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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.

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Thrice Announces New Album Horizons/East

Thrice releases new single, Scavengers, in anticipation of their new album, Horizons/East, out this fall.

Returning with their 11th studio album, the dynamic and explorative California-based rock band Thrice announces new album Horizons/East, out September 17 via Epitaph Records on streaming platforms. The album exemplifies art as a work of recognition: the human task of perceiving oneself amid details, disasters, and blessings as a relentlessly relational phenomenon among others. In this, Horizons/East is the rare rock album on which interrelatedness is a theme, painting an adventurous and lush landscape mixed by Scott Evans that the band self-produced and recorded at their own New Grass Studio.

The powerful new single, Scavengers, is out today. Over a dark and intricate braiding of guitar and drum grooves, the lyrics challenge us to discern the issues and information that bonds us versus what disintegrates and destroys. For vocalist Dustin Kensrue, the song is – but also kind of isn’t – a thing of the past. Whether lost in a media diet that is essentially a disinformation pipeline or, relatedly, trapped in fear of a future of eternal conscious pain, Kensrue speaks of “toxic worldviews I once inhabited, and in truth, a lot of people that I love are still in that place.”

To emerge from a global pandemic with a renewed sense of situational awareness, hard-won insight, and a new album is the kind of move we’ve come to expect from Thrice over the last twenty years. With Horizons/East, Kensrue and his bandmates address, with candor and courage, the fragile and awkward arrangements that pass for civilization, while inviting us to dwell more knowingly within our own lives. Without surrendering any of the energy and hard edge of their previous albums, they’ve given us a profoundly meditative work, which serves as a musical summons to everyday attentiveness. 

Horizons/East conveys a palpable sense of danger, determination, and possibility. Some of the writing even began with open-ended challenges that the band laid on themselves like building a song using the quartal chords they found in much of the jazz they loved, or taking the Fibonacci sequence and turning it into a guitar riff.

Thrice seems ever eager to step out into these spaces unknown to them, unsure of where their feet will land, and this new record is no exception. Horizons/East is a soundtrack for deeper dreaming.

TRACKLIST

  1. The Color Of The Sky
  2. Scavengers
  3. Buried In The Sun
  4. Northern Lights
  5. Summer Set Fire To The Rain
  6. Still Life
  7. The Dreamer
  8. Robot Soft Exorcism
  9. Dandelion Wine
  10. Unitive/East

Formed in 1998, the Orange County-based four-piece is widely regarded as one of the most innovative rock bands of their generation. Featuring frontman Dustin Kensrue, guitarist Teppei Teranishi, bassist Eddie Breckenridge, and drummer Riley Breckenridge. Thrice will be touring this fall with special guests Touch, Amor, Jim Ward* (appearing at select dates only), and Self Defense Family. 

TOUR DATES

September 24 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse*

September 25 – Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey*

September 26 – Austin, TX @ Emos*

September 28 – Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade – Heaven

September 29 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery

October 1 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live

October 2 – St Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live!

October 4 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore

October 5 – Norfolk, VA @ The NorVa

October 7 – New York, NY @ Terminal 5

October 8 – Baltimore, MD @ Soundstage

October 9 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore

October 10 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues

October 12 – Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom

October 13 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall

October 15 – Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrews Hall

October 16 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts

October 17 – Chicago, IL @ Concord

October 18 – Sauget, IL @ Pops

October 20 – Denver, CO @ Ogden

October 21 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Union

October 23 – Portland, OR @ Roseland

October 24 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo

October 26 – Berkley, CA @ UC Theater

October 27 – San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park

October 28 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee

October 29 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium

October 30 – Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues

*guest appearance by Jim Ward

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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.

 

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New Openings in Orange County, CA

RAMEN & TSUKEMEN TAO Announces Opening of Second Orange County, CA Location 

Tokyo-trained Chef Toshimasa Sano is Excited with the Resurgence of Restaurants and Tourism in Orange County 

WHO: RAMEN & TSUKEMEN TAO restaurant

WHAT: Announces Grand Opening of Its Second Location. Date: April 12, 2021

WHERE: 2143 N Tustin St Ste 1, Orange, CA 92865

WHEN: Monday, April 12, 2021

Japanese Chef Toshimasa Sano opened his second ramen restaurant at 2143 N Tustin St Ste 1 in the City of Orange on Monday, April 12. Chef Sano was trained at the famed Tsujita ramen restaurant in Tokyo and opened his first restaurant RAMEN & TSUKEMEN TAO in Buena Park in August 2019, which the Orange County Register named second on the top 10 Japanese ramen restaurants in Orange County in 2020.

