ilnylogo_stakt-hires.jpgOther new developments include the recently opened Bocuse Restaurant at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park Albany, N.Y. --- Spring is the season of renewal and rebirth - and that is certainly true in New York State, with new activities, attractions, lodgings and restaurants as well as interesting renovations and restorations across the state. What follows is a sampling of our latest developments. Click here to discover even more ways to enjoy spring in the Empire State.   NEW THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO GO   Finger Lakes: Turkey Trot Acres, a turkey hunting lodge in Candor, has been invaded by zombies. Starting June 22, the lodge will be offering a series of special "Zombie Land" hunt weekends to fend off the marauding "Horde of Zombies" that have overrun these woods. Teams of hunters, armed with paintball markers, will find these creatures clustered throughout the woods. Fortunately, zombies never shoot back!  The Early Owego Antique Center, a multi-vendor marketplace of quality antiques in downtown Owego, recently opened in the historic former J.J. Newberry's building. Sellers here include Blaze Coins, featuring vintage coins and paper money, and Snowden's Timeservice, which buys, sells, cleans and repairs watches and clocks.   Geocaching, the GPS outdoor treasure hunt, as well as commemorative coins have been introduced to mark the 10th Anniversary of the Cayuga Lake Scenic Byway, which parallels the shores of the lake as it stretches from Seneca Falls to Ithaca. There's also a new website to help visitor appreciate the region's vineyards, rich role in women's history and recreational opportunities.   Greater Niagara: Niagara Falls Culinary Institute now offers specialty cooking classes in the Mise en Place tourism kitchen. Wednesday and Saturday classes feature seasonal recipes and Friday night is couples night.   The new Colored Musicians Club Museum in Buffalo highlights the history of the oldest continuously run African American musicians club in the United States, which dates back to 1935. Its interactive exhibits share the stories of how jazz legends like Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald all performed at the Colored Musicians Club and the legacy they left behind.   Frank Lloyd Wright's Filling Station at the Pierce-Arrow/Buffalo Transportation Museum has completed an ambitious expansion to accommodate its new signature exhibit: a recreation of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Filling Station dating from the 1920s. Originally planned for a site just blocks from the Pierce Arrow Museum, the station was designed but never built until this exhibit.   Hudson Valley: Eight miles of continuous trails are now open at the Dutchess Rail Trail Park, from Rt. 82 in Hopewell Junction to Old Manchester Rd. in LaGrange. By the end of 2013, the trail is expected to connect with Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park. When complete, a 12-mile linear park will stretch from Morgan Lake on the Poughkeepsie border through the towns of LaGrange and Wappinger, ending in East Fishkill, with a trailhead in Hopewell Junction. Parking is available at Morgan Lake in the City of Poughkeepsie, Diddell Road in Wappinger and the Hopewell Depot in East Fishkill.   A 20-story glass elevator and new riverfront park are in the works for the pedestrian bridge at the Walkway Over the Hudson State Historic Park in Poughkeepsie. The bridge is believed to be the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world. The elevator will carry passengers from a new riverfront park at the base of the bridge to the deck of the bridge. Both are expected to be completed by this fall.   LEGOLAND Discovery Center Westchester will open on March 27 in Yonkers. This highly anticipated family attraction will have interactive play areas, rides, a 4D cinema, café and models of area landmarks.   Edgwick Farm in Cornwall is introducing guided tours of its farm, micro-dairy and creamery through April 29th. Visitors can view the cheese-making room and milking parlor and have hands-on time with goats as well as sample products such as cheese and goat milk. The cost is $5 per person for children and adults. Tours, limited to ten people, are available by reservation only. For reservations, phone 845-401-2301 or e-mail   Thousand Islands-Seaway: The historic Rock Island Lighthouse opens for public touring this Spring. Visitors to this 100-plus year old lighthouse can explore the tower and keeper's residence, as well a museum and gift shop. Clayton Island Tours offers exclusive tours to the island; docking is available for private boats.   NEW PLACES TO STAY   The Adirondacks: A new Hampton Inn and Suites is slated to open in Lake Placid this June. The hotel will have 97 guest rooms, including 34 studio suites, an indoor pool and spa, and an exterior patio with a fire pit facing Mirror Lake.   Central New York: The Binghamton Riverwalk Hotel & Conference Center will reopen as a new DoubleTree by Hilton Binghamton on June 1. The 207-room hotel will include a 5,000 square-foot Riverwalk Athletic Club, River Bistro Restaurant and will be able to handle meetings of up to 1,100 people.   Finger Lakes: A new seven-story hotel is scheduled to open in downtown Syracuse this May/June 2013. The 180-room, 160,000-square-foot building will house a combined Marriott Courtyard and Residence Inn and is located at 300 W. Fayette Street, across the street from Kitty Hoynes Irish Pub and Restaurant. and   The Holiday Inn Express - Canandaigua recently opened. The 75-room hotel features an indoor heated pool and fitness center and is just minutes away from Canandaigua Lake, the New York Wine & Culinary Center and other local attractions.   Finishing touches are being applied to a four story, 126 room Hampton Inn & Suites in the Rochester suburb of Henrietta, just off Jefferson road. When it opens this spring, the hotel will feature complimentary hot breakfast each morning, an indoor pool and extensive fitness center, refrigerators and microwaves in all guest rooms, complimentary shuttle service, and over 1,000 square feet of meeting space.   Hudson Valley: Cambria Suites, a new 130-room hotel in White Plains, is scheduled to open in summer 2013. The Hotel will sit atop two floors of retail space featuring an indoor pool and valet parking.  
