Events in New York this July

It already feels like summer here in New York, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with outdoor festivals. The Empire State is bustling with outdoor activities and events that are guaranteed to make your July adventures better than ever before. Hit the road this July and see what your state has to offer!

24th Annual New York State Blues Festival

Head on over to Syracuse for this free event. The 24th Annual New York State Blues Festival has been going strong for decades now, and it’s better than ever this year. Running from July 8 to July 9, the free festival runs daily from noon to 11pm, and features Butch Trucks (drummer for Allman Brothers), Sister Sparrow, Sonny Landreth, Brandon Santini, Toronzo Cannon, and lots more.

Buffalo Italian Heritage Festival

Head up to Buffalo if you’re Italian or just love Italian culture. From July 14 to July 17, you can take in the sights, sounds, food and culture that make the Italian-American experience so very special. Festival favorites include the best local entertainment, bocce tournament, Miss Italian Festival, Italian Idol Contest, cooking demonstrations, and more. Admission is free and the festival opens daily at 11am, running well into the night.

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Head to Oak Hill to enjoy the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, running from July 14 to July 17. This 4-Day outdoor festival presents the best in bluegrass and acoustic music. Enjoy award-winning artists, workshops, dancing, family activities, camping, jam sessions, kids academy, emerging artist showcase, festive foods, artisan vendors, and thousands of music fans from around the world.

Don’t forget to pay us a visit right here at Jim’s RV in Nichols, N.Y., when you’re out cruising throughout the state in your RV this July. Our lot is loaded with a huge selection of discounted RVs, so you can upgrade your summer before heading off for fun.

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Spend Father’s Day in New York City

There’s no better place to be on Father’s Day than in the Big Apple. There’s something exciting in every corner of the city, whether you’re seeking the perfect Father’s Day meal, a cruise on the Hudson River or a one-of-a-kind marketplace in Brooklyn. The following are just three of the countless things there are to do with your dad in New York City this Father’s Day.

The Brooklyn Makers Market

Discover unique crafts, handmade furniture and more at the Brooklyn Makers Market, held on Saturday, June 18, and Sunday, June 19. The market features handmade goods created by artisans from around the country. Attending the event at 175 Broadway in Brooklyn is free, but you’ll want to bring your wallet to shop and dine with the numerous food vendors that will be on site.

Father’s Day Glass Workshop

There’s nothing quite like building something with your dad, and you can do exactly that in NYC. Let the esteemed glassblowers of Brooklyn Glass guide you through making your very own glass beer mugs. The workshops take place every half hour and are held the Sunday after Father’s Day (June 26), so it’s a perfect event for those who are unable to celebrate the holiday on time this year.

Father’s day Beer Brunch Cruise

Considering a day of drinking and eating with dad in the city? Start with the Father’s Day Beer Brunch Cruise on the Hudson River. Hop aboard a luxurious yacht and enjoy a hearty brunch buffet, live jazz music and all-you-can-drink beer. The event will take place at 12:30 p.m., on Sunday, June 19, and the boat departs from Pier 40 in Soho. Tickets are $70 per person.

Find Dad His Dream RV

If you’re searching for the ultimate Father’s Day gift this June, there’s no better place to shop than here at Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, NY. Our lot is overflowing with the latest and greatest RVs for some of the best prices in the industry.

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March Events Around New York

With warmer temperatures coming up in March, you may want to plan some trips and taking in festivals at the same time is the perfect reason for getting out for a few days. You’ll find festivals throughout the state including the Finger Lakes region, Central New York and Chautauqua-Allegheny.

If you don’t have an RV and think that spending a weekend enjoying a festival in an RV where you can relax in familiar surroundings sounds like fun, stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through the many floor plans that we have.

Bacon on the Lakein

Head up to Cayuga for the Bacon on the Lakein festival, which will be held on March 19 and 20, 2016. You’ll get a souvenir stemless wine glass and sample all the bacon-featured food you want, along with wine pairings. As you reach each winery, remove one of the ticket stubs for a chance to win a barbecue-themed gift basket with sauces, wine, utensils and more. You’ll even have a chance to win a barbecue smoker. Hours are from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and admission is $30 per ticket. There is space for motor coaches. For more information visit cayugawinetrail.com/events/661/2nd-annual-bacon-on-the-lakein-sponsored-by-wqny-1037.

Bluegrass Americana Festival at Foothills Performing Arts Center

On March 18 and 19, 2016, the Foothills Performing Arts Center will host the Bluegrass Americana Festival. The fun starts at noon on Saturday and the event is free on Friday and $30 on Saturday. Artists include Hop City Hell Cats, The Howlin’ Brothers, The Ruddy Well Band, Milkweek and The Steeldrivers. Friday hours are from 7:00 p.m. until 1:000 p.m. The Foothills Performing Arts Center is located at 24 Market Street in Oneonta. For more information call (607) 431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org.

Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival and Mardi Gras Parade

On March 12 and 13, 2016, visit Ellicottville for the Holiday Valley’s Winter Carnival and Mardi Gras Parade. Enjoy contests, games, music, parade and food. The Mardi Gras parade will be held on Saturday night. This event will be held at 6557 Holiday Valley Road in Ellicottville. For more information call (716) 699-2345 or visit holidayvalley.com.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to walk through the many RV floor plans we have available if you are looking for your first RV or are ready to upgrade to something newer.

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January Events in New York

For those who love to go RVing in the winter, you’ll find plenty of events where you can pack up the RV and enjoy. If you’ve never used the RV in the winter and any of these January events would be the first time, you’ll have to de-winterize the RV before you head out.

If you need help or tips on how to keep everything from freezing, call the service department at Jim’s RV for an appointment and we’ll help you with de-winterizing the RV, plus give you tips for keeping your RV safe while you’re using it and while it’s waiting for the next winter trip.

The Rod Serling Archive

On Wednesday, January 6, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. visit the Bundy Museum, 129 Main Street, Binghamton, NY 13905 to see the Rod Serling Archive. Fans will learn more about Serling and Broome County in addition to viewing his works. The collection features unique and rare items and new items are added monthly.

Trivia Night at Matty B’s

On January 7, 2016 at 9:00 p.m. head over to Matty B’s on the corner of Glenwood and Prospect Street in Binghamton to play trivia and enjoy $5 tall margaritas. Prizes include a $20 grand prize plus tickets to the Binghamton Mets and a one-month membership to CommuniKey.

Phelps Mansion Tour

On Friday, January 8, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. visit the Phelps Mansion Museum, 191 Court Street, Binghamton, NY 13901 to see some of the best Victorian architecture. Admission is $5 for ages 13 and up and free for those 12 and younger. The last tour starts at 2:30 p.m. For more information call (607) 722-4873.

Digital Planetarium Shows

On Friday, January 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m., visit the Roberson Museum in Binghamton, New York to see traditional Chinese astronomy, the Solar Quest, The Life and Death of the Sun, Mission to Mars, a seasonal sky tour, an advanced sky tour, Rock on Demand and more. Members are free with their membership card. Otherwise, admission is $12 for adults and $10 for seniors. For more information call (607) 772-0660, ext. 236.

Visit Jim’s RV Center

Be sure to stop by Jim’s RV Center to walk through our floor plans or call our service department for an appointment for service, de-winterization or winterization.

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Get in the New York State of Mind This Fall

Many travelers think New York is only beautiful in the summer months. However, fall is one of the best times of year to visit the Empire State. The leaves change breathtaking shades of red, orange and yellow, and popular tourist sites are less crowded. Fire up your RV and cruise throughout New York to these must-visit destinations for fall.

Be Wowed at Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and it’s even better in fall. The colors of the trees surrounding the falls are nearly as beautiful as the cascading water. Even better, the massive crowds of summer tourists have waned, so you can snap better photos and enjoy a more peaceful Niagara Falls experience.

Cruise the Hudson River

Forget about scenic drives and opt for a scenic boat tour along the Hudson River. The Circle Line Sightseeing Bear Mountain Cruise and Onboard Oktoberfest day trip takes place multiple days throughout October and includes a cruise up the Hudson River with a stop at Bear Mountain State Park and Perkins Memorial Tower.

Every moment of the cruise involves admiring (and snapping photos of) New York’s picturesque fall colors. Onboard the vessel, passengers enjoy authentic German foods, beer specials and live music.

Take a Self-Guided Tour of Central Park

New Yorkers don’t have to stray from the city to enjoy the state’s gorgeous fall foliage. Print one of the three Central Park self-guided tours online and explore the downtown fall colors on foot. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve visited the park, you’re guaranteed to find some special new areas you’ve never seen before.

Start Your Fall Adventures at Jim’s RV Center

 There’s no better way to travel throughout New York than in the comfort and convenience of a new RV from Jim’s RV Center. Stop in and see us to browse our huge selection of new and used travel trailers, motorhomes and fifth wheels for your fall adventures.

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Visit These Top 3 Golf Courses in the U.S.

August is National Golf Month, which means it’s time to fire up your RV and cruise to some of our country’s best golf courses. These three courses are recognized by Golf Digest as the cream of the crop, but we suggest you take an RV road trip to find out for yourself.