Chef Sano is especially excited to open this second location in Orange County, which can safely serve twice as many customers as the Buena Park location. A new menu will feature vegetarian ramen options as well as ramen dishes made with miso broth, the specialty of Tsujita, which has become an artisan ramen brand that was selected one of the best 10 ramen shops in Tokyo by the readers of Japan Times in 2019.

“Miso is a traditional Japanese seasoning made by fermenting soybeans with salt and koji mold. It’s full of probiotics and linked to a variety of health benefits, including a stronger immune system,” Sano said. “I hope to serve this umami-packed miso-based ramen to residents of the City of Orange.”

The new location also has a bigger selection of appetizers and other dishes as well as alcoholic beverages.

Sano’s menu includes five kinds of ramen noodles: His signature miso-based Tsukemen dipping noodle, White Miso Ramen, Red Miso Ramen, Vegetarian Ramen and Savory Chicken Ramen, along with toppings such as Pork Chashu (roasted pork), Soft-Boiled Eggs, Menma (marinated bamboo shoots), Bean Sprouts, Corn, and Spicy Tao (a spicy paste made with garlic and hot chilli paper).

Sano extended non-ramen and appetizer options at this Orange location. They include three types of rice bowls (Chashu, Spicy Tuna, and Takana vegetables), four types of Buns (Pork, Spicy Pork, Chicken and Spicy Chicken) and Japanese favorite Curry Rice. Among the appetizers are Chicken Karaage (Japanese fried chicken), Takoyaki, Agedashi Tofu, Gyoza, Shumai, Seaweed Salad and Tofu Salad. Also new is a Kids Plate.

Responding to numerous customer requests, Sano decided to include Vegetarian Ramen with miso broth and eggless noodles for vegan diners. Another addition to the menu is Savory Chicken Ramen made with chicken broth.

A native of Tokyo’s historical district called Asakusa, Sano moved to California in 2019 to manage the first Ramen & Tsukemen TAO location in Buena Park. He was trained in Tsujita by its founder for 10 years prior to his dream-come-true adventure of owning his own restaurant in the U.S.  

The restaurant has 42 seats and will be open for indoor and outdoor dining Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. -9 p.m. The restaurant is complying with all local guidelines and precautions regarding Covid-19.

Ramen & Tsukemen TAO is on Instagram and Facebook.

New restaurants and bars opening in and around Orange, California!

Stubrik’s Steakhouse

When: Opened Winter 2020

Location: Old Towne Orange

Bosscat Kitchen and Libations

When: Opened March 30, 2021

Location: Old Towne Orange

The Blue Bayou 

(To open in Disneyland second location, to buy alcohol in the park)

When: Will open with the park on April 30, 2021

Location: Anaheim, CA

OC Fair

When: Will be open Summer 2021 with restrictions on capacity in place

Location: Costa Mesa, CA

O Sea 

When: Will open May, 2021 Q

Location: Old Towne Orange

Blue Bowl

When: Opened last month

Location: Old Towne Orange

O Dumpling Bar

Location: Orange, CA

Pasta Party

Location: Orange, CA

Nava Thai Cuisine

When: Last month

Location: Orange, CA

Birrieria Guadalajara 

When: Two months ago

Location: Orange, CA

Little Pan Fried Bun

When: Two months ago

Location: Tustin (Basically in Orange)

JDK Juicy Dumpling Kitchen

When: Two months ago

Location: Orange, CA

Masala Bae

Location: Tustin (basically in Orange)

Haku Fotomaki

When: 3 weeks ago

Location: Orange, CA

Usa Daily Crawfish Togo

When: Two weeks ago

Location: Garden Grove (basically in Orange)

AHI Hawaiian BBQ

When: 5 weeks ago

Location: Anaheim (basically in Orange)

Huckleberry’s

When: 5 weeks ago

Location: Anaheim (basically in Orange)

