How To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in New York

In New York City, everything seems a little louder and a little bigger. St. Patrick’s Day in New York is no exception. This Irish holiday is a big deal in a city that once welcomed so many immigrants from across the ocean. All across town (and the state) there are ways to celebrate. If you live near the Big Apple or you’re planning a trip for mid-March, read on for our best tips for enjoying the day in your LaGuardia Airport car rental.

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First, keep your transportation needs in mind. We don’t just mean requesting a green LaGuardia Airport car rental (though you’re certainly free to try)! Once you decide which events for St. Patrick’s Day in New York you’d like to attend, be mindful of traffic issues in your LaGuardia Airport car rental—especially if you want to see a parade. We’d still recommend renting a vehicle as it is the most cost effective and safest way to get around (look up New York and LaGuardia Airport car rental company reviews for your best options). However, depending on what you decide, you may want to park farther away from the event and use public transportation for the last mile. And if you decide to partake in the green beer, just leave your LaGuardia Airport rental car at the hotel.

Here are some suggestions for enjoying St. Patrick’s Day in New York:

The New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade – March 17

This is one of the best family-friendly events in the city, and it kicks off on March 17 at 11 AM. The parade starts at 44th Street, marching up Fifth Avenue past St. Patrick’s Day Cathedral at 50th Street all the way to 79th Street. It will wrap up between 4:30 and 5 PM at the American Irish Historical Society at East 80th Street. If you’d like to attend part of the parade, you can always plan your route around the other activities you’d like to do that day. After all, it’s a five hour event and covers a lot of ground.

DAYBREAKERR NYC: Leprechauns, Bling & Rainbows – March 16

Looking for a healthy way to kick off the holiday? This event kicks off at 6 AM on March 16. Hit the dance floor to get in a good workout, sip some green juice and grab a refreshing Cold Brew coffee. The talented DJs and early bird crowd will give you the energy boost you need to survive the chaos of St. Patrick’s Day.

Leprechaun Viewing, Nitehawk Cinema, Williamsburg – March 17

Remember this old movie starring Jennifer Aniston before her Friends days? This St. Patrick’s Day in New York Nitehawk Cinema will host a 9:30 pm showing of Leprechaun. This is one event where having a LaGuardia Airport car rental will come in handy.

St. Patrick’s Day at the Merchant’s House Museum – March 17

Why not celebrate the holiday by learning more about its historical relevance in New York? The city’s only preserved 19th century home is offering tours of its fourth floor servants’ quarters, which have been carefully restored and repainted in their original colors. Learn about the daily successes and struggles of the Irish immigrant staff in the mid-19th century.

If you’re still around on March 18, don’t miss the candlelight haunted house tour. The tour uncovers the mysteries of some bizarre occurrences that took place in the servants’ quarters.

Enjoy an authentic Irish Meal

New York City and its surrounding areas are home to some of the best Irish restaurants in the country. If you’re craving some bangers and mash or other Irish delights, here are a few suggestions for where to head:

  • Brendan’s Bar & Grill, 42 West 35th Street – Brendan’s offers delicious Irish food and beautiful architecture. Try the Shepherd’s Pie, which comes topped with mashed potatoes.
  • McHale’s Bar & Grill, 251 West 51st Street – This charming Irish bar serves Irish style curly fries and and irresistible chicken pot pie. They’ll be slammed on St. Patrick’s Day itself, so come early or prepare to wait awhile.
  • O’Donoghue’s Pub and Restaurant, 156 West 44th Street – This authentic Irish pub takes reservations, so you won’t have to wait for your pint and your Guinness Beef Stew.
  • Langan’s Bar & Restaurant, 150 West 47th Street – This is the spot to go for late night dining, so stop by for some sliders after your pub crawl. If you come for dinner, note that they’ll have a special St. Patrick’s Day menu full of traditional favorites.
  • Rosie O’Grady’s, 800 7th Avenue – From the traditional fish and chips to the Seafood Shepherd’s Pie, their menu is packed with delicious options.

We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day in New York!

St. Patrick’s Day in New York is a busy time! Make sure to reserve your LaGuardia Airport car rental early to avoid disappointment.

10 New York Restaurants Every Visitor (and Local) Must Try

When you’re planning your visit to The Big Apple, there’s a lot to consider. Mid-afternoon flight or red eye? Which car rental midtown Manhattan deal? Hotel or AirBnb? But one thing is always certain: you’re coming to New York, in part, to eat some of the best food on Earth. The culinary scene in New York City is in a league of its own.

If your budget allows, a fine dining experience or two while you’re in the city would certainly be worth the expense. Some of the nation’s top chefs have restaurants here, and the standards for food quality, presentation and service are set very high. You can even go all out and indulge in a New York luxury car rental to give yourself a true VIP experience. You may as well treat yourself on vacation, right?

Choosing restaurants in New York City can be a very daunting task, especially if you’ve never been and aren’t familiar with the neighborhoods or exotic cuisine. For the most part, only the strongest survive here, so you really can’t go wrong. However, these 10 spots seem to stand out and have excellent reputations as well. If you’re struggling to find the perfect place to eat, give a few of these a try on your next trip.

Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch

Russ & Daughters Cafe

Located on the Lower East Side, this renowned lox emporium has repeatedly been named one of New York’s 10 Best Restaurants by numerous local publications. They serve plenty of traditional New York staples like their Lox, Eggs & Onion breakfast and Matzo Ball Soup, plus a plethora of platters and sweet and savory entrees. More importantly, save room for their scrumptious Babka Ice Cream Sandwich.

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Lupulo

Lupulo serves traditional and contemporary Portuguese dishes in a relaxed, comfortable environment. Lunch is served Monday-Friday and brunch is only served on the weekends, so plan accordingly. You’ll find Lupulo on the northwest corner of 29th Street and 6th Avenue in Chelsea. Try the French Style Rolled Omelet or some Portuguese Toast.

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Good

No, really, it’s called Good! This West Village restaurant has stood the test of time and is a local favorite. They offer a $27 “Get it All” special that comes with an entree like an egg dish or pancakes, a side, and a brunch cocktail, so you’ll get the chance to try a variety of menu items at a reasonable price.

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Feast

Head to the East Village and feast at Feast, where $29 gets you a delicious cocktail, fresh-squeezed orange juice or bottomless coffee, three starters and a main course. Needless to say, this is one brunch that will keep you full until dinner.

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Casual Dinner

Rubirosa

Located on Mulberry Street in the heart of Little Italy, Rubirosa is a great option for anyone craving a classic red sauce Italian meal. Their handmade pasta and pizza menu averages around $15-$25, so it’s possible to get a very affordable dinner here.

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Momofuku Noodle Bar

Craving ramen or affordable raw food? Momofuku is the spot for you. You’ll find this contemporary casual restaurant in the East Village.

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Di Fara Pizza

It wouldn’t be a New York trip without some pizza, right? This Brooklyn restaurant is worth the drive, offering painstakingly crafted Neapolitan pies that are considered some of the city’s best. And that’s saying a lot.

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Fine Dining

Betony

With a menu full of modern American cuisine, attentive service and a well-respected chef, Betony is a must for anyone passing through in their car rental midtown Manhattan.

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Gramercy Tavern

Grab a drink in the casual tavern before heading to dinner in the fancier dining room. From appetizers to desserts, this farm to table hot spot has some amazing options. Come hungry—the splurge will be well worth it.

Definitely park your car rental midtown Manhattan at the hotel for this one. You’ll want to experience their amazing drinks menu.

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The Grand Tier Restaurant

Going to a show? Looking to go all out? The Grand Tier Restaurant on the Upper East Side will not disappoint. Not only is it beautiful, dinner menu includes impressive items like Jerusalem Artichoke Soup, Slow Cooked Salmon and Pappardelle with Lamb Ragu. The Grand Tier is located at Lincoln Center and includes a special pre-theater dinner menu for those looking for a quicker experience.

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Before you plan your culinary tour, remember, New York is always crowded with hungry diners. Make reservations whenever you can, find out where the best parking spots are, and always have a plan B.

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Bon apetit!

Spend Spring Break At A New York Lake

It’s hard to believe it, especially with the intense East Coast winter we’ve had, but the first day of spring is in a few short weeks. If you’re planning to spend any time in New York this season, consider spending some of that time at one of our state’s beautiful lakes. From gorgeous nearby resort towns to the simple beauty of the still water, each major lake holds a special kind of appeal. Besides, with your car rental New York or NYC 12 passenger van rental, it will be easy to get away.

The best part of any road trip to the lake is figuring out the best car rental New York situation will be right for you. Depending on the size of your party and how long of a drive you’ll have, you’ll need either a car rental New York or NYC 12 passenger van rental. Good mileage and luxury features are nice, but when it comes to a road trip, remember that comfort is key.

But which New York lake is right for you? We happen to think these are some of the best options for a spring getaway in your NYC 12 passenger van rental:

Heart Lake

If you’re more into beautiful campgrounds than luxury hotels, Heart Lake is the place for you. The Adirondack Mountain Club’s Wilderness Campground offers a variety of camping opportunities, but it’s equipped with showers and bathrooms. Spring and fall are both beautiful times to explore this area.

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Lake Erie

Lake Erie is the fourth largest of the Great Lakes, with territory in three states (and Canada). Explore the beautiful lakeshore, enjoy the views from the Buffalo area, then cross the border and spend some time in the charming little town of Erie, Pennsylvania.

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Forked Lake

This is one of New York’s busiest lakes for a reason. It’s located in the popular Adirondack Park, which features an impressive 80 campgrounds. This is a crowded spot in the summertime, but if you enjoy the camping, boating, and relaxing by the water, take your car rental New York in the spring to avoid the rush.

