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Windham Mountain to Install High Speed 6-Passenger Lift & Implement RFID Ticketing for 2018-9 Season

March 12, 2018

Windham Mountain in New York’s Catskill Mountains, will have a new high speed six- passenger lift as well as RFID ticketing for the 2018-19 season.

A new, high speed, detachable six passenger chairlift will be installed at Windham Mountain Resort, in New York’s Catskills, this summer. The new Doppelmayr lift will run from the base area to the summit, replacing the current Whistler Triple, better known as “F Lift”.  It will have a slope length of 5,105 feet, and an uphill capacity of 3,000 people per hour. The ride from base to summit on the new lift will be just under five and a half minutes.

Removal of “F Lift” will begin in April and installation of the new lift in May.  Whirlwind Express (A Lift), the high speed, detachable quad that runs alongside “F Lift”, will remain in place and will run this summer, servicing the Windham Mountain Bike Park and skyrides.  The Bike Park opens for the season Memorial Day Weekend and will be unaffected by the construction.

The new lift will be accompanied by state-of-the art lift access, with the addition of RFID ticketing and gates for the 2018/2019 season.  The “Axess” radio-frequency identification technology will eliminate the need for guests to present their lift ticket or season pass to a lift attendant prior to loading all base area lifts.  RFID Cards can be reloaded via a home computer or smartphone, and can be used season after season.

“RFID ticketing is essentially ‘EZ-Pass for skiers’.  It will provide easier access to lifts and more accurate scanning of tickets and passes, helping skiers and riders get on the mountain faster, skipping the ticket windows and lift line scanning process.” said Chip Seamans, General Manager of Windham Mountain Resort.

All guests will now have the option to sign up for Resort Charge, by attaching a credit card account to their RFID card. This eliminates the need to carry cash or a credit card on the mountain. Resort Charge is accepted at all Windham Mountain Resort operated restaurants, eateries and retail locations.

The new chairlift and RFID system represent $6.5M in capital already invested toward the 2018/2019 Winter Season at Windham Mountain Resort.  More details on installation progress and a name for the new lift will follow.

Guests are invited to become a 2018/2019 Season Passholder at the annual Season Passholder Party on Saturday, March 17th, when the best rates on passes will be offered for one day only.  Passholders will enjoy a complimentary buffet and live music at the party.

Windham Mountain Resort is a year-round destination in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County, NY, about two and a half hours north of New York City.  With 285 skiable acres, Windham offers 54 trails serviced by 12 lifts.  The Resort includes six terrain parks, learn-to packages, ski and stay packages, dining options, an Adventure Park, the full-service Alpine Spa, night skiing, and much more.  In the summer months, Windham Mountain Bike Park is famous for its World Cup course, but also features a three-mile-long beginner trail.  Windham Mountain Country Club is an 18-hole public golf course with a private club atmosphere.  

Windham Mountain Resort, 19 Resort Drive, Windham NY, 12496, 800-754-9463,,


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Registration Opens for 5th Annual First Day Hikes in 38 New York State Parks, Sites

December 18, 2015



Jones Beach, Long Island

Jones Beach State Park in winter. Registration is now open for First Day hikes in 38 New York State parks and historic sites © 2015 Karen Rubin/

Registration is now open for the fifth annual First Day Hikes program taking place at 38 state parks and historical sites on January 1. First Day Hikes give people of all ages an opportunity to kick off the New Year and enjoy nature during guided walks.

First Day Hikes offer a great way to connect with the outdoors, exercise and enjoy nature on New Year’s Day. Participants can expect to be surrounded by the quiet beauty of the season and spectacular vistas, and benefit from the company of a knowledgeable guide. State park staff and volunteers will lead these family-friendly walks and hikes, which average one to three miles or longer depending on the location.

This year, 41 hikes are being offered at 38 New York state parks and historic sites. The programs include a seal walk, winter woodlands, a walking history tour, a snowshoe waterfall hike, pet-friendly treks, crossing one of the world’s longest pedestrian bridges, and more. If weather conditions permit, some First Day Hikes may include snowshoeing or cross-country skiing. Many hikes will be offering refreshments. Last year, over 2,100 participants took part in celebrating First Day Hikes across the state.


