Go glamping by a mountain lake, find inspiration at a retreat frequented by Mark Twain and Henry David Thoreau, or saddle up at a dude ranch at new and redesigned hotels across the Empire State
NEW YORK – July 19, 2018 – As autumn's vibrant colors spread and harvest festivals kick into gear, New York State becomes an ideal location for a weekend or weeklong getaway. A rich array of new, updated and redesigned places to stay will add new dimensions to your next Empire State vacation, from mountainside glamping to a sleek urban hotel complete with an indoor basketball court, to a historic inn filled with tales—including those of ghostly visitors.
New York State Executive Director of Tourism Ross D. Levi said, "Autumn is a wonderful time to visit New York State. The fall foliage provides a stunning backdrop for food, craft beverages, music festivals, outdoor adventures and urban explorations. From a wilderness lodge with experienced guides for backcountry adventures, to a European-style castle, our accommodations are one-of-a-kind destinations. Start planning your fall getaway now to find what you love in New York State."
Here is a region-by-region sampling of new and recently renewed places to stay this fall:
- Home2 Suites by Hilton Queensbury Glens Falls (Queensbury), a pet-friendly hotel (for pets up to 50 pounds), has 92 studio and one-bedroom units equipped with kitchens and free Wi-Fi. There’s also a heated indoor pool, patio with fire pit, fitness center, laundry, complimentary breakfast and business services.
While there: See works by Picasso, Rembrandt and other artistic masters in the intimate Hyde Collection Art Museum and Historic Home, step back to 1757 at Fort William Henry, explore Lake George (about 10 minutes by car) or catch a movie, shop and dine at the nearby Aviation Mall.
- Courtyard by Marriott - Albany Troy/Waterfront (Troy), opening in October, will feature an inviting riverfront patio with three fire pits, 132 guest rooms, a fitness center, indoor pool and whirlpool.
While there: Pick up fresh produce, baked goods and crafts at Troy’s Saturday Farmers Market, snack your way through Little Italy, take the kids to the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology and admire the Tiffany-designed interior of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. Plus, Albany is just a short drive away.
- Tru by Hilton Albany Crossgates Mall (Guilderland), scheduled to open in October next to Crossgates Mall, will include a swimming pool, fitness center and outdoor sport court along with the brand’s four-zoned lobby for work, dining, lounging and socializing.
While there: Catch a movie and discover more than 180 options for shopping, dining and entertainment at Crossgates Mall, head into downtown Albany (less than 10 miles away) or enjoy the great outdoors at Thacher State Park.
- Eastwind Hotel & Bar (Windham), a 1920s bunkhouse turned boutique hotel, features a sauna, fire pits and 19 accommodations options. These include three glamping cabins—wooden A-frames with a full-wall window affording stunning views. All are outfitted with queen beds in Frette linens, wildlife journals, a fire pit for grilling and access to a private bathroom. Bikes, backpacks, rain boots, snowshoes and other sports equipment are provided.
While there: Jump into the hotel’s seasonal activities, including art classes, food foraging and intimate concerts, or head out for horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking and mountain biking and then bask in the hotel’s sauna.
- The Woodhouse Lodge (Greenville), a “Shaker-meets Mid-Century Modern” 10-room mountain hotel, incorporates details such as handmade felt and leather headboards, antique and vintage decor and locally crafted bath amenities. There’s also a cozy lounge with an honor bar and an oversized fireplace, plus an outdoor patio, BBQ grills, hammocks and a fire pit. Event space for up to 100 guests is in the works.
While there: Go hiking or horseback riding or ask your hosts to direct you to the best area antiquing spots, farm-to-table dining and local breweries.
Central New York
- Amsterdam Castle (Amsterdam) wows guests as they enter its 100-foot long Grand Hall with its 44-foot high ceiling and suits of armor lining the walls as though awaiting their knights. Designed by renowned 19th century Victorian architect Isaac G. Perry in the style of a European castle, this former armory is now a 23-room boutique inn that feels like a cross between a museum and a five-star hotel.
While there: Walk or cycle along the Erie Canalway Towpath, or cross the park/pedestrian bridge over the Mohawk River for a cultural, historical and horticultural look at the region.
- Delta Hotels by Marriott Utica (downtown Utica), a 162-room hotel, features a fitness center, indoor pool and event space that can accommodate groups from simple business meetings to gatherings of up to 500 people.
While there: Walk over to take in a show at the Stanley Theater or a game at the Adirondack Bank Center, home of the Utica Comets. Nearby you will find the Utica Zoo, Utica Children’s Museum, Adirondack Scenic Railroad, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute and F.X. Matt/Saranac Brewing Company.
