Whitewater Challengers' certified guides steer paddlers as young as 5 across the skipping surf of the Poconos’ Lehigh River Gorge, the Black River Canyon, and the Adirondacks’ Hudson, Moose, and Salmon rivers. In the rafting industry since 1975, the guides have collectively traveled more than 16 million miles of rapids. They chart courses that satisfy a range of experience levels, from beginning jaunts down gentle rapids to advanced battles through coursing foam and wicked currents.
The crew’s ultimate goal is to make rafting a fun adventure, which means that they take care of the business end, providing all safety equipment, transportation to launch points, and lessons for novices. When not on the water, the outdoors-loving crew also organizes mountain-biking and camping trips in New York, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.
The Catskills B & B cradles guests in a historic 1898 Victorian home surrounded by the majesty of the northwest Catskill Mountains and an inviting community of art galleries, antique shops, and golf courses. In each of the 17 fully restored rooms, guests can cozy up to pieces of antique furniture and private bath accommodations. During the warmer months, early risers admire sleepy-eyed sunrises from the tranquil wildflower garden before taking advantage of a complimentary breakfast that includes pastries, waffles, fresh fruit, and herbal teas. With the third option of today's deal, vegetarian lunch and dinner meals continue to keep stomach furnaces well stoked with house-made soups, house-baked bread, and gourmet vegetarian recipes from throughout the world. Tension and vestigial dorsal fins are kept at by with a 60-minute kneading from a certified massage therapist, allowing guests to peacefully embark on ski and snowboard adventures at nearby mountains or covert birding missions on adjacent hiking trails.
Colossal train engines once pulled hefty freight along the O&W Railway's main line. Today, where the rails lines formerly cut through glistening tree canopies, a 2-mile unpaved trail splices through six rural hamlets, just 90 miles from New York City. It's along this rails-to-trails path that Woodridge Segway Tours whisks its adventurers through beautiful mountain views, clean country air, and the sounds of fresh water trickling. With safety helmets securely atop their heads, tour takers steer the two-wheeled segway transporters with intuitive gestures: leaning forward to go ahead, leaning backward to reverse, and pulling on their ears to make the segways sing.
During the Parade of Homes, guests throw open the doors of 15 purpose-built show homes scattered around greater Albany. Builders show off domiciles ranging from townhouses to stately mansions built in styles including french country, victorian, and farmhouse. On Friday evenings, Chefs on Parade fills the model kitchens with the bustle of working chefs, as representatives from local restaurants, including Carmine’s Brazilian Grill and Mouzon House, dole out free samples and compete to be crowned best in show based on their mastery of presentation, taste, and how well they can arrange ingredients into smiley faces.
New York City has plenty of ghost stories carved right into its concrete bones, and the guides at Ghosts of New York want to share them all. They offer 14 different year-round tours, ranging from tracing the steps of historic figures such as George Washington, to searching out the film locations where movies spirits came to un-life. They even lead phantom pub crawls in the East and West Village, touring establishments where customers have spotted the horrifying specters of empty pint glasses.
Established in 1791, the Albany Institute of History & Art has been chronicling artistic expression longer than the Louvre, the Smithsonian, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Visitors acquaint themselves with an eternally revolving set of exhibits, including Hajo: An Artist’s Journey, which documents Hans-Joachim Richard Christoph's work in package design incorporating the bold, stylized graphics of the Berlin school of graphic design. Visitors can sidle up to one of the permanent exhibitions, such as the panoramic landscape art of The Landscape that Defined America: The Hudson River School or the ornamentally preserved remains of Ancient Egypt, an exhibit that spotlights the Nile, the Egyptian concept of afterlife, and ways to reposition a mummy into a hip-hop mummy.