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WHY GO: There’s something divine about the sunrise over the Hudson River – made even more so by the fact that I’m watching it unfold from my private balcony.  I’m staying in The Winterberry Room at the Buttermilk Falls Inn and Spa, and this simple pleasure can be yours as well, on blue-sky mornings. Vaulted [...]

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Dream Midtown Hotel NYC: A Dream of a Renovation

If you are hell bent on finding some of the best bars in New York City, you won’t have to move around too much. Three are all in one place – a place you won’t even have to leave after you’ve imbibed a bit: the newly renovated Dream Midtown NYC. Choose between a classic watering [...]

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Your Grandfather’s Adirondacks (With Better Food)

WHY GO: Sure, you go to the Adirondacks to hike or ski or to skate on the Olympic Oval.  But on the trips that your Grandfather or Great Grandfather took up to the mountains, there were other monumental attractions to behold, as well as more life and death reasons one would have make the trek.  [...]

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Elmira NY: Twain Slept (and Wrote) Here

WHY GO: If you’re a Mark Twain fan, you don’t even have to ask. VISIT: Mark Twain's Study on the campus of Elmira College, Elmira NY. All Twain devotees will want to step right in to where America’s best humor writer and social critic did much of his thinking, writing, and cigar smoking. In fact, some [...]

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Keuka Lake NY: A Small Finger Lake With Big History

  WHY GO: Three years ago, I wrote of the then sleepy Keuka Lake, the one with "Shape Pride:" Of all the 11 Finger Lakes, Keuka Lake is not the largest, smallest or deepest. But it does have one feature that instills pride in all who live along its shores.  It has a "shape." An [...]

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Pleasant Valley Inn, Hammondsport NY: A Gastronomic Joy

This Pepto-pink roadside tavern/inn is not situated on a lake or mountaintop. At the juncture of two busy streets several miles from the shores of Keuka Lake, it’s easy to whiz past the Pleasant Valley Inn on your way to the wineries. But that would be a big mistake. After a recent change of ownership [...]

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 Auburn NY: Springhill Inn and Harriet Tubman, Chapter Two

WHY GO: The story of Harriet Tubman, “The Moses of Her People,” starts on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and ends in Auburn NY. Those who are interested in this amazing woman’s final chapter will want to visit her homestead and her gravesite, and also learn more about the Secretary of State who negotiated the [...]

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WHY GO: In the mid-1800’s, while America was questioning its ethics and morals vis a vis slavery, women’s rights, and the demon rum, Seneca Falls NY, on a branch of the Erie Canal near Lake Ontario, was drawing Abolitionists, Suffragists, proponents of Temperance, and other agitators to a whirlwind of evangelical fervor so hot, this [...]

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Vintage Gardens B&B, Newark NY: Coming Up Roses

Just 30 minutes from Seneca Falls, (and 45 minutes from Rochester) in the small, walkable Erie Canal town of Newark, The Vintage Gardens Bed and Breakfast, an exquisite 5-room inn, has a special pedigree: It was the home of Charles Perkins and headquarters of the Jackson Perkins Rose Co. – the floral brokers who brought [...]

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Rochester NY: Susan B. Anthony Voted (Illegally) Here

WHY GO: Though Rochester NY is known best for the Erie Canal, George Eastman – of Eastman-Kodak, and several top Universities, a certain powerhouse in the Women’s Right’s movement lived, worked, and is buried here. Susan B. Anthony was the face of Women’s Suffrage in the USA – and a visit to Rochester will not [...]

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