In New York, hikes will be offered at the following locations:

Western New York

  • Allegany State Park- Red House, Salamanca, anytime 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.; 716-354-9101 x.236
    · Buffalo Harbor State Park, Buffalo; 10 a.m.-12 noon; 716-549-1050
    · DeVeaux Woods-Whirlpool State Park, Niagara Falls; 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 716-285-5154
    · Fort Niagara State Park, Youngstown; 1:30 p.m.–4 p.m.; 716-285-5154
    · Genesee Valley Greenway State Park, York; 10 a.m.; 585-493-3600
    · Knox Farm State Park, East Aurora; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; 716-549-1050
    · Letchworth State Park, Castile; 1 p.m.; (two hikes – one for families with young children); 585-493-3600
    · Niagara Falls State Park, Niagara Falls; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; 716-285-5154

Finger Lakes & Central New York

  • Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park, Westford; 1 p.m.; 607-638-5421
    · Catharine Valley Trail, Watkins Glen; 10 a.m.; 607-535-4511
    · Chenango Valley State Park, Chenango Forks; 12:30 p.m.; 607-648-5251
    · Clark Reservation State Park, Jamesville; 1 p.m.; 315-492-1590
    · Fort Ontario State Historic Site, Oswego; 10 a.m.; 315-343-4711
    · Taughannock Falls State Park, Trumansburg; 1 p.m.; 607-387-7041
    · Two Rivers State Park, Waverly; 10:30 a.m.; 607-273-3440

North Country & Greater Capital District

  • Mine Kill State Park, North Blenheim; 11 a.m.; 518-827-8690
    · Moreau Lake State Park, Gansevoort; 10 a.m.-12 noon; 518-793-0511
    · Peebles Island State Park, Waterford; 10 a.m.; 518-268-2188
    · Point Au Roche State Park, Plattsburgh; 1 p.m.; 518-561-4213
    · Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site, Sackets Harbor; 12 noon; 315-489-3642
    · Saratoga Spa State Park, Saratoga Springs; 10 a.m.; 518-584-2000
    · Schodack Island State Park, Schodack Landing; 1 p.m.; 518-732-0187
    · Thacher State Park, Voorheesville; 10 a.m.; 518-872-0800
    · Wellesley Island State Park, Fineview; 1 p.m.; 315-482-2479

Hudson Valley

  • FDR State Park, Yorktown; 11 a.m.; 914-245-4434 x8
    · John Jay Homestead State Historic Site, Katonah; 1 p.m.; 914-232-5651 x 105
    · Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Peter’s Kill, Kerhonkson; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; 845-255-0752
    · Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Sam’s Point, Cragsmoor; 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. & 2 p.m.-5 p.m.; 845-255-0752
    · Olana State Historic Site, Hudson; 11 a.m.; 518-828-0135 x303
    · Rockefeller State Park Preserve, Pleasantville; 9 a.m.; 914-666-6503
    · Sterling Forest State Park, Tuxedo; 11 a.m.; 845-351-5907
    · Taconic State Park – Copake Falls, Copake Falls; 1 p.m.; 518-329-3993
    · Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park; Poughkeepsie; 2 p.m.; 845-454-9649

New York City and Long Island

  • Bethpage State Park, Farmingdale; 10 a.m.; 516-249-3560
    · Clay Pit Ponds, Staten Island; 11 a.m.; 718-605-3970 x201
    · Connetquot River State Park, Oakdale; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.; 631-581-1072
    · Jones Beach State Park, Wantagh; 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m.; 516-785-3614 or 516-780-3295
    · Montauk Point State, Montauk; 1 p.m.-3 p.m.; 631-668-2554

“The natural beauty of New York State makes the perfect backdrop for welcoming in 2016 with family and friends,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “I encourage everyone to start a new tradition and take a First Day Hike at their local state park or use the occasion to discover a new favorite.”

New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey said, “We are proud to once again host the First Day Hikes and offer these popular outdoor events for the New Year. For 2016, we’re offering more inspiration than ever for people of all ages and interests from lakeside trails to spellbinding views of a gorge, centuries of military history, and treks through woods or waterfronts. So start off the year with a healthy hike and set the stage for enjoying the parks year-round.”

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New York State Parks Celebrate Season with Tree Lightings, Holiday Markets, Historic Tours

December 5, 2015



Holiday Spectacular at Jones Beach, Long Island © 2015 Karen Rubin/

Holiday Spectacular at Jones Beach, Long Island © 2015 Karen Rubin/

Celebrate the holiday season at more than 40 parks or historic sites across New York State.

Holiday celebrations at New York State parks range from tours of the lavishly decorated Staatsburgh Mansion in the Hudson Valley, to candlelight tours of Old Fort Niagara overlooking Lake Ontario, to family-friendly tree-lighting celebrations at state parks on Long Island. Events will also include making holiday snacks for black bears at Trailside Zoo in Bear Mountain State Park, holiday cookie decorating at Green Lakes State Park and a gingerbread house contest at Philipse Manor Hall State Historic Site.

