Windmill Farm and Craft Market
Penn Yan, New York
Located in the “heart of it all” and situated on 44 tree-lined acres, The Windmill Farm and Craft Market is nestled in the rolling hills of Upstate New York, south of Penn Yan, north of Watkins Glen and bordered by Keuka and Seneca Lakes. It began more than 30 years ago with one man’s dream, a bulldozer, volunteers, a barn raising and the selling of hot dogs. Today, the Windmill is growing stronger than ever.
The Windmill is home to more than 175 shops that are filled with handcrafted items too numerous to count. You will discover great food, tasty treats, fresh produce, flowers, furniture, fashion, hands-on activities and more. Their staff recommends groups allow two to three hours at The Windmill, but a whole day can easily be spent leisurely shopping, watching crafters create, enjoying live entertainment and just having fun with family and friends.
The Windmill offers many on-site dining options ranging from full restaurants to snack options. With six wineries, a brewery and a distillery, the Windmill is a one-stop destination for tastings. It is easy to understand why they are in high demand for large and small group tours, which are always welcome. The Windmill welcomes limos, small buses and large motorcoaches. There is ample
parking for multiple motorcoaches and the facility can accommodate several thousand people at a time. Reservations for group tours are not required, but The Windmill would like to preregister group tours so they can be welcomed with a step-on guide and receive exclusive incentives (available to registered groups only). Phone (315) 536-3032 to make a reservation.
To keep up to date with events, celebrations, demonstrations or special guests, visit the Windmill Farm and Craft Market’s Facebook page or their Web site at thewindmill.com. The Windmill is open every Saturday from the end of April to the middle of December, as well as Memorial Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day and the Fourth of July, and is a pet-friendly, family fun destination in the country. The Windmill, “Better than you remember, more than you can imagine.
Delaware & Ulster Railroad
A trip aboard the Rip Van Winkle Flyer on the Delaware & Ulster Railroad is a trip back to the Golden Age of Passenger Trains. A Classic Streamliner, it evokes an era of travel when great care went into the dining car operations of our nation’s railroads. For many, our Rip Van Winkle Flyer is the crowning jewel of a Catskill Mountains visit. Traveling aboard our Classic Streamliner, you will enjoy some of the finest Dining Car selections in the country, all while enjoying the magnificent Catskills landscape. Your 2 1/2-hour excursion provides a delightful luncheon and a memorable ride aboard the Rip Van Winkle Flyer. As the seasons change, your trip features continually evolving scenery and glimpses of assorted wildlife including birds, beavers, deer and other native animals as you travel along the East Branch of the Delaware River. On many trips Bald Eagles or Great Blue Herons can be seen soaring or fishing in the lake and rivers along the railroad.
We offer a wide selection of dining options for our passengers, including our signature three-course luncheon as well as other informal meal choices or brunch. Menu options change with the season and the time of day. All meals are served in our dining cars that are fully climatized for the season. Many of our passengers choose to ride in our Vista-Dome – the “Grand Hotel” – offer a near 360-degree view of the passing scenery. We take considerable pride in operating the Rip Van Winkle Flyer for an enhanced passenger experience – complete with crisp tablecloths and fresh flowers on every table. Our staff is committed to delivering a memorable trip for every guest.
In addition to the Rip Van Winkle Flyer, we offer traditional excursions with open air cars and coaches. We also operate a steam locomotive during our Spring and September weekends, along with our popular Train Robbery Barbeques on the railroad.
Rolling from early spring to late autumn, the Rip Van Winkle Flyer can be booked for group trips and charters from May to November. The Delaware & Ulster Railroad is located just three hours north of New York City via the New York State Thruway. Our station and other facilities are fully accessible with ample parking for motor coaches, buses and automobiles.
For more information or reservations visit durr.org or call 845 – 586 – 2929
Jim Dykes – New York City Tours
Longtime New York step-on guide Jim Dykes says NYC has the option of many “Specialty” themed tours: Jim’s Rich & Famous tour, Greenwich Village Tour, Harlem History, World Trade Center 9/11, Immigrant-theme tours, TV & Movie location tours and more.
