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Monday, October 26, 2015

Women Encouraged to Propose to Beaus at Upstate NY Bed and Breakfast as part of Irish Tradition

Caldwell House, located about 1.5 hours south of the Capital District, not far off of I-87, has a pretty interesting promotion as part of Irish tradition...

LISTEN UP, LADIES: Drop to One Knee for a Leap Year Proposal, Get Engaged, and Get a Free Night's Stay
Get your ring ready, this coming February 29th a woman can propose to her sweetheart and get a free night's stay at the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast in a nod to the inn's Irish heritage and Leap Year Day

SALISBURY MILLS, NY /October 26, 2015 _ Every four years, Irish tradition has it that a woman can propose to a man. With Leap Day fast approaching on February 29, 2016, the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast in Salisbury Mills, New York, is honoring its Irish roots and helping women pop the question -- the inn is even offering to help.

According to Irish legend, St. Bridget made a deal with St. Patrick to allow women to propose as a way to introduce balance to the traditional gender roles, in the same way Leap Year Day balances the calendar.
"This is such a special holiday and it only comes around once every four years," said Dena Finneran, who co-owns the award-winning country inn with her husband John. "It's important that we help our guests mark this Irish tradition with some incredible memories."

While Irish folklore has it that a woman may propose to a man, the inn is embracing a more modern approach where a woman may propose to whomever she loves, regardless of gender. It's rumored, that if the proposal is rejected the man (usually) has to pay a fine. At Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast the inn believes its Irish abode will bring forth a “Luck of the Irish"  'yes.'

Leap Years are important because they keep our modern day Gregorian calendar in alignment with the Earth's revolutions around the Sun. It takes the earth slightly more than the allotted 365 days to circle the Sun, so every four years we get an extra day to reset that order and claim extraneous time so that we don't lose it. It’s also our country’s Presidential Election year.

The "Take a Luck of the Irish Leap" package includes:
  • 1-night stay at the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast plus an additional FREE night on Mondayif the woman proposes
  • A bottle of wine or champagne from one of our local Shawangunk wineries and a box of chocolates
  • Complimentary three course gourmet breakfasts
  • Complimentary parking
  • Free WiFi at the inn so you can share your post-engaged glow on social media
Package starts at $245 (plus tax); price varies depending on room selection.
If the couple wishes to marry where they got engaged, the inn can help with that too. The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast has its own chapel backdrop on its manicured grounds -- as a well as Great Room for weddings, vow renewals, and engagement parties, among other festivities. The large fields on the property offer beautiful sites for an outdoor, tented wedding, too.

For additional information or larger groups contact the Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast at 1-845-496-2954 or visit

About Caldwell House
The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is a multi-award winning member of the prestigious Select Registry and Diamond Collection groups of Inns. Located in the heart of the Hudson Valley– just 60 minutes from NYC by car or train and close to the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Storm King Arts Center, Brotherhood Winery (and many of the Shawangunk Wine Trail Wineries), and the Woodbury Premium Outlet Mall. Some of the Hudson Valley’s most beautiful hiking/biking trails are within walking or easy driving distance. Built in 1802, this historic inn is full of many original features, antiques and original paintings, as well as modern amenities. Each guest room includes its own private full bath (several with Jacuzzi tub for two), smart TVs with Netflix/Hulu, free Wi-Fi Internet access, individual room temperature controls, iPads and more.

The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is located at 25 Orrs Mills Road, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. To make a reservation call 1-800-210-5565 or visit Also at:

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Guided International Grocery Store Tour in Albany October 24

This, I think, will definitely be worth the $30.

Guided International Grocery Store Tour

On Saturday, October 24th, 2015 from 10:00 – 4:00 PMthe International Center of the Capital Region (ICCR), in collaboration with the Central Business Improvement District, and “foodie” and YELP Ambassador Daniel Berman, will be sponsoring a fabulous guided bus tour of area international markets including: Rolf’s Pork Store, Breakthrough West African Market, Tay Vietnamese Market, Chester’s Smokehouse, and Parivar Spices and Food.
Get an in-depth insider's look at what’s available in some of these very unique grocery stores while sampling their wares and meeting their owners along the way.
Call ICCR at (518) 708-7608 for more details or to make a reservation.  Cost is $25 for ICCR Members and $30 for Not-Yet Members.

Albany Craft Beverage Trail Launches October 3 in Albany

Albany craft beverage producers will come together to highlight the area’s best in craft beer, wine, cider and spirits

ALBANY, N.Y.  – Four Downtown Albany craft beverage producers – C. H. Evans Brewing, Nine Pin Cider Works, the Albany Distilling Company, and Druthers – are launching the Albany Craft Beverage Trail (ACBT) with their inaugural event, Drink Albany, set for Saturday, Oct. 3 in Quackenbush Square.

Drink Albany will take place at Quackenbush Square and parts of the Montgomery Street parking lot near the Albany Pump Station. The event will open its doors at 1 p.m., with a special VIP happy hour beginning at noon in the stunning courtyard of the Albany County Convention and Visitors Bureau. In addition to the four Albany-based producers, Altamont Vineyard & Winery will be on hand to serve wine.

The event will feature live music from Mirk, North and South Dakotas, Dylan Perillo Orchestra, Brett Sears, and Morris Code. Beer, cider, wine, and spirits made from each producer will be offered to guests. In addition, a great selection of food trucks and other local vendors will be present.


