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Bear Mountain
Blue Mountain Lake
Brant Lake

Finger Lakes
Fire Island
Glen Cove
Glens Falls
Great Neck
Hudson River Valley
Hunter Mountain
Keuba Lake
Lake George
Lake Placid
Long Beach
Long Island
New Paltz
New Rochelle
Orange County
Seneca Lake
Stony Creek
Watkins Glen
West Point

NEWS (Cities & towns follow after News)

Check Out Sky Yoga to relax your body and mind

A (family-friendly) walk on the wild side in Syracuse at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

You'll be very comfortable staying at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel in Syracuse

Cruise & Dine on Skaneateles Lake -- Absolutely Amazing Daytrip

Hill Top Inn in Elmira Has a Stunning View; Stay and Enjoy the Sunset from high above.

Check out the exciting events at the Adirondacks Area

Discover Farm-to-Table Gems in Orange County, N.Y.

Endless Play at Whiteface Lodge -- A Beautiful Lake Placid Resort

Radisson New Rochelle, is Westchester, New York's only trendy, boutique hotel that specifically caters to the business traveler.

From Country Roads to Scenic Trails, Orange County is Prime Destination for Cyclists

Firelight Camps Glamping Proves Not All Camping is Created Equal

Follow the River with a FREE Hudson River Waterfront Map

The best way to find the prime spots is with a free Hudson River Waterfront Map. Beautifully illustrated, the map shows riverfront access, marinas, waterside restaurants, boat cruises, and so much more. To make things even better, it’s waterproof.  To receive your Hudson River Waterfront Map, just call 800-232-4782.


What to See & Do

My problem in staying in the lovely, exciting Adirondacks is that there's so much to do and see, I never have enough time. However, I've vowed to at least go for two weeks each year so that I can look forward to doing the things I love. For example:

Waterways: If you love paddling, there are more than 3,000 lakes and ponds and 6,000 miles of rivers and streams in the Adirondacks. Paddling ranges from rolling whitewater to glassy ponds (what I love) where you're likely to spot deer quencing their thirst. You can choose from a short paddle around a lake to multi-day river and kayak/canoe trips.

Enjoy flatwater paddling on Lake Champlain - with 120-miles of historic sites, lighthouses and beaches; flatwater and whitewater paddling on the famed Ausable and Saranac Rivers; or the Lake-to-lake trail system and kayak camping routes high in the Adirondacks. Or, try the different legs of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, including a 63-mile challenge for experienced paddlers; or explore the Lake Champlain Birding Trail with quiet marshes and wildlife management areas. There are also Island trails accessible by water with stunning views of mountains, wilderness and wildlife. If you prefer guided outings, overnight trips and shuttle service tours, this is also available, as are equipment rentals and instruction for all skill levels.

There are also recreational opportunities for people with mobility impairments throughout the Adirondacks, such as universally accessible facilities including docks, outhouses and viewing platforms in many locations.

Note: Always check water conditions before you go into the water. Check Waterline's web site at, or call 1-800-452-1737 for boating information.

Write to the Department of Environmental Conservation for publications on locations of the lakes, ponds and streams or check with the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council for travel information for a seven-county region at web site

Fishing: There are fishing opportunities galore. In fact, too many to write about. There are hundreds of fish-filled lakes and ponds filled with big bass, brook trout, brown trout, rainbow trout, landlocked salmon, northern pike, and more. The Lake trout thrive in many Adirondack waters due to the cool water temperatures and an abundance of baitfish. In the spring, you'll find lake trout along dropoffs, near points and on rocky shoals. In summer, they inhabit deep water near schools of baitfish, and during autumn, they head to rocky shoals for spawning. For real excitement, go for the Landlocked salmon. Their jumping ability is one reason the species is favored by anglers. Spring fishing is good when the landlocks congregate in nearshore areas such as points, wind-blown shorelines and tributaries where smelt spawn. Fall is where they hang out at tributary mouths. Trolling or casting minnow plugs, spoons and streamers will take the fish. Not enough yet to tempt you? Then go for the Tiger Muskies, Walleye, and Pickerel, or, if you don't mind freezing temperatures, try ice fishing -- a time when northern pike, walleyes, tiger muskies, lake trout, brown tourt, rainbow trout and landlocked salmon and a variety of panfish can be lured from down below.

Walking & Hiking: There are over 2,000 miles of great hiking opportunities available in the Adirondack region. Day hikes offered in the guide offer diverse experiences and are rated for various levels of ability - short and/or easy hikes to ponds and views suitable for families with children; long circuits, steeper hikes to mountain summits and destination walks to waterfalls. In the Adirondack Regional Tourim guide book you'll find accessible trails and facilities in the Adirondacks. For details information in the guide book of trails, write to the Adirondack Regional Tourism Council for travel information for a seven-county region at web site Or, go to web site or write to the DEC Headquarters, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233; 518-402-8013.

For more informtion contact web site
Regional Office of Sustainable Tourism | 2608 Main St, Lake Placid, NY, 12946

Where to Stay

 Camp Orenda

Camp Orenda -- an adult-only, upstate New York  in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains is a "glamping" retreat -- the first luxury outdoor retreat of its kind on the east coast -- fusing upscale and upstate, offering guests the opportunity to disconnect from the everyday and reconnect with nature. The owner of Orenda, David Webb is a Brooklynite who vacationed in the Adirondacks since his childhood and started the retreat back in 2011. 

Camp Orenda features six spacious and private canvas cabins, outfitted in plush Great Camp inspired amenities, each in their own private setting. Common areas include an open-air Backcountry Kitchen, where all meals are prepared over an open flame, a spacious Creek Side Pavilion for relaxing and dining, A Rustic Bath House providing two unisex bathrooms, complete with heated toilet seats for the cooler months and a center washbasin. A heated Open Air Outdoor Shower with eco- Kiss My Face personal care products. The babbling brook, crackling fire, surrounding smells and sounds gives you a complete authentic Adirondack backcountry experience.

The retreat creates customized activity itineraries based on each guests’ vacation preferences. Activities may include guided hikes, fishing, canoeing, rock climbing, kayaking, yoga, white-water rafting, paddle boarding, archery and much more. 

Located just 3.5 hours from NYC and Boston, the all-inclusive glamping experience is nestled amongst 40-acres of lush backcountry, along a pristine mountain brook, where guests can enjoy the activities and attractions of Adirondack Mountains, the mighty Hudson River, and within reach to local tourist destinations – Lake George and Saratoga Springs.

All-inclusive nightly rates start at $200/night per person with a 2-night minimum.

Orenda is the Iroquois meaning of a spiritual force by which human accomplishment is attained. It is hard to imagine a better venue to kick off marriage festivities! For more details, please check web site


What to See & Do

About the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (ACCVB)
The Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Inc. was established in 1976 to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community through increased development of conventions and tourism. ACCVB currently represents more than 300 member businesses and assists each year in hundreds of regional meetings. ACCVB also operates the Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Henry Hudson Planetarium, and the Albany International Airport Information Center. For more information, call 518-434-1217 or 800-258-3582 or visit

Artful Albany

5 Spots to Sip & Savor Murals in Albany

Art is everywhere in Albany! Admire a depiction of the city's historic past while enjoying a hand-crafted brew or marvel at a rendering of the city's skyline while munching on a doughnut. Get the scoop on local eateries and craft beverage tasting rooms accented with creative murals.

Activities & Attractions

9 Creative Date Ideas in Albany County

Searching for a unique date for you and your special someone? Whether you are museum buffs, aspiring artists, food lovers or adventure seekers, Albany County has a date-worthy activity for you. From day to night, spanning all four seasons, keep scrolling to begin planning your perfect Albany date!

Free & Frugal Events

UAlbany Vs. Syracuse Lacrosse Games

Lacrosse fans, save the date! The Syracuse Orange are coming to town as a perennial powerhouse to take on the Danes of UAlbany! The game will be held on Friday, April 3 at 7:00 PM. Stay tuned for ticket details and more sports excitement to come.

2020 Visitors Guide

Request a free 2020 Discover Albany Visitors Guide! The guide features information on hotels, attractions, things to do, special events and tips & tricks to discovering Albany County.

Visit Special Offers for details on deals & promotions to make your trip to Albany as affordable as possible!

Mailing Address: Discover Albany
25 Quackenbush Sq
Albany, NY 12207-2311

Heritage Matters

Famous Faces: Henry Hudson

Henry Hudson, a prominent explorer during the 17th Century, made major headway to find the Northwest Passage while working for the Dutch East India Company. Hudson discovered the river that now holds his name, which divides the cities of Albany and Rensselaer. Keep reading to start planning your Henry Hudson-inspired exploration of Albany!

Blooms, Blooms, Blooms

See full scale gardens, themed floral exhibits, lectures, workshops and demonstrations at the Capital District Garden & Flower Show. Visit the Marketplace filled with over 190 outdoor living, garden and flower themed retail exhibits.

For more informtion contact Discover Albany at 25 Quackenbush Sq, Albany, NY 12207-2311

Best Culinary & Arts in Albany!

Albany is no stranger to quality dining and arts.  Everywhere you go in Albany County, there are plenty of dining options and experiences.  From American cuisine to Brazilian restaurants, Albany has it all.  With the holiday season rapidly approaching, stop by Albany to indulge in its one-of-a-kind cuisine.   

Another great place to check out while in Albany is Jack's Oyster House.  For more than 100 years, Jack's has provided Albany County with an impressive dining experience.  The restaurant is located Downtown and has a great menu filled with a variety of steak and seafood options.  Be sure to check it out!   

Lastly, be sure to stop by Albany's premier location for food and hand crafted beer, the Albany Pump Station.  With its own brewing center, C.H. Evans Brewing Company, there are always new and exciting in-house-brews to choose from.  It is a wonderful place to experience the history and uniqueness of Albany.   

Taking in the Spirit of Albany -- Inventive cocktails showcase the true Albany!

Who doesn't love a good cocktail, especially when it's got a cool name or special meaning? Over the past few months, some of Albany's best mixologists were asked to create an original recipe that they felt embodies the true Spirit of Albany- and they didn't let us down! 

Jack’s Oyster House’s Centennial Tini

celebrates the centennial of not only one of Albany's great landmarks, but also celebrates a family that embodies the true spirit of the city it calls home. The 'Going Dutch' Martini and The Hudson High Tider both represent Albany’s Dutch heritage. Blueberry Hill Thrill highlights how prolific blueberries are in this area, and the Albany Pine Bush Preserve’s two areas that reference the fruit - Blueberry Hill East and Blueberry Hill West. Schuyler Mansion Manhattan exemplifies all of the history of the Schuyler Mansion, from Philip J. Schuyler and wife Catharine Van Rensselaer’s residency in 1763 until 1804. The Tulip Queen describes one of Albany’s most popular traditions- the Tulip Festival, where hundreds of thousands of tulips bloom in Washington Park, and as part of the festivities, a Tulip Queen is crowned. That’s All Benny is about keeping things as locally sourced as possible since the area has so much to offer! Dark & Spicy’s main ingredient is Quackenbush Still House Rum- the Quackenbush House being the second oldest structure in Albany.

In addition to the new Albany-inspired creations, there are also some historic punch recipes, thanks to the Albany Institute of History & Art- Lime Rub Shrub, Champagne Punch, Cherry Bounce, Pumpelly Punch, and Regents Punch. These recipes represent aspects of Albany, from popular ingredients that date back to the 1800’s, which were enjoyed by the Van Rensselaers, to recipes used by George Read, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and ancestor of Mrs. Harmon Pumpelly Read, a noted Albany hostess.

The recipe featured above is from Nine Pin Cider Works, which recently opened it's doors as New York State's first licensed Cidery right here in Albany! Next time you're in the area, stop by for a tasting- Thursdays and Fridays from 4-9 PM, Saturdays from 1-9 PM, or by appointment!

Uncover the story behind each recipe by visiting

Ten Broeck Mansion

The Ten Broeck Mansion was built in 1797 for General Abraham Ten Broeck and his wife, Elizabeth Van Rensselaer. Since 1948, the Albany County Historical Association has maintained the house, and each year hosts a Holiday Open House in December.

Schuyler Mansion and Crailo

Schuyler Mansion was home to General Philip Schuyler and his wife, Catherine Van Rensselaer. During holidays, usually in January, docents will show how the Schuyler family celebrated holidays in the 18th century. Come and revel in the holiday traditions of Albany's past with live music, bonfires, traditional fare, and wassail toasts!

Crailo State Historic Site

Following, cross the Hudson River where the celebration continues at Crailo State Historic Site, a historic house that was home to Catherine Van Rensselaer as a little girl.

Pruyn House

The Pruyn family was very prominent in Albany, and the Pruyn House was the summer home of Casparus, his wife Ann, and their eight children. Each December, the residence is transformed into a winter wonderland of greens for show and sale. Enjoy the fragrance of evergreen and bask in the warmth of this historic house.

For more information check out web site!


What to See & Do

While in Niagara County, here are some other attractions you might want to check out.

Olcott Beach Carousel Park.

People of all ages can enjoy a ride on a restored 1928 Allan Herschell carousel, which overlooks Lake Ontario. There are also five vintage kiddie rides for young children in the park.

Murphy Orchard in Burt.

You can get in-season produce, along with jams and jellies, at this farm which was once a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Lockport Locks & Erie Canal Cruise.

Take a two hour narrated trip down the historic Erie Canal. You even get to 'lock through' locks 34-35, the only double set of locks on the canal.


Where to Stay

Bear Mountain Inn & Lodge

Comfortably perched atop Hessian Lake, enveloped in the folds of Bear Mountain, with all the glory of its historic gradeur, sits the Bear Mountain Inn and Overlook Lodge. Overlooking the Hudson Valley, the newly renovated 15 guest suites of the Bear Mountain Inn - ultra comfortable and plush with amenities, but still exuding the historic heritage of the Inn's classic Adirondack architecture.  Accommodations also include the Overlook Lodge and Stone Cottages. The Bear Mountain Inn and Overlook Lodge is truly an amazing and memorable getaway and all at only an hour's drive from Manhattan.         

While here, soak up all Bear Mountain State Park and its surrounding area has to offer.  From scenic views and breath-taking hiking along the oldest portion of the Appalachian Trail, boating, nature walks, a zoo and most of all an escape to our stress free environment.   You can enjoy a drink at The Lobby Bar, shop at Bear Mountain Inn’s Trading Company or just enjoy the peace and tranquility.        

Try Chef Michael Matarazzo’s world class cuisine served in the casual elegant atmosphere of 1915 Cafe serving lunch Wednesday to Sunday and dinner on the weekends.   Getting ready for a hike and you want to sample Bear Mountain Inn’s culinary treats – stop at our Market 15 Gourmet Grab and Go - open daily.  Truly offer yourself and your family a treat by reserving a table for Sunday Champagne Brunch at Overlook Lodge.  Sit down to a complimentary mimosa and allow your family to dine on sumptuous culinary delights and lush desserts.      

Location: Bear Mountain Inn | 55 Hessian Drive | Bear Mountain | NY | 10911

Versatile Event Venue at Bear Mountain Hotel

With more than 30,000 square feet of space including four ballrooms with fantastic views and lush decor, state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and gourmet catering service, Bear Mountain Inn and Overlook Lodge is an impressive event venue for all types of corporate and social events.  From corporate retreats and romantic wedding getaways to fun-filled family reunions, this Hudson Valley getaway is the perfect backdrop for a memorable event. Call the professional event staff at (845) 786-2731 to learn about its comprehensive event services that include group reservations, event venues, catering services and unique itineraries that are sure to entertain at our Bear Mountain hotel.

Stay and Spa at the Bear Mountain Inn or Overlook Lodge

Escape for a relaxing getaway at Bear Mountain and a little pampering from The Spa at Bear Mountain. Book a one-evening stay at the Bear Mountain Inn or Overlook Lodge
and receive a $100.00 spa credit, large bottle of water (in-room) and late check-out (when available). 

Visit The Spa at Bear Mountain's website for details on spa treatments. Go to for rates and availability, or call 845.786.2731 for reservations.

Cannot be combined with any other offer. Reservations are requested at least 36 hours advance notice.

Bear Mountain Inn | 55 Hessian Drive | Bear Mountain | NY | 10911

What to See & Do

Fun Things to Do

A wealth of outdoor activities is just a short walk away from the rustic comfort of your guest room. From seasonal outdoor activities that include swimming, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing or ice-skating to shopping at the nearby outlet mall or antique shops, this hotel is truly a destination that allows you to get away from it all. Only seven miles from the campus of West Point Military Academy and a 45-minute drive from New York City, Bear Mountain Inn and Overlook Lodge provides a scenic escape that is easy to find in the Hudson Valley.

For more information check web site The Inn is located at 55 Hessian Drive, Bear Mountain, New York State 10911.


Adirondack Museum

The Adirondack Museum, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, shares the history and culture of the Adirondack region in 24 historic and contemporary buildings on a 121-acre campus in the Central Adirondacks, and in free programs at schools throughout Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Lewis, Oneida, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren and Washington Counties. The museum is supported in part with donations from the general public, with some general operating support made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. For additional information, call 518-352-7311 or visit

The Adirondack Experience, a brand-new 18,000-square-foot exhibition space with five distinct galleries, made its debut in the former Roads and Rails building. It features designs, sample artifacts and prototype interactive experiences, including previews of Indigenous artwork, mining equipment and Anne LaBastille’s cabin.

For Members

Adirondack Museum members enjoy a wealth of members-only events and privileges throughout the season. Memberships are available starting at $40 annually. More information is available at

Schedule & Tickets

Daily admission is $18 for adults, $16 for seniors 62 and over, $12 for teens 13-17 and students with a valid student ID, $6 for youths 6-12, and free for children five and under, activity military personnel and members. All paid admissions are good for a second visit within seven days. Year-round residents of the Adirondack Park are admitted free every Sunday, as well as May 20-31 and Oct. 1-10, with proof-of-residency. Workshops and certain events require an additional fee.

The museum’s Lake View Café offers sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups, desserts and beverages daily.
Dates and times are subject to change; please call 518-352-7311 prior to visiting to confirm.

Historic hike and interactive exhibit on birds of the Adirondacks debut
in new Adirondack Museum season


Up Yonda Farm Environmental Educational Center

Here you can opt for a guided snowshoe tour through Up Yonda Farm Environmental Educational Center. Track animal prints in the snow, visit wildlife exhibits inside the museum, and enjoy the day exploring the Adirondack wilderness as well as spectacular views of Lake George.


What to See and Do

Buffalo Zoo

the third-oldest in the country, is as much fun in winter as summer and features fun-loving otters and sea lions in a brand new, state-of-the-art aquatic habitat.

Martin's Fantasy Island

offers more than 100 rides, shows and attractions

Buffalo Museum of Science

fossils in the Dinosaurs & Co. exhibition and five astronomy-themed areas of "Our Place in Space." Other attractions include the

Herschell Carousel Factory Museum

which preserves the toy heritage of Western New York through exhibits, educational and toy making programs, an annual toy festival, a research library and a gift shop specializing in collectibles. For more information on Buffalo’s family-friendly attractions please visit

Where to Stay

Millennium Airport Hotel

The Millennium Airport Hotel, Buffalo, is located three miles from the Buffalo-Niagara Airport, 15 minutes from downtown Buffalo and 20 minutes from Niagara Falls. The hotel’s 300 rooms and suites feature all the latest amenities, including high speed Internet, voice mail, a coffee maker, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. The courtyard rooms offer balconies overlooking a serene tropical courtyard setting. In addition to the accommodations, the hotel offers over 12,000-square feet of meeting space with ten rooms, making it particularly appealing to corporate and social groups. Meeting facilities include a Presidential Ballroom, several flexible meeting rooms and a beautiful tropical courtyard with retractable domed ceilings. Other facilities include the highly regarded Waldens Restaurant and Twigs Sports Lounge, a fitness facility with an all-season pool and a private executive clubroom for the business traveler. The hotel is adjacent to the Walden Galleria, the largest and most upscale shopping mall in the region, and the New York Thruway, making it one of the most convenient and efficient properties in Buffalo.

For further information on Millennium Hotels and Resorts, call 866-866-8086 or visit


What to See & Do

Learn About Western New York's History Museums

Almost every city, town, and village in Western New York has a historical society museum, historic homes or some other unique museums. There are over 200 museums in Western New York, from tiny rooms located off the village offices, to multi-floor institutions. They all are like pieces in a puzzle when putting together the story of this region's history.

Ontario County Historical Society

is located at 55 North Main Street, Canandaigua (585-394-4975; The 1914 Georgian Revival building houses permanent and changing exhibits about the history of Ontario County. Their museum shop carries books on local history, as well as the Western New York Explorer's Guide.


