Fam Trips

IMPORTANT: You MUST be registered for the TBEX18 NA conference to apply for a FAM Trip.  NA FAM Trip applications are open to all bloggers until June 11th, 2018.  You will be notified around July 1st, 2018 if you were accepted or declined. If you are a partner business each person must fill out their own application and mention in the notes who you are a partner with.  It is highly recommended that partner businesses apply for separate FAM Trips… hosts have very, very limited spots on each FAM Trip and there are not many spots for partner bloggers. Thank you ~

Over the Hudson River and Through the Catskills 

Home of President Franklin D. Roosevelt

Number of Participants: Maximum of six attendees – ground transportation, lodging, meals and activities provided
Start Point: September 14 at the Corning Museum of Glass
End Point: September 19 (morning) at Grand Central Terminal in NYC, convenient to public transportation for NYC airports
Transportation: Transportation provided from Corning Museum of Glass to the Catskills, Hudson Valley and Grand Central Terminal; transportation to all activities on agenda from September 14 – 19. We will arrange for transfers to the Westchester County Airport or Metro North train transportation to Grand Central to take the buses across the street to LaGuardia, JFK or Newark Airport.
Note: This tour is wheelchair accessible.

Description: Gorgeous mountain scenery, a major new casino, Woodstock’s 50th anniversary, art museums, legendary millionaires’ mansions, a wellness experience and the largest Buddha in the Western Hemisphere combine in this exciting six-day experience of the Catskills and Hudson Valley. Both are easy regions for your readers who visit or live in New York City.

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Lakes, Laughs and Lots More (like Niagara Falls!) in Western New York

A rendering of the National Comedy Center, which will host its ribbon cutting weekend in August of 2018

Number of Participants: Maximum of six attendees – ground transportation, lodging, meals and activities provided
Start Point: September 14 at the Corning Museum of Glass
End Point: September 17 (afternoon) at the Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Transportation: Transportation provided from Corning Museum of Glass to Chautauqua-Allegheny region and to Buffalo Niagara International Airport; transportation to all activities on agenda from September 14 – 17. Transfers to Buffalo Niagara International Airport or Buffalo Amtrak Station also provided.
Note: This tour is wheelchair accessible for powered wheelchair use.

Description: Take a deep breath, spread your arms wide and embrace Chautauqua-Allegheny’s fresh air. From state parks to majestic lakes, the region is full of outdoor beauty. But there’s so much more; as its commitment to history and culture means many opportunities exist for exploring our storied past, while looking toward the future. Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown is home to both the Lucy-Desi Museum and the National Comedy Center, the first national-scale visitor experience and non-profit cultural institution dedicated to comedy, slated to open in August of 2018. To top it off, Lake Erie Wine Country is the oldest Concord grape growing region in the world, and the second largest grape producing region in the United States.

While in Chautauqua-Allegheny, rest your head at the Chautauqua Harbor Hotel, opening this summer as the newest gem in the Hart Harbor Hotel Collection; Holiday Valley, a family-friendly four-season resort featuring an 18-hole golf course, hiking and biking trails and more; and Clarion Hotel Dunkirk, situated on picturesque Lake Erie.

A stop at Niagara Falls will complete the trip.

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Family-Friendly Rochester

Family explores the Toy Hall of Fame at the Strong National Museum of Play

Number of Participants: Maximum of six – ground transportation, lodging, meals and activities provided
Start Point: September 14 at the Corning Museum of Glass
End Point: September 17(morning) at the Greater Rochester International Airport or Rochester Amtrak Station
Transportation: Transportation provided from Corning Museum of Glass to Rochester and to the Greater Rochester International Airport or Rochester Amtrak Station; transportation to all activities on agenda from September 14 – 17.

Description: When it comes to kids, Rochester rolls out the red carpet. Greater Rochester is the perfect place to create precious family memories with nearly 70 family-friendly experiences within one hour. From kid-friendly picturesque parks and scenic outdoor settings, to world-renowned museums and interactive exhibits, historic sites, theater, sporting events and more. On this tour you’ll have time to kid around at the Strong Museum of Play, voted as one of the “Top 10 Museums for Families in the U.S.” by USA Today readers, and Family Fun magazine named it the number one family-friendly museum in the country.

