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Posts from February 2020

A photo of the diner bar inside Phoenicia Diner in the Catskills

Is there anything better than diving into stacks of pancakes covered with maple syrup? Or savoring a milkshake made with local ice cream after a cheeseburger and fries? With great food, a friendly atmosphere and the occasional award-winning chef behind the counter, diners and luncheonettes remain some of the best places to grab a bite in New York State. From New York City to the Adirondacks and everywhere in between, these family-friendly mainstays are the stuff of mouthwatering memories. Discover original diners, where the atmosphere has been generations in the making, as well as award-winning hot spots that welcome all to linger over a meal. 

A photo of bagels on a plate

Any visit to New York would be incomplete without a taste of a chewy, delicious bagel. A typical New York bagel is smaller and denser than most, usually hand-rolled, boiled, then baked to achieve the perfect consistency. Here are places to find the best bagels in New York, whether you take yours topped with plain cream cheese, lox, butter, or whatever topping or filling you choose! 

Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown

It’s a fun and carefree getaway when everything you need is all around you. Whether you want a one-stop family vacation, a romantic retreat, or fun with friends, these one-of-a-kind resorts make it easy. You can enjoy fine or casual dining, spa services, four-season sports, and many other activities without ever having to leave the grounds. Check in and let the adventures begin.

Troy
Credit: @troyinnovation

Troy sometimes gets overlooked as a suburb of Albany (just 20 minutes up and across the Hudson River from the capital), but it has come into its own in recent years as enterprising newcomers aim to put this city of 50,000 on the map. A former steel and textile manufacturing center, Troy once produced detachable collars for men’s shirts, thus you’ll see the nickname “Collar City” around town. At the peak of the Industrial Revolution in the late 1800s, Troy was the 4th-richest city in the United States. Today, another revolution has arrived as Trojans passionate about revitalizing their hometown have gone all in on farm-to-table dining, trendy breweries, unique shopping, and performing arts, all while preserving a mix of Victorian, Greek-Revival, Gothic-Revival, and Georgian architecture. Here’s how to enjoy a weekend in an emerging enclave that’s on the verge of evolving from hidden gem to hip destination.

Six Flags Great Escape & Splashwater Kingdom

Did you know that many of New York State's most exciting attractions are accessible by train? These eight attractions include all the transportation information you need to plan a trip, in most cases using only mass transit. Read on to learn more about how to take a train to attractions that are sure to provide fun-filled memories, whether you're looking for a day trip, weekend getaway, or even a longer vacation. 

Gurney’s Montauk Resort

From cigars and brandy after a black tie gala at a Rockefeller Great Camp to soaring over wine country and feasting at the newest Michelin-starred restaurants, indulge in the ultimate luxury experiences in New York State. Enjoy pampering appointments at the most exciting yoga retreat and spa in the state or head to the Hamptons for a destination retreat you and your closest friends will never forget. 

Glen Highland Farm

February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day, but let’s be honest, what day isn’t? We know it’s hard to truly enjoy yourself when spending time apart from your fur baby, but finding pet-friendly accommodations isn’t always easy. Well, you and Fido are in luck. New York State has plenty of pet-friendly getaway options, from campgrounds, beaches, and dog parks, to upscale inns and hotels. Read on to find the trip that’s pawsitively perfect for you and your pooch.

A picture of the Eleanor Roosevelt House and pond

March is Women's History Month, but just as history is larger than a single month, so too are the people that inspire female empowerment, from Eleanor Roosevelt's human rights work at the United Nations to Lucille Ball's entertainment industry firsts. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Suffrage Movement, which granted American women the right to vote. To highlight the iconic women in history and their impact, and to help you plan ahead, here are seven places to experience Women’s History Month in New York.

Harbes Family Farm

Every family has their classic vacation go-to destinations. But what about when your kids (and you) are craving something a little different? Give your crew a taste of something exciting and new when you venture to one of New York’s lesser-known treasures. Your next unforgettable escape is hiding right around the corner.