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A chocolate version of the Oswego Lighthouse

With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time to remind your friends and loved ones of their favorite New York State attractions and get them excited about their future travels throughout the state. These unique New York State gift ideas, all of which can be purchased online, are sure to bring back great memories of New York and brighten the day of a special person in your life. 

A light pink cocktail on a bar with liquor bottles on shelves

New York craft distilleries use the state’s agricultural bounty to source the grains, fruits, and botanicals that help make vodkas, whiskies, gins, and other spirits. So we thought, why not take it a step further and connect these spirits to beloved New York State attractions? Working with our friends at the New York Distillers Guild, we tasked emerging brands from around the state with creating a cocktail with a flavor profile or story that pays homage to a landmark in their respective tourism region. Behold, cocktails dedicated to New York attractions and crafted with New York spirits. Do make these at home, while remembering to drink responsibly. 

A Chinese building at the New York Chinese Scholar's Garden

Have you been daydreaming of far-off places and yearning to pack your bags for a globetrotting experience? Look no further for unique destinations that will make you feel like you’re traveling the world without leaving New York State. New York’s diversity is rooted in its immigrant history, with people from many different cultures calling the state home and creating attractions to remind them of where they came from—from traditional Chinese and Japanese gardens to inviting Scottish inns to restaurants with Senegalese and Mexican flavors. Ready to get exploring?

Cradle of Aviation Museum, Photo Courtesy of Cradle of Aviation Museum

School looks different this year, but that doesn’t mean that the tradition of field trips exploring New York State’s inspiring attractions has to change! These DIY field trips can get you and your kids out into nature or exploring attractions while learning about history, culture, music, art, science, and the environment, all while keeping a New York State of Mind.