About Greene County: 

Greene County is in the Great Northern Catskills, home to five of the 10 highest peaks in the Catskill Park, family resorts, outdoor adventure and year-round entertainment. Known as the nation‚s first wilderness, and renowned as the home of Thomas Cole‚s Hudson River School, the Catskills are a haven for outdoor recreation and artistic inspiration. Greene County was also the inspiration for Washington Irving‚s literary legend, Rip Van Winkle. Connect with the Catskills at GreatNorthernCatskills>, and on catskilltourism>


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Where to Stay

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, a AAA Four Diamond hotel, offers 105 deluxe guest rooms and suites, sophisticated dining, and state-of-the-art function space on the St. Lawrence riverfront in the heart of  New York’s spectacular 1000 Islands region. The hotel opened in July 2014 as the third of Buffalo-based Hart Hotels’ Harbor Hotels brand, which also includes the AAA Four Diamond-rated Portland Harbor Hotel in Portland, Maine, and the AAA Four Diamond-rated Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, New York. 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel is located at 200 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY 13624. 315-686-1100. For more information, visit

Wine & Dine at 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel

This couples’ package includes overnight accommodations overlooking the St. Lawrence River (with a view straight to Canada’s shore), a bottle of local wine, and a $100 dinner voucher for the hotel’s own Seaway Grille. Guests of the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel  will find endless ways to fill the hours – strolling the quaint, shop-lined streets of Clayton, sampling wines at local vineyards, and exploring the great natural beauty of the 1000 Islands region by river cruise, kayaking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing and more, depending on the season. Wine & Dine rates start at $279.

Upscale 1000 Island's Harbor Hotel

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, the AAA Four-Diamond gem tucked away in Clayton, New York in the 1000 Islands. amd overlooking the St. Lawrence River is the perfect place to relax.

Call 315-686-1100 or visit for more details.

About 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel
1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, a AAA Four Diamond hotel, offers 105 deluxe guest rooms and suites, sophisticated dining, and state-of-the-art function space on the St. Lawrence riverfront in the heart of  New York’s spectacular 1000 Islands region. The hotel opened in July 2014 as the third of Buffalo-based Hart Hotels’ Harbor Hotels brand, which also includes the AAA Four Diamond-rated Portland Harbor Hotel in Portland, Maine, and the AAA Four-Diamond rated Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, New York. 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel is located at 200 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY 13624. 315-686-1100. For more information, visit


Clinton Vineyards to Herald 40th Anniversary Year

Clinton Vineyards is located at 450 Schultzville Road, Clinton Corners, NY 12514, three miles from the Taconic Parkway. The visiting season lasts through November.

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the award-winning, family-owned Dutchess County winery, located on 100 acres, just 90 minutes from New York City. “When we open our Tasting Room to wine lovers, spring has officially finally arrived,” said Clinton Vineyards owner Phyllis Feder. “Please come and toast our 40th anniversary! This year, we truly have a reason to celebrate. A number of promotional discounts and special events will mark the occasion.”

Clinton Vineyards was founded in 1976 by Bronx-born book designer and painter Ben Feder, who created it to resemble the small estate vineyards in the French countryside. Clinton Vineyards has drawn acclaim for four decades as “the jewel in the crown of the Hudson Valley”. Its premier wine, the Estate-bottled Seyval Blanc, is made from the hardy grape that stands up to unpredictable Northeastern weather. In the Tasting Room, housed in a 19th-century Dutch barn, the congenial staff will guide you through your choice of tastings. The distinctive four-wine flights include “The Dutchess,” a tasting of Clinton Vineyards’ popular still wines; “The Sparky,” a tasting of méthode champenoise sparkling wines, a process learned by founder Ben Feder at the famed House of Bollinger in France; and “The Romantic,” a tasting of sensuous dessert wines made from fruit grown in the Hudson Valley, showcasing Cassis, the only domestic black currant wine to receive awards in international competitions. There are separate fees for each wine tasting.

Seyval Blanc has been the signature wine of Clinton Vineyards since its first vintage in 1977. Victory White’s is a classic Seyval Blanc, perfectly balanced with refreshing floral and citrus notes and a long clean finish. Seyval Blanc stands comfortably alone at cocktail time and displays a confident versatility with food, pairing well with poultry, seafood and fish, as well as a wide range of ethnic cuisines.

To enjoy a trio of videos about Clinton Vineyards, its colorful history and its portfolio of wines, visit

Established in 1976, Clinton Vineyards sits on 100 acres of Dutchess County property in Clinton Corners, NY, and is known as “the jewel in the crown of the Hudson Valley.” Among their portfolio of award-winning wines are Estate Bottled Seyval Blanc table wines, méthode champenoise sparkling wines and dessert wines, sourced from Valley fruit growers, including a celebrated cassis black-currant wine, the only domestic cassis to win international competitions.


Where to Stay

The Otesaga Resort Hotel

For more than a century, The Otesaga, a 132-room resort, has appealed to travelers visiting Cooperstown's historic attractions. The hotel has combined gracious hospitality, first-rate accommodations and fine dining since 1909. Home to the top-rated, 18-hole Leatherstocking Golf Course, The Otesaga was voted one of the 'Top 50 U.S. Golf Resorts' by Condé Nast Traveler. The resort offers two first-class dining options as well as an array of sports and recreational facilities, including a heated outdoor pool, fitness room, lake canoeing and swimming, and tennis courts. A member of the Historic Hotels of America and a AAA Four-Diamond hotel, The Otesaga is open from mid-April through Thanksgiving weekend. The hotel is available to groups and weddings throughout the year, including exclusive use in the off-season.

The Farmers' Museum

As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers' Museum provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1944, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, a late-nineteenth-century Country Fair featuring the Cardiff Giant and The Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers' Museum's outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.

The Farmers' Museum is located on 5798 State Hwy. 80, Lake Road, in Cooperstown, NY. Museum admission is $11 for adults, $9.50 for visitors age 65 andover,and$5 for
children age 7


What To See and Do

Corning Museum of Glass

Here, you can explore the history, technology and artistry of glass year-round. If you never worked with glass as hot as olten ava, bent glass, without breaking it, or have seen an 11-foot tree of swirling green glass, this is where you can experience it - and more - right in the heart of the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

See the world's largest collection of glass, spanning 35 centuries of art and history; watch live, narrated glassblowing demonstrations, all day, every day; get hands-on with the science of glass as you bend light, bend glass and bend your imagination; and try it for yourself by making your own glass experiences in making glass.

Hours are 9 am-5 pm, 7 days a week.

Open daily 9 am-8 pm during the summer (Memorial Day to Labor Day)

Glass Sale offers rare discounts on Steuben – the world’s most perfect glass.

Glass lovers know that Steuben Glass is among the finest glass in the world, and during the Glass Sale, visitors to the Steuben store can watch one of the celebrated Steuben glass engravers showcase his skill and take advantage of the rare discounts. Since 1903, the Steuben Glass factory has been a Corning landmark. Each piece is made by hand with a state-of-the-art melting process ensuring the glass is exceptionally pure and free of even the tiniest visual imperfections.

For more information, contact Corning Museum of Glass, I-86/Rt. 17, Exit 46, Corning, NY, 800-732-6845, or check web site

For more information contact the Corning Area Chamber of Commerce. (607) 936-4686; 


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Where to Eat

Hill Top Inn

I ate here at Elmira's oldest licensed restaurant -- previoously a renovated 1912 summer home set on a hill in a gorgeous casual setting. Mark Twain was said to be inspired by the view and that's easy to understand since I, too, was overwhelmed by the magnificent view. The restaurant is huge, offers indoor and outdoor seating., and on the night I came with a group of business associates, the outdoor portion was jammed with patrons enjoying a lovely evening and entranced by the sunset across the sky. Suddenly, a fire rose from the large firepit on the terrace. The sight was stunning. The menu is extensive with light appetisers, including salmon cakes made wqith bacon and Parmesian on a bed of greens with smoked pepper aioll; French Onion soup, and more. I was disappointed in the Soup du jour, but wished I had ordered the Salmon Cakes my partner had. A variety of sanwiches & tacos, plus many entrees, dinner salads, steaks, fish and seasonal goodies and desserts can be ordered. Since Saturdays are Prime Rib Night, I ordered the Queen Cut at $25.99. It was tough & not juicy, but I went away happy anyway because being on top of the hill with a fabulous view was worth the trip -- as well as the delicious dessert. .

Location: 171 Jerusalem Hill Road, Elmira, NY 14901. Web site: Open March 1 - December 31, Monday - Saturday beginning at 5 p.m.

What to See & Do

Summer and fall are the high seasons in the Finger Lakes. Summers are marked by long hot days on the lakes sailing or water-skiing and beach bonfires in the crisp summer evenings. These are also good times to explore the local college town, grab a dozen ears of fresh-picked sweet corn for dinner, and get dinner on a terrace overlooking a vineyard and a lake.  Fall is a perfect time to drive the swooping highways, stop for a basket of apples and local cheese, and hunt antiques along the roadsides. Skiers and snowmobilers take advantage of abundant snow to extend their season into the spring.

There are also dozens of gorgeous state and local parks set along the lakes and back into the deep narrow gorges and misty waterfalls. Rochester and Syracuse bookend lively small cities like Auburn, Ithaca and Geneva, and charming small towns like Skaneateles and Canandaigua - places that gave birth to Women's Rights and Abolition. (By the way, can you name the prominent New York politician expected to win the nomination easily, but who lost it to an unknown from Illinois? That’s right, it was William Seward.)

Watkins Glen and Taughannock State Parks

feature the region’s most gorgeous gorges. Watkins Glen (also site of the Gran Prix race track) has 19 waterfalls dropping more than 200 feet in two miles of Tolkien-esque hiking trails. Taughannock is more direct – one straight shot of 215 feet to the floor of a 400-foot-deep gorge. Either is worth the afternoon.


Seven long lovely lakes, gouged hundreds of feet deep by glaciers, lay out under clear blue skies, surrounded by gently-rolling hills and precipitous gorges. The lakes and the earth combine to make the Finger Lakes the premier source of Riesling, an effervescent, dynamic white wine rising rapidly in popularity. The lakes moderate the region’s climate while discerning tasters can sense the wine’s specific terroir – the difference in dirt between the north and south end of a lake. The local wineries combine with a flourishing farming community to stock local restaurants and farmers markets with great, fresh, local food – especially apples, ice cream, and vegetables.

Finger Lakes Wines Are Winners in Competition

One of the oldest and largest competitions in the United States, the International Eastern Wine Competition (IEWC) was held in May 2009 with over 2,200 entries, representing 38 states, three provinces of Canada, and 13 countries. New York wineries captured an impressive total of 221 medals—6 Double Gold, 27 Gold, 86 Silver and 102 Bronze, with Finger Lakes wineries leading the charge.

Swedish Hill Winery--

won two Double Golds (2006 Vidal Blanc, 2005 Late Harvest Vignoles) and three Golds (2006 Dry Riesling, 2006 Cayuga White, and Spumante Blush).

Other Double Golds went to

Keuka Spring Vineyards

(2005 Epic), Lakewood Vineyards (Carpe Vinum Cayuga White), and

Torrey Ridge Winery

(2005 Seyval Blanc). Gold medals were awarded to

Anthony Road Wine Company

(2006 Dry Riesling); Chateau Frank Celebre and

Dr. Frank’s Vinifera Wine Cellars

(2006 Rkatsiteli);

Chateau LaFayette Reneau

(2006 Pinot Noir Blanc, 2006 Dry Riesling, and 2005 Reserve Chardonnay);

Earle Estates Winery & Meadery

(Niagara and Pear Mead);

Glenora Wine Cellars (2001 Brut);

Heron Hill Winery

(2004 Cabernet Franc and 2005 Chardonnay) to list a few!

Also, at the recent 27th Annual Riverside International Wine Competition,

Fox Run Vineyards and Hazlitt 1852 Vineyards & Winery.

Top wineries include Dr. Frank’s on Keuka Lake, Herrmann Weiner and Chateau Lafayette Reneau on Seneca Lake, and Sheldrake Point and Treleaven on Cayuga Lake.

Where to Stay


was modeled after Villa Lancellotti in Frascati, Italy; its interior includes Italian marble fireplaces, wall tapestries, Ionic columns and wood-coffered ceilings. The villa later became a monastery, and then, in 1981, an elegant small resort. “The stunning four-diamond Geneva on the Lake, has a garden reminiscent of Versailles.” – Wall Street Journal

“The Glen"

is a road racing showplace. Former home of the US Grand Prix, the fast, smooth and challenging 11-turn course covers 3.45 miles, including some exciting elevation changes. Among others, the Skip Barber Racing School holds high-performance and formula one race driving classes here.

MacKenzie-Childs’ home

just outside of Aurora is a terrific place for people seeking to spend a lot on original, artisanal, handmade, hand-painted ceramic and enamel dinnerware, handpainted furniture, home furnishings, and garden designs.

Salmon and Trout Fishing.

The deep, dark Finger Lakes hold trophy land-locked salmon, lake trout, brown and rainbow trout, and smallmouth bass, and Lake Ontario even more so. But it takes more than a lure in the water. Experienced guides lead veteran or brand-new anglers to secret locations over the 200-foot underwater drop-offs in fully-equipped fishing boats to bring home stringers-full for dinner. And, the streams tumbling down the hills and feeding the lakes make the area one of America’s best fly-fishing locations, according to Fish and Fly Magazine.


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Where to Stay

Glen Cove Mansion Hotel

The award-winning Glen Cove Mansion Hotel is situated on 55 secluded and landscaped acres on Long Island's historic Gold Coast, 30 minutes from New York City by car and rail (Long Island Railroad, Oyster Bay line, Glen Cove Station), and close to JFK International and LaGuardia Airports. The spacious Georgian-style mansion features stunning vistas of Long Island Sound and was once part of a prestigious collection of gracious country estates, later becoming one of the nation's first dedicated conference center hotels. Today the elegant property features 187 richly appointed guestrooms, including four suites, the Garden Room Restaurant with magnificent views of the terraces, a large and comfortable Pub 1910, private dining rooms ideal for social and corporate occasions, as well as vast outdoors.

Originally the magnificent country estate of John Teele & Ruth Baker Pratt, the century-old manor house is one of very few remaining on Long Island’s storied Gold Coast – setting for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic, The Great Gatsby -- that is open to the public. The Mansion retains many original architectural appointments and features expansive grounds for guests’ enjoyment. 

About Glen Cove Mansion Hotel

The award-winning Glen Cove Mansion, Long Island Hotel and Conference Center, is situated on 55 secluded and landscaped acres on Long Island's historic Gold Coast, 30 minutes from New York City by car and rail (Long Island Railroad, Oyster Bay line, Glen Cove Station), and close to JFK International and LaGuardia Airports. The spacious Georgian-style circa 1910 mansion features stunning vistas of Long Island Sound and was once part of a prestigious collection of gracious country estates, later becoming one of the nation's first dedicated conference center Today the elegant property features 187 richly-appointed guestrooms & suites situated in contemporary guest wings extending from the north facade of the historic Mansion hotel. as well as the Garden Room Restaurant with magnificent views of the terraces, a large and comfortable Pub 1910, private dining rooms ideal for social and corporate occasions, as well as vast outdoor reception areas overlooking the mansion's Gilded Age gardens. The Long Island Conference Center  offers 29,000 square feet of event and meeting space, with 27 dedicated conference rooms accommodating from 10 to 280 guests, advanced meeting technology, an executive business center and conference concierge services. Wireless Internet access is available throughout. Also provided are complete fitness and recreational facilities, including a sauna, steam and massage rooms, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, garden swimming pool, racquetball courts, lighted tennis courts, jogging trail and a sports field. Golf is available nearby. Ideal for executive retreats, corporate meetings and social gathering, the Glen Cove Mansion is masterfully designed to integrate gracious accommodations, superb cuisine and attentive service with contemporary comforts and the latest technology. For more information on the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel, visit 

The award-winning Glen Cove Mansion, Long Island Hotel and Conference Center, is situated on 55 secluded and landscaped acres on Long Island's historic Gold Coast, 30 minutes from New York City by car and rail (Long Island Railroad, Oyster Bay line, Glen Cove Station), and close to JFK International and LaGuardia Airports. The spacious Georgian-style circa 1910 mansion features stunning vistas of Long Island Sound and was once part of a prestigious collection of gracious country estates, later becoming one of the nation's first dedicated conference center Today the elegant property features 187 richly-appointed guestrooms & suites situated in contemporary guest wings extending from the north facade of the historic Mansion hotel. as well as the Garden Room Restaurant with magnificent views of the terraces, a large and comfortable Pub 1910, private dining rooms ideal for social and corporate occasions, as well as vast outdoor reception areas overlooking the mansion's Gilded Age gardens. The Long Island Conference Center  offers 29,000 square feet of event and meeting space, with 27 dedicated conference rooms accommodating from 10 to 280 guests, advanced meeting technology, an executive business center and conference concierge services. Wireless Internet access is available throughout. Also provided are complete fitness and recreational facilities, including a sauna, steam and massage rooms, indoor swimming pool and whirlpool, garden swimming pool, racquetball courts, lighted tennis courts, jogging trail and a sports field. Golf is available nearby. Ideal for executive retreats, corporate meetings and social gathering, the Glen Cove Mansion is masterfully designed to integrate gracious accommodations, superb cuisine and attentive service with contemporary comforts and the latest technology. For more information on the Glen Cove Mansion Hotel, visit

Historic Glen Cove Mansion Joins “TAG Approved” LGBT-Welcoming Hotels & Resorts

The historic Glen Cove Mansion Hotel and Conference Center has made history again with the new status of “TAG Approved.” One of the few remaining mansions on Long Island’s legendary Gold Coast, made forever famous when F.S. Fitzgerald used it as the setting for The Great Gatsby, TAG-approved hotels are designated welcoming to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.

TAG Approved was launched in 1997 to help lodging accommodations effectively reach and sensitively serve the LGBT community. Today, more than 2,000 hotels worldwide are involved in the program. 

TAG Approved standards include:

-Enforce non-discriminatory policies, including "sexual orientation"
-Treat heterosexual and domestic partners equally in personnel policies
-Provides LGBT diversity and sensitivity training for employees
-Empower customers and employees to be "watchdogs" of its gay and lesbian business practices
-Gives back to their community
-Employs staff who reflect the diversity of their community

In 2011, Glen Cove Mansion was one of the first Long Island hotels to launch a LGBT Wedding and First Anniversary package, following the passing of New York State’s Marriage Equality Law. The charming property has hosted several LGBT weddings and couples since then.

To learn more about Glen Cove Mansion, call 516.671.6400 or visit For meetings and events, contact Lisa Jordan in the Glen Cove Mansion Sales department at 516-674-2957 or 1-888-MTGS-GCM (888-684-7426), or visit 

Historic Glen Cove Mansion Hotel Presents the Gold Coast Golf Getaway!

Golf in America has been around since the turn of the last century and became huge in the Roaring 20s. The sport was actively embraced by the nation’s affluent class like the Pratts, the original owners of Glen Cove Mansion and founders/endowers of the renowned Pratt Institute. Today, golf is played by nearly everyone! 

Golfers looking for a quick weekend golf getaway on the historic Long Island Gold Coast can experience both the hospitality of an authentic Gold Coast mansion -- Glen Cove Mansion -- and a round of golf on the Glen Cove Golf Coarse located nearby the estate. The Glen Cove Golf Course is a scenic 18-hole course renowned for its water views and challenging play.  

Glen Cove Mansion is situated on a secluded 55-acre estate in the heart of Long Island’s storied Gold Coast, the setting for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby. It is ideally located just 30 minutes outside of New York City, yet a century away in ambiance, elegance and attentive hospitality. The Long Island Gold Coast was the original inspiration for what is considered by many as the greatest American novel, The Great Gatsby -- which will take center stage this Fall with an acclaimed new movie adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby.

The Glen Cove Mansion Golf Package includes:

-          Deluxe overnight accommodations
-          18 holes at Glen Cove Golf Course
-          All-day use of golf cart
-          $20 lunch voucher for the clubhouse restaurant, Soundview Café, at the Glen Cove Golf Course
-          Glass of wine or beer at Pub 1910 on the Mansion’s 3rd Floor, overlooking Long Island Sound
-          Full American breakfast buffet
-          Overnight parking

Glen Cove Mansion’s Golf Package is from $239.00 per night, add a second person for just $85 per night. Package is subject to availability & tax, based on single occupancy. Tee times are based on availability.