Maddie’s Cafe and Grill
Location: Garden Grove (basically in Orange)

Hotels opening in Orange, CA:

The Westin Anaheim Resort 

When: August 2020

Location: Anaheim, CA

JW Marriot, Anaheim Resort

When: April 2020

Location: Anaheim, CA

Disneyland reopening: …and surrounding Anaheim area

  • Disneyland and California Adventure will reopen April 30, with ticket sales starting on April 15
    • Under new California theme park guidance issued March 5, 2021, Disneyland will be able to reopen if it has less than 7 new daily cases per 100,000 people and positive test rates of 8% maximum as of April 1. Disneyland’s Orange County is already sitting below these thresholds as of April 6.

What to know:

  • Under theme park guidance issued by the state on March 5, Disneyland is permitted to reopen if Orange County is in the red, or “substantial,” tier as of April 1.
  • Under the current orange tier, which the county entered at the end of March, the parks will have a maximum capacity of 25%.
  • Once the county reaches the yellow tier, there will be a 35% capacity as well as a 25% indoor capacity.
  • All tiers — red, orange and yellow — allow for only California visitors to Disneyland. However, California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced April 6 the state will remove the tier system June 15 but keep in place the mask mandate.

Currently, all dining and shopping locations in Downtown Disney are open!

  • Apart from locations in the Disneyland Hotel, Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel.
  • Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will reopen on April 29, 2021.
  • The Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel remain closed and will reopen at a later date.
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THE ROSE FEST MUSIC FESTIVAL

“THE ROSE FEST” MUSIC FESTIVAL MAKES HISTORY AS THE FIRST COVID-COMPLIANT STATE-OF-THE-ART FESTIVAL OF  2021 WITH INAUGURAL ORANGE COUNTY, CA BENEFIT EVENT

MOZZY, RUBI ROSE, RY, ERIC BELLINGER, KENDYX, DAY SULAN, STUNNA GIRL, KALAN. FRFR, 1TAKEJAY& MORE GRACES STAGE WITH UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCES

THE ROSE FEST MUSIC FESTIVAL kicked off an inaugural debut this past Saturday on April 24, in Orange County, CA, with one of the first covid-complaint, state-of-the-art music festival experiences to take place in North America in over one year. An important moment for the community of California, and those who are eagerly awaiting to resume attending in-person functions, the event-filled day brought a blissful beam of light and upliftment for everyone in attendance with the perfect mix of performances from music’s biggest names and indisputable artists on the rise.

“It’s an amazing feeling to see the results of something that at some points felt like the impossible to make happen during this pandemic,” says Phillip Riian, Co-Founder of The Rose Music Festival. “What feels even more special is that I was able to create something of this magnitude with my team, my girls, KendyX and RY. I’m beyond happy that we were able to not only put together a great event but also build bridges for voices that needed to be heard while supporting a special initiative that’s dear to us all. Even though this music world is very new to me, good work is good work and we have so much to celebrate.”

The Rose Fest featured some of the biggest names and in Hip Hop and R&B mixed with powerhouse artist on-the-rise with exquisite performances from Mozzy, Rubi Rose, RY, Eric Bellinger, KendyX, Day Sulan, 1TakeJay, Stunna Girl, Kalan FRFR, Black Fortune, TMG Fre$h, Marissa Ford, SingerSlime, DW Flame, Float Lord, Whitney Reign, ASH10, Audemar, B Lytrece, HTTH, Yoppa Bam, 3LetterzNUK, J.LeGras, Jimmy Bolt, Mariana Velletto and more! Hosted by Abby NicoleManuel Antonio and Philon, the benefit event also saw guest appearances from YG and J Mulan, while DJ Asia Shabazz and DJ Carisma of Power 106 FM provided music and sounds for the night.

The Rose Fest founders Phillip Riian, KendyX and RY all had sight set with creating a special moment to bring worlds together and create impact; that goal was achieved in a game-shifting way from the array of praise received from attendees, rising stars who were able to amplify their voices and showcases the value of their brilliance and The Avalon Center—the non-profit organization selected by The Rose Fest to donate 100% of proceeds raised for the festival.