Some events require pre-registration and/or an admission fee;  check for more details.


Long Island

New York City


  • Christmas with the Ellisons – Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site; Dec. 12 & 19, 4 – 7 p.m.
    · Festival of Lights – Senate House State Historic Site; Dec. 12, 5 – 8 p.m.
    · Warm Up at the Washingtons – Washington’s Headquarters State Historic Site; Dec. 13, 1 – 5 p.m.
    · Berry Merry Holiday – Bear Mountain State Park; Dec. 19 at 10:30 a.m.
    · Open House – Knox’s Headquarters State Historic Site; Dec. 27, 28 & 29, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saratoga/Capital Region

  • Holiday Craft Bazaar – Thacher State Park Nature Center; Dec 5, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. & Dec. 6, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
    · St. Nicholas Day Open House – Crailo State Historic Site; Dec. 5, 12 – 4 p.m.
    · Sweater Mitten Mania – Thacher State Park Nature Center; Dec. 12 at 10 a.m.


Thousand Islands

  • Pine Bow Wreath Workshop – Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park; Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.
    · Holiday Bonanza – Minna Anthony Common Nature Center, Wellesley Island State Park; Dec. 12, 10 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.

Western NY

“This year, I encourage New Yorkers to start a new tradition: visit a state park or historic site and participate in our many family-friendly activities that run throughout the year,” said Rose Harvey, Commissioner of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. “Holiday-themed events across the state have something for everyone.”
“New York’s parks and historic sites offer unparalleled natural beauty, countless opportunities for outdoor recreation, and family-friendly fun no matter what time of year it is,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “I urge New Yorkers and visitors alike to see for themselves all that our parks have to offer this holiday season.”

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation oversees 180 state parks and 35 historic sites, which are visited by 62 million people annually. For more information on any of these recreation areas, call 518-474-0456 or visit, connect on Facebook, or follow on Twitter.


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Great New York State Fairgoers Can Take Advantage of New Interactive Services

August 31, 2015

Besides family-friendly activities at the Great New York State Fair this year, visitors will be able to take advantage of many new services including the opportunity to order a new “I Love NY” State Fair license plate, a new E-ZPass and search for job openings.
“Each year we strive to make the Great New York State Fair better than the last and by providing more educational activities and convenient access to state services, we are seeking to enhance the experience and provide more value for attendees,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. “I urge every New Yorker to plan a trip to the Fair and experience the very best this state has to offer.”

State agency displays, as well as the Governor’s exhibit, will be located in the Center of Progress Building, the Science and Industry Building, and at many other locations on the Fairgrounds. The New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ tent will be located in front of the Administration Building. The displays will be open all twelve days of the Fair from Thursday, August 27 to Labor Day Monday, September 7.

Some of the interactive and informative state agency booths include:

Made in New York food products will be at the Taste NY tent, including samples of New York cheese, maple syrup, honey, granola, sauces and dips, wine, beer and spirits. There will be 70 vendors participating throughout the 12 days of the Fair, with dozens of food and beverage vendors who are new to the Fair this year. The tent is just inside the main gate.

Visitors can take a new license photograph at the DMV exhibit in the Center of Progress building, which will also offer services such as vision tests, booking reservations to visit a local office, enrolling in the organ donation program, and renewing a registration or driver license. Fairgoers can even order a custom State Fair license plate right at the booth (view a sample here ).

Jobseekers can search for employment through the Department of Labor’s Jobs Express program. Large, interactive TV monitors will allow fairgoers to search through more than 125,000 job across the state. Additionally, they can learn more about the Governor’s Exploited Worker Task Force and Nail Salon Enforcement Task Force.

E-ZPass will be available for purchase at the Thruway Authority and Canal Corporation booth. After a quick transaction, customers can register the new tag immediately on site via an iPad. Fairgoers can also learn all about New York’s canal and Thruway system by perusing a historical timeline and illuminated map.

Children can meet Captain America and Iron Man on September 4 and 5 at the Department of Health booth.

Learn about skin damage from the sun at the Dangers of Tanning exhibit by the Department of Health. Use the VISIA Skin Analysis System, which will photograph various aspects of the face, including pore size, brown spots, sun damage, and bacteria and provide great information on the quality of your skin.