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Go North: Adirondacks and Capital Saratoga

The Spider’s Web at Wild Walk, part of The Wild Center in Tupper Lake

Number of Participants: Maximum of six attendees – ground transportation, lodging, meals and activities provided
Start Point: September 14 at the Corning Museum of Glass
End Point: September 19(morning) at Albany International Airport or train station
Transportation: Transportation provided from Corning Museum of Glass to Adirondacks and Capital Saratoga and to Albany International Airport or Albany Amtrak Station; transportation to all activities on agenda from September 14 – 19.
Note: This tour is wheelchair accessible and is geared towards international journalists.

Description: This trip will showcase new areas of New York State for the International traveler. Go beyond NYC to enjoy the varied and diverse experiences the state offers. Your tour starts with a stop at Destiny USA, an entertainment and shopping destination that is a favorite with international visitors. Enjoy lunch and free time before making your way to the start of your GoNorth adventure. From relaxing spas to outdoor enjoyment, the Go North adventure has something for everyone. Experience the Adirondacks and Capital Saratoga regions including stops in Tupper Lake, Lake Placid, the Adirondack Coast, Lake George and Saratoga Springs.

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Long Island – New York City’s Beachfront Backyard

Fire Island Lighthouse, Fire Island National Seashore

Number of Participants: Maximum of six attendees – ground transportation, lodging, meals and activities provided
Start Point: September 14 at the Corning Museum of Glass
Return: September 17 (afternoon) to New York City airports (JFK or LaGuardia)
Transportation: Transportation provided from Corning Museum of Glass to Long Island and to NYC airports; transportation to all activities on agenda from September 14 -17.
Note: Water based activities included, proper clothing advised.

Description: Explore pristine beaches, historical lighthouses, culinary delights, premier golf courses, Gatsby-era Gold Coast Mansions, and award-winning vineyards on Long Island – New York City’s Beachfront Backyard. There are many reasons to visit Long Island in 2018, from the 120-miles of pristine beaches that shape our coastline, to the rich farmland on the east end that contributes to our booming and award-winning wine country. To visit the greatest city in the world – New York City – and then within minutes be resting on a beach enjoying fresh oysters and local sparkling wine is the ultimate juxtaposition.

 

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Museums, Arts & Culture, and More in Rochester

Susan B. Anthony House

Number of Participants: Maximum of six – ground transportation, lodging, meals and activities provided
Start Point: September 14 at the Corning Museum of Glass
End Point: September 17(morning) at the Greater Rochester International Airport or train station
Transportation: Transportation provided from Corning Museum of Glass to Rochester and Greater Rochester International Airport or Rochester Amtrak Station; transportation to all activities on agenda from September 14 – 17.
Note: This tour is wheelchair accessible.

Description:  The third largest city in New York State, Rochester is located at the mouth of the Genesee River and was the first Erie Canal “boomtown.” It is the cultural capital of Upstate New York and one of the most arts-vibrant cities in the country. Experience the culture and the arts that thrive in this region, while enjoying the flavors of the Flower City. Sample some of the city’s unique specialties as you dig into Rochester’s culinary scene for wide-ranging, diverse ethnic tastes and many traditions in American fare.

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Scenic Places and Notable Faces in the Finger Lakes

Hot air balloon over Middle Falls in Letchworth State Park ©Jim Vallee

Number of Participants: Maximum of six attendees – ground transportation, lodging, meals and activities provided
Start Point: September 14 at the Corning Museum of Glass
End Point: September 18(afternoon) at Rochester International Airport or train station
Transportation: Transportation provided from Corning Museum of Glass to Finger Lakes attractions and to Rochester International Airport or Rochester Amtrak Station; transportation to all activities on agenda from September 14 – 18.
Note: Wear casual attire with comfortable shoes for walking.

