This weekend was spent at the 10th anniversary New York Times Travel Show with GoNomad’s editor Max Hartshorne. Held at the Jacob Javits Center, you’d think the venue would be big enough but every year the event draws bigger crowds.
All the usual travel celebrities from Arthur and his daughter Arthur Frommer to Seth Krugel, Andrew McCarthy and Patricia Schultz were there holding seminars and signing books. Exhibitors from Thailand, Tahiti, Macau, Malaysia, Okinawa, Botswana, Korea, Croatia, Greece, Iceland, every country worth visiting, had booths with public relation specialists offering discounts and travel guides.
The Hudson Valley was especially visible and for good reason. It was just named one of the top 20 places to see in 2013 by National Geographic magazine.
Delaware, Greene, Sullivan and Ulster counties, all the favorites were encouraging exploration of, all things, touring Catskills farms! Farms are a burgeoning food and wine destination with many catering to more than animal raising but also botanicals, honey bees, maple syrup, alpacas, even distilling products.
Because of the popularity of craft beers and new breweries, hop cultivation is in supply and demand. At last count, New York had slightly over 100 operating breweries with several more slated to open in 2013 including Troy’s second Brown’s Brewing Co. in Hudson, NY. Many thanks to Governor Cuomo for passing the Small Brewers Bill last August helping make the process easier for micro and nano-brewers.
“Pure Catskills” is the ultimate guide to farm fresh products, markets, stores, restaurants, b&b’s, events and of course, farms. Check out the website for a PDF download of the magazine.