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Seneca Lake Wine TrailCelebrate with your favorite Seneca Lake wine!

Watkins Glen, NY – Drink Local Wine Week began in 2008 as a grassroots effort of wine bloggers and writers who were seeking to promote local wine from areas that may be thought of as under the radar. Now, more than ever, it is important to support local wineries, and “Drink Local Wine Week” (October 11 – 17, 2020), gives you the perfect opportunity to do so!

If you want to visit and show your support in person, wineries on the Seneca Lake Wine Trail remain open, safe, and compliant with all rules and regulations. The slower pace of seated tastings and flight-style service has been a welcome change for visitors.

Sour MouseNew York, NY - Sour Mouse, a vibrant bar and game hall is set to open on Saturday, October 3rd at 110 Delancey Street and is the latest on a growing list of restaurants and businesses revitalizing the community on the Lower East Side. 

Drawing inspiration from the unique character of the neighborhood, Sour Mouse transports you back in time when love, music, art and community were freely expressed. The founder of Sour Mouse, Aaron Ho, aspires to be more than a gaming bar. From its inception, the space has been designed to cater to the community as a place where you can put your phone down and enjoy the company of others, partake in fun recreational games, and throw an exciting party or event. …

NYS - Making Progress HappenTemperature Checks, Contact Information for Tracing, Face Coverings When Not Seated and Other Safety Protocols Required; Bar Service Will Not Be Permitted and No Service After Midnight

The City of New York to Provide a Team of 400 Enforcement Personnel to Ensure Compliance

Guidelines Will Be Reassessed Based On Data By November 1; If Infection Rate Does Not Increase, Restaurants May Be Permitted To Go Up To 50 Percent Capacity; State Will Monitor Any Positivity Increase on an Ongoing Basis for Potential Reassessment

Restaurants Must Publicly Post Their Indoor Dining Capacity and Phone Numbers to Report Violations; Patrons Who Observe Violations Can Report Issues by Calling 833-208-4160, or by Texting 'VIOLATION' to 855-904-5036

Governor Announces State to Launch 'New Yorkers Protecting New Yorkers' PSA with New York State Restaurant Association to Encourage Compliance

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced indoor dining in New York City will be allowed to resume beginning September 30th with a 25 percent occupancy limit. All restaurants that choose to reopen will be subject to strict safety protocols, including temperature checks, contact information for tracing, face coverings when not seated and other safety protocols.

Angry Orchard CiderFarms, foliage, and more offer boundless opportunities to ring in the fall season

Orange County, N.Y. (September 3, 2020) – While we soak up the last few weeks of summer, many of us are looking forward to the change of season and the beauty that autumn brings to our region. Sweater weather, pumpkin- and apple-picking, and vibrant fall foliage are on the horizon. Orange County, N.Y., nestled in the beautiful Hudson Valley, offers U-pick farms, unique shops with beautiful home decor items, farm-to-table restaurants serving up decadent dishes with seasonal produce, and cideries that are just as scenic as their drinks are delicious.

Roc Brewing CoRochester, N.Y. – After months of construction, the new restaurant and brewery experience at 56. S. Union Street will open to the public on Thursday, August 6. The F.L.X. Wienery at Roc Brewing Co. A partnership between the F.L.X. Wienery and Roc Brewing Co. LLC., will bring a new culinary experience to the city, serving loaded Zweigle’s hots (white and red), gravy-smothered burgers, Korean-style street fries, vegan and vegetarian fare, boozy milkshakes, house-made soft serve, and more. Craft beer lovers will also enjoy classic Roc Brewing favorites and a lineup of new beers brewed in-house.

Fraunces TavernNew York, N.Y. – New York: On Saturday, August 1, 2020 at 12:00pm, Fraunces Tavern Restaurant will reopen to the public for outdoor dining for the first time since March 2020. From 2:00pm to 5:00pm, to celebrate the reopening, Allen Gogarty will perform live, and a four-story American Flag will be unfurled, that runs the length the building from the sidewalk to the roof.

Fraunces Tavern will serve popular items from lunch, brunch and dinner menus from 12:00-11:00pm along Pearl Street seven days a week, with over 400 whiskeys, signature cocktails, and 130 craft beers and ciders. The bar will also serve Samuel Fraunces® Ale, brewed by Flagship Brewing Co., newly released in spirited cans.

Angry OrchardVisit the county’s many breweries, cideries, distilleries, and wineries offering outdoor seating

Orange County, N.Y. (July 27, 2020) – Along with many of Orange County, N.Y.’s restaurants, craft beverage locations began offering patrons outdoor seating as part of the phased reopening of businesses throughout New York State. In addition to delivery and curbside pick-up options, residents and visitors can enjoy a cold glass of their favorite locally sourced beer, wine, cider, or spirits while taking in the beautiful views and wide-open spaces of the Hudson Valley.

Finding Home FarmsFinding Home Farms made the ‘O List’ for American-made products in latest issue

Orange County, N.Y. (July 20, 2020) – Finding Home Farms, a family-owned business in Middletown, N.Y., was recently featured in the July/August issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Finding Home Farms was one of 11 small businesses included in the “Made in America” O List, a roundup of products selected by magazine’s editors.

With an increased focus on supporting local businesses, including restaurants, farms, and retail shops, the “Made an America” story in the latest magazine highlighted everything from T-shirts and sun hats to plant-based candles and vegan bellows. Finding Home Farms’ organic maple syrup and pancake gift set made the list, and was included in both the print and digital feature.

Heron Hill Winery logoAlso: free direct to consumer shipping as a permanent policy with re-opening

Hammondsport, N.Y. – “Heron Hill is very excited to announce the addition of Jordan Harris as Winemaker to our team. This appointment will continue our ongoing goal in increasing quality, ensuring our success and Heron Hill's legacy,” states Eric D. Frarey, Managing Partner of Heron Hill Winery.

Jordan has received many accolades in the wine industry beginning as a student at Niagara College in Ontario, Canada. He went on to be recognized as one of Canada's top up and coming winemakers and more recently as a passionate leader in Virginia. He was named Top 40 under 40 Tastemakers with Wine Enthusiast and he was awarded Top 100 Most Influential Winemakers in the USA through Intowine.com.

Heron Hill Winery logoAlso offering free direct-to-consumer shipping as a permanent policy with re-opening

Hammondsort, NY – Heron Hill Winery has hired Jordan Harris as winemaker. The winery, in business since 1977, has locations in Hammondsport and Canandaigua.

“This appointment of Jordan Harris as winemaker will continue our ongoing goal in increasing quality, ensuring our success and Heron Hill's legacy,” said Eric Frarey, managing partner of Heron Hill Winery.