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Oneida Lake

This is the largest lake that the state of New York can claim entirely as its own. It’s an amazing place to visit in your NYC 12 passenger van rental. In addition to fishing, boating, and water sports, you’ll find some delicious dining options and fun attractions. If you’ll have children with you (or you’re a child at heart), check out the Sylvan Beach Amusement Park. It’s over 100 years old and still one of the most popular attractions in the area.

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Owasco Lake

Looking to get an early start on your outdoor activities? Owasco Lake is the place for you. Not only is this lake 11 miles long, but it’s one of the warmest lakes in the region. If you stay in the nearby city of Auburn you’ll find historic buildings and attractions. American heroes Harriet Tubman and William H. Seward lived in Auburn, which is called “History’s Hometown.”

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Big Moose Lake

This is one area that’s enjoyable to visit in any season. Big Moose Lake is a popular place for water activities, but there are also numerous hiking trails in the area. If you go, stay at the Big Moose Inn and enjoy a beautiful lake view room and onsite dining.

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Skaneateles Lake

Spring is usually too early for a swim. But if pristine water matters to you, head to Skaneateles lake, the only one of the Finger Lakes that isn’t connected to the Erie Canal System. The water is gorgeous and so is the area. Moreover make sure to stay in downtown Skaneateles, a quaint area with a few hotel options and plenty of good restaurants.

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Lake Placid

Lake Placid has become quite the tourist destination over the years. But a large amount of the tourism happens during the winter because of the ice climbing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and snowmobiling in the area. If you take a Lake Placid vacation in the spring, you just might catch it after the winter crowds before the summer rush.

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Seneca Lake

The largest and deepest of the Finger Lakes also happens to be the one with the best wineries. If you go, make sure to enjoy the Seneca Lake Wine Trail. The trail hosts several spring events, like the Spring Wine & Cheese Weekend April 22-24. Though, you’ll want to park your car rental New York for this tour!

When you’re not tasting vino, take in the views of the beautiful water.

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Bid Cabin Fever Goodbye: Four Beautiful Weekend Getaways from New York City

It’s officially late winter (thank goodness!), and across the country, cabin fever is in full swing. The worst of the winter weather seems to be over, but spring still seems so far away. That being said, you’re probably getting restless and ready for a little trip, especially if you didn’t do any holiday traveling. We suggest booking a late winter weekend getaway and a New York luxury car rental while all the off-season prices are still in effect.

If you book within the next month, you’ll find that there are still plenty of deals to be had. Look up New York luxury car rental specials for the most affordable deal on renting a vehicle for your getaway. You may even score a deal on a New York luxury car rental, which would make your trip even better.

Need some ideas for beautiful, fun, relaxing and affordable destinations? Each of these four  spots is a fairly short drive from the city and offers all of those things and more.

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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Delaware’s most visited city is crowded in the summer, but you’ll find late winter much more welcoming for the cheaper hotel rates and fewer people. The charming boardwalk, white sandy beaches, and amazing sunsets make it a classic spot.

Strolling the beach and boardwalk is free, and it’s also highly recommended. Rehoboth Beach’s boardwalk was voted one of America’s “10 Great Coastal Beach Boardwalks” by Coastal Living magazine. The boardwalk is a backdrop for events and festivals throughout the year, so you never know what you might see.

The Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center has rooms available for as little as $88 per night. Though, you can stay at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel for $150 and be right in the heart of the action. Don’t miss the delicious and affordable seafood served at the Big Fish Grill! Here, the Big Seafood of the Day served with clams, scallops, and mussels over linguine in a homemade lobster sauce costs just $19.95.

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Georgetown, Maine

If charming little lobster shacks and an island-studded shoreline are more your style, make the six hour drive from New York City to Georgetown for a relaxing weekend away. You can charter a boat to Seguin Island Lighthouse for $30 per person, or explore the beautiful Reid State Park.

Right now the gorgeous four-star Captain Daniel Stone Inn is available for just $123 online. This includes a complimentary breakfast and a host of amenities such as WiFi and an onsite hot tub. Furthermore, there’s also a hotel restaurant, so if you don’t want to leave your bed, you can order room service.

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Alexandria, Virginia

The four hour drive from New York to Alexandria is very pleasant. However, you’ll be even more charmed once you arrive. Between the beautifully preserved historic district of boutiques and restaurants to George Washington’s plantation in Mount Vernon, you may not want leave – even to make the short drive to see Washington, DC!

Even in the off season, Alexandria is a popular place to visit, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find deals on hotels. The Westin Alexandria, a four star hotel, is priced as low as $102. Moreover, you can stay at the Sheraton Suites in Old Town Alexandria for $98. Equally important, is the food. Sweet Fire Donna’s BBQ will fill your belly with warm Southern cooking for around $13, and the Balkan Grill is a little Mediterranean spot with delicious food at low prices.

Don’t pass up the chance to have a coffee and pastries at Grounded Coffee Shop, which is the perfect place to curl up with a good book and a hot beverage on a cold, rainy day.

