travel ideas, or someone looking for modern ways to travel as a couple - most always, it's someone looking for better ways of planning authentic travel experiences.

However, to dig in deeper on what defines the modern traveler, we asked our friends at Like a Local Tours in Brooklyn for their take on what defines the modern traveler....

The modern traveler: I think the word that most defines today's modern traveler is savvy. Savvy travelers are looking for a hyper local experience. Sure they might want to enjoy some of the traditional tourist sights in any given city, but they also want to get to know a destination by doing what the locals do

I created Like A Local Tours to offer a sophisticated and immersive travel experience in Brooklyn and NYC. Our tours are taken by both tourists and locals so you know they are legit. Right now we focus on enjoying NYC's hottest neighborhoods through food. Our Williamsburg Bites Brooklyn Food Tour is a culinary journey with history, architecture, street art and some stunning NYC skyline views thrown in for good measure. Our tours focus on entrepreneurs and chefs that are influencing food trends globally which is exciting and delicious. Stops like Eataly, Shake Shack and Beecher's Handmade Cheese on our Flatiron Food Tour showcase the best that NYC has to offer. We also recommend our boozy Sunday Funday Brooklyn Tour and North Fork Long Island Wine Tour.

You heard it here, folks - SAVVY, looking for a hyper local experience, and doing what the locals do. THAT is the essence of the modern traveler.

Whether you are a tourist or a local, someone looking for an independent travel experience, or modern ways to travel as a couple, there are now a variety of ways to go like a local at your finger tips! Thanks again to Like a Local Tours for your thoughts!

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Hear our interview on 95.5 PLJ FM!

Thinking of a “Stay-Cation”? Posted on September 3, 2015

If you’re thinking of a stay-cation this Labor Day weekend, discover Brooklyn “foodie” style with a “like a local” food tour. Check likealocaltours.com to book a tour today and listen to Race Taylor uncover it all with Lauren Beebe below… Click here for the radio interview!

 

North Fork Wine Tour: Taste Your Way Through New York's Hidden Wine-Country!

Our North Fork Wine Tour was featured in iHeartMedia's website and affiliate companies! Click here to check out the mention. You don't want to miss this tour: So what can a wine-connoisseur expect along the way? Much more than your favorite vino! Tour-goers on the North Fork tour will receive the perfect balance of area history, relaxation, wine and culture, with fun and off-the-beaten path stops. In addition to tasting authentic regional wines, guests will also have the chance to visit a family fun farm, charming shops, taste authentic local goat cheese, and visit quaint seaside villages where they can shuck their own oysters on the tour! All expenses are included including transportation to/from NYC, breakfast, lunch, snacks, and even free spa gifts!

Enjoy a special New York Food Tour for Valentine's Day

Get out of the house (or apartment) and explore with our Flatiron Tour or Williamsburg Brooklyn Tours! It also makes a wonderful Valentine's Day activity or gift. We are also available for private and customized tours, pretty much 24-7, so email us with your tour idea and we'll plan it for you! hipster@likealocaltours.com.