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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How about outdoor recreation? Chenango County, New York provides a wide-open canvas for seeking out and exploring 80,000 acres of state land. Our rivers, along with several area lakes and streams, provide boating, canoeing, fishing, and swimming opportunities. Area parks and campgrounds lend you additional adventures that lead to picnicking, biking, hiking and camping.

Why not learn about the History and Heritage of the “land of the bullthistle?” Historic sites and museums provide opportunities for interpreting our heritage and engaging the visitor.

Chenango County is also rich in imagination when it comes to our festivals and events. Indulge in the speed of the World Championship Motocross, top-notch entertainment at the Chenango Blues Festival, or the color and pageantry of the Sherburne Pageant of Bands. Or, imagine if you will basketball courts up and down the main street of town during the Gus Macker Basketball Tourney.

Cultural venues throughout Chenango County provide music, dance, theatrical performances, and locations for local talent as well. You won’t have to look far to see that our local artists and performers are top notch.

So, spark your imagination and visit us at www.chenangony.org or call us at 1-877 CHENANGO.

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How about outdoor recreation? Chenango provides a wide-open canvas for seeking out and exploring 80,000 acres of state land. Our rivers, along with several area lakes and streams, provide boating, canoeing, fishing, and swimming opportunities. Area parks and campgrounds lend you additional adventures that lead to picnicking, biking, hiking and camping.

Why not learn about the History and Heritage of the “land of the bullthistle?” Historic sites and museums provide opportunities for interpreting our heritage and engaging the visitor.

Chenango County is also rich in imagination when it comes to our festivals and events. Indulge in the speed of the World Championship Motocross, top-notch entertainment at the Chenango Blues Festival, or the color and pageantry of the Sherburne Pageant of Bands. Or, imagine if you will basketball courts up and down the main street of town during the Gus Macker Basketball Tourney.

Cultural venues throughout Chenango County provide music, dance, theatrical performances, and locations for local talent as well. You won’t have to look far to see that our local artists and performers are top notch.

So, spark your imagination and visit us at www.chenangony.org or call us at 1-877 CHENANGO.

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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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How to Feel like Royalty: Visit Dutchess County New York

Dutchess County

Feel like Royalty in Dutchess County New York

Enjoy adventures in history, culture and arts, and the culinary arts! An abundance of historic landmarks, exceptional restaurants and natural scenic beauty makes Dutchess ideal for day trips or longer getaways.

Stroll the Walkway Over the Hudson, 200 feet above the Hudson River. Dine at five Culinary Institute of America restaurants. Golf at 16 championship courses. Tour Gilded Age mansions and historic homesteads at riverfront estates of FDR, Vanderbilt and Samuel Morse, lavishly decorated for the holidays. Explore the arts at Dia:Beacon, Vassar’s Loeb Center and Bard’s Fisher Center.

Bring together family and friends to visit a farm and cut your own Christmas tree. Browse in Rhinebeck, Millbrook and Beacon antique shops and art galleries. Rekindle the romance at a B&B. Drink it all in! Tour and taste at wineries and farm markets. Dutchess County – 90 minutes from NYC.

Simple and Sophisticated. You Deserve Dutchess. www.DutchessTourism.com

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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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