For Glen Cove Mansion Golf Package reservations, please call 516-671-6400 or visit

About The Historic Long Island North Shore Gold Coast

At the turn of the last century, wealthy New Yorkers got away from the cares and concerns of their everyday world by escaping to their estates in Glen Cove, Oyster Bay and Locust Valley Long Island – on Long Island’s legendary North Shore, known as the Gold Coast. Although most of the estates are gone, Glen Cove Mansion remains, along with a hand-full other estates within walking distance of the Mansion, including the famed FW Woolworth estate, Winfield Hall, and four additional Pratt Family estates. Nearby are charming villages and historic Gold Coast mansion museums, such as Old Westbury Gardens, Planting Fields Arboretum, and Sagamore Hill, the beloved home and Summer White House of President Theodore Roosevelt. Glen Cove Mansion remains very much as it was when the Pratts first opened their country house in 1910. Exquisite architectural details, baronial staircases, glittering chandeliers, English-style gardens, and breathtaking vistas of Long Island Sound and the far shores beyond remain and are for guests to enjoy. Even the original Pratt family swimming pool and summer house pavilion, as well as the family’s tennis courts, remain. If guests prefer, they can arrive by train to the storied Glen Cove Station in the heart of the village.

Packages subject to availability


History buffs will totally enjoy the rich history of this area by visiting the museums and galleries. Make a stop at the Chapman Museum and learn about domestic life in the late 19th century. Or, visit The Hyde Collection, a world-class art museum complex, and gaze at the works of Degas, Picasso, Homer, Rembrandt, and Renoir. After, if you desire lots of thrills and chills, head over to West Mountain where you can ski, snowboard, or tube down lighted trails - just ten minutes away from the city center.

For more information, contact the Warren County Tourism Department, 1340 State Route 9, Municipal Center, Lake George, NY 12845; 1-800-95-VISIT, Ext. 143, or check web site


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Where to Stay

Black Sheep Inn

The newly restored Black Sheep Inn in nearby Hammondsport offers unique accommodation packages, when paired with the Annual Corning Glass Sale, create an opportunity for a weekend country getaway. Hosts Debbie Meritsky and Marc Rotman have combined their talents (Debbie a graduate of New England Culinary Institute and Marc a graduate of Kent State University's Interior Design Program), and restored the town’s historic Octagon House, one of the only remaining in the nation that is open for guests, to create a unique accommodation experience.

Unique lodging packages include:

Two-night Chocolate’s All the Rage package from $539 Enjoy a weekend filled with cooking (and eating!) paired with personalized cooking classes on making truffles, warm chocolate mousse, and triple chocolate cookies guided by owner Deb Meritsky, a classically trained chef with over 20 years experience.  Also sample raw cocoa nibs, sip signature hot cocoa and pair chocolate treats with wine.

Pricing for a 2-night stay begins at $539 plus local taxes and gratuity, double occupancy begins at $639 plus local taxes and gratuity.

Two-night Tea and Crumpets package from $445 per person, Savor the High Tea experience in the historic atmosphere of this unique Octagon home. Whether taken on the front porch or in the manicured courtyard, sip special blends of organic loose-leaf teas and nibble petit tea sandwiches, fresh baked scones and other high tea fine accouterments. Pair the experience with a horse drawn carriage ride through wine country and indulgent breakfast each morning.

Pricing for a 2-night stay begins at $445.00 based on single occupancy, plus local taxes and gratuity. Double occupancy begins at $545 plus local taxes and gratuity.

For more information and packages, visit


Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, the Hudson Valley Tourism website,, or by calling 845-615-3860.

 National Geographic Traveler has named their top twenty "Best of the World" destinations in the December/January issue. New York's Hudson Valley is touted as one of the "must-see" places for 2013. The region is called "New York's original art show," a tip of the hat to the Hudson River School of Painters and the lush landscape up and down the river. Also mentioned are the diverse cultural offerings from the Clearwater Festival to Storm King Art Center.

The distinction is notable since the Hudson Valley is only one of four places named in the United States. "Our region is at the top of our game in attracting tourists," said Mary Kay Vrba, president of Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. "We have internationally known attractions complimented by our charming river villages and interesting local events." The magazine is the second annual edition of Traveler, with National Geographic touting, "Nobody knows this world better."

Hudson Valley Tourism | c/o Orange County Tourism | 124 Main Street | Goshen | NY | 10924

What to See & Do

Hudson River Valley Events & Hidden Gems

Hudson Valley Museums Offer Visitors Indoor Fun on Chilly Days  

As the days get shorter, indoor exhibits provide families the entertainment they seek without having to weather the elements. A variety of museums in Orange County, N.Y. offer fun, educational options for adults and kids alike.

“November weather can be unpredictable, but visitors to Orange County can spend their days indoors exploring everything from a glass factory to hundreds of vintage motorcycles,” said Orange County Tourism Director Susan Hawvermale. “It’s the perfect time of year to discover our many museums.”

Some museums to consider for indoor fun include:

Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame: Drive a sulky to the finish line in the 3-D simulator. Riveting state-of-the-art and interactive exhibits. Call and judge a race. Theaters tell the fascinating history of America’s first sport. Home of the largest collection of Currier & Ives trotting prints. Changing art exhibits.240 Main Street, Goshen, N.Y.

National Purple Heart Hall of Honor: Newly renovated and dedicated to the stories of Purple Heart recipients. Film, interviews, exhibits, and the Roll of Honor, an electronic database of recipients from the Civil War through Afghanistan. 374 Temple Hill Road, New Windsor, N.Y.

Gillinder Glass: Watch skilled craftsmen at work as they transform molten glass into beautiful and useful objects. The Glass Museum traces the history of the company from 1861 and into the future with original glass, memorabilia, and photographs. 39 Erie Street, Port Jervis, N.Y.

Karpeles Manuscript Library Museum: Changing exhibits of original manuscripts and documents from the world’s largest private collection. Monthly exhibitions of local and national artists in all media. FREE. 94 Broadway, Newburgh, N.Y.

West Point Museum: Military uniforms, flags, weapons and military art of both American and European derivation. Museum galleries include history of the Academy, US Army, and Warfare from Egyptian times to Desert Storm. 2110 New South Post Road, West Point,

Motorcyclepedia: Features over 450 motorcycles along with photographs, posters, memorabilia, machinery, and other things related to bikes. There are several galleries including The Indian Timeline, Chopper City, and Harley-Davidsons. 250 Lake Street, Newburgh, N.Y.

Be sure to visit Orange County Tourism’s Facebook page: Orange County Tourism N.Y. It’s a fabulous guide to up-to-the-minute postings of area events and activities, great times, and memorable experiences for visitors. Also, visit Orange County Tourism’s new website:

About Orange County Tourism

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, e-mail < or call 845-615-3860.

Water, Water Everywhere--Refreshing destinations in the Hudson Valley.

Warm summer days have arrived in New York State causing a mad dash to the scenic shores of Hudson Valley's rivers, lakes, and streams. Cool down in the silky waters of our lakes and pools, or stay topside by kayaking the Hudson River. After such an active day, a real treat is dining at one of our many shoreline restaurants in the glow of the setting sun.

WAY COOL! Try the hot new paddleboards at Paddlehead Boards in Athens. It's like surfing, but with a paddle. Roll out from their riverfront docks and into the Hudson River where you'll dip your paddle gondolier-style, gliding as you go. Experience some Hawaii on the Hudson! Summer is the perfect time to be on the river, plying the cool waters with Hudson Valley Kayak Tours in Cold Spring. The gazebo overlooking the river is a charming backdrop for tours to Constitution March, Garrison Landing, and other fun trips. Beginners and advanced kayakers all paddle together with the added bonus of lunch during the tour. Closer yet to the waves, settle into an inflatable for a whitewater tubing adventure with Town Tinker Tube Rental in Phoenicia. Cruise the tree-lined Esopus Creek for a 2 hour thrill ride that will have you laughing and bobbing in the waves all the way.

Those who prefer not to paddle their own canoe will appreciate a Dutch Apple Cruise on the Hudson River. Bask in the sunshine and cool breezes of this triple-decker boat as it sails you through the canyons of Albany. You'll hear tales of the capitol city, but bring your binoculars for the farther reaches of the tour to catch sight of our national symbol, the bald eagle.

Listen to the lapping waters at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson for the day or a weekend. Set up camp, then take a swim at the beach or in the swimming pool. Launch your boat for a leisurely paddle and a few hours of fishing. Situated on a peninsula of the Hudson, the 508-acre area entertains with year-round events and the Croton Point Nature Center. Lake lovers will have a similar experience at Lake Taghkanic State Park in Gallatin. Skim over the waves in a rented kayak or rowboat as you watch the sun play with patterns on the rolling hills and lush forests. Cozy cabins and cottages are available along with campsites so you can spend more time swimming, hiking, and fishing. It's a little piece of lakeside heaven.

Any experience is better when it's waterside, including shopping for farm fresh ingredients. Take a Saturday stroll down Troy's River Street where 65 food growers, bakers, chefs and artisans gather to offer their finest at the Waterfront Farmers Market. Pop into the boutiques and restaurants along the way for a unique shopping and dining experience. Relax further at Beacon Institute's photography show, "Watershed: How Industry Has Changed the Water of the World." Robin Dana's exhibit is a vivid collection of images from the Hudson, Potomac and other watersheds around the world, each reflecting a unique serenity found in nature's persistence in extreme conditions.

If all this water fun has made you sleepy, spend a restful night listening to the rhythm of the waves on the shores of Greenwood Lake. The New Continental Hotel will first make sure you're well fed as you dine on their patio overlooking the sparkling waters. It's a country inn filled with charming atmosphere and warm hospitality.

Make a splash in the Hudson Valley this summer. In, on, or next to our waves, it's the coolest thing to do for fun. National Geographic Traveler thinks so, too, naming the Hudson Valley as one of the 20 places in the world to visit this year. Jump into the Hudson Valley. The water's just fine!

Additional information can be obtained from the Hudson Valley Tourism web site at On the go, tap into from your cell phone. Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, or by calling 845-615-3860.


Paddlehead Boards, Athens. 518-755-4052,
Hudson Valley Kayak Tours, Cold Spring. 845-265-0221,
Town Tinker Tube Rental, Phoenicia.845-688-5553,
Hudson River Rising, Yonkers, Kingston, Beacon, & Ossining. 212-426-8866,
Dutch Apple Cruise Tours, Albany. 518-463-0220,
Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson. 914-862-5290,
Lake Taghkanic State Park, Gallatin. 518-851-3631,
Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, Downtown Troy.
Beacon Institute Rivers & Estuaries, Beacon. 845-838-1600,

New Continental Hotel, Greenwood Lake. 845-477-2456,

Paddlehead Boards, Athens
Hudson Valley Kayak Tours, Cold Spring
Town Tinker Tube Rental, Phoenicia
Hudson River Rising, Yonkers, Kingston, Beacon, & Ossining
Dutch Apple Cruise Tours, Albany
Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson
Lake Taghkanic State Park, Gallatin
Beacon Institute Rivers & Estuaries, Beacon
New Continental Hotel, Greenwood Lake
Troy Waterfront Farmers Market, Downtown Troy

For more information please contact the Hudson Valley Tourism | c/o Orange County Tourism | 124 Main Street | Goshen | NY | 10924

Secrets of the Hudson Valley --Special places off the beaten path

Places that make you say, "Wow. I didn't know that was here," can be found in corners of the Hudson Valley so well hidden that even residents aren't aware they're there. The delightful surprise of coming upon these sites makes you feel that you've traveled further than you actually have, experiencing something far from the madding crowds. There are many of these places throughout the Hudson Valley, but here are just a few to explore.

Widow Jane's Mine.

The name alone conjures up the western rush for gold over a hundred years ago, but this "room and pillar" mine in Rosendale served as one of the finest sources of natural cement in the country. The Statue of Liberty, Washington Monument, Grand Central Station (celebrating its 100th birthday this year), and the Brooklyn Bridge all stand because of the cement harvested from Widow Jane's. Today visitors can tour the mine and the grounds of the A.J. Snyder estate to see how industrial history was made from this one small site. Manmade monuments exist here as well. Ripley's 'Believe it or not' called Pratt Rock in Prattsville, "New York's Mount Rushmore." Less generous appraisals have termed it "a monument to vanity," while some say it's one of the nation's earliest Civil War monuments. Skilled stonecutters worked twenty-eight years to memorialize the life of one man, Zadock Pratt, not coincidentally the man who also paid them to do the work. View the rock carving from the road below, or climb the steep path to see the sculpture and an expansive view of the valley.

Art aficionados who appreciate more contemporary works should visit the home and studio of internationally known Surrealist painter Kurt Seligmann in Sugar Loaf.

The sweeping lawns surround his home and studio amid blooming gardens and wetlands in the shadow of Sugar Loaf Mountain. Stop by the farm house to view his artwork and pick up a map of the highlights of the Seligmann Estate including the outdoor sculpture, trails, and Seligmann's studio, now a gallery currently exhibiting works by Warhol, Rauchenberg, de Kooning, and others. Visual arts aren't the only cultural experiences well hidden in the Valley. The Kaatsbaan International Dance Center in Tivoli is set on 153 acres overlooking the Hudson River. Kaatsbaan (Dutch for "playing field") is a residence and performance center for all forms of professional dance. The Visitors Center is in a Stanford White music barn, formerly part of a large estate, but check the calendar to catch one of the many new works with both established and emerging dancers. Dancing much more on the wild side, the Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem promotes conservation by teaching about wolves, their relationship to the environment and the human role in protecting their future. Two critically endangered wolf species, the Mexican gray wolf and the red wolf, reside here, two of the rarest mammals in North America. The programs illustrate how the wolves are necessary for ecological balance and how this facility is part of that recovery.

Quiet Roads

Exciting secrets of the Hudson Valley can be matched by those that bring peace and tranquility. A quiet country road in Petersburgh leads to the Grafton Peace Pagoda, only one of two in the United States. Open sunrise to sunset, achieve your serenity by strolling through the gardens, visiting the pagoda, and taking a quiet moment of meditation in the temple. For some, an equal amount of calm can be found next to a waterfall. The High Falls Conservation Area in Claverack is home to a stunning 150-foot cascading waterfall. Two vantage points are reached by trails from dawn to dusk. Bring the picnic hamper, there's an area set aside to watch the splashing water as you enjoy lunch. One of the region's newer hidden gems is Wonder Lake State Park in Kent. The park boasts nearly ten miles of trails surrounding the scenic, thirty-acre lake. The entire property consists of 900 acres, and is home to many indigenous species of flora and fauna.

Hideaway Restaurants

Some of the best kept secrets in the Valley are its hideaway restaurants frequented by locals. Jake Moon Restaurant and Café in Clarksville is just that kind of place. Unique to this eatery is Chef Daniel Smith who is also the farmer growing the fruits and vegetables found on the menu. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the farm to fork menu also accommodates those on the go who need a picnic lunch. Farm feasts are also part of Boat tours, kayaking, plenty for the kids to do, and a smorgasbord of locally sourced foods, beer, and wine offer an exciting day on the shores of the Hudson. Activities tailored to each city make it a different experience each time, so plan to go to all three!

Finding a special place when you travel makes a trip much more fun, and the Hudson Valley is full of hidden destinations just waiting to be discovered. Stumble onto our fabulous art spaces, wildlife preserves, farm fresh restaurants and boutique hotels. There's adventure in every corner of the region where new places are waiting to tell you their secrets.

Find more fun things to do at Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, or by calling 845-615-3860.


Widow Jane's Mine at the A.J. Snyder Estate, Rosendale. 845 658-9900,
Pratt Rock, Prattsville. 518-299-3125,
Seligmann Estate, Sugar Loaf. 845-469-9459,
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli. 845-757-5106,
Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem. 914-763-2373,
Grafton Peace Pagoda, Petersburgh. 518-658-9301,
High Falls Conservation Area, Claverack. 518-392-5252,
Wonder Lake State Park, Kent. 845-808-1015
Jake Moon Restaurant and Café,Clarksville. 518-872-1237,
Hudson River Rising, Kingston, Beacon, & Ossining. 212-426-8866,
Widow Jane's Mine at the A.J. Snyder Estate, Rosendale
Pratt Rock, Prattsville
Seligmann Estate, Sugar Loaf
Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Tivoli
Wolf Conservation Center, South Salem
Grafton Peace Pagoda, Petersburg
High Falls Conservation Area, Claverack
Wonder Lake State Park, Kent
Jake Moon Restaurant and Café, Clarksville
Fascinating and Quirky Hudson Valley

The Bronck Museum

The Broncks were so fond of their family home, they kept it for 276 years. Eight generations were raised on the farm in Coxsackie until it was donated to the county. The Bronck Museum celebrates its 350th anniversary this year with tours of the oldest home in the Hudson Valley and the eleven buildings remaining on the property. Another early Dutch family also had a claim to fame. The Van Rensselaers could never have expected that a guest in 1758 would write one of the most popular songs in American history. When Dr. Richard Shuckburgh visited Crailo in Rensselaer (the Van Rensselaer mansion), he observed a group of Connecticut militia men practicing their marching formations. He found the sight so amusing that he penned the poem that became the song "Yankee Doodle." Over 250 years later, the home is open for tours telling the story of the early Dutch inhabitants of the upper Hudson Valley.

Schuyler Mansion

When the Revolutionary War started, it was a rare family that would house opposing factions, but the Schuyler Mansion in Albany acted as a hotel for world leaders such as George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. Not quite receiving the same hospitality, an unlikely visitor in 1771 was British General John Burgoyne, but not by choice. Phillip Schuyler kept him under house arrest after defeating the British general in the Battle of Saratoga. Even a raid by the Loyalists couldn't free Burgoyne. The British didn't have much luck further south, either. The easiest route north was by boat up the Hudson River. Since the Patriots didn't have much of a navy, a creative way to control the river was by stretching a great iron chain across it from Constitution Island to West Point. It was enough to prevent the British from joining their forces further north, a strategic point in winning the war for the soon-to-be Americans. Today tours of the island show the remnants of the fort and the place where that chain was anchored.

Years after the Revolution ended, the disarray of war was still causing a flap in the Livingston household across the river at Clermont. Quite used to entertaining some of the new nation's highest society members, Mrs. Livingston hosted Martha Washington for several nights in 1782, but her usual elegant style was severely compromised by the wartime reconstruction of the house and poor Martha had to sleep in a bedroom in the basement! Other members of the rich and famous didn't need to be coddled, either. John Burroughs, the foremost nature writer of his time, built a rustic cabin in 1895 as a retreat in West Park. "Slabsides" was where he wrote and also entertained friends such as Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, Thomas Edison, and Henry Ford. A Mecca for nature lovers, the 170-acre John Burroughs Sanctuary is now open year-round for hiking, walking, and bird-watching. Another retreat has the distinction of being the only national historic site dedicated to a first lady. Built in 1924, Val-Kill served as Eleanor Roosevelt's home and office. When her husband Franklin was in Washington, it was here that Eleanor escaped to write. Her public and social works made her one of the most influential first ladies of all time, and a visit to her home provides inspiration even today.

Hudson Valley Has Some of the Oldest Sites in the U.S.

Along with First Families, the Hudson Valley has some of the oldest sites in the U.S. The Stony Point Lighthouse is the oldest on the Hudson River, marking the entrance to the Hudson Highlands since 1826. Tours of the building give expansive views of both the Hudson River and the Stony Point Battlefield interpreted through a museum and reenactments of the engagement during the Revolutionary War. Not long after the lighthouse was built, Brotherhood Winery began making their fine vintages and is now the oldest winery in America. The reason it holds that title is because during Prohibition it was allowed to stay open to make sacramental wines. Visitors today tour the largest underground wine caves in the country with a delicious ending in the large stone tasting room sipping the reds and whites the winery is famous for. Another "first" for the Hudson Valley is Playland Amusement Park in Rye. It's the oldest amusement park in the U.S. and still entertains thousands of visitors every year. Designated a National Historic Landmark, among all the amusements and entertaining things to do there, Playland still boasts seven original rides that pre-date 1930.

Additional information on the Hudson Valley Tourism can be found at Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, or by calling 845-615-3860.


Bronck Museum, Coxsackie. 518-731-6490,
CrailoState Historic Site, Rensselaer. 518-463-8738,
Schuyler Mansion, Albany. 518-434-0834,
Clermont State Historic Site, Germantown. 518-537-4240,
John Burroughs Sanctuary, West Park. 845 384-6320,
Constitution Island, West Point. 845-446-8676,
Val-Kill, Hyde Park. 800-337-8474,
Stony Point Lighthouse, Stony Point. 845-786-2521,
Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville. 845-496-3661,
Playland Amusement Park, Rye. 914-813-7010,

Apple Sipping -- Autumn's signature fruit turned liquid at Hudson Valley

Distilleries and Wineries

The spirits are gathering in the Hudson Valley and not just for Halloween. The abundant apple crop grown here every fall has local wineries and distilleries producing liquid gold to grace the most sophisticated cocktails. Apple Jack, apple brandy, wine, and hard apple cider are just some of the newer libations distilled in the area, and visitors can both see how they're made and sample them in tasting rooms throughout the region.

At Brookview Station Winery in Castleton, Whistle Stop White has stopped traffic with its semi-dry tang made from the farm's apples. An award-winning favorite, fans from all over make the trip to pick apples at Brookview's Goold Orchards and sample the wines. Just off the press (!), the master cider maker has come up with a great new product: Joe Daddy's Hard Cider. Not to be outdone, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company feels that there is nothing quite like Mom's apple pie, but their Golden Delicious Beer is pretty close. Aged in apple brandy barrels, the tropical aroma of the hops and the delicate apple aroma from the barrels are a perfect match. Stop by for a taste after a tour of the brewery.