- The Chautauqua Harbor Hotel (Celoron) offers upscale lakeside lodgings, where guests can relax around indoor and outdoor pools, work out in the fitness center and savor the scenery at the Lakeview Grill. Located in the hometown of comedienne Lucille Ball, the $33 million, 135-room hotel also has a ballroom with banquet space for up to 300 guests.
While there: “I Love Lucy” fans can visit her statue at the Lucille Ball Memorial Park, just outside the hotel, go kayaking on the lake and get serious about comedy at the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and the new National Comedy Center, both a few miles away.
- DoubleTree by Hilton (Jamestown) is a 147-room hotel with 4,000 square feet of banquet and meeting space, a full-service restaurant and a gastropub.
While there: Stroll over to the Lucille Ball Desi Arnaz Museum and new National Comedy Center, which has more than 50 high-tech immersive exhibits, including holograms of famous comedians, living and past, performing their best-known bits, as well as a year-round calendar of live performances and classes for aspiring artists.
- Owego’s Parkview Inn (Owego) first opened more than 150 years ago and is on New York State’s Haunted History Trail for paranormal spirit activity. Owners Beth and Mark Johnson, who have been operating the Dugan House Restaurant and Pub in the historic building since 2011, are adding 14 historically-authentic rooms, slated to open in this fall. The Inn faces a gorgeous park along the riverfront.
While there: Wander through the town’s many antique stores, art and craft shops, stroll along Owego Riverwalk, try your luck at nearby Tioga Downs Casino, and then head out to explore the nearby Finger Lakes wine and beverage trails.
- Hilton Garden Inn Corning Downtown (Corning) recently opened with 125 rooms, an indoor pool, fitness center and restaurant. The hotel is located just two blocks from the Corning Museum of Glass and an easy walk to downtown attractions.
While there: Explore the 100-plus galleries, studios, craft breweries and restaurants of Market St. and the Gaffer District. Check out the Rockwell Museum, Watkins Glen International NASCAR Racetrack and Finger Lakes wine and beverage trails.
- Tru by Hilton Syracuse North Airport Area (Liverpool) just north of Syracuse near the NYS Thruway and I-81, has 93 rooms, a cutting-edge fitness center and the brand’s distinctive open lobby with areas for guests to work, lounge, play and eat while connecting with others.
While there: Shop and play at Destiny USA, one of the state’s largest shopping and entertainment centers, and home to the Central New York Welcome Center; go museum-hopping in Syracuse; watch a Syracuse University basketball game at the Carrier Dome; catch a concert at the Lakeview Amphitheater and savor the fall foliage at one of the area’s many parks.
- The Wick Hotel (Hudson) is a 55-room boutique hotel located on the site of a former candle and soap factory. A Tribute Portfolio property, it combines historic elements like clawfoot bathtubs, high ceilings and original hardwood floor with modern flair. Its rooftop event space affords sweeping views of the Hudson Valley. Guests also have use of a 24/7 fitness center and electric car plugs.
While there: Take in the rich local art scene in the town’s galleries and boutiques, choose from a wide range of restaurants and head into the mountains for hiking, fishing and, in season, skiing. Albany is 35 miles away and NYC is just two hours away.
- Jesse’s Harvest House & Lodge (Tannersville) known for its restaurant, now has six cozy guest rooms with private bath, free Wi-Fi and daily breakfast. The vibe is rustic country and the mountain views are glorious.
While there: Stroll to antique shops, art galleries and eateries or take in a movie or live performance at the Orpheum Performing Arts Center. Music history enthusiasts can visit the Center’s Piano Performance Museum (by appointment), with four centuries of keyboard instruments on display.
- New Concorde Bed and Breakfast (East Chatham) underwent a total renovation that added all the modern conveniences to the one-time Publick House stagecoach stop while preserving its 1780s look and feel, right down to the player piano in the parlor. Once a stop on the Underground Railroad, New Concorde honors its history by naming each guest room for a different local historic figure.
While there: Stroll the sculpture gardens at Art Omi, catch the annual FilmColumbia festival, shop and dine in Chatham or discover Columbia County’s lovely hiking and biking trails.
- Pine Ridge Dude Ranch (Kerhonkson), located on the property of the former Pinegrove Ranch, is an all-inclusive family resort offering horseback, pony and tractor rides, an indoor pool, a game room and laser tag. There’s also a private lake with paddleboats and fishing. Accommodation choices include large family-friendly rooms with bunk beds that sleep up to seven and two rooms with fireplaces.
