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NEW YORK RENAISSANCE FAIRE RETURNS

Fun and Fantasy for All for Seven Weekends, Plus Labor Day, Starting Aug. 21

The enchantment of the New York Renaissance Faire returns! For seven weekends (plus Labor Day), from Aug. 21 thru Oct. 3, fantasy and escapism will reign throughout a bustling 16th-century English village and surrounding shire at Sterling Forest in Tuxedo, N.Y.

“Welcome back to the wonder, adventure and fun for all ages that is the New York Renaissance Faire!” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “Not only does the fair take visitors to a long-ago realm where fantasy rules, but the seven magical weekends contribute significantly to the visitor economy of both Orange County and the Hudson Valley. This is a highlight of the year that draws visitors to our beautiful county from near and far for enjoyment on an epic scale. It’s enough to make us all shout, ‘Huzzah!’”

Mingle with knights, fairies, minstrels and merchants. Thrill to a jousting tournament, acrobatics, swordplay, music and more. Feast on savory treats and sweets, laugh or gasp in awe (or both!) at breathtaking performances. Shop at the marketplace featuring over 100 artisans, with demonstrations including glassblowing and candle making.

In 2018, the fair was named the best Renaissance Faire in the region for the third year in a row. Last year it was voluntarily cancelled because of COVID-19. This year it returns with measures to keep guests, performers and staff safe by following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines. As of now, guests who are vaccinated need not wear face masks, but social distancing is encouraged for all. Some experiences may be modified to reduce physical contact. (Please check HERE before visiting for any updates on COVID-19-related guidelines and requirements.)

“Our team is working hard to literally set the stages for world-class, immersive entertainment that will put a smile on your face as we recognize that what we do best is needed now more than ever,” said Linda McFeters, Owner and Producer of the New York Renaissance Faire. “We are working closely with the local health department and the most current CDC recommendations to ensure the safety of our guests, vendors, volunteers and staff.”

Here’s what you’ll find at the fair:

Food: Feast on a roasted turkey leg, a boar platter or a worldwide variety of treats – pho, mac and cheese, burritos and more – including many vegetarian and gluten-free options. Sample craft brews, cider and mead – a honey-based wine – along with soft drinks.

Entertainment: Acrobats, actors, musicians and more will dazzle you with performances to make you laugh one moment, gasp in awe the next. Enjoy music, magic, comedy and excitement including an action-packed live chess match and a climactic jousting competition in the Shire’s tiltyard. (Most, but not all, entertainers perform every weekend. Check the entertainment schedule HERE.)

Shopping: Wander the streets of an Elizabethan English village and peruse more than 100 artisan shops offering handmade wares of metalsmiths, clothes makers, leather goods, jewelry and more. Marvel at demonstrations in glassblowing, leatherworking, blacksmithing, candle making and pottery throwing.

Especially for Kids: “Kids’ Quest” invites the Shire’s younger visitors to join an interactive adventure helping the Fairy Folk in the Enchanted Forest rediscover their magic. The “Boffer Wars” teaches swordplay skills (with all-foam swords) to young heroes-in-training.

For a twist on the festivities, visit on one of the themed weekends:

  • Time Travelers’ Weekend, Sept. 11 and 12. Come dressed from your favorite time period (even a future era of your imagining.)
  • Pirate Weekend, Sept. 18 and 19. A celebration for all ye scallywags to meeting buccaneers and sailors of all sorts, sing sea shanties and practice your pirate talk. Yar!

Whichever day you visit, you will find a realm of merriment, revelry, food and adventure for all.

For more information, click HERE.

For a full list of attractions, lodging and dining options in Orange County, New York, please click HERE. Additionally, a fun, free, 56-page travel guide is available for digital download HERE.

Lego Illustration Heather Skovlund for 360 Magazine

LEGOLAND New York Resort Now Open

The Orange County Tourism & Film team is incredibly excited to share that LEGOLAND® New York Resort is officially open for fun. The 150-acre park is located in Goshen, New York.

“We are thrilled that LEGOLAND® New York Resort is officially open to all!” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “LEGOLAND® New York Resort will not only benefit Orange County, but it will have a tremendous economic benefit in the Hudson Valley region and the entirety of New York. I know I can’t wait to go explore LEGOLAND® New York Resort!”

After starting construction in 2018, LEGOLAND® New York Resort opened all seven of their themed lands to the general public on Friday morning. Attending the grand opening was Gov. Andrew Cuomo, joined by other elected officials and regional tourism partners who marked the opening of the theme park by flipping a power switch.

LEGOLAND® New York Resort features a theme park with seven uniquely themed worlds, filled with attractions for the whole family. The theme park also includes a variety of dining options, as well as stores to purchase your favorite LEGO® products. A 250-room resort accompanies the theme park, offering patrons the chance to stay in either pirate, kingdom, Lego Friends or LEGO® NINJAGO® themed rooms. The LEGOLAND® hotel will start accepting reservations on August 6.

