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Things to Do in Cold Spring

Posted on: October 29th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Bannerman_Castle_on_Pollepel_Island_viewed_from_atop_Breakneck_RidgeCold Spring is an exceptionally easy place to get to, being a major stop on the Metro-North train.  The train stop divides the village in two, and is within easy walking distance of just about everything in Cold Spring.

Main Street has endless hours of shopping, offering plenty of antique shops, consignment shops, and boutiques for your browsing pleasure.  It’s also a great place to stroll along and watch the sunset over the river.

Stonecrop Gardens are also a great place to walk around and take in the scenery.  This 12 acres estate is the former home of Anne and Frank Cabot and boasts an impressive collection of plants and display gardens from many different regions.

Pollepel Island, more popularly known as Bannerman Island, is another great place to spend the day.  Its popular name comes from Bannerman Castle, the warehouse on the island which Frank Bannerman used to house his military surplus company.   The island has long been thought to be haunted, not only by Native Americans, but by Dutch Settlers and the  English and Colonists as well. Walking tours and boat tours are available and reservations are required.

To get some local history, stop at the West Point Foundry Preserve.  The Foundry once drove the economy of Cold Spring and the surrounding area and allowed it to become a major participator in the Industrial Revolution. It’s an excellent place to go for a hike or a picnic.

Boscobel House and Gardens is a historic Federal style house built between 1804 and 1808.  The house has been carefully restored to reflect as accurately as possible how it would have looked in the late 18th and early 19th century.  The gardens make for an excellent place to walk around or take a picnic. Join them on Halloween for a night with Edgar Allan Poe, where he will read his stories and answers questions.

Getaway in Cold Spring on Hudson

Posted on: October 28th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

759px-Main_Street,_Cold_Spring_NYThe village of Cold Spring on Hudson is an historic village established in the mid 18th century.  Bordered by the Hudson River on one side and Hudson Highlands State Park on the other, Cold Spring is just an hour away from New York City and is a great place to get away for the day, the weekend, or even an extended stay.

Local legend has it that George Washington visited in the 1770s and quenched his thirst with a drink from their “cold spring” thus giving the village its name.

Cold Spring was first settled by Thomas Davenport in 1730.  The riverside location made it ideal for trade, and a small trade outpost grew.  By the early 1800’s the West Point Foundry had been established, creating the opportunity for Cold Springs to thrive during the Industrial Revolution.  It provided munitions for the Union Army during the Civil War and was one of the largest industrial sites in the U.S.

The increase in industrial production created in influx in population.  It became a thriving village, and a cultural center, attracting artists, writers, and many prominent families, in part due to the beauty of the surrounding landscape.  During the Gilded Age well off families from New York built country mansions on the hillsides and streets, making Cold Spring a popular getaway.

When the Foundry closed just before WWI tourism began to fade and much of Cold Spring’s economy went with it.  However after WWII there was a resurgence.  Many people began to live in Hudson Valley and commute to the city.  By the 1970’s the Village was thriving again and was named a Federal Historic District.

Since it was named a Federal Historic District, Cold Spring has once again become a popular tourist destination, especially with New Yorkers looking to get away from the city.  It’s charming streets and 19th century store fronts lend themselves to leisurely walks and window shopping.  Hiking, golfing, or just sitting by the riverfront and relaxing are all favorite pass times in Cold Spring.

Getting to Cold Spring from New York City is new problem.  It’s served by major highways and by the Hudson Line.  Only an hour’s journey from the city, it’s a perfect place to come for a day or a weekend.



Places to Stay in Stowe

Posted on: October 24th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

GreenMtnsStowe has a long history as a resort town and as such has a long list of delightful places to stay.  Whether you’re looking for a big mountain lodge or a small bed and breakfast, Stowe has something to suit your needs.

Edson Hill Manor – This manor sits on 50 acres of beautiful countryside that once made up the estate of a Colorado mining prospector.  Enjoy fine dining, an amazing wine cellar, horse back riding, hiking, cross country skiing, fishing, and even cycling all without even leaving the property.  It’s the perfect place to come and relax, enjoy the view, and get away from it all.

Ten Acres Lodge – This gorgeously restored 1820’s farmhouse is the perfect blend of traditional charm and modernity.  Offering two cottages and 8 boutique suites, this inn will never feel over crowded.  It’s just a short walk from downtown Stowe, and a short walk from Mt Mansfield so most activities are right at your doorstep!

