HAUPPAUGE, NY – For the second time in three years, a beach in Long Island has taken the number one spot on the annual Top Ten Beaches list by noted coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach), a professor at Florida International University. Main Beach in East Hampton was named “Best Beach”2013 on the annual Top Ten list, which includes some of the best U.S. beaches in Florida, Hawaii, the Carolinas and Massachusetts. Coopers Beach in Southampton was named Top Beach in 2010. A lovely example of Long Island’s 100-plus miles of pristine ocean beach coastline, Main Beach was cited for its sparkling surf, idyllic setting, white sand, water temperature, and cleanliness on a list of 50 criteria. The honor is especially noteworthy considering the challenges the beaches in Long Island overcame in preparation for summer following a severe storm season that took its toll on local beaches and communities. This beach was heavily eroded by Super Storm Sandy and subsequent winter storms, yet it has largely recovered.  The proud pavilion at Main Beach was little affected because it was set back several hundred feet from the water’s edge, Dr. Leatherman said. East Hampton is a quaint village that dates back to the 1640s. At the latter half of the 19th century it became a noted artists’ colony. Today it is home to many celebrities and NY residents who have built large summer estates that complement the agrarian and historic character of the area. One of the most enjoyable ways to get around town is bicycling, which also avoids paying the pricey parking fee, Dr. Leatherman said. Main Beach is just one of many spectacular local, county, state and national park beaches that run along Long Island’s shoreline. For information about visiting Long Island, call: 1-877-386-6654 ext. 210 or request a free Travel Guide at www.discoverlongisland.com. The Long Island Convention & Visitors Bureau (LICVB) was established in 1979 as the official tourism promotion agency for the destination’s travel and tourism industry. The LICVB contributes to the economic development and quality of life on Long Island by promoting the region as a world-class destination for tourism, meetings and conventions.

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All Aboard for a Visit to the Medina Railroad Museum

Medina Railroad

Medina Railroad Museum

Located in the old New York Central freight depot in Medina, NY, the Medina Railroad Museum is the largest railroad and toy train museum in NY State. The depot was built in 1905-06 and is the largest wood-frame freight house ever built by the NY Central Railroad Company.

The museum features the world’s largest collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia known to exist under one roof. See the longest HO-Scale model train layout and diorama all on one floor, an immense 204 ft. by 14 ft.

Enjoy our several family-friendly special events throughout the year. In May our Day Out with Thomas and in the Fall our Winery Trains, our Fall Foliage Trains and the magic of the Polar Express. Kids of all ages love the experience of this museum all year round.

Medina Railroad Museum
530 West Avenue, PO Box 136
Medina, NY 14103 USA

585-798-6106

www.railroadmuseum.net  

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Discover New York’s Amish Trail and Amish Craftsmanship

New York's Amish Trail

New York's Amish Trail

Well-known for their work ethic, Amish artisans are also famous for their products’ exceptional quality and craftsmanship. As you travel along the Amish Trail, you can expect to find colorful handmade quilts and rugs, detailed indoor and outdoor furniture, fun wooden toys, leather harnesses, as well as fresh baked goods, candies, jams and cheese. However, leave your debit and credit cards at home – they only accept cash. Shops are closed on Sundays, some Wednesdays, certain holidays, for barn raisings, weddings and funerals.

Please remember to respect their privacy and personal property, and don’t photograph them, as it is against their beliefs. As you tour the enchanted countryside, drive cautiously and watch for black, slow-moving, horse-drawn buggies.

New York’s Amish Trail
1-800-331-0543
WNYAmishTrail.com 

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How to Getaway and Play in Columbia County, New York

Columbia County New York

Unwind with a Visit to Columbia County New York.

If you are looking for a perfect weekend getaway or vacation destination, Columbia County, NY is an ideal place to visit. Nestled between the banks of the Hudson River and the foothills of the Berkshire Mountains, the county offers breathtaking vistas and unsurpassed rural beauty. Pick a country road and see where it takes you. You are sure to pass country stores and farm markets brimming with local produce and baked goods. Stop and pick your own apples, berries, peaches and have a taste of what “fresh picked” truly means. Or follow the Berkshire Hudson Beverage Trail and sample local vintners and brew masters’ finest wines and spirits.

Easily accessible by car or Amtrak train, Columbia County is packed with events, attractions and activities to keep everyone entertained.

For outdoor enthusiasts, there are over 25 miles of trails for hiking and bird watching or acres of state parks and campgrounds to pitch a tent or bunk in a cabin. Meandering country roads lead the cyclist through hills and dales and small villages and hamlets loaded with characteristic charm. Bring your kayak and paddle Henry’s namesake, the Hudson River or commune with nature in one of our public conservation areas or public parks. Into adventure? Challenge your climbing skills within the treetops at Catamount Adventure Park in Hillsdale.

Columbia County also has a vibrant cultural scene. With over 24 performing arts groups within our borders, there is an abundance of theater, dance and music options. Twilight movies, waterfront concerts, summer stock theater, even an outdoor performance tent fill the vacation season with non-stop entertainment. If art is what piques your interest, spend a day gallery hopping in Hudson or Chatham, take a tour of famed Hudson River School painter Frederic Church’s Moorish style homestead, Olana or visit one of the county’s most unique art venues, the sculpture garden at The Fields at Omi in Ghent. And, if shopping is your passion, Hudson offers a diverse array of one of a kind boutiques and some of the finest antiquing in the Northeast.

For those interested in history, the county is home to over 50 heritage sites. Monuments, museums, and historic resting places capture Columbia County’s distinctive place in U.S. history.