A total of $21,797 was raised from The Rose Fest and will be donated to The Avalon Center, a network center located in South Los Angeles that provides education services, home improvement services, and substance abuse services for people who live in Los Angeles County.

Our staff and young people were given the ultimate VIP experience with the best seats in the house! The organizers created lifelong memories for us all, said Jamico Elder, Executive Director of The Avalon CenterTheir professionalism and hospitality are only matched by their generosity and sincere desire to help our families recover during these perilous times. We are encouraged and elated to know Avalon Carver is a part of the Rose Fest family!”

For more information about the festival, visit the Rose Fest website.

FIRST COVID-COMPLIANT STATE-OF-THE-ART FESTIVAL OF 2021 BENEFIT EVENT ON SATURDAY, APRIL 24th

THE ROSE FEST MUSIC FESTIVAL” ORANGE COUNTY, CA ANNOUNCES STAR-STUDDED LINEUP: MOZZYASIAN DOLLERIC BELLINGERDAY SULANSTUNNA GIRL1TAKEJAY,  & MORE SET TO PERFORM, SOUNDS BY DJ CARISMA & MORE

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

The Rose Music Festival makes an official unveil with the announcement of its massive, inaugural lineup for the first covid-compliant state-of-the-art festival of 2021, taking place in Orange County, California, on April 24, 2021. Set to be a momentous experience with the perfect mix of star-studded performances from established artists and up-and-coming artists who are set to be next, attenders will have the chance to enjoy entertainment from some of their favorite artists while discovering music from soon-to-be-favorite rising stars. “The Rose Music Festival” originally came into fruition over one year ago by founder’s creative director Phillip Riaan and rising artists, entertainers Ry & Kendyx to create a platform for emerging musicians to showcase their bubbling stardom on a main stage with appeal compared to music festivals alike. Today, the experience now includes some of the hottest entertainers in music now making it the most unparalleled music festival that caters to something for everyone.

Featuring some of the biggest names in music and next up emerging acts, attenders will see performances from Mozzy, Stunna Girl, Eric Bellinger, Day Sulan, 1TakeJay, Asian Doll, Black Fortuna, Jaddah Blue, 777 God, Kendyx, Ry, Abbey Nicole, Float Lord, Rizz, and more special guests! Hosted by Philon, the benefit event will also see guest appearances from J Mulan and Manuel Antonio with music/ sounds by DJ Skyhighbaby & Power 106 FM’s own DJ Carisma.

100% of proceeds from “The Rose Festival will the donated to Avalon Carver Community Center, a network center located in South Los Angeles that provides education services, home improvement services, and substance abuse services for people who live in Los Angeles County. Built on the vision of community leader Mary B. Henry, the agency has become a centerpiece of the diverse community fabric of the neighborhood and met the needs of its growing and ever-changing community.

“We’re really excited to create this moment for California because our community needs this beam of light during these unusual times,” says Phillip Riaan, Co-Founder of The Rose Music Festival. It has been a tough year, a year that has shed light on the health and economic disparities in Black and Brown communities, so I’m happy we’re able to make this experience that looks out for many communities. Not only was the concert essential to us because of the cause, but it also provides a platform for up-and-coming artists to be able to see their name in lights and not have to wait on someone to allow them to because they are trending on social media.”

Kendyx, Co-Founder of “The Rose Music Festival,” shared, “music is healing, and it’s a beautiful moment to see emerging musicians, like myself, have this moment of coming together in a unique way that gives back to the community that has supported us all in more ways than one.”

Ry, p.k.a. Rydope, Co-Founder of “The Rose Music Festival and a rising artist herself, echoed similar sentiments by saying, “This festival will show that betters days is approaching for the world, not only for our community here in California.”

The Rose Festival marks one of the first live music events in the United States in over a year.
 
For more information about the festival, visit this website

About The Rose Music Festival

Rose Fest is a music festival that gives back to the community, shines the light on emerging artists and collaborates with established artists to give fans across the world exclusive access to behind-the-scenes content and live performances. Proceeds from the Fest’s revenues will benefit Avalon Carver Community Center. Avalon Carver works to care for youth and through education, community outreach and empowerment throughout Los Angeles, CA. The inaugural festival will take place in Orange County on April 24, 2021

For more information, visit this website.

