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Issue 24, December 2, 2013

Spa Getaways
A Holiday Happening Along the Niagara Wine Trail

Celebrate the Holiday Season with a wine tasting tour along the Niagara Wine Trail! During the Trail’s annual Holiday Happening (Dec 6-8, 13-15) participants collect a different ornament at each winery on the trail in order to make a complete set. This year's ornament theme is the Nutcracker Ballet!

Tickets are valid for each day of the event, so you can spread your wine tasting over the two weekends. Tickets, which include three tastes of wine and an ornament from each winery, and a commemorative wine glass from your starting winery, are limited so order online today.

 

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Water Water Everywhere
More Reasons than Ever to Hit the Slopes!

$12 Lift Tickets! On December 19, 2013 and January 9, 2014, 10,000 skiers per day will be able to take advantage of $12 lift tickets ($10 for lift tickets; $2 for processing) through the Discover New York Skiing promotion at 26 participating ski areas across the state. Organized by Ski Areas of New York (SANY), the ​promotion is an expansion of last year's popular 10-10-10 one-day deal. Tickets must be reserved and paid in advance and are the perfect start to a long weekend getaway. For details, visit http://www.iskiny.com/ski-deals/discover-ny-skiing

Kids Ski Free! SANY is offering free lift tickets and learn to ski packages for young skiers and snowboarders throughout the 2013-2014 winter ski season at 25 ski areas across the state. Last year's “Kids Ski Free Fourth Grade” program has been expanded this year to include the third grade. Passes in the form of a Passport must be obtained in advance, and there's a $22 processing fee for the season. For details, visit http://www.iskiny.com/ski-deals/free-kids-program

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Green Heart NY
The Warm Glow of the Season

Make this holiday season extra special by journeying back in time and walking through a winter wonderland by candlelight! In Cooperstown, December 14, visit The Farmers’ Museum for one of the region's best-loved holiday traditions, Candlelight Evening. This festive event captures the holiday spirit in a celebration of friendship, family, and community, with caroling, sleigh rides, winter games and wassail.

You’ll also find candlelight tours of historic mansions and homes across New York State, including the Hudson Valley’s 1754 Ellison Mansion in Vails Gate on  1754 Ellison Mansion and Clermont in Germantown on December 15. 

 

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Green Heart NY
Holiday Lights Accent Magical Time of Year!

Every winter, all across New York State, communities add to the magic of the season with holiday light shows. In Niagara County, the Holiday Lights of Niagara Trail includes over 60 displays in Hyde Park, lights and holiday displays on Old Falls Street and holiday displays along the historic Erie Canal in Lockport, along with special events throughout the county (through Jan. 1).

The 17th Annual Price Chopper Capital Holiday Lights in the Parkis taking place through Jan. 3, in Albany’s Washington Park. This year’s new drive-through spectacular features more than 125 displays. At the end of the drive, the Washington Park Lake House features visits with Santa (through Dec. 23), refreshments, crafts, costumed characters and lots of surprises.

In Central New York, Liverpool’s Lights on the Lake in Onondaga Lake Park is a two-mile long drive-through light show featuring towering holiday displays, a larger-than-life Land of Oz, a twinkling fantasy forest, a delightful Victorian village and more! (through Jan. 12)!

 

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Green Heart NY
Traversing the Winter Wilderness

Cross-country skiing offers a fantastic way to glide through the wonderland of a New York winter. Invigorating yet relaxing, it’s easy to learn, inexpensive, and provides a great full-body work-out.

New York has trails for every style and skill level, from beginner to back-country explorer, at parks, forest preserves, ski resorts, and nearly 25 cross-country ski centers across the state. Most ski centers offer instruction, equipment rental and other amenities, and you’ll find accommodations ranging from cozy cabins to posh resorts.

For more information about cross country skiing in New York visit Cross Country Ski Areas of New York.

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Green Heart NY
Great Savings Along the Finger Lakes Beer Trail

IIf you’re a craft beer enthusiast or a traveler looking for a great day trip or weekend getaway, the Finger Lakes Beer Trail Winter Passport is your ticket to savings and adventure along the trail, which spans 200 miles from Rochester to Binghamton. For just $15 plus tax, you’ll get $150 worth of complimentary beer tastings, discounts on growler fills, free merchandise, and much more at over 25 breweries and brewpubs.

The winter passport is only valid from January 18th through February 9, so hurry up and get yours while supplies last! To purchase, go to fingerlakesbeertrail.com.

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Green Heart NY
Ringing in the New Year

Say hello to 2014 in style as you welcome the New Year at one of the many fun-filled celebrations taking place across the state. In the Chautauqua-Allegheny town of Ellicottville, Holiday Valley rings out the old and rings in the new with live music, dancing, a torchlight parade and fireworks.

First Nights, which offer a wide variety of alcohol-free festivities, are taking place in BuffaloCentral New YorkOneontaSaranac Lakeand Saratoga Springs, with activities ranging from music performances to fireworks. And, of course, there’s no bigger party than the one taking place in Manhattan’s Times Square.

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Issue 23, November 4, 2013

Thanksgiving at The Farmers Museum

Giving Thanks

One hundred fifty years ago, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation declaring that the last Thursday in November would be a day of national thanksgiving. Today, Thanksgiving is a time for traditions. Families gather over turkey dinner and millions of New Yorkers, visitors and television viewers watch the most sensational show on Broadway, the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which caps off with Santa Claus officially ushering in the holiday season!

You’ll find special ways to celebrate Thanksgiving throughout New York State, including an old-fashioned gathering at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown on Nov. 29 and 30 that will give you a glimpse of how Thanksgiving was celebrated in 1845. On Nov. 23 and 24 at Old Bethpage Village Restoration on Long Island, you can see demonstrations of a traditional Thanksgiving dinner prepared in old-fashioned wood-burning stoves, beehive ovens and open hearths.

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Ski Areas of New York

Ready to Hit the Slopes!

This month New York State ski areas will be opening for another great season of exciting downhill fun. From family-friendly hills to some of the highest vertical drops in the East, New York State’s ski areas offer something for skiers of every skill level. With some of the most affordable skiing in the Northeast, learning centers for beginning and novice skiers – and with more than 50 downhill ski centers located across the state – there is a ski area for you just a short drive away! Add to this a myriad of other attractions and seasonal activities and you’ve got the perfect winter playground – right here in New York State! For more downhill ski information, visit Ski Areas of New York to learn about the ISKINY Free for Kids program and terrific ski deals.

 

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Lights on the Lake

Holiday Season Getting Underway in New York State!

The holiday season gets underway in November. In the Finger Lakes city of Canandaigua, get into the holiday spirit at the annual Festival of Trees. From Nov. 8 to Dec. 8, the magnificent Granger Homestead will be sparkling with more than 100 trees, wreaths, tabletop decorations and gift baskets beautifully created by local businesses, organizations and individuals. Also in the region, Liverpool’s Lights on the Lake is a two mile long drive-through holiday light extravaganza featuring life-size displays, themed sections and a memorable grand finale. Enjoy holiday shopping in the quaintness of an Adirondack village during Old Forge’s Adirondack Christmas on Main Street, Nov. 29-30. Enjoy in-store specials, refreshments, horse-drawn wagon rides, Santa's Village with live reindeer, a light parade, caroling, and a tree lighting, too!

