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Spring Getaways 2019: Visit High Falls Gorge, Howe Caverns and More

CRL offers up some fun, easy spring getaways in the region.

High Falls Gorge
4761 NYS Route 86, Wilmington
518.946.2278; highfallsgorge.com
If you are planning a trip to the Adirondacks this spring, be sure to set aside time to experience the mighty High Falls Gorge waterfalls when they are at their peak! Just a short drive from Lake Placid, NY and one mile from Whiteface Ski Resort, High Falls Gorge makes a memorable half day trip. Our ½ mile walk along the gorge is the perfect family adventure taking you along the impressive AuSable River to view four remarkable waterfalls: Rainbow Falls, Climax Falls, Mini Falls, and the Main Falls. Due to runoff from melted snow, the spring-time is ideal for viewing our four immense waterfalls at their strongest. High Falls Gorge is a destination that is barely off the beaten path yet feels like another world. Explore our groomed paths, steel bridges, and walkways with glass floors that bring visitors down into the gorge and provide safe access to plunging waterfalls as the river flows through the Adirondack cliffs. The rushing water of the falls and towering trees deliver you to a place of wonder. Pause on the bridges that span the water or perch on a viewing platform and look through the plexiglass at the water below. Kids love the mining activity and Gordy the bear, our helpful mascot. The River View Café is great for a hot lunch and cold beverage, from craft beer to local wines. Stop into the gift shop before you leave! High Falls Gorge provides the Adirondacks’ most breathtaking 30-minute walk accessible by all ages.

Shawangunk Wine Trail
845.256.8456; gunkswine.com
The Shawangunk Wine Trail’s 15 unique wineries continue the tradition of fine wine-making established by the early French Huguenot settlers who brought their winemaking expertise to the area over 300 years ago. Our wineries feature a variety of award-winning wines, including red, white, rosé and sparkling; full-bodied and dry; fruity semi-dry; and sweet dessert wines. The Hudson Valley Wine Tasting Passport is the perfect choice for local and regional wine enthusiasts to taste the finest award-winning wines, produced right here in the Hudson Valley! Simply present your passport to your server at each winery to receive one regular wine tasting at each of the 15 member wineries through August 31, 2019. Wake up those taste buds and get ready for the Hudson Valley’s yummiest wine and food tasting event, “Wines & Bites!” coming May 18 and 19 on the Shawangunk Wine Trail! Each of the 15 member wineries has selected a scrumptious food bite of either cheese, meat, salad, pasta, or dessert paired with their wine tastings. Receive a souvenir wine glass at the starting winery of your choice and continue on a self-guided tour of the SWT at your own pace throughout the weekend. For more information about the Shawangunk Wine Trail, our members, and upcoming events visit us online at gunkswine.com. Follow @GunksWine on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa
22 North Road, Milton
845.795.1310; buttermilkfallsinn.com
Buttermilk Falls’ extraordinary 75 acre Hudson River Valley estate offers a remarkable selection of lodgings, a farm-to-table restaurant, an organic kitchen garden and orchard, a world-class spa, gardens, trails and an animal sanctuary. Numerous Hudson Valley attractions are close by. Join us for the day, for an evening, for a weekend or a week-long retreat or for your very special event. Buttermilk Inn’s 1764 Main House includes ten beautifully appointed rooms. Our luxury lodgings also include eight unique private cottages and guesthouses. Buttermilk’s eco-friendly spa offers a menu of special treatments, a geo-thermally heated sauna, steam room, and indoor pool. Spa lunches are available for poolside dining, as well! Henry’s at the Farm, our on-site jewel of a restaurant, tucked away on the estate, is perfectly in tune with the surrounding Hudson Valley orchard and wine country. Fresh produce, eggs, and honey make their way from our own Millstone Farm, and neighboring farms, to Henry’s inspired kitchen, and to your table. Buttermilk Weddings and Meetings staff and services offer indoor and outdoor reception and conference sites – some with Hudson River vistas – suited to your very special needs. Millstone Farm is our very own burgeoning work-in-progress, just across the Swan Pond from Henry’s restaurant. Diners, along with the inn’s guests are welcome to stroll through the orchards, the Kitchen Garden and visit the Livestock Barn and the Aviary House. Millstone Farm makes your stay with us memorable and, in every sense of the word, an organic experience!

Howe Caverns/ Howe Glassworks
255 Discovery Drive, Howes Cave
518.296.8900; howecaverns.com
There is no better way to spend your April break than at Howe Caverns where you can experience the cool cave with a guided underground tour and boat ride followed by heating things back up in their new glassblowing studio! Howe Caverns is the largest show cave in the Northeast U.S. and the second most visited natural attraction in New York. The site is located in Schoharie County, on a beautiful mountainside with spectacular views overlooking the Helderberg Plateau and is conveniently located off Interstate 88 approximately 45 minutes from Albany. The cave tours are open all year with seasonal days and hours. Visitors are welcome daily 10 am to 3 pm from Friday, April 12 through Sunday, April 28 during April Break. A new adventure at Howe Caverns, Howe Glassworks Glassblowing Studio, is proud to offer workshops that will create unforgettable and personal hands-on experiences for their guests. Master Gaffer, Dorian Ordoyne, will use her expertise and knowledge to bring this amazing art to the region offering a variety of workshops and classes to give their guests the opportunity to create gorgeous bowls, vases, ornaments for all occasions, paperweights and the popular Ashes to Art memorials for beloved family and pets. Studio guests will work privately and one-on-one with an instructor to select a workshop. Guests will then be guided through a step-by-step process to bring their piece to life. No experience is necessary, and all skill levels are welcome so get inspired and make your reservations today!

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