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Posts from October 2019

Holiday Valley Resort, Ellicottville, in fall

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with loved ones. Add in tender turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, and traditional stuffing and it could very well be your favorite holiday of the year. Bring your family and friends together for an unforgettable Thanksgiving meal at one of New York State’s exceptional restaurants. From historic taverns and rustic lodges to elegant dining rooms and stately hotels, there is a location to fit every style. Here are some Thanksgiving restaurants in New York where you don’t have to worry about overcooking the turkey. Savor carefully crafted dishes while enjoying the holiday in a uniquely New York setting. …

Bedell Vineyard at Dusk W Studios NY - Photo Courtesy of Bedell Vineyard

Long Island's vineyard-studded North Fork is the perfect weekend getaway for families, food and drink enthusiasts, and anyone who appreciates scenic seaside villages. Spend your weekend sampling the region’s award-winning varietals and locally made dishes, then hit the beach for a sun-soaked day on the Long Island Sound. Here's your guide for a relaxing 48 hours among the blissful coastal communities of the North Fork.

Niagara Falls State Park

Here’s the thing about winter getaway destinations in New York—they’re AMAZING! So it never hurts to start planning your trip to make sure you get a room in that cozy lodge or put together that perfect itinerary of things to do without stressing at the last minute. Read on for 11 ideas of where you can have a blast in New York in winter. 

Niagara Falls State Park - Photo Courtesy of Beautiful Destinations

Buffalo has long been known for its sports culture and as a great place to take in an NFL game, but New York’s second-largest city and the surrounding Greater Niagara region offer so much more. Featured as one of the New York Times’ 52 Places to Go in 2018 and selected as one of Lonely Planet's Best in Travel 2020 destinations, Buffalo has been experiencing nothing short of a renaissance. Classic buildings now house luxurious hotels and hot new restaurants. A burgeoning brewery scene has been racking up awards and accolades. A newly redeveloped waterfront offers plenty of outdoor recreation opportunities and unique entertainment. While you can easily spend several days exploring the city and getting to know its friendly residents—Buffalo is often called the City of Good Neighbors—no visit would be complete without exploring the region’s majestic natural wonders, like Niagara Falls and Letchworth State Park, which was named the #1 State Park in America in a prominent national poll. 

We asked local icon, Pro Football Hall of Famer, and legendary Buffalo Bills running back, #34 himself, Thurman Thomas, for some of his favorite places to go in Buffalo and the Greater Niagara region during football season. …

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade - Photo Courtesy of Macy's, Inc.

November in New York State is the perfect time to plan a spur-of-the-moment adventure. From delighting in wondrous festivals and parades to indulging in locally made goodies and getting a jump start on holiday shopping, New York State’s 11 regions offer events, thrills, and fun for all! Discover one of the longest-running rodeos in the Northeast, tour a retired submarine, and celebrate the newest inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame this month, only in New York State!

Marea, New York City

You already know that New York is the best state for pizza, but today, we're focusing on another famous carb + sauce Italian-inspired dish. You guessed it, we're talking pasta, and New York has bowls and bowls of it—including its very own regional specialty. From affordable local gems to a double Michelin-starred extravaganza, there’s no better place to enjoy pasta. 

Buffalo Bills game at New Era Field
Credit: Buffalo Bills

Fall is prime time for sports fans in New York State, with many pro and collegiate seasons kicking off and running through winter. While two Bronx-based teams, the Yankees and Major League Soccer’s New York City Football Club, tried to extend their run through the playoffs in quest of a championship, other New York teams are just getting started. Here is a guide to New York State’s most notable sports teams in fall and winter, with tips on how to score tickets and, crucially, where to eat before, during, or after the big game! …

Olana State Historic Site

 A quick two-hour train ride or drive from Manhattan, the city of Hudson has become a hot dining and shopping scene. Boutique hotels have opened on and around Warren Street, the mile-long district that runs uphill from the Hudson River, encompassing dozens of antique shops, award-winning restaurants, art galleries, stylish independent retailers, and small parks. It's entirely possible to experience Hudson without a car—the train station is a short walk from Warren Street—or you can get out and explore surrounding Columbia County, with its abundance of farms, charming villages, hiking trails, and must-see attractions. This weekend in Hudson itinerary offers options for both types of travelers. Either way, it's easy to fall in love with this former factory town that is now a free-spirited, thriving city.

View from atop Whiteface Mountain

Fall is a spectacular season in the Adirondacks. Outdoor adventurers can hike, climb, mountain bike, and canoe amidst colorful fall foliage. Visitors can stay in campgrounds or resorts within the six million acres of the Adirondack Park—with natural beauty everywhere you look! The Olympic Sports Complex in Lake Placid offers opportunities to try favorite winter sports activities, and while the ski runs at mountains like Gore and Whiteface aren't quite open yet, fall is an incredible time to take a scenic skyride on a chairlift, try out some downhill mountain biking, or go for a hike! Here are our favorite things to do this fall in the Adirondacks. 

Children picking apples in New York State

The apple is the official fruit of New York State, and there are more than 40 different varieties and approximately 600 producers in the Empire State. With fall foliage season underway, take a scenic drive to your nearest orchard to wander through apple-scented countrysides, pick your own bagful, and enjoy warm cider doughnuts, pressed apple cider, and freshly baked pies!