LGBT Central New York & Finger Lakes
Explore amazing wineries, lakeside opera, a museum of glass and pivotal historic sites in the women's and abolitionist movements.
Central New York:
- Sharon Springs has enjoyed a kind of LGBT renaissance, due at least in part to the success of the Fabulous Beekman Boys,their reality show, and their store and farm. The American Hotel has also become popular with LGBT guests for meals and overnight stays as has the neighboring Spring House Spa.
- The Glimmerglass Festival presents world-class opera and musical theater in a beautiful lakeside setting in charming Cooperstown, New York.
- Take a tour to see how beer is made - and of course, have some samples too - at the Saranac Brewery in Utica, the eighth largest craft brewery in the U.S. celebrating its 125th anniversary. Or tour, taste and feast at Brewery Ommegang - part of the Cooperstown Beverage Trail - the first farmstead brewery built in the U.S. in over a hundred years on a former hop farm.
- Honor antislavery abolitionists, their work to end slavery and the legacy of their struggle at the National Abolition Hall of Fame in Peterboro where the NYS Anti-Slavery Society was formed in 1835. The nearby Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark offers exhibits, tours and multiple historic structures connected to the man considered to be the most powerful 19th century abolitionist in the nation who provided freedom, safe haven, support and employment for hundreds of former slaves.
- Every year, the town of Chittenango, birthplace of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, hosts the Oz-Stravaganza festival - appropriately enough in June - with a parade, costume contest, hot air balloon lift off, fireworks show and more.
- With over 2,000 dealers, the Madison Bouckville Outdoor Antique Show in August runs along the Route 20 Scenic Byway that highlights American, charming country inns and bountiful farm markets.
- Get ready for a shopping marathon at Destiny USA in Syracuse, New York's largest shopping destination and the 6th largest mall in America. Its 2.4 million square feet features not only company stores and luxury retail shopping, but also dozens of dining and entertainment options, like Pole Position Raceway, an indoor racetrack with go karts that can go up to 45 mph. Or discover more than 100 famous-brand stores like Ann Taylor and Banana Republic just north of Seneca Lake at Waterloo Premium Outlets.
- At the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, visitors can experience the art, history and science of glass through live hot glassmaking demonstrations, Make Your Own Glass classes, hands-on glass technology exhibits and the world's largest collection of glass - 45,000 contemporary and historical objects spanning 3,500 years.
- As one of the country's top wine producing regions, the Finger Lakes wine trails regularly scheduled events, trail-wide tasting passports, locavore restaurants and scenic views, in addition to award winning Rieslings, Gewurztraminer and Ice Wine.
- At the Harriet Tubman Home in Auburn, learn how this conductor on the Underground Railroad served as a spy behind enemy lines during the Civil War and came to be known as the Moses of Her People. Also, visit her gravesite in nearby Fort Hill Cemetery.
- Tour a restored Victorian farmhouse located on a picturesque farm overlooking Cayuga Lake to see the time-honored ceramic and home furnishing crafts at the charming studio and shop of MacKenzie-Childs.
- Why was little Ithaca named a Top 10 New York town for LGBT people? Start with great dining, fabulous arts and lively, LGBT-friendly nightlife, then add the unique vibe of this empty-closet town where gay and straight segments of society mingle more freely than in many big cities.
- The Women's Rights National Historic Park in Seneca Falls commemorates the birthplace of the women's rights movement with exhibits, an inspirational film and restored historical buildings like the home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and the Wesleyan Chapel where the First Women's Rights Convention was held. A visit to the nearby National Women's Hall of Fame presents the stories of the over 200 distinguished women. Further west at the National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House in Rochester, stand where the woman's suffrage leader lived and was arrested in 1872 for daring to vote.
- Celebrate New York's finest wine, food and agriculture at the New York Wine & Culinary Center in Canandaigua, with a meal, class or demonstration in their hands-on kitchen, educational theater, tasting room, gallery, bistro or gift boutique.
- The George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester (eastmanhouse.org) is a National Historic Landmark telling the story of photography, motion pictures and Eastman - inventor, entrepreneur and founder of the Eastman Kodak Company.
For more information, go to visitrochester.com.
Central New York
Cooperstown Beverage Trail
Fabulous Beekman Boys
Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark
Madison Bouckville Outdoor Antique Show
National Abolition Hall of Fame
Spring House Spa
Corning Museum of Glass
Fort Hill Cemetery
George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film
Harriet Tubman Home
National Susan B. Anthony Museum and House
New York Wine & Culinary Center
Waterloo Premium Outlets
Women's Rights National Historic Park