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Dear EscapeMakers — Why not spend them in the Hudson Valley, visiting sites along the
400-year history trail representing the pre-Revolutionary war, early Quaker days, the Gilded Age, and the Roosevelt era?

Your first stop could be 1709 at Madam Brett Homestead, the county’s oldest. Fast forward to 1895 – Frederick W. and Louise Vanderbilt purchased the Vanderbilt Mansion. Last stop – 1933, at FDR’s Springwood Estate, to relive the launch of the New Deal.

UPCOMING EVENTS

May 1 – 3:
Rhinebeck Car Show & Swap Meet
, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
May 2: Hudson Valley Garden Fair, Montgomery Place, Red Hook/Annandale
June 5 – 7: Country Living Fair, Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck
June 12 – 13: First Walkway Marathon and Health & Wellness Expo, Poughkeepsie
 
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New Local Excursions
in Pennsylvania

Dear EscapeMakers — We’ve just added
a NEW Spring Pennsylvania excursion:
Lancaster Gallery Row & a Show
!

Experience charming Lancaster City’s famed Gallery Row lined with boutique art galleries, then culminate your visit with dinner and a show. The Fulton Theatre, considered to be the nation’s oldest continuously operating theatre, is one of only eight theatres to be named a National Historic Landmark. Central Pennsylvania’s premier regional theatre showcases Broadway caliber musicals, comedies and dramas with the grandeur of ornate Victorian architecture. Enjoy dinner at Lancaster Dispensing Co., the local’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.

Lancaster Gallery Row & a Show
Excursion Includes:


• Buy one Amtrak® Ticket, get one 40% off
• Take 50% off Amtrak® Ticket for Kids 2-12
• 10% single ticket prices for Fulton Theatre
• Free shipping from CityFolk Gallery*

• 10% off at Lancaster Dispensing Co.
• (*Restrictions Apply)




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Quick Local Getaways
within 500 miles!
APRIL IS THE COOLEST MONTH

You know what the best thing to come out of a long, incredibly cold winter is? SPRING!!! Sure, just being able to get out of the house will be a welcome change, but we’ve got a few ideas for some fun ways to kick off the new season in Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes! Book your getaway now!

Arts in Bloom
April 25-26, 2015

An open Studio & Gallery Trail, where you get to meet artists, watch them create, and learn what inspires their amazing work. The event is free and runs April 25th and 26th with a number of eclectic artists located throughout Corning and the Southern Finger Lakes opening their studios for you to enjoy.

Experience The Possibilities of Glass in a Whole New Light
April 25-26, 2015

New Contemporary Art + Design Wing at the Corning Museum of Glass.The new $64-million expansion features a 100,000-square-foot addition, which includes a 26,000-square-foot gallery space and a 500-seat live glass demonstration facility, making it the largest space in the world devoted to contemporary glass art. “The new wing provides an unprecedented opportunity for visitors to see the breadth and depth of creativity by artists who have pushed the boundaries of glass as an artistic material during the past 25 years.”

A Little Time for the Girls

With exceptional wineries and breweries, including some of the best in New York State, spectacular art and fabulous shopping, like the newly renovated Museum Shop at The Corning Museum of Glass and the Museum Shop at The Rockwell Museum, as well as a number of very cool new dining spots, now is the perfect time to escape for a Women Only Weekend.

 

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New Excursions in PA
Dear EscapeMakers,

We’ve been telling you all year about PaTripsbyTrain.com and their awesome local excursions only a few hours from NYC! Have you had a chance to check them out, yet? Not only can you get big discounts on Amtrak® tickets but also save on great attractions and events all over Pennsylvania!

SAMPLE YEAR-ROUND PA EXCURSIONS:
Lancaster, PA Amish Excursion
Experience an authentic look at Amish life in PA Dutch Country on this 1-night getaway! Take a guided tour of the
Amish Village
, an 1840 Amish farmhouse and one-room schoolhouse to learn about today’s Amish lifestyle! Excusrion includes discounts on Amtrak tickets, lodging as well as ground transportation and free cookies and samples! More….

Harrisburg Hershey Wine Country Excursion
P
ack your overnight bag for a great 1-night PA getaway! Explore 3 Hershey Harrisburg Hershey Wine Country wineries by stretch limo, where you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the wineries situated in the heart of Central PA’s beautiful rolling hills. Excursion includes Amtrak® and lodging discounts, tasting fees, ground transportation, a bottle of wine and souvenir glasses! More…

… And start planning your summer and fall trips!
Visit PaTripsby Train.com and the Amtrak® booths
at our 4th Local Food & Travel Expo on May 2, 2015
at Brooklyn Borough Hall! Admission is FREE but you MUST be registered to attend! Click Here to Register!


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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

For more events, see our calendar at DutchessTourism.com.
 
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Spring Getaway
Ideas by Amtrak!
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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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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