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Montauk, New York

While it seems nearly every New Yorker visits Montauk in the summer, you’ll find it an especially pleasant place in late February and early March. The cold weather keeps the crowds away, but the beaches and hot spots are just as stunning. Enjoy the Montauk Point Lighthouse, Hither Hills State Park, and the shops on Gosman’s Dock. During this season you can avoid feeling rushed by your fellow harried travelers.

Imagine staying right on the beach in Montauk for under $200 per night. In the off-season, it’s possible! Right now the comfortable, pleasant Born Free Suites by the Sea are renting for a mere $140 per night. Better yet, most come equipped with kitchenettes so you can cook your meals on the spot. But if you prefer to go out, the Clam and Chowder House at Salivars Dock serves $6 bowls of homemade clam chowder and entrees in the $20 range. They also have a covered outdoor bar so you can enjoy the view in any season.

Enjoy your trip!

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10 Romantic Staycation Ideas For Valentine’s Day Weekend In New York City

10 Ideas For Valentine's Day Weekend In New York City

Why go on a romantic getaway when you can find plenty of passion and charm right here in the city, or close to it? Valentine’s Day is upon us once again, and for many New Yorkers, this year it happens to fall on a three day weekend (Presidents’ Day is on Monday). What a perfect excuse to embark on a little getaway…or better yet, a staycation.

A staycation allows you to explore your own city as if you were tourists. It’s a great way to experience a nice hotel or bed and breakfast you’d never normally stay in, try some new restaurants and bars, and enjoy a sense of relaxation only a getaway can give you. We suggest renting a luxury car to help the experience feel authentic. Besides, it’s more romantic to drive a posh new Mercedes than it is to cruise down the road in your dusty sedan. Look up New York Mercedes for rent and see what kind of deals you can find.

Here are some suggested spots for a romantic staycation experience:

Hotels

  1. The Plaza, Midtown East, Manhattan

Manhattan’s most iconic hotel is a perfect pick for a romantic getaway, especially if you live in Long Island or New Jersey and can’t typically justify getting a hotel room in the city. Who wouldn’t want to stay at this notorious hot spot? A 24-hour concierge, 24-hour room service and a 24-hour hallways butler ensure you’ll have what you need at every hour. And the gorgeous 8,000 square foot spa will make your experience complete.

  1. The Pierre – A Taj Hotel, Upper East Side, Manhattan

A romantic luxury hotel overlooking Central Park? Yes, please! This hotel is stunning, and if you request it, they’ll pack you and your sweetheart a picnic for the park, complete with champagne.

  1. The Waldorf Astoria, Midtown East, Manhattan

The decor and ambiance of this classic hotel sets the scene for an Old New York romantic weekend. This hotel is a popular place for proposals and weddings, and you might see one of both during your staycation. They also have one of the best spas in the city.

  1. Crosby Street Hotel, SoHo, Manhattan

This quiet hotel is tucked away in a charming little neighborhood full of fun shops, restaurants and galleries to explore. This is the hotel of choice for trendy, sophisticated couples.

  1. Castle Hotel & Spa, Hudson Valley

Need an actual escape from the city itself? Drive your New York Luxury Car Rental to the Castle Hotel & Spa. It’s just a 45 minute drive from the heart of Manhattan, but you’ll feel as if you’ve entered another world. You won’t have to leave the property all weekend if you don’t want to—there’s a fine dining restaurant with theme rooms, several places to get a good cocktail, and a spa with an assortment of available massages.

Restaurants

Your staycation isn’t complete without enjoying a little fine dining with your other half, preferably at a place you’ve never been before. New York is no stranger to romantic restaurants, boasting some of the hottest spots in the country. If you can get a reservation at one of these places, you’re lucky indeed.

  • Kat & Theo, Flatiron District

This spot serves Mediterranean-American food in a beautiful setting. The intimate booths and soft lighting make it a perfect place for a romantic meal.

2) August, Upper East Side

August in February? Indeed—from braised short ribs to outstanding seafood dishes, you’ll find something for everyone here.

3) Black Mountain Wine House, Brooklyn

You’ll feel like you’ve stepped out of the city and into a rustic retreat when you enter, and nothing is more romantic than cozying up to your date by the fireplace. Black Mountain offers small plates to share and an incredible wine list.

4) One if By Land, Two if By Sea, Greenwich Village

Unless you made a reservation months ago, you may be out of luck for enjoying dinner here this weekend—this is one of the most romantic restaurants in the city. But if you can make it, the Three Course Jazz Brunch will be just as delightful.

5) The Water Club, on the East River

There’s something romantic about waterfront dining, especially with a view of the skyline and the Brooklyn Bridge. Luckily, the menu here doesn’t disappoint, either.

Romantic things to do

Don’t forget to add a few romantic activities into your weekend!

  • Take a carriage ride through Central Park…
  • …or just enjoy a romantic park stroll.
  • Take in the views from the Top of the Rock.
  • Visit the Butterfly Conservatory at the American Museum of Natural History.
  • Take the Staten Island Ferry and enjoy views of the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan skyline.
  • Window shop (or buy!) at Tiffany & Co.
  • Have a drink at The Bourgeois Pig (it’s sexier than it sounds).
  • Enjoy dessert at ChikaLicious Dessert Bar. They serve it in courses!

