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Author: Emma Frisbie

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

Bottles and glasses of cider sit on a table with a back drop of the Catskill Mountains
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The secret ingredient to well-crafted cider is delicious apples and New York has some of the greatest (there’s a reason we’re called the Big Apple!). In fact, New York is the largest producer of hard cider in the country and the second-largest apple-producing state. With more than 40 different apple varieties, 600 growers, and hundreds of world-class cideries, this is the place to be for award-winning cider. From the Hudson Valley’s fast-growing cideries and photogenic orchards to the Finger Lakes’ unique terroir and lakeside views, sip back, relax, take in the apple-scented atmosphere, and enjoy a crisp glass of New York cider. Here’s everything you need to know about exploring Empire State apple country. For more information about New York Cider, visit newyorkciderassociation.com

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When it comes to fall, New York has it all! Whether you prefer basking in the glow of thousands of jack-o’-lanterns, admiring bright foliage on a scenic gondola ride, or discovering all the pumpkin

A waterfall sits among trees with orange leaves
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When fall rolls around, a wave of fiery oranges, bright yellows, and deep reds transform New York State into a foliage dreamland. From Central Park and the Catskill Mountains to the St. Lawrence River and Niagara Falls, every corner of the Empire State becomes decorated with the wonders of autumn. But, it won’t last for long. Get your cameras (and Instagram captions) ready to fully embrace fall at some of the best photo spots of the season throughout the state. 

A grey seal swims through blue green water
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Back-to-school season is here, but there’s plenty of summer fun still to be had! In between your searches for a new backpack, pencils, and glue sticks, plan

Aerial view of the white and black Tibbetts Point Lighthouse looking out to the water at sunset

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A mystical and magical destination with iconic mansions and castles, historic lighthouses, dazzling riverside views, and hundreds of miles of

Varying colors of red, orange, yellow, and green trees surround blue lake waters with colorful mountains in the background
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Are you ready to trade sunburn and hot summer days for soft comfy sweaters, chilly nights, and fall foliage galore? The good news is, leaf-peeping season is right around the corner! Fall festivities are a big deal here in New York State, and reservations for hotels, festivals, and events are already filling up. Spend the weekend relaxing at resorts nestled among the mountains, picking New York apples at scenic orchards, celebrating the beauty of autumn at vibrant festivals, and much more. Here are 11 New York State fall getaways you need to book now. 

A white lighthouse with the backdrop of a orange and purple sunset
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With endless waterside vistas, unobstructed skies, and so many towns and cities in the path of direct totality, plan to be in the Thousand Islands-Seaway for

Orange and purple sunset over Lake Ontario
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There’s no shortage of picturesque Finger Lakes views to pair with your total solar eclipse experience on April 8, 2024. Witness this once-in-a-lifetime event from

Waters races down Niagara Falls at sunset
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The skies are about to become even more breathtaking than normal on April 8, 2024 in Greater Niagara! Get ready to view the total solar eclipse while overlooking the

An aerial view of Boldt Castle and the river at sunset
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Looking to travel to world-class museums and renowned historical monuments, explore millions of acres of protected forests, lounge on white sand beaches, and relax in scenic vineyards? Don’t break the bank trekking far and wide to bring your travel dreams to life. Find it all in New York State!