1. Augusta National Golf Club

Augusta National is a golf course that’s recognized even by those who have never swung a club. It’s where the esteemed annual Masters Tournament has been held since 1934. In addition to hosting one of the world’s most esteemed golf events, it is a course that has changed its look countless times over the years, providing new challenges to the world’s greatest golfers. The course also ranked at the top of Golf Digest’s list from 2009 to 2012, so it’s no wonder it’s back on top for 2015.

2. Pine Valley Golf Club

The Pine Valley Golf Club in Pine Valley, New Jersey is always toward the top of Golf Digest’s top 100 list, and it has taken the No. 1 position numerous times. The course, developed in 1918 by George Crump and H.S. Colt, offers a unique setting in southwest New Jersey, but it’s the undeniably challenging holes that draw the world’s greatest golfers back year after year.

3. Cypress Point Club

The Cypress Point Club in Pebble Beach, Calif., was designed by Alister Mackenzie — one of the designers of Augusta National — in 1928. The glamorous setting provides a picturesque atmosphere for golfers to try their hand at the course that winds through dunes, cypress trees and rugged coastline. The course is often deemed easier than Pine Valley and Augusta National, but that’s one feature that makes it more appealing to everyday golfers.

Start at Jim’s RV Center

Cruise to all of America’s favorite golf courses in the comfort and convenience of a new or used RV from Jim’s RV Center. August is the perfect time of year to snag an incredible end-of-summer deal right here at Jim’s in Nichols, N.Y.

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Spring Road Trips

When you start planning for a road trip, be sure you plan to have your RV serviced before you head out, especially if this is the first time you’ve had it out since last fall. If you don’t have an RV but think driving across New England sounds like fun, stop by to walk through our many floor plans.

Call Jim’s RV in Nichols, New York for a service appointment, then start planning your road trip – or stop by to pick up a new RV. Drive through New England and into Maine to start sightseeing or take your time getting to Maine by sightseeing on the way, then driving straight through on the way back to New York.

Acadia National Park, Maine

Drive the 27-mile round trip Mount Desert Island Loop from Bar Harbor. The island’s Loop Road circles this rugged island. Be sure to bring a picnic lunch and stop by the Hulls Cove Visitors Center.

Rangely Lakes Scenic Byway, Maine

Take Maine routes 17 and 4 through the many mountains and lakes in the area. Stop at the Height of Land pullout to get some great pictures. And watch carefully – you should see plenty of bobcats, bear and moose. This scenic byway is about 50 miles.

Alpine Drama, Vermont

Take Vermont 108 from Stowe up into Smugglers’ Notch in the Green Mountains. Watch for corkscrews, cliffs and boulders. Stop in Jeffersonville for lunch or dinner. This route is about 18 miles.

Green Mountain Ribbon, Vermont

Travel Vermont Route 100 along the Green Mountains. This roadway runs from north to south and runs the length of the state. You’ll see tons of charming villages and history, especially between Ludlow and Waterbury. The route between these two towns is about 90 miles.

Coastal Crossing, New Hampshire

Take an 18-mile drive from Seabrook Beach to Portsmouth. While this is a short route, it could take you a day or two as there are many places to stop, including New Castle to see Wentworth by the Sea, Fort Constitution and Hampton Beach.

Stop by Jim’s RV

Be sure to call Jim’s RV to set up a service appointment or stop by to pick out a new RV if this sounds like something you’d like to do on our next vacation.

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Spring Break Road Trip Adventures in New York

Forget Florida for your spring break this year… head out to the Finger Lakes. There’s so much to do, you won’t be able to do it all in one trip – not even the long spring break trip. Pack up the RV and get ready. And, if you don’t have an RV and realize just how much fun you are missing out on, you can pick up in Nichols, New York.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center to find the perfect travel trailer, motorized RV, fifth wheel or toy hauler for your family. Since we have new and pre-owned models, you can find something that your finances will support whether you need something with lower payments or you can spring for that luxury RV you’ve been drooling over all winter.

Taughannock Falls State Park

If you want to see a waterfall that is twice the height of Niagara Falls, park in the lot of Route 89 and hike the trail to the bottom of the falls. For a view from above, park at the overlook on Taughannock Falls Road. The trail at Route 89 is a 75-mile long trail that follows the creek and leads to the base of the falls. The park also features miles of additional hiking trails, a beach on Cayuga Lake, barbecue facilities, playground and more. Be sure to bring your camera. The entry fee is $7 per vehicle. For more information call (607) 387-6739. The park entrance is located at 2221 Taughannock Road in Trumansburg.

