iloveny-stack1.jpgNew York, N.Y. - For those resolving to have more fun in 2010, New York State (http://www.iloveny.com/) is the place to get started. Beyond the bright lights and bustling crowds of Times Square, New York State invites travelers to ring in the New Year in front of a roaring fireplace at a cozy inn, on the slopes, at a lavish "Gatsby-era" themed party, or enjoying a festive fireworks display.  Giving 2009 a proper send-off, here are some of the happenings travelers can expect when wishing loved ones a Happy New Year in New York State. First Night Saratoga, Saratoga Saratoga Springs hosts one of the largest events north of Times Square with First Night Saratoga on December 31, from 5:00 pm to midnight. First Night includes over 30 sites for music, dancing and comedy performances. For more information visit http://www.ymcasaratoga.org/firstnight/index.html or call 518-583-9622, ext.132. For overnight getaway packages visit http://www.saratoga.org/visitors/events-festivals/first-night-saratoga. Midnight Bonfire & Fireworks, Binghamton The annual New Year's celebration of the Arts, takes place in over 30 downtown locations in Binghamton. This year's First Night event will feature local and regional artists, arts and crafts activities, an ice sculpting competition, puppets at the Merry Makers Procession, and live music at the midnight bonfire and fireworks display. Admission is $12. For more information, visit www.stcelebrates.org/ or call 607-723-8572. Greek Peak Mountain Resort & Hope Lake Lodge, Cortland After a full day out on the slopes, head to the Acorn Grill from 6pm-9pm on December 31, for a special New Year's Eve menu at $50 per person, or $90 per couple. At10pm, the mountain will glow with a torchlight parade followed by a fireworks display. Then, head to the Bobcat Lounge for Jazz and a champagne toast at midnight. With the dining package, a night lift ticket to the ski area is also available for $10 extra. Separate "Kid Zone" party and buffet including food, movies, and crafts from 5-9 is $20. For more information, visit http://www.greekpeak.net/ or call 877-965-6343. Gatsby-Era Themed Party, Rochester Join the party for an overnight New Year's Eve Grand Celebration package at Woodcliff Hotel and Spa. The package includes deluxe accommodations, New Year's Eve dinner, live entertainment in the Ballroom, midnight fireworks display, a cash bar and midnight champagne toast, continental "eye opener" breakfast, New Year's Day Champagne Brunch, complimentary valet parking, and late check out until 6:00pm. Rates start at $350 per couple or $232.50 for a single (excluding tax and gratuities). For reservations or information on the Woodcliff Hotel and Spa, call 800-365-3065 or 585-248-4810. The Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinecliff Celebrate the New Year with The Rhinecliff Hotel's Holiday on the River 2009 package. Spend the night in the just-restored 1854 hotel on the Hudson including overnight accommodations in a river view room, a four-course early or six-course late dinner, midnight celebration including disco dancing, breakfast for two on New Year's Day, and a hot chocolate and warm cookies amenity for the journey home. Prices starting at $300 (excluding gratuity and tax). For more information, visit http://www.therhinecliff.com/ or call 845-876-0590. Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, Canandaigua For an action-packed New Year's Eve evening head to Bristol Mountain.  The resort will have half price equipment rentals for skiers and snowboarders from 4pm - 10 pm along with events including performances by the Funk Uncle Band and DJ Stu, a balloon artist and Henna tattoo artist, torch light parade, and fireworks. A family of three can ski or snowboard for $69. Each additional family member is $22. For more information, visit http://www.bristolmountain.com/, or call 585-374-6000. The Village of Fort Plain, Fort Plain Bring in the New Year with an evening full of entertainment, featuring various performances by groups including Stone Soup, Dave Hazzard, the Country Strings, and the Cronkhite, Miller, Davern Trio. After the event, countdown to midnight at the newly restored Town Clock, which has been turned into a mini Times Square. Enjoy the festivities from 4:30pm to 12:30pm. For more information call 518-993-4271 or 518-993-4693. Lamplight Inn B&B, Lake Luzerne This 1890-built Victorian Inn is offering a special dessert and champagne package for New Year's Eve, including suite accommodations with a fireplace and Jacuzzi, a dessert buffet and champagne, and breakfast with complimentary mimosa's or poinsettias. Package rates are $219 for two-nights, double occupancy.  For more information, visit http://www.lamplightinn.com/ or call 800-262-4668. Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel, Watkins Glen Seneca Lake's newest hotel is offering a special New Year's Eve package that includes overnight accommodations, a bottle of Harbor Hotel Champagne, cocktail reception from 7-8 pm, dinner stations at 8 pm and four hours of additional open bar with live music and dancing. Sleep in on New Year's Day with a late check out available and a New Year's Day brunch. Package prices start at $299. For more information, visit http://www.watkinsglenharborhotel.com/ or call 607-535-6116. The Kitano, New York The Kitano New York will celebrate with its annual New Year's Eve jazz celebration featuring Brazilian and American heritage with performances by Nilson Matta & The Brazilian Voyage Quintet and the Gene Bertoncini Trio. The jazz performances will be held in the Bar Lounge and Garden Café on New Year's Eve from 9 pm - 1 am Tickets are $75 per person, plus a $20 food and beverage minimum. Call 212-885-7119 for reservations, visit www.kitano.com for more information.

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About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building and Allegany State Park to lesser-known treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Museum of Glass in Corning. Whether it's wide-ranging outdoor activities 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 http://www.iloveny.com/. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com. Contact: Michelle Horn/Terence Gallagher Lou Hammond & Associates (212) 308-8880; Fax: (212) 891-0200 michelleh@lhammond.com / terryg@lhammond.com Lisa Willner Empire State Development Corporation (212) 803-3740 lwillner@empire.state.ny.us