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18th Annual Autumn Art & Craft Festival
In a Festive Mood

In Selden, Long Island, the 18th Annual Autumn Art & Craft Festival, Nov. 16-17, brings an eclectic selection of 100 artisans together featuring exquisite hand-crafted jewelry, fine art, stained glass, pottery, fiber, unique home accents, gourmet food, holiday items and more. To enjoy a unique shopping experience and gift giving that is appreciated for years, there is no better place to shop. And, if you like pickles, the town of Rosendale in the Catskills is the place to be on Nov. 24 for the International Pickle Festival. The event, held annually the Sunday before Thanksgiving, features crafts, contests, prizes, cultural foods and music, vendors, pickled foods, and plenty of – what else – pickles!

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Issue 22, October 8, 2013

Arts Alive Long Island

It’s the Arts on Long Island!

October is here and so is the Second Annual Arts Alive Long Island Festival, which is taking place simultaneously, from Nassau County to the tips of Suffolk County’s east end.

During the month, the region will be engaged in the arts. Signature events include the Arts Alive Classic Series, featuring both visual and performing arts; Arts Alive for Families, a series of fun family events that introduce the arts to children; and the Arts Alive For Foodies Series, for those with a passion for the culinary arts, featuring cooking classes, harvest celebrations and more.

For more information on Arts Alive Long Island, visit www.artsaliveli.org. Celebrating the arts on Long Island is another great reason to love New York!

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Taste NY

TASTE NY Brings New York’s Farms to Brunch

The Big Apple will get a taste of the State when Taste NY brings homegrown produce, cuisine, wines and distilled spirits to the 6th Annual Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival, presented by FOOD & WINE, from October 17 to 20.

Showing New Yorkers just how much deliciousness is made and grown in their own backyard, TASTE NY will highlight chefs from top restaurants serving up the best from local farms, butchers, brewers, distilleries and wineries at a special Saturday Brunch during the festival on Saturday, October. 19. The brunch will be hosted by The Honorable Andrew Cuomo from noon to 3 p.m. at The Lighthouse, at Pier 61 in Chelsea. Participating chefs include: Howard Kalachnikoff - Gramercy Tavern, Tom Schaudel - Jewel, Peter Hoffman – Back Forty, Marc Murphy - Ditch Plains, Liz Neumark, founder and CEO of Great Performances, Brud Holland - Food Bank of the Southern Tier, Joe Realmuto - Nick & Toni's Café, Orlando Rodriguez - Veraisons Restaurant at Glenora Wine Cellars, and Damon Baehrel - Damon Baehrel. Taste wines from seven wineries and specialty cocktails made by New York Distilling Company.

Sample more of what New York has to offer during the festival’s “Grand Tasting” from artisan breads, locally made cheeses, and yogurt to New York produced beverages, vegetables and of course, big apples, spotlighting the State’s incredible bounty.

Proceeds benefit hunger-relief programs for Food Bank For New York City and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign. Tickets for the brunch, Grand Tasting and other events can be purchased at www.nycwff.org; to learn more about TASTE NY visit, http://taste.ny.gov

 

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Haunted History Trail

Follow the Trail to Haunted History!

Was that a slight breeze across your arm, or did some ethereal being brush against you?

From the great spirits invoked by early Native American tribes, to the first Dutch settlers who carefully avoided haunted places, New York has harbored centuries of spooky events that simply can't be explained. Interest in the eerie has steadily increased with television and movies exploring the ghosts, UFOs, and things beyond the realm of human understanding. All of this awaits you on the Haunted History Trail as it takes you across New York State, from the Hudson Valley to the Greater Niagara region to the places where human forms come out of the mist and strange lights wink from the dark.

Explore while listening to the trail’s audio tour and hear New York's bone chilling history and meet ghosts from the past. What will scare you the most? Spending the night in a haunted castle? An unexpected voice or touch when no one is there? Touring a cemetery as shadows waver in the torchlight? New York State is not just a place to play — it’s a place that can play to your fears and make you believe in ghosts!

 

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Sleepy Hollow NY
Sleepy Hollow Country … Where the Legend Lives!

This month, in a quiet village up the Hudson River from Manhattan … heads will roll. October is when Sleepy Hollow, New York comes to life and the headless horseman rides again!

See for yourself and join in the fun. There’s so much to do during Halloween season in sleepy hollow, it’s scary! Ride past the headless horseman bridge and through the sleepy hollow cemetery on a haunted hayride, see hundreds of jack-o-lanterns glowing at the blaze, visit the Old Dutch church, one of the oldest in New York State, and much more!

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I LOVE NY Fall Events
In a Festive Mood

October is the perfect time to hit the road and celebrate another beautiful autumn in New York State. Magnificent fall foliage provides the perfect backdrop for a wide range of fun-filled family activities, including hay rides, apple picking, haunted houses and lot and lots of seasonal festivals! In North Creek, Gore Mountain’s Harvest Festival, Oct. 12-13, features local Adirondack artisans, children's activities, live entertainment and plenty of hearty fall food! Also that weekend, in the Catskills, Belleayre Mountain’s Annual Fall Festival & Craft Fair is taking place in Highmount with over 100 crafters. View the colorful fall foliage with a sky ride on the Catskill Mountains, check out the many terrific crafts and ski sale, and nibble on delicious German food. Free admission and parking.

Letchworth State Park in Castile welcomes you to the annual Letchworth Arts & Crafts Show and Sale, Oct. 12-14. Come enjoy the “Grand Canyon of the East” at the peak of the fall foliage season and sample the wares of over 300 arts and craft exhibitors, and enjoy great food and entertainment. .  Also features food vendors, informational booths and live entertainment. On October 19-20 head down to Hunter Mountain’s popular Wine, Wing & Brew Fest. Sample fine wines and microbrews of the Hudson Valley, New York State and beyond... many varieties of beer and wine will be represented, from more common merlots and pale ales to meads and maibocks, ports and porters.

In Central New York, the LaFayette Apple Festival, Oct. 12-13, brings the community together for a wonderful celebration of apples and small town America.

And – back by popular demand – the grape stomping contest at the Peek’n Peak Fall Festival in Findley Lake, Oct. 12-13 and Oct. 20-21! Enjoy the colorful hillsides of southwestern New York State with 75 juried crafters, a farmers’ market, ski lift rides, a snow sports equipment swap, games for kids, and more!

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Issue 21, September 4, 2013

I LOVE NY Fall

The Most Colorful Time of the Year!

New York State is getting ready for the fall travel season, which attracts tens of thousands of visitors to its roadways and waterways, small towns, scenic vistas, country fairs and harvest festivals. And it all takes place before a backdrop of spectacularly colorful autumn foliage! 

I LOVE NEW YORK’s weekly fall foliage color reports begin Wednesday, September 11 and continue until the end of the foliage season, around the first week in November. Each Wednesday afternoon throughout the season, reports are updated at iloveny.com to provide the latest information on foliage color conditions in each region of the state.

In addition to the foliage report, you’ll find a detailed map charting fall color progress, vantage points for viewing spectacular foliage, suggested autumn getaways and weekly event listings. Reports are also available by dialing, toll-free, 800/CALL-NYS.

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Love Fresh Air

Experience the Fresh Air of the Finger Lakes

The Finger Lakes region of New York State is a 9,000 square mile, four-season playground for outdoor enthusiasts, set against a backdrop of Mother Nature’s best work – from waterfalls and gorges to thick, cool woods to rolling hills, to miles of spectacular shoreline. No matter what you like to do in the Fresh Air, you’ll find it in abundance in the Finger Lakes. For great ideas on things to do in the Finger Lakes, visit http://lovefreshair.com/

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 East End Getaways

Sip, Savor and Stroll...

