Great Lakes Seaway Trail, NY-PA - As the year-end holiday frenzy begins, shoppers can find unique artisanal and mainstream buying experiences along the Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway that parallels the freshwater shoreline in New York and Pennsylvania.
The top 11 shopping destinations suggested by tourism representatives of the 518-mile-long byway follow, moving from west to east along the route that includes the Erie PA Bayfront, Niagara Falls, Rochester and the 1000 Islands. Read more »
Chautauqua, N.Y. - Chautauqua County in western New York sits directly in the path of lake effect snow storms that gather strength over Lake Erie and drop more than 200 inches of snow annually. More often than not, the holidays are welcomed with a carpet of white and the winter season becomes a frozen crystal wonderland. This pocket of precipitation is precisely why winter is a perfect time to plan a visit.
With annual snowfall that rivals Colorado ski towns, western New York offers plenty of opportunity for downhill snow sports. Near Findley Lake, the Peek’n Peak Resort and Spa provides an excellent backdrop for true beginners all the way to expert level skiers and snowboarders with 27 slopes, eight chairlifts, three progression terrain parks and a half pipe. There is a tubing area and trails for cross country skiing. The instructors at Peek’n Peak’s Snow Sports School are professionally trained and the lodges, dining rooms, pool and spa are welcome amenities after a day on the slopes. Read more »
Ski the Adirondacks and Save on Hotel Rooms, Meals and More
Adirondack Region, N.Y. - Across the Adirondacks, the mountains and valleys have exchanged brilliant fall foliage for an early dusting of snow, signaling the onset of winter and sending skiers and riders into a flurry of anticipation - the countdown to opening day has begun.
Ski season typically kicks off in mid-to-late November at alpine resorts throughout New York’s Adirondack Region, and early enthusiasts get the best deals on lift tickets, hotels, attraction passes and more with ski package deals perfect for a quick getaway before the holidays hit.
Early season ski deals at Adirondack lodging properties include:
Ridin-Hy Ranch All-Inclusive Ski & Save Package in Warrensburg is one of the best deals of the winter. Enjoy overnight accommodations at this Lake George Region dude ranch, three meals daily, on-property downhill and cross-country skiing, snowtubing, ice skating, ice fishing, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, horseback riding, and more starting at $155 per person, per mid-week night. Package available midweek December 25, 2013 through March 15, 2014. Read more »
The views get better as the Hudson Valley approaches winter
Hudson Valley, NY (November 2013) - The Hudson Valley is beautiful dressed in fall foliage, but when the leaves are gone and bare branches reach for the sky, whole new vistas open up to show the landscape. Like secrets, the leafless panoramas reveal unseen rock formations, buildings, and views through the trees that warmer weather foliage obscures.
Pathway choices range from an easy stroll to a more ambitious trek. The trail up Mount Beacon is steep, but well worth the resulting view. Stairs along the former course of the Beacon Incline Railway (plans are in the works to restore it) take you to observation platforms with views stretching from the Hudson Highlands to the Catskill Mountains. A monument at the top of the mountain commemorates the signal fires built to warn the patriots of British troop movements during the Revolutionary War. Steps also take you to the top of the Empire State Plaza and the Corning Tower Observation Deck. Breathtaking views of Albany, the Plaza, and the Hudson River are the first things you’ll see before your eyes take in the foothills of the Adirondacks, the Catskills, the Green Mountains of Vermont, and the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Forty-two flights of stairs will give you a good workout, but take the elevator if you prefer. Read more »
Some peak areas remain in Finger Lakes and Thousand Island-Seaway regions
This is the seventh 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. - Beautiful peak fall color will make its way into the Long Island, Greater Niagara and southern Hudson Valley regions this weekend and may also make an appearance or two in outlying areas of New York City, according to observers for Empire State Development’s I LOVE NEW YORK program. Peak fall foliage will also be found in parts of the Finger Lakes and Thousand Islands-Seaway regions.
Peak foliage will arrive on Long Island this weekend. Spotters based in the Hamptons project peak conditions with 95 percent color change and a nice mix of orange, yellow and some green leaves. In Nassau and western Suffolk counties expect peak foliage with 90 percent change and orange, yellow, gold, red and purple leaves of average brilliance. Some isolated areas will be near peak, some areas slightly past peak. Read more »
Experience Six-Million-Acres of Unparalleled Outdoor Wilderness in the Adirondack Park
Adirondack Region, N.Y. - After fall’s brilliant foliage fades, the Adirondacks of Northern New York continue to offer a spectacular outdoor getaway in what is known as the “shoulder season,” a travel period that spans from Columbus Day to mid-December. Get unbeatable deals and discounts on Adirondack hotel packages and family-friendly attractions during this time, so you can enjoy six-million-acres of outdoor recreation, luxury accommodations and quiet relaxation for less.
Just an hour’s drive north of Albany, the Fort William Henry Hotel on Lake George is one of the Adirondack’s most historic hotels. Located on 18 acres spanning the entire southern shore of Lake George, get away now through October 31 with the Fall Gas Buster Package and enjoy overnight accommodations, breakfast at the White Lion Restaurant, a $20 gas card and buy-one, get-one free dinner at the Village Blacksmith Restaurant. Rates start at $211 based on double occupancy. Read more »
Experience the Best of Fall Foliage During the Long Holiday Weekend
Take the Metro-North Railroad and LIRR for Fall Getaways This Month
Albany, N.Y. (October 11, 2013) - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today encouraged New Yorkers and out-of-state visitors to enjoy the long Columbus Day weekend by visiting a state park or local event and experience the vibrant fall foliage colors throughout New York State. Fall colors will be at their peak this weekend in many parts of the state, including the Chautauqua-Allegheny, Central New York, and Capital-Saratoga regions, with additional areas of peak color emerging in the Catskills and Finger Lakes regions.
“Autumn is a beautiful time to explore New York State’s great outdoors,” Governor Cuomo said. “From scenic rail routes in the Adirondacks and hikes in the Hudson Valley to cruises down the Erie Canal, this time of year offers breathtaking views and trips in all regions of the state. This holiday weekend, when fall foliage colors will be at their peak, I encourage New Yorkers and visitors to go to a state park and experience the unmatched natural beauty that New York has to offer.” Read more »