About Avalon Carver

Avalon Carver works to care for the physical, mental and spiritual needs of individuals and families through education, community outreach and empowerment.

Since 1940, Avalon Carver in South Los Angeles has been a place for people from diverse backgrounds to join together in one space and work to make their community thrive. Built on the vision of community leader Mary B. Henry, it has strived to become a place of growth, unity, family, and positive change for South Los Angeles. It has grown to become a centerpiece of the diverse community fabric of the neighborhood.
Throughout the years, Avalon Carver has met the needs of its growing and ever-changing community. Through hard times and good, through struggles and triumphs, bringing up inspiring community leaders and strengthening families.

Avalon Carver is now stepping into the next chapter of our story, keeping an eye towards the future of our community through a refresh of our space, an expansion of our services, and a progressive take on the education of the community.

For more information, visit Avalon Carver’s website.

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Cozy Winter Retreats

Enjoy delicious food, spectacular accommodations, and seasonal activities this winter

As temperatures drop and winter nears, a sweet escape may be closer than you think! If you’re yearning for a weekend getaway, look no further than the scenic Hudson Valley for a charming winter retreat. Located just an hours’ drive from New York City, Orange County, N.Y. offers acclaimed restaurants and accommodations with seasonal packages for couples, singles, and families looking for a home away from home this season.

“The perfect winter getaway can be found close to home with a visit to one of our cozy inns or B&Bs — all just a short drive from the area’s ski resorts, ice rinks, riding stables, hiking, biking, and mountain trails,” said Orange County Tourism Director Amanda Dana. “Unwind with loved ones or a good book by a crackling fireplace after a day outdoors. Or, warm up with a delicious meal from one of our many acclaimed restaurants offering indoor dining and seasonal menus, too.”

Below are some winter getaways available in Orange County, N.Y. Before visiting any of the locations, please contact the venue directly to confirm that they are open and practice safe social-distancing.

Cedar Lake Estates, 1 Team USA Way, Port Jervis: Cedar Lakes Estate offers 500 acres of Winter Wonderland for you to explore. Stay for a long weekend, or grab a seat at one of the venue’s Saturday dinners. Whether just for a toast by the fire, or a snowshoe around the property, explore all there is to do in the beautiful Hudson Valley. cedarlakesestate.com

The Thayer Hotel, 674 Thayer Road, West Point: Experience the luxurious accommodations at the Historic Thayer Hotel at West Point with one of many seasonal packages available. Visitors can enjoy a delicious Thanksgiving dinner prepared by the Culinary Institute of America team of chefs with an overnight stay, or choose the venue’s holiday brunch package that includes an exquisite feast for two, luxurious overnight accommodations, and a souvenir Thayer Hotel holiday ornament. Ring in the New Year with overnight accommodations, a cocktail reception at MacArthur’s Riverview Restaurant, a four-course meal, open bar, DJ, champagne toast at midnight, and a New Year’s Day champagne brunch. thethayerhotel.com

The Waterstone Inn, 62 Sterling Road, Greenwood Lake: Skiers won’t want to overlook one of Orange County’s hidden gems, The Waterstone Inn. Located just three miles from Mount Peter, a full-service mountain offering skiing, snowboarding and tubing, the beautiful inn offers visitors a peek back in time to the Golden Age of Greenwood Lake when affluent New York families would flock to the lake for leisure throughout the 1800s and early 1900s. Accommodating parties of all sizes, guests can choose from studio rooms, suites, or the entire third floor. thewaterstoneinn.com

Bear Mountain Inn, 3020 Seven Lakes Drive, Bear Mountain: Built in 1915 upon a plateau overlooking the shores of Hessian Lake, this natural beauty of local stone and timber is a national treasure. Its 15 deluxe guest rooms and suites combine rustic mountainside elegance with all the creature comforts of home to make it the quintessential romantic Hudson Valley destination. Relax and recharge with the inn’s shop, stay, and spa package that includes a gift card to Woodbury Common Premium outlets and a $100 credit to the Spa at Bear Mountain. visitbearmountain.com