The addition of LEGOLAND® New York Resort increases the number of major attractions in New York State that currently reside in Orange County. Sitting 50 miles away from New York City, Orange County provides recreational activities, history, shopping, arts and culture, dining and more for all ages. Enjoy a tasting at one of the numerous wineries, breweries, distilleries and cideries or enjoy the outdoors, rafting down the Delaware River or hiking the Appalachian Trail. Orange County provides fun for all ages throughout the entire year, making the area a premier North East destination.

About Orange County Tourism & Film

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging and events can be found at Orange County Tourism and Film. Like Orange County Tourism on Facebook for the latest news on local happenings.

 

Five Golf Courses to Visit in OCNY for use by 360 Magazine

FIVE GOLF COURSES TO VISIT IN OCNY

Discover thoughtfully designed courses with picturesque views in the scenic Hudson Valley

With a variety of challenging and scenic courses, Orange County, N.Y. is a perfect destination for golfers. The picturesque Hudson Valley is home to links with rolling fairways, manicured tees and luscious greens. Whether you’re a competitive golfer or recreational player, enjoy a day of outdoor fun and recreation at one of Orange County’s many golf courses.

“Many of our local courses were designed by renowned golfers and architects, offering golf enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels an unforgettable day on the green,” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “Take in the beautiful views, thoughtfully-designed courses, and savor 18 holes of unmatched play. Make a weekend out of it and stay at a quaint B&B while dining at our many farm-to-table restaurants, and visiting our more than 25 craft beverage destinations”

A few of the many golf courses available to the public in Orange County, N.Y. include:

Stony Ford Golf Course in Thomas Bull Memorial Park, 217 Route 416, Hamptonburgh: This 18-hole, par 72 course also offers a Pro shop, driving range and lessons. To reserve a tee time, call 845-457-4949.

Hickory Hill Golf Course in Warwick County Park, 156 Route 17A, Warwick: Test your skills on this 6400-yard, par 72, 18-hole mountain course. Pro shop, driving range and lessons are available on-site. To reserve a tee time, call 845-988-9501.

Golf Club at Mansion Ridge, 1292 Orange Turnpike, Monroe: The Golf Club at Mansion Ridge sits on a historic 220-acre estate with landmarks predating the American Revolution. New York’s only Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course open to the public, Mansion Ridge is an unmatched setting for unforgettable golf. To reserve a tee time, call 845-782-7888.

Lynx at River Bend Golf Club, 87 Neversink Drive, Port Jervis: Designed and constructed in 1915 by A.W. Tillinghast, the Lynx at River Bend Golf Club is one of the oldest courses in the country. The 18-hole regulation course lies on a secluded 125-acre site with the majestic Shawangunk Mountains as a backdrop. To reserve a tee time, call (845) 858-4653.

West Point Golf Course, 718 Victor Constant Road, West Point: Just north of the Bear Mountain Bridge, the West Point Golf Course offers an unforgettable golf experience. The Robert Trent Jones designed course is an 18-hole, par 71 challenge on a mountain layout. Lessons, Pro shop and snack bar available. Dress code applies. To reserve a tee time, call 845-938-2435.

As the world reopens, Orange County, N.Y., invites residents and visitors to escape, enjoy and explore its wide-open spaces. For a full list of attractions, lodging and dining options available at this time, please click HERE. Additionally, a fun, free, 56-page travel guide is available for digital download HERE.

About Orange County Tourism:

Orange County Tourism, based in Goshen, N.Y., is the county’s tourism headquarters and a participant in the I LOVE NY program. A comprehensive listing of area attractions, lodging and events can be found HERE. Like Orange County Tourism on Facebook for the latest news on local happenings.

Finding Home Farms Featured In O

Finding Home Farms Featured In O

Finding Home Farms, a family-owned business in Middletown, N.Y., was recently featured in the July/August issue of O, The Oprah Magazine. Finding Home Farms was one of 11 small businesses included in the “Made in America” O List, a roundup of products selected by O magazine’s editors.

With an increased focus on supporting local businesses, including restaurants, farms, and retail shops, the “Made an America” story in the latest O magazine highlighted everything from T-shirts and sun hats to plant-based candles and vegan bellows. Finding Home Farms’ organic maple syrup and pancake gift set made the list, and was included in both the print and digital feature.

“This syrup from fourth-generation maple farmers in New York’s Hudson Valley has a slightly buttery flavor that’s unique to the region. Talk about the breakfast of champions,” reads the O magazine article.

Founded by Laura and Dana Putnam, Finding Home Farms has grown from a lifestyle blog to a full-time sugar-making business with a Sugarhouse, an online store, and a wholesale line. The online shop offers products such as maple syrup, soy candles, home decor, and holiday items.

“The recent feature in The Oprah Magazine is such a sweet reminder that great things can happen for our small businesses even during this challenging time,” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “Finding Home Farms is a shining example of creative marketing combined with a fantastic product line.”

To read the article, click here.

Finding Home Farms is located at 140 Eatontown Road, Middletown, N.Y.

For more information, visit findinghomefarms.com or call (845) 355-4335.