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Discovering Upstate New York


 

Upstate New York is brimming with opportunities and wonder. There are many road trips and retreats to be had throughout spring and summer, from cascading waterfalls and breathtaking high peaks to odd roadside sites and museums. All in one place, there is nature to be explored, cities to visit, and experiences to be experienced. Getting lost in the most beautiful places in upstate New York—from the Catskills to Rochester—has never been better. From bird sanctuaries and hiking on a treetop trail to secret sidewalks and finding safe haven at a historic estate—getting lost in the most beautiful places in upstate New York—from the Catskills to Rochester—has never been better. And, while the state of New York has reverted to its previous state of affairs, Visit the Troutbeck, a timeless cool kids club for creatives, forest bathers, and those who value laid-back elegance (especially when it's affordable), and follow in the footsteps of Hemingway, Hughes, Thoreau, and Emerson. The property has been a farm inn, a bar, and the location of two meetings that led to the creation of the NAACP since 1765. Today, in a new era of workations, it's this charming 250-acre ancient estate that's beckoning, not the mountains. The numerous book nooks are enticing; the farm-to-table restaurant alone is worth the two-hour train travel; the new health center is like an injection of serotonin; and the activities are top-notch in any season, whether it be spring, summer, or fall. There are many activities, depending on the season. In the summer, there's tennis, swimming, and riverside hammocks; in the winter, there's axe-throwing, falconry expeditions, and après-ski. The actual beauty of Troutbeck, however, is how quickly you can unwind. Don't be surprised if you find yourself dabbling with a pen and drinking an old-fashioned like it's your work, whether you're out of the office or not.

 

For wildlife enthusiasts, this 81-acre playground is a must-see. The permanent High Line-inspired Wild Walk exhibit, located 45 feet above the Adirondack forest at The Wild Center (New York's first LEED-certified museum), is open for reservations and is the state's only elevated treetop trail. Take in the spectacular panorama from atop a four-story white pine (the tallest tree in the Adirondacks) while on the lookout for bald eagles as you ascend from the forest floor to tower high in the air with a (literal) bird's eye view from their special human-size nest, and take in the spectacular panorama from atop a four-story white pine (the tallest tree in the Adirondacks) while on the lookout for bald eagles. And there is also the museum's glass collections that are very intriguing, but it's the spectacular 100,000-square-foot Contemporary Art + Design Wing that has out-of-towners (and non-glass aficionados) planning a vacation to the Finger Lakes for more than just wine and waterfalls. Daily live glass blowing demonstrations are provided, and current displays include a presentation commemorating Corelle's 50th anniversary, as well as the museum's continuing Innovation Center and the Jerome and Lucille Strauss Study Gallery, which houses 3,500-year-old artifacts

 

The most gorgeous street you've ever seen is a mile west of Ontario Beach Park, in the small town of Charlotte. Even though you're in Rochester, it feels like you've landed at Monet's Garden in Sainte-Adresse, France. The Secret Sidewalk is a public walkway, but the residents of those large lakefront homes from the early twentieth century would prefer that their slice of paradise remain off the tourist radar, so keep your cool, don't take selfies, and just enjoy your Abbott's Frozen Custard with the rest of the locals. While the Gorge Trail, which reopens in late May, is the most popular attraction (think 200-foot cliffs, 19 waterfalls, and the jaw-dropping Rainbow Falls Bridge), the wooded rim paths can't be beaten for beauty and tranquility. The 2.6-mile South Rim Trail offers views of the canyon, as well as waterfalls, sculptures, and a stone arched bridge. After your climb, stop by Grist Iron Brewery for a pint of Lake Life IPA and pulled pork nachos. Take a private behind-the-scenes Gardens & Grounds tour or a Master Architectural tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Graycliff in Derby, a small Lake Erie village. The newly restored villa, which was built between 1926 and 1931, is on the edge of the lake, where Wright was inspired by the 70-foot limestone cliffs. Self-guided trips to roam and adventure on your own are also offered for those seeking some alone time. At Green Lakes State Park in Central New York, near the Erie Canal Towpath, you may see two magnificent glacial lakes. Hike some of the many miles of trails near Green Lake and Round Lake to take in the stunning scenery, especially in the fall. Swim at the state park's beach, practice your swing on the golf course, and go camping in the summer. When winter approaches, the park offers cross-country skiing and snowshoeing.


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