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Author: Emma Frisbie

Emma Frisbie is the Digital Content Coordinator for ILOVENY.com.

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Looking for the perfect place to pop the question? There’s no denying that in New York State we ❤️ love. Niagara Falls is the honeymoon capital of the world, New York City is the country’s most romantic city to propose in, and romance can be found around every corner of the state. Whether you choose a dramatic waterfall in the Finger Lakes or a luxurious castle in the 1000 Islands, your partner is bound to say “yes” with these 36 stunning New York proposal spots. 

Exterior of a large snow-covered lodge resort illuminated in yellow light at night time
Photo courtesy of Lake Placid Lodge 

What’s better than snowy outdoor adventures, relaxing spa escapes, and rip-roaring indoor water parks? Being able to do it all and more all in one place! Whether you’re looking for a romantic weekend to unwind or an exciting family retreat filled with outdoor thrills, plan an unforgettable New York getaway without ever leaving your resort. From a Catskill lodge with the state’s largest indoor water park to a ski retreat in Chautauqua-Allegheny, indulge in winter bliss at these 14 all-in-one resorts.  

A pink mocktail in a tall glass and a red mocktail in a short glass on black napkins at a bar
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Lift your spirits without drinking them! Whether you abstain from alcohol year-round, are taking part in Dry January (or Sober October), or just want to wake up without

Chautauqua Institution on a sunny summer day surrounded by green grass and trees
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New year, new New York State happenings! 2024 promises an exciting lineup of new attractions, exhibits, restaurants, and more to explore throughout the Empire State.

Silver orbs hang from a room lined with mirrors on all sides
Photo courtesy of Yayoi Kasuma, David Zwirner, Ota Fine Arts, and Victoria Miro

Whether you're an art lover, history buff, or pop culture enthusiast, New York State's world-class museums are guaranteed to leave a lasting impression. What better way to warm up during the winter months than by spending the day exploring an exciting exhibit. From the first ever exhibition dedicated to Long Island native Billy Joel to a live animal display featuring two-toed sloths, there really is something for everyone. Be sure to add these must-see Empire State exhibits to your winter itinerary before they're gone! 

Aerial view of the Bear Mountain Bridge in the snow

From the snowy shores of Lake George to the frozen falls of the Finger Lakes to the spectacular cityscapes of New York City, all corners of the Empire State transform into a winter wonderland.

Holiday lights decorate trees surrounding a clock tower
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Snow-dusted streets, dazzling light displays, and splendid ski slopes aplenty, it’s the most magical time of the year in New York State. Whether you prefer a…

six skiers navigating down a snow-covered Gore Mountain

With a new season comes exciting new openings and New York has plenty! Interactive art exhibits, dazzling holiday light shows, and tasty new cuisine await. Whether you’re preparing for a wonderful winter weekend getaway or looking to make some snowy memories, be sure to add New York State’s latest and greatest openings to your winter calendar. 

A bottle of wine sits next to two glasses of white wine on a wooden table in front of a view of Seneca lake
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It’s not everywhere that you can experience so many diverse wine regions all in one state! Sip, swirl, and relax in New York, home to over 35,000 acres of wine country and the nation’s third-largest wine-producing state. From Long Island’s superb reds and sprawling farmland vineyards to the Finger Lakes’ internationally-acclaimed whites and dazzling lakeside views, New York’s wine regions are waiting for you to explore! Here’s how to make the most of your time in Empire State wine country. 

Road winding along the river surrounded by fall foliage

Winter in New York State is truly a sight to see, but autumn isn’t over just yet! If you’re not quite ready to give up all the wonders of fall, don’t fret. From last-minute leaf-peeping adventures and