Cromwell Manor Historic Inn, 174 Angola Road, Cornwall: Relax at this elegant 1820 mansion with additional guest rooms in a charming 1762 colonial cottage. Decorated with period antiques and furnishings, all rooms have private baths and many have working fireplaces. Enjoy homemade breakfast each morning, overlooking the seven-acre private estate, before heading out to explore nearby parks and trails, world class shopping at Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, and many vineyards and wineries. cromwellmanorinn.com

Stagecoach Inn, 268 Main Street, Goshen: The Hudson Valley’s premier inn and restaurant can be found within an elegant mansion built in 1747. Despite its historic past, the five-bedroom inn features private baths and all the modern updates and amenities for 21st-century travelers. The on-site restaurant offers casually elegant dining in several sitting rooms and a stone veranda overlooking three acres of manicured lawns. During the day, explore all that Orange County has to offer with local museums and art galleries, parks and outdoor activities, and shopping galore. stagecoachny.com

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 visit orangetourism.org/fall-fun. Additionally, a fun, free, 56-page travel guide is available for digital download at OrangeTourism.org/travel-guide.

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 at OrangeTourism.org. Like Orange County Tourism on Facebook for the latest news on local happenings.

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Lockdowns Ending

“We’re all in this together” is a commonly heard phrase during this global pandemic, as much of the world practices social distancing. And now researchers at the University of California, Irvine and other institutions have shown that there is some scientific validity to this assertion.

In a study published today in Nature Human Behaviour, Chinese, European, American and British researchers demonstrate that the number of countries implementing COVID-19 lockdown measures – and the duration of those efforts – have a greater influence on the gross domestic products of nations than the severity of the restrictions.

They also found that easing containment edicts gradually leads to smaller economic losses than lifting them swiftly and then having to reintroduce closures.

Another key finding in the study is that smaller, poorer and less economically diverse countries – even those hit not as hard by the public health aspects of the pandemic – will bear a relatively larger brunt from economic damage caused by COVID-19.

“Because the economies of many developing countries are less immune to disruptions in the global supply chain, they are more severely impacted by the effectiveness – or ineffectiveness – of wealthier nations’ coronavirus countermeasures,” said co-author Steve Davis, UCI associate professor of Earth system science. “Countries not directly affected by COVID-19 could experience losses of more than 20 percent of gross domestic product due to declines in consumer demand and supply chain stoppages.”

Examples given in the paper for such economic impacts include Caribbean counties that rely on tourism and central Asian nations that count on energy exports. For instance, if global economies open and are later required to go back on lockdown, New Zealand’s food services sector and Jamaica’s hospitality industry could suffer losses of up to 90 percent. The researchers used a “disaster footprint” economic model to assess potential global supply chain effects of COVID-19 lockdowns, analyzing the impact of restrictions on 140 countries, including countries not directly affected by COVID-19.

They estimated that gradually easing lockdown measures over 12 months would lead to an economic cost at 40 percent of global gross domestic product, while lifting restrictions more quickly, over two months, and then introducing a second round of lockdowns in January next year would increase the cost to 60 percent.

“Pandemic economy management in one country is a public good that benefits other nations,” Davis said. “Our work clearly shows that a gradual approach to easing lockdowns is economically preferable to a swift return to pre-pandemic activities followed by another round of global lockdowns.”

Davis’ collaborator on the project, Dabo Guan of the department of Earth system science at Tsinghua University and the Bartlett School of Construction and Project Management at University College London, said: “Companies will survive the supply chain failures that lockdowns cause by relying on reserves of stock or finding new suppliers. If a second shock hits, reserves may be low and supply chains only recently repaired – making a new break much more costly.”

This project, which was funded by the National Natural Sciences Foundation of China, included researchers from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; University College London; Shanghai University of Finance and Economics; Shandong University, China; the Chinese Academy of Science; University of Edinburgh; Spark Ventures, London; and the University of Groningen, the Netherlands.

About the University of California, Irvine

Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 36,000 students and offers 222 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy.

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LA Times The Taste – Costa Mesa Lineup

The Los Angeles Times announced the lineup for its Costa Mesa edition of The TasteFollowing its 10th anniversary on the Paramount Pictures Studios backlot, one of the most popular food and drink festivals is returning to Orange County for its second year to spotlight the vibrant cuisine and award-winning restaurants in the heart of Southern California.