You’re invited to come and find out why a getaway on Long Island's East End brings people back season after season. In addition to being a paradise for beach lovers, and home to charming inns and challenging golf courses, the chic Hamptons, North Fork vineyards and farms, a world-class Aquarium and the historic Montauk Lighthouse, the East End is host to great events throughout the year.

Upcoming festivities include the 10th Annual Long Island Garlic Festival, Sept. 21-22 in Riverhead, and the Southampton Septemberfest, Sept. 27-29.

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Schenectady Historic Stockade
Take a Fascinating Walk Through History

The autumn place to be in Schenectady returns Saturday, September 28th. The 53rd Stockade Walkabout, in New York State’s first Historic District, is the perfect opportunity to visit this unique urban neighborhood which features more than 40 pre-Revolutionary houses and architectural styles that include Dutch Colonial, Georgian, Federal and Victorian.  Eight homeowners will open their doors to visitors to provide a view of interiors and history past and present. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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Hudson River Valley Ramble
Let’s Ramble!

Join outdoor enthusiasts from New York City to Albany in the exciting annual Hudson River Valley Ramble, taking place Saturdays and Sundays, September 7th through 29th.

Activities abound for all ages and ability levels. You’ll enjoy guided hikes, bike tours, walks, historic site tours, festivals, paddles and river explorations. Have a wonderful time while discovering the scenic, natural and historical riches of the enchanted Hudson Valley!

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I LOVE NY Fall Events
In a Festive Mood

Now in its 12th year, the Hudson Valley Wine and Food Fest, Sept. 7-8 at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in Rhinebeck, features tastings of hundreds of wines from all over the world with vineyard owners, Certified Wine Specialists, and sommeliers, along with food samplings from regional restaurants and caterers, a chance to shop over one hundred home goods, art, craft, and gourmet specialty food vendors, and, for the first time ever, New York and regional craft beer. You’ll also enjoy live music and other entertainment, along with educational cooking and wine tasting seminars.

Experience the Annual Catskill Mountain Thunder Motorcycle Rally, Sept. 12-15 in East Durham, the largest motorcycle festival in Upstate New York! Enjoy stunt shows, rodeo games, live music, a vendor expo and bike show with cash prizes, and much more. Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Adirondack Mountains, the 41st Adirondack Balloon Festival, New York's largest hot air balloon festival and a 2013 American Bus Association Top 100 Event launches Sept. 19th and continues through the 22nd. See the flight of 100 hot air balloons in Glens Falls and Queensbury. The festival also includes aircraft displays, kids’ activities, musical entertainment, rock climbing and fireworks!

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Issue 20, August 1, 2013

The Great New York State Fair

The Great New York State Fair!

Discover the best of New York’s agriculture, entertainment, education, industry and technology at the fun-filled Great New York State Fair, August 22 – Sept. 2 at the state fairgrounds in Syracuse. At the fair, see more than 375 acres of animals, exhibits and displays; take a spin on a midway ride; try your luck at a game of skill, and enjoy live performances from some of the biggest names in entertainment.

Don’t worry if you build up an appetite, there are mountains of mouthwatering food! Be sure to stop by the Taste New York marketplace and tent to sample and purchase the best of New York’s culinary bounty!

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Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days

Aaaargh!

The “man the British most wanted to hang,” Bill Johnston, was a Thousand Islands smuggler, river pirate and War of 1812 American privateer. Today, Alexandria Bay commemorates this rascal’s exploits with Bill Johnston’s Pirate Days, August 9-18, ten days of great family fun and special events. Enjoy the sound and spectacle of pirate ships attacking the village from the St. Lawrence River, as the brave villagers try to stave them off. The air will be filled with smoke and the sound of musket fire and cannon as the pirates invade and overtake the town. After the Mayor turns over the key to the village to the invading marauders, everyone becomes a pirate!

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PGA Championship

Where Championship Golf Meets Great Food & Drink!

Weekday Grounds tickets (M-T) are still available for the PGA Championship, one of golf's four major championships and one of the largest sporting events conducted each year in the United States, is coming to Rochester, August 5-11.

The strongest field in golf will challenge the legendary East Course at Oak Hill and compete for the coveted Wanamaker Trophy. While at the championship, savor New York State’s amazing bounty of food and drink at the Taste NY Experience located just inside the Main Spectator Entrance.

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In a Festival Mood- Summer in NY
In a Festive Mood

Guided nature and history walks, special exhibits, rowing regattas, musical performances and more will be on tap in many New York State canal-side towns during the 8th Annual Canal Splash! August 9-11.

Hear the bellows blow and watch hot iron worked by hammer at Blacksmithing Weekend, Saturday and Sunday, August 3-4 at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown. Families, scout groups, amateur blacksmiths, and anyone interested in seeing traditional craftspeople at work are invited to enjoy a day at the museum.

The largest gun and sportsmen event in Northern New York will be held August 17-18 at Cerow Recreation Park Arena in Clayton, NY. The 36th Annual Clayton-1000 Islands Gun and Sportsmen Show benefits the scholarships and community and international service work of the Clayton Rotary Club.

16th century England is brought to life in the Hudson Valley at the New York Renaissance Faire taking place in Sterling Forest in Tuxedo. Over 100 permanent craft shops and 18 stages, 300 costumed characters, dancers, strolling minstrels and storytellers in a Tudor-style marketplace will take you back to a time of pageantry, chivalry, craftsmanship and revelry! Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day, August 3 – September 22.

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Issue 19, July 1, 2013

Finger Lakes Wine Festival

Celebrating the Best of New York Wines

Shop, sip and savor over 600 wines from more than 80 wineries at the largest showcase of New York State wines, the 17th Finger Lakes Wine Festival.

The festival, designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2013 by American Bus Association, takes place July 12th through 14th at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen. Sample wine and food from across the state and enjoy culinary classes, cooking demos, wine seminars, brewery displays, live entertainment, fireworks and more.

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Symetra Tour Credit Union Challenge

The Road to the LPGA in New York State

Formerly the FUTURES Tour, The Symetra Tour boasts over 300 women professionals competing in more than 16 golf tournaments across the United States.

Over 140 players from over 30 countries will be in Albany at The Credit Union Challenge at Capital Hills July 8th - July 14th and The Credit Union Classic at Drumlin’s Country Club in Syracuse on July 22- July 28th competing for a $100,000 purse in each city.

See some of the best female professional golfers in the world while supporting two great local charities – The Albany Boys & Girls Club and The First Tee of Syracuse!

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PGA Championship

Where Championship Golf Meets Great Food & Drink!

The PGA Championship, one of golf's four major championships and one of the largest sporting events conducted each year in the United States, is coming to Rochester, August 5-11.

The strongest field in golf will challenge the legendary East Course at Oak Hill and compete for the coveted Wanamaker Trophy. While at the championship, savor New York State’s amazing bounty of food and drink at the Taste NY Experience located just inside the Main Spectator Entrance.

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Hudson Rising
A Greater and Greener Hudson Valley

Beginning this month, celebrate and enjoy the local spirit and natural assets of the Hudson Valley region as Hudson Rising, in partnership with America’s environmental flagship, Sloop Clearwater, and I LOVE NEW YORK, hosts a series of waterfront events throughout the region for a day of festivity, fun and community involvement. The tour kicks off in Yonkers on June 30, and continues on to Kingston on July 20th and Beacon on August 11th before wrapping up in Ossining on September 21st.

