Sackets Harbor, N.Y. - June 4th is National Trails Day. Promoters of the 518-mile National Scenic Byway that parallels the freshwater shoreline of New York and Pennsylvania want you to “Get up! Get outside! Enjoy the great outdoors!” by geocaching along the 75-cache Great Lakes Seaway Trail. The 518-mile byway for leisure driving and great vacations parallels the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie in NY and PA.
A new supply of Great Lakes Seaway Trail GeoTrail logbooks and GeoCoins is available for 2011. Each of five regions of the byway has 15 caches awaiting discovery. Read more »
Learn About Region’s Geology on Local Hike
Watertown, N.Y. - Are you interested in local geology? Then the annual geology hike, organized by local nonprofit, Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust, is for you! The hike will be held Saturday, June 11, 2011 at Inman Gulf from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jefferson Community College Geology Professor, Jerry Zaykoski, will explain basic geology, as well as the specific geology of Inman Gulf and northern New York. The hike will be led by Zaykoski and Tug Hill Tomorrow Land Trust staff.
This is a great hike for families with children, however there are several very steep climbs and descents along the two mile Oak Rim Trail, so please be prepared. Please wear appropriate hiking/walking shoes, bring water and a lunch - and be ready to have fun and learn about Tug Hill geology! Read more »
Oswego, N.Y. - Draining all of Central New York, including Oneida Lake and the Finger Lakes, the Oswego River is Lake Ontario’s second largest tributary after the Niagara River. Its fishing, on the other hand, is second to none. In fact, many seasoned anglers consider the stream’s last leg–from below the lower dam in the city of Oswego to its mouth–the best kept fishing secret in New York State.
The stream started out the year by living up to this enviable reputation. Anglers who fished the rapids in Oswego, the first “port city” on the Great Lakes, in January and February reported catching massive quantities of steelhead. Read more »
Recipients offer successful models of heritage development
Waterford, N.Y. - The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission is pleased to announce the Restored 1842 Nine Mile Creek Aqueduct at the Camillus Erie Canal Park in Camillus as the recipient of the 2011 Erie Canalway Heritage Award of Excellence. Honorable Mention was awarded to the Verona Beach Lighthouse on the eastern shore of Oneida Lake and the Delta Sonic Heritage Farm at the Buffalo Zoo in Buffalo.
“We congratulate and thank this year’s recipients for doing so much to celebrate, preserve, and share the rich history of the Erie Canal,” said Judy Schmidt-Dean, Chair of the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission. “These are not only great places to visit-each has a valuable story to tell about how preserving our heritage can go hand-in-hand with economic and community revitalization.” Read more »
“Vintage Vacation” Wine Tours
Cayuga County/Finger Lakes, N.Y. – Cayuga County was recently featured in the June 2011 issue of Better Homes and Gardens as a destination of choice for a wine touring vacation.
“We received a call in February from a travel writer looking for wine vacations in the Finger Lakes to feature and in searching the web, she found our site, tourcayuga.com to be an excellent resource so she gave me a call to find out more information,” said Meg Vanek, executive director of the Cayuga County Office of Tourism. “This tells us that our web site is doing a great job in leading not only writers but visitors to Cayuga County.” Read more »
Vail Mills/Broadalbin, N.Y. – The New York State Outdoorsmen Hall of Fame proudly announces the Grand Opening of its new museum on Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m. The Hall of Fame is located in Vail Mills/Broadalbin, NY within the Wildlife Sports and Educational Museum at 3747 State Highway 30 (near the intersection of State Highway 29). All sportsmen and other interested persons are welcome to attend. Tours of the museum will be offered, members of the Hall of Fame will be in attendance, and there will be opportunities to learn more about the organization. Ron Kolodziej, member of the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors; Terry Swierzowski, Fulton County NY Tourism Director; and the Wildlife Museum’s Bob Kazmierski, will be the hosts of the event. Read more »
Ten affordable and exciting New York itineraries you can take on a single tank of gas!
Albany, N.Y. - I LOVE NEW YORK has some timely news for summer travelers: you can have an amazing and affordable vacation in your own backyard on just a single tank of gas! I LOVE NEW YORK is launching its 2011 campaign, More Smiles Per Gallon, which features ways for travelers within driving distance of New York State to enjoy affordable getaways on a tank of gas.
The kickoff of the summer campaign will begin with the introduction of an online guide and planning tool highlighting ten adventures that can be taken on a single tank of gas in New York State. Links will be provided on each itinerary to connect visitors with the attractions and destinations they will be visiting, as well as links to regional tourism websites for further information on dining, lodging, summer events listings and any summer packages and promotions that may be available. Read more »