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Posts from April 2020

A photo of cider in a Nine Pin Coder Works glass next to some red apples

This Mother’s Day, surprise your mom with a meaningful gift from New York State. From award-winning wine and a beautiful candle to breakfast in bed or jewelry with a story, choose the gift that’s perfect for your mom—one that’s evocative of an experience you enjoy together. Check out the following Mother’s Day gift ideas that you can order and have delivered to delight your mom with a New York treat this May 10. 

a photo of the view of Algonquin Peak, Indian Pass from Adirondack LOJ Road

You'd be forgiven if you got lost in the gorgeous overlooks and natural beauty of a scenic drive. From Long Island's Gold Coast to the Finger Lakes wine region to the idyllic Catskills, New York offers renowned byways and roads that offer the perfect escape. While New York is on PAUSE, you can get out and enjoy a drive while staying as local as possible, and keeping in mind that most nearby attractions and a number of attractions are temporarily closed. If you decide to take a walk or get outside of your vehicle, please remember to avoid crowded areas, to wear a mask or facial covering, and to maintain a six-foot distance from others.

Wild Center and Wild Walk

Did you know that coloring with crayons, markers, or even digitally has been known to reduce stress? Dream of a future getaway while indulging your creative side with our New York State coloring pages. Whether you want to imagine the views from an eagle’s nest or the state’s oldest lighthouse, color the state’s capital or a 100-year-old castle, make these New York attractions come to life with pencils, crayons, and markers! Click on the illustration below to go to a downloadable version of the image and print (for mobile and tablet, click on the link at the end of each entry), or use a computer program to color the pages, then share and tag your creations on social media with #ILoveNY. Explore your creative side until it’s time to visit these magnificent destinations. …

A picture of a person kayaking in the Ausable Chasm River

With breathtaking waterfalls, pristine lakes, and sandy beaches, New York State features many spectacular, scenic locations. Whether you’re working remotely, learning from home, or enjoying more screen time these days, download your favorite photo from the list below. Simply click on the links to video conference– and mobile-friendly version of each photo and right click to download the image, then go to your favorite video conferencing tool that allows for backgrounds, and look for a "virtual background" option under the Preferences tab (remember to uncheck the "mirror my screen" option so the image isn't reversed). Now set the photo you select as your video conferencing background, or as the home screen image for your desktop computer or mobile device, to remind you, friends, and colleagues of the beauty of New York, and to inspire future travel ideas! 

A photo of homemade pop tart pastries from Whitman Brewing
Credit: @whitman_brewing on Instagram 

There are countless ways to support local businesses in New York State while staying safe at home. With so many restaurants offering both curbside takeout and delivery, what better way to support your favorite spots than with the #NYRestaurantChallenge? Simply post a pic of your takeout on your social media accounts using the hashtag #NYRestaurantChallenge. Whether it’s trying a new spot, ordering from your favorite local restaurant, or placing a craft beverage pick-up order, be sure to support and share your New York eats and drinks. Top submissions will be shared on I LOVE NY's social media channels. …

Exterior of Buffalo City Hall in New York
Credit: @buffalophotoblog on Instagram

From blockbuster hits to creative indie productions, filmmakers and TV producers often turn to New York State for distinctive locations. The thousands of movies and shows filmed here every year feature some of the state’s most impressive attractions, giving viewers the chance to experience New York from the comfort of their own homes.  Want to stay connected to New York State and watch high-quality entertainment? Check out the list below to find out where you can stream these comedies, dramas, inspirational films, and television shows that all have one thing in common—New York!