Apples come in many varieties, as do the elixirs made from their juices. Harvest Spirits in Valatie is the home of Core Vodka, a popular adult beverage made from 100% Hudson Valley apples. Their Peach Applejack is not to be missed. The mellow sweetness comes from double-barrel aging and the fresh picked peaches soaked in Harvest Spirit's Applejack. Something a little different! Also different is the variety of Doc's Draft Hard Ciders found at Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery. Raspberry, cassis, pear, and pumpkin infuse four different versions. For an extra kick, try their Apple Brandy in the bucolic atmosphere of this winery that looks like a bit of Tuscany. More apples to sip can be found in the whisky barrel-lined tasting room of Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner. Sample Spirit of the Hudson Vodka, their super-premium handmade vodka produced from local apples. This fine spirit is distilled 3 times to ensure really smooth vodka. Bottled at 80 proof, it gives an apple martini a light, fresh taste.

Not all apples are pressed into spirits. Farms throughout the Hudson Valley blend some of the best fresh cider around. Boehm Farms in the little town of Climax offers sweet cider along with their cider donuts. Pick your own Macintosh and Cortland apples, too, for a fun family day in the orchard. Just north in Altamont, Indian Ladder Farms has apple drinks, cider and treats. Stay to pick a basket of apples and enjoy the farm market filled with all sorts of good things from the fall harvest.

The apple orchard at Fishkill Farms in Hopewell Junction produces sweet, fresh pressed cider and homemade donuts straight from the farm kitchen. There are acres of apples to pick, hayrides, and activities for the kids at this farm that has been in the same family since 1914. Historic farms are not unusual in the Hudson Valley. The Orchards of Conklin have been farmed by the same family since 1712. Their apple cider is a tasty accompaniment to the apple pies from their bakery.

The Hudson Valley is the "apple belt" of New York State, the second largest producer of apples in the nation. Fine cider has been available here for over 200 years and mills, breweries, and distilleries are increasingly crafting apple beverages. Take the Hudson Valley Cider Trail, an excellent way to see the glorious autumn leaves while tasting one of fall's most popular temptations.

Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, the Hudson Valley Tourism website,, or by calling 845-615-3860


Hudson Valley Cider Week. 845-265-3338, x. 106,
Hudson Hil's Market & Café, Cold Spring. 845-265-9471
Brookview Station Winery, Castleton. 518-732-7317,
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Elmsford. 914-741-2337,
Harvest Spirits, Valatie. 518-253-5917,
Warwick Valley Winery, Warwick. 845-258-4858,
Tuthilltown Spirits, Gardiner. 845 633- 8734,
Boehm Farms, Climax. 518-731-6196
Indian Ladder Farms, Altamont. 518-861-6515,
Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction.845-897-4377,
Orchards of Concklin, Pomona. 845-354-0369,
Hudson Valley Cider Trail (regional).
Hudson Hils Market & Café, Cold Spring
Brookview Station Winery, Castleton
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Elmsford
Harvest Spirits, Valatie
Warwick Valley Winery, Warwick
Tuthilltown Spirits, Gardiner

Get in the Spirit -- The Hudson Valley celebrates its local wines and liquors

Catch some holiday cheer at the many Hudson Valley wineries, distilleries, and breweries tucked into the hills up and down the river. Gift giving this season is not only easy, it's fun when you visit the beautifully decorated facilities producing some of the best spirits in the country. Tastings are available of the wine, little nips of the distilled spirits and brews so you can choose your favorite.

The Hudson Valley may be the oldest wine producing region in the United States, but the ever expanding spirits industry has brought new distilleries to the area. Tuthilltown Spirits in Gardiner is New York's first whiskey distillery since Prohibition. Host a Mad Men party with their Hudson Baby Bourbon distilled from 100% New York State corn, or gift a favorite uncle with their vodka from apples grown at the local orchard. Palates preferring a sweeter libation will want to try the fruit brandies and liqueurs at Warwick Valley Winery. Savor the Sour Cherry Cordial and pear brandy. The steam fired German copper still produces exceptional dessert quaffs that make great hostess gifts.

Equally tasty, local brews can be found throughout the region. The Captain Lawrence Brewing Company in Pleasantville crafts award-winning beers produced on the premises including seasonal brews such as Pumpkin Ale, Golden Delicious, Nor'easter Winter Warmer and Smoke. Tour the brewery and sample these golden elixirs for yourself in the tasting room. There's nothing like a good beer paired with wonderful food, and the Taproom at Brown's Brewing Company in Troy features over a dozen ales and lagers on draught. The hand-crafted standards are renowned for their freshness, character and taste. Right now, Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Ales are on draught, and November and December feature monthly Beer Suppers with a delightful holiday menu. Beers at both breweries are available for sale and make a wonderful accompaniment to Thanksgiving dinner.

Speaking of the grand turkey day, the Bavarian Manor Country Inn in Purling will do all the work for you with a traditional dinner featuring freshly roasted turkey and slow baked smoked country ham with autumn vegetables and side dishes that go with an American Thanksgiving. Sip a glass of wine or beer while your table is served family-style with leftovers wrapped for you to take home!

Wineries are known for their charm and ambiance; two in the Hudson Valley come to mind. The Winery at St. George is located in an historic church in Mohegan Lake. Limited edition wines are produced from three grape varietals grown locally: Cabernet Franc, Seyval Blanc, and Noiret (a Pinot Noir hybrid). Taste it in the sanctuary, but recognize that this goes far beyond communion wine! Brotherhood Winery in Washingtonville actually stayed open during Prohibition because it produced communion wines. As the oldest winery in the United States, the renovated facility housed in hundred year old buildings boasts a beautiful new tasting room with stations for different varietals.

Millbrook Winery's Grand Portfolio Tasting. It's a good chance to explore everything their winemaker has to offer, including limited editions of previous vintages. Tastings are accompanied by light hors d'oeuvres and special wine discounts. Hudson-Chatham Winery in Ghent is hosting their Bread, Wine & Cheese Celebration from 12-5PM. Local creameries and bakers bring savory cheeses and breads to pair with the dry reds the winery is known for as well as their usual selections from dry to sweet to sparkling.
Come experience Hudson Valley holidays with the unique combination of wine, liquor, beer, art, and farm fresh food at dozens of wineries and breweries throughout the region. Their gift shops are filled with interesting items for giving, and the tasting rooms are poised to pour you their best.

Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester.  The Valley welcomes over 20 million visitors a year who spend $3 billion annually. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, the Hudson Valley Tourism website,, or by calling 845-615-3860.


Tuthilltown Spirits, Gardiner. 845.633.8734,
Warwick Valley Winery, Warwick. 845-258-4858,
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Pleasantville. 914-741-2337,
Brown's Brewing Company, Troy. 518-273-2337,
Bavarian Manor Country Inn, Purling. 518-622-3261,
The Winery at St. George, Mohegan Lake. 914-455-4272,
Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville. 845-496-3661,
Millbrook Winery, Millbrook. 800-662-9463,
Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent. 518-392-WINE,
Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center, Albany. 518-434-1217,
Brotherhood Winery, Washingtonville
The Winery at St. George, Mohegan Lake
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Pleasantville
Hudson-Chatham Winery, Ghent
"Hudson Valley Art & Wine - A Grand Celebration," the exhibit at Albany Heritage Area Visitors Center
Warwick Valley Winery, Warwick
Millbrook Winery, Millbrook

Storm King Art Center

-- particularly when it comes to tourism attractions. Look beyond the names of these destinations and you’ll discover unique experiences with some wonderful surprises. Come visit Orange County, just one-hour north of New York City, for the new, the unexpected.

It isn’t just art lovers who throng to Storm King Art Center in Mountainville. The magical 500-acre outdoor park with gigantic sculptures set in the landscape will stretch your imagination as well as your legs. It’s an adventure the whole family will love. Wander over an immense wave field carved into a meadow, or pose under steel beams suspended in mid-air. You’ll be mesmerized by mobile sculptures swaying in the breeze, and amazing works of art made from recycled tires, coins, and rocks. Fun programs and concerts on weekends are included in the price of admission. Take the narrated excursion on the tram, or rent bicycles for a different point of view. Don’t forget your camera! The rolling fields and surrounding woods are transformed by the changing seasons. Once you see it, you’ll want to return again and again. There’s no other place quite like it anywhere. (845) 534-3115, 

Goshen’s Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame

is much more than a monument to harness racing. Housed in a beautiful historic building, it features modern interactive exhibits that have children trying on costumes and everyone listening to the talking horse. Hear your own voice calling a race, and take a ride in the 3-D simulator to experience first-hand the thrill of driving a sulky in an exciting race. Watch movie stars in harness racing films, and catch the story of standardbred racing at one of the small theaters. From the second floor balcony you’ll see sleek trotters training at the landmark Goshen Historic Track, over 160 years old and still going strong. And admission is free! (845) 294-6330,

Whether you love motorcycles or not, make plans to see Motorcyclepedia, a brand new museum dedicated to the art and sport of two wheel travel. The 85,000-square foot space in Newburgh displays over 300 motorcycles including more than 100 Indians. The Antique Motorcycle Club of America has its collection here with the oldest motorcycle dating back to 1897. So, what’s in it for non-bikers? There’s tons of interesting memorabilia, videos and movie posters that are easily recognizable. A motorcycle owned by Charles Lindbergh and one that was part of President Kennedy’s Dallas motorcade are here. Don’t miss this first-class facility that explores the design and history of this popular mode of transportation in what just might be the most extensive motorcycle collection in the world. (845) 569-9065,

Hollywood on the Hudson? Who would have guessed that America’s film industry got started in Cuddebackville, New York? The famous film director D.W. Griffith called this Orange County hamlet “the loveliest spot in America.” While filming here, he developed the first fade out effect using a cigar box. Mary Pickford and Lillian Gish were among the early celebrities making movies at this quaint rural site, and you can find out all about it when you visit the Neversink Valley Museum of History and Innovation. The museum is housed in a canal-era building bordered by a towpath that follows a portion of the old canal where you can walk or bike. Exhibits on the D&H Canal and native Lenape Indians explore the history of the area. Picnic in the park, and be sure to come to the many special events hosted by the museum. It’s fun for families and film fans alike. (845)754-8870,

The West Point Museum may be next to the oldest military academy in the country, but the eclectic collection has many surprises. It includes a spacious art gallery of early Hudson River School works by Robert Weir, a teacher at the academy in the 1800’s. One of his students, James Whistler of Whistler’s Mother fame, has a painting displayed here in spite of the fact that he flunked out! A Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington has a prominent place among many other fine works of art. Beyond the gallery there are exhibits on the early days of the academy and cadet life, dioramas, and thousands of artifacts. You don’t have to be a military buff to appreciate this part of America’s story. Open daily, admission is free. (845) 938-3590, 

More surprises can be found at For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide call 800-762-8687, or email Orange County Tourism is headquarters for tourism in the county and is part of I LOVE NEW YORK.

More Secrets of the Hudson Valley -- Special places to visit off the radar

Hidden in out-of-the-way Hudson Valley corners are interesting places that escape most tour books, but are definitely worth a visit. Some have ties to the famous, some are just interesting places in their own right. These oddities and their little known facts provide a great deal of fun, and offer an inside peak at the fascinating stories and people of the region.

History was made in the Hudson Valley in many different places, but did you know the NAACP was started here? Troutbeck, a contemporary inn and conference center in Amenia, was the location of many of the early meetings that lead to the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People by W.E.B. Dubois. Visitors today can dine in the elegant restaurant and walk the grounds where civil rights activists created this nationally known organization. Another piece of Americana can be found at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy where Uncle Sam (aka Samuel Wilson) is buried. As the national symbol of the United States, few know that the area's most famous son was a real person. On a clear day visitors can take in the spectacular view of the Hudson River Valley, and visit the nearby exhibit "Uncle Sam: The Man in Life and Legend" at the Rensselaer County Historical Society.

The Hudson Valley has its own version of the healing waters of Lourdes. The Indian's Blessing Fountain in Lebanon Springs was erected in 1940, but Native Americans discovered the warm springs and brought the first white man to bathe in the medicinal waters in 1756. People still come to Shatford Memorial Park for a taste from the fountain to cure their illnesses. Curative powers are also found at Kaaterskill Falls where the sheer magnificence of this waterfall is good for the soul. Located in Haines Falls, it's the highest cascading waterfall in New York State. In the 1800's the Hudson River School of Painters popularized this spot in numerous paintings now exhibited in museums throughout the world.

Beyond the sound of flowing waters, serenity can be found at Chuang Yen Monastery in Carmel. This huge Buddhist monastery is home to the largest indoor statue of Buddha in Europe and the Americas, a true wonder. Stroll the grounds, or attend one of the programs on Sundays to find your inner peace. From the sublime to the alien, the village of Pine Bush has long been known as the UFO Capital of the United States. Unexplained night illuminations have been seen as far back as the 1950's with residents still reporting bright lights streaking through the sky at warp speed.

Some of the more unusual sites are just for the viewing. According to the Smithsonian Institution, the largest working weathervane in the United States sits atop the Plaza Building at the State University of New York in Albany. It's a replica of the Half Moon, the ship that Henry Hudson sailed to the site in 1609. Installed in 1915, the massive weathervane is almost nine feet high and weighs in at over 400 pounds. Even boats on the Hudson River can see which way the wind is blowing! Those same boats can also see the Stony Point Lighthouse downriver. The oldest on the Hudson, it has marked the entrance to the Hudson Highlands for almost two hundred years. Tour this landmark ship's beacon along with the Stony Point Battlefield next door. The views of the river are outstanding.

Bet you didn't know that the Hudson Valley was the birthplace of golf in the United States. In 1888, a few Scottish buddies who referred to themselves as the "Apple Tree Gang" laid out a three-hole course in Yonkers and called it St. Andrews in deference to the famed original course in Scotland. In 1894 the gang got serious and laid out an 18-hole course in Hastings where it has resided ever since, but check out the historic plaque on Broadway in Yonkers for more duffer's information. Speaking of gangs, put the golf clubs away, get out the Geiger counter, and head for Phoenicia where you might find buried treasure. New York City crime boss "Dutch Schultz" supposedly buried his fortune there back in the 1930's. During his years of bootlegging, numbers rackets and murder, the Dutchman racked up millions of dollars for himself. The legendary loot has never been found, but the village of Phoenicia is a treasure in itself, a cool little town with art galleries, antiques shops, a scenic railroad, and great restaurants.

The internationally known destinations of the Hudson Valley are terrific to visit, but sometimes it's fun to get off the beaten path and find some small adventures. Don't overlook the interesting places tucked away in our river villages. You may not find Dutch Schultz's hidden loot, but you'll be richer for the experience.

Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, the Hudson Valley Tourism website,, or by calling 845-615-3863.

Where to Eat

Brunching It --Beyond Eggs Benedict in the Hudson Valley

The most relaxing meal on the menu just has to be brunch, a midday, easygoing time with a wide variety of dishes ranging from breakfast fare to luncheon favorites. It's a chance to catch up with friends and still have enough time left in the afternoon to visit your favorite Hudson Valley museum or gallery. Numerous restaurants in the region offer tasty options for this two-in-one meal.

Here are a few favorites.

A scenic drive up to Overlook at Bear Mountain Inn reveals beautiful views high above the Hudson River. The inn is a sentimental favorite for brunch, a long established tradition of classic entrees and stations with delicious choices. After eating, visit the carousel and zoo to walk off this excellent repast. A short distance away, Equus offers a Sunday Champagne Brunch fit for royalty at Castle on the Hudson in Tarrytown, a beautiful century-old mansion. Brunch in this five-star restaurant is enjoyed in the Garden Room, a stunning setting offering exquisite views of the Castle's gardens, Hudson River and Manhattan skyline.

The casual ambience of The Greens in Copake Lake is the perfect way to relax on a Sunday as you gaze at the water. Whet your appetite with Crab Cakes and Pigasso Farms Poached Eggs or Shiitake, Spinach, Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Frittata. Housed in the Copake Country Club, play off the calories with a round of golf on their stunning course surrounded by the Berkshire Mountains. Walking is a good way to work off those calories, too, and a stroll down Broadway in Nyack will bring you to La Fontana. The magnificent brunch is buffet style, long tables of delicious hot and cold dishes that can be taken to your patio table, or by the large light-filled windows.

Generations of loyal customers have been flocking to Red's in West Coxsackie since 1944. The restaurant features fine dining in a welcoming, casual environment. The Sunday brunch buffet will prepare your omelet to order before you stop at the carving station or place one of those crispy Belgian waffles on your plate. Across the river in Poughkeepsie you can have brunch on the waterfront at Shadows on the Hudson. Perched on a cliff forty feet above the Hudson River, guests can choose from five different dining areas. Local ingredients are used for the gourmet Sunday brunch, and the buffet offers a wide variety of tasty dishes.

Overlooking the Rondout Creek in Kingston's historic waterfront district, Ship to Shore has the look and feel of an old New York Steakhouse. From the highly polished wood bar and gleaming wood floors, to the dimly lit corners perfect for lingering over brunch, you'll savor the cinnamon apple pancakes with a lovely cup of French press coffee, or maybe a spinach salad topped with locally raised organic beef. More ambience can be found at The Terrace Club in Mahopac. Modeled after the supper clubs of the 1940's, the dining room overlooks beautiful Lake Mahopac. The popcorn and brown craft paper on each table are playful aspects under the dark wood and crystal chandeliers where you can enjoy your asparagus and goat cheese omelet, or thick French toast with fresh strawberries.

Delicious, but more casual family dining can be found at Uncle Marty's Adirondack Grill in Averill Park. The warm, homey atmosphere and friendly service have made this spot a breakfast destination for people throughout the Hudson Valley. Hearty dishes like Breakfast in a Bread Bowl will amuse hungry palates, while the apple cider pancakes are just, well, yummy. For more of a Manhattan feel, try the Wine Bar and Bistro on Lark. The minute you walk in the door, you're surrounded by the works of numerous local artists and a lovely European bistro style décor. Cozy up to one of three fireplaces in winter and savor classic brunch dishes such as steak and eggs, or satisfy that sweet tooth with the Bistro's special dishes such as Rum and Cinnamon Scented Challah French Toast with Sanger's Sugar House Maple Syrup. Just delicious.

Bear Mountain Inn, Bear Mountain. 845-786-2731,
Equus at Castle on the Hudson, Tarrytown. 914.631-3646,
The Greens at Copake Country Club, Copake Lake. 518-325-0019,
La Fontana, Nyack. 845-358-3770
Red's, West Coxsackie. 518-731-8151,
Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie. 845-486-9500
Ship to Shore, Kingston. 845-334-8887,
The Terrace Club, Mahopac. 845-621-5203,
Uncle Marty's Adirondack Grill, Averill Park. 518-674-4080,
Wine Bar and Bistro On Lark, Albany. 518-463-2881,
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.
Equus at Castle on the Hudson, Tarrytown
Shadows on the Hudson, Poughkeepsie
The Greens at Copake Country Club, Copake Lake

For more information contact the Hudson Valley Tourism | c/o Orange County Tourism | 124 Main Street | Goshen | NY | 10924

Hudson Valley's Top Ten Spots for Fall Foliage

Mother Nature is dressing up in the Hudson Valley with trees resplendent in red, copper, and gold. Vibrant hues are reflected in the Hudson River, doubling the WOW factor, and giving a colorful pop to the hills surrounding the charming waterfront villages and harvest-laden farms.

Fall comes first to the upper reaches of the region where standing on top of the Helderberg Escarpment in Voorhiesville gives you breathtaking views of the Hudson-Mohawk Valleys, the Adirondack Mountains and the Green Mountains of Vermont. Rising a sharp 1,100 vertical feet from an ancient ocean floor, the escarpment is one of the richest fossil-bearing formations in the world. Take time to admire the rock formations along with the wide angle of the changing leaves. Another bird's eye view can be found at Oakwood Cemetery in Troy. The fall tapestry of colors unfolds along the river banks of the upper Hudson River. You can see for miles, one hundred to be exact, up and down the beautiful Hudson Valley high on Oakwood's hills.

That panorama continues at Clermont State Historic Site where the Livingston family enjoyed centuries of seasons. The estate sits on the Hudson River with spectacular views of the Catskill Mountains. Enjoy the gardens and wooded paths, and catch a glimpse of wild life and fauna while enjoying the fall foliage. If you truly want a view from Cloud Nine, grab a seat on the weekend Hunter Mountain Skyride. The longest and highest in the Catskill region, the skyride whisks visitors 3,200 feet above sea level for a thrilling experience and breathtaking views.

