So many ways to take a break and welcome the warmer weather! Albany, N.Y. - Shake off the winter blues and embrace the return of warmer weather in New York State. Horseback riding, wine tasting and culinary delights are just some of the activities you'll find paired with special lodging rates for the perfect spring escape! Fun and Flavorful Learning Why not try something different, with a culinary cooking class package? Cook, plate, taste and learn in the comfort of the Emerson Resort & Spa's kitchen as renowned Hudson Valley chef Curt Robair shares his culinary secrets and expertise in an intimate three hour cooking class at the Emerson. Each class includes personal chef instruction, organic food practices and hands-on preparation of a complete culinary masterpiece. Emerson's two-night Gourmet Cooking Package includes accommodations in their family-friendly Adirondack style Lodge, or in the luxurious suites of the Inn; a 3-hour cooking class for two; a full breakfast (Inn guests) or Continental breakfast (Lodge guests) for two each morning and two nights' stay, double occupancy. Rates start at $785 for the Lodge, $1,113 for the Inn (this package rate includes 10 percent off the regular room rate). For more information and to make reservations call (877) 688-2828, email email@example.com or visit http://www.emersonresort.com/. 5340 Rte. 28, Mt. Tremper, N.Y. Wine and Dine in Rhinecliff A boutique country hotel conveniently tucked away just 90 minutes from New York City and 45 minutes from Albany via Amtrak, The Rhinecliff offers gorgeous Hudson River views from every angle. Enjoy The Rhinecliff's "Easter - Spring Break Vacation Stay, Wine, Dine, Be Entertained, Toast the Queen & Learn a Little" package featuring special accommodation rates and dining options. For just $99.95 per person get an overnight stay (Sunday through Thursday) with a three-course prix-fixe dinner, and Continental breakfast. The Rhinecliff also offers an "Early Spring Stay" promotion: guests staying two consecutive nights can enjoy a third consecutive complimentary night based on availability and advance booking. Also, The Rhinecliff's popular "Wine & Dine Your Date" Wednesday date night promotion has been extended thru the spring; it features dinner for two for $50 and an overnight stay for $100. For more information call (845)876-0590 or visit http://www.therhinecliff.com/. 4 Grinnell St., Rhinecliff, N.Y. It's all happening at the Zoo Feel like monkeying around? The Maplewood Inn in Liverpool, near Syracuse, is offering the Maplewood Zoo Package, which includes a deluxe room, continental breakfast, disposable camera, and admission and shuttle to Syracuse's renowned Rosamond Gifford Zoo. The cost is just $93 for three guests or $99 for four guests. For more information visit http://www.themaplewoodinn.com/packages or call (315) 451-1511. 400 Seventh North . Liverpool, N.Y. A Satellite Tour of Syracuse It's an almost foolproof self-guided tour! The Craftsman Inn in Fayetteville wants you to take a "TomTom Adventure Tour." This self-guided tour package includes a two night stay at the Inn, daily breakfast for two at the Limestone Grille, a $25 gas card, a picnic lunch with bottled beverages, and a TomTom GPS system that will guide you through a tour of the Syracuse area including its local hot spots and scenic destinations. The package is $250, plus tax. For more information visit www.craftsmaninn.com/packages.cfm or call (315) 637-8000. 7300 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville, N.Y. Meanwhile, back at the Ranch ... Rocking Horse Ranch in Highland invites you to join them for a fun-filled spring break in the Hudson Valley with great discounts, 107 horses and trail rides for all abilities, an indoor water park, paddle boats and much, much more. Take advantage of discounts from 25-40 percent depending on when you visit. April 10-15, rates start as low as $164 a night (with a two night minimum); and from April 24-29 get 40 percent off all accommodations with rates starting at $123! For more information visit http://www.rockinghorseranch.com/ or call (800) 647-2624. 600 Rt. 44/55, Highland, N.Y. In the Adirondacks, Ridin-Hy Ranch in Warrensburg is having an Easter Weekend special with discounted rates for all ages: adults are $225 each, children 10-17 $150, 7-9 $135, 4-6 $90 and children under 4 free. Your rates include three meals daily, two-night accommodations, horseback riding, fishing, hiking, boating, and Easter egg hunt, visits from the Easter Bunny, an indoor pool, plus great social activities. For more information visit http://www.ridinhy.com/ or call (518) 494-2742. Myers Steakhouse and Inn has tradition of good food in a cozy and comfortable atmosphere that has been a part of the Salamanca area for 108 years. Just miles from the resort village of Ellicottville, the restaurant and inn still serve as the perfect destination for an enjoyable meal and a comfortable stay. Myers is teaming up with The Crosspatch, an equestrian ranch, for a special spring offer that includes dinner for two and one night's stay at the Inn along with horseback riding for two for just $149 per couple. The offer is good Monday thru Saturday only; for reservations, call Myers Steakhouse and Inn at (716) 945-3153. www.myerssteakhouseandinn.com/ ; http://www.thecrosspatch.com/ Every Penny Counts If you're looking to maximize your fun while minimizing your expenses, consider a stay in Columbia County and play in the New York Berkshires! The Inn at the Shaker Mill Farm in Canaan is offering special recession relief deals and discounts to make travel and vacation stays more affordable again. They even have a "stay now, pay later" plan. It all starts with a 10 percent discount for booking by phone and an additional discount if you've travelled more than 100 miles to the Inn. For information on all the Shaker Mill Farm packages and discounts, visit http://www.shakermillfarminn.com/ or call (518) 794-9345. 