Description: With eleven pristine lakes and one Great Lake, the Finger Lakes region has become synonymous with experiences that celebrate well-being for both body and soul. A great gorge canyon with three dramatic waterfalls, sand drumlins from centuries of lake-side erosion that tower high above a great lake and of course, the lakes themselves lend an element of sheer natural grandeur to this special part of New York State. Then there are the people and places that have shaped our region and our nation: the Native American culture that still offers inspiration; the Women’s Rights history that has helped to define our nation; our pride in being a place for Underground Railroad respite; the national figures who helped to shape law and entrepreneurs who have set themselves apart with iconic brands. All of this adds up to making a visit to the Finger Lakes area of New York State a memorable experience.  Oh, and we won’t forget to add in a good dose of our notable Finger Lakes Wine and Brew to spice things up.

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Sip your way across New York State

A pint of beer at Empire Brewery, part of the Syracuse beverage trail

Number of Participants: Maximum of six attendees – ground transportation, lodging, meals and activities provided
Start Point: September 14 at the Corning Museum of Glass
End Point: September 18(morning) at Syracuse Hancock International Airport or train station
Transportation: Transportation provided from Corning Museum of Glass to Ithaca, Central New York and to Syracuse Hancock International Airport or Syracuse Amtrak Station; transportation to all activities on agenda from September 14 – 18.
Note: This tour is wheelchair accessible.

Description: Experience the craft brewing renaissance in New York State as you sample local craft beer, hard cider, wine and spirits. This trip will begin in Ithaca, a foodie’s paradise that perfectly pairs delectable local cuisine with delicious craft beverages. But New York is more than libations. You’ll learn about the stories, traditions and tastes behind craft beer, hard cider, spirits and wine as you explore Brew Central, with a pit stop in Cooperstown, the former hops-growing capital of North America. Hear about Cooperstown’s rich history of beverage production as you sample grub, suds and spirits – including pop-culture inspired brews from Brewery Ommegang (Game of Thrones beer, anyone?). What pairs perfectly with beer? Baseball, of course. This trip includes a tour at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. Next you will head to Utica, home of the 130-year-old F.X. Matt Brewing Company. Your final stop will be tasting locally crafted beverages found on the Sip on Syracuse (SOS) Beverage Trail and experiencing the downtown revitalization happening in this hip city.

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Summer of Love in the Catskills and Hudson Valley

Music lovers gather in the Catskills for a nighttime concert

Number of Participants: Maximum of six attendees – ground transportation, lodging, meals and activities provided
Start Point: September 14 at the Corning Museum of Glass
End Point: September 17(morning.) at Grand Central Terminal in NYC, convenient to public transportation for NYC airports
Transportation: Transportation provided from Corning Museum of Glass to The Catskills, Hudson Valley, and Grand Central Terminal; transportation to all activities on agenda from September 14 – 17. We will arrange for transfers to the Westchester County Airport or Metro North train transportation to Grand Central to take the buses across the street to LaGuardia, JFK or Newark Airport.

Description: 2019 is the Summer of Love, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the iconic Woodstock Festival and the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, which sparked the modern LGBT movement worldwide. Experience some of New York State’s top tourism news for 2018 and 2019 in just four days and three nights.

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Up The Adventure in The Adirondacks and Thousand Islands

Boldt Castle in the Thousand Islands

Number of Participants: Maximum of six attendees – ground transportation, lodging, meals and activities provided
Start Point: September 14 at the Corning Museum of Glass
End Point: September 18 (afternoon) at Syracuse Hancock International Airport
Transportation: Transportation provided from Corning Museum of Glass to the Adirondacks, Thousand Islands and Syracuse Hancock International Airport; transportation to all activities on agenda from September 14 – 18. Transfer to Syracuse Hancock International Airport or Syracuse Amtrak Train Station also provided.
Note: This is an adventure based tour. Hiking shoes and comfortable clothing (that can get wet) are recommended.

Description: Travel to New York’s North Country for outdoor adventures in the Thousand Islands and Adirondacks. This five-day, four-night experience will include, fishing, hiking and paddling, as well as sightseeing and the chance to sample local foods.

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