A three-acre State Park right inside the Fair will be open for visitors to enjoy. A grassy oasis will be include a reconfigured layout, colorful welcome banners, signage, exhibits, and a new kiosk, all of which add to the lush plantings, tree-lined reflecting pool and shaded picnic area. While there, fairgoers can participate in a demonstration of 18th century chocolate making, interact with the lively Birds of Prey show, and get up close and personal with nature and the different species that live in State Parks across the state. View full schedule here .

Children can take a hands-on lesson on the dangers of germs , thanks to glow-in-the-dark Glo Germ™, a fun and safe product that casts a revealing glow when exposed to U.V. light, turning the invisible into “germs you can see.” Demonstration times are 10-11am, 12:30-1:30pm, 4:30-5:30pm, and 7pm-8pm daily.

The New York State Police will be in action , with opportunities for families to watch the State Police Dive Team work underwater, the Canine and Bomb Disposal Unit display their skills, and the Special Operations Response Team demonstrate rappelling techniques from a 50-foot tower platform. Take an up-close look at a Bell 407 helicopter, and talk to a real pilot. Children can even sit in a patrol car and turn on the lights.

Drivers can learn about the dangers of texting and driving with the AT&T It Can Wait game simulator at the Department of Health display, available daily from 11am-7pm.

Ideas for eating healthy on a budget will be available from nutrition experts, as well as a video game focused on making good food choices. Located at the booth for the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, USDA-developed “myPlate” interactive healthy meal and snack choice computer games will be available on two large touch screen monitors. The display will also include fun, nutritional-based activities led by experts from the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP). Representatives will also be available to answer questions about obtaining child support or making child support payments.

Learn more about why bees are vital to New York’s agriculture at the Department of Agriculture and Market tent, where a beekeeper will be on-hand to give visitors an up-close look at the pollination process by displaying a glass observation hive of honey bees. Other divisions will feature engaging displays on different days of the fair that will attract fairgoers of all ages. An interactive EMriver model will be on display August 27 and 28 which lets fairgoers get their hands dirty as they learn about the basic principles of river behavior and erosion, while Milk Control and Dairy Services staff will offer an inside look at how our milk is processed into cheese and yogurt on August 30 and August 31.

Get involved in the fight against drug abuse. Fairgoers can pick the best message about preventing heroin use from a display of billboards designed by South Colonie High School students. The most popular message will be displayed on the NYS Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse social media each day.

Visitors can connect with resources to improve mental health with four free mobile apps that will be demonstrated at the New York State Office of Mental Health booth. The apps can help teens reduce anxieties and stop bullying, promote veteran and service member resilience and positive mental health. On September 3rd and 4th, visitors can shake the paw of Tommy, a therapy dog who provides services to children in Western New York. Farmers and other agricultural workers can stop by on Dairy Day, August 31 and Grange Day, September 5 to meet with New York State FarmNet clinicians, who provide referrals and resources to farmworkers throughout New York.

Learn about clean energy projects in communities statewide using an interactive map at the exhibits for the Department of Public Service, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and the New York Power Authority. Input a New York State zip code and view a map highlighting clean energy projects across the State and gain insight into how Governor Cuomo’s Reforming the Energy Vision is building a cleaner, more resilient and affordable energy future for all New Yorkers.

Families can learn how to prepare for disasters and emergencieswith experts from the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services. By taking a brief survey, visitors will be able to assess their own personal preparedness and will receive a free flashlight or emergency hammer, as well as information to enhance their personal safety from disasters and emergencies.

Learn about Fire Safety at the House of Hazards , an interactive exhibit for adults and children to learn about fire safety, created by the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Office of Fire Prevention and Control. The House of Hazards has five stations, each with their own important fire and life safety messages about common fire hazards such as a kitchen fire and other home fire hazards.

Bridge engineers will be at work and visitors can use design software as a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering. Fairgoers will learn about truss bridges and how New York State Department of Transportation engineers use computers as a problem-solving tool to build and maintain safe bridges.

Plan a nature trip and take a fun photo at the Department of Environmental Conservation booth. The State Land Interactive Mapper will be available at the Log Cabin for fairgoers to plan and map their trips to state forests, parks and other public space, and there will be photo opportunities in front of the cabin to have pictures taken as a logger with a real log skidder tire and an angler with a huge fish on the line. There will also be interactive exhibits at which fairgoers will learn how DEC measures air and water quality and they can learn about the effects of acid rain.

Buy a sporting license from a full team of license sales agents who will be on hand each day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for the thousands of sportsmen and sportswomen who annually buy their hunting, fishing and trapping licenses at the DEC aquarium building at the fair. This year, fairgoers’ license-buying experience will be enhanced thanks to the streamlined licensing system enabling sales agents to more easily access current licenses, privileges, permits and tags held. License-buyers can also purchase lifetime sporting licenses at the fair, eliminating the need for annual renewals and presenting the opportunity to display the license on their NYS ID or driver’s license.

