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Visit New York State ...Plan a Guided Bus Tour featuring Underground Railroad, Erie Canal, Women’s Rights and History, Shopping, Wine Tasting and much more ...experience the 200th anniversary of the Erie Canal and the 100th anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote!

Hudson Valley Region

Hudson Valley RegionRomance, Relax, and Renew at a Hudson Valley Bed and Breakfast!

The graceful Hudson Valley region, less than an hour's drive from NY City & Manhattan, is celebrated for its scenic beauty, historic homes, charming river towns, delightful cultural attractions, and fascinating history. Enchanting landscapes of mountains, rivers, rolling vineyards, apple orchards, and peaceful countryside that have, for centuries, inspired artists and authors

The gorgeous scenery provides a perfect backdrop for a number of appealing attractions including the Wineries, the American Museum of Fire fighting in Hudson, Raceways, and the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Explore historic colonial homesteads and opulent estates established by famous men and women who helped shape our nation.

Shopping in the region is fabulous, whether you’re hunting for antiques and hidden art treasures or shopping for bargains. You will find many unique shops!

The explorer Henry Hudson, the region's namesake, discovered this area in the 1600's. Today, you can explore the region's many exciting offerings, majestic scenery, historic estates, castles, and quaint river towns. While visiting this magical place, experience the gracious hospitality in the Hudson Valley at Changing Times Boutique Country B&B Lodging!

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New York, "The Empire State"
The exact origin of the nickname, "The Empire State," for New York is not known, but by 1820 it was renowned. George Washington had used the name, empire, as early as 1785, when he used it in the following way when referring to the state of New York; "the Seat of the Empire." The author, Alexander Flick, who wrote, History of New York State, stated that "The Empire State" was "universally acknowledged and accepted" by 1825 and used as early as 1819. Some say the nickname was given due to New York's wealth and resources, or to New York exceeding Virginia in population. Regardless of its exact origin, the nickname has been continued to be used all throughout the state of New York; Empire State Building, The Empire State Plaza, The Empire State Express (train route), Empire Service (Amtrak route from NYC to Buffalo), SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs, and Empire State Games.

From 1957 - 1963, the vehicle license plates used "Empire State" as a slogan. In 1964-1965, the slogan was changed to "World's Fair." From 1966 - April of 2001, no slogan was used. Then, in April 2001, "The Empire State" slogan was used until April of 2010 when it changed to "Empire State." on the New York state license plates.
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