While there: Try the climbing wall and twin flume water slides, enjoy a massage, take a sunset ride to the lake where an outdoor BBQ awaits, and gather around a campfire under the stars.
- Troutbeck (Amenia) has a long history of hosting writers and thought-leaders, from Mark Twain and Henry David Thoreau to President Theodore Roosevelt. Recently refurbished and now a member of Design Hotels, its guest rooms feature king-sized beds with Frette linens, plush robes and Malin + Goetz bath products.
While there: Savor the Troutbeck farm-to table restaurant, explore their expansive grounds, join a yoga, Pilates or guided meditation session or head over to Dia:Beacon to take in some contemporary art.
- Journey East Hampton (East Hampton) features secluded cottages and 22 newly redesigned rooms, all outfitted with Frette linens and towels. There’s also an outdoor pool and a welcoming lobby lounge. Its Great Lawn is a perfect spot for picnics and s’mores around the fire pit.
While there: Wake up to outdoor yoga on the lawn and then borrow one of the resort’s stylish bicycles to visit some of Long Island’s finest beaches (a 15-minute walk), enjoy fine dining in town and sip and sample at nearby wineries.
New York City
- Mr. C Seaport (South Street Seaport area) was created by the fourth-generation Cipriani family of hoteliers and offers a refined 66-room retreat where details like rain showers, lustrous teak veneer, and fine Italian linens are matched by European service and panoramic views of the East River, Brooklyn Bridge and New York City skyline.
While there: Catch a rooftop concert by your favorite artist at Pier 17 and stroll the cobblestone streets of the historic Seaport neighborhood, now a hip center for boutiques, eateries and entertainment.
- AC Hotel by Marriott New York Downtown (Financial District/Seaport) is the lifestyle brand’s second Manhattan hotel. The hotel references its Spanish roots with sleek furnishings, intuitive technology, and a lively lounge serving handcrafted cocktails and tapas.
While there: Visit Wall Street and the September 11 Memorial and One World Observatory, and make sure to take the train two stops down to Bowling Green where you can take the Staten Island Ferry for a free scenic view of the NYS skyline or take the Statue of Liberty ferry to visit Lady Liberty and Ellis Island.
- citizenM Bowery (Bowery) is a moderately-priced design hotel with colorful decor and ample public space for lounging and socializing. It’s also an original in terms of construction; the 20-story hotel was assembled from 210 prefab units, but you’d never guess that based on its luxurious touches like high-pressure rain showers, wall-to-wall windows and XL king-size beds.
While there: Head out on foot to explore the East Village and neighboring Chinatown, Soho and Little Italy areas and then enjoy the expansive 360-degree city views from cloudM, the hotel’s indoor/outdoor rooftop bar and lounge.
- Moxy NYC Downtown (Financial District) is the newest of Marriott’s three millennial-friendly Moxy hotels in the city and maximizes precious Manhattan square footage in fun ways. Here, full-wall windows open to city views, while clothing and furnishings are stowed not in a closet but on pegs on the walls and hanging chairs adding a fun touch. Public spaces provide plenty of room to socialize and relax with friends.
While there: Located at cross section of Chinatown, Tribeca, the South Street Seaport and Battery Park, you are surrounded by shopping, culture, history and museums.
- The Times Square Edition (Times Square) puts visitors in the heart of the action. Designed by renowned entrepreneur Ian Schrager, one of the pioneers of the boutique hotel concept, the 452-room, 42-story hotel will include a 5,000-square-foot performance space and an expansive Beer Garden.
While there: Without leaving the building, guests can visit the NFL Experience Times Square and Hershey’s Chocolate World, and are just steps away from Broadway theaters and all the attractions of Times Square.
Thousand Islands – Seaway
- Tailwater Lodge (Altmar) is adding 46 rooms, nearly doubling the capacity of the lodge, and upgrading existing rooms. The expansion also includes a full-service spa, indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, fitness center and game room. An Orvis-endorsed fly-fishing lodge, the Tailwater is no
While there: Anglers can take a guided fishing excursion on the Salmon River, with gear provided, to fish for salmon and steelhead.
About New York State
New York State features 11 beautiful vacation regions. New York's attractions encompass landmarks such as Niagara Falls, the largest park in the continental U.S. in the Adirondacks and treasures such as the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and the Strong Museum of Play in Rochester. New York State offers diverse activities for all seasons, from fishing, hiking and boating to year-round festivals and exploring the rich history and culture of one of the 13 original colonies. Throughout the state, visitors enjoy fine cuisine, beverage trails and farm-to-table fresh foods.
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