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New York State Fair Gets New Mobile App, Enhanced Website

August 31, 2015

A new mobile app and updated website for the Great New York State Fair, which runs daily through September 7, allow users to purchase tickets online, create a custom schedule with reminders for events throughout the day, and features a GPS-enabled map that allows visitors to know where they are on the fairgrounds. The mobile app, made by Persource, is available at .

“This new app and website will bring one of the state’s most treasured traditions into the 21 st century,” Governor Andrew M. Cuomo said. “With new tools on the website and on mobile phones, it has never been easier to plan a day at the fair and see the very best this state has to offer. I encourage all to use these tools and take a trip this year to the Great New York State Fair.”

The new app is available for free in the Apple and Google Play marketplaces. Within the app, users can scroll through hourly events and musical shows to build a custom itinerary. When an event is added to the itinerary, fairgoers will get a reminder 5 minutes before it begins. The app also features the “Food Finder,” which uses GPS to pinpoint a user’s exact location and shows the location of Fair food vendors.

Communication is another important function in the app. Buttons for Facebook and Twitter allow users to see posts and tweets from the Fair in real time, while the Messages section gives the Fair the ability to push important or urgent information to all app users at once.

The app is tied directly to the new website, , which allows content changes to happen instantly across both platforms. The website had not been updated since its last renovation in 2012. Since then, web browsing has moved to phones and tablets. Today, more than half of all visits to the State Fair website are from mobile devices. In response to this, the new website is now mobile-responsive — adjusting its design based on its screen size, whether the site is being accessed on a desktop computer with a widescreen monitor or on a cellphone with a narrow screen.

Troy Waffner, Acting Fair Director, said, “We are always looking for new ways to improve our visitors’ experience at the Great New York State Fair and that starts long before they walk through our gates. By providing a newly streamlined website with high-functioning compatible app, we’re making sure fairgoers have available the latest information on the fair and its year-round events at the touch of a button.”

The new website was built to handle large volumes of traffic during State Fair season, with upwards of 50,000 visitors each day. Other improvements include a more vibrant color scheme, the color-coded navigation bar floating at the top of each page as the user scrolls down the screen, and the ability to deliver shortcuts to users based on keywords to make searches successful more quickly.

The website’s longtime feature that helps people build an itinerary for their Fair visit is also enhanced. Thousands of events take place during the 12-day run of the Fair, including more than 500 free musical performances. It can be daunting to try to plan a day at the Fair, so improved website tools present the Fair’s events in several different ways to make planning easier and help build an itinerary: by day, time and venue.

The website integrates all content related both to the 12 days of the Fair and also to the year-round use of the fairgrounds for hundreds of events, ending the practice of changing the entire website for each season.


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New York State Rite of Spring: Maple Sugaring Weekends Let You Experience How Syrup is Made

February 18, 2015

Syracuse, NY – Tap into one of the sweetest events of the year, New York State’s Maple Weekend, which will be celebrating its 20th year in 2015. The event takes place March 21-22 and March 28-29 from 10am-4pm each day. During both weekends, producers from across the state will welcome families to their farms to experience firsthand how real, mouthwatering maple syrup and other related maple products are made. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York’s freshest syrup and purchase maple products directly from the source.

Each year, New York ranks as one of the top maple producing states in the U.S. As spring temperatures begin to rise in late February and early March, maple trees and sugar bushes come alive with activity. In Northern New York, when sap begins to drip through sugaring lines, it’s a sure sign that maple sugaring season has begun.

Maple Weekend offers visitors and residents alike the opportunity to taste this “liquid gold” in all its forms.

During Maple Weekend producers from across the state welcome families to their farms to experience firsthand how real, mouth-watering maple syrup and other related products are made. You’ll also have the opportunity to enjoy fun, family-friendly activities, taste New York’s freshest maple syrup and purchase your favorite maple products.

Plan your own Maple Weekend trip at and join the conversation on Facebook at


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Celebrate New Year’s On & Off the Slopes in New York’s Catskills Mountains

December 6, 2014

GREENE COUNTY, NY – New Year’s Eve in the Great Northern Catskills of Greene County offers family-friendly entertainment, as well as romantic couples retreats in the mountains just two hours north of New York City.