Green Mountain Inn – Located in the heart of Stowe village, this inn is just a short walk from anything you might want to do in Stowe.  Stay in luxurious, spacious rooms with great views of the mountains and foliage, and enjoy the heated pool and Jacuzzi, nightly S’mores, and daily tea and cookies!

Butler House  – Located in the Stowe Historic District, and built in 1826,  Butler House is the former home of a successful lawyer, Orion W. Butler.  They are located just across the street from Stowe’s Recreation Path and nearby to the Stowe Mountain Shuttle.  Enjoy a stay in one of their cozy apartments which provide excellent views of Stowe and the surrounding mountains.

Arbor Inn – At the Arbor Inn, hosts Michael and Cody aim to make you feel like family before your stay is over.  Enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Mansfield and the Green Mountains, as you relax next to the gorgeous Fieldstone Fireplace and sip a glass of wine.  Each room has individual temperature control and many rooms have their own fireplaces.  All rooms are equipped with a private bath.  You’ll start each day with a delicious country breakfast eaten, where you’ll have your choice of eggs, any way you like the, waffles, homefries, and more! And all eaten with a fantastic view of Mt. Mansfield.

Stone Hill Inn – Sitting in 9.5 acres and surrounded by plush forest, the Stone Hill Inn is the ultimate place to go to relax or for a romantic getaway.  Wonder the trails through the woods, find a secluded spot in the garden, or just relax on the lawn and enjoy the solitude.  This serene setting is just a short drive from Stowe and all that it has to offer.  Enjoy delicious breakfast, talks in the Great Room warmed by the large fireplace, and luxurious rooms.

Snowflake Mountain Resort & Spa – This luxury resort has been operated by the Baraw family for close to 50 years.  It has a 4 diamond AAA rating and has a wide range of excellent facilities, including a fantastic spa, sumptuous rooms, and a well renowned restaurant.  Enjoy the on site tennis courts, pools, XC trails, and golf course.



Relax in the Finger Lakes Region

Posted on: October 18th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

798px-Hemlock_lakeAutumn is one of the most beautiful times to visit the Finger Lakes Region.  The leaves change colors and the rolling hills come alive with vibrant hues.  The vineyards, surrounded by all this foliage, are a spectacular sight.

Much of the  Finger Lakes Region is rural and farmland, so as the season changes to autumn there are a lot of new and interesting  things to do in the Finger Lakes Region.  Enjoy harvest festivals, increased farmers markets, visit U-Picks and pick your own fresh produce, and enjoy all the fun fall activities at each of these places! Pick your own pumpkins, partake in traditional lawn games, visit petting zoos, and more!  It’s also harvest time at the vineyards, so you’ll get to see the beginning of the wine making process.  Who knows, you might even get to participate in some grape picking or grape stomping!

Now that the racing season is over, you can stop by Watkins Glen International, the birthplace of American road racing, and drive your car around the track for just $25.   You can also join them for Glentoberfest on October 26th and enjoy some great regional craft beer!

If all that driving works up an appetite, don’t worry, there are tons of great  places to eat in the Finger Lakes Region.  The  vastness of the area and the large focus on providing fresh, local food, direct from the farm means there is no end to the options before you.  In bigger cities like Rochester, Syracuse, and Ithaca, you’ll have no trouble satisfying any craving.  In smaller towns you’ll find great places focusing on providing quality meals and service.

For the same reason that there is no scarcity of restaurants, there is no shortage of wonderful places to stay in the Finger Lakes Region.  You’ll find beautiful bed and breakfasts in old, federal era homes that match perfectly their country setting and charming towns, and large, luxurious hotels that see to your every need.

The Finger Lakes Region is a largely rural area and many towns have beautiful, charming turn of the century architecture.  It’s a great place to come enjoy a slower pace of life for a while.  Come relax, enjoy a glass of wine, and watch as the leaves change colors before your eyes.


Places to Stay in the Finger Lakes Region

Posted on: October 17th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

The Finger Lakes Region is a large and varied area meaning that there are plenty of places to stay.  You’ll find many beautiful inns, bed and breakfasts, and boutique hotels scattered throughout the region.

