Dear EscapeMakers — Spend a weekend Hudson Valley, appreciating the arts and cultural offerings that showcase talent from the past, present, and future. Witness the Richard Serra works at Dia:Beacon. Go to Hudson Beach Glass to watch artists in their craft. Devote your evening to drama, dance or music at the Fisher Performing Arts Center. Get the most out of your getaway…plan your trip now with the Hudson Valley Trip Planner.

UPCOMING EVENTS

April 18 – 19:
Free Entrance Days in the National Parks for National Park Week’s Opening Weekend! Tour three Roosevelt-Vanderbilt Sites in Hyde Park at no charge.

May 23 – 24: Stormville Airport Antique Show & Flea Market

June 13: Walkway Marathon & Half Marathon, and 5K race

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Spring Getaway
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Dear EscapeMakers — Soak up New York State this Spring via Amtrak!
SAVE 15%
on Amtrak travel within New York State and Montreal!


RESTAURANT WEEK! Through March 22nd. Experience the many delicious restaurants in Dutchess County, home of the Culinary Institute of America during Hudson Valley’s Restaurant Week. Plenty to do and see so make it an overnight! More on lodging.
STOP: Rhinecliff + taxi (10 min.).

GARDEN & FLOWER SHOW! March 27-29th. Get in the spirit for spring and attend New York State’s premier flower and garden show! The annual show is renowned for full-scale landscape exhibits. While you’re there, stay in the state capitol for a long weekend at a charming inn. More on lodging. STOP: Rensselaer + taxi (5 min.).

MAPLE DAYS! Celebrate the March maple season near Lake George. Connect with the locals and visit maple farms across the area as they explain the sugaring process. There will be delicious maple samples from the season’s harvest at each location. More on lodging. STOP: Fort Edward – Glens Falls + car rental (55 min.).

WINERY WEEKEND! As a small, family owned winery, the Adirondack Winery near Lake George is committed to supporting their local community. Sip through their award winning range of fruit & wine collaborations with other local family farmsteads. Arrange for a special winery basket in your room if you stay in the Lake George area for the weekend. STOP: Fort Edward – Glens Falls + car rental. (20 min.).

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The Cure for Cabin Fever in Corning & the Southern Finger Lakes

Dear EscapeMakers — We don’t like that will-it-ever-end, all-closed-up-indoors feeling that winter can bring any more than you do. Here’s some fun ways to beat the winter blues:

It’s Time For A Little Motorcycle Therapy

Look, we know you’re dying to get your bike out for a ride, but this darn snow just won’t clear enough to ride. No worries. Go for some Motorcycle Therapy at the Glenn Curtiss Museum. A small town boy with an incurable need for speed, Curtiss took matters into his own hands, building everything with an engine including a motorcycle that propelled him to the title of "Fastest Man on Earth." Stop by the museum all year long and explore the wonderful collection of vintage bikes, automobiles, aircraft, and exciting, full-throttle events like Curtiss Motorcycle Weekend and Seaplane Homecoming!

Tried & True Remedy 

 

Cabin Fever
• Corning’s Gaffer District
• March 13 5pm-8pm
• Cost: $15 per person,
must be 21 years or older

Hey, the days are already getting a little longer. But some days you can still feel a little stir crazy this time of year, a little restless. That’s why Cabin Fever has become such a popular winter tradition. It gives you a chance to get out and enjoy yourself. Only, instead of having to drive from winery to winery, and brewery to brewery, over 20 Finger Lakes wineries and breweries gather together in Corning’s Gaffer District. Oh, and don’t forget the special shopping and dining promotions going on that night.

 

Something to Savor this Winter

 

2015 Winter Passport
• Finger Lakes Beer Trail
• February 20 – March 31

If you love craft beer, you know it tastes great all year long. So why not take advantage of the Winter Passport put out by Finger Lakes Beer Trail?

We’re talking smaller crowds and a better chance of sharing your brew with the brewer, discounted growler fills, complimentary tastings, and more. Oh yeah, and there’s even a chance to win some pretty cool prizes!


Sometimes Winter Brings Out the Best 

 

Contemporary Art + Design Wing
• The Corning Museum of Glass
• Opens March 20

The Corning Museum of Glass will be unveiling the new Contemporary Art + Design Wing on March 20, featuring a 26,000-square-foot contemporary gallery and 500-seat Amphitheater Hot Shop for live glass demos and design sessions. Many new works will be on view, including pieces designed by well-known contemporary artists Fred Wilson and Roni Horn. See glass in a new light when you explore the daylit galleries, and use our new mobile app, GlassApp, to join the conversation surrounding contemporary glass. Opening weekend festivities from March 20-22 are free and open to the public

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Maple Escapes
via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers – is any thing sweeter than freshly tapped maple and all its incarnations?
See below for maple escape ideas off Amtrak’s Vermont routes!
Plus, now you can get 20% off with the VisitVermont discount!

snowshoeing MAPLE SCRUB! March 5-8th & 19-22nd. Escape to Lake Morey Resort during the sugaring season and enjoy this ultimate, exfoliating body treatment. Take your sweetheart or gather the girls for a ladies getaway starting at $281! STOP: White River Junction + taxi (20 minutes).

ski&stayMAPLE OPEN HOUSE - March 28-29th. It’s easy to visit Vermont sugarhouses and enjoy the charm of Burlington from this central location. Watch as maple syrup is being made. Plan on visiting multiple farms to join the tradition and be a part of all the fun! STOP: Essex Junction + car rental
(17 min.) More on lodging.


