orange-county-tourism-2.JPGThe rubber meets the road in Orange County, New York

Orange County, N.Y. - Orange County Tourism's wheels have been busy turning with summer vacations in mind. Loads of cool happenings have been posted to the calendar at as well as a wide array of attractions, lodging and dining options. Pick your favorites and motor into the hub of the Hudson Valley for fun all season long. Located just one hour north of New York City, Orange County is an easy trip on the New York State Thruway or Interstate 84. Here's a sample of June jaunts to jump start your summer. Don't worry, your GPS is working! When you head for this year's Hoboken International Film Festival, you'll find yourself at the beautiful, historic Paramount Theatre in Middletown. Showcasing numerous film and television stars and the world's most cutting edge films, the event ranks as one of the top 10 best film festivals in the world. Mingle with the stars and filmmakers at the Gala Awards Ceremony and Party hosted by superstar standup comedian Gilbert Gottfried. Whether you purchase an all-access pass or buy tickets to individual galas and screenings, you'll have stars in your eyes. The Paramount will roll out the red carpet for this spectacular from May 31st through June 6th.     Park the car and lace up your running shoes for the Classic 10K Road Race Weekend on June 1st and 2nd, a Middletown highlight for many years. The route encompasses Olympic gold medalist Frank Shorter's boyhood training loops. The main race, which attracts serious runners from around the world, provides a scenic tour of Middletown's historic neighborhoods and parks. The whole family can celebrate fun and fitness along this course. There are races for kids on Saturday, and a race and walk on Sunday before the Classic. A community health expo, awards ceremony, and finish line party round out the fun for spectators and runners on Sunday. On June 1st, the wheels on the bus will take the whole family round to Cornwall-on-Hudson's Riverfest for a full day of entertainment along side the majestic Hudson River. Meet the shuttle buses at the Cornwall Middle School and enjoy the short ride to scenic Donahue Park for the festivities. Bring a lawn blanket and lounge to the great live music as you take in the spectacular view of the surrounding Hudson Highlands. Stroll the craft vendor booths and food fair. There's lots of green space for the children to play and special activities planned just for them. The shuttles will be making continuous loops from 11am to 6pm. Pedal power is the pre-requisite for the Stewart State Forest Bike Tour in New Windsor on Sunday, June 2nd. Bring your mountain bike, BMX or hybrid bicycle to this ride which offers three loops, each geared for different levels of experience from beginner to expert.  The routes range from 8 to 17 miles. Some are on old roads while others traverse some gravelly and single track terrain.  Pre-registration is required for the ride which also includes  lunch, beer, ice cream, bike demos, massage, and more.  You'll be proud to wear your new event T-shirt home after the end of a great day in the country. Zoom over to the great lawn next to the Inn at Bear Mountain State Park for one of the coolest car cruises at one of the prettiest places in the Hudson Valley every Wednesday night, weather permitting, until September 11th. Hundreds of street rods and classics motor parade into this weekly drive-in while masses of motorcycles flank the far end of the field near the carousel. Don't miss any of the 6 to 9pm action. Burgers, beer, and other casual fare are served up by the park's food service so you can dine right there as the sounds of doo wop fill the air. Bring your blanket or lawn chairs and watch the parade of vehicles lining up on the grass, then meander up and down the rows finding your favorites. It's a great midweek getaway for the entire family. When it comes to summer fun, the rubber meets the road in Orange County!  Find a complete list of attractions, lodging, and events at For a free copy of the Orange County Travel Guide, email, or call 800-762-8687. Orange County Tourism is headquarters for tourism in the county and is part of the I LOVE NEW YORK program. RESOURCES: Bear Mountain Car Cruise, Bear Mountain State Park. 845-786-2701 x254.  The Classic 10K Road Race Weekend, Middletown. Hoboken International Film Festival, Paramount Theatre Middletown. 845-346-4195. Riverfest, Cornwall-on-Hudson. 845-534-4200. Stewart State Forest Bike Tour, New Windsor. 845-564-3018,


Contact: Mary Ann McCarthy (845) 615-3860