Skaneateles Suites Boutique Hotel – Skaneateles

Just half a block from Skaneateles Lake, and sitting in the heart of the Village, the Skaneateles Suites Boutique Hotel has all of Skaneateles at its doorstep.  Find great restaurants, wineries, and fun all within a few minutes walk.   Enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning, as well as free use of the kitchen during your stay.

Inn on Broadway – Rochester

At the Inn on Broadway you’ll soon realize you aren’t at a hotel that’s just like any other. Each space is designed especially for you, with your comfort in mind.  It is meant to feel like a home away from home, but with all the convenience of being at the office. Allow the Inn’s attentive and informed staff to help make your stay a memorable one.

The Federal House Bed and Breakfast – Lansing

Located in the historic hamlet of Ludlowville in Lansing, The Federal House is a newly renovated home built in 1815.  Salmon Creek and Ludlowville Falls are such a short walk that the sound of the falls can lull you to sleep at night.  Wake up in the morning to a gourmet breakfast cooked by your hosts from farm fresh ingredients.  This is the real country getaway experience.

Keuka Lakeside Inn – Hammondsport

Located in Hammondsport, voted 2012’s “Coolest small town in America,”  the Keuka Lakeside Inn sits on Keuka Lake, providing beautiful views.  They also have a boat launch, complimentary for guests, and boat docking.  The inn is a short walk to Hammondsport which is full of small town charm and there are plenty of wineries and museums nearby.

Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel – Watkins Glen

A luxurious hotel sitting right on Seneca Lake, the Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel is a recipient of a four diamond rating from AAA for is excellent service and fine attention to detail.   Enjoy gorgeous views of the lake or village from your room and outstanding, personalized service from attentive staff, all in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region.



For more hotels, check out our previous post on places to stay in the Finger Lakes Region.

Places to Eat in Finger Lakes

Posted on: October 16th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Finger Lakes is a large and varied region.  In larger cities like Syracuse you’ll find it easy to find any type of restaurant you fancy.  As you travel into more rural areas you’ll find restaurants that have strong ties to local farms and work diligently to highlight local produce and produce.

Local wines are a favorite and often make an appearance on the menu.  Many local wineries have a bistro or restaurant as well.

Two Goats Brewing – Hector

Sitting on Seneca Lake, Two Goats Brewing is a fabulous local brewer! They are a great place to stop by for a pint, and if you have a hankering for a meal, they’ve got the small menu thing down to a tee.  In fact they only have one thing on the menu, but if you’re in the mood for a roast beef sandwich you won’t find a better one anywhere around.  Picture tender, slow-cooked beef, thinly sliced and piled impossibly high on fresh, homemade buns.  It’s then topped with homemade au jus and horseradish sauce.  It’s a sandwich you’ll never forget.  Not to mention they have great atmosphere, live music, and amazing beer!

Pleasant Valley Inn – Hammondsport

The Pleasant Valley Inn is happy to serve you both in the pub for a more casual experience, and in the dining room for fine dining.  In both locations you’ll get delicious seasonal specials.  In the dining room, enjoy crab cakes, perfect prepared steaks, fresh seafood, or the house specialty, rack of lamb. The menu is prepared using locally sourced produce and products and the wine list highlights local wineries to pair perfectly with your meal.

Just a Taste – Ithaca

Enjoy Spanish tapas, with a twist! All meals are prepared using locally grown produce and products from farms in the area. Enjoy delicious cheese, gazpacho, spicy shrimp saute, roast duck breast and so much more.  And the great part is that you aren’t limited to one entree because tapas are meant for sharing!

Elderberry Pond – Auburn

Located on a certified organic farm, Elderberry Pond offers a menu that highlights the fresh produce available daily at their location and pasture reared meat raised on their farm and other local farms.  They also offer a selection of great local wines and beers.

Scuteri’s Cannoli Connection – Watkin’s Glen

This fantastic Italian bakery has been a local favorite since 1971.  They serve fresh cannolis every day along with many other Italian pastries and sweets, including tiramisu, biscotti, and rum cakes.   They also offer pizza on Saturdays.

For more restaurants check out our previous post on places to eat in the Finger Lakes Region.

Things to Do in Finger Lakes

Posted on: October 15th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

800px-Canandaigua_Lake_scenicA favorite fall activity in the Finger Lakes Region is to visit a local U-Pick and pick your own produce.  Sample great, local, fresh fruits and vegetables, or get your perfect pumpkin for Halloween!

