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Long Island Lighthouse - montauk lighthouse winter - Photo by Long Island Convention

Every summer, vacationers relax along Long Island’s sandy beaches, traversing its South Shore all the way down to “the end,” or as we know it, all the way to Montauk. Explore its historic lighthouse, kayak its ocean swells, bask in the taste of its vineyards, and you’ll understand why more people fall in love with this hamlet each year. Here’s your guide to 48 hours in Montauk.

George Eastman House

Travel to Rochester for a scenic escape filled with diverse activities for visitors of all ages and interests. Home to the University of Rochester as well as two of New York State’s most notable museums—the Strong National Museum of Play (an ideal indoor activity for kids!) and the George Eastman Museum—Rochester is the ideal weekend getaway, no matter the season. 


Syracuseit’s the birthplace of lacrosse, as well as the original home of the Nationals. But did you know that Syracuse fosters activities like museum-going, touring wineries, learning about historical landmarks, and hitting pro sports games? And that you can do all of these activities on the same day and still make it to beers (craft, of course) downtown by 9 pm? For these reasons and more, Syracuse should be the destination of your next weekend vacation. Your game plan should be as follows…

Saratoga Spa State Park

Known across the world for Thoroughbred horseracing and its wealth of natural mineral waters that made it the ideal setting for America’s first resort, Saratoga Springs is an excellent place to visit all year long. Nestled at the foothills of the Adirondacks, just south of Lake George and just north of the state capital of Albany, Saratoga Springs offers top-notch lodging, dining, and cultural attractions all with a backdrop that reminds you of a Norman Rockwell painting. It can only be described as a beautiful destination.

Niagara Falls

With July 26th being the 26th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (a law that made our country much more accessible for people of all abilities), it's the perfect time to explore what's accessible in all of New York State. As a travel blogger who happens to be in a wheelchair, I'm always happily surprised at how accessible the state of New York really is. So here are some of New York State's best things to do if you or someone you are traveling with is in a wheelchair.

Lake Placid - Olympic Center

One of the aims of the Wild Center, located in Tupper Lake, the crossroads of the Adirondack Park, is to help its visitors discover the story of the Adirondacks. What better way to do that than to build a winter weekend trip around a visit to this unique indoor-outdoor natural history museum while taking in the sights and activities of the region, including Lake Placid, home to the 1980 Winter Olympics?

proctor museum

Travel to Schenectady for a weekend rich in history, art, and fun. It is here where Thomas Edison founded the General Electric Company, where New York State named its first historic district, and it’s home to Proctors Theatre, a former vaudeville house where countless famous artists have performed.


Newburgh is one of the best destinations for motorcycle enthusiasts. Besides being able to cruise along the scenic Route 9W from New York City to get there, easy riders can also get their gear fix at the Motorcyclepedia Museum and the Orange County Choppers headquarters. Speaking of headquarters, on the history side of things, the city served as HQ to the Continental Army during the American Revolution and offers many historical attractions and sites to help make up a unique winter weekend itinerary for motorcycle lovers and history buffs alike.