Viewing: New York

Binghamton NY: New “BING” Getting Cooler By the Day

WHY GO: It’s a safe bet that parents who drop their kids off at Binghamton University in Binghamton NY don’t generally stay to see the city sights, but they’d be missing out. Once maligned as blighted and abandoned, Binghamton – newly branded with the zingy “BING” – is undergoing a resurgence, with new art galleries […] Read more

48 Hours in the Thousand Islands NY (With a Short Cruise into Canada)

WHY GO: There’s a reason that millionaires during the Gilded Age built castles and hid out on the 1,800 large and small islands that dot the St. Lawrence River in the Thousand Islands NY. It is exquisite here – and closer than you might think. You can drive to Clayton NY, one of the larger […] Read more

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel, Clayton NY: Overlooking the St. Lawrence Seaway

Though you have other options, you’ll want to book a river-view room with a balcony at the only upscale hotel right on the waterfront in the Thousand Islands (and the only 4-Diamond hotel in the region), the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton NY. The show outside your window changes throughout the day, but sunrise […] Read more

Madison Avenue Business District: A More Intimate Designer Shopping Experience Off 5th

WHY GO: If you’ve got the funds for – or curiosity about – high end fashion designers, and don’t fancy a trip to France or Italy (especially with planes these days), you’ll be exceedingly satisfied with the shops, restaurants, and hotels that make up the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District. Spanning Madison Avenue from 57th […] Read more

Resorts World Catskills, Monticello NY: Betting, Off-Roading, and Luxury in the Former Borscht Belt

From the 1930’s on, hoteliers have capitalized on the beauty of the Catskill Mountains, opening up resorts that drew a mostly middle-class Jewish clientele from New York City (90 miles away): so much so that by the 1950’s and ‘60’s, the area was referred to as “The Borsch Belt.” Grossinger’s, Kutsher’s, and The Concord dominated […] Read more

Diamond Mills Hotel, Saugerties NY

Resurrecting the spirit of the paper mill that used to command this dogleg turn on Partition St. (before it burned down in the mid- 70’s), then dusting it with understated glitz, the 30-room Diamond Mills Hotel  has become a go-to for weddings and special events for both locals and NYC Brides and Grooms. The hotel, […] Read more

Saugerties NY: Up-cycled For your Visiting Pleasure

WHY GO: Budget Travel Magazine once deemed Saugerties one of the Ten Coolest Towns in America, but I’ll also add that it’s one of the most down-to-earth, friendly and community minded, with not just one, but two independent bookstores. (As well as an indie movie theater and a slew of owner-run shops). So, it’s no big surprise that […] Read more

The Bernic Hotel NY NY: A Tapestry Collection by Hilton Boutique Steps from Grand Central Station

Certain hotels understand how to make customers happy right off the bat. Give ‘em booze! The Bernic Hotel, a Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel in New York City, offers a stem of Prosecco upon arrival – putting guests in a celebratory mood almost immediately. It’s just one way that this smallish boutique stands out amid a slew […] Read more

Hotel 48LEX, NY NY: On the Forefront of Lifestyle Boutique

One of the first  “lifestyle” boutique hotels to open in this mid-town Manhattan locale in 2011, just a few blocks from Grand Central Station, the Hotel 48LEX was touted as a design-forward, customer-oriented establishment on the cusp of a growing demand for this kind of lodging. After 8 years and newly refreshed rooms, Hotel 48Lex hasn’t […] Read more

Buffalo NY Finally Gets it Wright

WHY GO: Once the terminus of the Erie Canal, Buffalo NY had more millionaires than any other city at the turn of last century. Two US Presidents, Millard Fillmore and Grover Cleveland, spent time here. And one, William McKinley, was assassinated here. Frederick Law Olmsted designed parks and roadways, industry flourished. The “Amazon.com” of its day […] Read more

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