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Uncovering Narrowsburg And Surroundings In Upstate NY

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The State of New York is extremely gorgeous and green! But, most visitors don’t know how many amazing people and places they can find in Upstate NY. Narrowsburg is one of these spots!

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Our Founder, Fê Paronetto, fell in love with Maison Bergogne, an antique, decor and design services shop. The store is located in the town of Narrowsburg, so she decided to interview Juliette Hermant, the owner, for our Insider Interviews section!

Juliette shares stories of places to visit in Narrowsburg, Barryville, Honesdale in Pennsylvania, and more!

What type of places you can expect?

Well, from local farmer’s markets, to bookstores, handcrafted tapestry work by a famous local artisan and delicious spots to have lunch or dinner.

Plus, she talks about her own antique, decor shop, the upcoming bar/café she’s opening. Also, a few places that you can book to spend the night or a long weekend, if you don’t want to go back home on the same day. Day trips can be a little tiring for a few people.

Take a look HERE for the complete list of the tips and great pictures. If you’re planning to escape the city and want a unique place to go to for a day trip, Narrowsburg it a great option. You might also decide to stick around for the whole weekend!

It’s just a little over 2h from Manhattan, right on the boarder with the state of Pennsylvania.

Wanna give yourself a perk? Why don’t you just hire a driver to drive you up there and pick you up later? Or, you might just want to rent a luxurious Land Rover or Porsche Cayenne and drive up!

For corporate activities and outings, contact our experts.

If you’re not sure where Narrowsburg is located, take a look at the map below:

Skydiving in New York: If You Love A Challenge, Head Upstate

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Many people that come to NY or even live here, have no idea of the beautiful upstate New York’s nature scene is. One of our Contributors, Marcela Brasil, decided to go upstate – border with Vermont – for a thrilling and adventurous experience: Skydiving in New York!

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Photo Credit: DoNorth Magazine

Many people that come to NY for the first time, or that dream about coming to visit this beautiful concrete jungle, and even people that have been here countless times, have no idea of the beauty of upstate New York.

The drive is breathtaking with surprising views – so different from the City. Plus, places are not as far as you might initially think. You can hike, bike, practice for your upcoming marathon, picnic, do kayaking, camp and a huge list of other activities.

Renting a car is far from being a hassle, since it’s quite easy with rates as low as $50-$60/day, or even rates of $150/day (not bad at all!) for cars like Range Rovers and Porche Cayenne, with our Partners, to drive in great style!

Take a look at what Marcela thought about her exciting skydiving experience:

“Door is open,” the pilot said. From the tiny airplane window all I could see were clouds. It was cold and windy, and I am not going to lie: I wanted to give up. But…it was too late as I could hear the clinging of the hooks that would hold the instructor and I together. Each click, making the latches tighter and tighter.

I was already high up in the sky, wearing a bulky unflattering skydiving suit and getting ready for the big jump into Champlain Valley, in upstate New York.

Suddenly, I was free falling from 12,000 feet above the ground. It lasted nearly a minute, but it definitely felt longer.

Back flips and a few 360-degree free-fall turns to spicy it up a bit were part of the show, as if skydiving itself wasn’t radical enough.

The fear of the free fall disappeared as I started appreciating the mind-blowing view of the North Country and its picturesque and beautiful landscapes. All I could feel up there was an inexpressible sensation of peace and freedom, as I felt fully isolated from the world.

New York State is way bigger than the crazy Big Apple, with its endless skyscrapers and overcrowded touristic spots. Whoever desires to see breathtaking landscapes, a quick drive to places located in upstate New York is essential.

I lived for many years in Plattsburgh, a four-hour drive from New York City, and located nearby the Canadian border. Upstate New York was the place I chose to skydive, and this choice couldn’t have been better. The North Country’s scenic views definitely sets an impression to anyone.

Driving upstate is so far the most beautiful drive I ever did — and I’ve driven all through the West Coast before! It doesn’t matter which season it is, I am sure you will be as amazed, as I always am. My favorite season to enjoy the driving view is the Fall, since you can experience the colorful fall foliage from far up.

Talking about seasons, skydiving is a different experience depending on the season as well. Due to super low temperatures, it is usually closed during the Winter and early Spring.

When I skydived, it was during the first few weeks into Fall, and the leaves were still pretty green. I am planning on doing it again but, this time, as soon as the leaves start falling. I am sure it will be a thrilling experience, too!

