TINY HOUSES AT A FARM SANCTUARY, A NATIONALLY-RANKED RESTAURANT AND A LAND/WATER TOUR OF ALBANY ARE AMONG THE NEW WAYS TO STAY, DINE AND PLAY IN NEW YORK STATE THIS FALL
New and Recent Developments Add to the Excitement of Fall Foliage Season
NEW YORK – The splendor of New York State’s fall foliage season – one of the longest in the nation – is reason enough to explore the state’s backroads and byways this autumn. But with new attractions including romantic inns, creative eateries and unique adventures, there are even more reasons to plan a getaway to the Empire State this fall.
Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, “On fall weekends in New York State, the options to get away are limitless. Travelers can enjoy scenic train rides with views of fall foliage, visits to lakeside wineries, apple picking at country orchards, and Headless Horseman Halloweens. Even a short autumn escape will make it clear that, ‘It’s all here and only here, in New York State.’”
New York State not only has the top-ranked new restaurant in the country (according to USA Today’s 2017 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards), but it has seen an explosion in craft beverage production and agritourism. In addition, Taste NY markets across the state are selling locally grown and produced food and beverages. Visitors can find information about food and beverage trails, harvest festivals and other New York State culinary experiences at www.iloveny.com.
Here is a region-by-region sampling of recently debuted and soon-to-open places to check out this fall:
PLACES TO STAY
· Adelphi Hotel (Saratoga Springs), a restored 150-year-old 32-room boutique hotel that honors its past with 11-foot ceilings and grand staircase, has added modern features like its glass-walled conservatory/restaurant. www.theadelphihotel.com
· The DeBruce (Livingston Manor), a mountain house with 14 guest rooms, features gourmet farm, field and forest-to-table dining options. Other activities include naturalist-guided hikes, foraging and fly-fishing on more than 600 acres that span two mountains, a river, several ponds and a private pool. www.thedebruce.com
· The Inn @ 28 (Cuba), a B&B with grab n’ go and sit-down breakfasts, has a cozy, historic ambience. www.facebook.com/TheInnat28
· Tiny Houses at Farm Sanctuary (Watkins Glen) offers overnights in mini-homes set amid the fields of an animal rescue facility that is home to 500 pigs, goats, sheep and other farm animals. www.farmsanctuary.org/the-sanctuaries/watkins-glen-ny/sanctuary-accommodations/tiny-houses
· River Spring Lodge (Darien Center) has added a four-bedroom Sportsman’s Suite that includes a game/mud room with a gun safe, poker table and darts. www.riverspringlodge.com
· Inn and Spa at Beacon (Beacon), with 12 guest rooms, offers therapeutic spa treatments, roof gardens with mountain and river views, an art gallery and spa getaway packages. www.innspabeacon.com
· The Wick (Hudson), a 55-room hotel set in a converted 19th Century candle and soap factory, is slated to open this fall. www.thewickhotel.com
· The 4-room Duncan Inn (Jamesport), within walking distance of wineries, restaurants and farm stands, bills itself as an “affordable North Fork motel” with fire pits and grills in its backyard. www.duncaninn.com.
· Harbor House Inn (Sackets Harbor), formerly Ontario Place Hotel, has 29 romantic rooms and six more coming this winter.www.sacketsharborhouseinn.com
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
· Life in the Adirondacks (Blue Mountain Lake) is the new core exhibit at the Adirondack Experience: The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake. The 19,000-square-foot, $8-million interactive experience offers hands-on activities like a life-sized log-drive challenge and a giant walk-on map of the Adirondacks. www.theadkx.org/exhibitions-events/life-in-the-adirondacks
· Hardy Road Network (Wilmington) has added new biking trails, thanks to Barkeater Trails Alliance (BETA). www.betatrails.org/hardy-road-beaver-brook.html
· Albany Super Ducks (Albany) features amphibious tours of New York’s Capital City filled with fun facts about Albany’s colorful past and its role in American history, capped off with spectacular views of the skyline from the Hudson River. www.albanysuperducks.com
· Thacher State Park’s new Visitor Center, with interactive exhibits about local history and geology, includes a “bat cave” for youngsters and picturesque views from the Center’s porches and patios. www.parks.ny.gov/parks/128/.org
· Yo1 Wellness (Monticello), a wellness center with programs for holistic healing including Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, reflexology and lifestyle management, has 131 guest rooms and is slated to open in late 2017/early 2018. www.facebook.com/Yo1WellnessCenter
· Escape Rooms (Jamestown) offers team-based games where players discover clues, solve puzzles and perform tasks to accomplish a specific goal in a limited amount of time. www.escaperoomsjamestown.com
· Del Lago Resort and Casino (Tyre) has a 94,000-square-foot gaming floor, 2,400 seat performance space, 205 room hotel, 12,000 sq. ft. spa, and diverse dining and shopping options. www.dellagoresort.com
· Harriet Tubman National Historical Park (Auburn), recently designated a National Historical Park, includes a visitor center, the Tubman Home for the Aged and Harriet Tubman Residence, and the nearby 1891 Thompson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, now under restoration.www.nps.gov/hart
· Spins Hudson at Charles Point Marina (Peekskill) is a new entertainment center with a four-level aerial ropes course, two-story laser tag arena, bocce and shuffleboard courts, a brewery and event space. www.spinsbowl.com/spinshudson-ny
· The Gallery@Rhinebeck, (Rhinebeck), a non-profit, community-based membership art gallery and performance space, showcases work by artists from the Hudson Valley and beyond. www.GalleryRhinebeck.org
PLACES TO EAT AND DRINK
· Tara Kitchen (Troy) offers Moroccan cuisine and cooking classes, run by the owner-chefs of the popular Tara Kitchen restaurant in Schenectady.www.tarakitchen.com
· Troy Kitchen, a food court by day; lounge by night, and “incubator” for up-and-coming eateries, featuring an interesting sampling of ethnic foods with its latest line-up: www.facebook.com/TroyKitchenNY
o Halal Palace, serving New York City cart-style gyros and platters such as chicken & lamb over rice.