High flyers will also appreciate the Walkway Over the Hudson in Poughkeepsie. At just over one mile long, it's the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. Walking to the middle of the span, you'll be in the center of glorious fall foliage at 212 feet above the Hudson River. The Catskill Mountains are ablaze, and the feeling is exhilarating as you watch the passing boats underneath. If you'd rather be part of that river traffic, hop onboard a Hudson River Cruises leaf peeper voyage. It's a delightful two hour narrated cruise on the Rip Van Winkle out of Kingston. Your experienced guide will point out sumptuous estates, picturesque lighthouses, and historic sites that tell the story of the Hudson River Valley. All with the spectacular fall leaves as backdrop.

The Ramapo Mountains reflect autumn's palette from Perkins Memorial Tower in Bear Mountain State Park. The glorious hills and countryside spread out before you after a short climb to the top. Down below, visit the trailside zoo with local animals, and ride carved replicas at the carousel a short walk away. Cross the Bear Mountain Bridge, turn right and pull over into the Bear Mountain Lookout. The entire drive is amazing, and the climax is the spectacular view that takes in the Revolutionary War site of Fort Montgomery as well as the Hudson Highlands.

Go up, up, and away again in the scenic chairlift rides at Thunder Ridge Ski Area in Patterson. For those who prefer terra firma, take weekend hayrides at their fall festival. Bring the kids, there are farm animals, games and activities just for them. Back to the river, the southernmost point of the Hudson Valley's Top Ten is where you can witness the sprawling landscape from the oldest lighthouse on the Hudson River. The Lighthouse Lawn at Stony Point Battlefield offers beautiful, unobstructed views up and down the Hudson where you can often spot a Bald Eagle gliding by.

Fall is absolutely beautiful in the Hudson Valley from September through the beginning of November. Higher elevations will exhibit the first blush of fall color followed by gradual increases through the months as you get closer to New York City. Peak season can be found from the beginning to end of October, north to south. This is a not-to-be-missed season in the Hudson Valley, filled with swirling color, crisp air, and so many places to visit. Come experience our autumn foliage and fun, and don't forget the camera.

Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, the Hudson Valley Tourism website,, or by calling 845-615-3860.

For more information, contact

John Boyd Thacher State Park, Voorheesville. 518)-872-1237,
Oakwood Cemetery, Troy. 518-272-7520,
Clermont State Historic Site, Clermont. 518-537-4240,
Hunter Mountain Sky Ride, Hunter. 518-263-4223,
Walkway Over the Hudson, Poughkeepsie. 845-454-9649,
Hudson River Cruises, Kingston. 845-340-4700,
Perkins Memorial Tower, Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701,
Bear Mountain Lookout, Route 6/202 (Bear Mountain Parkway), between the bridge and Peekskill
Thunder Ridge Ski Area, Patterson. 845-878-4100,
Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site, Stony Point. 845-786-2521,

Hudson Valley Apple Picking 

An outstanding crop can be found in dozens of regional orchards. Bite into a crunchy, just picked apple and you can taste one of the best flavors of the fall season. The Hudson Valley has the perfect climate for apples with over 25 varieties grown throughout the region. As the days turn crisp, so do our apples. Spend a colorful autumn day picking McIntosh, Macoun, or a super delicious Prime Red at farms located up and down the Hudson River.

Further into the season, Warwick's Applefest takes over the village in October. This huge street festival celebrates the apple harvest with five stages of live music, and over 200 arts and crafts vendors. Children are treated to their own carnival, and treat your self to a slice of apple pie from the baking contest. The village shops are open, and there are eight farms nearby to pick your own apples. The town of Cairo has its own Apple Harvest Festival on October 9th and 10th. Two days filled with apples, musical performances, crafts, great food and fresh produce. Kids won't want to miss the puppets, rides, and petting zoo. It's a fun weekend for the whole family conveniently located at the town park.

If you're really in the spirit, come to Golden Harvest Farms in Valatie where Harvest Spirits produces Cornelius Applejack. Each bottle of this smooth American classic is distilled from 60 pounds of apples, all grown on the farm. Over 16 varieties of apples are grown there, all ready to be picked or purchased at the farm store. Take the country roads from there to Meadowbrook Farm in Wappingers Falls, a family farm where you can pick your own apples and even picnic in the farmyard. Their large fruit and vegetable market sells produce grown on site with a large variety of apples to choose from including Cortland, red and yellow Delicious, Empire, and Macintosh.

Peek through the kitchen window at Salingers Orchard in Brewster to watch apple pies coming right out of the oven. As you choose which apples to take home, you'll see more than 75 unique birdhouses decorating the walls of the market. Watch the honey bees at work in their observation beehive, pick up some gourmet pancake mix, and savor a fresh donut made right before your eyes. Across the river, Dr. Davies Farm in Congers has over 4,000 trees on its 35 acres. This popular farm is open every day for apple picking near the family's 1836 farmhouse. Grab a picking pole and head for a tree of your favorite variety before cooling off with some fresh pressed cider.

Stuart's Farm in Granite Springs is the region's oldest working farm, owned by the same family since 1828. The fruit and produce stand was built in 1886 and is still open for business, selling a variety of apples as well as other farm grown fruits and vegetables. Pick your own apples and take a hayride through the 200 acres of fields and orchards. If you're on a mission to see multiple orchards, take the Hudson Valley Apple Trail that starts in New Paltz at Apple Hill Farm. Seven apple orchards offer pick-your-own apples and farm stands filled with fresh-pressed cider, apple pies, hot cider donuts, apple jelly, and so much more. The twenty-mile loop links family farms in five communities, each with its own fun activities like riding a fire truck or hay wagon to the apple trees.

Take your pick. Country farms and apple festivals are the favorite fall destinations in the Hudson Valley. Every turn down one of our country roads reveals beautiful fall foliage and picturesque farm stands piled high with apples. It's a season of all the senses, so come and enjoy Hudson Valley's harvest in all its delights.

Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, the Hudson Valley Tourism website,, or by calling 845-615-3860.

Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. is the 10-county region designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. Counties include Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Rensselaer, Rockland, Ulster and Westchester. Regional information can be obtained from any of the county tourism offices, the Hudson Valley Tourism website,, or by calling 845-615-3860.
Spend 3 days in nature, no phones, no office just you, fresh air and some good friends. Choose from kayaking, hiking, biking or fly fishing with your local outdoor guide. Each day brings a new adventure, so enjoy! Included in this package are picnic lunches each day and a camp fire dinner with s'mores and hot cocoa on your last night.

Price: $700.00 per person, based on double occupancy, plus applicable taxes.

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Ithaca is a quirky college town set on the southern end of Cayuga Lake. Cornell’s Nobel Prize winners mingle with locals in pick-up trucks to make this progressive small city the very definition of eclectic. Cornell’s ivied halls, 150 waterfalls, more restaurants per person than New York City, and stunning natural beauty make Ithaca the archetypical Finger Lakes town. Climb Cornell’s iconic bell tower to be rewarded with a spectacular view.

What to See & Do

Firelight Camps Glamping Proves Not All Camping is Created Equal

Firelight Camps, founded by Food Network star Emma Frisch and her husband Robert, celebrates its first season of hosting glamorous camping or “glamping” this fall. Nestled in the landscape on the grounds of the La Tourelle Hotel in Ithaca, New York, Firelight Camps provides its guests with luxury camping and is taking reservations for the 2014 season, which runs May through October. But this isn’t your typical campground.

With the rise of “Glamping” AKA glamorous camping, there is no tent to pitch, no sleeping bag to unroll and no fire to build. Let’s face it, not everyone is an outdoorsmen, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the experience! That’s where Firelight Camps comes in!

Indeed, amenities found at Firelight Camps far eclipse those of recreational camping experiences. Guests can reserve one of six safari-style tents equipped with hardwood floors, a private balcony, a king or queen size bed, and hotel-quality linens. All tents are within hiking distance of the well-known Finger Lake Trail system and Buttermilk Falls State Park. After exploring nearby waterfalls and scenic gorges, guests can feast in the steakhouse, relax at the spa, or share a communal campfire with local wine, spirits, and homemade S’mores prepared by Frisch.

“Camping doesn’t have to mean roughing it. For us, it means spending time with loved ones in a beautiful environment without having responsibilities that break the magic,” said Emma Frisch. For those interested in more than their grandfather’s camping experience, or for those looking for a nontraditional honeymoon destination or just a weekend getaway, Firelight Camps is an adventurous alternative to a hotel.

While the camping facilities are situated on ponds, ravines, and in the forest, Firelight Camps offers a communal lounge where complimentary continental breakfast is served each morning, and where games, a community campfire, and a phone charging station are accessible to all guests. In addition, a bathhouse is a one- minute walk from all tent facilities and boasts two full bathrooms with hot water and a small sauna.

Eco-tourism, preservation, and self-discovery are just a few of the practices the founders of Firelight Camps hope their guests will immerse themselves in during their camping experience this season. Nightly rates start at $155.

For more information on Firelight Camps, please visit

Finger Lakes adds new birding area: State sets aside 890 acres on south end of Seneca Lake

Birders and naturalists in or visiting the Finger Lakes have a new addition to their already-wide range of choices – the Department of Environmental Conservation’s (DEC) Catherine Creek Wildlife Management Area was opened in October as the newest addition to New York State’s Bird Conservation Area (BCA) program.

The new BCA includes 890 acres of marshlands at the southern end of Seneca Lake; it was chosen for its importance in species concentration and bird research, and the number of diverse species - including those deemed at-risk - that live in or migrate to the area. These include American Black Duck, Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, American Bittern, Least Bittern, Osprey, Bald Eagle, American Woodcock, Willow Flycatcher, Sedge Wren, Wood Thrush, Blue-winged Warbler, Prothonotary Warbler and Rusty Blackbird. Other wetland dependent species which breed here include Virginia Rail, Sora, Marsh Wren and Swamp Sparrow.

The area contains an unusual natural area of cattail marshes that supports a diverse number of bird species, as well as turtles, muskrats, ducks, beaver, deer and other wildlife. The BCA also contains two critical habitat types: a floodplain forest and silver maple-ash swamp. Three rare plants including marsh horsetail, Leiberg’s panic grass and spreading globeflower, and one watch list species - swamp agrimony - have been documented. It is named for Catharine Montour, a local, historical Seneca Indian queen. Queen Catharine Marsh is also designated an Important Bird Area (IBA) by Audubon New York.

The Finger Lakes boast a wealth of birding areas and significant resources for residents and visitors interesting in ornithology:

Huckleberry Swamp includes 79 acres of diverse, high quality wetlands for bird and wildlife habitat conservation.

Montezuma is one of the Northeast's most important wetland complexes and staging areas for migratory birds. Its marshes, swamps, streams, ponds, floodplains and forests provide a critical resting place for waterfowl and other waterbirds on their journeys to and from Canada.

Audubon Center - The Montezuma Audubon Center is a cooperative effort by Audubon New York, the NYSDEC, the FWS and the FOTMWC.

Mays Point Pool at Montezuma NWR (BC) - A nice open mudflat with great views of migrant shorebirds, often offering several species in the same scope field.

Cornell/Sapsucker in Ithaca - Sapsucker Woods Sanctuary has more than four miles of trails wind through a variety of habitats used by birds and other wildlife.

Hawthorn Orchard in east Ithaca is a phenomenal migrant trap during spring migration under normal migratory conditions. Insectivorous birds descend to feed on the millions of insects attracted to the hawthorn florets; nectar-eating birds descend to feed upon the ample nectar food supply provided by the florets.

Susquehanna Sojourn is a geo-caching adventure along the Susquehanna River in Chemung County Two pair of bald eagles currently nest along the river bluffs and can often be seen soaring overhead.

Heron Rookery and Hiawatha Island in Tioga County is home to hundreds of flora and fauna species, including several listed on the state endangered species listing.

Letchworth State Park has 14,000 acres and 225 bird species. Turkey vultures, chimney swifts, and other swallows are regularly seen in the gorge during the warm months. Dishmill Creek basin and the parade grounds, near the south end of the park, are great spots to find nesting warblers (up to 25 species!) and other songbirds.

All this comes to life in the Finger Lakes: the most beautiful lakes, valleys, and waterfalls surrounding historic villages and rural countryside, with the world-class wines and fresh, local food. The eleven narrow and deep ice-age lakes run north and south through 9,000 square miles of rolling hills and plunging gorges, and the best hiking, sailing, hunting, and fishing to be found. Rochester and Syracuse bookend lively small cities like Auburn, Ithaca and Geneva, and charming small towns like Skaneateles and Canandaigua - places that gave birth to Women's Rights and Abolition and continue to create new ideas today. More than 80 wineries and winemakers produce world's best Riesling and other wines that pair perfectly with the area's abundant fresh and organic food. Learn more about the Finger Lakes are


The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel

is located at the southern end of Seneca Lake, offering 104 luxury guestrooms including suites, fitness center, swimming pool and Jacuzzi, and a restaurant and bar with patio seating overlooking the lake. (607) 535.6116; 

The Inn at Glenora Wine Cellars, Dundee, NY

30 luxury guestrooms and a fine dining restaurant in a relaxed atmosphere all with breathtaking views of Seneca Lake and the vineyards. (800) 243.5513 or (607) 243.9500; 

Holiday Inn Elmira Riverview, Elmira NY 

In the heart of the Finger Lakes region, this friendly, full-service hotel offers a convenient location that will make the most of valuable leisure and business time. The hotel is located just minutes away from downtown Elmira, its business district, and many local area attractions. 607-734-4211;

Wagener Estate Bed & Breakfast, Penn Yan, NY

Historical elegance awaits you at this national and state register 1700's home which sits on top a knoll on five pastoral acres in the quaint village of Penn Yan, New York. The 200 year old homestead blends Federal and Greek revival architecture. The Wagener Estate is located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region and New York wine country. (315) 536-4591;


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This isn't just a summer paradise -- for when it snows, the area turns into a wonderland for winter adventures, activities and events. Set in the Adirondacks, you can enjoy a cozy Bed & Breakfast accommodation, visit one of the many museums and galleries, or ski, snowmobile, skate, sled, snowshoe, go ice fishing, or just admire the snowflakes. If you're daring, join others as they plunge into the icy waters of Lake George during the New Year's Day Polar Plunge Swim, part of the annual lake George Winter Carnival. Other carnival events include snow volleyball, hockey, shoot-outs, snow sculpture contests, and outhouse races. Check with the Lake George Recreational Park for cross-country skiing, ice skating and snow tubing all winter long. When it's time to warm up, check out the Lake George Factory outlets with more than 70 name brand stores to choose from.

Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks is Prime Vacation Spot to Make Dollars Go Farther

With the economy sputtering and most families tightening their belts, the Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks is an exceptional vacation spot for the budget-minded traveler. One of the best value vacations year round, the Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks, offers pristine lakes and ponds, rugged mountain trails, scenic drives, activities for the kids, on-going events, world-class museums and galleries, 1,000 miles of rivers and streams, history and heritage -- all at amazingly low prices.

The Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks has a wide range of accommodations, including the particularly frugal options of cottage rental by the week where visitors can prepare their own meals, or one of 5,000 public and private campsites at 35 different locations. And there are enough free and inexpensive activities in the area to keep a vacationer busy for weeks -- including theme parks, scenic train rides, waterskiing, rodeos, golf, biking, hiking, rafting, tubing, art, theater, history and fishing. Visitors who want to park their cars for a few days can ride a trolley for a mere $1.00 (50 cents for seniors) around the Village of Lake George and up to Bolton Landing, a sheltered Adirondack resort community since 1799.

In addition, Warren County Tourism has recently launched its new website, < This one-stop shop allows travelers to plan their entire vacation online, whether they plan to visit in the summer, or decide to take a last minute trip this winter. For the same great information in print, Warren County’s travel guide and winter events and activities brochure are also available upon request via the website.

The Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks offers year-round activities and it’s not too late to plan a vacation for the winter months. Whether vacationers are looking for daytime or evening activities for the whole family, warm lodging to retire to at the end of a fun-filled day, or restaurants to satisfy hearty appetites, the Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks has it all. From downhill and cross country skiing, to ice-fishing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling and snowtubing there are enough activities to please anyone.

The Lake George area in New York’s Adirondacks is an easy-to-reach, affordable, year-round vacation destination for the whole family. There is a wide range of lodging, camping and dining options, with easy access off I-87. Many properties, attractions and dining establishments provide comps for writers with media credentials who are interested in visiting and writing about the area.

For more information about all the area has to offer, visit or contact the Warren County Tourism Department at 800-365-1050 ext. 5100.

Pets Welcome in Lake George

Dogs have become a go-everywhere part of the family. Vacationing en famille no longer means just packing along the kids, but also the pooch. Increasingly, mountain resorts and hotels are addressing the dog wants and needs of an outdoor-loving clientele, and, in the process, are innovatively chiseling away at policies of conventional tourism.

According to a recent survey conducted by the tourism department of the Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks, more than 85 properties in and around the Lake George area are accommodating pets.  Many lodging operators who once eschewed four-legged companions now pursue customers' canines and are being delighted in the results. From Chestertown to Diamond Point, to Lake George and Lake Luzerne, a variety of lodging options for you and your furry friend are available. Whether you prefer staying in motels, renting a cottage, relaxing at a resort, or roughing it at a local campground, there is something for everyone to make your trip fun and enjoyable for the entire family.

Dogs can be an added source of income in a tightly competitive tourism market. With more resort venues welcoming dogs, dog owners bring dollars to vacations that otherwise would have gone to a boarding facility back home. Or worse, some families might not come at all if they can't bring the dog.

Exploring the area is sure to result in more than a few wags of the tail. Imagine early-morning fishing on the lake in the spring, swimming in the summer, splashing in streams in the fall and spring, or going for a romp through the snow in the winter. With comfortable lodging to return to, you won’t have a care in the world, and neither will your dog. But you’ll have a heck of a companion to share the fun with.

Long gone are the days of guilty goodbyes at the kennel before driving off to take pleasure in all that this region has to offer. Instead, pack the leash, food, and water bowl along with your kids’ swimsuits and take comfort in the fact that the Lake George area truly does have something – or over 85 somethings, rather – for everyone.

For free information on where to lodge with your family and pets on your next vacation to the Lake George area, go to> today.

The Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks is an easy-to-reach, affordable, year-round vacation destination for the whole family. There is a wide range of lodging, camping and dining options, with easy access off I-87. Many properties, attractions and dining establishments provide comps for writers with media credentials who are interested in visiting and writing about the area. If you would like to visit the Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks for a familiarization (FAM) tour – with or without your pets – please contact me at 518-462-0318. For more information about all the area has to offer, visit or contact the Warren County Tourism Department at 800-365-1050 ext. 5100.

Lake George: The Perfect Mancation Destination

For many years resorts and vacation destinations have focused on pampering women and promoting girlfriend getaway packages. However, a recent paradigm shift has paved the way for more masculine vacationing: the mancation.  

A mancation is a male-only vacation featuring “guy” activities, including sports, hunting and fishing, camping and most of all, relaxing and spending time with buddies. For men looking to catch up with old college friends, needing some quality time away from the ladies in their life, or simply looking to revert to more primordial roots for a few days, the Lake George Area has something for every group of guys.

Men looking to disappear into the proverbial “middle of nowhere” or reconnect with the great outdoors can do so in the spectacular mountains of Upstate New York. Hiking and camping in the Adirondack Mountains are always the perfect answer to a weekend away.
Great outdoorsmen will revel in the wilderness of the Adirondacks, hiking pristine trails, fishing Lake George or one of the 120 other lakes in the area, paddling back-country streams, discovering secluded swimming holes – some complete with jumping swings and hidden mountain waterfalls, and/or hunting as seasons and locations permit.

Thrill seekers can battle whitewater rapids of the Upper Hudson River Gorge or Moose River, soar through the air at a high ropes adventure course, roam the wilds on ATVs or mountain bikes, scale the heights rock climbing or investigate caves spelunking. For those who would rather experience their thrills vicariously, rodeos are just the right pastime.

Guys in need of some well deserved rest and relaxation can also make the Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks their ultimate destination. Whether it’s sailing on Lake George, playing golf at a variety of courses, dining in the area’s wide array of restaurants, or playing volleyball on the beach, the area offers something for everyone.

The Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks is an easy-to-reach, affordable, year-round vacation destination for the whole family. There is a wide range of lodging, camping and dining options, with easy access off I-87.

For free information on lodging, camping, dining, events and activities, visit

Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks Unveils Scenic Routes Off the Beaten Path

The Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks has just unveiled new scenic routes that take visitors by pavement, hard-packed dirt and water off the main corridors through the paths less traveled to experience all that the area has to offer. The locations of some of the area's hidden scenic and natural treasures can be found in Warren County's 2007 Autumn brochure, which outlines events, activities, scenic drives and water tours for the fall season in the Adirondacks.

While the changing colors of the trees in the southern Adirondacks are reason enough to visit during autumn, they are just the beginning. The Lake George Area offers a wide range of activities and attractions throughout the autumn months.