The Wayne County Apple Tasting Tour is also a popular autumn activity.  Occurring annually in October, it’s not only a great way to see all the beautiful foliage as you drive from farm to farm, it’s also a great way to learn about the difference between apple types.   Do an apple taste test and discover all the different types of apples and the varieties of colors, sizes, and textures they come in.  Or stick to tasting the amazing baked goods, apple butters, ciders, and other delicious apple products you’ll find along the way.  You might even win a door prize!

The U-Pick’s aren’t the only ones with a harvest festival! The Corning Museum of Glass offers their own version with the Glass Harvest  at the museum.  Find lots of fun harvest themed activities, like getting to blow your own glass pumpkin, going on a scavenger hunt to find all the fall-themed objects throughout the museum, see the world’s largest glass pumpkin, and enjoy a glass farmer’s market where you’ll find lots of great harvest themed glass objects for sale!

Autumn is an excellent time to go wine tasting.   You may even get to participate in some of the harvest process if that is your wish.  Finger Lakes has an extensive list of wineries and many of them offer free tastings.  Be sure to check out these wine touring tips to get the most out of your Finger Lakes wine tasting experience.

Elmira became a favorite haunt of famed author Mark Twain, especially after he married Olivia Langdon, an Elmira native, in 1870.  Discover why he loved it so much by doing Twain County’s “Find Twain Here” activities.   On the top of that list?  Visit the Center for Mark Twain Studies at Elmira College to learn about his works,  the Chemung Valley History Museum  to learn about his life in Elmira, and Woodland National Cemetery to see where he is buried.

October may mean harvest to some, but to others it means ghosts and ghouls! Join the Chemung Valley History Museum on October 18th or 19th for a night of screams and terror at their annual Woodland Cemetery Ghost Walk.

Kilpatrick’s Public House will be hosting the first annual Ithaca Oktoberfest on October 27th.  Join what is sure to become a treasured tradition and taste beers from local microbreweries as they compete for best beer.  Enter in the lederhosen competition for a chance to win a gift card good at over 90 locations in downtown Ithaca, and get a great picture of yourself in costume.   Enjoy live music from great local bands, and delicious food from local food vendors.

As always, fishing, hiking, and boating are great activities to do in the Finger Lakes Region.  Some fantastic places to do these are Letchwood State Park, sometimes called the “Grand Canyon of the East” for its great cliffs, and the Catherine Valley Trail.

Autumn in Finger Lakes

Posted on: October 14th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments


Not far outside Rochester and Syracuse lays one of New York’s best autumn destinations.

The Finger Lakes Region is perhaps best known as New York’s largest area of wine production, having close to 100 wineries in the area.

The gorgeous foliage turning the rolling hills and vineyards of the Finger Lakes Region gold, orange and auburn hued make autumn one of the most popular times to visit Finger Lakes.

Harvest time means that all the vineyards are busy hauling grapes from the vines and that you may even be able to be able to take part in a bit of grape stomping depending on the winery you visit.

Wayne County, as the second largest apple producer in the United States, hosts an apple tasting tour every October.  In autumn farmers markets begin springing up everywhere, bursting with fresh produce, and U-Picks offer harvest festivals where you can pick your own produce, sample delicious, fresh fruits and veggies straight from the vine. Finger Lakes farms grow lots of pumpkins, apples, berries and plenty of other delicious fall fruits and vegetables.

As in summer, autumn in Finger Lakes provides great hiking, camping, fishing and more! It is well known for its great outdoor recreation.  It’s also an excellent place to just come, relax, and do some leaf peeping while you enjoy a delicious glass of local wine and escape the city.



Experience Autumn in Lake Placid

Posted on: October 11th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

New_Boathouse_N_end_of_Lake_PlacidThe village of Lake Placid is such a great place to visit, especially in Autumn.

The scenery absolutely transforms before your eyes from the luscious green forests of spring and summer to the full range of colors that fall foliage has to offer.  There are also lots of great autumn activities to participate.

This weekend, Whiteface Mountain is hosting two awesome festivals!  The first is the second annual Lake Placid Brewfest where you can try world class beers from all over the country – and even some from Canada! You’ll also find beers that you can only find in the Adirondacks.

