I Heart New York

If you haven’t noticed, LTR just recently did three shows on California. One of the major focuses of these shows and the tourism in Cali was the delicious food and wine. But did you know that you don’t have to fly across the country to have similar food and wine experiences? In fact, top quality food and wine are in our back door here in New York!

On Wednesday, July 22nd, Empire State Development, NY’s Division of Tourism with the I LOVE NY Campaign hosted a conference event previewing fall tourism attractions in the different regions of NY, and you bet Let’s Travel Radio was there.

What struck me the most was how much New York has to offer in the previously mentioned food and drink areas. Sometimes living in the City makes one forget that this state is full of rich farmland (and has more cows than any other state I was told by a representative of the Capital-Saratoga region).

Representative experts form the Finger Lakes, Hudson Valley, and Capital-Saratoga all boasted about the great wine tasting tours available in their respective areas. I had a glass of a Millbrook Wine from Millbrook’s Winery in the Hudson Valley region, and I approve! (This area is easily accessible by MetroNorth Trains too). The Finger Lakes has a Wine trail comprised of 32 wineries that enclose Seneca Lake (for more info: FingerLakesWineCountry.com).

Also, multiple regional representatives featured new distilleries and breweries in their areas. I got to try a sample shot of the Catskill Distilling Company’s Peace Vodka—very smooth! In Central NY there is a new gin distillery as well as several breweries.

If you are really into organic, other farm fresh food options, and Agricultural-tourism, the Finger Lakes, Catskills and Capital-Saratoga regions seem to be the premiere options with many ‘farm-to-table’ restaurants and outlets. Finger Lakes actually has a Restaurant Week coming up October 22-29th during the height of harvest.

Other fall events that stuck out to me were Capital-Saratoga’s Washington County Cheese Tour (Sept. 8-9), a jazz festival and the Jack-o-lantern blaze in the Hudson Valley, scenic train rides for fall foliage in the Adirondacks, and the Big Eddy Film Festival in Narrowsburg (Sept 14-16th).

But the options are truly endless here. There is an astounding range of things to do in the different regions, including numerous of family-based activities.

Fun fact: the Adirondacks region is bigger than the state of Massachusetts and has over 3,000 miles of hiking trails!

Here are the big links to check out


Rachel Zaydak, LTR, web contributor and social media manager

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Michael Zufolo, Producer/Co-Host of Let's Travel! Radio

Michael has been an active player in Media Relations and Marketing for the past 30 years with stints at The New York Times, Forbes, WOR Radio, TV Channel 11, Attenzione Magazine, et.al., and with participation in the Caribbean Tourism Org.,/ CTO, the Pacific Travel Assn./ PATA, the Foreign Press Assn./ FPA, and the International Society of Travel Writers/ ISTR. Libra/ America, his latest signature, provides travel opportunities to VIP travelers and groups world-wide. Let’s Travel! Radio is an extension of his experiences.

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Hornblower blows ‘em away!

Thurs., July 4 aboard the Hornblower Esprit, celebrating Macy’s 4th, the nation’s 233rd Independence Day anniversary. What a night!

Hornblower Yachts owns up to having the largest number of luxury vessels in eight U.S. cities, including New York. The company has seven here ranging from the largest, the Infinity, at over 200’, accommodating up to 700, to the smallest, the Esprit, at 90’ , accommodating 80-100. Cruises are set lunch/ brunch and dinner, for a coterie of special events and private parties, corporate meetings, and weddings, of course! They serve both sit-down and buffet menus.. They also do After 5 cocktail cruises, and a host of charitable events. The company is headquartered in San Francisco, Ca. It’s now in its 40th year.

On the night we were on, the 4th, we were seated on the Sky Deck of the Esprit, a restored beauty. There were only seven tables on this top deck facing out and with a nicely appointed bar in front of us manned by Nicholas, a really talented barkeep, and with some soft jazz by DJ Mike, which later turned to Pop, Latin, Disc and Rock for or dancing pleasure. Gabriel was our Maitre’d and Oscar was our chef for the evening. Boy can this guy cook! Dinner started off with a plate of Blinis with Caviar, followed by a nice medley of Little Neck clams and oysters on the ½ shell, with a sampling of jumbo shrimp in the best salsa I’ve ever tasted ( I asked for a second. My apologies ). This was followed by a full serving of Agnolotti served Italian style over freshly baked cherry tomatoes and a very fresh salad of lettuce, celery, cucumber and more cherry tomatoes. The entrée: Lobster and Filet Mignon with a crab filling topped with a wild mushroom sauce. A bottle of Chandon white was offered to each guest complimentary. Ha! You can’t beat that! As for dessert, a chilled freshly baked apple strudel and chocolate dipped strawberries was the finale, with good coffee and an assortment of blended teas for the asking. And, yes, the bar was open for the entire 3 ½ hours we were on board. By the way, the company provides translaters for Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Korean, French, German and Italian guests.

The yachts ail from Pier 15/ 75 South St. adjoining the South St. Seaport and Pier 40 on the West Side/ W. Houston St. and the Hudson River, from March thru-November with 10 daily departures, 7 days-a-week.

In New York they operate the Statue Cruises affiliate to both Ellis Island and Liberty Island State Park from the Battery Park Terminal on the Manhattan side, along with a Liberty Water Taxi service. They also serve the Metro New York area with a round-the-clock ferry service, the city’s first commuter ferry operation to points in Manhattan, Bklyn and Queens. In brief, the company is the world’s leading provider of high-speed ferry services. For more on Hornblower try: info@365ticketsUSA.com or 1-844TKTS, or phone 646-780.9693 or simply: www.Hornblower.com



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