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Author: Erin Faherty

Erin Faherty is the Digital Editorial Coordinator of I LOVE NEW YORK. She is obsessed with traveling and always up for an adventure.

Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes is a wonderful example of a small town in upstate New York with a big story (other good examples are Seneca Falls and Cooperstown). While there may be fewer than 2,000 year-round residents, Watkins Glen is also home to world-class attractions like gorge-ous Watkins Glen State Park and Watkins Glen International, the only place to watch NASCAR in the state. Don’t worry about the planning, we’ve done it all for you:

You know about the M&Ms store in Times Square, we’ve told you where to get some of the best chocolate-covered donuts in the state, and we’ve even spilled the (chocolate) beans on where to find world-winning chocolate in the Catskills, but there’s even more to New York’s chocolate scene than what we’ve already shared. You can have some pretty unique chocolate adventures in New York State, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorites—just in time for World Chocolate Day on July 7.

Whether you’re into pizza, burgers, donuts, or Garbage Plates, it’s safe to say that New York State is a place for foodies. Not only do we have some of the best restaurants in the world, but we also celebrate food all summer long at various festivals and events—many of them including music, entertainment, competitions, and more! We’ve rounded up some of the best food festivals and events going on this summer across the state. Fill up your calendar now so you can fill up your belly later!

While well-known spots are well-known for a reason, sometimes the most fun you'll have on vacation is straying from the beaten path and exploring those locals-only insider secrets. Kicking off a new series on the I LOVE NEW YORK blog, we're diving into the Secrets of the Catskills.

Baseball season is in full swing and there’s no better place to experience it than New York State. Cooperstown is home base to America’s pastime with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, where you can take your little sluggers to the Hall of Fame Classic on May 26 or Hall of Fame Induction Weekend from July 27 to July 30.