With waterfront parks, open-air restaurants, vintage boutiques, and historic downtowns, these New York villages are storybook settings you can revisit time and time again. Explore these walking-friendly, charming locations and see why people are falling in love with New York's villages.
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The salty sea breeze fills village boutiques, wine glasses chime from open-air bistros and the marina sunset greets families as they stroll by Ralph's ice cream parlor. This is Port Jeff, a coastal gem whose lively downtown and beachy atmosphere creates a storybook setting. Whether you're exploring Harborfront Park or browsing Main Street's vintage boutiques, this North Shore treasure will have you buzzing all weekend long.
The magic of this town lies in its location—on the shores of the Hudson River and neighboring Breakneck Ridge—it's a dream destination for artists and outdoorsmen alike. Walk its 19th-century streets where you'll discover art galleries and farm-to-fork eateries like Hudson Hil's. Hikers find refuge after afternoons exploring the woodlands of Hudson Highlands.
It may be the rhythmic beat of live music from The Dock or the Hogwarts-like architecture of Cornell University, but one thing's for certain, a walk through Ithaca will leave you spellbound. Overlooking Cayuga Lake, this village is a trove of artisan shops, music, and craft beverages. Walk among vintage stores and open-air restaurants at Ithaca Commons, absorb the cascading beauty of Ithaca Falls, and fall in love with this village with every step.
Mirroring the elegance of its namesake lake in every art gallery and B&B, the village of Skaneateles is a favorite for outdoors enthusiasts and wine-lovers alike. Stroll the red brick sidewalks, discover the architecture of the historic district, go for a bite at one of the village's excellent restaurants, or set sail on the lake, and the impressive beauty of the Finger Lakes will reveal itself.
The setting of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, novelist Washington Irving knew Tarrytown's romantic landscape would captivate the world. View the Gothic Revival architecture of Lyndhurst Estate, with classic mansion tours beginning again in April, stroll past quaint village shops to a show at Tarrytown Music Hall, and enjoy a waterfront feast at Sunset Cove as you explore this enchanting village by foot.
Many villages boast character, but few can compare to the canal-side charm and storied history of Pittsford Village. Whether you're strolling the Erie Canal Heritage Trail, tasting craft beers at Lock 32, or exploring the water with Sam Patch Erie Canal Tours, this village's refined yet down-to-earth atmosphere will have you hooked.
Travel + Leisure deemed Lake George one of America's most beautiful lakes, and for good reason; the mountains of Adirondack Park and troves of uninhabited islands dotted throughout the lake create a natural playground for exploration. Navigate by kayak or take a cruise with the Lake George Steamboat Company (cruises starting mid-June) before you head into the village where museums, outdoor restaurants, and live music color the streets.
Baseball's hometown and a popular craft beer hub, this village is known for its sports culture and all-American charm. While the National Baseball Hall of Fame put Cooperstown on the map, it has since grown into a top destination for people seeking artistry and craftsmanship at cultural spots like the Fenimore Art Museum, reopening April 1, the Glimmerglass Festival opera—which may return in 2021—and the Cooperstown Beverage Trail.