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I LOVE NY Summer Happenings

In a Festive Mood

In the Catskills, go Irish at the 19th Annual Catskills Irish Arts Week July 15 - 20 in Durham and East Durham, where you can learn to fiddle and dance. The French joie de vivre is embodied in dances, crafts, patisserie and a parade at the 45th Annual French Festival, July 13-14 at Cape Vincent in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region. The Long Island International Film Expo, July 17-25, showcases short and feature-length independent films from all over the globe. In the Chautauqua-Allegheny region, the Scandinavian Folk Festival, July 19 - 21 at the Gerry Rodeo Grounds in Gerry, features a Viking Village with craft demonstrations and workshops, Scandinavian products and entertainment.

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Issue 18, June 7, 2013

Adirondack Challenge

Adirondack Challenge

In addition to providing a magnificent backdrop for wilderness activities such as camping and hiking, the breathtaking Adirondacks region is renowned for its great rafting and boating opportunities.

On Sunday, July 21st, celebrate the natural beauty of upstate New York and the Adirondack Park at the Adirondack Challenge, a day of whitewater and flatwater races in and around the Town of Indian Lake.  You can also enjoy the all-day Adirondack Challenge Festival featuring music, food, demos, kid’s activities and more, as well as special events throughout the region in the week leading up to race day.
 

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Saratoga 150

Saratoga 150th Anniversary Celebration

This summer, Saratoga Race Course, the oldest, continuously-operating sports venue in the nation, and the Saratoga Springs community are celebrating 150 years of thoroughbred racing in a big way, with a host of special events.

From July 19th through Labor Day, you’ll experience the best in thoroughbred action as the race course hosts its 2013 meet. You’ll also enjoy more than 200 community-wide events taking place through September, including exhibits, and special historical, patriotic, family and fan-oriented themed celebrations.
 

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I LOVE NY Music

Image courtesy of the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Music, Music, Music!

Some of the best outdoor concerts happen along New York’s scenic waterways. A long-time favorite is the Hudson Valley’s Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, June 15-16 in Croton-on-Hudson, with music, dance, storytelling and an audience-participation Circle of Song as well as environmental displays and experiences.

In Albany, Thursdays mean Alive At Five. Enjoy live concerts along the Hudson River at the Corning Preserve each Thursday from 5-9 p.m., June 6 through August 8. Downtown Troy, in the Capital-Saratoga Region, features free outdoor concerts every Wednesday night from June 19 - August 21.

Jazz lovers will want to check out the world famous Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival, June 29-30 and the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, June 21-29.

And for a truly old fashioned, family-friendly concert renowned for its participatory vibe and variety, don’t miss the 33rd Annual Old Songs Festival, June 28-30, at the Altamont Fairgrounds in the Capital-Saratoga region.
 

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Summer Events

©Owen Kelso, Cambridge Balloon Festival

Let’s Celebrate!

Check out the hot air balloon launches – plus fireworks, tasty foods, craft fairs, concerts and more – at the 13th Annual Cambridge Valley Balloon Festival, June 7-9, held in and around the beautiful historic Village of Cambridge in the Capital-Saratoga region.

June 6-8, you’re invited to Forestville in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region for Merritt Winery’s Strawberry Festival. You’ll enjoy live entertainment, great food, wine, beer and Merritt Winery’s signature Sangria Wine Slush at this great free event! Also in the region, the hamlet of Randolph holds its annual outdoor Arts & Crafts Festival, June 15, with 70 food and craft vendors, live entertainment, kids’ events and a petting zoo.

Attention cyclers: cyclers of all abilities are welcome to pedal in the road races, trials, and downhill events of Salamanca’s Annual Raccoon Rally, June 29-30.
 

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Civil War Weekend

History Comes to Life

Central New York is the setting for a Civil War Weekend in Peterboro on June 8-9. You’ll revisit the Civil War in music, drama, storytelling, and period crafts, wander the Confederate and Union camps and hear the soldiers’ stories, and be witness to battle drills and stirring battle reenactments. On June 19, witness a reenactment of the War of 1812 Battle of Sodus Point, in the Thousand Island-Seaway village of Sodus Point. This year marks the bicentennial of the battle and a history-filled summer with this thrilling reenactment, followed by an encampment on July 13.
 

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Issue 17, April 26, 2013

The Hills are Alive!

The Hills are Alive!

Warm weather means music festivals in New York State. In the Catskills, the East Durham Irish Festival on May 25-26 features Irish entertainers from the Old Country as well as New York along with Pipe Bands, Irish Step Dancing Schools and a children’s “Land of the Leprechauns” area. Radio Woodstock Mountain Jam Fest IX on June 6-9 at Hunter Mountain features national recording artists and local bands, and country music will be theme June 13-15 at Hunter Mountain’s Taste of Country Music Festival.
 

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Hudson Valley Survey

Hudson Valley Survey

A consortium of New York State-based organizations is in the early stages of studying the feasibility of a new cultural/culinary/entertainment/recreational destination in the Hudson Valley. This consortium has commissioned a survey to gauge interest in the new destination; responses will be kept confidential. All survey participants providing their email addresses at the end of this survey will be entered into a drawing to win a pair of tickets to the New York Philharmonic; ten winners will be picked at random. The survey will close at 11:59 pm on Sunday, May 12, 2013. To participate in the survey, click HERE. (Note: Email addresses received will not be shared with third parties)
 

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Path Through History Weekends

Path Through History Weekends

Become part of an exciting statewide event celebrating our heritage, June 1-2 and 8-9 – New York Path Through History Weekends. During Path Through History Weekends, museums, historic sites, parks, and community groups will showcase the Empire State’s rich historical and cultural heritage through special tours, events, reenactments, and community celebrations. The event is part of the Path Through History, your statewide guide to thematically-related historical and culturally significant sites, locations and events.
 

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Museum Week 2013

Museum Week 2013

Step into a fascinating world of art, photography, history, science, pop-culture and more during New York State Museum Week, June 10-16. A component of New York State’s Path Through History initiative, Museum Week is seven exciting days of special events, activities, promotional offers and discounts. Discover wonderful museums and the one-of-a-kind personal experiences they offer visitors every day, from Museum Mile along the upper stretch of Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, to the intimate setting of the Hyde Collection upstate in Glens Falls.
 

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Winning at Wine

Winning at Wine

New York ranks third in grape and wine production in the U.S., producing highly-regarded wines in more than 35 varieties. Spring is a great time to hit the road and see New York vineyards as they head into their growing season. To sample a broad array of wines, head for the Capital-Saratoga region where The Hudson Berkshire Beverage Trail hosts the Hudson Berkshire Wine & Food Festival on May 25-26  at Columbia County Fairgrounds in Chatham, showcasing about 50 wine, craft beer, spirit and cider producers and a farmers market and demonstrations. The annual Rip Van Winkle Wine & Cheese Festival on May 11 at Historic Catskill Point offers samplings of local wines, cheeses as well as crafters and music.
 

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#SpyNY on I LOVE NY Facebook
#SpyNY on I LOVE NY Facebook

Want the world to take notice of your photography? Here’s your chance! Each week I LOVE NEW YORK will feature a gallery of branded fan photos from around New York State on our Facebook page. We’ll be doing a weekly search for photos via Instagram looking for the Hashtag #ISpyNY and reaching out to users directly. We’ll be asking you – the I LOVE NEW YORK Facebook fans – for your favorite Photos of the Week, with the fan favorite photo posted every Friday morning to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you want us to see your photos on Instagram be sure to tag all of your New York State photos with #ISpyNY. Get in on the fun! Join us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/iloveny, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/i_love_NY and Instagram at http://instagram.com/iloveny#.
 