A general admission ticket includes an Albany Craft Beverage Trail signature glass, along with the opportunity to drink from all of Drink Albany’s participating craft beverage producers. VIP tickets treat guests to specialty beverages from each producer for an hour before general admission begins. Beverages will also be available for purchase by the glass. Advance tickets start at $10 for general admission, $25 for VIP, before increasing on the day-of the event.

All members of the trail are based out of Albany County, and four of them have made their home in Albany’s warehouse district. The ACBT’s mission is to promote the facilities of craft and farm based producers in the County of Albany, New York as a unified tourist destination, including representing, protecting and promoting the common business and regulatory interests of its Members and their role as part of the fabric of Albany and to promote tourism in the region.

For tickets, sponsorships, and vendor information, visit Social media includes, where the latest updates will continue to be posted.

Friday, September 25, 2015

China Town Hall Slated in Colonie

CHINA TOWN HALL: Local Connections, National Reflections
"Doing Business in China: Supporting American Entrepreneurs and their Chinese Counterparts"

On Monday, October 5th from 6 to 8 PM, please join the International Center of the Capital Region, the Town of Colonie Planning and Economic Development Department and the National Committee on U.S. - China Relations for an evening devoted to promoting  "Doing Business in China: Supporting American Entrepreneurs and their Chinese Counterparts."

The event will take place at the Meeting House at The Crossings of Colonie, 580 Albany-Shaker Road, Loudonville, NY 12211.

From 6 to 7 PM, a round-table discussion will take place providing practical advise on promoting international trade/business/interaction with China. The panel will include experts from government, academia and the business community. NYS Assemblyman John T. McDonald, NYS Assembly will serve as the Panel Moderator.

From 7 to 8 PM, the program will feature a live webcast panel discussion from Washington, DC on Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United States with Robert Rubin, Secretary of the Treasury under President Bill Clinton; Sheldon Day, Mayor, Thomasville, Alabama; Daniel Rosen, Founding Partner, Rhodium Group; and Stephen Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.- China Relations. 

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Plenty of parking will be available. For more information, please call the International Center at (518) 708-7608.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pumpkin Spice Adirondacks

A friend forwarded me this email which described Pumpkin Spice Adirondacks, immediately saying "Just Kidding!" afterward.

This is obviously making fun of the fall pumpkin obsession. The whole email/link was pretty amusing so I thought I'd share.

(Meanwhile, I did just take my first "fall-ish" hike up in the Adirondacks this past weekend. Not quite Pumpkin Spice, yet)


Just kidding!
All the flavor of the Adirondacks with no additives, preservatives, or artificial sweeteners.

Oh, so cheesy.

Apple cider: a bit more full-bodied than pumpkin spice.

Luxury hiking?

Caves, rocks, and disc golf?

By land? Nope, by sea!

Here a chick, there a warbler, everywhere a finch-finch.

Kick back and watch the world...

Ready to bike the flats? We've got them!

A contest for every region: Win some fun!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

American Walking 21,000 Miles, Showing Human Migration Around World

Paul Salopek, is walking 21,000 miles to show the path that man/woman took from Africa to eventually South America. A veteran journalist, he's chronicling his journey along the way.

You can read more by the BBC here.

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Free Empire State Plaza Tours Mark Site's 50th Anniversary

Capitol Tours Continue Through the Summer

New York State Office of General Services Commissioner RoAnn M. Destito announced a new free tour that focuses on the history and design of the Empire State Plaza. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the corner stone laying for the Plaza in June 1965. The 30-minute tours start at 11:15 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.Mondaythrough Friday, excluding holidays, through September 4, and no registration is required. The tours start at the Empire State Plaza’s new visitor center and gift shop, located at the north end of the concourse level.
The tours feature highlights of the world-class, 98-acre complex where state government, unique architecture, and modern art share the same space. Visitors will tour the concourse, The Egg Center for the Performing Arts, and outside on the plaza’s main platform where the Capitol, Robert Abrams Building for Law and Justice, Cultural Education Center, Corning Tower, several memorials, agency buildings, and Legislative Office Building are located. Those taking the tour will also learn about the Empire State Plaza Art Collection, which is known as the largest publicly owned modern art collection in the country.
The tours are timed so that visitors can join a walking tour of the state Capitol just before or after they have explored the plaza. People are also encouraged to see the Empire State Plaza at 50 exhibit currently on view at the New York State Museum.

(And, while you're out, make a tour trifecta with a stop at the State Capitol and Corning Tower)

Free Capitol Tours Summer Schedule
OGS will continue to offer tours of the Capitol this summer. Traditional Capitol tours are offered Monday throughFriday at 10 a.m.noon2 p.m., and 3 p.m. There are no public tours on Saturdays, Sundays, or holidays. All tours begin at the base of the Senate staircase on the Capitol’s first floor and last approximately 45 minutes to an hour.
Reservations are required for groups of 10 or more and can be made online at or by calling(518) 474-2418. In addition, visitors may download a self-guided audio tour to use while visiting the state Capitol.
A special tour of the Capitol titled “A Flag for the Ages, Abraham Lincoln and the New York State Capitol” is also being offered the first Thursday of each month from July through September. The hour-long tour starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Capitol’s State Street lobby. Space is limited, so people are encouraged to register in advance online at or by calling (518) 473-7582.
Visitors to the Capitol will be required to pass through metal detectors and have any bags scanned through an x-ray machine. Personal belongings such as backpacks and large bags should not be brought on the tour. Sharp objects, such as pocket knives and nail clippers will not be allowed into the building.
For more information, call the Plaza Visitor Center at (518) 474-2418, email, or visit