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Posts from September 2019

Brewery Ommegang

New York State is home to celebrated wine regions, the verdant farm-to-table hotbed in the Hudson Valley, and some of the best microbrews, cheeses, and chocolates found anywhere. Why not take a self-guided culinary adventure and discover the bounty of the Empire State? Local organizations have done most of the work for you in creating food and wine trails to help you discover favorites at your own pace and find delicious off-the-beaten-path places along the way! For a guided experience, take a tour with a local expert. However you choose to experience New York State’s exciting food and beverage trails and tours, bring your appetite!

NYS Capitol - Photo Courtesy of Capital-Saratoga Tourism, Inc.

Credit: @Amityphotos.com

The Capital-Saratoga region is well-known for its Revolutionary War history, farming communities, and craft beverage scene. But did you know that the potato chip was invented right in Saratoga or that the character of Uncle Sam is said to be modeled after a former resident of Troy? Settle in as we take you through 11 more secrets of the Capital-Saratoga region for foodies, history lovers, appreciators of art and architecture, and travelers looking to get off the beaten path.

Crowd viewing the Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

There is so much happening in the month of October in New York State! The leaves are changing, the air is getting crisp, and the pumpkins need carving. It’s also prime time for fall events, with oyster shucking, craft beer, history, and more worth celebrating. Not to mention that Halloween is quickly approaching. October is the perfect time to get outside and explore all that New York State has to offer.

War of 1812 Discovery Day at Sackets Harbor Battlefield

Columbus Day Weekend, October 12–14, is also Path Through History Weekend in New York State, a chance to celebrate the rich and vibrant past from the shores of Lake Ontario to the eastern tip of Long Island. Below, we’ve selected 12 can’t-miss events featuring space photography, thousands of pumpkins, and historical reenactments at Sackets Harbor Battlefield and Fort William Henry. Check out the Path Through History event site for all of the historical and educational attractions hosting something special over the weekend!

Courtesy of Peek'n Peak Resort

With summer vacation over and winter holidays months away, it might seem as though somebody hit the pause button on family fun. But the weather outside is cool and crisp and New York fall foliage is simply spectacular—so don’t sit this season out! An affordable weekend getaway is all you need to enjoy the weather, nature, and each other. Read on for 10 amazing trips that each can fit into a weekend and won’t break the bank!

The Inns of Aurora
Credit: The Inns of Aurora

Do cooler temperatures, changing leaves, and the memories of summer vacation have you full of wanderlust for your next getaway? With colorful foliage, seasonal flavors, and 11 regions to explore in New York State, fall is the perfect time to enjoy a weekend retreat. Whether the mountains call, the rivers beckon, or rolling fields entice, round up your travel companions, pack your coziest sweaters, and enjoy an intimate autumn escape before the snow flies!

Letchworth State Park - Balloon Over Middle Falls
Credit: Jim Vallee

Calling all New York State adventure seekers! For those of you who accidentally spent your summers working and daydreaming about lounging at swimming holes in the Adirondacks or ziplining over the treetops in the Catskills, now is the time to plan an adventure in New York State. Whether you’re interested in diving to sunken shipwrecks or riding on horseback through the mountains, adventure calls across New York State. 

Coney Mountain in Tupper Lake Adirondacks

From the foothills of the Catskill Mountains to the peaks of the Adirondacks, New York is home to one of the most vivid autumns in the world. Whether you see it from a scenic roadway, from up in the air, or from a gorgeous hiking trail, the vibrant fall leaves will fill you with wonder amidst the changing seasons. Here’s your everlasting map to the most scenic fall foliage activities and destinations all over New York State.

Hunter Mountain - Fall - Photo by Beautiful Destinations

Can fall in New York get even more colorful? Besides the changing leaves, come experience apple picking, haunted houses, cider donuts, and so much more! Whether you’re sipping locally made wines or fall-themed craft beers, picking the perfect pumpkin, hiking to scenic summits, or attending a festival, this season will surpass your expectations. Get ready to breathe in that crisp air—fall in New York is a time to create vivid memories.