Underrated Places in New York State

New York has plenty of amazing locations to visit in your RV, but some are underrated and you may not even be aware that they exist. Here are a few places that are lesser known but that definitely deserve a visit this summer.

Chimney Bluffs State Park

Located along the shore of Lake Ontario, Chimney Bluffs State Park is 597-acres large and lies just outside the town of Huron. The park is named for the odd clay formations that are heaped along the water’s edge that give the park the look of an alien landscape. Formed by glaciers during the last ice age, the deposits have been shaped by wind and rain over the centuries to resemble teardrops. Some of the bluffs reach as high as 150 feet into the air.

The park was generally hard to visit or reach until recently. Now, there’s a parking lot, service building, restrooms, picnic areas, and established hiking trails, which makes visiting the park easier and more enjoyable.

Darwin D. Martin House Complex

This national landmark was built by the renowned designer and architect Frank Lloyd Wright in the early 1900s. The complex comprises six distinct yet interconnected buildings. The complex has been maintained and was recently renovated and now offers guided tours so that visitors can enjoy all of the complex’s minute details and learn about their significance within the context of the building and the time period they were built in.

Peekamoose Blue Hole

On a hot day, this is the place to go in New York. Peekamoose Blue Hole is a cold swimming spot fed by mountain streams. Not only is the water cool, but the entire area is covered in dense forest that provides excellent shade.

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Fun New York Events Happening in January

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Check out these fun events happening this January around New York.

Long Lake Winter Carnival – January 14

Head to Long Lake in the Adirondacks for the Long Lake Winter Carnival. This fun annual celebration of winter offers carnival goers plenty to see and do, including cardboard sled racing, coronation of the king and queen of the carnival, sledding, free ice skating, ladies frying pan toss, wacky hat competition, and men’s caber toss. Fireworks happen at 6:30pm. This is a free event that takes place outside in the fresh air. The carnival will go on, rain or shine, so check the forecast and dress accordingly.

NYC Broadway Week – January 17 to February 5

If you have a love for Broadway or especially if you’ve never been, head to New York City and get your fill. NYC Broadway Week offers two-for-one ticket purchases, so you and a date can get in for the price of one! 19 of Broadway’s top shows are participating, including Aladdin, Cats, The Lion King, The Phantom of the Opera, School of Rock, and Wicked.

1757 Battle on Snowshoes Reenactment – January 21

Taking place in Ticonderoga, this battle reenactment commemorates a clash between French forces and Rogers’ Rangers on January 21, 1757, during the French and Indian War. The British combatants wore snowshoes during the engagement. Rogers’ Rangers were ambushed by larger French and Native forces, but were spared due to wet gunpowder misfires. This allowed the British to stave off the French and withdraw. Come see a bit of history brought back alive for only $10.

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Have more fun in your own RV from Jim’s RV Center. No matter your travel plans, they’re sure to be more comfortable and convenient with an RV at your command. Shop today at Jim’s RV Center; tour the models that interest you and get your questions answered by knowledgeable associates.

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What’s Going on This October?

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Get into the spirit of October with these upcoming events scattered about New York state. Regardless of your plans this month, New York has plenty to offer the discerning RVer. Get out there and explore!

Pumpkin Picking and Corn Maze Fun – All October in Stanley, NY

Every Saturday and Sunday in October, you can go to a legitimate pumpkin patch and corn maze in Stanley.

It’s fall harvest time – but it’s also a chance to play in the crops. Challenge yourself to find your way through the corn maze, and when you’re done, pick out your pumpkins for Halloween and fall decorating. It’s a family fun event that has even more to offer for the kids. Stop by and check out the fun!

Open 10am to 6pm.

Flaming Leaves Festival – October 8-9 in Lake Placid, NY

The annual two-day Flaming Leaves Festival features exciting competition between North America’s top ski jumping talent. Festival-goers will enjoy a spectacular show with soaring ski jumpers in the sky and live Blues, delicious brews and tasty barbecue below. The festival offers entertainment for all ages including lawns games, specialty craft vendors and a combined chairlift and elevator ride up the 120-meter ski jump.  At the top, experience magnificent views of peak Adirondack Fall foliage as surrounding hills and mountains are highlighted by brilliant reds, oranges and yellows. Sat 10am-4pm & Sun 9:30am-4pm. Admission is $16.

Peek’n Peak Fall Festival – October 8-16 in Clymer, NY

Every Saturday and Sunday between October 8 and 16, come to the fall festival and enjoy Craft Show, farmers market, pumpkin cannon, children’s crafts and activities. Plus, the Annual Season Ski Pass Sale, entertainment, ski lift rides, petting zoo, snow sports equipment swap, horse-drawn rides, pony rides, and more!