 

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

 

See Natural Wonders in Car Rentals New York

Sometimes the best part of a New York vacation happens when you take a break from the city and see what else the state has to offer. Once you get past the skyscrapers, you’ll find that the state of New York is full of breathtaking natural wonders. The next time you’re planning a trip to the Empire State, book a car rentals New York so you can easily explore these beautiful spots.

Here are a few of the many natural wonders of New York:

Howe Caverns

Howe Caverns has been a loved spot in New York since 1842 when the first tour was given. Today you’ll find numerous options for exploring the amazing caves, from traditional tours to overnight packages at the Howe Caverns Motel. This is the largest show cave in the Northeast, and it’s absolutely worth the drive in your car rentals New York. You can even celebrate your birthday or get married there!

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Chittenango Falls State Park

The picturesque 167-foot waterfall is this park’s main attraction. It’s open all year round, so you can see it in any season. Make a day of it and park the car rental New York to go hiking, fishing, and picnicking with your family.

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Niagara Falls

This may be a very popular and well-known attraction, but Niagara Falls is still absolutely worth the trip. If you’re staying in the city, plan on spending several days away, because it’s about a seven hour drive from Manhattan. You can enjoy the state park in any season. Get up close and personal by taking the Maid of the Mist boat tour, which has been around since the 1800s. Just make sure you take your passports and paperwork if you plan to cross the Canadian border!

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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Thousand Islands

Thousand Islands isn’t just a name. There are over 1,800 islands to explore in this group found between the border of New York and Canada. Between the boat tours, historic sites, and fine dining, you’ll want to spend a few days here. Treat yourself to a car rentals New York and stay at one of the island resorts.

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The Adirondacks

The Adirondacks are such a huge attraction, it’s divided into regions. In fact, in its entirety, it is larger than Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, and the Grand Canyon combined. There are an incredible number of sights to see here, from the Adirondack Mountains to the waterfalls and the Bald Mountain Fire Tower. Visiting is a once in a lifetime experience, but hopefully you’ll get to experience it much more than that.

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Herkimer Diamond Mines

Talk about scoring a memorable souvenir! Herkimer Diamond Mines are known for diamonds that have points at both ends, and if you go, you’ll have a chance to find some of your own. Even if you don’t do any mining, walking around to explore is a fun way to spend a day.

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Letchworth State Park

The Grand Canyon of the East is located in upstate New York, and is truly something to behold. The Genesee River runs through the gorge over three main waterfalls. Not to mention the lush, serene forests that surround it! There’s something for everyone here: hikes of all sizes, horseback riding, and biking. Winter activities include snow activities like tubing, snowmobiling, and cross country skiing. Camping facilities are also available.

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Lake George

Though you may want to save this trip for the summer, there’s never a bad time to visit Lake George. You’ll find parasailing, boating, fishing, and swimming at the lake itself. Additionally, enjoying a picnic at the banks is always a pleasant way to spend a day. If you do decide to go during winter, you’ll be surprised by all the village offers. Shopping, recreation, dining, and winter festivals make it a destination worth exploring.

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Chimney Bluffs on Lake Ontario

The Chimney Bluffs are located on the shores of Lake Ontario in upstate New York, about 50 miles east of Rochester. The large clay rock formations were formed as a result of glaciers during the last ice age. They have been naturally shaped by wind, snow, and rain ever since. Lake Ontario, which the state of New York shares with Canada, is something to behold in every season.

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Enjoy February Festivals in New York Car Rental

There’s no doubt about it: this is a cold time of year for New Yorkers. Luckily, the Empire State knows how to celebrate each season, and winter is no exception. If you’re going to visit during the month of February, make sure you take the time to check out some of New York’s finest festivals. First, look up New York car rental company reviews to make sure you’ll be renting a vehicle from the company that best suits your needs. Then, map out your path and head to some of the February festivals in New York.

NYC Restaurant Week

New York Restaurant Week, NYC

January 18 to February 5
Technically this is an event and not a festival… but with some of the top restaurants in the city offering three course meals for $38, it’s something you won’t want to miss if you’re in town. With those prices, you can afford to splurge on a New York car rental and other (or a few!) February festivals in New York!

Winter Carnival at Bryant Park, NYC

Winter Carnival at Bryant Park, NYC

February 5 and 6, 12 PM – 10 PM
Bundle up and head to Bryant Park for their second annual Winter Carnival. In addition to musical performances, dancing, curling lessons, and synchronized skating, you’ll enjoy a variety of activities that are fun for the whole family. If you get cold, sip cocoa or step into the Warming Lodge. This is one of the free February festivals in New York, and is sponsored by Bank of America.

Cooperstown Winter Carnival

Cooperstown Winter Carnival

February 5, 6, and 7
The Cooperstown Winter Carnival provides a nice mid-winter respite for residents and visitors, alike. This is one of the February festivals in New York that has something for everyone: ice skating, musical performances, film screenings, even candlelit ghost tours. This is the perfect way to celebrate the season with the locals.

