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FEB 2017

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2 1 HUNTER AND THE CATSKILLS About 50 miles south of Albany, the town of Hunter lies in the beautiful Catskill Mountains. A weekend trip to this area offers groups a combination of great outdoor fun, exciting food and resort relaxation. A convenient base for the weekend is the Kaatskill Mountain Club, a resort and spa that focuses on natural experiences. From May through October, a highlight of the trip will be the Hunter Mountain Skyride the Kaatskill Flyer, a chairlift that takes riders up 3,200 feet above sea level to take in the beauty of the Catskills from above. Groups have plenty of other options in the area as well. Active and adventurous travelers can opt for a treetop adventure on a zip- line tour of Hunter Mountain, or they can go horseback riding on the trails at Bear Creek Landing. For a more laid-back experience, Hunter Mountain Brewery offers food and locally made pilsners, lagers and pale ale. W W W.G RE ATN O R TH E RN CAT S KILL S.C O M GREENPORT AND LONG ISLAND Many people know Long Island as a Manhattan suburb, but there's much more to this area than just bedroom communities. Long Island's farmland is known as some of the most fertile in the country, and groups that take the time to visit the smaller com- munities on the island will discover a peace and charm that's a great antidote to the stress of the big city. The North Fork of Long Island is known for its vineyards, and the Long Island Wine Council coordinates Friday evening events at vineyards such as Bedell Cellars and Sannino Bella Vita. The next day, spend time strolling scenic Greenport, a beach village with a small historic district, a public marina, farm-to-table restaurants and frequent live music. The final day, take a ferry to Shelter Island, where the Mashomack Nature Preserve offers miles of coastline and forest trails. Groups can also enjoy shopping at many of the small boutiques and antique shops in the villages of the North Fork. W W W.D IS C OV E RLO N G IS L A N D.C O M Courtesy Courtesy Discover Long Island 2 1

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