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BASKET OF SWEETS - March 28-29th. Get right into the maple festivities! Reserve any room for two nights at Fitch Hill Inn and receive a free basket full of local Vermont maple products and a map of participating sugar houses. STOP: Essex Junction + car rental (50 min.).

vermont skiingVT MAPLE FESTIVAL – April 24-26th. Head to St. Albans, VT to experience all things maple. From the Craft and Specialty Food show to a maple BBQ, learn about what makes Vermont so proud of its maple syrup tradition. STOP: St. Albans + walk (9 min.) More on lodging. 

vermont skiingMAPLE WINE! Visit the tasting room at Fresh Tracks Farm Winery to taste their famed maple wine. At the end of every sugaring season this unique wine is made from the last "sweet" of the maple sap. STOP: Vermonter to Montpelier + taxi
(5 min).
 More on lodging.

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Romantic Escapes to Corning & the Southern Finger Lakes

Dear EscapeMakers — Take a Romantic Winter Stroll with Your Valentine!

There’s nothing like walking arm-in-arm with the one you love. And now there’s a new event especially for love birds taking place in Hammondsport, voted “America’s Coolest Small Town” by readers of Budget Travel. For your tasting pleasure, The Hammondsport Valentine’s Winter Evening Stroll features 7 wineries and 4 breweries set up in cozy locations around the charming Village Square, including New York State’s most award-winning winery for over 52 years (Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars), the 2014 New York State Craft Brewery of the Year (Keuka Brewing Company), Finger Lakes Beer Company, Heron Hill Winery, Ravines Wine Cellars, Steuben Brewing Company, Deep Root Vineyard, and more!

Try Something New 

 

Looking for a way to say, “I Love You,” to your Sweetheart/Valentine without doing the same old thing? With complimentary tastings at over 35 breweries and brew pubs, discounts on growler fills, free merchandise, a chance to win some wonderful prizes, and more, the 2015 Winter Passport is a perfect way to savor what’s brewing along the Finger Lakes Beer Trail

 

Speaking of Romance in “America’s Coolest Small Town” 

 

Two of the area’s B&B’s are offering special Valentine’s packages.

  • The Black Sheep Inn’s Romantic Retreat gets things started with a private couple’s massage and an indulgent candlelit organic breakfast. 

FEATURED EVENTS
Cheese and Wine Lovers Weekend – February 14 -15, Keuka Wine Trail
Cabin Fever – March 13, Corning’s Gaffer District
Finger Lakes Beer Trail Winter Passport – February 20 – March 31
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New Local Excursions
in Pennsylvania

Dear EscapeMakers — Lancaster’s
Central Market
, the country’s oldest farmers’ market in the heart of Amish country, occupies a beautiful 120-year-old red brick building chock-full of local character. Regional food specialties include Pennsylvania Dutch sausage, scrapple (a breakfast meat of pork scraps and cornmeal), and headcheese (like scrapple, an acquired taste).

You’ll also find preserves, including chowchow (pickled vegetables in a spicy mustard sauce), and bread and butter pickles. Open Tuesdays and Fridays, 6:00 am to 4:00 pm, and Saturdays, 6:00 am to 2:00 pm year-round; the market is also a great place to buy souvenirs.


And just right next store, you can stop in for a great meal at Lancaster Dispensing Company, “Lancaster’s favorite downtown venue for affordable light fare and a wide selection of local and imported beers.” Weeknights feature food and drink specials, and weekends showcase live, local, original music. Visit “DipCo” and hang with the locals!

Lancaster Central Market Excursion Includes:
  • Buy one Amtrak® Ticket, get one 40% off
  • Take 50% off Amtrak Ticket for Kids ages 2-12
  • Flat rate taxi transportation offer from Lancaster Train Station
  • 10% off bill at Lancaster Dispensing Company with proof of Amtrak purchase


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On sale Jan. 05, 2015. Valid Thurs.- Mon. for travel Jan. 8 – April 27, 2014. Blackout dates apply. Up to two children ages 2-15 may ride with each adult at half fare. Reservations 3 days in advance. Visit Amtrak.com or call 1-800-USA-RAIL. See offer page for full Terms & Conditions. Service on the Adirondack is financed primarily through funds made available by the New York State Department of Transportation.



Dear EscapeMakers,

Cozy up to Montreal and escape across the border on a magical train ride! On sale January 5th through April 20th, Amtrak® is offering a special $90 round trip weekend fare (Thurs. – Mon.) between New York City and Montreal.