Head to the Catskills for New Year’s Eve celebrations and ring in 2015 with these festive events:

New Year’s Eve Celebration on the Snow at Hunter Mountain is part tailgate party, part traditional New Year’s Eve celebration. Grab your friends and head to the mountain for a day of skiing and riding, and stick around for the after-party, complete with live music, a torchlight parade, giveaways, door prizes, and of course, spectacular fireworks. The evening of entertainment kicks off at 4 pm.

At Windham Mountain, the NYE Celebration with Joshua Tree features the “premier U2 tribute band” which will perform along with DJ Brian from 8 pm – 1 am. A special entertainment program for kids includes a magic show with magician Sean Doolan, and a movie night followed by fireworks.

Ring in the New Year at Blackthorne Resort and dance the night away during their New Year’s Eve Bash, which will include an open bar cocktail hour, five-course dinner and live entertainment by Peter McKiernan for $55. Join for dinner or just the after party, and dance to the Kitty Kelly Band. Enjoy a Champagne toast, buffet and fireworks at midnight. Reservations are suggested and rooms are available for overnight guests.

New Year’s Eve Lodging Packages Near NYC

Enjoy a romantic escape to the Catskills and ski and ride into the New Year, or simply relax with family and friends with one of these special New Year’s Eve lodging packages:

  • Winter Clove Inn’s New Year’s Celebration package includes overnight accommodations and a New Year’s Eve party for all ages. The evening kicks off with a sumptuous feast, followed by bowling and snacks for the kids, and a live band with cash bar for the adults. At 11 pm, everyone is invited to enjoy a pizza party followed by a champagne toast at midnight. Rates are $145 per adult and vary for children depending on age.
  • Bavarian Manor Country Inn & Restaurant’s New Year’s Eve package includes overnight accommodations, an elegant dinner, live music by Nickel Candy, party hats, late-night buffet and a champagne toast to ring in the New Year. Book overnight accommodations by December 15 to receive special dining discounts. Rates vary.

For more information about New Year’s Eve lodging packages and festivities in Greene County, go to

Greene County is 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, and on


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County Fairs Embody New York’s Agricultural Tradition; State Makes it Easy to Locate Online

July 9, 2014
New York State's rich agricultural tradition is on display at dozens of county fairs throughout the state. The state has a new website to help travelers connect © 2014 Karen Rubin/

New York State’s rich agricultural tradition is on display at dozens of county fairs throughout the state. The state has a new website to help travelers connect © 2014 Karen Rubin/

Information on nearly four dozen county fairs as well as a number of youth fairs throughout New York State is now available on the state’s open data website, located at

County Fairs operate from early July through early September across New York State and present visitors with an opportunity to learn about local agriculture. They also provide countless recreational opportunities and economic benefits to local regions, from amusement park rides to games to agricultural competitions involving local farmers and small business owners.

“County fairs are a valuable tradition for communities across New York State, offering visitors a chance to experience local agriculture and entertainment while also providing a boost to regional economies,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “The State’s open data website is a great resource for New Yorkers to learn more about upcoming fairs in their area, and by highlighting these events we are helping to raise the profile of local vendors. I encourage all New Yorkers to visit a fair near them this summer, and see more of what our farmers and agricultural producers have to offer.”

New York’s open data website is a great resource for New Yorkers to find out when their local fair is happening and where it’s taking place. County fairs are an important part of New York tourism and I encourage all New Yorkers to visit a local agricultural fair this summer.”

Fairs take place in all ten of New York’s economic development regions, providing unique educational experiences for fairgoers in communities across the State. County fairs also have significant economic impacts, creating jobs and generating millions of dollars in economic revenue.

A listing of County Fairs across New York State can be found here.

A map of county fair locations across New York State can be found here.

A calendar for county fairs across New York State can be found here.

“I’m a huge fan of county fairs and like millions of New Yorkers, I’ve been taking my family to our own local fair for many years,” said State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball. “County fairs are an important agricultural and family tradition, and with the help of the state’s open data website it’s now easier than ever for New Yorkers to enjoy agritourism this summer.”

The current state budget provides $500,000 in reimbursements for agricultural competitions at county fairs across the state through the Department of Agriculture and Markets. The Department also operates The Great New York State Fair, located in Syracuse. This year’s Fair takes place from August 21 through September 1. The first Friday of the Fair, in line with tradition, will be designated “Law Enforcement Day.” However, this year, Friday, August 22 will also be a designated “County Fair Day.” County Fair managers and board members from all agricultural fairs from across the state will be invited to come enjoy a day at the State Fair, get a behind the scenes tour of the fairgrounds and Midway, and enjoy a couple short presentations on agriculture at the State Fair.