o Island Hut, serving authentic Jamaican cuisine such as jerk chicken and curry goat. www.facebook.com/MnKIslandHut
o Grandma G’s, Southern soul food such as chicken and waffles.
o Bespoki Bowl, serving Hawaiian/Asian inspired dishes.
o Mexcocina, authentic Mexican street food.
o Chopped Cheezus, a Harlem staple, serving the New York version of the Philly cheese steak.
o Lost Highway Coffee, drop in and order some delicious coffee, beverages and baked goods.
· Dutch Udder (Troy) serves up handcrafted ice cream using all local dairy products and offers fun flavors like raspberry apple cider sorbet.
· West Kill Brewing (West Kill) creates original brews using locally grown and foraged ingredients such as maple sap and spruce tips.www.westkillbrewing.com
· Forestburgh General Store (Forestburgh), a full-service café, deli and grocery store, specializes in local Sullivan County wares.www.forestburghgeneral.com
· Three new venues in Woodstock:
o The Colony Hotel, originally opened in 1929, reopened as a restaurant/bar serving upscale pub food and featuring live music. www.colonywoodstock.com/
o A&P Bar serves artisanal cocktails and global food, like French fries with aioli and tonka bean crème brûlée, and features indoor and outdoor seating. www.aandpbar.com
o Nancy of Woodstock Artisanal Creamery serves fresh ice cream made with locally sourced dairy and produce in familiar and exotic flavors. www.nancysartisanal.com
· Bistro 210 (Clymer) features domestic and imported beers, creative cuisine and live entertainment. http://www.pknpk.com/activities/dining/
· 84 Fall (Seneca Falls)is a tapas-style bar and restaurant with a wide variety of craft cocktails. www.facebook.com/84Fall
· The Elf in the Oak (Burdett) serves breakfast, lunch and snacks including homemade soups, pastries and creative specials like pepperoncini chicken salad served on a house-made pretzel roll. www.theelfintheoak.com
· Fleur De Lis Brew Works, (Seneca Falls), a family-run farm brewery and “beer parlour,” exudes French inspiration and flair.www.fleurdelisbrewworks.com
· FLX Table (Geneva) was recently voted “Best New Restaurant” by USA Today‘s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards. Chef and Master Sommelier Christopher Bates offers five-course dinners in the form of a 12-person dinner party. www.flxtable.com
· Maitre D’ at Trombino’s (Lyons), slated to open in September, will serve New Age American fare made with fresh ingredients and ethnic twists, including Italian, Asian and Mexican, complemented by local custom brews and wines. www.facebook.com/trombinoslyons
· Windy Brew (Strykersville) features a variety of draft beers including light ales, seasonal brews and hoppy IPAs; recently licensed as a Beer Center where patrons can create their own brews (takes about 3 hours; reservations are required). www.windybrews.com
· Silver Lake Brewing Project (Perry) serves diverse micro-brews with character, including IPAs, stouts, and ales. www.silverlakebrewingproject.com
· The Amsterdam (Rhinebeck) is a restored Dutch townhouse serving farm-to-table fare from Chef Sara Lukasiewicz, a James Beard Award-nominee known for her house-made charcuterie. The beverage list includes craft-made NY-centric beers and cocktails. www.lovetheamsterdam.com
· Meyer’s Olde Dutch Food & Such (Beacon) is a casual, modern interpretation of the classic burger joint with a full-service bar featuring New York craft beer, local wines and house-crafted cocktails. The restaurant is run by Brian Arnoff, the chef-owner of the acclaimed fine-dining Kitchen Sink Food & Drink across the street. www.meyersoldedutch.com
· Fox N Hare Brewery (Port Jervis), a small town brewery and gastropub slated to open in September, will serve quality craft beer and farm-fresh food in a historic building with exposed brickwork and ornate tin ceilings. www.foxnhare-brewing.com
· Hoot Owl Restaurant (Pine Bush) serves an eclectic menu ranging from burgers and mac and cheese to Indian cuisine.www.hootowlrestaurant.com
· Il Giardino (Aquebogue), serving simple Italian food made with locally sourced ingredients in a historic inn style setting, is run by former Westhampton Beach restaurateur John Gambino. www.ilgiardinoaquebogue.com
· Kon Tiki (Greenport) features eclectic Asian dishes and tiki cocktails. www.facebook.com/KonTikiNY
· Saint Lawrence Spirits Chateau (Clayton), formerly a European-style stone nunnery atop a waterfront bluff, serves an eclectic menu by Chef Christian Ives, who trained under Chef Emeril Lagasse. There’s an on-site distillery and many food and spirits ingredients are sourced from the local farms. www.saintlawrencespirits.com/chateau-restaurant.html
About New York State
New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York’s attractions feature landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the largest park in the continental U.S. in the Adirondacks and treasures such as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Corning Museum of Glass. New York State offers diverse activities for all: outdoor fun – snowmobiling, skiing and snowboarding, fishing, hiking and boating, year-round festivals and exploring the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies. Visitors also enjoy the fine cuisine, beverage trails and farm-to-table fresh foods. For more information, visit iloveny.com. Media can find press releases and more at iloveny.com/thebeat.
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