Whenever I get overwhelmed from the busy New Yorker life, I get a car and drive North to clear up my mind or to just breathe some fresh air.

I’m sure I’m not alone on these urges!

If that doesn’t work, I’ll put on a bulky flight suit, pretend I’m not afraid of height and simply jump out of an airplane from 12,000 feet, and disconnect with the world to reconnect with my inner self.

Below are a few places you can contact to Skydive upstate, but the one I went to was Malone Parachute Club.

I paid $220 for the jump and it was worth every-single-dollar! There are other prices/options too.

So, you might want to add onto your bucket list: Skydiving in New York!

If you’d like our expert’s assistance to organize a special weekend for you and your friends & family, let us know how we can be of help. For company gatherings, team building experiences and other purposes, let us create something unique for you and your team!

The Blue Sky Ranch
Gardiner Airport
55 Sand Hill Road
Gardiner, NY 12525
Tel: 845-255-9538
theblueskyranch.com

Saratoga Skydiving Adventures
288 Brownville Rd
Gansevoort, NY 12831
Tel: 518-895-8140
saratogaskydive.com

Western New York Skydiving
Pine Hill Airport
4906 Pine Hill Road
Albion, NY 14411
Tel: 716-597-7393
wnyskydiving.com

Malone Parachute Club
629 Airport Rd
Highgate Center, VT 05459
Tel: 802-868-9444
maloneparachuteclub.com

 

Photo Credits: Do North and William Klein for Harpers Bazaar

Tastings in New York and Upstate that will blow your mind

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We contribute with Glamour Brazil magazine. This post was about great spots for tastings in New York and Upstate.

Here is the Portuguese version and below, the English version:

New York is not only a perfect place for people who love art, shows, nightlife, shopping, gastronomy, but the “city that never sleeps” offers great options for those who enjoy wine, beer, whiskey and gin tastings.

Since several of these tastings take place inside their own factories, many are located in Brooklyn – a neighborhood big enough to host these huge buildings. Another cool spot is a winery only 2 hours from Manhattan with tastings, outdoor yoga classes and happy hours with jazz music.



If you have no time to organize any of these experiences and need help, see below what we can do for you! After all, they are great spots for tastings!

Do you need help to organize any of the tours of the day trips? Contact our experts so they can tell you about our Concierge Services!

Are you a company wanting to host a special event for clients or your top employees? Take a look at how our Corporate Services can help you out and how we can do all the work for you.

 

A Peaceful Weekend Getaway in New York called Garrison

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Garrison is located only 50 miles North of Manhattan and has some of the most spectacular sceneries close by. So, if you’re the adventurous type, this is the place to go for a peaceful weekend getaway in New York!

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Garrison has become one of the most popular hideaways of the super successful New Yorkers that look for peace and quite. Why? Most of the houses are totally isolated from “civilization” giving them down time after a stressful week.

The city center is super tiny. There, you will find an art center that offers classes for kids and adults and a charming local library.

It’s a great place for canoeing in the Hudson River. Many adventurer enthusiasts head up there to explore New York’s nature and wildlife.

If you enjoy golf,  there are two golf courses to play around. One is the 9-hole Highland Country Club, and the 18-hole Garrison Golf Club.

A few other places to visit while you’re in town:

  • Manitoga / The Russel Wright Design Center – A home, studio, and woodland garden created by the industrial designer, Russel Wright, between 1942 and 1976.
  • Boscobel House & Gardens – They are one of the leading historic house museums in the Unites States. The mansion holds the finest collection of New York Neoclassical furniture and it’s location offers a breathtaking view of the Hudson Valley.
  • Garrison Art Center – They are focused on promoting the creation, exhibition and enjoyment of art!
  • Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary – Comprised of 270 acres of tidal marsh in the Hudson Highlands, Constitution Marsh serves as critical natural habitat for birds and other wildlife of the Hudson River Estuary.

*Places are in same order of appearance in gallery below.* 

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There are beautiful houses around town and it’s a great place for weddings too!

Also, Garrison is just 10 minutes away is Cold Spring, where you can have a nice dinner with wine and buy groceries. We simply love this small and super charming village!

And still, only 15-20min car ride, you can check out the renowned contemporary art museum called Dia:Beacon.

Enjoy this a peaceful weekend getaway in New York!

 

Photo Credit: Jake Rajs

Bear Mountain: For the Adventure Seekers in New York

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If you’re part of the adventure seekers in New York that loves outdoor sports, Bear Mountain is the place to go! Plan a day trip up there, or enjoy weekend hideout.