Hosted by The Times’ Food staff, The Taste in Costa Mesa will take place at The MET over three sessions: one on Friday, Oct. 18 and two on Saturday, Oct. 19. Admission to each event includes unlimited samplings from dozens of local restaurants, premium cocktail tastings, plus demonstrations from renowned chefs and wine experts.

Friday, Oct. 18, 7 to 10 p.m.

L.A. Times Cooking Editor Genevieve Ko will host the opening event featuring Syrian pastry chef Maher Nakhal (Le Mirage Pastry) as he reveals the handcrafted artistry behind his authentic Middle Eastern desserts and French pastries. Critically acclaimed chef Ross Pangilinan (Terrace by Mix Mix) will showcase his eclectic style and Euro-Filipino flavors through a demo of one of his signature dishes, hosted by Times Features Writer Gustavo Arellano. Restaurants include: Filomena’s Italian Kitchen, Outpost Kitchen, Puesto, Tackle Box, The Ranch at Laguna Beach and WAVE Gourmet Burgers.

Saturday, Oct. 19, noon to 3 p.m.

Chef Carlos Salgado of Michelin-starred Taco María, will provide a glimpse into his contemporary, Mexican-influenced cooking with L.A. Times Cooking Columnist Ben Mims. Taking the crowd on a wine tour through Monterey County, Rob Baker (Southern Glazer’s) will lead a presentation on Bordeaux-style wine from Carmel Valley’s Bernardus Winery. Restaurants include: Karl Strauss Brewing Company, Mayors Table Pacific Pub & Kitchen, Mesa and Roba Noodle.

 Saturday, Oct. 19, 7 to 10 p.m.

The Taste festivities continue on Saturday night as chef Wing Lam (Wahoo’s Fish Tacos) will cook up his legendary Baja-style fish tacos, while Michelin-starred chef Tony Esnault (Knife Pleat) will demonstrate modern, seasonal interpretations of classic French techniques with Times Senior Food Writer Jenn Harris. Restaurants include: Bluegold, Bosscat Kitchen & Libations, CUCINA enoteca, Georgia’s Restaurant, Silver Trumpet Restaurant and Bar and Toast Kitchen + Bakery.

Travel Costa Mesa has partnered with nearby hotels to offer special packages that include a pair of tickets to The Taste with each night’s stay for a weekend “Eatcation” to explore more of the area’s diverse food and cultural scene.

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Artists,Adventurers and Athletes at Hotel Joaquin

Caldera+Lab Presents Artists, Adventurers and Athletes at Hotel Joaquin

Wellness guru and mom of 2, Stacy Keibler made a rare appearance with husband Jared Pobre at  the Artists, Adventurers and Athletes experience presented by Caldera+Lab Non-Toxic Skincare for Men at Hotel Joaquin in Laguna Beach. The magical two-day beach retreat was hosted by Paul Makarechian, founder of Auric Road (Hotel Joaquin, Korakia Pensione and Lone Mountain Ranch), Pat Tenore, founder and President of internationally successful surf and skate label RVCA, Danny Fuller, pro-surfer and photographer and Sage Vaughn, California based artist.

Guests enjoyed daytime activities such as yoga, paddle boarding and surfing at the legendary Shaw’s Cove beach prior to being treated to an epic sunset viewing and cocktails by the pool complete with a live painting exhibition by Sage Vaughn. The magical evening continued with a private Mediterranean inspired dinner in the garden of Orange County’s best new restaurant Saline, prepared by famed Chef Leandro Bongarra. Post dinner, guests enjoyed a fireside performance by Hawaiian artist Lilly Meola.

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Austin Eldred

With over 230,000 Spotify streams on his single, ‘Are You Down,’ the people of Los Angeles keep buzzing around a fresh urban vibe named Austin Eldred.

The Orange County native is a show-stopping recording artist paving a name in the music world. Eldred has officially been releasing music for two years with hits featuring the noteworthy likes of Eric Bellinger and Problem. Eldred draws inspiration from his eclectic childhood upbringing in Southern California where he infuses R&B and Hip-Hop into a unique sound. His upcoming debut album, “1997” (executively produced by Ned Cameron) is soon to release and will showcase new sides of the performer. With ten new hand-written tracks, Eldred looks to put a permanent imprint on the industry.