The region, which boasts spectacular leaf-peeping and is an ideal romantic getaway destination for couples looking to rekindle old memories, also features events such as a costumed reenactment of a battle from the French and Indian War, the World's Largest Garage Sale and the magnificent view of 90 hot air balloons lifting into the sky at once. While the specific routes outlined in the brochure allow visitors the most exhilarating trips through the area, the listed events and activities offer memorable destinations.

The Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks is the perfect getaway destination for couples. B&B's, inns and lodges create the ideal base camp from which to explore all the wonders of the Adirondacks with the comforts of home.

Camping, fishing and hunting are also popular activities in Warren County in the fall. More information about these and other season-specific activities and events can be found in the Lake George Area Autumn brochure, available online at

The Lake George Area in New York's Adirondacks is an easy-to-reach, affordable vacation destination for the whole family. Among the many fall activities available are theme parks, scenic train rides, golf, biking, hiking, art, theater, history, fishing and camping. There is a wide range of lodging and dining options, with easy access off I-87.

For free information contact the Warren County Tourism Dept. at 800-365-1050 x5100 or online at

“Bet’cha we can make you smile!”

The new tagline -- “Bet’cha we can make you smile!” -- follows the “Find Your Smile” tagline that Warren County Tourism used for the past several years. In keeping with Warren County’s focus on family fun, the new tagline was created to sound like a tease or a childhood dare. The tagline creates continuity for Warren County Tourism’s new marketing campaign and allows the creative team flexibility. The smiley face was an original creation of Warren County Tourism and will be part of the logo treatment along with the tagline.

“‘Bet’cha we can make you smile!’,” Wohlers said, “is really Warren County’s signature. It pulls our entire marketing campaign together by promising visitors that Warren County has something to offer for everyone, whether you are a boating or skiing enthusiast, or enjoy bed-and-breakfasts or camping, or you are a renter for the summer or staying a few days at The Sagamore. We’ll make you smile.”

The new tagline is also part of Warren County Tourism’s new web site home page as well as print, broadcast and Internet advertising. The site’s new home page includes large photos of both the serenity of Lake George and surrounding mountains and the excitement of whitewater rafting on nearby rivers. Designed for easy navigation, visitors can click on home page links for free brochures, summer savings coupons, get-away deals, group travel, and meetings and conventions information. In addition to a menu for lodging, dining, attractions, events, outdoor sports and golf, the home page also includes links to fishing and outdoor guides; boating and water recreation information; camping on islands, in wilderness, at campgrounds and at RV parks; military discounts; and weather.

For more information on lodging, camping, dining, events and activities or to request a free travel guide, please contact the Warren County Tourism Department at 800-365-1050 ext. 5100, or

The Lake George Area in New York’s Adirondacks is an easy-to-reach, affordable vacation destination for the whole family. Among the many summer activities available are theme parks, scenic train rides, waterskiing, rodeos, golf, biking, hiking, rafting, tubing, art, theater, history and fishing. There is a wide range of lodging and dining options, with easy access off I-87. For free information contact the Warren County Tourism Dept. at 800-365-1050 x5100 or online at

Lake George Region Top Catch for Anglers

Searching for smallmouth bass? Drop your line in Lake George, Brant Lake, Schroon Lake or the Hudson River.

Got your mind set on brookies? Head to Thirteenth Lake, Puffer Pond, Trout Brook or Glen Creek.

How about fly fishing? Head to the Schroon River for rainbow, brook and brown trout. The Starbuckville Dam area is heavily stocked and is a great spot for families.

Want to make sure the kids catch their fair share? Put a worm on their hook and cast for panfish in Loon Lake, Friends Lake or Lake Luzerne.

Whatever the fish and whenever the season, the waters of Warren County, New York, are teeming with fish eager to fight. And you don’t have to be a local to find the sweet spots.

Area charter companies welcome visitors and eagerly share their knowledge of the region to give them a real Warren County fishing experience. A list of charters and guides is available at and the 2008 Adirondack Fishing Guide can also be downloaded from the Visit Lake George web site.

In addition, the Lake George Area is home to a group of fishing clubs that invigorate the sport with a sense of friendly competition and camaraderie.

The Catch-Release Club offers participants an “I Release My Fish” patch to those who photograph and then release their catches to help maintain a healthy fishery. The Trophy Club recognizes those who catch a qualifying fish from one of nine different categories with a certificate and patch, while the Grand Slam Club is open to individuals who catch trophy fish in four or more categories.

“Fishing is one of the many family-friendly activities the Lake George Area offers,” said Ms. Johnson. “As the pace of life seems to quicken every day, it’s nice to have a place to go where you can pass the time with nothing but family, friends and fish.”

For more information or to download the Adirondack Fishing Guide, visit The Lake George Area web site,, or call 1-800-365-1050, ext. 5100 to request the guide or Fishing Club application by mail.

The Lake George Area in the Adirondacks is an easy-to-reach and cost friendly vacation destination for the whole family. With easy access off Interstate-87, off-season pricing and free centralized parking in each town, the Lake George Area in the Adirondacks should be a definite on your getaway list.

For more information on lodging, dining, events and activities, contact the Warren County Tourism Department at 800-365-1050 x5100 or visit online at <

Fishing in Warren County

Spring and fall months: starts with “ice out” (about mid-April) until late June; mid-September until freeze-up in December

Lake George, Schroon Lake, Schroon River
Landlocked salmon
April 15 through Nov. 30

Spring and fall
Thirteenth Lake
Lake trout
All year

Spring (mid-April into June) and fall months

Lake George, Schroon Lake, Twin Siamese Ponds, Trout Lake, Trout Brook, Schroon River
Largemouth bass
3rd Saturday in June through Nov. 30

Catch & Release: Dec. 1 through Friday before 3rd Saturday in June

Good to excellent conditions: opening day into late July, good conditions: mid-July into early September

Lake George, Brant Lake, Friends Lake, Loon Lake, Glen Lake, Schroon Lake, Garnet Lake, Fourth Lake, Lake Luzerne, Harrisburg Lake, Trout Lake, Hudson River
Northern pike
1st Saturday in May through March 15 of following year

Good to excellent conditions: May and June during dawn hours and late afternoon, and again September to freeze-up

Lake George, Loon Lake, Schroon Lake, Lake Luzerne, Schroon River, Hudson River
1st Saturday in May through March 15th of the following year

Fishing is good all season, but dawn hours and afternoon into evening are best.

Lake George, Brant Lake, Glen Lake, Schroon Lake, Fourth Lake, Harrisburg Lake, Trout Lake, Schroon River, Hudson River
Panfish (sunnies, blue gills, rock bass, perch, crappies)
All year

Scrappers can be caught on any weedlines or outcroppings during the spring, summer and fall. Excellent crappie run from late April into May.

Lake George, Brant Lake, Friends Lake, Loon Lake, Glen Lake, Garnet Lake, Fourth Lake, Lake Luzerne, Harrisburg Lake, Trout Lake, Schroon River
Brown trout
April 1 through Oct. 15

Best fishing is May – June, early morning or late evening.

Jabe Pond, Number Nine Brook, Glen Creek
Brown trout
April 1 through Nov. 30

Best fishing is May – June, early morning or late evening.

Thirteenth Lake
Brown trout
All year

Best fishing is May – June, early morning or late evening.

Brant Lake, Hudson River, Lake Luzerne, Trout Lake, Schroon River
All year

Excellent spring and summer fishing, best times are late evening and nighttime.

Brant Lake, Friends Lake, Loon Lake, Schroon Lake, Glen Lake, Harrisburg Lake
Smallmouth bass
3rd Saturday in June through Nov. 30

Catch & Release: Dec. 1 through Friday before 3rd Saturday in June

Best fishing September through November. Mid-June to mid-July, fishing is poor to fair during the day, and decent in the evening.

Lake George, Brant Lake, Friends Lake, Glen Lake, Schroon Lake, Trout Lake, Schroon River, Hudson River
Brook trout
April 1 through Oct. 15

Good fishing in the spring, poor to fair in the summer and good fishing in September; early morning.

Jabe Pond, Twin Siamese Ponds, Puffer Pond, Trout Brook, Long Pond, Lixard Pond, Glen Creek, Schroon River, Sacandaga River
Brook trout
April 1 through Nov. 30

Good fishing in the spring, poor to fair in the summer and good fishing in September; early morning

Palmer Pond, Thirteenth Lake
Rainbow trout
April 1 through Oct. 15

Good fishing in the spring, poor to fair in the summer and good fishing in September; early morning.

Jabe Pond, Round Pond, Hudson River
Rainbow trout
April 1 through Nov. 30

Good fishing in the spring, poor to fair in the summer and good fishing in September; early morning.

Thirteenth Lake, Palmer Pond
Rainbow trout
All year

Mid-May and June, evenings in July, August and September

Schroon River, Lake Luzerne, Trout Lake
All year

Lower Pond, best fishing spring through September.

Twin Siamese Pond
1st Saturday in May through March 15 of following year

Best fishing near Exit 18 of Northway (Northway Bridge)

Hudson River


What to See & Do

Lake Placid Olympic Museum

The latest exhibit is the Olympic Jersey from one of the heroes of the 1980 U.S. "Miracle On Ice" hockey team, Steve Christoff. During these games he played in all seven tournament games and scored two goals, plus one assist. He scored 34 goals and 64 points in as many games while a member of the U.S. national hockey team. Raised in Richfield, Minn., before joining the 1980 Olympic squad, he was selected 24th overall in the NHL's 1978 entry draft by Minnesota and, following the Games, joined the North Stars for the final 20 games of the NHL season while contributing eight goals and seven assists.

Eventually he was traded to the Calgary Flames in 1982 where he scored again - nine goals in 45 games. Then he joined th Los Angeles Kings where he finished playing professionally. His record includes 248 games, scoring 77 goals and 141 points. He now works as a pilot and was chosen to be one of the 50 greatest players in the University of Minnesota hockey history.

Christoff's Olympic gold medal and jersey are on loan and a great addition to the museum's extensive collection of artifacts from the 1980 U.S. Hockey Team, which includes the handmade bullwhip presented by the players to Herb Brooks and made famous in the Disney film, "Miracle."

Great Adirondack Moose Festival

Have a great time at Indian Lake during the Great Adirondack Moose Festival held in September. The celebration includes the region's favorite half-ton herbivore, moose calling and scat-counting contests. There will also be Adirondack crafts and more.

For details call 518-648-5112 or visit or pick up a schedule atg the Indian Lake Chamber of Commerce on Main St.

Time to Plan Your Next Ski Trip!

Ski season here in the Adirondacks is in full swing.  That means it's time to plan your next trip to the winter sports capital of the world and there's no better way to start than by locking in your tickets early and saving of up to 45%!

Mt. Van Hoevenberg

The Cross Country Center at the Olympic Sports Complex is slated to reopen with limited terrain this Saturday.  Be sure to check the report for updates.

Where to Stay

The Desmond

The ever popular shopping package is back. The Desmond being centrally located near the shopping along Wolf Road, Colonie Center and Crossgates Mall makes it the ideal destination for your holiday shopping excursion. Shop all day and retreat to deluxe accommodations at night.

With this package you receive:

deluxe overnight accommodations
a $50 American Express gift card to get your shopping started!

To book, please call 518-869-8100

ORDA - NYS Olympic Regional Development Authority
Olympic Center, 2634 Main St., Lake Placid, NY, 12946

Whiteface Lake Placid Ski & Stay Packages

has Ski & Stay Packages starting at just $99! Already have a pass but still need a place to stay?  You can find a full listing of lodging partners in Lake Placid, Wilmington, Saranac Lake and more but clicking through to the Lodging Page.

Where to Stay

Endless Play at Whiteface Lodge -- A Beautiful Lake Placid Resort

Endless play in the Adirondacks: Its Lake Placid setting may conjure memories of Winter Olympics past, but the Forbes Four Star all-suite Whiteface Lodge is a veritable summer playground for families. It begins with a wealth of kid-friendly on-property amenities: a 56-seat movie theater; game room complete with billiards, shuffleboard, foosball and a two-lane bowling alley; fishing in a catch-and-release pond with all equipment provided; an old-fashioned ice cream parlor; and nightly s'mores. Two supervised children's programs - Kamp Kanu (days) and Sunset Club (evenings) - free parents to pursue their own adventures. And capping it off is a fully customizable Stay and Play Package that gives guests the freedom to do the Adirondacks their way, thanks to credits redeemable for on- and off-property activities - a $100 credit for two-night stays, $300 for three-night stays, and another $100 for each additional night.

Welcome to Whiteface Lodge -- A Beautiful Lake Placid Resort

Nestled in the woodlands surrounding Lake Placid, New York, Whiteface Lodge is located in the heart of the Adirondacks. The resort is just a few blocks from the town's namesake lake and a short drive from the celebrated ski slopes of Whiteface Mountain. Featuring a rustic timber design worthy of the majestic Adirondack landscape, the Lodge offers the idyllic setting and abundant amenities you would expect to find at "the Northeast's Best Mountain Resort"
About Whiteface Lodge

Whiteface Lodge was envisioned as a return to the Adirondack Great Camp, complete with all the luxuries and services of today's finest resorts and private residence clubs. Created to be one of the region's grandest properties, the Lodge has garnered numerous awards, including "The 2012 World's Best Places to Stay" on Condé Nast Traveler's Gold List.

Authentic Adirondack Ambiance

Whiteface Lodge seamlessly blends vintage motifs with civilized comforts, creating a wonderfully authentic and relaxing ambiance. Much of the timber used to build this Lake Placid resort was milled on-site, and accents such as handcrafted Adirondack furnishings adorn the interior spaces. Whether seeking quiet relaxation amid nature's splendor or exhilarating outdoor activities, you will find Whiteface Lodge an ideal retreat.

Completed in June 2005, Whiteface Lodge is the vision of a former Olympian and developer who used decades of building experience to create one of the grandest properties in the entire Adirondack Park. Much of the timber for this Lake Placid resort was hand-milled on-site, and accents such as handcrafted Adirondack furnishings adorn the interior spaces, creating a wonderfully authentic ambiance.

Considered by many one of the best hotels of its kind in the country, Whiteface Lodge is nestled in Adirondack Park. This six-million-acre recreation area in upstate New York has drawn nature lovers for decades (visitors have included Ralph Waldo Emerson, the Vanderbilts and Marjorie Merriweather Post). In the heart of the park on Lake Placid, the lodge evokes the region's 19th-century heyday with a wood-beamed exterior, cozy carpet-strewn sitting rooms and cast-iron fireplaces. Amenities and services are decidedly 21st-century, as is the focus on family travel and mountain escapes. The resort offers every imaginable activity for families and adult travelers; including a movie theater, bowling, canoeing and ice skating in the winter. Kanu restaurant and lounge features classic culinary creations and a resort spa has hot tubs, steam rooms, saunas, wellness classes, fitness center and a full service spa and salon menu.

Whiteface Lodge offers you an impressive number of ways to escape the everyday world and immerse yourself in vacation splendor. From extraordinary onsite amenities to easy access to local recreational facilities, your friends and your family can forge lasting memories at our Lake Placid sanctuary.

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The Conference Center at Lake Placid

Here, you can receive help to plan your meeting, event, conference or retreat in Lake Placid. From coordinating hotel bids and proposals to developing comprehensive itineraries and spousal programs, you'll get expert advice.

Located in a gorgeous destination, The Copnference Center at Lake Placid offers an experience for everyone whether you're attending an event, conference or corporate retreat. Here are the perks:

Spectacular setting among the high Peaks of the Adirondack Mountains.

Nestled in the heart of the village of Lake Placid

Over 90,000 square feet of flexible meeting space with 12 breakout rooms

9,000 square-foot ballroom

Full-service production kitchen with menus to suit a variety of group programs, tastes and budgets

State-of-the-art in-room A/V equipment

Full lighting systems, stages and storage space

Loading dock plus 3 street-level entrances

In-house security


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What to See & Do

About the Gold Coast Arts Center:

The Gold Coast Arts Center is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts through education, exhibition, performance and outreach. For over 20 years we have brought the arts and arts in education experiences to tens of thousands of people throughout our region through our 1) School for the Arts, which offers year-round classes in all visual and performing arts to students of all ages and abilities, (2) Free public art gallery, (3) Concert and lecture series, (4) Outreach programs, which each year bring artist residencies, after-school programs, school assemblies, teacher training workshops and parent-child workshops to students, senior citizens, teachers and others in underserved communities throughout our region, (5) Year round film screening and discussion series and (6) Gold Coast International Film Festival, now in its 5th year. The Arts Center is an affiliate of the John F Kennedy Center for the for the Performing Arts: Partners in Education Program and National Gallery of Art, both located in Washington DC.


Historic Montauk Yacht Club Resort & Marina -- Gilded Age Titans

Located on the East End of Long Island’s South Fork serene hamlet of Montauk, is an exquisite wedding destination that was once a favorite playground of Gilded Age titans -- the historic Mo. Created as an exclusive resort in the 1920s by entrepreneur Carl Fisher, the master builder who turned Miami from a sleepy backwater town into a thriving resort city, Montauk Yacht Club welcomed Vincent Astor, J.P. Morgan, Jr., and Nelson Doubleday, as well as Harry Payne Whitney, Thomas Eastman and Harold S. Vanderbilt among others who came to lavishly entertain their guests and celebrate grand moments in life.

Today, Montauk Yacht Club welcomes 21st Century guests with style and sophistication reminiscent of those halcyon days. Which is why brides and grooms seek out the elegant resort to exchange their vows and begin their life together.

In many ways, Montauk Yacht Club is the perfect setting for life’s most joyous events. It’s visually arresting – perhaps even more than its neighbors, the Hamptons, directly to the west. The yacht club’s private and secure waterfront location provides an exquisite overlook to the harbor and marina with its fleet of luxury yachts. Across Lake Montauk sand dunes stand sentinel. 

The yacht club’s freshly renovated Waterside Ballroom and elegant private dining rooms are graciously appointed; feature the award-winning cuisine of executive chef Jared Potter complemented by a vast selection of domestic and imported fine wines, champagnes, and premium spirits. Wedding parties from 20 – 200 + guests are comfortably accommodated at Montauk Yacht Club. Larger celebrations up to 1000 + are elegantly ensconced in fabric-draped pavilions on the resort’s expansive Great Lawn. Montauk Yacht Club’s personal wedding planners help ensure every detail is considered and carefully attended to.

The historic yacht club, with its signature lighthouse, features 107 elegantly appointed guestrooms for use by the bridal party and guests, many with outdoor terraces for harbor breezes. Twenty three hideaway villa rooms are also available, which were originally built in the 1920s as the summer residence for famed industrialist Harvey Firestone. The accommodations were later relished by Florenz Ziegfeld, who would host VIP guests and his famed Zeigfeld Follies dancers. The resort’s “Lighthouse Grill & Patio” restaurant and “Cohi Bar” enable 21st Century guests to continue the celebration long after the last piece of wedding cake has been consumed.

Whereas the Astors, Whitneys and Vanderbilts arrived by yacht from New York City, today the transportation choices are many as Montauk Yacht Club is just two hours from Manhattan by limousine or automobile. Montauk is convenient to guests arriving by famed Route 27 through the Hamptons, or by rail, by air, even the Hampton’s Jitney, and, of course, by yacht. The marina’s 232 slips accommodate vessels up to 250 feet.

Montauk Yacht Club introduces Five Gilded Wedding Celebrations

Montauk Yacht Club has just announced five wedding celebration packages evoking the elegant, Glided Age legacy of the resort. The wedding packages are appropriately named The Corsair, reminiscent of the storied yacht of JP Morgan that was a fixture in Long Island Sound; The Portofino, suggesting the glamorous port on the Italian Riviera; the Yacht Haven Grande Wedding, named for the famed resort in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, and providing a 21st Century glimpse into the good life; the Island Club, named for the storied gambling Casino that once held court where the Great Lawn of Montauk Yacht Club is today; and Hither Hill, named after one of the most famous and classic beaches in Montauk.

Each package offers the superb cuisine that has helped make Montauk Yacht Club renowned all over Long Island and beyond, along with premium brand beverages and a host of bridal amenities unique the historic club. 

The most luxurious wedding package, the Yacht Haven Grande Wedding, features white glove service by a cadre of handsome tuxedo-attired attendants, Dom Pérignon champagne chilling in the couple’s honeymoon accommodations in the yacht club’s private villas, a bridal party reception in the octagonal Pilot Room on top of Montauk Yacht Club’s signature lighthouse tower, an indulgent couples massage treatment at the Montauk Yacht Club Spa, and so much more. All the packages feature the “last word” in service, cuisine and ambience with vistas unsurpassed in the Hamptons.

Highlights of other wedding packages include the “Portofino,” which offers an extensive range of wedding menu offerings designed for those who want a distinctive celebration experience; The “Corsair,” designed for brides in search of the timeless and traditional Hampton’s wedding experience; the “Island Club,” providing a more 21st Century twist on the classic wedding; and the “Hither Hills,” offering an elegant take on the traditional wedding buffet dinner.

