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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. 

Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown

New York has an abundance of gorgeous natural views all across the state AND is well known for its culinary scene, so you won’t be surprised that restaurants have popped up in stunning spots. From waterfront dining along oceans, lakes, and rivers, to waterfalls, to city skyline views, New York State offers memorable dining opportunities for everyone. Remember to stay as local as possible when traveling, while bringing a mask or face covering to wear when it's not possible to keep six feet apart from others not in your party. Please call ahead or check websites and social media to be aware of any changes to restaurant operations.

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.

New York City Pride March; Photograph: Chris Gagliardi

While every Pride is meaningful and special, this year’s is a particularly big deal: 2019 marks the 50-year anniversary of the historic Stonewall Riots, when the LGBTQ community rose up in protest against police raids at the Stonewall Inn in New York City's West Village. The epicenter of the anniversary festivities will be right here in New York State, and it's the first WorldPride in the United States. Events will take place all throughout the month of June and continue into July, both in the city and around New York State. See what’s coming up and make plans to stick around because there’s too much joy to contain in just a day or a week. Of course, everything is open to locals, travelers, friends, partners, families—all are welcome. 

Credit: Andy Buscemi

We’ve made it through the winter and April’s showers will soon be forgotten—get ready for May flowers and perfect weather throughout New York State. This year, we’re celebrating special occasions like Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday and the 50th anniversaries of both the Stonewall Uprising and Woodstock with a variety of events leading up to this summer. Other activities of note across the regions will get you exploring nature and outer space (kind of), playing on carnival rides, and feasting on cupcakes, apple butter, and cuisines from around the world!

Watkins Glen State Park-Photo-Courtesy of Beautiful Destinations

Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes is a wonderful example of a small town in upstate New York with a big story (other good examples are Seneca Falls and Cooperstown). While there may be fewer than 2,000 year-round residents, Watkins Glen is also home to world-class attractions like gorge-ous Watkins Glen State Park and Watkins Glen International, the only place to watch NASCAR in the state. Don’t worry about the planning, we’ve done it all for you.

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!