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    by moiraistyx Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    New York State is loaded with wineries, we are fortunate in the Hudson Valley to have some of the best wineries in New York State within minutes of eachother. The Shawangunk Wine Trail is a collection of 11 wineries and vineyards. Each winery is different from each other in the types of wine they produce. You will find sweet dessert wines, bone dry wines, sparkling vinifera and fantastic fruit wines. Whether you are a wine expert or a novice such as myself you will not only enjoy the wines, but you'll also love the beautiful scenery each winery has in store. My favorite is the view of the Shawangunk Ridge from Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery. The wineries in the Shawangunk Wine Trail are:

    Adair Vineyards
    52 Alhusen Road
    New Paltz

    Applewood Winery
    82 Four Corner Road

    Baldwin Vineyards
    176 Hardenburgh Rd.
    Pine Bush

    Benmarl Winery
    156 Highland Ave.

    Brimestone Hill Vineyard
    61 Brimestone Hill
    Pine Bush

    Brotherhood (this is America's oldest winery)
    100 Brotherhood Plaza

    Glorie Farm Winery
    40 Mountain Rd.

    Rivendell Winery
    714 Albany Post Rd
    New Paltz

    Stoutride Vineyard
    10 Ann Kaley Lane

    Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery
    114 Little York Rd

    Whitecliff Vineyard and Winery
    331 McKinstry Rd

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    Lake Champlain Chocolates - Burlington, VT

    by 807Wheaton Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    One of our mornings in Burlington was spent at the Lake Champlain Chocolate Company. It is on the south side of the city and quite easy to locate with a map or if nearby you can smell the aroma!
    We heard about their history and saw them making chocolates for the Christmas season. Their specialties include Event Chocolates and Seasonal Chocolates. We did not walk through any part of the plant that was making or molding the candies. I must agree that if you purchase Lake Champlain Chocolates you will be getting fresh chocolate candy.
    The best part about the "tour" was the plate of chcolate samples we were offered - and it is very good!
    They also had a place to browse and purchase their candies. They also offered seconds for reduced prices.
    Tours are offered Monday through Friday on the hour 10 AM to 2 PM.
    I would recommend this as a stop in Burlington.

    Lake Champlain Chocolates Candy making in Lake Champlain Chocolates
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    Auto Museum in Saratoga Spa State Park

    by kazander Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Saratoga Springs is known not only for it's Horseracing Tracks, but for the healing mineral Springs found in the area. The native Americans used these springs for years and years to heal the sick, and shared their knowledge with the Europeans when a friend became ill. Quickly the area became THE place to go, and not only were people coming to bathe in the springs, but the water was beeing bottled and sold at an alarming rate. Eventually the water tables dropped dangerously low, so the state shut down most of the plants, and the area became Saratoga Spa State Park.
    Saratoga Spa State Park is unlike any other State Park I've been to. it's quite small, with many buildings, including the Gideon Putnum Spa resort, the Auto Museum, a grand looking resturant, and a few bathhouses. There are of course hiking and walking trails as well.
    The old bottling plant in Saratoga Spa State park has been turned into the Saratoga Automobile Museum. When we went they were holding a Shelby show, we just had to stop in. The museum is two floors with the exhibition on the first and the permanent collection on the second. It's not a huge museum, there are about 50 cars in all. But well worth stopping by at $7 per adult.

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    Mountain Lakes Park

    by cruisingbug Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Right up the hill from my old house in South Salem, NY is a beautiful woodland area known as Mountain Lakes Park.

    In the summer, campers stay overnight at the lodges, usually as an organized group, but individual tent camping is also available. It gets quite noisy with NYC campers around the major holidays, though.

    The park has two good-sized lakes for swimming and boating - but the real draw is the hiking trails. In the autumn, the hardwoods are breathtaking, and the views from Mt. Bailey are outstanding - just follow the first dirt road on your right after you go past the entrance for an easy hike up.

    Admission is charged in the high season. Entrance is from Hawley Road, North Salem.

    Lake Waccabuc fr Mountain Lakes Park, N. Salem, NY
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    The Renaissance Faire

    by kazander Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Ren Faire in Tuxedo Park, NY is a wonderful way to spend a summer day. The are many shows, such as the Joust and Human Chess, not to mention the Bellydancers and Giant Mud fight. A favorite of mine is the "Birds of Prey" show. Falcons, Eagles and Peregrine falcons swooping over your head during a demonstration of their skills and talk explaining the importance of conservation efforts.
    At the numerous shops,you can buy anything from little live "dragons", to costumes and jewlery and a lot of handmade crafts made of glass or pottery. Even Faerie wings!
    And the Food, interesting stuff, like a giant turkey leg, or "meat on a stick" or flavored ices on fruit halves or even just a beer!
    And don't forget the little street filled with all kinds of games. Archery, Axe throwing, the "Amazing Maze" and my favorite "Sheep Chucking"
    There are even paddleboats, though I'm not exactly sure how they fit in to the whole "Renaissance" theme...
    Tons of people dress up in the traditional garb of the time, but there are also people who come in their bermuda shorts and fanny packs, quite a mix!