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I LOVE NY 2013-14 Travel Guide Now Available

I LOVE NY 2013-14 Travel Guide Now Available

A great New York State vacation awaits you within the pages of the
I LOVE NEW YORK 2013-14 New York State Travel Guide, free from the Empire State Development Division of Tourism. The 132-page full-color publication highlights summer and winter fun, and features thousands of attractions and activities throughout the state including museums, sports facilities, music venues, historic sites, shopping opportunities, vineyards and campgrounds, ski areas, snowmobiling, and much more! Guides may also be ordered by calling the New York State Travel Information Center at 1-800-CALL-NYS.

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Georgia O'Keeffe at the Hyde Collection

Georgia O'Keeffe at the Hyde Collection

The Hyde collection, in Glens Falls, has announced the opening of its groundbreaking summer exhibition entitled Modern Nature: Georgia O’Keeffe and Lake George. The exhibition, which opens on June 15, 2013, is the first to explore the formative influence of Lake George on the art and life of Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986). (Photo at left: Petunias, 1925, oil on hardboard)

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Issue 16, March 4, 2013

Long Island Winterfest

The Sixth Annual 2013 Long Island Winterfest

The sixth annual 2013 Long Island Winterfest is underway. From mid-February to March 17 visit the East End of Long Island to enjoy great weekends of truly exceptional jazz performances in winery tasting rooms. Events include more than 70 performances at 19 wineries. Admission ($20 pp) includes a glass of wine (if over 21) and a chance to win a FREE hotel night on the East End with a gift basket of Long Island wines. Make plans to come to Long Island Wine Country this winter, where outstanding jazz musicians join with local vineyards, hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, cultural venues and attractions to create an array of special events and offers designed to lift the mid-winter doldrums. Find even more ideas at: Discover Long Island

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Maple Sugar Festivals
Maple Sugar Festivals & Tours

Across NYS the maple is flowing and being processed into syrup, candy and sugar, and adorning a variety of treats! Attend one of the sweetest events of Spring -- Maple Weekends -- March 16-27 and 23-24, as maple producers across the state show off their products with demonstrations of maple sugaring and syrup making, events for the kids, and the ever-popular Pancake Breakfasts! Visit Central New York's Maple Fest April 13-14 and help celebrate the 43rd year of celebrating a tradition originally begun with the Iroquois Indians. You can’t go wrong with this great tasting New York State tradition!!

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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

March 11-24th is the perfect time to discover world-class dining while exploring the scenic, historic and agricultural wonders of New York’s famed Hudson River Valley. This culinary extravaganza runs a full 14 days, including two weekends, making it tantalizing for those looking for a tasty overnight getaway. Over 160 participating restaurants are offering three-course prix-fixe dinners at $29.95 and three-course lunches at $20.95 (plus tax and tip). For the list of restaurants participating, visit: Hudson Valley Restaurant Week.

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Snowmobiling Acoss NY
Snowmobiling Across Upstate New York

What’s cooking on the trails? Here’s a recipe you may want to try: Take plenty of snow, throw in more than 8,000 miles of patrolled, groomed and marked snowmobile trails, and mix in picture perfect vistas. Add an almost unlimited number of places to explore, including more than 40 state parks, and you’ve got the ingredients for a great snowmobile adventure! From Old Forge to Saranac Lake and Lake George, you’ll discover plenty of trails for a day or weekend getaway. Find more details at: iloveny.com!

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Issue 14, December 27, 2012

10-10-10 Discover NY Ski

Ski in New York State for $10

10,000 lift tickets available for January 10, 2013 – only $10 each!!   Take advantage of New York State ski resorts teaming up to show you what they have.  Simply sign up online to get your tickets – while supplies last – you don’t pay until you go skiing!  

Limit 2 tickets per person - available until 1/8/13! (See official rules online at www.iskiny.com)

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Downhill Skiing in NYS
It’s Ski Season!

Ski centers across the state have had some natural snow and
continue to use their new equipment to complement Mother Nature.
Windham, Hunter and Belleayre Mountains in the Catskills
have opened while Gore and Whiteface in the Adirondacks are
welcoming skiers too! In Western NY Holiday Valley is also open with one lift operating.

For ski conditions call 800-CALL-NYS, check online for downhill ski locations
and visit iloveny.com for more Outdoor Fun ideas!

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Sunset Rock

Hudson Valley Named “Best of World Destinations”

National Geographic Traveler has named their top twenty “Best of the World” destinations in the December/January issue.National Geographic Traveler has named their top twenty “Best of the World” destinations in the December/January issue and New York’s Hudson Valley is touted as one of the “must-see” places for 2013. The distinction is notable since the Hudson Valley is only one of four places named in the United States. They offer internationally known attractions complimented by charming river villages and interesting local events. Hudson Valley Tourism, Inc. was designated by I LOVE NEW YORK to promote tourism for the area. For more information can visit their website or call 845-615-3860.

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January Events
January Events Across the State

The month of January features fun family activities and sporting events across New York state! From the Cock A Doodle Show snowshoe race in Saranac (1/20) or the 2013 East Coast Snocross snowmbiling race (1/12-13) to Ellicottville’s Winter Blue’s Festival (1/4-5) and Holiday Valley’s Canadian Friendship week (1/1-7). For one week (1/7-13), Gore Mountain is offering all kids (under 19) free skiing, riding and tubing with a full paying adult or stand back and admire beautiful dog sled teams compete in Salamanca at the Trappers Special Sled Dog Races (1/26-27). Find more fun events this winter and come out to play in New York State!

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Deals & Special Packages
Deals you don’t want to miss!

Many accommodations have put together special packages to make your visit memorable as well as affordable! Choose from romantic getaways, cooking or crafting lessons, shopping or spas. Interested in outdoor sports this winter? You’ll discover skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing packages available for your entire family. From breakfast to full gourmet meals with wine pairings, you’re sure to find a special spot. New York State welcomes you with inviting deals in 2013!

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Issue 13, November 6, 2012

Wine, Beer and Spirits of New York
Wine, Beer and Spirits of New York

Sample New York’s homegrown beverages– from tastings at wineries and breweries, to distilleries crafting whiskey and vodka or apples being pressed for hard cider, your thirst will be quenched wherever you travel in New York! Don’t miss NYC’s Craft Beer Festival on November 10!

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Winter Getaway Planning
Your Winter Getaway Planning Starts Now

The Holidays are coming and now is the perfect time to plan your winter getaway.  Whether you choose the Roxbury Boutique Motel in the Catskills, The Black Sheep Inn B&B, which is on the historical register for Octagon Houses in the Finger Lakes, or from one of hundreds of other accommodation packages. You’ll be delightfully surprised at the great rates and exquisite attention to detail your hosts provide – all across New York State!

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Want to Shop?!
Want to shop?  Need to shop?

Browse listings of New York State malls and outlets– when you start your search for that perfect gift and save money too!  From Quaint village shops to the  famous upscale stores of New York City, Holiday displays are being set up now! Whether you want it, need it, or just have to have it, come by car, bus or train, and plan to stay overnight to take advantage of discounts and packages – just don’t miss your chance to shop New York this winter!

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Five Weekends of Dickens

Five weekends of Dickens!

Starting new traditions and celebrating old are magical moments.   There is no better way to capture the Holiday spirit than traveling into an old-fashioned Dickens Christmas, in Skaneateles. An annual tradition, the celebration begins the day after Thanksgiving and runs every Saturday and Sunday through December 24th from noon to 4 pm.  Charles Dickens and his cast of over 50 characters will interact with visitors in the streets, stores and restaurants. Don't miss lively acts at the Library, live music, unique shopping, and carriage rides around the Village.  Hot cocoa anyone?