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Mardi Gras at Duane Park, NYC

February 5
Experience a little bit of New Orleans without leaving New York City! See performances by a Ripley’s Believe it or Not Magician, take in a burlesque show by Amber Bray, and dine on French Quarter inspired delicacies. Tickets are $55 or $65 depending on the experience you’d like to have.

Syracuse Winterfest at Finger Lakes

Syracuse Winterfest at Finger Lakes

February 11 to February 21
Syracuse takes its winters seriously. Since its 1985 beginnings, this festival has grown from a small gathering of locals to a 10-day affair. With events and contests happening daily, even attending the festival for one day is worth it. But, if you can make it at the beginning, participate in the Treasure Hunt. Whoever finds the small plastic medallion hidden somewhere in Onondaga County wins $1,000!

Central Park Ice Festival, NYC

Central Park Ice Festival, NYC

February 13, 3 PM – 7 PM
Want a unique way to spend Valentine’s Day weekend? Take your loved ones to the Central Park Ice Festival, a free event with professional ice-carving artists. After the sun goes down, the Mall becomes a vibrant disco with live DJs to help you dance the evening away.

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, NYC

Chinese Lunar New Year Parade and Festival, NYC

February 14, 1 PM
Head to Chinatown on Valentine’s Day and welcome the Year of the Monkey. This festival kicks off at 1 pm with a parade that winds its way through the main streets of Chinatown and Little Italy. The street vendors, food, and festivities make it a fun pick for all ages.

Fire & Ice Festival, Tupper Lake, Adirondacks

Fire & Ice Festival, Tupper Lake, Adirondacks

February 20 and 21
This fun, lively festival is full of non-stop activities. Enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides, ski races, a winter golf tournament, live music, and fireworks, among other things. This all while being surrounded by breathtaking natural beauty.

Long Island Winterfest - Live on the Vine

Long Island Winterfest – Live on the Vine

February 20 to March 20, Saturdays and Sundays
This six week mid-winter music festival is held in Long Island’s unique vineyard tasting rooms, hotels, and other venues on the East End. With 30 beautiful venues hosting a total of 90 events, this is one of the February festivals in New York that is worth exploring every possible weekend. Long Island Winterfest has a positive cultural tourism impact during what is normally an off season. So if you take your New York car rental here, you’ll be helping to stimulate the local business economy.

BAMKids Film Festival, NYC

BAMKids Film Festival, NYC

February 27 and 28
If you’re bringing little ones on your NYC vacation next month, you won’t want to miss this film festival. With two days of movies and entertainment created with younger audiences in mind, your kids will definitely enjoy it. Don’t miss the entertainment in the BAMcafe, like magic shows, animation activities, comic book making, and more.

Enjoy all the February festivals in New York! Reserve your New York car rental from Action today to beat the late winter rush.

Take a Drive to One of New York’s Finest Small Towns

Just because you fly into LaGuardia or JFK Airport doesn’t mean you have to spend your entire New York vacation in the city—in fact, after a few days amidst the chaos, you might be ready for a little escape. Luckily there is an abundance of charming small towns located just a few hours outside NYC and easy to get to in your Manhattan luxury car rental. While all of them have their appeal, we happen to think these 10 are especially charming.

But first things first: find the best Manhattan luxury car rental for your trip. If you’ll be driving any great distance or exploring our state, make sure your rental car gets good gas mileage. Look up New York car rental specials to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

Once you’re behind the wheel of your temporary vehicle, pay one of these lovely small towns a visit:

Cold Spring

Come to this town ready to fall in love with it. Not only do the residents have the reputation of being extremely nice, but there are plenty of options for eating, shopping and checking out views of the Hudson River. The 53 mile drive from Manhattan to Cold Spring is worth making.

coldspring New York City

Cooperstown

Cooperstown is best known for having the National Baseball Hall of Fame, which makes the 195 mile drive from New York City worth it for any baseball fan. But the art museums, distillery and quiet main streets make it especially charming.

Cooperstown New York City

Greenport

Need to smell some salty air on your next New York vacation? Drive about two hours up Long Island until you hit Greenport. Their wineries are beautiful, their restaurants serve fish fresh from the Peconic Bay and their downtown area is adorable. Greenport also has plenty of old-fashioned inns and Bed and Breakfasts to choose from, adding to its charm.

Greenport New York City

Westfield

Located on Lake Erie about 150 miles north of Manhattan, Westfield’s motto is “Life simplified.” And it’s hard not to feel relaxed walking through their quiet downtown streets…but if you need a little help relaxing, just head to one of their wineries. If you have to drive your rental car and can’t indulge in any wine, have some Concord grape juice…Westfield is a large producer of it.

Westfield New York City

Skaneateles

Skaneateles is a four hour drive from New York City, so plan accordingly if you decide to make the journey. If gorgeous lake views, shops, galleries and a picturesque downtown are things you’d enjoy, you’ll love Skaneateles.