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Located only 1.5 hours from Manhattan, Bear Mountain State Park is located on the west side of the Hudson River. It’s actually divided into two different New York counties: Orange and Rockland county.

The park has over 5,200 acres and countless things to do!

You’ll find outdoor adventure activities from biking and swimming, to hiking, boating and even snowmobiling in the winter!

The park also features a zoo, trailside museums and the Perkins Memorial Tower with an amazing view of the park. You will also find picnic areas, playgrounds, nature trails and several other amazing amenities and activities.

We know that golf is a national passion and if you’re a pro, or an enthusiast, you can book a game at the Bear Mountain Golf Course. It’s located right at the base of the mountain.

You can get season passes, sign up for leagues & tournaments, book classes and play in their driving range. They also have a shop, in case you forgot any equipment or accessory.

Are you the radical sports person? Well, they also offer cross country skiing during the winter season!

Plus, if you decide to stay for the whole weekend, a good option is the Bear Mountain Inn built in 1915. It passed through a massive renovation and is now up and running!

It’s surely a perfect place for the adventure seekers in New York!

Lastly, for those that look for adventure in New York, you might want to try the Brooklyn Boulders and their new technology.

If you’re coming to New York and need a hand booking a trip to Bear Mountain, our experts can find you the best options that suites your budget. For corporate groups in search of annual retreat locations, team building experiences and other activities, let our team assist you.

Location: Palisades Parkway or Route 9W North Bear Mountain, NY

https://parks.ny.gov/bearmountain

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Bear Mountain Inn after reconstruction. Photo Credit: Wikipedia

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Wikipedia and Virtual Tourist

A NY Cultural Day Trip to Dia:Beacon Contemporary Museum

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Dia:Beacon contemporary museum is part of Dia Art Foundation’s constellation of sites. It’s one of our highly recommended NY cultural day trip for art lovers!

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Occupying a former Nabisco box printing factory on the banks of the Hudson River, Dia:Beacon presents Dia’s collection of art. Expect everything from the 1960’s to the present days, as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and public and education programs. Phiuf!

Since its opening in May 2003, Dia:Beacon has helped transform the city of Beacon into a vibrant arts destination for visitors from the region, New York City, and beyond.

Their mission is:

“Dia Art Foundation is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of artists. Dia fulfills its mission by commissioning single artist projects, organizing exhibitions, realizing site-specific installations, and collecting in-depth the work of a focused group of artists of the 1960s and 1970s.”

Also, don’t forget to visit their bookstore and coffee shop before you head back!

Lastly, the car trip takes around 1,5h, so it’s quite close to run off and check the place out during a weekend. You may also go up by train. You can get the Metro-North Railroad trains from Grand Central Terminal.

We love exploring not only New York City, but the gorgeous state of New York.

Our interview with Juliette Hermant show some of the coolest places to explore in Narrowsburg.

If you are interested in a Guided Tour to Dia:Beacon, contact us so we can help you out! It’s also a great option for a corporate activity with your team or clients. Our guides are true experts and will show you a great time!

Enjoy this super cool NY cultural day trip and share your experience with your friends!

Hours:
January – March: Friday – Monday : 11am – 4-pm
April – October: Thursday – Monday 11am – 6pm
November – December: Thursday – Monday: 11am – 4pm

Dia:Beacon is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays year-round, and on Thursdays in January, February, and March.

Location: 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY

www.diabeacon.org

 

 

Photo Credits: Courtesy of Dia:Beacon, GOC53, Nicki Sebastian

Windham Moutain Ski Resort: Skiing getaways upstate New York

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Windham Mountain Ski Resort is located just a bit over 2.5 hours from New York City. Be prepared to witness some of the most amazing sceneries at one of the best skiing getaways upstate New York.

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The Windham Moutain Ski Resort has more than “50 ski trails, 12 lifts, an Inn, three restaurants, a golf course, spa, an adventure park and a lift -served mountain bike park”. Amazing right?

They offer a BootLab where you can buy and customize your boots with the renowned bootfitter, Mark Stewart.

Not everyone enjoys spending an entire day going up and down the mountains, so Windham Country Club offers a Mountain Yoga studio with several Yoga variations. You can try their Vinyasa and Hatha Yoga, Sunrise Flow, TGIF Yoga, Yoga Fundamentals and the Restorative Yoga.