Included with every wedding package at Montauk Yacht Club are:

Customized and Personalized Menus
Overnight luxury Villa Room accommodations on the wedding night
Chilled champagne for the Bride & Groom in Villa Room
Reception Hostess
Personal Bridal Attendant
Welcome Reception for Bridal Party
Butlered Champagne to welcome Wedding Guests
Personal Wedding Planner
Cocktail Hour with exquisite-prepared Butlered Hors d’oeuvres
Champagne Toast in celebration of the Bride & Groom
Four or Five-hour Deluxe or Premium Brand Bar Service
Petit Fours, Truffles and Mini Pastries elegantly presented following dinner

Montauk Yacht Club: Spa, Yachting and More!

Wedding guests often choose to stay the weekend, especially during the high season. Montauk Yacht Club provides a vast range of leisure activities; including a full complement of therapeutic and rejuvenating facial and body care treatments at the Montauk Yacht Club Spa located at the resort. (Bride, grooms and guests often enjoy a pre-wedding massage, facial or even a makeover to ensure they look and feel their very best.) The spa also offers post-wedding couples treatments the following day, including traditional massage therapies and therapeutic treatments. 

For those seafarers, the yacht club offers charter yachts and deep sea fishing excursions, which launch from the club’s private piers. Brides and grooms can enjoy an exclusive sunset cruise or host a small private cocktail party on the waters of Lake Montauk, or experience the romance of cruising around Montauk Point with its famous and historic light house.

Golfers will enjoy Montauk Downs, which is available through special arrangements and located nearly. Shopping in the world-famous Hamptons is minutes away, as is horseback riding, tennis, south fork vineyards and wineries. Bridal parties often host waterfront clambakes for their guests on the yacht club’s Great Lawn, hearkening the romantic spirit of the sea.

For specific details on each of Montauk Yacht Club’s fabulous Gilded Wedding Packages, along with menus and accompanying prices -- or to speak with a Personal Wedding Planner and arrange a personal tour -- contact the Yacht Club’s Sales and Catering Office at 631-668-3100 or visit:


Storm King Art Center

The Storm King Art Center, one of the most distinguished and renowned sculpture parks in the world, is located approximately one hour north of the George Washington Bridge. The permanent collection of sculpture, dating from 1945 to the present, includes works by many of the twentieth century's most influential artists, meticulously integrated into a pristine, 500-acre landscape of superb vistas with rolling hills, fields, and woodlands. Several of these works are specially commissioned, site specific sculptures and are regularly complemented by both temporary installations outdoors and exhibitions in the museum building.


Mohonk Mountain House Offers Spectacular Rock Climbing Experience

Overnight guests of Mohonk Mountain House are invited to add a new outdoor adventure to their stay. Beginner and expert climbers will scale new heights on New York’s awe-inspiring Shawangunk Mountain Ridge, as part of the new rock climbing program at Mohonk Mountain House. Beginning April 2007, rock climbing will be available exclusively to overnight guests of the 265-room Victorian castle resort, located 90 miles north of New York City, through a special partnership with Alpine Endeavors, a renowned guide service accredited by the American Mountain Guides Association.

“The Shawangunk Ridge is a natural wonder, described as one of the ‘Last Great Places’ in the world by The Nature Conservancy.  We are thrilled to offer our guests a rock climbing program that is accessible to complete beginners, advanced climbers and children ages seven and older,” said spokesperson Nina Smiley, a member of the family that has owned and operated the resort for 138 years. “Climbing the formations and gazing at the dramatic views of the valley below is an exhilarating experience.”

Climbers participating in the program will ascend the most prominent point of the Shawangunk Ridge. "This particular part of the Ridge is home to over 300 documented rock climbs, such as Lakeview, Grey Face, Sound and Fury, and Foops, which are 'classics' that will be sought-out by seasoned climbers" said marty Molitoris, director of Alpine Endeavors. "To maximize the learning experiece for beginners, our ratio of climbers to guide will always be low."

Rock climbing at Mohonk Mountain House will be offered annually through November, seven days a week upon reservation. Climbers may choose from three options: an all day session from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; a morning session from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; or an afternoon session from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Private group outings are available for up to 20 participants. Guests can choose to hire a guide for a private climb or participate with a group. Advanced climbing courses are available for experienced climbers looking to gain more complex technical skills in areas such as top roping, anchor building, self rescue skills and gear placement.

Session prices start at $142 per person for a half-day climb and $189 per person for a full day climb. Prices are based on group size and inclusive of all charges. Climbing equipment is provided by Alpine Endeavors. All fees are subject to cancellation and inclement weather policies. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Rock climbing is exclusive to overnight guests of Mohonk Mountain House, who must be escorted by an authorized guide from Alpine Endeavors.

For overnight reservations, please call 800.772.6646. For more information on the rock climbing program, please visit ; for information on the resort, please visit

About Mohonk Mountain House

Mohonk Mountain House is a National Historic Landmark and Historic Hotel of America located in the Hudson Valley region of New York State, just 90 miles north of New York City. The new 30,000-square-foot Spa wing at Mohonk Mountain House features 16 treatment rooms, a solarium, and outdoor heated mineral pool, along with an indoor heated swimming pool with an underwater sound system, comprehensive fitness center, and yoga/motion studio. Mohonk’s award-winning Skating Pavilion is host to special activities including skating lessons and corporate teambuilding programs. For invigorating outdoor fun, guests can enjoy 85 miles of trails for seasonal hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Overnight guests can enjoy rock climbing on one of the most acclaimed cliffs in the world. The grounds feature exquisite gardens, a challenging nine-hole golf course, red clay tennis courts, and stables with horseback riding and horse-drawn carriage rides. The half-mile-long, glacial-formed Lake Mohonk is ideal for boating, fishing, and swimming. Over 40 theme programs are presented annually, including culinary classes, gardening workshops, music festivals, nature programs, and more. Overnight rates at Mohonk Mountain House include charming accommodations, breakfast, lunch, dinner, Afternoon Tea and Cookies, and most resort activities. For additional information, please call 800.772.6646 or visit


Where to Stay

The Radisson New Rochelle Hotel

The Radisson New Rochelle Hotel has been completely redone, and its state-of-the-art rooms, in house dining amenities, incredible fitness center and award-winning on-site restaurant and lounge, NoMa Social, are available to keep all of their guests happy and occupied, and their friendly and professional staff is there to serve their guests 24/7. Radisson New Rochelle has created a personable experience for each of their guests, an experience just as particular as they are. There are also special events held here on a regular basis, including:


Are you or someone you know planning an upcoming nuptial and are not sure where to start? Let the Radisson New Rochelle calm your nerves and take care of everything for you. From a fantastic personal event coordinator, the rehearsal dinner, the reception, and hotel rooms for you and your out-of-town guests, to all of the delicious cuisine and post wedding-day brunch, The Radisson New Rochelle is your one-stop-shop for all things pre, during, and post wedding day. For all of this and more, look no further than the Radisson Hotel New Rochelle. Conveniently located just 15 miles from midtown Manhattan, off Exit 16 of I-95, the Radisson is an ideal one-stop location for your wedding of up to 250 people. With a personalized menu, dedicated wedding plan. Weddings take place in the Grand Ballroom, which boasts cove lighting, wall sconces, warm neutral colors and a large crystal chandelier as a centerpiece. Two beautiful spaces for intimate weddings for groups ranging in size from 20 to 80 also offer spectacular, panoramic views of the Long Island Sound.

Three fabulous, attractively priced wedding packages include numerous amenities:

Complimentary menu tastings with the chef
Personal banquet assistant for all your wedding needs
Complimentary overnight accommodations for bride and groom
Individual, personalized guest kiosks for one-on-one, first-class service
Discounted room rates and early check-in for your guests
One-hour of butler-passed hors d’oeuvres
Champagne toast
Signature ‘couple’ cocktail
5-hour open bar
Elegant dinner menu selections prepared by executive chef Bill Rosenberg
Customized wedding cake
Complimentary direction cards
Choice of linens
Assistance with vendor selections
On-site ceremony accommodations
Venues available for intimate groups

In addition, guests can make use of the on-premises restaurant for a post-wedding event get together for drinks and snacks as well as for a breakfast the next morning before checking out of the Radisson.

The hotel has undergone a major renovation, including newly appointed banquet facilities providing an inviting and contemporary appearance that is chic and sophisticated--fitting for couples embarking on a new journey together. The elegant new lobby is decorated with white marble, culture stone and accents and inlaid wood, providing a beautiful impression for your guests.

The guest elevators and guest rooms were also recently renovated, decorated with a similar at home feeling. All 130 guest rooms are equipped with rich wood furniture, tufted headboards, wool carpet, new window treatments, linens and down filled duvets and pillows, oversized flat screen televisions, work stations with WiFi capability and sweeping views of the Long Island Sound.
Starting this spring, the hotel’s new and rebranded restaurant, NoMa Social, will also be available for rehearsal dinners and post-wedding reception parties.

For more information, visit or call (914) 576-3700, Ext. 241.


About Orange County Tourism

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, e-mail or call 845-615-3860.

What to See & Do

Discover Farm-to-Table Gems in Orange County, N.Y.

Orange County’s rich agricultural history has led to locally-sourced dining options that are unparalleled. Local farmers, chefs and distillers have forged strong partnerships to provide visitors with fresh food and innovative culinary creations. Just 60 minutes from New York City, savor the fine tastes of local restaurants, wineries, breweries, cideries, and distilleries.

Between meals, delve into Orange County’s many art galleries, museums, and premium shopping destinations, such as Woodbury Common. With an abundance of activities and wonders to explore, the Orange County Tourism staff recommends making it a weekend getaway with an overnight stay in one of Orange County’s select hotels or charming B&Bs.

Indulge your palate at local farm-to-table restaurants, including:

Borland House Inn Breakfast & Brunch House, 130 Clinton Street, Montgomery: Chef Anna Frumes cooks up unique farm-to-table brunch dishes inside the historical 1789 home of General Borland. Guests can also sign up for cooking classes or a private tasting menu.

Nimai’s Bliss Kitchen, 94 South Robinson Avenue, Newburgh: Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley, Bliss Kitchen serves contemporary vegetarian and vegan Indian dishes that are naturally healthy. Check their schedule for cultural events and cooking classes, too.

The Helm, 649 Jersey Avenue, Greenwood Lake: Innovative and rustic American cuisine and an amazing hand-picked craft beer selection will excite your tastebuds. Seasonal specials showcase The Helm’s relationship with local farms and purveyors. Check out their pirate ship on the lake!

Explore the region’s craft beverage selection at wineries, breweries, cideries and distilleries, including:

Orange County Distillery at Brown Barn Farms, 286 Maple Avenue, New Hampton: Sip on farm-fresh cocktails in a beautiful old barn on 23 acres. Orange County Distillery sources all of their ingredients from their farm behind the tasting room.

Fox N Hare Brewery, 46 Front Street, Port Jervis: Embracing the talents of farmers, bakers and artisans in the tri-state area, this new brewery delivers huge flavors in their taproom and restaurant. Enjoy the ambiance of their restored brick building in historic downtown Port Jervis.

Palaia Winery, 10 Sweet Clover Road, Highland Mills: Live music every weekend sets the groovy vibe. Take in views of the vineyard from the 200-year old barn as you enjoy the selection of local wines, craft beer, hard cider and spirits. Stop by for Sunday brunch.

Visit Orange County Tourism’s innovative and user-friendly new website:

About Orange County Tourism

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging, and events can be found at For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, e-mail or call 845-615-3860.

Orange County Orchards Draw Apple Lovers for Peak Harvest Season

Hudson Valley apples are ripe for the picking, and apple growers are opening their orchards to crowds looking to pick their own this fall. Located just 50 miles from Manhattan, a day of apple picking in Orange County offers the ideal family getaway. There are more than 25 varieties of apples grown on over 1,000 acres, and the activities offered are just as vast.

One of the largest festivals in Orange County, Warwick Applefest, draws tens of thousands of visitors to the heart of Orange County’s apple country each year. Warwick Applefest will be held on Sunday, October 2nd this year. The festival features craft vendors, children’s rides, live entertainment, and fittingly, an apple pie contest.

Popular pick-your-own orchards include:

Pennings Orchard: 169 State Route 94 South, Warwick. Pick your own apples and pumpkins daily, September through October. Activities include farm market, beer garden, pumpkin fields, hayrides, farm animals, kiddie maze and more.

Soons Orchard: 23 Soons Circle (just off Route 17M) New Hampton. 50+ varieties of home grown apples, peaches, nectarines, apple cider and vegetables. Enjoy homemade pies, cookies, and donuts. Fall weekends include hayrides.

Apple Ridge Orchards: 101 Jessup Road, Warwick.Many varieties to pick while enjoying breathtaking scenery. Tractor-pulled hay wagon rides, pet and feed friendly farm animals, corn maze, and famous observation hives on site.

Apple Dave’s: 82 Four Corners Road, Warwick.Free wagon rides and puppet show. Winery, picnic area, farm animals, herb and rose gardens. Relax by the ponds, or sample the latest creations of the Distillery and Applewood Winery.

Overlook Farm Market: 5417 Route 9W, Newburgh. Fall weekends feature hay maze, petting zoo and fishing at the pond. Bakery and deli on site. 4 miles north of I-84. Promises a “no-razz-a-ma-tazz” experience to enjoy nature without the crowds.

Masker Orchards: 45 Ball Road, Warwick. Drive right to the tree and bring your picnic gear for an idyllic day in the country. Live music, pony rides, country store. For the kids, there are barnyard baby animals, pony rides, and wagon rides.

Share your apple picking experience on Instagram using the hashtag #VisitOrangeCountyNY. Be sure to visit Orange County Tourism’s Facebook page: Orange County Tourism NY. It’s a fabulous guide to up-to-the-minute postings of area events and activities, great times, and memorable experiences available to visitors.

Also visit Orange County Tourism’s new website:

From Country Roads to Scenic Trails, Orange County, N.Y. is   Prime Destination for Cyclists   

Orange County is a playground for road cyclists and mountain bikers to explore this spring and summer. About seven miles of trails have been opened to mountain bikers in previously closed off acreage in Elks-Brox Memorial Park in Port Jervis near the watershed and reservoir. For those who prefer to stay on the roads, there are several tours on the calendar over the next few months.  

Orange County, N.Y. is a golfers’ paradise  -- Spring is the perfect time to hit the beautiful Hudson Valley greens

From seasoned golfers to those teeing off for the first time, anyone looking for a day on the links can find a course that’s right for them in Orange County this spring. Golfing is a great way to take in the picturesque Hudson Valley landscape while getting exercise.

Top golf courses in Orange County include:

Stony Ford Golf Course in Thomas Bull Memorial Park, 217 Route 416, Hamptonburgh, NY. 18 holes, par 72, Pro shop, driving range, and lessons. Dining and banquet facilities. Open March through November, from dawn until dusk. To reserve a tee time, call 457-4949.

Hickory Hill Golf Course in Warwick County Park, 156 Route 17A, Warwick, NY. 6400 yard, par 72, 18 hole course. Pro shop, driving range and lessons. Dining and banquet facilities. To reserve a tee time, call 845-988-9501.

Mansion Ridge Golf Club, 1292 Orange Turnpike Monroe, NY. NY’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Design open to the public. Carved out of rolling hills of an historic 220-acre estate. The stone barn clubhouse has an award-winning restaurant. To reserve a tee time, call 845-782-7888.

West Point Golf Course, Routes 9W and 218, West Point, NY. 18 hole, par 71, practice green with pitching and chipping space. Lessons, Pro shop, snack bar. Dress code. To reserve a tee time, call 845-938-2435.

Winding Hills Golf Course, 1847 Route 17K, Montgomery, NY. 18 hole executive course situated on 85 picturesque wooded acres. Open March through December. Rolling terrain with wetlands, gardens, and stone walls lining the fairways. Clubhouse open year round. To reserve a tee time, call 845-457-3187.

Also visit Orange County Tourism’s new website: <>

Take advantage of amazing hiking venues in Orange County

Anytime, explore the many hiking opportunities in Orange County, N.Y. Hikers and fans of the outdoors will appreciate the fine hiking available to experience alone or with friends and family.

Nature lovers of all levels will discover the peaceful beauty of Orange County’s countryside along these trails:

The Appalachian Trail, which runs from Georgia to Maine, includes 88 miles in New York State, with portions running through Warwick, Greenwood Lake, Sterling Forest State Park, and Bear Mountain State Park where it originated. The first section of the route was established at Bear Mountain in 1923. In June 2010, a portion of this original path was repaved with 800-pound granite “steps” — laid in place by 700 volunteers — in order to accommodate the tens of thousands of people who walk this stretch of the path each year. The Bear Mountain Zoo section of the trail is very family-friendly.

The New York section is relatively flat and its lowest point on the entire trail (124 feet above sea level) is where the trail crosses the Hudson via the Bear Mountain Bridge. By combining this section with portions of other trails, hikers can traverse varied terrains and catch a glimpse of local wildlife. To learn more, visit

 Harriman State Park, the second largest park in New York State’s system, features 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, two beaches, two public camping areas, as well as miles of streams, scenic roads, and vistas. There’s even a shuttle bus to pick up hikers, who take the MetroNorth/NJ Transit Port Jervis train up to the area, to take them to the park from the Tuxedo train station on weekends. To learn more about the shuttle service and get the list of “best hikes” in the park, visit

Schunemunk Mountain is the highest mountain in Orange County, and offers 25 miles of hiking routes. The 1,664-foot summit is located in the Town of Blooming Grove, with other portions in Woodbury. The name "Schunemunk" means "excellent fireplace" in Lenape, and the Lenni Lenape had a village on the northern tip of the mountain. The mountain is close to Storm King Art Center as well as Palaia Vineyards for some after hike refreshment.

The Long Path ascends the mountain by way of High Knob, crosses Perry Creek, and runs along the more northwesterly ridge, descending to the clove between Schunemunk and Woodcock mountains at the north end. The Highlands Trail makes use of several trails on the mountain, ascending the eastern side of the mountain along the Sweet Clover Trail, and following the more southeasterly ridge and crossing the summit by way of the Jessup Trail, which continues along the crest to the southwestern tip of the mountain. The Dark Hollow, Barton Swamp, Trestle, Western Ridge and Otterkill trails are also located on the mountain. These trails are for more experienced hikers. To learn more,

There are numerous hiking opportunities at Storm King Mountain, located along the west bank of the Hudson River, south of Cornwall-on-Hudson. Together with Breakneck Ridge on the opposite bank of the river it forms "Wey-Gat" or Wind Gate, the picturesque northern gateway to the Hudson Highlands. Its distinctive curved ridge is the most prominent aspect of the view south down Newburgh Bay, from Newburgh, Beacon and the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge.

With wide views of the river and surrounding areas, both Storm King and Butter Hill summits are popular with hikers. The orange-blazed unnamed connector trail, leading to the yellow-blazed Stillman Trail, most often accessed at a parking area on US 9W, offers an immediate and steep climb up Butter Hill followed by a longer and more relaxing trip to the summit of Storm King itself. To learn more,

Families will also love visiting the Hunter Mountain Preserve in Middletown. The preserve includes a Tadpole Trail and three-quarter mile long children’s exploratory nature trail with seven learning stations. Audio can be downloaded from Orange County Land Trust web site

Families can also explore the trails at Hudson Highlands Nature Museum Outdoor Discovery Center in Cornwall, which features trails through different ecosystems as well as award winning “Discovery Quests” trails. To learn more,

Additional information on these trails and others can be found on the New York/New Jersey Trail Conference’s web site:


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Just off Interstate 87, this town offers an extensive list of lodging establishments and restaurants, making vacationing in the Southern Adirondacks most enjoyable. At the Gurney Lane Recreational Area, you'll find ice skating, sledding and cross-country skiing. After, relax at a local cafe or restaurant over a cup of tea, coffee or soup. Or, shop at the Aviation Mall.


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About Saratoga, New York

Saratoga’s attractions and spectacular scenery have made it a premier Northeast destination for centuries. Located approximately three hours from New York, Montreal and Boston, Saratoga features world-class horse racing, the performing arts, gaming, polo, award-winning golf courses, museums – including three National museums, a National Battlefield, Victorian architecture, great shopping, plentiful outdoor activities and so much more.

Visitor information is available online at or by calling 1-800-526-8970. The Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce is the official Tourism Promotion Agency of Saratoga County, New York. 

Where to Stay

Adelphi Hotel

In a city known for its rich history and horse racing, The Adelphi Hotel has been a mainstay in Saratoga Springs since 1877. The Adelphi Hotel has undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation that will reimagine the historic building into a modern luxury boutique hotel.

