We LGBT folk love our cities, but we also love to get away from it all and unwind. In New York, you can indulge yourself at a world-class resort, browse a flower festival, take a scenic foliage drive, or sip a glass of wine at a lakeside winery - sometimes all in the same day!
Check in to a full service resort and put your car keys - and cares - away. Everything you could want for a perfect vacation is within walking (or skiing or snowshoeing) distance. Enjoy fine or down-home dining, spa services, year-round sports and many other activities without ever having to leave the grounds. In Saratoga Springs, experience the luxury of naturally effervescent waters at the Gideon Putnam Resort and Spa, Lake Placid's Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa offers you a rejuvenating treatments and the historic Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz sits next to a mountain lake, and is surrounded by miles of hiking and ski trails.
There's no better way to welcome the warmer weather than by stopping to smell the flowers at one of New York State's spring flower shows and festivals, such as Albany's annual Tulip Festival and Rochester's Lilac Festival. Flowers bloom year-round at thousands of public gardens from the Bronx's famous New York Botanical Garden to rural Schoharie Valley's 548-acre Landis Arboretum to the historic Buffalo-Erie Country Botanical Gardens. Old Westbury Gardens on Long Island is rated one of America's top 14 most beautiful home and garden tours by Budget Travel.
Relax by a waterfall. New York has hundreds of spectacular cascades, many located along hiking routes and perfect for stops during an outing. The Finger Lakes has the 215-foot Taughannock Falls near Ithaca, one of the highest single vertical drops in the east. Kaaterskill Falls, along route 23-A in the Catskills, long has been a favorite of artists and photographers.
Maybe you just want to cool off with a refreshing swim or catch some rays with a good book. You'll find a beach near you in New York State, from the Atlantic shores of Long Island's beaches, to lakeside beaches like Grafton Lakes State Park in Grafton, Lakeside Beach State Park on Lake Ontario, and Cumberland Bay on Lake Champlain.
In autumn, hit the road with travelers from all over the world for a peek at New York's rainbow of spectacular fall foliage. It all begins with peak conditions in the Adirondacks and Catskills in mid-late September, and ends on Long Island and in New York City in early November.
As the color spreads across New York's hillsides, it's time to go hunting - for antiques! Whether you're searching for furniture, an addition to your vintage toy collection, a log cabin quilt, or just want to take a trip back in time, autumn antiquing in New York always satisfies, from the Hudson Valley to Madison County.
With a wide range of habitats, designated migratory corridors, and a wealth of lands and facilities accessible to the public, New York is one of the nation's premier destinations for wildlife viewing. Rheinstrom Hill Audubon Center and Sanctuary in the Hudson Valley and Montezuma Wetlands Complex Bird Conservation Area in the Finger Lakes are just two of the many great locations.
Relax with a glass of wine! The Empire State's distinctive wine growing regions span 500 miles from Long Island to the state's westernmost borders. That's a lot of New York to uncork! Travel one of the state's wine and beverage trails, or learn all about the state's wine and foods at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in the Finger Lakes.