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Chamber postpones restaurant week

JOHNSTOWN — The Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce is postponing Restaurant Week until later in the year.

In a recent report to the Fulton County Board of Supervisors’ Economic Development and Environment Committee, chamber Director of Tourism Development Anne Boles said the popular event is being delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boles said Restaurant Week — featuring specials at area restaurants — will be promoted in the late spring and summer.

Due to COVID restrictions at this time, she said it was thought it is best to postpone Restaurant Week “until numbers are better and outside dining could be utilized.”

Boles said that since it will be later in the year, it will also be promoted to visitors who are renting cabins and campsites.

Also in her monthly report, Boles said the chamber continues to promote winter activities in both counties. In Fulton County, she said the area has the advantage of beautiful outdoors and natural social distancing. She said activities include skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing.

“We’ve had a great winter to take advantage of the outdoors and all our great winter activities,” Boles said.

The chamber’s “tourist in your own town” promotion continues, according to Boles.

She asked for the local citizenry to continue to support local restaurants and shops. She said a restaurant list is updated and posted on the chamber’s Facebook pages, which has over 5,000 views.

Boles reported on several other Fulton County tourism efforts, including brochure development.

She said she continues to develop a craft beverage trail, which would feature at least Stump City Brewing, Rogers Cideryard, Great Sacandaga Brewing and Higher Ground Distilling.

Another project is the design of a Mountain Bike Trail Map. Boles said there are state-of-the-art trails in the Peck Hill State Forest in Meco and a 3.5-mile course in the hamlet of Wheelerville. She said these trails draw mountain bikers from all over the region and it will be a great advantage to showcase the trails , along with restaurants, hotels and places to stay.

Boles continues work on a Fulton County hiking challenge she is calling “Fulton County Five.” She is in the processing of choosing five hikes in Fulton County and marketing the project. Hiking challenges are designed to give people an opportunity to visit new places and explore new trails.

She said she is working with hiking and outdoor enthusiast Randy Gardiner on choosing trails. She said this challenge will be “really nice” for the area.

Boles also reported on Google analytics for January. She said the website www.44lakes.com attracted 1,800 users for the month of January.

“The majority of the users are from New York, but they are from across the state,” she said.

She said the website has a high percentage of organic searches. People Google the area and 44lakes.com pops up.

In addition to New York state users of the website, others are from: Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ohio, Virginia, California, Kentucky, and New Hampshire.

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