agritourism packagesAugust 4, 2009 — New York, NY Enjoy the Fruits of Summer with Agri-Tourism Packages from — Offerings include wine, chocolate, farm visits and more Calling all locavores! Enjoy a summer getaway while supporting local farms, restaurants and wineries with one of’s New York State Agri-Tourism packages. Wine tasting, farm tours, country bed and breakfasts and even farm stands are all examples of Agri-Tourism. Buying and eating locally grown food supports small farms and helps the environment by cutting down on the distance food needs to travel from farm to table. New York State, with its extensive natural resources, provides everything a locavore and eco-conscious traveler could ask for. Among the top packages available on Hudson Valley Weekend Winery Escape: Follow the Dutchess Wine Trail or the Shawangunk Wine Trail past the vineyards, orchards and farms that provide the bounty of this beautiful valley. Along the way, sample wines that have gained international recognition while touring the wine cellars and meeting the winemakers. Packages start at $375 for two. Chocolate Decadence Package: This package has the chocolate lover and traveler in mind. Stay at the picturesque Inn on Lake Placid, and enjoy the beautiful views of the Lake and Whiteface Mountain in a Lakeside or fireplace room, only a 10 minute walk to downtown shops and restaurants. A mouth-watering array of local homemade chocolates and sweet juicy strawberries awaits each visitor for an affordable $74 per person. Taste of the Catskills: Enjoy two nights in a deluxe room at the beautiful River Run Bed and Breakfast set on the western edge of the Catskill Forest Preserve. Package includes breakfast each morning, and a very special five course chef’s menu tasting dinner at the Andes Hotel Restaurant. Enjoy delectable dishes prepared with fresh local farm raised fare in a casually elegant atmosphere. Package is $300 per couple. agritourism packagesComplete details about all these packages are available at Additional New York State Agri-Tourism ideas can be found by viewing the site’s “Tastes of New York” webisode, located on the homepage. The webisode, the second in a four-part series, showcases areas around the state which offer fresh and locally-grown summertime food favorites, including the Greater Niagara Region, Lewis County in the Adirondacks, Madison County in the Central Leatherstocking Region, the Hudson Valley’s Dutchess County and Southampton on Long Island. First launched in 2000, is an online guide to day trips and weekend getaways in the Northeast. The site features information on family vacations, romantic escapes, active adventures and more, all within a few hours of New York City. Press Contact: Alison Moran