Announcing: $.99 downloads and new look for Hudson River Valley Discovery #HRV #HudsonValley

OMI Sculpture Park - Hudson River Valley, NY -© At-Hand Guides

OMI Sculpture Park – Hudson River Valley, NY -© At-Hand Guides

We’re pleased to announce the release of our updated, Hudson River Valley At-Hand guide for iOS. To celebrate, the introductory price is only $.99

It has a clean, new look, beginning with our At-Hand Guides logo.

  • Over 100 top attractions and 1,000 photographs are your’s for the download from the AppStore.
  • Setting up your search limits/parameters and your personal filter words is now easier and with feedback.
  • Access to each listing’s photographs is faster and simpler with an endless carousel and larger icons.
  • Finally there is native iPad capability utilizing the full screen

The features which made earlier editions highly rated, stand outs are retained:

  • Around-you and around-where-you-want-to-be search
  • Curated, detailed listings and photographs
  • Honest editor ratings
  • Real-time routing for your itineraries/tours

Please try the updated Hudson River Valley At-Hand and let yourself go.

700 Free Things in MA to do every day! #VisitMA #MassInsider

Arnold Arboretum - A Mushroom Forest - One of over 700 totally free Massachusetts  listings in New England At-Hand - © At-Hand Guides

Arnold Arboretum – A Mushroom Forest – One of over 700 totally free Massachusetts listings in New England At-Hand – © At-Hand Guides

We want to call your attention to the amazing free resources across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  Many every-day attractions across all parts so the state have no use or entry costs.  In addition, this Summer there are over 400 free events coming that you can schedule as part of your getting out that are free too. They are listed on the MOTT MassVacation web site under the branding of Wicked Free Summer Fun.

Combine both resources for amazing days out.  Use New England At-Hand to locate all the on-going free Summer resources that are on the way to/from the “event” or around the “event.”  New England At-Hand lists over 700 free places in Massachusetts and over 2,000 listings across the six state region. And have an amazing wonderful time.

Let yourself go.

Announcing: Finger Lakes Discovery $.99 downloads and New Look #FLX

Hammondsport - Glen Curtiss Museum - © At-Hand Guides

Hammondsport – Glen Curtiss Museum – © At-Hand Guides

We’re pleased to announce the release of our updated, Finger Lakes At-Hand guide for iOS. To celebrate, the introductory price is only $.99

It has a clean, new look, beginning with our At-Hand Guides logo.

  • Over 300 attractions and 2,000 photographs are your’s for the download from the AppStore. We continuously add more.
  • Setting up your search limits/parameters and your personal filter words is now easier and with feedback.
  • Access to each listing’s photographs is faster and simpler with an endless carousel and larger icons.
  • Finally there is native iPad capability utilizing the full screen
Cornell University Johnson Museum - © At-Hand Guides

Cornell University Johnson Museum – © At-Hand Guides

The features which made earlier editions highly rated, stand outs are retained:

  • Around-you and around-where-you-want-to-be search
  • Curated, detailed listings and photographs
  • Honest editor ratings
  • Real-time routing for your itineraries/tours
Wagner Winery & Vineyards On Seneca - © At-Hand Guides

Wagner Winery & Vineyards On Seneca – © At-Hand Guides

Please try the updated Finger Lakes At-Hand and let yourself go.

Canandaigua - Sonnenberg Gardens - © At-Hand Guides

Canandaigua – Sonnenberg Gardens – © At-Hand Guides

An alternative, safe, July 4th ? – Go West of Boston #MassInsider, #HRV, #FLX

City of Boston - Harborwalk Area - From ICA - © At-Hand Guides

City of Boston – Harborwalk Area – From ICA – © At-Hand Guides

For our users / down-loaders concerned with the weekend’s elevated terrorism alerts and Boston’s continuing status as an attractive terror target, consider getting out to some of the more accessable way-West, “back-water” destinations. Leave the world of visiable, gun-loaded, militarized police behind.

None of our suggestions are uninteresting-destinations but they are under-appreciated, less traveled roads and certainly quieter locals. None of them could possibly be on the RADAR of the bad-guys.