Admission is free!

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Stop by Jim’s RV Center this October for RV sales, service, parts, and accessories. Jim’s RV Center is the place to go before you head to your next adventure!

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September Events in New York That You Don’t Want to Miss

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New York has much more to offer than just the Big Apple… there’s an entire state to explore if you desire! September has a lot to offer New York travelers, especially if you’re traveling in an RV.

16th Annual Saratoga Wine & Food Festival – September 9-11

Indulge in a variety of wines and spirits from around the country, including some of the best and most awarded. Fine food from some of the best restaurants in the area will also be available. Hosted by the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, funds raised will go towards their Children’s Education Program.

2016 Adirondack Balloon Festival – September 22-25

Head to Crandall Park in Glens Falls and Floyd Bennett Memorial Airport in Queensbury from September 22 to 25 to see this amazing annual festival. This is a free event, so it’s too good to pass up. Enjoy balloon rides from a number of independent balloon operators. No need to schedule or make an appointment, but the rides will cost generally run you about $175-225 per person. Balloon flights occur at dawn and dusk. This is all weather dependent, so check the forecast before you commit to heading out. Rain or wind speed over 8mph means cancellation. Camping isn’t allowed at the festival, but RVs are!

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If you’re ready to hit the road in your very own RV, Jim’s RV Center in Nichols is just the place to go. Jim’s RV Center offers RV sales, service, and accessories and provides everything you need to hit the road in style and comfort. Enjoy your travels more with your very own RV this September.

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August Events Near Jim’s RV

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Whether you choose to drive your RV and stay over or make a day trip, visit these events near Nichols, New York. August events include a marketplace where you can browse and buy antiques, a backpack bash for kids going back to school, a book giveaway and a volleyball bash.

Tioga Downs Antique & General Marketplace

On August 6, 2016 at 9:00 a.m., head over to Tioga Downs, 2384 West River Road in Nichols to browse through furniture, antiques, military goods, vintage clothing, tools, toys, glassware, collectibles and more. You’ll even find jewelry, dream catchers, supplies for crafting, outdoor furniture, stone for patios and walkways and tons more. Admission is free.

Backpack Bash

On August 6, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., head over to the Boys & Girls Club, 201 Erie Street in Owego for the Backpack Bash. Enjoy games, prizes, face painting and more. Five hundred backpacks filled with school supplies will be given away. Bring a canned good for CHOW to receive an extra entry for prizes. Enjoy live music, food, fun, a seatbelt convincer demonstration by a New York State trooper and get photo IDs taken by the Masons.

Adult Volleyball Night

On August 5, 2016 at 8:00 p.m., visit the Tioga County Boys & Girls Club, 201 Erie Street in Owego for Adult Volleyball Night. Admission is $5. Bring a team or just yourself and have a great time playing and making new friends.

Book Giveaway in Owego

Head over to the Coburn Free Library, 275 Main Street in Owego for the Book Giveaway on August 15, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. There’s something for everyone, so pick up some reading material for yourself and your kids. The rain date is August 22, 2016.

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Stop by Jim’s RV Center in Nichols, New York if you are ready to buy a new RV, whether it’s your first RV or you are upgrading. If you’re not ready for another RV just yet, be sure to stop by our warehouse to pick up any parts or accessories you might need for upcoming trips or to get your RV ready for winter storage this fall.

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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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February Events in Nichols

If you were considering attending events, but found that hotels close enough to an event were hard to get or just cost too much, stop by our showroom to walk through the many RV floor plans we have available. We have RVs to fit any budget, and taking an RV to an event is less expensive than staying in hotels.

Teatown’s Hudson River Annual EagleFest

On February 6, 2016, the 12th Annual Teatown Hudson River Eaglefest will take place from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Heave over to Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point Ave., Croton in the Hudson to learn about bald eagles. Enjoy eagle viewing, bird walks, live raptor shows, children’s activities and more. Attend educational shows and listen to live music all day. Tarrytown’s RiverMarket and Ossining’s Wobble Cafe will have food available for purchase. Admission is $10 to $15 and children are free. For more information visit teatown.org/teatown-events/eaglefest.html or call (914) 762-2912.

Lake George Winter Carnival

Head over to Beach Road, Lake George, New York for the Lake George Winter Carnival from February 6 through February 28, 2016 on Saturdays and Sundays. Enjoy pony rides, a polar plunge, helicopter rides, cook-off competitions, ATV races, snowmobile races, truck races and more. There will be fireworks on Saturday.