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Seasonal Bounty

Spotlight on Buffalo

Buffalo is a living architectural museum, with historic neighborhoods and masterpieces like Frank Lloyd Wright's Darwin Martin House. The Albright-Knox Gallery has gathered some of the world's finest modern art, including works by Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, and Van Gogh. Just across the street, the Burchfield Penny Art Center highlights Western New York artists.  Any season of the year, you can meander through a Victorian crystal palace filled with tropical plants and attend monthly festivals at the Olmsted-designed Botanical Gardens. The Buffalo Museum of Science will provide your family with hours of enjoyment, while no visit to western New York is complete without a stop for regional specialties like pierogis and crusciki at the Old World-style Broadway Market!

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Issue 12, October 5, 2012

Top Fall Travel Ideas in NY
Top Travel Ideas

There is so much to do this Fall across New York State – to find out what is available, visit our fall site now. From wineries to farm fresh events, outdoor hikes to culinary delights let New York sate your appetite for adventure and fun!

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Halloween Happenings
Halloween Happenings!

Thrills, chills, spooky buildings and mazes, haunted hayrides and devilish foods are available across the state this Halloween. Check out some of our Haunted Happening events --if you’re not too squeamish!

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Science in the City
Science in the City

If museums and galleries that are dedicated to scents, elevators, insects, math and other random topics excite you, New York City is where you can experience it first hand – but be prepared for a bit of an old-fashioned stair climb to the elevator museum!

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Fall Foliage Report

Fall Foliage Reports

Weekly updated Fall Foliage Reports are available here. Check to see where the leaves are peaking as you plan you trip. Don’t forget to stop at the apple orchard for a cup of cider, or bring home a pie for dessert – Yum!

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Seasonal Bounty

Enjoy the Season's Bounty!

From Long Island to Buffalo, New York State’s harvest of autumn bounty is ripe for the picking. From u-pick orchards and farms to farmstands, take a bite and enjoy the fresh taste that fall delivers. Be sure to stock up on your winter vegetable needs and don’t forget the cider and donuts!

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Issue 11, July 26, 2012

Saratoga Race Course
A Sure Bet

A great New York State tradition is now underway in Saratoga Springs with historic Saratoga Race Course hosting its annual thoroughbred meet through Labor Day, Sept. 3. While in Saratoga, enjoy world famous musical acts at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, tour the National Museum of Dance and Hall of Fame, and take advantage of the best in fishing and water recreation at a number of local lakes. Check out more great ideas for a summer getaway to Saratoga Springs and the Capital-Saratoga region!

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Boldt Castle
1000 Ways to Have Fun!

Discover the beauty of the Thousand Islands-Seaway region. Travel more than 200 miles of picturesque coastline along the famous seaway trail. Enjoy great dining, the grandeur and romance of Boldt Castle, the hidden history of Fort Ontario and the unique experience of the Eisenhower Lock. Sport fish on Lake Ontario or the St. Lawrence, scuba dive in one of the region’s crystal clear waters, camp at a state or private campground, or just explore the nearly two-thousand islands that help define this breathtaking region!

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NYS Fair
Continuing a Great New York State Tradition

Celebrate the best of New York’s agriculture, entertainment, education, industry and technology at the fun-filled Great New York State Fair, August 23 – Sept. 3 at the State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. You’ll find 375 acres of animals, exhibits and displays, and food stands, plus live performances from some of the biggest names in entertainment, including Keith Urban, Jason Aldean, The J. Geils Band, Ronnie Milsap, and The Charlie Daniels Band!

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Hit NYS Beaches

Hit the Beach!

This summer, whether you want to cool off with a refreshing swim or just catch some rays and read a book, you’ll find a beach near you in New York State. With over 9,700 miles of lake and ocean shoreline, you won't have a problem finding a place to dive in—from the Atlantic Ocean and sandy bays to crystal-clear lakes surrounded by pine forests to secluded swimming holes!

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Ausable Chasm

Getting Away from it All!

The stately beauty of the Adirondacks region provides the perfect respite from the rushing crowd. It’s the ideal destination for a summer vacation with mountain hikes, whitewater rafting, camping, treetop adventures, state parks and more, including Ausable Chasm, open to the public since 1870 and one of the oldest attractions in North America!

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Issue 10, June 14, 2012

Corning Museum of Glass
Spend a few days in the Corning area this summer

Take your time when you head to the Finger Lakes to soak up the area. Corning Museum of Glass is celebrating their 50th year of the ‘birth” of the American Studio Glass movement, kids and teens are given free admittance. The Gaffer District will beckon for shoppers who like unique items as well as a chance to taste the local flavors. Bring your hiking shoes for a walk to a 215’ waterfall at Taughannock State Park, or head to Penn Yan's Keuka Lake Wine Trail or the perfect getaway. Bring your appetite 23 & 24 and attend the BBQ at the Winery event. For more ideas on what to do this summer, try out one of our itineraries for the Finger Lakes region!

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Chautauqua
Because you can!

Hit the trails at Panama Rocks for the views, the exercise, the fun of it! Maybe you’re into rafting or canoeing – that’s available with Zoar Valley Rafters. Shopping? Follow the Amish Trail for one of a kind hand crafted goods, while learning about their culture. With so much to see we’ve compiled a list of top ideas for the Chautauqua-Allegheny region this summer!

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Camping
Did you say Camping?

With over 600 public and private campgrounds spread across the state, you can choose how much ‘roughing it’ you want to do. Bring your own setup from big-rigs to tents, or rent a cabin or on-site trailer – you’ll save money and enjoy the outdoors more this summer! State campgrounds may not always offer electric service, but many have plenty of room to launch your canoe. Most private campgrounds do offer electric and many have cable, heated pools, and entertainment! Sleeping bags, bug spray, sun lotion, a bathing suit, towels, and the makings for S’mores on the fire – a sweet and affordable getaway this summer in New York State!

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Follow Your Heart
Show us what you love about New York State in the summer!

You've been saying, "I LOVE NY" for years. Now we want you to show off your love by drawing a picture to replace the heart in this iconic logo. Draw us a picture of what you love about summer in NY State. Follow the instructions and submit your drawing to the online gallery. It’s easy and it’s free so show us your love!

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Issue 9, April 12, 2012

Tap NY
In the Mood for a brew?

Tap into a great beverage and food event at TAP℠ New York on April 28 & 29. Located at the base lodge at Hunter Mountain, over 45 breweries will be represented with over 140 beers. See if your top picks match the judges for the best of brew competition. Food on the menu comes with a Caribbean theme and cooking demonstrations will be held daily. There are nearby lodging options – so make your reservations today!

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Albany Restaurant Week
Let’s Eat!

Year round you’ll discover multiple dining options across the Capital Region to tempt your taste buds but from April 21-28 you can enjoy a 3 course dinner for $20.12 per person in Albany during Restaurant Week. From the Merry Monk on North Pearl to Franklin’s Tower on Broadway, exquisite culinary delights abound and will be served at unbeatable prices. Enjoy your favorites or try some new tastefully prepared delights!

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Wine and Cheese in NY
Wine & Cheese – Can it get any better?

Plan a weekend to the Finger Lakes and join the 2nd Annual Tour de Tanks on the Lake Ontario Wine Trail from 4/14-15. Participate in an interactive and unique tasting experience with tours, tank and barrel tastings, food pairings and sneak previews of upcoming ‘new vintage’ tastes. Each winery brings their own personal interpretation and you can enjoy it all at an affordable rate of 2 for $25. If you miss that event, travel the Seneca Lake Wine Trail for their 4/27-29 Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend.