    The Wizard in the photograph doesn't even work at the fair I am told. he just comes every day all dressed up, doesn't say a word, but poses for many pictures!

    Saturdays, Sundays & Labor Day Monday
    August 7 through September 26, 2004
    10:00 AM - 7:00 PM

    In the fall the same location is the setting of THE FOREST OF FEAR, a haunted house attraction.

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    The Thousand Islands

    by traveldave Updated Dec 1, 2010

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    The Thousand Islands area is one of the most beautiful and popular outdoor recreational areas in New York State. It attracts campers, fishermen, birdwatchers, boaters, canoeists, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

    The Thousand Islands are located between New York State and Ontario, where the mighty Saint Lawrence Seaway begins in the eastern part of Lake Ontario. The American Indians who used to live in the area called the Thousand Islands the "Garden of the Great Spirit."

    To be precise, there are actually 1,864 islands that make up the Thousand Islands. There are two criteria for a piece of land to qualify as an island: first, it must be above water level for 365 days per year; and second, there must be at least two trees growing on it.

    Each island is different, some with granite cliffs or sandy beaches, tall dark pines or colorful sugar maples.

    Many of the islands are privately owned, and contain summer cottages.

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    by mtncorg Written Sep 23, 2008

    Located on a lonely road high above the south end of Owasco Lake is a small roadside park commemorating the birthplace of the 13th President of the United States, Millard Fillmore. The location is isolated even today, so just think what it must have been like in 1800 when Millard was born - January 7 - the nearest home was four miles away. Fillmore, like Abraham Lincoln, grew up in grinding poverty and , as with Lincoln, he managed by strength of character, managed to educate himself, finally becoming a lawyer. Again like Lincoln - and Willard Seward with whom Fillmore was very familiar - Fillmore was a member of the Whig Party. Both he and Seward had earlier been attracted to the Anti-Masonic movement. They made the transition to Whigs and were close associates with New York Whig Party boss Thurlow Weed. Fillmore would become disassociated with these New York brethren over political job influence, breaking contact after Fillmore supported the Compromise of 1850 which included the Fugitive Slave Law, which guaranteed that runaway slaves apprehended in northern States would be returned to their owners. This stand would cost him a chance at re-nomination on the Whig Party ticket in 1854 - Fillmore elected as a Vice President became President as a result of the death of Zachary Taylor. He would finish his life in a huge mansion in Buffalo - his secret there was to marry rich - which was a World away from his starting point here high above the Finger Lakes.

    Flags denote foundation of Millard Fillmore cabin Trail the cabin took down to Moravia
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    by mtncorg Written Sep 23, 2008

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    Just outside the small town of Moravia, Fillmore Glen is a popular campground with a cottage available for those people who need little more for their overnight stay. There are trails affording views of the gorge as well as five waterfalls. A replica of the log cabin birthplace of Millard Fillmore, the 13th President of the U.S. is found nearby in Moravia. Millard was actually born a few miles outside the park. The cabin was home to Millard, his parents and some seven siblings. You can see that space, especially during the cold winters, was hard to come by.

    One popular falls location was known as the Cowsheds. This area under the falls was a place where cows were left so they could keep cool during the hot days of the summer.

    reconstructed Fillmore Family cabin Interior of the family cabin was very rustic The actual birthplace is a few miles to the east
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    by mtncorg Written Sep 23, 2008

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    On 6 April, 1830, Joseph Smith, Jr. and several others began the formal organization of the Church of Christ which would become the Mormon movement. They did so in this house that belonged to Peter Whitmer, reconstructed by the LDS church in 1980. The Whitmers were some of Smith’s earliest converts. In their home, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery finished writing the Book of Mormon. The Whitmer Family would eventually break away from the Mormon movement in Far West, Missouri in 1838. The farm is located a few miles south of the town of Waterloo. Mush of the surrounding land both here and over at the Smith family farm/Sacred Grove/Hill Cumorah complex near Palmyra is owned by the Latter Day Saint Church and is leased out to local farmers. To tour the house you check into the large church on the east side of the farm house.

    Reconstructed Peter Whitmer farmhouse Interior of the reconstructed farmhouse The Mormon movement began here and moved here
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    See the Adirondacks

    by depinski Written Aug 26, 2008

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    The Adirondacks and the Adirondacks Park is a region in Northern New York containg 3,000 ponds and lakes and 2,000 miles of hiking trails. It truly is a beautiful place. Even if you stop for a minute to enjoy the view it's well worth it. If you're driving through, watch for New York State Police and obey the speed limit.

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    The Cloisters -- Overlooking the Hudson River

    by lionreb Written Dec 30, 2007

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    The Cloisters is a museum that belongs to the Met. (Metropolitan Museum of Art) But it is a separate museum in a different location. On a hilltop near Fort Washington,NY. (northern Manhatten Island) overlooking the Hudson River is a strange Christologically oriented museum. I have visited this place two times in my life, and both times were memorable for that hilltop ambience as well as the museum itself. Artwork from Cloisters in medieval France (mainly) and spain as well as parts of the structures themselves gives this museum it's special feeling. The tapestries of a Unicorn Hunt and the sarcophogii of medieval knights were most memorable. There are places to walk outside but these are seasonal.