Clermont, the riverside estate of Robert Livingston, Jr., one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, offers a glimpse of life along the waterfront circa 1728. Further up river sits the one time whaling port of  Hudson, NY where seasonal tours of one of the few remaining Hudson River lighthouses are launched. Columbia County is privileged to be home of the 8th President of the United States, Martin Van Buren. His post presidential estate, Lindenwald,  in the town of Kinderhook depicts his life and rise to political fame as well as being a prime example of an Italianate architecture. Enjoy a walking tour through historic Kinderhook Village among others and view some of the finest examples of Federal, Georgian, Greek Revival and Gothic architecture in the Hudson Valley.

Perhaps a restful stay is on your mind. Relax at one of the county’s many boutique country inns or cozy bed and breakfasts. Or for something completely different, experience the Farm Stay at Kinderhook and view firsthand what it means to be a working farm.

So come and “stay a spell” or escape for the weekend. Columbia County is just 2 hours from NYC, 30 minutes from Albany and minutes from the Berkshires. Visit www.columbiacountytourism.org for a complete event listing and additional travel information. Explore the heart of the Hudson Valley, this year!

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All Aboard! Visit Medina Railroad Museum in NY State

Medina Railroad Museum NY State

Medina Railroad Museum State - The Largest Railroad and Toy Train Museum in NY State

Located in the old New York Central freight depot in Medina, NY, the Medina Railroad Museum is the largest railroad and toy train museum in NY State. The depot was built in 1905-06 and is the largest wood-frame freight house ever built by the NY Central Railroad Company.

The museum features the world’s largest collection of railroad artifacts and memorabilia known to exist under one roof. See the longest HO-Scale model train layout and diorama all on one floor, an immense 204 ft. by 34 ft.

Enjoy our several family-friendly special events throughout the year. In May our Day Out with Thomas and in the Fall our Winery Trains, our Fall Foliage Trains and the magic of the Polar Express. Kids of all ages love the experience of this museum all year round.

Medina Railroad Museum
530 West Avenue, PO Box 136
Medina, NY 14103 USA
585-798-6106
www.railroadmuseum.net

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The Suite Night Club is a fun place for a night out on the town during your New York City vacation.

The Suite Night Club is a fun place for a night out on the town during your New York City vacation.

Whether you’re visiting New York City for the first time and need some travel tips or you just moved to the city that never sleeps, if you love a good night out, you’ll want to hit up these five fun dance clubs this weekend. Gather up your friends, put on your best dancing shoes and prepare for a sizzling night out on the town.

Marquee: This ultra chic lounge is sleek and classy complete with vaulted ceilings, a wishbone staircase, pendant fixtures and a grand disco chandelier. The huge dance floor is surrounded by plush benches and the music won’t stop until 4:00am. This exclusive club can be tough to get into so put on your going-out finest. Cover charge: $20.

S.O.B.’s: This Latin American dance club is a popular place to dance the night away, located near SoHo and the West Village. S.O.B. stands for Sounds of Brazil, which is exactly what you’ll hear at this club with live music ranging from reggae and Afropop to samba and Latin R&B.

LQ: This salsa club, located in the basement of the Radisson Hotel offers a mix of Top 40 and house beats. The red and gold lighting creates an alluring ambiance and the 15,000 square foot dance floor leaves plenty of space to get your groove on.

Cielo: Located in the trendy Meatpacking District, Ciela is the place “where house music lives.” The club is all about the music, a unique mix of techno that you’re unlikely to hear anywhere else.

Suite Night Club: This flashy night club looks like a set from Saturday Night Fever with its sunken dance floor, disco ball and strobe light rays. The DJs spin the best dance music ranging from 70s disco to modern hip-hop. Cover charge: $10-15.

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Ride the Staten Island ferry during your New York City vacation for a unforgettable experience.

Ride the Staten Island ferry during your New York City vacation for a unforgettable experience.

If this is your first trip to New York City, whether it is for business or a family vacation, you must make sure to reserve at least one full day for sightseeing. There’s plenty to do in the city that never sleeps, so deciding which attractions to see can be tough. Luckily, Guest Quest has some New York City travel tips that will help you decide. According to 10best.com, these are the top 5 attractions you can’t miss during your New York City vacation.

Metropolitan Museum of Art: The Met is home to over 2 million works of art. The museum displays works from artists all over the world from different genres, styles and time periods. Don’t forget to visit the Cloisters too, which displays the museum’s medieval art collection.

Staten Island Ferry: Check out the Statue of Liberty from the Staten Island ferry as well as a unforgettable view of New York City’s skyscrapers and the Brooklyn Bridge. Ride the Staten Island ferry as many times as you want, because it’s totally free.

Central Park: This 843-acre park offers a variety of recreational activities such as jogging, biking, and a carousel as well as the Central Park Wildlife Center. Don’t forget to check out the Conservatory Garden as well as the 2.5-acre Strawberry Field with the black and white “Imagine” mosaic. Both are a must-see in New York City, especially if it’s your first vacation there.

The Statue of Liberty/Ellis Island: The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island represent freedom for millions of people and are nationally known landmarks, of course they would be on our must-see list. You can experience a tour complete with historic details and technical aspects of the statue. Also, check out the inside of the base of the statue. There are exhibits, concessions and an observation deck.

The Frick Collection: What was once a private mansion is now home to a variety of art pieces by Rembrandt, Whistler, Vermeer and El Greco as well as some special temporary exhibitions. Visitors can also enjoy a breathtaking indoor garden court, beautiful glass ceiling and a calming water fountain during their visit to this museum.

There’s so many fascinating attractions in New York City, while on vacation there it’s hard to pick just a few to see. However, if you have more than a day to wander around the city and need more suggestions for where you should visit, check out GuestQuest.com.

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