Zoom through a winter wonderland on the Adirondack® — one of the ten most scenic train rides in the world!Whether you go for the culture, the nightlife the food or the adventure, the Adirondack® will get you there rested, relaxed and ready to enjoy the city.

$90.00 RT Weekend Fare
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Elegant Escapes
in Massachusetts
via Amtrak

Dear EscapeMakers – Indulge in a getaway this Winter! See below for escapes ideas
off Amtrak’s route in Western Massachusettsoff Amtrak’s route – “The Vermonter!”

ALERT: Due to construction and new development projects,
the Amherst station will be closing December 29th.

THE PERFECT PEAR! Book 2 nights at the cozy Clamber Hill Inn – a secluded 33-acre wooded estate with award-winning pear pancake breakfasts and receive comp snow shoe rentals from $175/nt. STOP: Vermonter to Amherst, or Greenfield after 12/29 + Enterprise (40 min.)

SHOP LATE NIGHTS! thru Dec. 19th
Books, antiques? Find the perfect elegant holiday gift as the shops of downtown and very strollable Amherst stay open late.
STOP: Vermonter to Amherst (10 min. walk) More on lodging.


FANCY NANCY! Dec. 20th Visit the Yankee Candle Village on the annual mother-daughter luncheon at Chandler’s for a reading of the classic kid’s book “Fancy Nancy.” Dress in your fanciest attire! STOP: Vermonter to Amherst + taxi (20 min.)



MASTERPIECE BALL! Jan. 3rd
Celebrate the women of Downton Abbey in an elegant evening of fundraising. Enjoy a five course period dinner, wine, music and dancing to The Masterpiece Ballroom Orchestra, dance demonstrations, awards for best period and character attire, a silent auction, raffles and an advance screening of the first hour of Season 5, Episode 1! $100/pp. STOP: Vermonter to Springfield + taxi (10 min.) More on lodging.

BREW BY THE FIRE! thru Feb. 26th - Cozy up at the Lord Jeffery Inn over the holidays with a pint and their Brewer’s Dinner package from $311! Located on the Amherst Common walkable from the station. STOP: Vermonter to Greenfield + taxi (20 min.)

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The Most Magical Season of the Year

Dear EscapeMakers — In Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes the Holiday Season is kind of a big deal!

Each November you can experience the holiday spirit starting with events like AGLOW in Hornell, where you’ll find carriage rides, and a parade, and a certain jolly fellow with a white beard spreading holiday cheer. In Corning, the season kicks off with the Parade of Lights – an evening parade where everyone is covered head to toe in lights – and it culminates with Sparkle where the streets are lined with vendors and full of holiday good times.

Each of the museums in Corning offers a special Holiday Open House which includes free admission and fun family activities, plus some quality time with old Chris Cringle. In Hammondsport and Bath you can spend Christmas in the Park and join Santa and Mrs. Claus celebrating the season with food, arts and crafts, and live music. In addition to great fun, many of these events also offer special dining and shopping promotions to help you bring in the holidays in style!

Putting The Sparkle in The Holiday Season for 40 Years

Corning’s Gaffer District is excited to invite you all to the 40th anniversary of Sparkle, on Saturday, December 6!

Join us for the celebrated culmination of the Crystal City Christmas Events Season, sponsored by Connors Mercantile. This year’s traditional holiday event features horse and carriage rides, shopping and dining promotions, outdoor entertainment and activities for the whole family! Enjoy craft and food vendors, holiday carolers, snow activities and everyone’s favorite photos with Santa in his Crystal House! The 40th annual Sparkle event begins with the inaugural Selfless Elf 5K, which benefits the Food Bank of the Southern Tier, and ends with fireworks, courtesy of Elmira Savings Bank!

The Gaffer District hopes to welcome both locals and visitors alike to the most celebrated event of the holiday season. In its 40th year, Sparkle is an event not to be missed, and we hope to welcome its arrival for many more!

FEATURED EVENTS
Sparkle – December 6, Corning’s Gaffer District

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New Excursions in PA

Dear EscapeMakers — We’ve just added
a NEW winter excursion available
January 10-17th
in Harrisburg, PA!
Join thousands of vendors, exhibitors and farm friends to celebrate agriculture at the 99th Pennsylvania Farm Show! Each January, Pennsylvania hosts the largest indoor agricultural exposition in the country to highlight the state’s number one industry. This year’s show has something for everyone from farmers to foodies with nearly 6,000 animals, 10,000 competitive exhibits, more than 300 commercial exhibits, cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs and a farm-fresh food court.





The Pennsylvania Farm Show
Excursion Includes:
Available January 10-17, 2015
Buy one Amtrak Ticket, get one 40% off
Take 50% off Amtrak Ticket for Kids 2-12
FREE admission to the Pennsylvania Farm Show, a massive 24-acre indoor celebration of agriculture, featuring thousands of live animals
and equipment, competitive events and culinary delights
FREE fountain drink in a collectable 2015 PA Farm Show souvenir cup
Complimentary breakfast
$10.00 flat-rate taxi fare from Sean’s Taxi service



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