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Author: Richard Martin

Richard Martin is the Managing Editor of ILOVENY.com

Hotel suite at Affinia Hotels and Suites
Credit: Courtesy of Affinia Hotels & Suites

Get away from your kitchen table or makeshift office for a while and upgrade to a remote workspace at one of New York State’s amazing hotels or resorts. With minimal travel, you can temporarily move your home “office” to a new setting while taking advantage of special offers that sweeten the deal such as weekly rates, adding an extra night for free, or reduced midweek rates. Have kids in remote learning at school? Bring them along too—beyond free wifi, some hotels and resorts offer programming aimed at young learners, and at the very least, the little ones will enjoy a quick getaway.

Cradle of Aviation Museum, Photo Courtesy of Cradle of Aviation Museum

School looks different this year, but that doesn’t mean that the tradition of field trips exploring New York State’s inspiring attractions has to change! These DIY field trips can get you and your kids out into nature or exploring attractions while learning about history, culture, music, art, science, and the environment, all while keeping a New York State of Mind.

Diners sit at picnic tables at Ollie's Pizza in High Falls
Credit: @JoshGoleman, Courtesy of @Ollies.Pizza

New York State is renowned for fine dining, contemporary cuisine, seafood shacks, and cozy gastropubs. One of the most exciting developments for food enthusiasts is the continued rise of farm-to-table restaurants in New York. This is a state with over 30,000 farms, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, and an increasing number of breweries, cideries, restaurants, and other establishments that place farm-fresh ingredients at the top of their dining menu. Read on for 11 of the best farm-to-table dining experiences in New York.

An aerial view of the Mill Pond Inn amid fall foliage
Credit: Justin Negard

Experience New York fall foliage while enjoying a memorable stay in a hotel or inn. Throughout New York State, you’ll find exciting hotels perfectly situated for eye-popping fall foliage views and memorable explorations, as well as charming places to spend a cozy weekend. Grab your favorite sweater, pack your bags, consult the I LOVE NY Fall Foliage Report, and get ready to spend a night or more at these New York hotels and places to stay.

A table with food on a patio overlooking Lake George with a backdrop of mountains at Tavern on the Lake at Blue Water Manor
Credit: @bluewatermanor on Instagram

New York State has hundreds of options for outdoor dining with a view, from patios overlooking lakes and rivers to vineyard restaurant terraces to tables on a farm. The following restaurants with outdoor seating all have a few things in common: great food, magnificent views, and plenty of room to socially distance. (All offer curbside takeout for those who aren’t ready to eat at the restaurant yet.)

A hiker wearing a red backpack in the snow, standing in front of the ruins of a building
Credit: @jaime.a.delgado on Instagram

New York State offers many activities for those wanting to get outdoors and enjoy nature. From hiking trails to beaches to picnic areas with a view, there’s something for everyone. It is up to all visitors to help maintain these beautiful outdoor spaces, as well as to ensure the safety of others. From winter to early spring, preparing for outdoor adventures becomes essential; read below for tips on what to do before you head out, updated for the season. Here are the important things to remember when taking advantage of the great outdoors in New York State! 

An expansive view of the Adirondacks from Coney Mountain

New York is home to many well-known, world-class attractions. But it’s also a state filled with hidden gems that don’t attract big crowds—waterfalls, hiking trails, and lakes that you can have practically all to yourself! Check out these outdoor destinations that will expand your knowledge of New York State while allowing for safe recreation. Even though you might not see many people on your trip, remember to keep six feet apart from others not in your party and wear a mask or face covering. Call ahead and check websites and social media to make sure attractions are open and available. Be advised that New York has a travel advisory in effect, which requires travelers from non-contiguous states to quarantine for 14 days upon entering New York State. Travelers may undergo COVID testing to test out. For more details, see the guidelines for the travel advisory here..


These great books all have one very special thing in common: New York State! From classic literature to page-turning nonfiction to accounts of major historical moments and figures, these books offer insights into what makes New York such a special place. Add these to your summer reading list, or enjoy them in any season, and even inspire a future visit to an attraction based on these 11 great books set in New York State!

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.