NEW PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK   The Catskills: The region has two new breweries slated to open this year: Roscoe Beer Company in Roscoe and Catskill Brewery in Livingston Manor. and   The Prohibition Distillery, maker of Bootlegger 21 Vodka, will be moving into an old 1929, Prohibition-era firehouse in Roscoe. Production is slated to begin in April, and there will be a tasting room.   Hudson Valley: The new Bocuse Restaurant opened in February at the Culinary Institute of America. Named for the celebrated 86-year-old Lyonnais chef Paul Bocuse, the restaurant features a contemporary, French-accented, globally influenced menu that showcases seasonal, pristine ingredients.  The former Escoffier Restaurant space was renovated with interior design by Adam Tihany, designer of Daniel, Jean Georges and Per Se.   Dutch's Spirits, a 400-acre farm where Prohibition-era bootlegger Dutch Schultz distilled moonshine, now creates artisanal hand-made spirits. Visitors can explore the sprawling network of interconnected tunnels, bunkers, cleverly disguised chicken coops and false chimneys built to escape detection from the law, all part of the recently opened Bootleg Era Bunker Complex historic site, listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Bikes, burgers and brews are the theme at the new OCC Cafe in Newburgh. The restaurant, featuring Hudson Valley's Best Burger and other casual foods, serves 50 beers, 30 taps and specialty cocktails. It operates in the same location as the Orange County Choppers Showroom, which sells custom motorcycles. Diners enjoy free Wi-Fi and a giant hi-def screen, ideal for watching sporting events. Finger Lakes: The Parkview Hotel has added Stefon's Marketplace, an upscale, 24 hour self-serve outlet located in the lobby selling snacks, sandwiches, or beverages along with popular sundry items. This is the second Stefon's Marketplace in the area; the first is at the Hotel Skyler near the Syracuse University Campus. The Parkview Hotel has also rolled out a new breakfast inclusive program. The Genesee Grande Hotel has added the Coffee Bar, which is located in the main lobby. Open seven days a week, the Coffee Bar offers fresh ground organic coffee, freshly made baked goods and a selection of specialty coffees, breakfast sandwiches and to-go items.
EXPANSIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS   The Adirondacks: Great Escape Six Flags in Lake George will be unveiling a new Screamin' Eagles Ride, an interactive flying ride in open-air vehicles and high speed rotations that dip, dive and plunge at speeds up to 40 mph.   A new Warren County Information Center is now open inside the Adirondack Outlet Mall on Route 9 in Lake George. Thirteen photo and brochure displays, one for each community, line the perimeter of the information center. The center is staffed seven days a week during peak traffic hours.   The Catskills: The Sullivan, a boutique hotel nestled on 55 acres that opened in 2012, has added a pool, spa and exercise room, as well as flexible meeting space for conferences, weddings (including LGBT) and banquets.   Central New York: Upstate Tavern, a full-service casual American bar and grill, is set to open this spring at the Oneida Indian Nation's Turning Stone Resort Casino, replacing Rodizio Churrascaria. Overlooking its Winter Garden atrium, Upstate Tavern will have an open kitchen, built-in keg tables, booths and a bar, and will serve oversized burgers, pub fare and comfort favorites. It will feature a beer list and rotating taps from New York State's finest breweries and craftsmen. A full bar with signature cocktails and wines by the glass will round out the offerings, along with regularly scheduled events like beer tastings, brewer's dinners and seasonal festivals.   A $25 million construction project is also underway that will add a multi-venue entertainment facility to Turning Stone Resort Casino. Exit 33 will house four distinct entertainment options including a country music dance hall, a rock and roll club, an ultra lounge and a piano bar. The opening is slated to coincide with Turning Stone's 20th anniversary in July 2013. The resort offers world-class gaming, golf, entertainment, accommodations and spa facilities, and has earned AAA Four Diamond ratings for The Lodge, The Tower Hotel, and Wildflowers restaurant.    Finger Lakes: Destiny USA on the shore of Onondaga Lake in Syracuse, now the sixth largest shopping center in the nation, continues to add new shops and eateries. Recent additions to the 2.4 million square foot shopping, dining and entertainment destination include Sears Outlet, Burlington Coat Factory, Carhartt, True Religion Brand Jeans, Dressbarn, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5th, Brooks Brothers Factory Store, Soma Intimates and Ruum. Dining openings range from TCBY Yogurt and Kerwin's Cakes to Cantina Laredo and P.F. Chang's China Bistro. The center also features a growing number of new entertainment options such as WonderWorks' Adventure Canyon Climb (one of the largest indoor ropes course in the country), Pole Position Raceway and OptiGolf. The Oncenter, a SMG-managed facility in Syracuse with 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting, convention, banquet and event space, offers enhanced technology in its meeting spaces, adding new screens and sound to the rooms and electronic reader boards outside of the rooms. The renovations also include new carpeting and painting.   