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I Love New York Backgrounder

Published: Feb 27, 2014

About New York State:

New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls to the wine trails of Hudson Valley & Finger Lakes and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Whether it's wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole family like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers. For more information, visit www.iloveny.com. Media can find press releases and more at www.thebeat.iloveny.com

Discover a perfect mix of wilderness and civilization amid spectacular landscapes-sky-high mountains, lush green forests and abundant waters. Just a few hours' drive from most major East Coast cities, the six-million-acre Adirondack Park is the largest natural wilderness area in the eastern US. With 46 high peaks, over 3,000 lakes and ponds, and thousands of miles of trails and canoe routes, the region is a haven for hiking, fishing, whitewater rafting and swimming in cool mountain lakes. Unique attractions include Olympic venues, world- class nature museums, historic Great Camps and luxurious four- season mountain resorts.  http://visitadirondacks.com

Ronald Ofner
Adirondack Region Tourism Council
(518) 597-3588 ron@adk.com

Rebecca Steffan
Inform PR
(518) 523-9258
Rebecca@informinc.com


From Saratoga's famous horseracing, polo and bubbling mineral springs to historic battlefields and the magnificent state Capitol in Albany, Capital-Saratoga combines rich heritage with fast-forward fun. Schenectady's Stockade District features one of the largest collections of colonial houses in the US. Troy is known for its Victorian architecture and many Tiffany windows. The village of Cambridge, surrounded by apple orchards and farmland, has a charming Main Street, covered bridges and trout streams. Picturesque waters, from the Hudson River to Great Sacandaga Lake, provide relaxation and recreation. http://capital-saratoga.com

Michele Vennard

Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau (518) 434-1217 ext. 300 mvennard@albany.org


Close proximity to New York City, natural beauty and celebrated hospitality make this region one of the nation's premiere vacation retreats. Legendary mountains, serene forests and sparkling lakes and streams surround one-of-a-kind attractions and unique places to stay. Trails along waterfalls, gorges and high peaks in the Catskill Forest Preserve offer breathtaking views. Swim and kayak in cool mountain lakes or fish in some of the world's best trout streams. Go whitewater rafting, take a scenic train ride or follow country roads to antique shops and farm markets. www.visitthecatskills.com

Roberta Lockwood
Sullivan County Visitors Association
1-800-882-2287
rbl@scva.net

The Central New York Region is home to everything unique that characterizes New York State. From big city lights to small town charm - and everything in between - it encapsulates all that makes New York, well, New York.

You'll find all of it in CNY: Live theatre and entertainment, fascinating museums and halls of fame, historical landmarks, farmers' markets bursting with fresh produce, year round festivals, country style B&Bs, some of the best antiquing and golfing greens in the northeast and trail after trail of boundless nature.

Follow country roads leading to famous attractions like the Baseball Hall of Fame, Howe Caverns and Turning Stone Resort Casino, as well as hidden gems, from historic inns and art museums to Greater Binghamton's six antique carousels. A stroll or trolley ride down Main Street is a magical trip in Cooperstown's vintage American village. Stretching through the heart of the region, the Erie Canal presents many options for recreation, from wildlife cruises to canalside bike paths. Beautiful state parks are ideal for hiking, picnicking and fishing. www.justgocny.com

Jim Walter
Executive Director Madison County Tourism
1-800-684-7320
jimwalter@madisontourism.com

 

This region's charms have delighted vacationers for over a century.

Timeless landscapes-"enchanted" mountains, picturesque waterways and bountiful vineyards-offer simple pleasures like fishing in the Genesee River and Lake Erie, biking along country roads, and swimming in pristine lakes. For wilder fun, ride the new Mountain Coaster at Holiday Valley's adventure park or swirl past rugged cliffs and waterfalls, whitewater rafting in the Zoar Valley. Stroll along tree-lined lanes in a Victorian village at the Chautauqua Institution, featuring a summer season of world-class performances. http://www.visitwesternny.com

Andrew Nixon
(716) 357-4569
Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau
Nixon@tourchautauqua.com

The Finger Lakes Region is known for its scenic views, romantic getaways, plethora of wineries, shopping, arts, and of course, and our great outdoors! Lakes? There are plenty to go around. 11 pristine, fresh water lakes placed on the land like a giant handprint lure visitors here each year. On these lakes you can have active pursuits like swimming, fishing - or you can relax lakeside and just take in the fresh air!

The Finger Lakes is 14 counties that extend from Lake Ontario to the Pennsylvania border where Corning is the anchor. There are 9,000 square miles of recreational fun and great surprises, plus an abundance of shopping in the Finger Lakes. You can find so much locally made - and at fantastic prices along the Main Streets, and in huge shopping centers, like Syracuse's DestinyUSA.

Complementing all this natural beauty are internationally renowned attractions like Corning Museum of Glass and the National Museum of Play (Strong Museum), the New York Wine and Culinary Center in Canandaigua. There's a trail for many interests: art trails, historically themed trails, the Seaway Trail, wine and cheese trails, and trails along the Erie Canal. This is one place where getting off the trail is a good thing - because it means you're probably finding some great treasures and making some great memories!

