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  • A World Class Shopping Destination near New York City

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    New York City is known as one of the top shopping destinations in the world. Visitors traveling to the Big Apple for business or pleasure should take some time to discover the many unique shopping opportunities available. While exploring out of the way boutiques and studios might be fun for some people, other shoppers like to go directly to the shops where value and variety can be found in equal measure. The Woodbury Common Premium Outlets is a specialty shopping center that brings together outlet shops for many top brands. Not only can you find exceptional values on hard to find items, you can shop and browse in a relaxed, fun environment. Several bus services make day trips to the Woodbury Common Premium Outlets, which makes shopping for great deals even easier.
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  • Leap Into Spring Savings With Bus Tours From NYC To Woodbury Common Premium Outlet!

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    New York City is well known to shoppers for its luxury department stores and elite boutiques. But what if you could find all those famous designer names in one location, and save a bundle off boutique retail prices? You’d have to check it out, right?

    Luckily there’s an easy way to do just that. CitySightsNY offers frequent, convenient, and reasonable priced bus tours to Woodbury Common Premium Outlet, where you’ll find a wide array of designer and brand name clothing at dramatically discounted prices.
    Located just an hour north of Manhattan in Center Valley, New York, Woodbury Common is home to over 220 designer and brand name outlet stores where you can browse the top names in fashion and save from 25% to 65% off boutique prices!

    Here are just a few of the designer brands you’ll find at Woodbury Common…
    Burberry, Coach, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Armani, Hugo Boss, Diesel, DKNY, Gucci, J.Crew, Jones New York, Lacoste, Nike, Polo Ralph Lauren, Prada, and over 200 hundred more! Visit Woodbury Common Premium Outlets website for additional information—including a complete brand list, seasonal sales, special events, and event shopping hours, and more. Woodbury Common is open daily from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and from noon to 6:00 pm on Easter Sunday.

    Tours board at Port Authority Bus Terminal at 8th Avenue and 42nd Street, from the Gray Line Visitors Center at 777 8th Avenue, from Rockefeller Plaza, from 53rd Street and 7th Avenue, and from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel at 49th Street and Lexington Avenue. At the start of your trip, you’ll receive a complimentary VIP Coupon Book (value $10) with hundreds of dollars in additional savings. Then sit back and relax as you travel from Manhattan through the northern suburbs and out to the wooded countryside of Center Valley.

    Times and details...

    7 Days A Week:
    Port Authority Bus Terminal (Gate 310): 7:15am, 8:30am, 9:30am, 10:00am, 11:30am, 12:45am, 2:45pm, 7:15pm (M-F only)

    Weekdays Only:
    Gray Line Visitors Center (777 8th Avenue): 8:59am, 9:29am, 10:44am
    Rockefeller Plaza at 49th Street: 8:30am, 9:00am, 10:20am
    53rd Street and 7th Avenue: 8:45am, 9:15am, 10:30am
    Waldorf Astoria at 49th Street & Lexington Avenue: 8:30am, 9:00am, 10:15am

    ALL DAILY RETURN DEPARTURES TO PORT AUTHORITY:
    9:06am, 12:06pm, 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:02pm. 3:36pm, 4:10pm, 4:45pm, 5:21pm, 5:45pm, 6:15pm, 6:58pm, 9:26pm

    For more fabulous ways to experience New York City, check out the TMZ Celebrity NYC Tour and the Sex and the City Hot Spots Tour!

  • 5 Wine Tours and Winery Day Trips from New York City

    While New York City itself has no end of things to see and do – and certainly an excellent array of places to sample amazing wine – but it is still nice to step away from the bright lights and big city events and discover what the nearby countryside and towns have to offer. The east coast is small geographically but is jampacked with some incredible sites – including some amazing wineries and wine tours day trip distance from Manhattan.

    Yes, while in New York you’ll want to visit the likes of Vino Vino and The Bourgeois Pig, but don’t miss out on these five great tours of wineries and vineyards nearby.

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    South Fork Vineyards

    In just twenty five years, the South Fork Vineyards on Long Island have become some of the brightest stars of domestic wine production. The Long Island wine region straddles Nassau and Suffolk Counties, and luckily enough is easily accessible to folks visiting New York City. Take the Long Island Railroad Cannonball Express service and you’ll be sipping wine in just over 90 minutes.

