More Music Variety, 100 Performances Over Six Weekends, Great Special Offers
Riverhead, N.Y. - Come enjoy live music and great wines in Long Island winery tasting rooms and other venues every weekend from February 8 through March 16, 2014 during Winterfest: Live on the Vine. This exciting and newly re-named program includes over 100 truly exceptional musical performances along with hotel, restaurant and transportation special offers. Also new this year: Purchase a special ‘Festival Hopper’ pass for the day, the weekend, or entire six week festival. See http://www.liwinterfest.com/ for the full schedule of events and to get your advance tickets.
Previously known as “Jazz on the Vine,” the musical offerings are expanded this year to include blues, soul, rock and country music, hence the title change. The Winterfest: Live on the Vine series features a full line up of top level performers, including many Grammy recipients and Grammy-nominated artists. Multiple musical performances are scheduled each day of the six weekends at different times so visitors can plan to visit multiple winery concerts each day. Read more »
Celebrates 40 Years of Winemaking in Long Island Wine Country
Moves to the North Fork; Joshua Wesson to Emcee
Cutchogue, NY - Harvest East End 2013, presented by Wine Enthusiast Magazine, returns to the East End for its fourth year on August 24th with a special event celebrating 40 years of winemaking in Long Island Wine Country. Taking place for the first time on the North Fork, the evening, emceed by Joshua Wesson, will showcase the region’s world class wines from 42 Long Island winemakers and will feature over 30 top regional chefs at McCall Vineyard & Ranch in Cutchogue. With up to 1,500 people expected to attend, HARVEST EAST END will benefit East End Hospice, Group for the East End and the Peconic Land Trust as well as new beneficiary, The Long Island Farm Bureau Promotion & Education Foundation. HARVEST is organized by the Long Island Wine Council with support from Merliance. Read more »
Hauppauge, N.Y. - For the second time in three years one of Long Island’s beaches has taken the number one spot on the annual Top Ten Best Beaches list by noted by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach), a professor at Florida International University.
Main Beach in East Hampton was named ‘Best Beach’ 2013 on the annual Top Ten list, which includes other exceptional beaches in Florida, Hawaii, the Carolinas and Massachusetts.
A lovely example of Long Island’s 100-plus miles of pristine ocean beach coastline, Main Beach in East Hampton was cited for its sparkling surf, idyllic setting, white sand, water temperature, and cleanliness on a list of 50 beach judging criteria. Read more »
Tourism Summit Generates New Ideas to Bring More Visitors to New York State
Governor: NYS Tourism Equals Business
Albany, N.Y. (May 8, 2014) - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of New York’s largest tourism campaign in decades, committing nearly $60 million to grow the industry, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State.
The Governor’s announcement came at the conclusion of the New York State Tourism Summit, where hundreds of tourism experts gathered in Albany to discuss ideas and new ways to bring tourists to every corner of the state. As the fifth largest employment sector in New York, tourism supported 714,000 jobs and generated more than $29 billion in wages in 2012. One out of every 12 jobs in New York is tourism-related. The more than 202 million international and domestic visitors to the Empire State last year resulted in $57 billion in direct tourism spending, and generated $7 billion in state and local taxes.
“New York State has some of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the world. From the peaks of the Adirondacks to the beaches of Long Island, no matter what you’re looking for you can find it here,” Governor Cuomo said. “I want the world to know about these assets, too, and am committed to making the State a ‘must see’ global destination and creating new jobs and investments in New York.” Read more »
Hauppauge, N.Y. - Request the official 2013 Long Island Travel Guide and start exploring all the great things to see and do on Long Island. The 68-page Travel Guide makes it easy. Call 1-877-386-6654, ext. 210 to request a guide, map, brochures and the spring Calendar of Events. Or order a copy of the Travel Guide at: www.discoverlongisland.com/explore/plan/choose_your_guide.aspx
Discover some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. Find info on camping, pick-your-own farms, kayaking and more. Explore Long Island Wine Country, recently named one of the top wine regions in the world by Wine Enthusiast magazine, or play a round on a championship golf course, including Bethpage Black, site of the 2009 US Open. Read more »
Albany, N.Y. - As spring spreads its warmth across New York State, festivals and activities celebrating the state’s bounty, outdoor attractions and heritage are sprouting up. New York State ranks among the top wine, fruit, dairy and berry producing states in the nation, and farms, wineries and breweries across the state are increasingly opening their doors to visitors. Factor in its protected wilderness–more state-designated wilderness land than any state (except Alaska)-and New York State’s many pivotal roles in the history of the country, it’s easy to see why the season of awakening is filled with activities for visitors.
What follows is just a sampling of the many festivals and special events happening statewide this spring: Read more »
Columbus Day Weekend offers peak leaf peeping in Adirondacks, Catskills, Chautauqua-Allegheny, Central New York regions
This is the fourth 2012 FALL COLOR REPORT for New York State. Reports are obtained from field observers and reflect expected color conditions for the coming weekend. FALL COLOR REPORTS are issued every Wednesday afternoon.
Albany, N.Y. - Leaf peeping and Columbus Day weekend go hand in hand, and this year’s holiday weekend will offer some of the best foliage viewing opportunities in New York State in years, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program. Peak colors are spreading from the Adirondacks to the Catskills, the Chautauqua-Allegheny and Central New York regions, with near-peak and midpoint color in many other areas. Read more »