For information about attractions and events and trail ideas for the Finger Lakes region, visit www.fingerlakestravelny.com.

Nicole Mahoney
Break the Ice Media
(545) 394-0787
tourism@breaktheicemedia.com


Rochester-just 90 minutes past the border into western New York, is indeed A Welcome Surprise!  But for many Canadians, it's a frequent destination. Over 7,000 hotel rooms support a range of renowned attractions, events, performances and exhibits. Small neighborhoods and quaint villages appeal to traveling companions, while a well balanced yet "full throttle" nightlife appeals to all ages.  A perfect base for regional touring or shopping excursions. www.visitrochester.com

Greg Marshall
VisitRochester
Phone: 585.279.8318
gregm@visitrochester.com

The excitement is building Syracuse with the grand opening of DestinyUSA, the country's largest enclosed shopping/lifestyle destination north of Pennsylvania. Of course, Syracuse is already known for its ever-changing arts scene, cruises on the historic Erie Canal and fiercely loyal Syracuse University collegiate sports fans.

Add to that the family-friendly entertainment of AAA Syracuse Chiefs' minor league baseball and AHL Syracuse Crunch Hockey, and a weekend getaway is a must. Bistros, coffee shops, sports bars, Irish pubs and specialty shops intertwine downtown's Hanover and Armory Squares, while dozens of incredible festivals envelop Clinton Square. "The Original" Dinosaur BBQ, voted the best place for barbeque in the U.S. by ABC-TV's Good Morning America, is just one of many cool places to satisfy any cuisine craving and also provides a truly unique venue for the heart and soul of Syracuse's burgeoning music scene.

Carol Eaton
Vice President of Marketing
Syracuse Convention & Visitors Bureau
800-234-4797
Ceaton@VisitSyracuse.org


Natural and man-made wonders make this region an awesome place to visit! Niagara Falls State Park was named one of the Top 10 Most Beautiful Spots in America by the Today show. And that's just the beginning. With world-class sportfishing, the Seneca Niagara Casino, fabulous shopping, the Niagara Wine Trail, Erie Canal cruises, Darien Lake Theme & Waterpark Resort featuring world-class coasters, thrill rides, huge waterpark and on-site hotel and cabins, historic Old Fort Niagara, Buffalo's great art and architecture, and the magnificent gorge at Letchworth State Park known as the Grand Canyon of the East, the region offers something for everyone. http://greaterniagara.com

Kelly Rapone
Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Tourism Promotion Agency
(800) 622-2686 / (585) 343-7440 ext 23
KRapone@GeneseeNY.com

This region's magnificent landscapes have inspired generations of artists, writers and statesmen. Just north of Manhattan, beside the majestic Hudson River, discover palatial historic homes, charming riverside villages and celebrated farm-fresh cuisine. Shopping options range from country antique shops to Woodbury Common, the world's largest collection of designer outlets. Acclaimed museums and theaters present cultural treasures and great performances. Boscobel House & Gardens-a grand estate overlooking the US Military Academy at West Point-features the renowned Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival that attracts over 30,000 fans every summer. www.travelhusdonsvalley.com

Mary Kay Vrba
Dutchess County Tourism
(845) 463-5445
mkv@dutchesstourism.com

Enjoy an island getaway just minutes from Manhattan! Famous for white sand beaches and world-class wineries, Long Island also has quaint fishing villages, grand historic mansions, unique museums and fabulous shopping--from large malls and designer outlets to small seaside boutiques and roadside farmstands. Follow the North Fork Trail scenic byway to wineries, farm markets, antique shops and restaurants serving fresh local produce and seafood. For seaside glamour: The Hamptons, on the South Fork, were named the ultimate summer playground by Conde Nast Traveler.

Kristen Matejka
Long Island CVB & Sports Commission
631.951.3900 x.317
KMatejka@discoverlongisland.com



The breathtaking scenery includes nearly 2,000 islands, the shimmering blue bays of Great Lake Ontario, the sparkling St. Lawrence River and hundreds of miles of picturesque coastline. Cultural attractions and boundless adventures range from fairy-tale castles to trophy fishing attracting anglers from around the world. With 28 state parks, the region is a giant playground throughout the year with fantastic boating, swimming, hiking and birdwatching in warmer months as well as wintertime sports like cross-country skiing and snowmobiling. Wonderful nature centers are open year-round. http://www.visit1000islands.com/visitorinfo or www.ticouncil.com

Gary DeYoung
1000 Islands International Tourism Council

(315) 482-2520

gary@visit1000islands.com

I LOVE NEW YORK MEDIA CONTACTS:

Melanie Klausner
M. SILVER - A Division of Finn Partners
(212)-754-6500, ext. 243
Melanie.Klausner@finnpartners.com

Eric Scheffel
Empire State Development
(518) 292-5274
EScheffel@esd.ny.gov 

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