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Posts from April 2019

Street view of storefronts at night in the City of Hudson

In case you hadn't heard, this year’s Pride festivities are going to be a very big deal. New York City hosts WorldPride 2019, drawing visitors from all over the globe, to honor the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, when the gay community took a stand against police harassment in the West Village. This means that: a) amazing unmissable events will be happening all throughout June and early July; b) it’s a great time to get out of the city and explore New York State’s many attractions. We’ve rounded up fantastic places to stay near the city that are actually destinations on their own. Read on for beach-y, woodsy, small town, and simply convenient options.

Montauk Lighthouse

Though it’s technically part of the Hamptons, New York’s legendary luxury playground, Montauk, long ago forged its own identity as a quirky hamlet known for fishing, beaches, parks, and for its nickname, “The End.” With a centuries-old lighthouse at the easternmost point in New York State as its calling card, today Montauk offers something for everyone, from families on beach holidays to fishing enthusiasts and surfers to twenty-somethings seeking out the increasingly active nightlife scene. Here’s your guide to a diverse weekend in Montauk. 

Credit: NPA Photo/  J.Peters

Located east of New York City, just off the southern edge of Long Island, 31-mile-long Fire Island is home to some of the most spectacular, pristine beaches in the United States. Its proximity to NYC

Market Street Brewing Co. & Restaurant street view

Corning, New York is the perfect stepping stone to explore the southern Finger Lakes. You’re probably most familiar with the name as a tribute to glass art and innovation, thanks to the famed Corning Museum of Glass, a must-see while in town—but you’ll find much more to love in this charming city along the Chemung River. Due to Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) establishing residence in 1868, the town’s nickname is “Crystal City” and the quaint downtown is dubbed “The Gaffer District,” gaffer being a term for a professional glassblower. Come for the glass but stay for the inventive cuisine, boutique shopping, and nearby Finger Lakes wine country.

family of four on maid of the mist boat tour

The Greater Niagara region has been a hot spot for travelers for a loooong time. After all, if Niagara Falls isn’t on your bucket list, you probably don’t have a bucket list. The region is also full of art, culture, history, flora-and-fauna-and-Americana, and signature sandwiches oozing with flavor. You’re about to find out that this region is much more than waterfalls and wings—but definitely get in on both of those during your visit!

Letchworth State Park

NOTE: Check back in March 2020 for the fifth annual Bracket!

We have a winner! In ILOVENY.com's fourth annual Bracket, we rounded up some of the most popular and beloved destinations across New York State to find the #1 fan choice and YOU chose Maid of the Mist, the iconic boat tour of Niagara Falls USA! Stay tuned for news about the lucky winner of the annual Bracket sweepstakes, who will get to select one of the amazing travel packages listed below in the guide to this year's contestants. Read on to see where you should plan your next New York vacation!

National Comedy Center

The National Comedy Center opened its doors in 2018 in Jamestown, NY (aka the birthplace of one Lucille Ball), and we’ve got your insider guide to the top things to do at New York’s funniest attraction. With more than 50 interactive exhibits, it’s seriously some of the best fun you’ll ever have—no jokes about it!