Going on all weekend long is the Flaming Leaves Festival where you can go watch America’s best ski jumpers compete at their sport.  Check out a great crafts fair, enjoy delicious BBQ, and play tons of great family friend lawn games and competitions all while listening to awesome live Blues music. When the jumpers are done take a trip up to the top of the ski jumps and get a view of the Adirondacks all its “flaming leaves.”

Besides these two great festivals, Lake Placid has tons of other great things to do.  Visit all the Olympic sites and see where history was made!  Find a U-Pick and pick your own fresh produce, wonder through fun corn mazes, and pick out your own pumpkins for carving!  Take a scenic flight with us and experience the Adirondacks as you’ve never seen them before! Or just spend the day wondering Lake Placid’s historic Main St. and checking out all the great boutiques and galleries.

Along with many great boutiques, Main Street is also lined with many wonderful places to eat.  Lake Placid is the hub of fine dining in the Adirondacks, and you’ll be able to find casual fine dining or haute cuisine to suite your needs in many places.  It’s also full of casual delis and cafes that focus on creating fantastic meals from locally sourced, fresh ingredients.  You’ll even find places that brew their own beer!

Lake Placid has plenty of lakeside resorts and mountain adjacent lodges that all make wonderful places to stay.  Experience a re-imagined, modern take on the Adirondack Great Camps of the late 19th century that made the Adirondacks a favorite destination for many of America’s billionaires.

Autumn is the perfect time to visit Lake Placid.  Experience the beautiful surroundings as the colors change, amazing fall menus packed with fresh, seasonal produce, and lots of great autumn festivities.

More Places to Stay in Lake Placid

Posted on: October 10th, 2013 by Erin Weir No Comments

Lake Placid has so many wonderful choices for places to stay.  Enjoy luxurious lakeside resorts with heated pools and extensive amenities, and cozy b&bs with fantastic food and helpful hosts! Wherever you stay, enjoy gorgeous views and a great location.

Wildwood on the Lake – Wildwood is situated quietly on the banks of Lake Placid, not far outside the boundaries of the village of Lake Placid.  Spend your vacation sitting by the lakeside, or if the lake is too chilly for you, come in and enjoy the heated indoor pool, spa, and sauna.  Each room has a deck overlooking the lake unless otherwise stated, and rooms are equipped with every amenity you could possibly desire. It’s centrally located to all of Lake Placid’s great restaurant’s and boutiques, and of course, Whiteface, so there’s no end of things to do!

Lake Placid Lodge – Sitting at the edge of the village, on the actual body of water Lake Placid, the Lake Placid Lodge coins itself the “Great Camp for the new century.”  Experience luxury, elegance, and style the way Gilded Age millionaires did at the turn of the 20th century when they made the Adirondacks a favorite destination.  Stay in private lakeside cabins, or in sumptuous lodgings at the main lodge and enjoy their excellent hospitality.

Golden Arrow Lakeside Resort – The first hotel in the Adirondacks to receive the Audubon Society’s Platinum Eco Rating for Hotels, the Golden Arrow is devoted to maintaining a sustainable, green hotel.  Sitting on the shores of Mirror Lake, the Golden Arrow offers a relaxed, serene environment in a great location.  The friendly and accommodating staff are eager to make your stay as wonderful as possible.

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High Peaks Resort – Beginning as a bed and breakfast in the 1899, High Peaks Resort has grown from its humble beginnings to become a world class hotel offering “Natural Hospitality™.”  With over 100 years of experience, you can bet these guys know what the hospitality business is about.  Enjoy your private deck with waterfront views of Mirror Lake, or look down over Main Street and take in Lake Placid’s beauty.  Experience a stay you’ll remember forever at your home away from home in Lake Placid.

Whiteface Lodge – A return to the Great Camps of the Adirondacks, Whiteface Lodge creates the ultimate Adirondack experience.  Named the Northeast’s Best Mountain Resort by Travel + Leisure, Whiteface Lodge is everything you hope a mountain resort would be, with its serene lakeside setting, rustic yet luxurious ambience, and amazing amenitites.

Paradox Lodge – This unique bed and breakfast is worth a stay if only for the amazing food! You won’t be leaving the breakfast table hungry.  Their accommodations are relaxing and inviting with plenty of character, and owners Nan and Red will go out of their way to make your stay extra special.

For more places to stay in Lake Placid, check out our previous post, and places our clients recommend.