nyc weekend getaways New York, NY July 7, 2009 — Want to spend an affordable weekend away with family and friends this summer? has teamed up with I LOVE NEW YORK , New York State’s tourism agency, to offer a weekend getaway sweepstakes and to highlight I LOVE NEW YORK’s special travel promotion, “Stay 2 nights, get the 3rd Night FREE” — an offer valid at more than 250 participating hotels, bed & breakfasts, campsites and vacation rentals around the state. The sweepstakes will be awarding 12 weekend getaway prizes – all from lodgings taking part in the program. The contest begins Tuesday, July 7, 2009 and the 12 winners will be chosen on August 31, 2009. “New York provides everything a traveler could want in a day trip or weekend getaway,” said Caylin Sanders, President and CEO of EscapeMaker. “And with a challenging economy, people are looking for value more than ever. We hope our partnership with I LOVE NEW YORK and their summer promotion encourages visitors to enjoy a stress-free getaway close to home.” “We are thrilled to be partnering with to help promote I LOVE NEW YORK’s Stay 2 nights, get the 3rd Night FREE campaign,” said Thomas Ranese, Chief Marketing Officer for New York State. “There are 80 million people who live within a five-hour drive of destinations in New York State. This promotion will help attract those travelers looking for value and spectacular destinations this summer.” New York State’s attractions are diverse: from Long Island’s sandy beaches to the Finger Lakes & Thousand Islands-Seaway Region, from the world-class cuisine and history in the Hudson Valley and the Chautauqua Allegheny Regions to the outdoor playground of the Catskills and the Adirondacks; from treasures like Niagara Falls, the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Saratoga Race Course to events like Woodstock’s 40th anniversary and New York’s Quadricentennial celebrations. Travelers who book 2 consecutive nights at participating New York accommodations will receive the 3rd night for free. Vacationers can choose from a range of offerings, including rustic cabin rentals, Victorian bed and breakfasts, world-class New York hotels, family lodges and even campgrounds. Prizes Include: 5-Nights at Sparrow Hawk Affaires Inn – Hudson Valley 2-Nights at The Edge Of Thyme Bed & Breakfast – Finger Lakes 3-Nights and all meals at Glenn Falls House – Catskills 2-Nights at Town & Country Motor Inn – Adirondacks 2-Nights at Mercury Grand Hotel – Hudson Valley 2-Nights for 4, plus meals at Honor’s Haven Resort & Spa – Catskills 2-Nights Poughkeepsie Hampton Inn & Suites – Hudson Valley 2-Nights – Ampersand Bay Resort – Adirondacks 1 Night & kayak trip for 2 for Catskill Mountain Lodge – Catskills 3-Nights at the Inn at Holiday Valley Resort – Hudson Valley 3-Nights at Geneva on the Lake – Finger Lakes 2-Nights at The Hilton Garden Inn – Saratoga Springs – Capital-Saratoga Region For more information, and to enter the contest, visit or About First launched in 2000, is an online guide to day trips and weekend getaways in the Northeast – with a special emphasis on getaways by public transportation. The site features information on family vacations, romantic escapes, active adventures and more, all within a few hours of New York City. About New York State New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York’s attractions span from landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the Empire State Building and Allegany State Park to lesser-known treasures like the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Museum of Glass in Corning. Whether it’s wide-ranging outdoor activities like fishing, hiking and boating, culinary wonders and farm-to-table fresh foods, or the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies, New York State offers diverse activities for all travelers. For more information visit Media can find press releases and more at Contact: Alison Moran 718-398-5766