See below our three day-trip or weekend recommendations of: Hudson River Valley, Finger Lakes Region and MA’s Berkshires

Looking for alternative, safe July 4th ? – Go West to the #Hudson #River #MassInsider, #HRV, VisitMA

The Budda Rests at Storm King - © At-Hand Guides

The Budda Rests at Storm King – © At-Hand Guides

Our first recommendation is that home to “Sleepy Hollow” of life – the Hudson River Valley. The Valley remains the happy place of a large number of withdrawn billionaires and dead billionaires. Their 19th and early 20th Century efforts successfully blocked much industrial and tourist exploitation of the valley. And the populants of NYC head to Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Block Island anyway for holidays, except for a few artistic types that can be found on prominences and hilltops quietly trying to keep their second-home heavens secret. The protected shorelines and valley villages are now hidden away by the pervasive forest overgrowth. Finding anything requires a GPS-based, real-time guide.

Our App Hudson River Valley At-Hand is just the guide you need. It is a hi-lights reel of the very best of the valley with a list of only the top attractions. The best? Rockefellor estate, Art: DIA in Beacon and Storm King Art Center in Windsor and if you like gardens try either Stonecrop in Cold Springs or Innisfree in Millbrook. If you want a social experience, try charming Rheinbeck, and the Old Rheinbeck Aerodrome.

Massive Galleries for Large Scale Art - DIA - Beacon, NY - © At-Hand Guides

Massive Galleries for Large Scale Art – DIA – Beacon, NY – © At-Hand Guides

Get out along the Hudson River Valley with Hudson River Valley At-Hand.

Looking for alternative, safe, high-security July 4th ? – Go West to the Finger Lakes #MassInsider, #FLX, #VisitMA

Looking for alternative, safe, high-security July 4th ? – Go West to the Finger Lakes #MassInsider, #FLX, #VisitMA

Open Farm and Vineyard Countryside of the Finger Lakes - © At-Hand Guides

Open Farm and Vineyard Countryside of the Finger Lakes – © At-Hand Guides

Our second recommendation for a quiet, but sophisticated July 4th weekend is touring the wineries and natural features of the upstate NY Finger Lakes Region.

While the cities of Rochester, Syracuse and the other along the Erie Canal Corridor continue to disintegrate as part of the rust-belt, the Finger Lakes are a green oasis slowing becoming a world-class source for wines, ciders, beers and other craft alchoholic beverages. No glatial kettle ponds in the Finger Lakes, just the cool deep lake valleys with smooth level plateaus perfect for agriculture.

Vineyards at Front of Winery Entrance - © At-Hand Guides

Vineyards at Front of Winery Entrance – © At-Hand Guides

Don’t expect the palace tasting rooms of Napa or Sonoma valleys of CA. Few are getting rich here, so this region is about the “passion-of-the-grape.” Much more fun and authentic. You will uncover some great vintages and winemakers in the region. The prices are modest, the people ultra-friendly. Best of all, since 2015 these wineries may now legally ship their products directly to your home in Massachusetts.

Simple Life Between the Lakes in Early AM - Road Paving and Getting the kids to school - © At-Hand Guides

Simple Life Between the Lakes in Early AM – Road Paving and Getting the kids to school – © At-Hand Guides

The July 4th weekend will include lots of winery events, free music from local bands and singers.

There are actually 11 lakes, far too many to do in a couple of days, so choose a few wineries to explore. Add one or two of the top gardens of the Finger Lakes, and a quick stop at a water fall or two. Use the app Finger Lakes At-Hand to identify the best.

There are plenty of 3 star name-brand motels and increasing numbers of farm-to-table dining places.

Looking for alternative, safe, July 4th? – Go West to the Berkshires #MassInsider, #Berkshires, #VisitMA

Exhibit At MassMOCA North Adams - © At-Hand Guides

Exhibit At MassMOCA North Adams – © At-Hand Guides

We are thinking of Woodstock, Lenox, Pittsfield, North Adams, and Deerfield.

The Berkshires are only 1-1.5 hours from Greater Boston via I90.

Here in the hills, art and theater flourishes. There are also plenty of fresh-water pond swimming opportunities. New England At-Hand lists hundreds of discoveries – some well known, many obscure.

Use the app to find your interests, to capture the best of the region and to optimize your time-on-the ground with real-time routing between destinations.

We like the world-class art of MassMOCA in North Adams and the global dance performances at Jabobs Pillow in Becket. And there is much New England At-Hand can help you discover between these tow.