Memorial Day Weekend: A trip to NYC

by: Kelly Leighton

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I spent most of Memorial Day weekend in New York City for a wedding, and while the wedding was an absolute blast, so was the rest of the weekend. I am so used to staying in one particular area of NYC, it was nice to be able to explore a different one.

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We stayed at the New York Marriott Downtown, which is right near the The National September 11 Memorial Museum. I thought I’d share some of my favorite things in the financial district of New York.

Activities

I’ve run in Central Park multiple times and love it, so I was disappointed to see we were about seven miles from there. However, we were only about two blocks from the path along the Hudson River, and I think I may have a new favorite. It was absolutely beautiful running along the river, and the path stretched for miles and miles. There were tons of other runners and cyclists out, but there was plenty of room for everyone. I turned around after I hit six miles,so that I’d be able to go around Battery Park without running 180 miles,  but the path did keep going. I easily got in 15 miles without even thinking about my route.

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After dinner on Saturday, we walked the High Line, “an elevated freight rail line transformed into a public park on Manhattan’s West Side.” The High Line offers different art exhibits throughout the year. While we were there, we saw Panorama, “an open-air exhibition that takes inspiration from the High Line as an urban park cutting straight through the city, creating new vistas and vantage points onto the surrounding natural and man-made landscapes.” It was really neat to see all the old railroads turn into something new.

Eating

We ate at Dos Caminos one night, and if you like Mexican food, this is a great place to go. The margaritas were delicious, and the atmosphere at the place was great. The food was also very good, we were all pleased with our meals.

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For lunch one day, Tim and I stopped by L’asso. We are a super awesome couple who doesn’t eat gluten (imagine how fun we are at parties), so finding somewhere to eat can sometimes be difficult. However, L’asso has a decent-sized gluten-free menu. I ordered pizza, and Tim had blueberry pancakes, and both were incredible. We were totally blown away by how good both were. We also enjoyed some bloody marys (Tim) and margaritas (me, I guess I was on a kick this weekend.), which were reasonably priced.

Celebrating

In the off chance you are looking for a wedding venue in Brooklyn, the Liberty Warehouse was beautiful. The patio overlooked the river, and you could see the Statue of Liberty from there. It was stunning to stand out there and watch the sun set. The inside is also beautiful, and the staff and food were excellent.

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It was a great Memorial Day weekend!

What are your favorite places to visit in the city?

NEW: Sweet Arrow Wine Trail

by: Sara Bozich

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Just announced today, the Sweet Arrow Wine Trail comes to the Hershey Harrisburg area.

A “petite trail” of three wineries — Cassel Vineyards, Spring Gate Vineyard and newbie (set to open this weekend!) CrossWinds Winery –all within a 5-10 minute country road drive of each other.

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Starting Sunday, June 7, enjoy your Sundays at these three relaxed, family friendly wineries.

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Each week, enjoy live music, food and other specials from 12-6 p.m.

Weekly Schedule:

Monthly Special Events (more found online):

June 7 – Inaugural T-shirt

One-Day Only:  Pick up a ticket and get it stamped at each winery on the trail to get a free t-shirt.  It must be turned in on the 7th.

Categories: Harrisburg, Hershey, Wine

Giveaway: Cigars For Good Charity Auction June 5

by: Sara Bozich

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Calling all cigar lovers!

Cigars for Good is a local charity organized by two brothers, JJ and Michael Williams, who created the program as a way to turn their love of cigars into both social activity and social engagement.

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C4G hosts an annual “Smoke Here Weekend,” which features a golf tournament and auction fundraiser. The proceeds benefit three small nonprofits that aid children and families in need: Lantern Hill, which is based in Ensenada, Mexico, and of which JJ is executive director; Hope in Haiti, which is based in Harrisburg and organizes volunteer mission trips to Haiti; and Vinny’s Kids, which supports local kids who are hospitalized and which was founded by Vinny Cherry, Judge Cherry’s son.

This year’s Smoke Here Weekend runs June 5-6 and begins with the Charity Auction, held at Harrisburg Beer N Cigars. Your $25 donation nets your an evening of food, drink and two (2) cigars. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the auction begins at 7 p.m.

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Saturday’s event is the Fairways Fore Kids Golf Scramble at Deer Valley Golf Course. Here, your $80 donation gets you a round of golf, cat, cigars, snack, food, drinks, raffle ticket, plus a buffet dinner after the round. Shotgun start at 1:30 p.m.

This week, we’re giving away four (4) tickets to Cigars for Good Auction ($100 value)

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Brew News – May 2015 Edition

by: Tierney Pomone

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Happy Friday friends, and Happy Memorial Day Weekend. Enjoy a few spring beers outside and enjoy your three-day weekend in style. Need something to talk about with your friends? How about the latest beer news? There’s a lot of local awesomeness happening and we’re all still feeling the spirit of Harrisburg Beer Week.

Molly Pitcher Gets New Tanks

Molly Pitcher New Tanks

Exciting news for fans of Molly Pitcher Brewing in Carlisle: their new tanks are here! That right, the long-awaited full-sized brew house has arrived at Molly Pitcher Brewing upping their production to a 7 barrel system. With the new brewing equipment in house and ready to roll they’ve already announced that they are able to expand their hours with the addition of Fridays 3-10 p.m. and Saturdays 12-10 p.m. In a few weeks they hope to be able to start selling growler fills again as well. So. Much. Awesome. for our friends at Molly Pitcher Brewing Company. Congrats guys!

Snitz Creek Becomes Official Brewery of Hollywood Casino

More big news for another local brewery. Snitz Creek has announced that they are now the official brewery of the Hollywood Casinos. Sara covered this extensively over at PennLive, and you can get the full details there. Be sure to vote for your favorite of their brews out at Hollywood Casino and join them on June 6 for the special race and winning beer announcement. Cheers to more great local beer news.

Dogfish Head’s Rehoboth Brewpub is Denied Expansion Zoning Variance

If you’ve ever visited Dogfish Head’s Rehoboth brewpub, you can definitely vouch for its awesomeness, but also the fact that it’s kind of small. Try getting in there on a Saturday night in summer, and you’re more than likely SOL, or super squished. Even in the off-season that place gets pretty packed. So what’s Dogfish Head to do? Try to expand of course. Except nope, not going to happen, as their zoning variance was rejected. Their intent was to tear down their current 8,000 sq ft spot and up it to a 9,000 sq ft spot which is double what the current zoning allows along with structural improvements and an updated redesign. They thought they had it on lock as they current already have a variance. They plan to appeal the ruling, so we’ll see what happens as time goes by.

Victory Brewing Summer Love Cans are HERE

Victory Brewing Summer Love Cans

Just in time for a long weekend of outside activities, grilling, and the unofficial kick-off to summer, Victory’s summer seasonal, Summer Love, has arrived in cans. Summer Love is an easy-drinking lightly hopped American Blonde Ale that captures the essence of summer perfectly. You’ll get an earthy smell with light floral hop flavors balanced by German malts that’s sessionable at 5.2%. Go forth and find your summer love.

Ed. note: **THIS JUST IN** Victory Summer Love cans to be featured at the June 3 BOOZE CRUISE. Get tix now!

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