The State Department of Agriculture and Markets’ staff of veterinarians and licensed veterinary technicians work at each county fair and the State Fair to examine animals for exhibition, including cows, pigs, sheep, goats, alpacas, and llamas. This helps to ensure that livestock return home just as healthy as when they left. Department staff also checks paperwork on all the animals to be sure that each has had a previous veterinary examination and that the necessary tests and vaccinations to qualify for exhibition were completed. Without the assurance that there are protections in place, owners of valuable livestock would not bring their best animals to exhibit, depriving the farm community and public of this lively competition for the prize of Grand Champion

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NYS Launches ‘Come See the Comeback’ Tourism Campaign Showcasing Areas Rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy

October 30, 2013
Take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to Poughkeepsie to hop on the resort shuttle for Mohonk Mountain House and enjoy a timeless getaway at a Victorian style castle © 2013 Karen Rubin/

Take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to Poughkeepsie to hop on the resort shuttle for Mohonk Mountain House and enjoy a timeless getaway at a Victorian style castle © 2013 Karen Rubin/

New York State has launched a “Come See the Comeback” tourism campaign to promote tourism in communities recovering from Superstorm Sandy. The campaign highlights the progress these communities have made in rebuilding after the storm and that they are ready to welcome visitors once again.

The campaign partners with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) by highlighting discounts and promotions on the Metro-North Railroad and Long Island Rail Road to promote travel to these areas.

“Nearly one year after Superstorm Sandy, our ‘Come See the Comeback’ campaign captures the spirit of New Yorkers who in the face of any challenge will work together to come back better than before,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said. “Superstorm Sandy caused terrible destruction in communities in Long Island, New York City and the Hudson Valley, closing down local businesses and damaging popular parks and beaches. But in the last 12 months, many of these communities have rebuilt better than before and their doors are once again open for business. We want New Yorkers and visitors to come see the progress that these communities have made and breathe new life into the local tourism industry. From taking a spin on the Wonder Wheel in Coney Island and touring wineries on Long Island to hiking in the Hudson Valley, there is something to do for everyone – and the MTA can get you there. So pick up a MetroCard, get on a train, and come see our comeback.”

The Governor also encouraged New Yorkers and visitors to use the MTA to visit communities recovering from recent storms. The MTA is offering various promotions and discounts to drive commuters to the following destinations:

New York City Transit Deals:

Take the subway to Coney Island and enjoy a nickel hotdog at Nathan’s Famous on the Boardwalk! Print the ad on the MTA’s Deals and Discounts web page to buy one at regular price and get a second Nathan’s hot dog for 5 cents, through December 31. Save $7 on a Luna Park weekday wristband. And save $2 at Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park off the purchase of a Kiddie Park 10 pack. Go to, look for “Tourist Information” in the lower left of the home page, click on “Deals and Getaways” and print the Coney Island page to redeem these offers.

Show your Metro Card at Historic Trust Houses around the city for great deals.

Show your MetroCard at any Orchestra of St. Luke’s Chamber Music Series concert* at The Morgan Library & Museum or the Brooklyn Museum and receive a ticket to the concert and all-day admission to the museum for only $20 — a $50 value! *Subject to availability. Click here.

Long Island Rail Road Deals & Getaways:

The LIRR offers The Montauk Village & Golf package to help customers discover the natural beauty at the tip of Long Island. Package includes discounted round-trip rail, taxi stubs to town, and a deals coupon with discounts at participating merchants. For golf lovers, a legendary course with ocean views is open 364 days of the year. Take advantage of our Montauk Village Package – offered daily (call 631-668-2428 for Montauk Chamber of Commerce information).

The LIRR is working closely with its East End partners and the Wine Council to promote this year’s “Taste of North Folk” events during Veteran’s Day Weekend Nov 9-11, where free shuttle service will connect at LIRR North Fork stations and transport visitors to various wineries and food establishments on the North Fork. Website:

Take advantage of the LIRR’s Port Jefferson Package – offered daily. This package includes round-trip rail to/from Port Jefferson Station, two Lindy’s Taxi vouchers and an LIRR/Port Jeff Deals Coupon – good for offers at participating merchants. Upcoming Events at Port Jeff include: 3rd Annual Harvest Festival: Oct 27; Dickens Festival: December 6 – 8th.

The Arches at Deer Park has more than 70 stores, a movie theater, ice skating in the winter and Tuscan Village style. The Arches is conveniently located a short distance from the Deer Park LIRR Train Station. The package includes rail fare to Deer Park station, Outlet Shuttle for a short ride to the center and a coupon book. On Saturday, Nov 16, the Annual Tree Lighting celebration commences with special appearances by a Radio City Rockette.

