iloveny-stack.jpgGay-Owned Businesses Offer Special Packages, Promotions and Discounts

NEW YORK, April 3, 2009 - This June marks the 40th anniversary of perhaps the most pivotal event to spur the international gay rights movement: the Stonewall Riots in New York City.  To commemorate this watershed event in battling persecution, a number of gay- and lesbian-owned properties and businesses around New York State (www.iloveny.com) are offering packages and promotions in honor of the brave individuals who stood up against prejudice and hatred in 1969. Promotions include: Americana Vineyards and Winery - Interlaken, NY Located in the heart of the Finger Lakes wine region along the west side of Cayuga Lake, Americana Vineyards and winery will offer a 10 percent discount on purchases of three or more bottles throughout the month of June when guests mention the Stonewall anniversary.  Prices range from $8-$20 per bottle and tastings are $2.00 per person.  For more information call 607-387-6801 or visit http://www.americanavineyards.com/. ECCE Bed and Breakfast - Barryville, NY The Stonewall 40th Anniversary Package includes anniversary champagne with a souvenir glass, in-room snacks and beverages a celebratory guest reception and a complimentary Mimosa or Bloody Mary at breakfast when guests mention the Stonewall anniversary.  Weekday rates are $200-$245 plus tax and weekend rates are $245- $285 plus tax with a two-night minimum based on double occupancy. The package is available from June 1-September 30, 2009.   For more information, visit http://www.eccebedandbreakfast.com/. High Falls Mercantile - High Falls, NY Founded in 2004 by two transplants from Manhattan to New York's Hudson Valley, High Falls Mercantile offers everything needed to furnish a home, with a well selected array of new and antique dinnerware, rugs, table linen, farm tables, upholstered furniture, beeswax candles, lamps, and one-of-a-kind accessories.  Throughout the month of June, High Falls Mercantile will offer 15 percent off of anything in the store with no minimum purchase required when customers mention the Stonewall anniversary.  For more information call 845-687-4200 or visit http://www.highfallsmercantile.com/. Hillcrest Manor - Corning, NY An 1890 Colonial Revival mansion filled with fine art and antiques, Hillcrest Manor has five working fireplaces and over twenty rooms all in walking distance to Corning's Historic Market Street.  In honor of the 40th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, owners Dick & Kyle would like to offer a 10% discount off the regular Hillcrest rates (upon availability) throughout 2009 to anyone who mentions the Stonewall Riots. For more information visit http://www.corninghillcrestmanor.com/. Inn the Woods - Hyde Park, NY The Stonewall 40th anniversary package includes two nights' accommodations in the Treetop Suite furnished with terrycloth robes, candles, flowers, chocolate-covered strawberries and a daily gourmet breakfast.  The package also includes a $25.00 certificate towards lunch at Shadows-on-the-Hudson river-side restaurant and a $50.00 certificate towards dinner at TWIST Restaurant, tickets to the Hyde Park Drive-In Movie Theater, an hour-long massage at Partners in Massage, a tour, tasting and souvenir glass at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery and admission for the Hudson River two-hour sight-seeing cruise when guests mention the Stonewall anniversary. Pricing begins at $365 per person with a two person minimum.  Blackout dates apply.  The package is available June 1 - September 30, 2009.  For more information call 845-229-9331 or visit http://www.innthewoods.com/. John Morris Manor - Seneca Falls, NY From May 1 through October 31, 2009, the John Morris Manor will offer a 10 percent discount on any of their rooms when guests mention the Stonewall anniversary.  From November 1, 2009 through April 30, 2010, guests will receive a 15 percent discount when they mention the Stonewall anniversary.  For more information call 315-568-9057 or visit http://www.johnmorrismanor.com/. Marriott and Renaissance Hotels of New York - New York, NY When guests book a reservation at one of five participating hotels in New York City, as part of a new "Out In NY" package, the hotel will donate 5% of the room rate to GLAAD (Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation).  The Out In NY Package includes accommodations, breakfast for two (free meals for up to two children under 12) and a personal copy of The Out Traveler, an over 200-page gay & lesbian travel guidebook to New York City, published by the same publishers as The Out Traveler magazine.  The Out In NY Package may be booked now, for stays that begin from April 1 through December 31, 2009.  Package rates now start at $229 per room, per night, plus tax, based upon availability and room rates do vary by hotel and dates requested.   For more information and reservations visit www.marriott.com/OutInNY or call 1-800-228-9290 and mention code VIQ. The Roxbury Motel - Roxbury, NY The Stonewall "Channel Your Inner Drag Queen" Package includes a free third night when guests book two midweek nights Sunday through Thursday, complimentary passes to the motel's Shimmer Spa and 10 percent off of any spa treatment when they mention the Stonewall anniversary.  The package is available through December 15, 2009 and does not include holiday periods. For more information call 607-326-7200 or visit http://www.theroxburymotel.com/. WomanMade Products - Seneca Falls, NY Throughout the month of June, WomanMade Products will offer a 10 percent discount on all products storewide when customers mention the Stonewall anniversary. For more information call 315-568-9364 or visit http://www.womanmadeproducts.com/. About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, to the wine trails of Hudson Valley and treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Whether it's wide-ranging outdoor activities for the whole family like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers. For more information, visit http://www.iloveny.com/. Media can find press releases and more at thebeat.iloveny.com . Media can also visit www.louhammond.com for latest press releases and images. Follow on Twitter at LouHammondPR.

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