The historic renovation of the last surviving hotel of Saratoga’s Golden Age will incorporate elements of the original Adelphi. Highlights include the restoration of the 11-foot ceilings and grand staircase upon entry, as well as the creation of memorable shared spaces including the revival of The Adelphi’s legendary hotel bar, which will be named Morrisey’s after well-known Saratoga resident John Morrissey, and a 1,200-square-foot glass-walled conservatory, which will house The Adelphi’s new restaurant, The Blue Hen. In the spirit of bold, brazen establishments, Morrissey’s is set to come alive with a fun, indulgent sensibility and excellent food and drink. The Blue Hen takes its name from the historical establishment known as The Blue Toed Hen that once stood nearby. The eatery takes the modern Victorian sensibilities of The Adelphi Hotel and gives them an epicurean twist, offering guests an artisan-market style experience in an approachable setting with creatively delicious dining options throughout the day. The new grand ballroom can accommodate up to 250 guests and opens up to the serene landscaped and beloved Adelphi Gardens. The AHG team is bringing back to life this cherished local gathering spot for Saratogians and visitors to meet and gather for a drink surrounded by an abundance of foliage and plantings from early spring through late fall.

The 32 guest rooms have all been smartly reconfigured to offer a more spacious and luxurious experience while staying at The Adelphi. The original hotel had approximately 74 rooms when it was built in the late 1800s. The previous owners modified the hotel to just over 40 rooms. Now, at the renovated Adelphi Hotel, guests will be able to retreat to one of 32 luxurious and oversized guest rooms and suites.

The Adelphi Hotel is located in the heart of Downtown Saratoga Springs at 365 Broadway. The hotel will begin taking reservations this spring. For more information on Adelphi Hospitality Group, please visit

About Adelphi Hospitality Group: 

Adelphi Hospitality Group (AHG) is a luxury hospitality company currently developing, and will operate and manage its luxury hotels, restaurants and hospitality properties. AHG is a partnership formed by Richbell Capital and Blue Skies Forever LLC, widely recognized as some of the most successful, prestigious and respected firms in broad-based domestic and international real estate financing, management, development and operations.

Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa

Gideon Putnam Resort & Spa is a National Historic Landmark Hotel managed by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts in partnership with Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Located in the heart of Saratoga Spa State Park, the 120-room property houses a full-service restaurant and bar, gift shop, fitness center and the historic Roosevelt Baths & Spa. Since opening in 1935, the spa has drawn guests to its legendary baths for the believed restorative benefits of the region’s famed natural mineral spring waters. The Gideon Putnam also offers 12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, a business center, and Wi-Fi access throughout the property. Guests enjoy complimentary shuttle services to take in the excitement of horse racing at the nearby thoroughbred and harness race tracks or visit historic downtown Saratoga Springs, only five minutes from the resort. The State Park offers golf, museums, outdoor pools, miles of woodsy path for hiking and biking and world-class entertainment at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit

What to Do and See

The Saratoga County Arts Council --

at The Arts Center has been promoting the arts and cultural diversity for over two decades. The Arts Council offers workshops and classes, an art gallery, showings of independent films and special events. The gallery is open Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, go online to or call 518-584-4132.

The Beekman Street Art District

is located a few blocks off Broadway and encompasses art galleries, exhibits, specialty art stores, as well as eateries. Visitors can find a variety of handmade objects made by regional painters, sculptors and designers, or all the materials to make their own works of art. 

Where to Eat

Caffè Lena

has been situated on Phila Street since 1960 in Saratoga Springs and was recently voted Folk music’s Best Small Venue in North America. Known for past performances by Bob Dylan, Don McLean, Ani DiFranco and others, Caffè Lena offers theatrical performances, music concerts, poetry, open mic nights and workshops. Go online to or call 518-583-0022, for more information and schedule of events. is located a few blocks off Broadway and encompasses art galleries, exhibits, specialty art stores, as well as eateries. Visitors can find a variety of handmade objects made by regional painters, sculptors and designers, or all the materials to make their own works of art. 

Interested visitors can go online to to plan their vacation or can request a free travel guide by calling 1-800-526-8970


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This small village situated along a lake is amazing in the variety of places to see and things to do. Its name is an Iroquois word for 'long lake" and, indeed, it is long at 16 miles. It's also reputed to be one of the cleanest lakes in the world. If you like kayaking, fishing, , golf, polo, boating, swimming, skating and attending antique and boating shows, come here and spend a few days. Or, strolling unique shops, wineries and old houses - plus a cruise along long and narrow Skaneateles Lake, may be what you want to do . There's even ice skating and skiing during winter months, art and culture featuring Dickens Christmas, the Skaneateles Festival, the Barrow Art Gallery, Lakeside concerts in the park, and much more.

What to See & Do

Cruise and or Dine on Skaneateles Lake

My husband and I enjoyed a cruise on Skaneateles Lake complete with narration by the captain who pointed out the attractive grand houses and huge boat houses in front of a few, and told the history of the people who lived here and some who still do. We opted for the 50 minute cruise but are planning to return for the Long Lake Buffet Lunch Cruise (2 hours); the U.S. Mailboat (3 hours), the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Dinner Cruise (2-1/2 hours, and the Dinner Cruise (3 hours). We might even try the Romance package with flowers, wine, personalized note and table just for 2! Or maybe the Moonlight Sightseeing Cruise. For reservations and more details contact Mid-Lakes Navigation at 11 Jordan Street, P.O. Box 61, Skaneateles, NY 13152 or call 315-568-8500 and web site

The cruise boat leaves from downtown Skaneateles in Clift Park on Rt. 20 (15 W. Genesee St, Skaneateles, NY 13152

White Birch Vineyards Tasting Room

Great decor and personnel greet you as you enter this tastefully furnished tasting room. You'll be presented with a paper noting the various wines you can taste and if you wish, you can also order a platter of assorted goodies to enjoy with the wine tasting. Here you'll learn about the winery that planted its first vinifera graes on he shoes of Skaneaeles Lake with a goal o grow the highest quality grapes offered in the Finger Lakes. A few miles away from the tasting room are the 28 acres of vines, producing inspiring wines, vintae afer vintage utilizing old world winemaking techniques. The architectually room is stunning and also provides a wide variety of fully catered private evens. You'll also find a wide selection of locally distilled spiits, craft beers and hard ciders in addition to small plates with delicious foods and decadent desserts.

Location: 18 West Genessee Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152. Web site: 315-685-9463


What a pleasant experience this was. The yoga instructor had a sweet voice and the exercises - done on mats - were quite relaxing. This business is also located overlooking Skaneateles Lake, and street parking is available. The gentle and restorative yoga consists of simple stretches and movement, we learned how to control our breath and slow our body and mind. If we lived nearby, we'd surely sign up for one of their programs. In addition to Sky, do take time out to wander the streets; it's filled with all kinds of interesting shops.

Location: 42E Genessee Street, Skaneateles, NY 13152; Phone 315-291-0029


This town boasts a winter ranch resort offering sledding, horseback riding, ice skating, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and plenty more. Each March, a Blizzard Blast is held where you can indulge in an all-you-can-eat buffet while listening to live entertainment.


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A (family-friendly) walk on the wild side in Syracuse at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo:

Plan on spending a couple of hours at this 43 acre zoo. Enjoy watching over 700 animals, including elephants, lions, tigers, monkeys and birds flying around in the aviary. You can buy food here or bring your own food and drinks. The fees are extremely low to enter, including free admission for children under 2 and veterans. Hours are from 10 am. - 4:30 p.m. year-round except the zoo is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. Parking is free.

Location: 1 Conservation Place, Syracuse, NYS.

Where to Stay

Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel in Syracuse

I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at this hotel - particularly since it was right next to Syracuse University - a large campus and a terrific place to walk and see numerous statues, small garden areas, and even several buildings to tour. The hotel itself is very pleasant with comfortable, well decorated rooms, good bedding rooms, professional service and hospitality. The 235 guest rooms and suites have been newly renovated, there's an exercise room open 24 hours a day, a small indoor pool, high-speed internet, an attentive front desk person on duty, self-parking in adjoining area, plus much more.

Location: 801 University Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13210. Phone: 315-475-3000.


Where to Stay

Tarrytown House Estate

Located just 25 miles from midtown Manhattan, the Tarrytown House Estate offers a spectacular Lower Hudson Valley lodging and meeting facility that blends historical charm with modern conveniences. Set on 26 acres overlooking the Hudson River Valley, the Tarrytown House features impressive 19th-Century mansions, as well as a contemporary atrium-style building that houses conference facilities and guest rooms. Perfect for business and leisure, the Tarrytown House offers extensive leisure and recreational facilities such as a fitness club, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and tennis courts. For more information, please contact the Tarrytown House at 1-800-553-8118 or check their Website at

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Tarrytown House Offers “Kykuit/Estate of Mind” Package Featuring Overnight Stay, Breakfast and Rockefeller Estate Tour Starting at Just $159!

The Tarrytown House Estate’s new “Kykuit/Estate of Mind” Package is offering an inexpensive getaway that includes a tour of one of the most opulent estates in the nation. Starting at just $159, guests can enjoy deluxe accommodations, a sumptuous breakfast for two, and a tour of Kykuit, the legendary Rockefeller estate in Tarrytown.

Stroll the grounds of the beautiful Tarrytown House Estate, managed by Destination Hotels & Resorts, enjoy a full American Breakfast buffet in the majestic Biddle Mansion, then, visit the nearby Rockefeller Estate, Kykuit, the premier Hudson Valley landmark for architecture, remarkable gardens, art, history, and spectacular scenery.

The two-hour tour at this hilltop paradise will also feature the history of the estate that was home to four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with the philanthropist John D. Rockefeller, founder of Standard Oil.  Now an historic site of the National Trust, this extraordinary landmark has been meticulously maintained for almost 100 years.

The tour will wind through the main rooms of the six-story stone house, then to the  expansive, terraced gardens featuring Governor Nelson A. Rockefeller's exceptional collection of 20th-century sculpture. Artists represented include Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, Louise Nevelson, and David Smith, among many others. You’ll also experience the private, underground art galleries with Governor Rockefeller's collection of Picasso tapestries, and the Coach Barn, with its collections of classic automobiles and horse-drawn carriages. Each tour begins at the Visitor Center at Philipsburg Manor, where you'll board a shuttle bus for a short ride to the estate.

Located just 25 miles from midtown Manhattan, The Tarrytown House Estate offers a spectacular Lower Hudson Valley getaway that blends historical charm with modern conveniences. Set on 26 acres overlooking the Hudson River Valley, the Tarrytown House features impressive 19th Century mansions, as well as a contemporary atrium-style building that houses conference facilities and guest rooms. Perfect for business and leisure, The Tarrytown House offers extensive leisure and recreational facilities such as a fitness club, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and tennis courts. 

For more information on the “Kykuit/Estate of Mind” Package, please call the Tarrytown House Estate at (914) 591-8200 or visit their Website at


Rev up the snowmobile engines and set out on the 118 mile trail system made possible by the Thurman Connection Snowmobile club. Experience the pristine wilderness of Thurman's backcountry, stimulated by the thrill of soaring through the snow.


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Where to Eat

Delicious Dining

If you want to support young culinary artists, make a reservation at The Dining Lab, a student-run restaurant, at Monroe College in New Rochelle as part of its School of Hospitality Management and the Culinary Arts. The Dining Lab offers a three-course gourmet dinner with a selection of homemade meals including, but not limited to, risotto with caramelized fennel and saffron as appetizers, and a duo of chicken, smoke-roast pork loin, and pan-seared bass for entrees. Desserts include a chocolate hazelnut pyramid, an apple cranberry crisp with caramel sauce, and a cheese flight featuring local artisan cheeses. The menu is offered at a fixed priced of just $18.95. The restaurant is currently open Tuesday through Thursday, with three seating options at 6:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. Monroe College is located at 434 Main Street in New Rochelle. For reservations, call (914) 740-6421. For more information, visit

Where to Stay

Radisson New Rochelle, is Westchester, New York's only trendy, boutique hotel that specifically caters to the business traveler.

Located less than 15 miles from the bustle of New York City and minutes from all of New York's major airports, the Radisson New Rochelle is the perfect destination for the corporate traveler. With an entire corporate office tower equipped with over 45,000 square feet of tenant space, the hotel also provides an exceptional office environment for travelers to get as much work done as possible whilst on the road. Housing 130 newly renovated guest rooms, in-house dining amenities featuring delicious cuisine prepared by Executive Chef Bill Rosenberg, 6500 square feet of beautiful, newly appointed catering facilities, a state of the art business center, an outdoor pool and much more, the Radisson Hotel in New Rochelle can suit all of your needs. Their friendly, professional staff is here to serve you.

Hotel Buzz

The Holiday Inn Express has just moved into Peekskill. The hotel’s central location is minutes away from leading area businesses and attractions making it a great spot to stay when visiting the Hudson Valley. The hotel has wireless internet available in all standard rooms, executive rooms, suites, and public areas. It’s a convenient, affordable place to stay in Westchester equipped with an exercise facility, heated pool and business center. The Holiday Inn Express is located at 2 Joan Walsh Boulevard in Peekskill. For more information on booking, e-mail sales manager Andrew Leinbach at, call (914) 743-5700 or visit

In addition, The DoubleTree by Hilton Tarrytown has reached a new level to accommodate their hard working business travelers. The hotel now has free, high-speed wireless internet access in all of its 247 guest rooms. The DoubleTree by Hilton is located at 455 S. Broadway in Tarrytown. Call for reservations at (914) 631-5700 or visit



The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester is the area’s premier hotel and sets new standards for hotels in the market. It features 146 luxury rooms, an award-winning spa with rooftop pool and state-of-the-art fitness center, a comfortably elegant Lounge, and 10,000 square feet of meeting and special event space, including a 500-person ballroom. In addition, the hotel offers BLT Steak, located on the ground floor and Restaurant “42,” on the 42nd floor. Set in the heart of the Hudson Valley, The Ritz-Carlton Westchester is just minutes from Manhattan, yet miles from the ordinary. The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester immerses its guests in all the luxury and cultural heritage that is Westchester County, and offers a beautiful retreat for both business travelers and leisure guests.

Residences at the Ritz-Carlton

A new era in luxury living in Westchester was ushered in on October 2, 2006 as The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. and Louis R. Cappelli celebrated the "topping off" of The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, a new 44-story residential tower featuring 213 distinctive residences, and The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester, the county's first luxury hotel.

Guests and VIPs were treated with a trip to the top floor of the concrete structure that affords breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, Long Island Sound, the Hudson River Valley and beyond. The topping off ceremony, which marks the completion of the building's highest floor, was celebrated with cannons showering the crowd with confetti, colorful balloons floating in the air, and members of the cast of the new Twyla Tharp/Bob Dylan Broadway Musical "The Times They Are A-Changin" performing songs from the show. The event also featured a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester Sales Presentation Center at 227 Main Street.

The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester will feature a 10,000-square-foot luxury spa and fitness center and 10,000 square feet of meeting and special event space. It will also include two fine dining restaurants ˆ a two-story "wintergarden" restaurant fronting on Main Street and a rooftop restaurant at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester tower. At 400 feet in height, the rooftop restaurant will offer a spectacular dining experience unrivaled anywhere outside of Manhattan. The Ritz-Carlton, Westchester is one of only three suburban hotels in the company's present portfolio.

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. of Chevy Chase, MD., (USA) currently operates 61 hotels in the Americas, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa Over 20 projects are under development around the globe with hotel openings planned for Moscow, Ireland, and two in Beijing over the next year. The Ritz-Carlton is the only service company to have twice earned the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, which recognizes outstanding customer service.

Doral Arrowwood Hotel --

dance the night away with the Escape Package. With this winter vacation offer, arrive early and stay late in the guest room and then enjoy special benefits like complimentary cocktails in the Pub, 15 percent off an evening of fine food and fun at the Saturday Night Dinner Dance, and a complimentary sumptuous hot breakfast buffet the next morning in the Atrium overlooking the golf course. Only 10 minutes from downtown White Plains, Doral Arrowwood is located at 975 Anderson Hill Road in Rye Brook. The Escape package starts at $289 per couple. For more information, call (914) 939-5500 or visit

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Where to Stay

Historic Thayer Hotel Offers Romantic Winter Getaway

For more information or reservations for the Romantic Getaway Package, please call (800) 247-5047, or check their web site at \

Built in 1926, the Thayer Hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the one of the only full-service hotels on the Hudson River from the George Washington Bridge to Albany, New York. Originally constructed to accommodate U.S. Military Academy personnel and their guests, the Thayer Hotel was a successor of the original West Point Hotel. The Hotel is named for Colonel Sylvanus Thayer, Superintendent of the Academy from 1817 to 1833.

Over the years, it has hosted a long line of dignitaries and celebrities including General Tommy Franks, General Douglas MacArthur, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, President John F. Kennedy, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, Queen Noor of Jordan, former Irish President Mary Robinson, singer Luciano Pavarotti, actors George C. Scott, James Earl Jones and Gregory Peck, the Philadelphia Flyers, and many others.


Whiteface Mountain via Veterans' Memorial Highway

Driving along the road to Whiteface Mountain is unforgettable -- as is driving to the top of New York State's fifth-highest peak at 4,867 feet high. In fact, all the sights are breathtaking.

Some history on how the Veterans' Memorial Highway Began:

Built in the 1920s, two men from Saranac Lake and Wilmington believed that a road to the summit of Whiteface Mountain was a great idea. It was a time when the automobile was relatively new, and Leonard and Frank Everest lobbied tirelessly in Albany until their ambitious project was endorsed in 1929. Then Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt turned the first spade of earth ceremoniously that September, due in part, for his wanting those with physical disabilities to gain access. The highway was funded by bond money and construction began in 1931 creating hundreds of jobs for engineers, construction workers, and stone masons during the early years of the Great Depression.

It took four years and $1,250,000 to complete and the Veterans' Memorial Highway officially opened on July 20, 1935. The elevator, Castle and Summit House were completed 3 years later.

The Toll Road

After paying a modest toll, you'll find nine designated turnouts where you can view Whiteface and the surrounding mountains. Do bring a camera; the views are outstanding. At the first stop, you'll come to the site of Little Montreal, an early village settled by French Canadian loggers. As you ascend the mountain, at 1.0 miles, Union Falls Pond Lookout and picnic area will have you clicking one scene after another, and at 1.6 miles, there's a panorama view of Whiteface Mountain. The unique structure engineered to catch spring run-off - the Water Catchment Basin - is at 2.1 miles. Rest at 2.4 miles and enjoy a picnic if you've brought food, for you're now at The Big Turn Lookout. Stop for a while at 3.3 miles, for another picnic area at The Slide. To the west lies the village of Saranac Lake and as you drive further, you'll see that the trees are getting smaller at this elevation.

Lake Placid comes into view at 3.7 miles against a backdrop of the High Peaks. Note Lake Placid with its 3 islands below, the Castle above and the short, scrubby trees that result from altitude, winds and thin soil. Soon, at 4.5 miles, you'll be at the Wilmington Turn and if you feel a bit winded, it's because the elevation is 4,300 feet. Here you'll have outstanding views of Lake Champlain Basin and Vermont's Green Mountains. Now, at 5.0 miles, you've reached the Summit and you'll be directed to parking. The Tunnel entrance is midway up the parking area and a Nature Trail begins behind the Castle. Elevation at The Castle is 4,610 feet and breathing may be a bit difficult.

The Castle & Cafe

Definitely check The Castle and Cafe out just below the actual summit. The Castle was built from granite excavated during the highway construction, and as you enter from the bright sunlight (if it isn't raining), pause for a minute or two and then look around. On the second floor is a small cafe, great for lunch and snacks, plus an interesting gift shop with reasonable prices. (Restrooms are on the lower level).

Tunnel & Elevator

One route to the summit is to go through a 426-foot tunnel into the center of Whiteface Mountain and then ascend 27 stories by elevator to the stone Summit House where you'll find onsite exhibits exploring the natural history of Whiteface Mountain. The elevator opens inside the round, stone Summit House connecting to NY State's Atmospheric Sciences Research Center. Here you will learn about the extreme weather and the science that is happenig on top of the mountain. The summit also offers a 360-degree view, except when there's cloud cover or dense fog. You're allowed to stroll around the observation deck with views of Lake Champlain and Vermont's Green Mountains to the east, the St. Lawrence Valley and Canada to the north, Lake Placid and the High Peaks to the south, and the Saranac River Valley to the west. The exhibits will fill you in on the natural history of the Adirondac mountains in all direction.

Alpine Nature Trail

If you're hardy and have good knees, climb the Nature Trail starting from behind the Castle. Here you'll learn about the ecosystem through many exhibits along the fifth-of-a-mile-long trail to the summit. Only take this route if you have good footwear since it is steep and often slippery after a rain or spots where the stone has worn smooth.

For more information write to Whiteface Mountain, 646 Whiteface Mountain Road, Wilmington, NY 12997 or call 518-946-2223 or 518-946-7175. Also check web site

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