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A Welcome Surprise!

December 22, 2015 11:48 ET

Give Yourself the Gift of Travel

Celebrate Boxing Week Beyond the Border, and Travel to Upstate New York

ROCHESTER, NY--(Marketwired - Dec 22, 2015) - Give yourself the gift of travel this holiday season, with a visit to Upstate New York. During Boxing Week, the roads will be clear and the deals will be plenty, making it a perfect time to pack a bag and take a few days to get away.

The A Welcome Surprise! Program helps Canadians find the best value during a trip into New York State. Whether you are looking for family fun...

  • Family Freeze Package - Take a vacation, staycation. Package includes a spacious one bedroom suite with living room and kitchen at the Hampton Inn & Suites Rochester/Victor, one large, one topping pizza and 2 liter soda delivered hot & fresh to your suite, microwave popcorn and a goodie bag of snacks. Rates starting at $159 a night based on suite type and hotel availability. Valid now through April 2016.
  • Family Fun Overnight at RIT Inn & Conference Center - Package includes overnight guest room accommodations, one large, two topping pizza, four 16 oz. fountain drinks and four house baked chocolate chip cookies. Rates start at $99 per night, taxes included. Now through Feb 2016.
  • Hyatt Explore the Strong Museum or Memorial Art Gallery - Come see Rochester's favorite pastimes and enjoy daily breakfast for two, 2:00 p.m. late checkout, and general admission for two people to either The Strong Museum Play or The Memorial Art Gallery. Now through December 2016.
  • Two Day Admission to the Corning Museum of Glass - Purchase a ticket to the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY and get in for free on the second day. Good for two consecutive days only. Kids 17 and under are free. Valid through December 31, 2015.
  • Winter Weekend Family Fun Package - Beat the winter blues with a family getaway to Geneseo. Hampton Inn Geneseo's Winter Weekend Family Fun Package includes overnight accommodations, $30 voucher for Livingston Lanes & Pub, four movie tickets to Geneseo Theatre, and a snack bucket full of goodies. $185.00 per night, plus tax. Valid now through March 2016.

...time spent at the mall...

  • Destiny USA is an entertainment center filled with over 260 stores, restaurants, and activities -- including WonderWorks, the Canyon Climb Adventure ropes course, Dave & Busters, laser tag, virtual golf, and an IMAX theatre. Visitors who want to experience Pole Position Raceway at Destiny or any of the other Pole Position locations can get $5 off your first race with a coupon found online. Valid through Thursday, December 31, 2015.
  • Waterloo Premium Outlets is the perfect place to find your favorite stores at a bargain price. The outlets offer a collection of 100 designer and brand name stores, located minutes off of exit 42 along the I-90 Thruway.
  • And the Rochester Area Malls will give you your pick of three local malls -- The Mall at Greece Ridge in Greece, NY, The Marketplace Mall in Henrietta, NY, or the upscale Eastview Mall in Victor, NY. All offer great finds for shoppers, and fantastic deals after Christmas.


  • Bristol Mountain is officially open! The Ski Resort will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and operating the Sunset Lift and Trail for advanced and intermediate level ski and snowboarders only. Special $35 all day lift tickets will be sold at guest services.
  • Ski & Stay Package - Book an overnight at the Hampton Inn & Suites Rochester/Victor on your way to Bristol Mountain. A Ski & Stay Package includes a $25 gift card to Bristol Mountain Resort, hand warmer packets, Chapstick with clip holder, snack pack and full hot breakfast. Rates Starting at $154 a night based on room type and hotel availability. Valid now through April 2016.


  • Baby It's Cold Outside - Let Spa Elan warm you with one of its Winter Specials, including a Hot Stone Cocoa Massage, Artic Berry Peel and Peptide Treatment, Blueberry Soy Slimming Body Treatment, and Winter Wonderland Massage, Shampoo, and Mani-Pedi Package. Starting at $76. Valid now through Jan 2016.

...or New Year's Eve Fun...

  • Celebrate New Year's Eve at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa - Choose from three exclusive packages to ring in the new year at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa. Select packages include access to bands and ballrooms, a midnight sparkling wine toast, deluxe overnight accommodations for two, dinner and breakfast offerings. Packages start at $299 per couple. Valid Thursday, December 31, 2015 only.
  • New Year's Eve 2016 - Downtown Bash - Head to downtown Rochester for New Year's Eve at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside. Select packages include complimentary parking, 5-hour open bar, party hats and noisemakers, a midnight champagne toast, dance floor with DJs and a band. Hor D'Oeuvres are served from 8-9 p.m. with a dinner buffet from 8:30 - 9:30 p.m. and dessert from 10-11 p.m. Overnight packages start at $299 for couples. Party only packages start at $229 per couple. Valid Thursday, December 31, 2015 only.
  • Rockin'N the Garden - New Year's Eve 2016 - At the Hilton Garden Inn, enjoy a new year's party and feast! Package includes a five hour open bar, prime rib dinner with seafood features, party hats and noisemakers, a midnight champagne toast, dance floor and DJ as well as live performances, and room accommodations for two. Packages start at $209 per couple. Valid Thursday, December 31, 2015 only.
  • New Year's Eve Family Night Package - Ring in the New Year at the RIT Inn & Conference Center! Package includes overnight accommodations on Thursday, December 31, 2015 and one large two-topping pizza, 10 chicken wings served with celery and blue cheese, four 16 oz. fountain drinks, and four cookies, a party pack with hats and noise makers for four people, and a bottle of sparkling grape juice to toast at midnight. $114.00 per night, taxes included. Valid on Thursday, December 31, 2015 only.
  • New Year's Family Celebration Package - Join the Hampton Inn Geneseo for an evening of swimming, pizza, movies, and celebrating that everyone young and old will remember for the rest of the year. This package includes overnight accommodations, extended use of the indoor pool and spa until midnight, pizza buffet, pajama party with snacks and movies, a bucket in your room full of everything you need to ring in 2016. $169.00 plus tax, per night. Valid on Thursday, December 31, 2015 only.

we've got you covered.

For more attractions, events, accommodation information, and tips to help any traveler plan their getaway to Upstate New York, visit

About the A Welcome Surprise! Program

A Welcome Surprise encourages and entices Canadian visitors to explore deeper into New York State. The program showcases a unique collection of attractions and experiences that are all comfortably within driving distance from the Canadian border. The program's partners include accommodations, shopping destinations, family and four-season recreational activities, communities and tourist-friendly businesses. Many of the partners offer discounts for Canadian visitors. Current offers, information and destinations can be found at and at A Welcome Surprise's Facebook page.

Contact Information

  • Media Contact:
    Sarah Blackwell
    Office: 585-394-0787 x4
    Cell: 315-225-0256