Orange County, N.Y. - It's National Tourism Week in May, and Orange County Tourism is celebrating with new places to visit. Home to some of New York State's most popular destinations including West Point and Woodbury Common, the area is expanding with new sites that give visitors even more reasons to stay with us. Motorcyclepedia, an 85,000 square-foot museum featuring over 300 motorcycles dating back to 1897, is one of the newest destinations Orange County is adding to its collection. Just opened, the Antique Motorcycle Foundation's vintage line-up is housed there along with the personal collection of the museum's founders, Jerry and Ted Doering, plus bikes on loan from other collectors. Current exhibits include the Indian Motorcycle Timeline, and Fast from the Past. Open Thursdays through Saturdays, it's conveniently located in Newburgh just a short drive from the Orange County Choppers showroom. 845-569-9065, http://www.motorcyclepediamuseums.com/ New things are always happening here, even at well-established attractions. Storm King Art Center, the renowned 500-acre outdoor sculpture park in Mountainville, now offers on-site bicycle rentals and an expanded café serving seasonal locally-sourced food. See Zhang Huan's 28-foot-tall, 12 ton steel-and-copper Three-Legged Buddha encircled by maples, one of the recent additions to the center. 845-534-3115, http://www.stormking.org/. From art greens to golf greens, The Castle Family Fun Center in Chester, a favorite for kids of all ages, has added a driving range with 30 golf tees. Located next to the Heritage Trail, they'll also rent you a bike for a scenic ride on the 12-mile rail trail. http://www.thecastlefuncenter.com/, 845-469-2116. If being on the water sounds like more fun, two new kayak outfitters will take you on escorted kayak trips through gorgeous waterways. Paddle your way to Bannerman Island Castle or explore quiet marshes to observe bald eagles flying high above the Highlands. Sunset paddles, moonlight paddles, private lessons, these two outdoor adventure companies do it all. Whether you're an accomplished kayaker, or new to the sport, kayak with the experts and appreciate the county from a whole new perspective. http://www.mountainvalleyguides.com/, 845-661-1923. http://www.stormkingadventuretours.com/, 845-534-7800. Adventure on terra firma is available to all on the new All Person's Trail at Bear Mountain State Park. Volunteers have recently completed this ADA-compliant trail, providing wheel chair users access to one of the Hudson Valley's most scenic views at the summit of Bear Mountain. 845-786-2701, http://www.palisadesparksconservancy.org/ After all that exercise, take in spectacular Hudson River views from the ZuluTime rooftop lounge at West Point's Thayer Hotel. The valley's panorama spreads out for miles from your umbrella table as you sip a cool beverage. There's nothing like it in the region. 845-446-4731, http://www.thethayerhotel.com/. New also is Riddler's Comedy Club in Chester with top notch entertainment every weekend in historic downtown Chester. Make your reservations on-line, then come nosh on some light fare and raise your glass to lots of laughs. 845-345-1039, http://www.riddlerscomedyclub.com/ Heartier fare can be found at two of Orange County's favorite destinations. Just opened, Vinum Café is in an 1839 landmark building on the grounds of Brotherhood, America's Oldest Winery. Savor the gourmet fine dining on the patio, or light fare from the tapas wine bar. Sunday brunch in the beautifully decorated dining room comes with jazz accompaniment. 845-496-9001, http://www.vinumcafe.com/. Also new is Billy Joe's Ribworks at the Newburgh Waterfront. After a Hudson River cruise, sit down to delicious barbecue and watch the passing water traffic. 845-565-1560, http://www.ribworks.com/ With all the new attractions to visit, you'll want to stay awhile, and two boutique hotels have just opened their doors to much acclaim. The 40-room Victorian-style Catlin Gardens Inn is surrounded by five acres of gorgeous gardens and pathways. Fresh local fare and weekend entertainment are featured at the inn's casual, yet polished Jack's Irish Pub. 845-355-3555, http://www.catlingardens.com/. Those who really want to splurge (rooms start at $550) can luxuriate at the Glenmere Mansion, an Italianate villa on a 150-acre country estate in Chester. Elegant dining is also offered to the public at their two fabulous restaurants. 845-469-1900, http://www.glenmeremansion.com/ Bed and Breakfast fans have four more choices this year in addition to the charming selection of B&Bs in Orange County. The Hilltop Bed & Breakfast is a French-style country estate on twelve acres overlooking mountains and valley. Nearby, the historic Village of Montgomery offers a large selection of boutiques, antiques shops, and excellent restaurants. 845-541-7752, http://www.hilltopbnb.com/. From France to Italy, Pickerel Rush is an historic Italianate 1860 brick mansion built by the renowned architectural firm of Andrew Jackson Downing. Self-billed as a "work in progress," guests can enjoy a heated pool on over 2 private acres in Newburgh's fascinating historic district. 845-489-0592, http://www.pickerelrush.net/. Children are welcome at Tin Brook, an economy-based B&B in Walden. Located in the recently restored 1790's Todd House, it offers comfortable lodging and a full service gift shop located in the historic 2-story barn. 845-527-8309, http://www.tinbrookbandb.com/. Shadow Mountain Farm in Cornwall has overnight accommodations in a private, two-story country cottage. Their beautifully restored 1800's barn is the perfect country setting for weddings and special events. From time to time, the owners host their gourmet barn dinners that are open to the public. 845-522-1892, http://www.shadowmountainfarm.org/ Orange County is just an hour's drive, train, or bus ride from New York City, but a whole different landscape. New sites or old, come see our beautiful part of the Hudson Valley. Visit http://www.orangetourism.org/ for a complete list of attractions and lodging, or call 800-762-8687 for a free Visitors Guide.
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