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    We hope that you enjoy your stay in your Holbrook New York hotel. Seasoned travellers will become acquainted with the famous hotels in their destinations. The Hotel Icon in Hong Kong, the Hotel Metropole in Hanoi, the Porto Bay Rio Internacional Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, the Savoy Hotel in London, the Mandarin Oriental Pudong in Shanghai, the PuLi Hotel and Spa in Shanghai and Hotel La Mamounia in Marrakesh (Marrakech). are among the historic, famous and/or luxurious of the international hotels.

    Reptiles, Birds, Mammals and other Wildlife / Fauna of New York State

    Red-winged blackbirds, great egrets, raccoons, common loons, muskrats, Eastern chipmunks, bald eagles, fishers, porcupines, screech owls, American goldfinches, White-tailed deer, great horned owls, cardinals, turkey vultures, black bears, bobolinks, snowy owls, spotted turtles, diamondback terrapins, horseshoe crabs, weasels, widgeons, brown garter snakes, beavers, ruffed grouse, common goldeneyes, black capped chickadees, snowy egrets, oldsquaws, gray foxes, common egrets, piping plovers, black-crowned night herons, little brown bats, water snakes, Baltimore orioles, red foxes, canvasbacks, snowshoe hares, black vultures, Eastern timber rattlesnakes, bobcats, ruby-throated hummingbirds, smooth green snakes, red-breasted mergansers, big brown bats, Eastern bluebirds, leatherback turtles, northern shovelers, ospreys, milk snakes, fiddler crabs, hooded mergansers, Eastern gray squirrels, coyotes, porpoises, pintails, otters, Eastern cottontail rabbits, belted kingfishers, pilot whales, sea turtles, bobwhite quails, white-winged scoters, great blue herons, brown thrashers, bottle-nosed dolphins, pileated woodpeckers, box turtles, minks, blue-winged warblers, harbor seals, woodcocks, rufous sided towhees, snapping turtles, wild turkeys, opossums, black racer snakes, woodchucks, spring peepers, spotted salamanders, whip-poor-wills, yelow-bellied sapsuckers, scarlet tanagers, peregrine falcons, common nighthawks, ruddy turnstone sandpipers, painted turtles and a moose population that has grown since they started to migrate back into the state in the late 1970s are among the wild animals of New York State.

    Folklore, Monsters, Myths, Ghosts, Scary Stories and Legends in New York State

    The celebrity ghosts of New York City's Chelsea Hotel (itself immortalised in song by Leonard Cohen), which allegedly include Sid Vicious, Dylan Thomas, Thomas Wolfe and Eugene O'Neill; the Cardiff Giant, an allegedly petrified man now on display in the Farmer's Museum, Cooperstown; events in the Long Island house dramatised in the film The Amityville Horror (please do not linger as it is a private residence); the metal-working Catskill gnomes (originally of Mohican (Mahican) legend but possibly embellished since), pygmies with piggy eyes, long beards and enormous heads (melonheads?), whose games of nine-pins every twenty years cause thunder and flashes of light (September 3rd 2029 should be the date of their next tournament and, for the brave, the mountain behind the now demolished New Grand Hotel was said to be a good place to look but beware, Hendrik Hudson's crew were temporarily turned into gnomes after drinking their liquor and Rip van Winkle met the gnomes with famous results); the literary ghosts, including Dorothy Parker, of New York City's Algonquin Hotel; Champ, the famous monster of Lake Champlain on the northeastern border of the state; and alligators in the sewers of New York City, said to be the descendants of baby alligators flushed down toilets, are among the true ghost stories, myths and legends of New York State.

    The skeletal Rambout Van Dam who rows the Tappan Zee; the Montauk monster, an unidentified carcass (but thought by some to be a bald raccoon); the ghost ship The Flying Dutchman, usually associated with the Cape of Good Hope but which is said by some to appear at Tappan Zee on the Hudson River (I suspect that it is really Captain Kidd's ship the Adventure Galley); the Catskill Witch who, according to Native American folklore, commanded the weather from Top Mountain and Round Top before playing tricks on anyone who ventured into her domain, once called Ontiora or Mountains of the Sky; the Devil's Dance Chamber to the west of the Hudson River, where native Americans performed their divinatory dance rituals until the Manitou manifested himself as a wild animal; the dwerg (dwarf) of John Coleman, a seaman with Hendrik Hudson (did Coleman not recover from his encounter with the Catskill gnomes and so remained a dwarf?), who still haunts the area near Donderberg (Thunder Mountain) on the Hudson River; and the witches of Native American legend who may still dwell in the glacial Green Lakes, are other legendary tales of ghosts and haunted places in New York State.

    The Devil's Stepping Stones in Long Island Sound, used by Satan to escape from Native American warriors; the ghosts of Sleepy Hollow (a real village popularly known by that name before it officially became so in 1996), where Washington Irving is buried and which really is haunted, especially around Raven Rock, by a wailing lady in white, the witch Mother Hulda and by a spectral horseman (not headless and usually heard but not seen); the ghost ship Adventure Galley, commanded by Captain Kidd, seen near Bear Mountain Bridge; the incredible twenty-two ghosts haunting the house at 14 West 10th Street in Manhattan, which include Mark Twain (Samuel Langhorne Clemens); the giant serpent of Silver Lake, near Gainesville; the pirate treasure, possibly Captain Kidd's, buried on New York harbour's Liberty Island but protected by a fire breathing devil; the ghosts of the Dakota Apartments (used in exterior shots in Rosemary's Baby) in New York City, including an Edwardian little girl, a little boy dressed in clothes of the same period, a young man, a crying woman, Edward Clark (who had the Dakota built) and, it is said, former Beatle John Lennon; and the finger marks of the Great Spirit, according to the Iroquois, as seen in the Finger Lakes to the west of Syracuse, are more weird folklore associated with New York State.


    The United States of America is famous for the comfort of its hotels. It is well-known that in Europe you should see London, Paris, Rome, Naples, Florence, Venice and Athens but in the USA you should see Los Angeles, New York, Minneapolis, Indianapolis, Seattle, Skagway, Albuquerque, Boston, Fairbanks, Savannah, St Louis, Kansas City, Santa Fe, Anchorage, Salt Lake City, Lake Tahoe, Atlantic City, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Juneau, Houston, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Honolulu, San Francisco, Corpus Christi, Sitka, San Diego, New Orleans, Atlanta, Phoenix, Detroit, Washington DC, Dallas, Chicago and Sacramento. Then perhaps you can say that you are familiar with the United States of America. The Okefenokee Swamp, the Grand Canyon, Glacier Bay National Park, Marvellous scenery and sea life in Kenai Fjords National Park, the Florida Keys, the Disney resorts, Mount Rainier National Park, the plantations and bayous of the Mississippi Delta, the Everglades, Mount McKinley and fabulous wildlife in Denali National Park, Bryce Canyon, the California coastline, Mount Rushmore, the Ozarks, the Adirondacks, the beach at Waikiki in Hawaii, Route 66, Native American nations such as the Navajo and the Hopi, Hawaiian volcanoes such as Mauna Loa, the Appalachians, Yellowstone National Park, Yosemite National Park, Niagara Falls, the wild west town of Tombstone, rodeos and the Arctic wilderness of Alaska are other places, sights or events that can justify your claim to know America. Happy travelling!

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