    Hudson Valley Wine Country

    The birthplace of winemaking in the United States, the Hudson Valley is not only full of history and beautiful houses: it’s also absolutely lovely, no matter the season. So taking a trip to visit the Hudson Valley while in NYC is a must. With beautiful wineries such as Amici Vineyard & Winery in Valley Falls, the Applewood Winery in Warwick, and the Adair Vineyards in New Paltz. If you don’t want to drink and drive, there are plenty of bus tours available.

    North Jersey Wine Country

    Just west of New York City lies northern New Jersey, a beautiful and mountainous area often overlooked by visitors to New York. Hidden in those lovely hills are many local vineyards, all within two hours of Manhattan. Be sure to visit the Four Sisters Winery in Belvidere – it’s one of the most popular vineyards in the US, but you also won’t want to miss Old York Cellars, the Hopewell Valley Vineyards, or Ventimiglia Vineyards.

    Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Vineyards

    Bucks County manages to be a suburb of both New York City and Philadelphia, and is full of old farms and of course, vineyards – all only an hour or so south of the city by train. If you visit the New Hope Winery you’ll also have the chance to visit New Hope itself, a lovely village along the Delaware River. But nearby you’ll also find Buckingham Valley Vineyards, Crossing Vineyards, and Sand Castle Winery among others.

    Catskill Vineyards

    New Paltz was settled in 1678 by French Huguenots (members of the Protestant Reform Church of France), and one of the first things they did was develop vineyards. Luckily the land was good for growing grapes, and today there are many vineyards in the area. Be sure to visit the Adair Winery (located in a historic dairy barn), and also consider stopping in the Rivendell Winery – particularly if you are a fan of Lord of the Rings.

  • 3 Great Day Trips from New York City

    You could spend weeks in New York City and not get the chance to do and see everything there is to do and see, but sometimes you want to expand your horizons a bit further. One of the best things about the East Coast of the United States is how many great locations are within an hour or two of each other. You will find some lovely spots to visit right near New York City. Here are three great day trips that will help you find even more to love about the NYC area.

    1. New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ

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    Right across the river from each other, these two small towns are full to the brim with great shops, antique stores, wineries, restaurants, and more. There’s even a steam engine train that offers short trips, a fun event for the whole family. Be sure to walk across the bridge between the two towns and enjoy a beautiful view of the Delaware River. For a fancy and delectable dinner be sure to visit the relatively new restaurant Martha Brown, housed in a massive former church. If you prefer more casual fare, Siam just off the beaten path in Lambertville offers some of the best Thai food around (definitely get the tom kha gai soup). The Landing offers romantic dining right on the edge of the Delaware River. The best time of year to visit New Hope and Lambertville is definitely the fall; you will see spectacular foliage along with your shopping and eating adventures.

    2. Philadelphia, PA

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    Philly is just a short train ride of about ninety minutes from Penn Station (and about a two hour bus ride). The oldest city in the United States offers rich history and culture; you can visit the Liberty Bell, tour Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was penned and signed, and visit the Constitution Center to learn all about our founding document and even see a rare original early draft. Philadelphia is also a first-class restaurant town with world class chefs, including Mark Vetri, Jose Garces, and Jennifer Carroll. That doesn’t mean you should skimp on getting one of Philly’s famous cheesesteaks – you can always head up 9th Street to the Italian Market and visit either Pat’s or Geno’s, the famous feuding steak shops – but the locals all know you are better off at Tony Luke’s down on Oregon Avenue.

    3. Hudson River Valley, NY

    In Manhattan, the Hudson River is a bustling waterway, but when you a head a couple hours north of New York City you find the Hudson River Valley, one of the prettiest spots in the world. You can visit everything from KyKuit (the Rockefeller Estate) to the lovely town of Garrison, featuring excellent shopping, museums, and outdoor activities. Be sure to visit the Storm King Art Center, and if you enjoy hiking, the Minnesaska State Park Preserve offers gorgeous vistas and hiking trails.