Greek Peak Mountain Resort

If you and your family are adrenaline junkies, visit the Greek Peak Mountain Resort and ride the mountain coaster, go on one or all of the four zip lines, challenge yourself on two rope challenge courses or visit the Virtusphere, which is a 10-foot hollow sphere you go in to experience a virtual reality adventure. Plus, the resort offers a year-round tubing center, mountain biking trails, and indoor water park and a Euro bungee. The resort is located at 2000 NYS Rte. 392, Cortland, New York. For more information call (800) 955-2754. The adventure enter day pass is $59 per person.

The Corning Museum of Glass

Learn about glass works and watch great demos of making glass at the Corning Museum of Glass. You can even attend workshops to learn glass blowing, glass forming, fusing and sandblasting. You get to keep the souvenir you make. The museum is located at One Museum Way, Corning. For more information call (800) 732-6845. Admission is $14 for adults and kids 19 and under are free. Workshops vary in price and range from $10 to $28 per person.

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Call Jim’s RV Center for a service appointment or stop by to walk through the many RV floor plans we have in our showroom.

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Complete Your Christmas List at Jim’s RV

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If your spouse or a friend or relative has an RV, your Christmas shopping just got easier. We carry many accessories for the RV in our warehouse – and many make perfect Christmas gifts. From extra lighting to cargo racks, you can find just about anything for the RV.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to browse through our warehouse. You’ll definitely find the perfect gift for that person that you’ve been agonizing about because he or she is hard to buy for.

Lighting

Whether you need extra outdoor lighting or motion sensor lights for the interior of the RV, we have a large selection of electric and battery-operated lighting. Small LED motion sensor lights that run on batteries are perfect for lighting up a dark cabinet, darkened pass-through storage or even the area around the tank flush compartment and the LP gas.

Cargo Carriers

If your friend or family member is always looking for extra storage space in the RV, a cargo carrier would be the perfect gift. We have several to choose from including a 2-inch receiver hitch motorcycle/scooter carrier with a ramp. Several of our cargo carriers have side rails so you have plenty of places to securely tie the cargo.

Awning Accessories

Choose a sun blocker that mounts to the front of the awning – or if the person you are buying a gift for loves to spend time outside the RV even when it’s raining, an add-on room would be the perfect gift. The screened room attaches right to the awning so you now have extra space that you can enjoy no matter what the weather.

Collapsible Items

Space inside an RV is pretty restricted, even those that seem to have tons of cabinet space. Jim’s RV Center carries several collapsible bowls, colanders, salad spinners, produce keepers and salad bowls that would make great gifts for the person who is always complaining that the RV doesn’t have enough space.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York

Stop by Jim’s RV Center to complete your Christmas list. Whether you choose something that is practical such as collapsible items or you choose something that is much needed such as the awning sun blocker or the extra room, you’re sure to please that someone on your list who owns an RV.

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December Events in New York

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This December, jump in the RV and head out to the many holiday events in New York that take place during December. Even if you live close to the event, it would be fun to pack up the RV and make a weekend of it. Many events are in New York City, so you may want to find an RV park near a train or bus station, or tow a vehicle if you want to brave the NYC traffic.

Before you head out, stop at Jim’s RV Center to pick up any accessories or parts you may need. And, if you don’t have an RV, but attending events without the worry of a hotel room sounds like fun, stop by our dealership to pick out the RV that is perfect for your family.

Holiday Market at Grand Central

This market runs through December 24, 2014 and is held in Vanderbilt Hall. Admission is free. This is the perfect place to find that unique gift for someone special. You’ll find toys, clothing, food and drink, fine art and handmade jewelry at the Union Square Holiday Market in Union Square Park.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular is 90 minutes of fireworks, dancing and a flying Santa. Before the show, you just may meet a Rockette or even Santa; and you can admire the 10,000 crystals that hang in the Grand Foyer. The event runs through December 31, 2014.

Winter Village at Bryant Park

Winter Village at Bryant Park features 125 different holiday shops plus an ice skating rink. The event is free except for skate rental.

Daily Tree Lighting

If you never get tired of watching a Christmas tree light up, you can see it every day until December 24, 2014 at The Metropolitan Museum. The tree is decorated with 18th century Neapolitan angels. Plus visit the Neapolitan Baroque Creche. The event starts at 4:30 p.m., plus additional event start times at 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Holiday Train Show

From December 2, 2014 through December 31, 2014, you can see model trains running around New York landmarks and the kids will enjoy tons of kids’ activities. The train show is being held at the New York Botanical Garden.

Stop by Jim’s RV Center

Before you head out, stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York to pick up any parts or accessories you may need; or to have your RV serviced if needed.

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