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Wine and Cheese in NY
Save the Date – April 14th

Escape Maker is featuring a "Made in Brooklyn" market experience supporting nearby farms, food and beverages made in the borough, wine & cheese tasting, food demos, eco travel workshops and more!

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Spotlight on Museum Week
Spotlight On: Museum Week

Join the celebration! All across New York State, museums, zoos and botanical gardens, historic homes, living history museums, arts centers and cultural organizations cordially invite you to discover a fascinating world of art, photography, history, science, pop-culture and more during the first New York State Museum Week—May 31 to June 6, 2012. Learn more about New York State Museum Week and see a list of participating museums at ILOVENY.com!

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Issue 8, March 5, 2012

Long Island Jazz in the Vine Winterfest
Long Island’s JAZZ on the Vine

The 2012 Long Island Winterfest for the fifth consecutive year is aptly named and underway. From mid-February to March 18 visit the East End of Long Island to enjoy great weekends of truly exceptional jazz performances in winery tasting rooms. Admission includes a glass of wine* and a chance to win a FREE hotel night on the East End with a gift basket of Long Island wines. Make plans to come to Long Island Wine Country this winter, where outstanding jazz musicians join with local vineyards, hotels, B&Bs, restaurants, cultural venues and attractions to create an array of special events and offers designed to lift the mid-winter doldrums. More ideas on things to see & do in Long Island.

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Maple Sugar Festivals & Tours
Maple Sugar Festivals & Tours

Across NYS the maple is flowing and being processed into syrup, candy, sugar and adorning a variety of treats! Visit Central New York’s Maple Fest March 24 & 25 and help celebrate their 42nd year of following a tradition originally with the Indian culture. At the Hudson Highlands Nature Museum, March 3rd kicks off their maple festivities, with tours available month long. Attend one of the sweetest events of Spring at your local Maple Weekends March 17-18 and 24-25, with maple producers across the state. Whether they boil sap over an open fire or go high-tech with scientific equipment, we know the results always taste great!

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Hudson Valley Restaurant Week
Hudson Valley Restaurant Week

March 18-31st is the perfect time to discover world-class dining while exploring the scenic, historic and agricultural wonders of New York’s famed Hudson River Valley. This culinary extravaganza runs a full 14 days, including two weekends, making it tantalizing for those looking for a tasty overnight getaway. 200 participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe dinners at $29.95 and three-course lunches at $20.95. To consult the list of restaurants participating in Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012, as well as hotels offering special overnight rates! Learn more at: www.HudsonValleyRestaurantWeek.com

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Spotlight on I LOVE NY
Spotlight on I LOVE NEW YORK

Our website has been refreshed and we hope you like it. You’ll discover new content, features, and regional information all focusing on spring and summer. Visit ILOVENY.com and click on the Region Map to begin planning your next New York getaway!

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Issue 7, January 30, 2012

February Festivals
February Festivals

If you’ve not experienced the storming of the Ice Palace in Saranac Lake or a Lake George Winter Festival, both held in the Adirondacks, you are missing out on pure winter fun. February also features many chocolate and wine events like Lake Erie Wine Country, Holiday Valley’s Penguin Paddle, Sled Dog Race along with multiple Polar Bear Plunges! Have fun this February when you attend top New York State events. Read More...

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Catch of the Season
Catch of the Season

It’s not only the ski slopes that people find amazing in New York, winter ice fishing has become extremely popular as well. Whether you prefer lakes, rivers or the ocean, we offer something for anyone who want to venture out. A winter fishing hotline has been set up at (716) 855-FISH for Lake Erie and Western NY. Before you go, know the regulations, verify the ice conditions – a minimum thickness of 6” is best, stay safe and bundle up for a day of outdoor sports! Certified fishing guides are available to help you plan your next adventure! Read More...

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Six Flags Great Escape Lodge
Wintery Water Park Play

From the Six Flags Great Escape Lodge in Lake George, or the Finger Lake’s Greek Peak Resort, featuring a perfect 84° at the Cascades Waterpark, to the Clarion Hotel in Batavia’s Palm Island Indoor Water Park you’ll be able to play the day away. Take a slide, go tubing on a lazy river, or float in the lagoon – keeping toasty warm and relaxed no matter what the weather brings! Read More...

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Spotlight on Hammondsport
Spotlight on Hammondsport

Become a part of history and support New York State by voting for Hammondsport, nominated for America’s Coolest Small Towns 2012! Click on the Map for New York, and place your vote! Known as the Gateway to Keuka Lake in the midst of wine country, you’ll find amid the scenic beauty is located the Glenn H. Curtiss Museum. Learn about the “Fastest Man in the World,” who on January 24, 1907, was noted as reaching 136 MPH on his self-designed Curtiss V-8 Motorcycle. For more information, visit ILOVENY.com, click on Arts & Culture, then click on Region – Finger Lakes!

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Issue 6, December 5, 2011

SkyRider Tour
Why Just Ski When You Can Fly?

In the Catskills, try out the SkyRider Tour at Hunter Mountain, the longest and highest zipline in North America! A new way to hit the slopes, you’ll glide over 4 miles of terrain, 600 feet aver the valley, reaching speeds of up to 50 mph. For the less brave of heart, there is a Mid-Mountain tour that offers beginners an exciting 650’ ride 60’ above the ground. From your Pilot Training class to heading into the lodge for a celebratory hot cocoa, you may find it the most exciting three hours you’ve ever experienced on a Mountain! See More...

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New York City Events!
Discover New York City this winter – indoors and out!

Winter in New York City is seriously entertaining. Beautiful decorations abound, whether you are browsing window displays, shopping at the markets, touring museums, or attending a Broadway show. While you will need to head upstate to find ski slopes, you can hit the ice at the Rockefeller Plaza or feel like you are on top of a mountain when you visit the Rock. Whether you come for a day, a weekend or a week you’ll discover we do winter wonderfully! See More...

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Capital Lights In the Park
A Flurry of Winter Escapades Awaits!

From the spectacle of our natural winter wonderland and our cold-weather activities to the warm holiday homecoming customs of our richly diverse people, New York State offers endless possibilities for wintertime fun and excitement. The Hudson Valley welcomes you to tour lavishly decorated mansions now through December, while a drive through Capital Lights in the Park while in Albany, is a must see! See More...

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Niagara Holiday Market
Celebrate the Season of Spirit and Joy!

Plan a trip to the Niagara Holiday Market, the largest European-style holiday market in America through January 1. Enjoy the exclusive offer available to the world-class concert series. Simply go to Niagara Holiday Market and Enter ILOVENY in the promo code box to receive $10 off any ticket to the Canadian Tenors, Aaron Neville, Elisabeth Von Trapp or the BPO family concert. See More...

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Issue 5, October 4, 2011

Fall Driving Tours
Savor Wine Country Driving Experiences

In the heart of the Finger Lakes you will discover driving tours that you can travel across the region in one to three days. From sampling wine to gliding across lakes, sampling gourmet foods, viewing waterfalls, biking a leaf strewn path, you can explore as much or as little as you desire. Stay in a cozy inn, relax at a resort or camp out, the choice of course is yours – the colorful scenery and fresh, sometimes fruity, crisp air are uniquely the Finger Lakes. See More...