A $50 million airport expansion and security project is underway at Syracuse Hancock International Airport. The project will add nearly 150,000 square feet, connecting the airport's north and south concourses and providing faster, smoother security checks. The two-year expansion is scheduled for completion in 2013. Other recent improvements at Hancock Airport include upgraded dining facilities, new video monitors in gate areas, free Wi-Fi throughout the terminal and new amenities to speed entry and exit from airport parking areas (EZ Pass Plus and in-terminal payment). The primary gateway for air service across Central Upstate New York, the airport is served by six major airlines. With more than 120 daily flights, Hancock Airport serves 16 non-stop destinations to major national and international gateway hubs.   The Connective Corridor, a public works initiative between Syracuse University and the City of Syracuse, is an ongoing project designed to unite the city using public transportation to arts, cultural and educational facilities.   To make Syracuse more pedestrian and bike friendly, the connective corridor project also continues to add bike lanes to city streets.  Started in 2011, the Onondaga Creekwalk continues to grow. The 2.6-mile Creekwalk is a recreational trail for bikes and pedestrians that will connect 15 miles of existing trails in Onondaga County. All of the trails are part of a network of the 524-mile New York State Canal System from Albany to Buffalo.  and   Greater Niagara: Niagara Falls State Park will be whisking people down into the Cave of the Winds more quickly this year thanks to a new elevator. The Park also has restored the landscapes at Three Sisters Islands and Luna Island. The areas are expected to completed and open by Memorial Day. Maid of the Mist will continue to operate and the Whirlpool Jet Boats are planning to open May 3.   Darien Lake Theme Park's popular nightly Laser Blast show has been enhanced with cutting-edge water technology, pyrotechnics and special effects. The 2013 "Ignite the Night" show will use a 60-foot water screen as a backdrop to an action-packed chronicle from the 1950s to today honoring Canadian and U.S. heroes. Also, a new 185-foot "Blast Off" thrill ride accelerates thrill-seekers to the top of a tower in a simulated NASA launch. The Waterfront Boardwalk, celebrating the nostalgia of New York's 1950s lakeside resorts, has added dining options and a "jumping water" attraction. The new facilities and attractions will be ready for opening day, Saturday, May 11.   An estimated $27 million renovation of Batavia Downs Casino will expand the number of gaming machines from 640 to 779 and add a Thurman Thomas sports bar, restaurant and full-service Tim Horton's.  In addition the casino is upgrading its façade and two-story front atrium.   ACCOLADES   Hudson Valley: The Hudson Valley was listed as one of the "Top 20 Places in the World to Visit in 2013" by National Geographic Traveler in the magazine's December 2012/January 2013 issue. The article cites scenic beauty, inspirational arts and culture, and abundant food, as well as its landscape's inspiration for the Hudson River School artists that are celebrated along the Hudson River School Art Trail. or   The Adirondacks: The Adirondacks were named among "The 46 Places to Go in 2013" in the January 11th edition of the New York Times. The article states that this area of upstate New York wilderness is increasingly drawing a downstate crowd as the backwoods gets glam with luxury "glamping" sites like Camp Orenda. It has also become more accessible with vintage train service running between Saratoga Springs and North Creek.     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 hiking, biking 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 big excitement and tons activities for all travelers. For more information, visit for all of our spring activities. Media can find press releases and more at Follow the I LOVE NY social media channels for news on tourism in New York State. From NYC to Niagara Falls and all points in between, there's so much to love to LOVE in NY! Check out I LOVE NEW YORK on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for great ideas for your next getaway. Follow I LOVE NEW YORK on social media: Facebook: Twitter: @I_LOVE_NY Instagram: ILOVENY YouTube: Pinterest: Flickr:

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