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Wine touring Cayuga Lake

Fall is upon us, although considering the several feet of snow currently blanketing much of Western NY, it’d probably be safe to say that fall is slowly sliding away from us while winter quietly (although not so subtly) creeps in. The hoards of tourists have vacated the Finger Lakes and several wineries have moved into more limited hours, […]

FALL

Finger Lakes in the Fall

Although I love exploring the nearby Finger Lakes region year round with all the great hiking, gorgeous waterfalls, and award-winning wineries, there is nothing like fall along the elongated lakes. The autumn months are, by far, the best time to explore all this part of Upstate New York has to offer. Here’s why: Because the […]

NIAGARA FALLS

Niagara Falls attractions: must-dos and pass-bys

  Niagara Falls is unarguably one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world, averaging close to 30 million visitors per year. The three waterfalls that make up Niagara Falls straddle the American and Canadian border, drawing tourists from both countries and all around the world. Living only about an hour and a half down […]

NYC Skyline

A December weekend in NYC for under $800

  Trip: 3 Days Total Cost: $785 for 2 people Vacation days used: 1 Ah, New York at Christmas. There’s nothing like it. The Fifth Avenue shops decked out in ornaments of all colors, carefully detailed window displays lining the streets, and ice skating rinks with people laughing and swirling around – what’s not to […]

Vineyard overlooking Seneca Lake

Finger Lakes: 10 reasons to make them your next weekend getaway

Rolling hills, deep glacier-carved lakes, and hidden gorges define the area known as the Finger Lakes region in central and western New York. Historically overshadowed by the metropolis of New York City to the south, Upstate New York and its Finger Lakes regions are finally beginning to draw some visitors away from the concrete jungles […]

Walking under the second waterfall

Watkins Glen: The fairytale gorge of the Finger Lakes

One of my all time favorite parks and probably one of the most visited in the Finger Lakes Region of New York is Watkins Glen. Sitting just outside the small town with the same name, the park follows along a narrow gorge that looks like something straight out of a fairytale. A bubbling creek flows […]

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Fillmore Glen State Park: A gorgeous gorge getaway

So much green. Upstate New York has just been swathed in green this spring. The many beautiful spring days have been tempting me to get out of the office and spend some time wandering the parks of the area. And it’s a good thing there’s so much beauty going on around my home town – […]

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Robert H. Treman State Park: A hike through the green gorge

The favorite t-shirt slogan, “Ithaca is Gorges”, is a pretty corny play on words, but it’s not an overstatement. Ithaca, NY is home to Cornell University, Ithaca College, and some of the most stunning parks in New York state. The glaciers that carved out the Finger Lakes many years ago left behind creeks and rivers […]