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Craving a getaway with a unique twist? These New York State vacation rentals and places to stay differ from the usual hotel experience with private entrances, remote locations, and lots of outdoor space for recreation. From rustic cabins to luxury hideaways to glamping in the city or in the country, these lodgings offer ways to get away from it all. Just remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your household and bring a mask or face covering to wear when it’s not possible to maintain social distancing. Call ahead or check websites and social media for the most current information on availability while staying as local as possible. Additionally, keep in mind that if you have recently been to or are coming from a state on the COVID-19 travel advisory, you will be required to complete a 14-day quarantine when you arrive in New York. 

A building in the shape of a duck on Long Island, known as the Big Duck

Looking for a safe and fun New York road trip close to home? Check out these great New York State roadside attractions! With a variety of offbeat destinations, ranging from the artistic to the curious, from goofy to downright mysterious, there’s something to delight everyone, and the entire family will enjoy getting out of the house to seek out these eye-opening one-of-a-kind treasures only found here in New York. Of course, you should check directly with attractions or venues to make sure they are open or available for viewing, and always be sure to keep six feet apart from others not in your household. Bring a mask or face covering to wear when it’s not possible to maintain social distancing and enjoy a New York road trip featuring one of these unique roadside attractions! …

Macys 4th July 2015 - Photo by Barry Schwartz
Credit: Barry Schwartz

New York State is known for iconic celebrations around the 4th of July. While this year will be different, many regions will host colorful displays for those in the local area with social distancing requirements, as well as virtual events for those who prefer to stay home. The biggest of all the shows, the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks in New York City, will go on in a different format this year, with a patriotic score and tributes to first responders. The Macy’s show also offers the chance to see world-class fireworks from the comfort of your living room, as it will be broadcast on NBC stations from 8-10 pm EST on July 4. Here is a sampling of ways to celebrate the 4th locally and safely across New York State. Make sure to call ahead or check each venue's website or social media pages for availability and changes to programming​. 

Cradle of Aviation Museum -- Photo by Jennifer Baxmeyer

Path Through History Weekend is a showcase of New York State's rich and fascinating history, featuring hundreds of events happening at historic and cultural destinations throughout the state. This year, Path Through History Weekend has turned into two weeks of exciting online events where you can discover the people and places that shaped American history right at home and learn about hidden gems you might want to visit on a future trip to New York. The events take place between June 15 and July 4, and are listed in alphabetical order by region below. …

National Comedy Center

This Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, honor your dad with a gift from New York State. From a taste of the Adirondacks to grooming products from the Catskills to wines from Long Island, there are fantastic gift ideas for every type of dad. Even if you are unable to physically be together with him, you can still send a meaningful gift as a reminder of times together or to create inspiration for a future trip. Check out the following New York State Father’s Day gift ideas ready for order and delivery.

Cheese pizza pie

 

New York is the birthplace of some of the most iconic food items in the world. From Buffalo wings to New York cheesecake to Thousand Island dressing, culinary creativity has always thrived here. As a result, many amazing food items are available at restaurants and food specialty stores around the state. But don’t worry if you can’t make it to pick up a dish in person—many of New York’s best-known food items are available for order online and delivered straight to your door, in most cases anywhere in the United States. 

Remember to stay as local as possible and keep six feet apart from others not in your party and wear a mask or face covering. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. Be advised that New York has a travel advisory in effect, which requires travelers from non-contiguous states to quarantine for 10 days upon entering New York State. Travelers may undergo COVID testing to test out. For more details, see the guidelines for the travel advisory here. Most attractions are operating with capacity restrictions and require advance ticketing or reservations, so plan before you go.

Feeling hungry for New York? Get started here!

 

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 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. …