Skaneateles New York City

Canandaigua

There’s something for everyone in Canandaigua, which is a 320 mile drive from the Big Apple—boating at Canandaigua Lake, relaxing at Kershaw Beach, the festivals that never seem to end. But what makes this town so charming is the beautiful Sonnenberg Mansion and Gardens, a Victorian mansion that rests on 50 acres of gardens.

Canandaigua New York City

Cazenovia

Budget Traveler named Cazenovia one of the “coolest small towns in America,” and it’s not hard to see why. Between the architecture and the friendly, welcoming people, paying this town a visit feels like stepping back in time. Plus, despite being small, Cazenovia has plenty of good places to eat.

Cazenovia New York City

Aurora

Aurora is a 150 mile drive in your Manhattan luxury car rental. As such, it’s the Big Apple’s complete opposite in many ways. Less than 1,000 people call Aurora home, so it’s where you should go if you need to get away from it all. Aurora sits right on the shores of Cayuga Lake, so you can enjoy plenty of peaceful views.

Aurora New York City

Saratoga Springs

The name of this town alone is pretty charming. Saratoga Springs is 180 miles north of Manhattan, and the sign that welcomes you to town says “Health, History, Horses.” The relaxing and healing properties of the mineral springs have earned it the nickname “The Spa City.” Take a soak in the mineral bath or watch horse races at the Saratoga Race Course.

Saratoga Springs New York City

Tarrytown

Located just 25 miles from Manhattan, Tarrytown sits on the eastern shores of the Hudson River. Do yourself a favor and drive through it in the fall—the foliage is something to be seen. Tarrytown borders the legendary Sleepy Hollow, made famous by Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.” You most likely will not see any headless horsemen, but you will find the Tarrytown Music Hall and Pierson Park.

Manhattan, Tarrytown New York City

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The Best Hidden Gems in NYC

When you think of the booming city of New York, “hidden” is probably one of the last words that comes to mind. Between the always bustling Times Square, the vibrant Hell’s Kitchen area and all the other major neighborhoods, the City That Never Sleeps lives up to its name. But nestled in between the neon signs and the dazzling lights are a ton of hidden gems in NYC missed by most tourists. These are the things we recommend seeing in your car rental Manhattan.

Before you venture out for your next NYC getaway, look up car rental Manhattan so you don’t have to waste time and money trying to flag down cabs or figure out subway routes. Then head to some of these hidden gems in NYC and make your vacation even better.

Part of the Berlin Wall at 520 Madison Avenue

It’s true—part of the Berlin Wall found a home in Manhattan. Five slabs of the wall are displayed in a small plaza on Madison Avenue. One side is decorated by two German artists, while the other is blank.

Part of the Berlin Wall at 520 Madison Avenue

The Garden of Stones, 36 Battery Place

The Garden of Stones is part of the Museum of Jewish Heritage. It is free and open to the public, though it must be accessed through the museum. The garden is full of plants planted in stoned by Holocaust survivors and their families.

The Garden of Stones, 36 Battery Place

The United Nations Meditation Room, 777 44th Street

Complete silence, in New York? It’s possible—in fact, it’s required at the U.N.’s meditation room. The room is open to the public, but you are required to pass all the security checks associated with entering.

The United Nations Meditation Room, 777 44th Street

The Old City Hall Subway Stop

This stop closed in 1945 due to its low traffic and inability to be modernized. Tours are still available, and if you can find one, it’s worth exploring. Otherwise, you can catch a glimpse of it as the 6 train passes the last stop and loops around.

The Old City Hall Subway Stop

Bristol Basin, East 25th Street

The small outcropping of land near Manhattan’s 25th street was made out of landfill from the English city of Bristol during World War II. A small part of Manhattan was actually made in England!

Bristol Basin, East 25th Street

The Garden at St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street

The church itself was built in 1821 and has a lot of history. Due to its location, it can be a loud, busy spot. But walking through the narrow gate into the gardens is like putting in a pair of earplugs. The chaos of the city fades to quiet thanks to the trees, bushes, vines, and brick walls that shut out the noise. It’s so peaceful that you’ll want to make sure to find a long-term spot for your car rental Manhattan to enjoy as much time as possible.

The Garden at St. Luke in the Fields, 487 Hudson Street

The Burns Archive, 140 East 38th Street

The walls of Dr. Stanley Burns’ brownstone home are covered with photographs depicting anatomical oddities, historic events, social movements, and medical procedures. And he only displays a fraction of his collection. Unfortunately it’s not open to the public, but you can view the photos by appointment in the name of research.

The Burns Archive, 140 East 38th Street

First Street Garden, 48 East 1st Street

This vacant land became a local garden in the 1980s. The garden is owned and maintained exclusively by its neighbors. The stunning murals on the walls make it a great place to visit.

First Street Garden, 48 East 1st Street

The Piers in Red Hook, Brooklyn

A trip to Red Hook’s piers may take some time, but the rewards will be worth it. Stroll along cobblestone streets that were once the site of a Dutch shipping center and catch rare views of downtown Manhattan, the Statue of Liberty, and the sunset over New York Harbor.