Metro-North Railroad Deals & Getaways:

Cultural escapes are offered year-round, with discount Getaway packages to museums and art centers throughout the Hudson Valley. Popular venues include Dia:Beacon, Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, Katonah Art Museum and the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack.

Relax aboard a Metro-North train and eat well during Hudson Valley Restaurant Week November 4– 17. Of the more than 150 restaurants participating, 56 are located near Metro-North train stations on the Hudson, Harlem, New Haven and Port Jervis lines.

Metro-North also makes it easy to enjoy the Hudson Valley for more than a day, with hotel packages that include rail tickets, shuttle service and discount room rates. Take Metro-North’s Hudson Line to Poughkeepsie to hop on the resort shuttle for Mohonk Mountain House and enjoy a timeless getaway at a Victorian style castle. Shop, dine and relax when you take Metro-North’s Harlem Line to White Plains and check into the Ritz-Carlton. Check into the 1850 House Inn & Tavern and you’re that’s just steps away from hiking and biking trails in the Shawangunk Mountains.

Metro-North is gearing up to take customers to the sloops, with the Thunder Ridge Ski Area getaway package going on sale, the first of December. This package makes it easy for customers to take the train, connect with a shuttle bus and get a lift ticket and ski rental all in one ticket!

It’s also easy to connect with area events and historic sites with overnight packages to Springhill in Tarrytown and the Yonkers Hampton Inn. These overnight packages include rail tickets, shuttle service to/from the station and nearby attractions.

“Superstorm Sandy brought our state and our transit network to their knees a year ago, but we not only survived, we have thrived and come back stronger than ever,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast. “Now thanks to the leadership of Governor Cuomo and the ‘Come See the Comeback’ campaign, we’re glad to show off all we’ve done and all the places the MTA can take you that have bounced back from Sandy. Our customers will be seeing the ‘I Love NY’ message throughout our network, and as we did right after Sandy, the MTA is once again demonstrating its power to drive our region’s economy — by urging our customers to get on board, travel the state, and see for themselves how New York has come back from Sandy.”

For more information about these discount rail and admission packages and Metro-North Deals and Station Stop Happenings for this fall, click “Deals & Getaways” at

Visit the Tourist Information banner at to begin planning a trip with the MTA. For more information on tourism in New York, visit

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Escape to New York’s Adirondacks for Ideal Fall Getaway

October 15, 2013

Less than an hour’s drive north of Albany and four hours north of New York City, The Adirondack Park offers unparalleled outdoor recreation and family-friendly festivals amid colorful fall foliage, ideal for an autumn weekend getaway.

The Adirondack Region is larger than most national parks, with six-million-acres of public and private lands unaffected by the U.S. Government shutdown. Located just a short drive from major metro areas in the northeast, the Adirondacks are a great alternative for travelers looking to have a wilderness park experience, but finding the gates closed at federally funded parks.

This weekend, fall foliage colors are nearing their peak vibrancy, and with warmer temperatures expected to continue through mid-October, now is the perfect time to hike, paddle and drive around the Adirondack’s mountains, lakes and rivers.

The Adirondack Region’s exciting fall festival line-up continues through the end of October.

The Adirondack Park offers some of the best wilderness vantage points in the country – from as-far-as-the-eye-can-see panoramas, to intimate ponds secluded in a reflective halo of golden leaves. Explore the East Coast’s largest wilderness park with special fall lodging deals offer a variety of opportunities, including:

Apple Picking Package in the Lake George Region – Package includes overnight accommodations at the elegant Georgian Lakeside Resort, sparkling cider upon arrival, dinner for two at Giovannas on the Lake, ½ peck of apples at pick-your-own Saratoga Apples and breakfast each morning of your stay. Rates start at $390 per couple and include all gratuities and taxes.

Adirondack Adventure Package in Lake Placid Region – Package includes one night’s accommodation at the family-friendly Ledge Rock at Whiteface in Wilmington, and a day pass to High Falls Gorge, featuring cliff walkways above the thundering Ausable River. Rates start at $122 per couple and do not include taxes. Enjoy easy access to Whiteface Mountain’s Oktoberfest and other fall foliage events, as well as scenic fall gondola rides.

Golfing Package on the Adirondack Coast – Package includes mid-week and weekend accommodations at the historic Bluff Point Golf Resort on the coast of Lake Champlain, two rounds of golf per person, access to a private sand beach and canoe and kayak rentals. Rates start at $84 per person mid-week, based on double occupancy.

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