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1000 and More Ways to See the Thousand Islands!
1000 and More Ways to See the Islands

Try Sipping History in the Thousand Islands for a laid back, beautiful and historical three-day drive from Canton to Oswego. If you have just a day, take the Thousand Island Primer tour from Cape Vincent to Alexandria Bay. Whenever you go, stop by a local farm stand for your perfect pumpkin, neighborhood eateries for fall foods, and fun! See More...

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Belleayre Mountain's Festival
A Catskill Odyssey Awaits

Hundred of great events take place from October to mid-November in New York this autumn. In the Catskills, you can get your German on with a trip to Hunter Mountain’s Oktoberfest. Take a taste of the season at the 0+Festival or at Belleayre Mountain’s Festival & Craft Fair. Beautiful foliage and scenic views are yours when you board the Leaf Peeper Cruise.Music, food and fun events await you in the Catskills, welcoming the fall harvest along with colorful scenic drives offering relaxation and smiles this fall! See More...

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Saratoga Lip Dub
Saratoga Springs IS more!

Saratoga Lip Dub” is a recently released music video, featuring Train, created IN Saratoga Springs - the only community in New York State, and one of just a handful in the US, to involve hundreds of local organizations and thousands of local people - introducing visitors to the many wonders OF Saratoga Springs. Whether you have an urge for a cold brew, looking to hike, bike or take in a show, Saratoga should be on your list to visit this fall. See More...

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Issue 4, September 23, 2011

Fall Driving Tours
Mesmerizing Colors freckle Scenic Vistas

From aboard a boat cruise, train, or traveling the along the open roads throughout the North Country, plan to visit local Fall Festivals and Events to sample seasonal offerings from hot cider and donuts to bratwurst and beer! Scenic pull over sites are conveniently located so you can capture that special images amidst the colorful canvas of fall foliage. See More...

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Water Water Everywhere
New York State is Spooook-tac-ular!

No place can do Halloween like New York does! You’ll find fun events throughout the state for revelers of all ages. Activities range from kid-friendly parades and spooky train rides to terrifying haunted hayrides with professional actors who can scare the yell out of you. Go if you dare, but don't go alone! See More...

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Green Heart NY
Follow the I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report on Twitter!

Follow the hash tag: #ILoveNYFallColors on Twitter for additional New York Fall Foliage information, including select sneak previews of the week’s I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report. For those of your that are not familiar with Twitter hashtags, simply type #ILoveNYFallColors into the search box on Twitter & you can access all of the tweets about New York's Fall Foliage & where to find the best places in the state to see it!

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Edible Tasting Event
EAT - DRINK - TRAVEL!

Edible’s inaugural Travel Issue Tasting event—tied to their popular travel issue that features New York chefs, sommeliers and ingredient foragers searching the globe for tastes—will feature two dozen local and global travel destinations, paired with the food and drink that go with them, and always with some New York connection. See More...

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Issue 3, August 11, 2011

Two Wheeled Dreaming
Pedal Power

From rugged mountain terrain to slight inclines or leveled paved paths, take your bike on vacation. Save on gas prices, enjoy the scenery and get a great workout too! Whether you choose a breezy ride along the Champlain Bikeways, a trip through the Erie Canal Heritage Trail, or along the Seaway Trail – you’re sure to have a memorable trip anywhere you travel on New York’s bike trails this summer.. Read More...

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Make a Splash on the Erie Canal this Summer
Touring NYC in August

Find tips and resources for visiting the Big Apple. Tour the neighborhoods in comfort on a fully air conditioned bus, hop on a bike, sign up for a food tour, or walk the neighborhoods - soaking up the sights and sounds. August is a great time to experience New York City and take advantage of some hot summer deals. Read More...

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From Yonkers to Kinderhook - Discover the Hudson Valley
What is Green Travel?

Green Travel It’s about how you get to where you’re going, where you eat and the places you stay. But most of all, it’s about exploring, gaining awareness, experiencing, appreciating, and preserving the natural wonders and outdoor adventures that await you in New York State. 

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Issue 2, June 7, 2011

Spa Getaways
Inside or outside - So much to see and do in the Chautauqua-Allegheny Region

Follow country roads to nostalgic lakeside resorts and one-of-a-kind attractions in this region of “enchanted” mountains, picturesque waterways and bountiful vineyards. Play in New York's largest state park, visit a comedy museum, and take advantage of the shopping available in Amish Country. See More...

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Water Water Everywhere
The Island offers much more than a stroll on the beach

Enjoy a garden stroll, kayaking at a nature preserve, relaxing on a white-sand beach, boat tours or even fishing. The shopping is fabulous, ranging from large designer outlets to small seaside boutiques and roadside stands’ fresh local produce.  Picturesque scenery is combined with great attractions making this 118-mile-long island a very cool getaway! See More...

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Green Heart NY
The Finger Lakes presents: Syracuse – closer than you think and more to do than you can imagine!

With two separate routes in the Finger Lakes to try – start off the Northern trip in Syracuse at the Onondaga County Parks’ unique variety of sites, including the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and Beaver Lake Nature Center. For an indoor activity get to MOST to see their planetarium and an IMAX show. See More...

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Issue 1, May 1, 2011

Spa Getaways
Mother-Daughter Spa Getaways

With hotel-spa combos like the Gideon Putnam and Roosevelt Baths & Spa and ultra-luxe Emerson Resort & Spa, give an early summer welcome to resort towns such as Skaneateles, Lake George, Saratoga Springs, Niagara Falls, Lake Placid, Ellicottville, and Ithaca. Consider taking the whole family– there’s no shortage of full service resorts with activities for all!

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Water Water Everywhere
Wonderful Waterful New York

Across New York – from the Atlantic to Great Lake Erie – waterfront communities welcome visitors for boating and rafting, canoeing and kayaking, fishing, swimming, scuba diving or just plain relaxing by the water’s edge. We have waterfalls, water parks, and water taxis…where will the waters of New York take you?

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Green Heart NY
2011 Greenest New Yorker Announced

NYC resident Erik Baard has been named the 2011 “Greenest NYer.” For the second year the contest was held to celebrate those individuals who do their part to keep the Empire State green and make earnest efforts to preserve the environment. Learn more about Green Heart NY, our green travel program.

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Issue, April 1, 2011

Spa Getaways
Plan Your Spring Getaway

Shake off the winter blues and embrace the return of warmer weather in New York State. Horseback riding, wine tasting and culinary delights are just some of the activities you’ll find paired with special lodging rates for the perfect spring escape and fabulous!

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Water Water Everywhere
Celebrate Earth Month

April is Earth Month and with tons of Earth Day events around the corner, our new Green Kids page, there is plenty to celebrate in New York State. Visit one of our hundreds of state parks, or check out our Top 10 Green Destinations – the possibilities are endless!

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Green Heart NY
2011 Travel Guide is Available

Plan your next getaway as we guide you through New York with itineraries, events and more. Keep an eye out for suggestions and ideas from our online community, Team I LOVE NEW YORK, throughout the guide!

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March 1, 2011

Spa Getaways
Spring Upstate with Amtrak at 20% Off

Take a ride along Amtrak's scenic rails and discover New York's fabulous abundance of spring events and fabulous getaways!

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Water Water Everywhere
Spring Skiing

The seasons change at all rates in New York State, and you'd be surprised how much skiing you can still do as winter winds down and spring begins.

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Green Heart NY
Maple Sugaring Begins

Savor the sweet surprise that New York's Sugar Maple (our state tree!) brings to bear each year. With Maple Weekend around the corner and sugaring events statewide, there's no shortage of sweetness.

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