The Piers in Red Hook, Brooklyn

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Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street

Located just a few minutes away from Washington Square, the Merchant’s House Museum will give you an idea of how a mid-19th century middle-class New York family lived. The Merchant’s House is the only home from the 1830s to survive intact. It’s also rumored to be the most haunted house in Manhattan. Definitely one of the hidden gems in NYC you won’t want to miss!

Merchant’s House Museum, 29 East 4th Street

Wave Hill, West 249th Street, Bronx

See stunning views of the New Jersey Palisades and explore the beautiful flower garden at this 28-acre public garden and cultural center in Riverdale. This used to be the private home of some pretty famous residents, including Mark Twain.

Wave Hill, West 249th Street, Bronx

79th Street Boat Basin

Located off Riverside Park, the Boat Basin is the perfect way to enjoy New York City’s waterfront with special views of the Hudson River. Take a picnic or enjoy a meal at the Boat Basin Cafe, a casual restaurant with a great view.

79th Street Boat Basin

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10 Must-See New York Travel Destinations in 2016

What are your travel resolutions for 2016? With over 50 million people visiting New York City annually, it’s safe to say that the Empire City will be on many travel to-do lists this year. There’s a lot to love about New York that tourists are aware of: Broadway shows, skyscrapers, Rockefeller Center, fine dining and all the rich history the big city offers. But there are also plenty of cities and towns that seem to be missing from most Top 10 lists. Why not see some of them in your New York luxury car rental?

New York is much more than Manhattan. If you’ll be traveling to New York in the coming year, make sure to take some time to explore one of the many nearby points of interest. Here are 10 of our favorite nearby destinations we recommend checking out in 2016:

Shelter Island

Often called the “un-Hamptons,” this subdued family-friendly island offers the same pristine beaches and delicious seafood without the crowds of the Hamptons. Take a two hour drive in your New York luxury car rental, enjoy a short ferry ride, and relax at the beach. Don’t miss the Mashomack Preserve or the historic Sylvestor Manor.

North Fork

This highly underrated getaway is located in Northville, about an 82 mile drive from Manhattan. If you enjoy wine tasting, you’ll love what North Fork has to offer. Get a group together, designate a driver (look up ‘New York luxury car rental’ for this trip) and sip and swirl your way to relaxation. If you spot the North Fork Food Truck, treat yourself to a good, quick meal.

The Catskill Mountains

If you’re looking for an affordable escape from the city, the Catskills offer a number of reasonably priced hotels and stunning scenery. Brio’s Pizzeria was voted one of the best pizza restaurants outside of New York City. Plus, you’ll be at the scene of the 80s cult classic “Dirty Dancing.”

Finger Lakes

It’s a 260 mile drive from Manhattan to this romantic spot. As such, you may want to research New York luxury car rental specials before you head off. Here you’ll find wineries, breweries, outdoor adventures and waterfalls. Many of the hotels offer romance packages, so bring your significant other along and enjoy a slower pace.

Bear Mountain

It may be only an hour away from the Big Apple, but Bear Mountain is a completely different scene. If you need some fresh air after spending time in the city, this is the perfect escape. Hike through Bear Mountain State Park or enjoy a picnic at Lake Tiorati Beach before returning to the city’s chaos.

Liverpool

Make the four hour drive to the fourth largest city in the State of New York for e a whole new set of adventures. This mid-sized city boasts Onondaga Lake Park, the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and the Cayuga Lake Wine Trail. If you go during baseball season, make sure to check out a Syracuse Chiefs Game.

Ithaca

This cool college town is nothing short of gorgeous with its abundant waterfalls and scenic gorges. While the natural beauty is something you won’t want to miss, you’ll be pleased to find a healthy nightlife here as well (thanks to the large amount of college students, no doubt). Ithaca is a four hour drive from New York City, so expect to spend a few days there.

Great Lakes

The “great city on a great lake” lies on the border between the US and Canada (separated by Lake Ontario). This quiet, relaxing destination has some of the most beautiful sunsets you’ll ever see.

Rome

This is the place to go for history buffs. With ties to the Revolutionary War and the birthplace of the author of the Pledge of Allegiance, the four hour drive from the city will be worth it for anyone well-versed in America’s past. Don’t miss the Fort Stanwix National Monument or a sunset at Delta Lake State Park.

Bethel

Home of the notorious Woodstock Festival (which was actually held about 60 miles away at a fairy farm), Woodstock lies about 100 miles North of Manhattan. There’s something for everyone here: Overlook Mountain for hikers and campers, Cooper Lake for boating and Mower’s Flea Market for the shoppers. The Karma Triyana Dharmachakra Tibetan Buddhist Monastery offers free guided tours. Similarly, the area is a mecca for artists, writers, and performers of all kinds.

As you may have noticed, driving is the easiest way to get to most of these destinations. Reserve a New York luxury car rental from Action to complete the trip!