40 Cherry Lane, Canaan. Girlfriend Getaway The Warwick Valley Bed & Breakfast's "My Girlfriend Getaway" package was designed thinking about your best friend, girl talk, the giggles, unwinding, relaxing, enjoying good food and all the fun that shopping can provide (even if it's window shopping or just trying on fun clothes - playing dress up at top designer stores!). Enjoy a two-night stay in one of their beautifully decorated guests rooms, a full gourmet breakfast each morning, and a facial in your own room using natural oils to exfoliate your skin, reduce swelling, increase collagen and bring out the glow. This incredibly rejuvenating facial includes an upper body massage. You'll also get dinner for two at The Landmark Inn and a VIP coupon book to Woodbury Commons, where you can shop at over 250 name brand outlet stores. Midweek/non-holidays from $240 per person, and weekends from $260 per person based on double occupancy (standard room, upgrades are available). Prices include all taxes. For more information call (845) 987-7255 or (toll free) (888) 280-1671 or visit www.wvbedandbreakfast.com/. 24 Maple Avenue Warwick, N.Y. A Spring Room Special in the Adirondacks From April 1 through May 19, the Lamplight Inn Bed & Breakfast in the Adirondacks' beautiful Lake Luzerne is offering Jacuzzi and fireplace suites at special rates. Enjoy a suite with Jacuzzi and fireplace for just $155 per night, a fireplace suite for $145 per night, and an 1890 fireplace room for just $125 per night. All rooms are double occupancy and the offers are based on a two-night minimum stay and exclude the dates May 6-7. For more information and to make reservations, call 1-800-262-4668 (mention "spring launch"). http://www.lamplightinn.com/; 231 Lake Avenue, Lake Luzerne. Wellness in the Finger Lakes The Finger Lakes Wellness Center and Health Spa, in Bath, N.Y., is offering a month of April special: book a one-hour massage and receive a tube or spray of Biofreeze (a pain relieving gel that penetrates your muscles, helps with arthritis, sore muscles, back and joint pain) free. While supplies last. (607) 776-4345; http://www.fingerlakeswellness.com/. 7531 County Route 13 Bath, N.Y. Just a half hour away, the Feather Tick ‘n Thyme Bed & Breakfast in Prattsburgh is featuring a special package for the months of April and May: their two-night minimum stay requirement is waived, but if you do book a second night, you'll receive it for 25 off the regular price, and if you book a third night, you'll get the room that night for half price. www.bbnyfingerlakes.com/; (607) 522 4113; 7661 Tuttle Road, Prattsburgh, N.Y. Spring into Riesling! Located on the Seneca Harbor Waterfront area in downtown Watkins Glen the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel offers luxury on scenic Seneca Lake. During April and May take advantage of the hotel's "Spring into Riesling" package which includes one night deluxe accommodations, two "Riesling to Visit Passports" for the Seneca Lake Wine Trail and two Finger Lakes Riesling flights at the Cold Water Bar or Blue Pointe Grille. Call (607) 535-6116 or visit http://www.watkinsglenharborhotel.com/ for availability and prices. The Sunrise Landing Bed and Breakfast, nestled in the woods overlooking Seneca Lake, is discounting all suites $10 for one night and $20 for two nights through April 30. Call (607) 243-7548 or visit http://www.sunriselandingbb.com/ for more information. Reacquaint the Family - And Walk Through Time For a perfect, budget-minded get-away, bring your family together to experience the early history of Seneca Falls. You'll enjoy seeing the way "things used to be" as you step back and enjoy a walk back through time. The VanCleef Homestead Bed & Breakfast has a $459 family-priced package that includes two nights lodging in a family suite with full breakfast each morning, a History Pass for the Seneca Falls Museum Trail, a $75 gift certificate for dinner at an area restaurant, shopping at the Waterloo Premium Outlet with a VIP Discount Pass, old-fashioned Ice Cream Sundaes for all, and complimentary wine and/or grape juice tasting at three area wineries. What more could you ask for? (315) 568-2275; http://www.vancleefhomestead.com/. 86 Cayuga St., Seneca Falls, N.Y. Also in Seneca Falls, the Seneca Falls Microtel Inn & Suites wants you to shake off the winter and jump into spring with some fun indoor and outdoor family activities. Now through April 24 get two nights in a family suite, continental breakfast, a guided wildlife and nature tour of the Seneca Meadows Wetlands Preserve, two games of bowling and shoe rentals for the family at Sunset Bowl, a $25 dining card, for dinner at a family-friendly restaurant, two pints of homemade ice cream from Cayuga Lake Creamery, and a VIP shopping pass to Waterloo Premium Outlets - all for $211 plus tax! (Must be booked two weeks in advance to accommodate guided tour arrangements) (315) 539-8438; http://www.senecafallsmicrotelinn.com/. 1966 Route 5 & 20, Seneca Falls, N.Y. Swim ‘n Stay in Auburn From April 1-28, The Holiday Inn Auburn is offering a Family Swim & Stay Package for just $84.95 per night, with a two-bed room, breakfast (up to a $20 value), indoor pool, a free skates rental deal at Reva Rollerdrome, a free pass for Super Bounce in the Finger Lakes Mall, and more. (315) 253-4531; http://www.hiauburn.com/. 75 North Street, Auburn, N.Y. Blow away those Cabin Fever Blues! Maxwell Creek Inn Bed & Breakfast, a historic 1846 cobblestone house located in Sodus on the Seaway Trail halfway between Rochester and Oswego offers a peaceful and relaxing setting perfect for a spring getaway. Take advantage of the "Cabin Fever Spring Special" with a one night stay for two featuring dinner for two at a nearby restaurant with a $50 gift certificate, a full gourmet breakfast and noon checkout. The offer is good through May 21 and the cost is just $150. There's limited availability, so book now by calling (315) 483-2222 (be sure to mention this special). http://www.maxwellcreekinn-bnb.com/. 7563 Lake Road, Sodus, N.Y.
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