The resort has a few dining options. You can try Rock’n Mexicana and Mulligan’s Pub. But, you can also choose from one of their many on-mountain dining spots!

So, for a lunch break or to finish the day, you can choose from burgers, to waffles, barbecue, and even sushi! They offer a great variety for all tastes.

Plus, they have great options for coffees, pastries, soups and sandwiches too!

If you’re not the skier-type, the resort is also a really great option to go during the hotter months.

They have countless outdoor activities from radical sports to golfing.

People have no idea how beautiful and green the state of New York is, so have fun exploring this fantastic place just a few hours from Manhattan. It’s definitely one of the best skiing getaways upstate New York.

If you need assistance to book this trip, let our experts give you a hand. For corporate groups and activities, learn what services we offer.

Location: 33 Clarence D Lane Road, Windham

www.windhammountain.com

 

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of OdysséeMontagne (only an illustrative image) and courtesy of Windham Mountain Resort

Abandoned Bannerman Castle: Mystery on a Hudson River Island

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We are huge fans of exploring the abandoned places around New York City and it’s no different when we head upstate. The abandoned Bannerman Castle is located on a super tiny Hudson River Island.

This video is fantastic, right?

The abandoned Bannerman Castle is definitely one of the spots we recommend visiting if you decide to head upstate. We love the thrill of exploring mysterious locations, with some of the most incredible historical facts. The stories are always intriguing!

See below what our friends from Untapped Cities said about it:

“Recently, we shared a drone video by the crew Abandoned NY. Don’t to be confused with Abandoned NYC, the website and book by Will Ellis, of North Brother Island.

At the time, they told us their next video would be of Bannerman Island. This former munitions facility designed like a fairy-tale European castle looms over the Hudson River Valley.

That video was recently released, reinforcing the group’s penchant for extremely dramatic soundtracks and stunning aerial shots of storied, abandoned places.

Since our last visit there, stabilizing elements have been added. That somewhat make the impact of the castle, but it’s still an amazing place to see.

The best part: you can actually visit Bannerman Island yourself. Tours are led in partnership between the Bannerman Island Trust and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.”

In general, their most sought-after tours last 2.5 hours and leave from Beacon. They cost $35/person.

By the way, since you’ll be boarding the ferry from Beacon, you might want to visit before or after the tour, the renowned contemporary museum Dia: Beacon.

But, they do have a great variety of options.

There’s even an option to the sport-lovers: “Bannerman Island Guided Tour & Mini Hike to the Summit” where you arrive at the top neat sunset time! Gorgeous view, guys!

Last, but not least, many of our readers and clientes don’t have time to organize these type of activities, so they ask our team of experts to set it all up. It’s also a great option of companies that want to offer unforgettable upstate experiences to their clients or team.

www.bannermancastle.org

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Photo Credit: Untappled Cities by Michelle Young

 

Excerpts and photograph: By our friends from UntappedCities.

Tentrr is the Airbnb of camping for adventurers & private landowners

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Have you ever thought about going camping, but just thinking about the logistics, you got turned off? Well, we have great news and found the perfect solution! Tentrr is a considered the Airbnb of camping!

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We know that not everyone is an expert when the subject is camping. It demands a reasonable amount of time for preparation and forgetting something can be crucial during your adventure. Plus, putting up your tent might be a real challenge for some folks out there!

And still, even finding a great and safe spot to camp, might give you a headache.

On the other hand, if you are a land owner of a beautiful property and you might be interested in sharing the beauty of your place with the adventurous souls out there.

That said, we discovered the perfect solution for both scenarios: Tentrr!

“Tentrr is an online marketplace that connects local landowners with anyone seeking to explore the great outdoors. Through a streamlined search and booking system, people with extra space can share their land and create remarkable experiences for a growing network of happy campers.

Tentrr eliminates the stress of planning and executing a camping trip by providing insurance, customer support, and top quality equipment — including the tent.”

In other words, they are the Airbnb of camping, for adventurers and private land owners!

The weather is getting better with every new day! Summer is almost here and Upstate New York is surely a gorgeous and perfect destination for camping and escaping the city’s craziness.

Not sure how to get there? Well, renting a car was never easier!

For assistance to organize company outings and gatherings, or even unique team building experiences, contact our experts so they can make this work, flawless!

Let us know and have fun!

www.tentrr.com

 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Tenrr and Maison Bergogne
Tent on the featured image was designed by: Woolheater Wares and Maison Bergogne

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