Winter Wonderland Hudson Valley Helicopter Tour

From now through February 29, 2016 daily, take a helicopter ride. The helicopter lifts off from Westchester County Airport, 18 Hangar Road, Suite 200, White Plains, New York and flies over the Hudson Valley. You’ll see crystallized trees in Harriman State Park, the icy Hudson River and Bear Mountain. Rides are 30 minutes and cost $240 per person or $330 per person for a 45-minute trip. For more information including information about group rates and RV parking, call (914) 202-3440.

Visit Jim’s RV Center of Nichols New York

If you don’t have an RV and think that attending events without having to worry about hotels, stop by Jim’s RV Center of Nichols, New York to walk through our many RV floor plans. If you have an RV and need help getting it ready for the spring season, give us a call for a maintenance appointment.

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Top Five National Parks in New York

If you are looking for something to do, whether it’s a road trip in your car or a road trip in the RV, visit some of the national parks in New York. Some of the best parks include Gateway National Recreation Area and Fire Island National Seashore. For each of these, call ahead to check for camping and reservations.

Gateway National Recreation Area

This national recreation area encompasses 26,607 acres and is scattered throughout Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island, and Monmouth County, New Jersey. Enjoy swimming in the ocean, boating, bird watching, hiking and camping. Gateway National Recreation Area was created in 1972 by congress to preserve resources.

Fire Island National Seashore

This national park protects a 26-mile section of Fire Island, which is only about 30 miles long. Fire Island is separated from Long Island by the Great south Bay and it is located in Suffolk County. Two bridges allow access to Fire Island and there are no public roads. Take the Robert Moses Causeway to the Robert Moses State Park on the western end of the island or the William Floyd Parkway to the eastern end of the island. You can access the seashore by private boat or ferry from Sayville, Patchogue and Bay Shore, all on Long Island.

North Country National Scenic Trail

Starting at Crown Point in eastern New York, the North Country National Scenic Trail stretches about 4,600 miles to Lake Sakakawea State Park in central North Dakota. The national scenic trail is administered by the National Park Service. Various state, federal and local agencies manage the area.

Saratoga National Historical Park

This historical park is located in Stillwater, New York, about 40 miles north of Albany. Visit the site of the Battles of Saratoga, the visitor’s center, catch a 20-minute orientation film, see a fiber-optic light map, and enjoy artifact and timeline displays.

Governors Island

This 172-acre island in Upper New York Bay is separated from Brooklyn by Buttermilk Channel and accessible by ferries. You’ll find plenty of oak, chestnut and hickory trees on the island. The island was used for defensive troops in 1776 by the Continental Army; and from 1783 through 1966, was a U.S. Army post. From 1966 through 1996, it was a major U.S. Coast Guard installation.

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Stop by Jim’s RV Center to pick up any RV accessories you might need for your next trip; or walk through our many floor plans if you are considering a new RV or upgrading your current RV.

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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.

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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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December Events Near Nichols

The holiday season is now in full swing, and that means there are tons of exciting things to do in Nichols, N.Y., and its surrounding areas. Whether you’re interested in a family-friendly winter festival or a chance to call in a babysitter for the night, you’re guaranteed to find something exciting to do this December.

The following are three of the top things to do around Nichols this season, but we don’t doubt you’ll find some unforgettable experiences all your own.

Tioga Downs WinterFest

WinterFest 2015 at Tioga Downs will be held from Nov. 28, through Dec. 27, on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and on Dec. 28, 29, and 30, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The annual event at the casino is family friendly and is set to feature singing tree shows, magical dancing lights, horse drawn wagon rides, an ice sculpting contest, a lighted holiday parade, a holiday craft show, and so much more.  WinterFest is always free and open to the public.

32nd Annual Dickens of Christmas

Celebrate the holiday season as though it’s still the Victorian Era at the 32nd Annual Dickens of Christmas celebration in Wellsboro. Enjoy Santa and Scrooge meet-and-greets, costume contests, strolling musicians, and food and craft vendors lining the streets. The event will take place on Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Ring in the New Year

Head back to Tioga Downs on New Year’s Eve for the annual Ring in the New Year event. This adults-only New Year’s celebration with feature live entertainment by Virgil Cain, a $2,016 cash drawing, numerous opportunities to win cash and so much more. Entertainment will be on stage from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., and the casino will remain open until 3 a.m.

Celebrate with Us

Celebrate the holiday season right here at Jim’s RV Center. If you’re looking for a more enjoyable RV lifestyle in 2016, there’s no better way to start than with an incredible deal on a top-quality new or used RV.

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