Syracuse, N.Y. - With Valentine’s Day falling on a Thursday, take the opportunity to turn one special day into a romantic weekend getaway. From hotel packages with ice skating or spa specials, to fireside restaurants and premiere shopping, Syracuse, N.Y. is one city that offers both budget friendly and heart-warming choices for every type of romantic.
Couples can ice skate on historic Clinton Square and cozy up with mugs of hot chocolate and marshmallows with a special package at the Jefferson Clinton Hotel. If a relaxing night in is more alluring, then enjoy a romantic evening in a deluxe room with champagne and chocolates at The Crowne Plaza. Or, for the passionate pair, the Craftsman Inn has a “guilty pleasures” package with chocolate strawberries and a late afternoon checkout. Read more »
New York State loves Valentine’s Day with special offers that will melt your heart
Albany, N.Y. - Couples looking for original ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day will find New York State brimming with romantic possibilities. Cuddle under a warm blanket as you glide through snow-topped woods in a horse-drawn sleigh or mush sled dogs around a pristine lake. Sip vintage wines in front of a blazing fire and learn to heighten your senses in a gourmet kitchen. Get your hearts racing with the thrill of an Olympic bobsled run. And that’s just a small sampling of the exotic and extraordinary ways couples can make this Valentine’s Day a memory to treasure forever. Best of all, these experiences and more are offered as special Valentine’s Day promotions throughout the state.
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Great places for proposing marriage in the Hudson Valley
Hudson Valley, N.Y. - Ah romance. The stuff that makes the world go round has couples coming from all over, popping the question at gorgeous sites within the lush landscape of the Hudson Valley. There are so many special places here they’ve even captured the attention of National Geographic Traveler which named the Hudson Valley one of the hottest spots to visit in 2013. With Valentine’s Day around the corner and love in the air, these are a few places to consider for that most poignant question. Read more »
Great Lakes Seaway Trail, N.Y.-PA - The enduringly popular daytime television game show The Price is Right is set to feature Braddock Point Lighthouse in Hilton, NY, in a Lighthouses Around the World vacation getaway showcase prize early in 2013.
The 4.5 million viewers of The Price is Right will learn about Braddock Point Lighthouse, one of 30 historic and replica structures found on the 518-mile-long Great Lakes Seaway Trail National Scenic Byway along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie in New York and Pennsylvania. Read more »
State’s Official Fall Foliage Color Reports Begin September 12
Albany, N.Y. - Okay, while we cannot say with absolute certainty that New York State has more leaves than anyone else, we can say that we believe New York’s foliage bounty and beauty make it the most desirable autumn travel destination for “Leaf Peepers” nationwide. And it is a fact that New York State has almost as many acres of broad-leaved trees (which help give the region’s foliage a spectacular color range) as the rest of the Northeast combined. The change in colors, from the greens of summer to the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows of fall, draws thousands of leaf lovers to the state’s roadways and waterways, hiking and biking trails, small towns, scenic vistas, country fairs and harvest festivals every year.
Starting Wednesday, September 12 I LOVE NEW YORK’s Fall Foliage Color Report will be distributed weekly and continue until the end of the foliage season in early November. Each Wednesday throughout the season, reports are posted on iloveny.com/fall, ensuring that visitors can get the latest information on foliage conditions in each region of the state. Read more »
What: An innovative effort to connect brides and grooms to local businesses
Who: Engaged couples along with wedding venues and vendors
When: April 29th, 2012
Where: Eight of Central NY’s best wedding reception venues
Why: An easy way for engaged couples to visit and compare locations to have their wedding
Madison County, N.Y. - The most important decision an engaged couple makes in their wedding plans is picking a date. The second decision that comes along is the venue. Until a reception date and venue are picked, all of the other pieces are hard to put in place. In an effort to make that process simpler for brides and grooms, Madison County Tourism is hosting a day long limo tour of eight unique wedding venues on April 29th. Read more »
Buffalo, N.Y. - This Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, romance will be in the air at the Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens for “Hearts in the Gardens,” a new event to benefit the National Garden Festival.
From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, desserts, beer and wine; bid on silent auction items; and explore “NIGHT LIGHTS in the Gardens,” a gorgeous light show that will encompass the entire glass-domed Botanical Gardens.
During the course of the evening, National Garden Festival officials will announce the location of the 2012 Front Yard Competition, in which local professional landscapers will donate their time and materials to completely transform each front yard on a Buffalo block. Read more »