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Author: Richard Martin

Richard Martin is the Managing Editor of ILOVENY.com

A boy and a man canoe on Heart Lake in the Adirondacks

In New York State, you’re never far from nature. In fact, without having to travel much at all, you can find beaches, lakes, mountains, and trails, which means it’s easy to get outdoors and safely enjoy all sorts of soul-satisfying activities. In the mood for a reflective hike in the woods? A challenging mountain bike ride or a more relaxed pedal through rolling hills? A family camping trip? New York offers all this and more. Just 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, and call ahead or check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available, while staying as local as possible. …

A photo of bagels on a plate

Any visit to New York would be incomplete without a taste of a chewy, delicious bagel. A typical New York bagel is smaller and denser than most, usually hand-rolled, boiled, then baked to achieve the perfect consistency. Here are places to find the best bagels in New York, whether you take yours topped with plain cream cheese, lox, butter, or whatever topping or filling you choose! 

View of North South Lake and Round Top, Kaaterskill High Peak from Sunset Rock on Escapement trail, North South Lake DEC Campground

Why are the Catskills one of the hottest destinations in the US right now? Stylish resorts, acclaimed farm-to-table restaurants, and country-chic boutiques are the recently added attractions, but the region’s beauty is the template. There’s no better way to experience the Catskills than with a hike on its trails, which offer something for every type of outdoor adventurer, from those looking to get their heart rates up to those in search of a tranquil stroll in the woods. 

Montauk lighthouse
Though it’s technically part of the Hamptons, New York’s legendary luxury playground, Montauk, long ago forged its own identity as a quirky hamlet known for fishing, beaches, parks, and for its nickname, “The End.” With a centuries-old lighthouse at the easternmost point in New York State as its calling card, today Montauk offers something for everyone, from families on beach holidays to fishing enthusiasts and surfers to twentysomethings seeking out the increasingly active nightlife scene. Here’s your guide to a diverse weekend in Montauk.