When Dykes brings people to the World Trade Center, he tells groups about his memories of the Twin Towers, for example taking 2 groups to the top on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2001. “I lost friends there… I didn’t know the attorneys and stockbrokers who died but I knew the ticket-takers, the elevator operators and the restaurant people such as my friends Christina, Jay, Robert and Gloria. My stories are first-hand and personal.”
Jim Dykes says “I’ve been doing step-on and specialty tours since way back when New York was considered dirty and dangerous. I love the history of modern New York because I lived thru much of it. Many NYC tourguides today with flashy websites don’t have my experience and don’t know the history of New York because they weren’t born yet. Also many guides bore groups to death with extreme political comments about Repubicans and Democrats, etc. I avoid politics and speak about Trump as one of the unique characters who helped to shape modern New York.”
Dykes’ says his most popular Specialty Tour is the Rich & Famous, seeing where the celebs live and the crazy prices they pay, including all the Trump buildings. “I remember when Trump Tower was built on the site of Bonwit-Teller, my Grandma’s favorite department store. I met Donald Trump when we were both guests on Joan Rivers’ local talk show. Joan nicknamed me ‘New York’s Celebrity Tourguide’. We always had fun talking and gossiping about the celebrities’ insane apartment prices! After she died, Joan’s 3-floor apartment sold for $30 million!”
Dykes did a Specialty Rich & Famous Tour about the late Jackie Kennedy Onassis. “A lawyer contacted me after seeing my website (www.JimDykesNYC.com) and said his wife was turning 40 and was obsessed with Jackie O. He wanted to know if I could do a specialty tour for her and her birthday party guests. So I chartered a special bus and took the group all over town! We visited Jackie’s childhood home on Park Avenue, we went by her church and schools and all over town. I took the entire group into the Grand Ballroom of the Waldorf-Astoria where Jackie was crowned Debutante of the Year in 1948.”
Dykes says that Jackie’s 15-room penthouse at 1040 Fifth Avenue where she died is still a favorite to drive by and is a real lesson in NYC real estate. “When she bought the apartment in the limestone tower in 1964, she paid $286,000. After she died there in 1994, her kids sold it for $9.7 million. Recently, the penthouse sold again for $32million! The huge price increase wasn’t necessarily because it was Jackie’s place, it was because that’s how much a 15-room penthouse on Central Park goes for these days.”
Bradford House Museum
Bus tour groups traveling through southwestern Pennsylvania will want to schedule a stop in this historic city, site of the famous Whiskey Rebellion – one of the first tests of America’s new democratic government.
In 1794, David Bradford, a successful local attorney and the Deputy Attorney General for Washington County, led frontier farmers in protest of the high federal whiskey excise tax in what would become known as the Whiskey Rebellion. In response, President George Washington sent General “Light Horse Harry” Lee, along with 13,000 troops, to quell the insurrection. To continue reading
Jim Dykes, Licensed New York City Tour Guide
“Many people forget that New York City was the new nation’s First Capital. In fact, George Washington was sworn in as president on this very spot on April 30, 1789,” says New York City step-on guide Jim Dykes during a tour for a group of adults and (mostly Latino) students from Florida. “We were all around New York City and the kids were surprised at how much history is in New York. One young woman said she had no idea New York was so full of history from the Revolutionary War.” To continue reading Click here.
Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad
Romney, West Virginia
Located in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, you will find Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. Operating since 1991, Potomac Eagle features a collection that includes 1920s open-window coaches, open-sided observation car, open-top gondola observation car, and two lounge cars: Chessie Club and Eagle Cañon.
Your journey begins at Wappocomo Station, about 1 ½ miles north of Romney, the oldest town in West Virginia. It is situated next to a charming homestead with a sprawling view of the mountains. Enjoy the sounds of vintage diesels as they lead you through beautiful pastures and farms dating back to the 1700s. To continue reading click here.
Presque Isle Downs and Casino
The “in” place for excitement and the thrill of live gaming action can be found at Eldorado Resorts Presque Isle Downs and Casino in Erie, Pennsylvania. Gaming options include craps, blackjack, roulette, Let It Ride, Pai Gow poker, Spanish 21, three card poker, Texas Hold ‘Em, Mississippi Stud, mini-baccarat and live poker action. If slots are your game, you have come to the right place. They offer everything from penny to $100 games and everything in between including the latest progressives. To continue reading click here.