At-Hand Apps to Cease Operations

We are announcing today with some sadness that At-Hand Apps will be ceasing its business operations.

March 16th will be the final day that our catalog of travel guide apps covering New England and New York State will be available for download from the App Store.

Existing users may continue using the apps until mid-2016 when we plan to shut down our servers. Watch this space, Facebook, and Twitter for more details to come.

We are grateful to the many individuals who volunteered their photos, insights and other help in creating our apps. You were very generous and awesome. Thank you!

We are incredibly appreciative of the dozens of fellow dreamers who invested time and money in At-Hand Apps and its missions along the way and who shared the journey with us. Thank you!

And finally, to our customers: Thank you. Without you we certainly would not have been able to come this far. Our hope since 2010 has been that we could provide a product of some value, created with great care and love, that would enhance users’ lives in some way.

So we say goodbye. It has been a good journey.

Announcing new dedicated guide #Berkshires At-Hand

Welcome To Williams College Art Museum - Williamstown

Welcome To Williams College Art Museum – Williamstown

We’re pleased to announce the release of our, Massachusetts Berkshires At-Hand guide for iOS. It is the only dedicated travel guide app exclusively for the Berkshires.

It includes all At-Hand Guides latest features and has a clean, new look, beginning with our At-Hand Guides logo.

  • Nearly 400 top attractions and over 2,000 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.
  • Coverage extends into New York and Connecticut so nothing is missed.
  • Includes native iPad capability utilizing the full screen
Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

The features which made earlier At-Hand Guide editions highly-rated, stand-outs are retained:

  • Around-you and around-where-you-want-to-be search – true mobile architecture for on-the-go use.
  • Curated, detailed listings and photographs – so you can choose what fits your needs
  • Honest editor ratings – so you know what t expect
  • Real-time routing for your custom itineraries/tours – for top Berkshires experiences

Please try the Berkshires At-Hand and let yourself go.

Thinking about a wine tour in #FingerLakes this weekend? #FLX #FLXRiesling

Photo by Finger Lakes Museum

Photo by Finger Lakes Museum

How does Finger Lakes At-Hand compare to the other iOS Finger Lakes Wine apps?  Let us count the ways!

First – We are are on your side, the visitor / user. All listings are editor-rated and there are no Wine Trail Association fees, advertising revenue to influence the ratings or get in the way of authentic truth.

Second – We believe in the “picture is worth a thousand words” mantra.  So every listing includes multiple photos.  You will have an idea of what the sign looks like, what the tasting room decoration and size is like, etc. No surprises but a good idea of the experiences to be discovered.

Third – Complete.  We list over 122 wineries open to the public, not just the 80 that may be dues-paying members of some marketing organization.

Fourth – Many more trails – Five Wine trails and several other Finger Lakes multi-stop adventures.  In addition to Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga we include the Lake Ontario and even the obscure Broome County trails.

Fifth – Finger Lakes At-Hand is a true “mobile, around-me design.”   At any point, at any time, you can take a look around you or where you want to be and dynamically find out what is just around the corner.  You will never regret the loss of the stop you would have otherwise missed. You are always in charge.

Six – You can use “near-semantic” search to focus on specific wine varieties, like Chardonnay, Riesling or Shiraz or finding nearby places to drink your purchased wines while “picnicking.”

Seven – The Finger Lakes is not just about wines.  It is increasingly about brewers, distillers and cider makers who turn the fruits of upstate New York into interesting crafted libations. Finger Lakes At-Hand lists the best of these too.

FLX FarmEight – Beyond agri-tourism, the Finger Lakes is full of nature preserves, waterfalls, gardens, museums, art galleries, cultural and historical attractions. They are all included in Finger Lakes At-Hand, in depth, in more than 300 listings.

Nine – Custom Itineraries / Tours – With a few screen taps, you have selected, sequenced and optimized your own top choices for a day out in wine country.  On the road, you are automatically routed between your choices so you spend the maximum time at the attractions.  You are never uncertain where to turn or lost or even slowed down.

Ten – Real-Time not static, paper-guide book. – Your results are always custom to where you want to explore or where you are and what you search for.  Nobody gets the same search results as your custom lists. Results are always current – all new listings are included.  Finger Lakes At-Hand is not a paper guide disguised as an app.

Eleven – Native iPad support.  If you travel with a cell-connected iPad, Finger Lakes At-Hand provides a stunning on-the-road companion with more on the the screen in “list-mode,”  more detail in “map-view,” and ultra-large photos.

What Finger Lakes At-Hand does not include:  Virtually no accommodations, though a few have snuck in due to their winery affiliations. Just a few restaurants – and they are unique “destination-dining” establishments whose uniqueness and reputation merit a special consideration.  So we have no Motel 6’s, no MacDonalds, etc.  Oh … and no “events” – but you get “single-touch” direct-access to every listing’s web-site to access the event source itself for the very latest and most authoritative data.

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