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We’re cold, we’re cooped up, we’re worn out….who else needs a change of scenery this winter? Clear your head, reset your relationships, escape the noise, and breathe in some fresh air! Surprise your loved ones with a romantic (and socially distanced) escape for Valentine’s Day and reenergize in the beautiful, snowy outdoors. Need a couple ideas? Look no further.
Embark on a craft beverage journey through the Sullivan Catskills! Travel through the countryside on the Good Taste Artisanal Beverage Trail and sample the distinct flavors of the region’s brewmasters, distillers, vintners, and cider makers. Try a Callicoon Brown Cow Porter at the Callicoon Brewery or Devil’s Path IPA from Catskill Brewery. How about organic Sparkling Rambling Rose from Bashakill Vineyards? Prefer a Gin & Tonic? The Catskill Distilling Company in Bethel features Curious Gin. And Rock Valley Spirits infuses its Vodka with wild, hand picked berries! This delicious craft beverage trail is your oyster. Remember to drink responsibly and designate a driver.
Treat your special someone to this Valentine’s Day with a surprise romantic getaway at Diamond Mills in the historic village of Saugerties, NY. Nestled between the mighty Hudson River and the majestic Catskill Mountains, Diamond Mills offers a hotel and culinary celebratory experience like no other in the region. Guests who visit Diamond Mills are welcome to enjoy some of the many activities the region has to offer this time of year, including hiking, farm and wine touring, antiquing, waterfalls, skiing, and more. Package includes a two night (Saturday & Sunday) weekend stay at the Hotel and dinner for two in the Tavern on Sunday, February 14, 2021.
Go birdwatching in Central New Jersey! New Jersey’s bald eagles produced a record 307 offspring in 2020, a remarkable 23% increase over the prior year. Even more impressive is the long-term trend, as eagles have made a stunning recovery in the Garden State. In January and February, female eagles are laying eggs that will require constant attention. Interestingly, both sexes are equally involved in tending to the nest, sitting on the eggs, and raising young eaglets once they start hatching in March. They also share hunting duties equally, with the females slightly larger and stronger than the males. For more details check out the full article here — and take a sneak peak on the Duke Farms Eagle Cam.
You can also take this opportunity to win a FREE getaway to Ithaca and the Finger Lakes when you nominate an educational professional — whether that’s yourself, a favorite teacher or a school employee — for a much needed vacation! Ithaca, NY and the surrounding area show gratitude for teachers everywhere each February during the annual Ithaca Loves Teachers celebration.
To extend the appreciation this year, Visit Ithaca is giving away three getaways donated by accommodations:
- Hilton Garden Inn Ithaca, conveniently located within steps of The Commons in Downtown Ithaca
- Rogues Harbor Inn, in a historic setting perfect for exploring the open spaces along the east side of Cayuga Lake
- The Inn at Gothic Eves, right in the charming village of Trumansburg and minutes from the famous Taughannock Falls State Park
These FREE VACATIONS can be taken anytime in 2021! All winners will receive a 2-night stay for 2 at one of these participating accommodations. Community safety is a priority and the accommodations are following all NYS and Tompkins County protocols for COVID-19. All guests are required to follow the latest travel and safety guidelines. Let’s thank all those in education for going above and beyond to support students! Their dedication, patience and positivity make an impact on so many. They deserve recognition more than ever. Check out full prize details and link to nominate here!