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Author: Richard Martin

Richard Martin is the Managing Editor of ILOVENY.com

The New York State Museum set against a brilliant sunset
Credit: @shuhartphotography on Instagram

A great rainy day or wintertime activity, or the perfect component of a day on the town, a New York museum tour is always a satisfying experience. Many of New York’s museums are open with safety protocols in place, but there is another way to enjoy an exhibit without leaving the comfort and security of home. Virtual museum tours offer an exciting chance to see world-class art and thought-provoking exhibitions, and the technology often makes you feel like you’re walking the galleries in real life. Take an online stroll around these New York State museums with these engaging virtual museum tours.

Pie at Phoenicia Diner
Credit: Kevin Trageser

New York is famed for its world-class restaurants, celebrity chefs, creative food inventions, and diverse agricultural products. Not surprisingly, the state also leads the way with entertaining, informative, and inspiring cookbooks. Here are a selection of 17 books to get you cooking, New York-style, available at your local bookstore, online, and in many cases, as an ebook. Whether you want to make your own Buffalo wings, create a tangy Thousand Island dressing for your salad, or try your hand at a tasty Utica tomato pie, bookmark the pages in New York State cookbooks and have fun in the kitchen! 

Lincoln Center _ Photo by Joe Buglewicz - Courtesy of NYC & CO
Credit: Photo by Joe Buglewicz, Courtesy of NYC & CO

New York State is home to many of the world’s most famous stages, as well as historical theaters, contemporary dance and theater troupes, and important performing arts organizations from Buffalo to Brooklyn. Even now, when the velvet curtains remain closed, “The show must go on!” That’s why New York’s theaters have arranged to stream memorable performances, to keep audiences entertained from home until these beloved spaces can open again. Here are options for every type of theater fan and for those who miss the thrill of watching a live performance, from opera to Broadway shows to intimate music concerts. New Yorkers, order in from your favorite restaurant and make a night of it, the way you would have a pre-theater meal before a show. For those outside the state, order favorite classic New York foods you can have shipped to your home and experience a night out in New York from your own home and get inspired for a future trip to the state! 

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!