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Posts from November 2019

Empire State Plaza Holiday Tree Lighting

December is a special time in New York State. With streets lit by twinkling lights, cozy stores inviting you in with a warm, festive welcome, and plenty of celebrating going on everywhere you look, December is the time of year for traditions, both new and old! Don’t let the cold keep you inside; there are endless activities across New York State this December that welcome all with glad tidings and good cheer! 

Main Street in Catskill at night

How many main streets in New York have you shopped? With unique architecture, beautiful window displays, and business-lined sidewalks, the state boasts some of the best main streets for shopping. From classic souvenirs and high-end clothes to thoughtful keepsakes and handmade items, there are options for everyone. Take your next shopping trip along a picture-perfect main street in a New York State village, town, or small city with a small-town feel.

Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum - Photo Courtesy of Lake Placid Winter Olympic Museum

How should you spend a three-day weekend in New York State? Winter brings long holiday weekendsdon't spend them at home, get out and explore! Here are six weekend getaways that bring out the best in winter. During your weekend getaway, please remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your household and bring a mask or face covering to wear when it’s not possible to maintain social distancing. Call ahead or check attraction websites and social media for the most current information on openings and amenity availability while staying as local as possible.​ 

Adirondack Cabin

You don't have to shelter yourself at home from frigid air this winter. Hunker down with a smile in the coziness of a cabin with a view, a fire, and your favorite people (or snuggle solo). New York has no shortage of unique rentals across the state. Here are six cabin vacation ideas you won't want to miss out on this season. 

beacon

The Hudson Valley city of Beacon has blossomed into an art lover’s paradise and a popular weekend getaway thanks to the Dia Art Foundation converting a Nabisco box printing factory on the banks of the Hudson into Dia:Beacon (pictured) in 2003. Now visitors flock to this contemporary and modern art museum and to visit the galleries, restaurants, and bars that have helped make this such a lively community. While a trip up to Beacon is easily doable in a day from New York City, there’s so much more to enjoy, so why not plan your visit over a weekend (especially so you can leave time for a brewpub crawl)?

Building at Ganondagan State Historic Site
Credit: @heatherjordanlarson on Instagram

In recognition of November’s Native American Heritage Month, we’ve put together some of the top places in New York State to learn about the traditions, culture, and contributions of Native Americans. From wampum belts and hand-woven baskets to detailed clothing and authentic log cabins, you’ll discover the fascinating work of the state’s first inhabitants. With interactive exhibits, walking trails, and seasonal events, there’s much to be explored! 

Animal Adventure Park

With a diverse food scene best known for its “Spiedie” sandwiches, a history of technological innovation that shines through today in many of its attractions, and charming carousels that make you feel all of the nostalgia, Binghamton is a happening place that fosters creativity and exploration. “Bing” is also a convenient base to visit the intensely popular Animal Adventure Park! The city is home to two signature annual summer events, the Spiedie Fest and Balloon Rally and LUMA, a citywide projection arts festival. Read on for a jam-packed family weekend getaway.

Aire Ancient Bath - Photo Courtesy of Aire Ancient Baths

There are easy escapes from the stress of everyday life right here in New York State. Retreat at these bliss-inducing spas where heated pools and massages will melt away your worries. After an afternoon (or a weekend) ​at these calming retreats, you'll have no trouble facing the world.