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    home and garden tours

    by davecallahan Updated Nov 3, 2007

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    The Rochester Civic Garden Center hosts a U-drive tour of homes and gardens along the lakeside communities of Webster, Pultneyville and Sodus. The event usually takes place the first non-4th-of-July weekend in July.

    Tickets for the event cost $25 and are available by calling 585-473-5130. The price includes a list of homes open for the given date from 10am to 5pm and directions to the homes. You drive yourself to each home or as many as you care to see during the allotted period of time.
    There will be a host or hostess at each home to greet you and take you on a tour of the premises, inside and out. Outdoor pictures are allowed but please ask permission before taking pictures indoors (remember that these are people's private homes).

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    Ontario Pathways

    by davecallahan Updated Nov 3, 2007

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    Ontario County is the birthplace of a great idea. As the railroad companies abandon their tracks, the Ontario Pathway company is buying up the land and right-of-ways. It is a non-profit organization where volunteers come in and help clean the tracks and provide a 12-foot wide path that is suitable for hikers, trail-skiers, bicyclists and horse riders. (No motorized vehicles are allowed).

    Trail markers and historic signs and resting areas and kiosks are installed along the 23miles of trail. Five parking lots are established at convenient points along the trail (including the two ends). The trail starts in Canandaigua or Phelps and goes through the communities of Stanley, Seneca Castle, Orleans and Clifton Springs.

    Throughout the year, special events are scheduled for parts of the trail (bird watches, botany outings, halloween adventure).

    See the website below for a detailed view of the pathway with trailheads and latest event schedules. There is a map on the website to show where you can go to get onto the trail.

    It is all FREE.... donations accepted gratefully.

    to get there:
    a popular trailhead is on route 96, between Clifton Springs and Phelps, between route 488 and route 88. Just look for the road side sign and parking area entrance in that area.

    what typical trail looks like (from the ads) a typical rest area (from the ads)
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    The Erie Canal

    by traveldave Updated Aug 27, 2007

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    The Erie Canal was the first great waterway constructed in the United States. It cut across the State of New York, from Buffalo on Lake Erie to Troy and Albany on the Hudson River. The canal connected the Great Lakes system to the Atlantic Ocean.

    The Erie Canal served as a means of transporting manufactured goods and settlers traveling west, and timber and agricultural products traveling east. The canal cut freight costs between New York City and Buffalo by over 90 percent. Thanks to the commerce generated by the canal, New York City became the nation's leading port in the 1800s.

    The Erie Canal was 363 miles (584 kilometers) long, 28 feet (nine meters) wide at its bottom, 40 feet (12 meters) wide at the top of the water level, and four feet (1.2 meters) deep.

    The canal was able to accommodate barges 80 feet (24 meters) long and 15 feet (five meters) wide. Barges were towed by teams of horses or mules pulling from the banks of the canal.

    A series of 83 locks raised vessels on the canal a total of 565 feet (172 meters) from the Hudson River to Lake Erie.

    The advent of railroads made the Erie Canal less important by about 1865, and business began to fall off. Nowadays, the canal still exists, although it is no longer used for commercial purposes. It is used, however, for such recreational activities as fishing and canoeing.

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    Liberty State Park

    by Dutchnatasja Written Jan 24, 2007

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    After all the years of visiting New York City, we’ve never been to Liberty State Park. Until this holiday in May; we decided to do something new. For example Liberty State Park. I don’t know why we waited so long to visit Liberty Park. Wow, what a view! From here you can see the skyline of Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and Ellis Island.

    Liberty State Park is a state park in Jersey City. The park opened in 1976. The historic Central Railroad of New Jersey Terminal was built in 1889. From 1892 through 1954, the CRRNJ Terminal was with the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island an important factor of the immigration of thousands of people into the United States. After a long emotional way through the Statue of Liberty and processed at Ellis Island, the immigrants purchased tickets and boarded trains at the Terminal. The train brought these immigrants to their new world; The USA.

    The park has picnic tables (with magnificent views), pool, a public boat launch, playgrounds, fishing spots, several monuments (for example ‘Liberation Monument’), Liberty Walk promenade, tennis courts, Millennium Park, and much more. The Liberty Walk promenade is 1.3 mile long. We walked over the promenade along the Hudson River, with the amazing skyline at the background.

    Liberty State Park is also the only location in New Jersey with a Ferry service to Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty. Instead of going to Battery Park and taking the ferry there, you can also take the ferry from Liberty State Park. So you can enjoy it all; Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and Liberty State Park.

    We spent some time here. My eyes didn't get enough of the view of the skyline. You just have to look every minute. It's worth a visit!

    From Manhattan:
    We did take the subway to Penn Station, from there you can take PATH subway to either Pavonia/Newport or Hoboken. A shuttle will bring you to the park.

    From there, take the Light Rail to Liberty State Park.

    Liberty State Park Me at Liberty State Park

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