Viewing: New York

Otesaga Resort Hotel, Cooperstown NY

Over a hundred years old, this lakeside golf resort still awes Cooperstown visitors. After its $34 million restoration about ten years ago, the Otesaga was voted one of the top 10 US Golf resorts by Conde Nast Traveler. The ambiance remains “old-world” with wait-staff in formal garb – women in black frocks with white aprons, men in […] Read more

100,000 Tulips Blossom In Washington Park, Albany NY

The City of Albany goes all out for Mother’s Day. Every year, more than 100,000 blossoms brighten the Tulip Festival set in historic Albany NY Washington Park. Beginning with the ceremonial scrubbing of State Street, and continuing with the Tulip Queen Coronation, Royal Tulip Ball, and Annual Mother of the Year Award, the Albany, NY […] Read more

Madava Farms, Home of Crown Maple Syrup, Dover Plains NY: Open Select “Maple Weekends”

FYI – Madava Farms only open to the public now on “Maple Weekends” only. To find the source of what many believe is the best tasting, organic, premium maple syrup on the planet, you’ve got to drive on some rutted, muddy roads on land so secluded, asphalt hasn’t reached it yet. And then, just when […] Read more

Rhinecliff Hotel, Rhinecliff NY

The Rhinecliff in Rhinecliff NY is one of my all-time favorite hotels for several reasons: The View of the Hudson River It is steps from the Amtrak station (1 ¾ hours from Penn Station in NYC) Prices are reasonable for the setting (starting at $179 offseason for a very stylish, contemporary room) Did I mention the […] Read more

Hudson NY: An Eye For Design

WHY GO: If the website Etsy was an actual place, it would be Hudson, NY, an artsy town on the Hudson River that has managed to out-Brooklyn Brooklyn in cutesie-pie-ity. Etsy in fact, did open a brick and mortar office here in 2013, following an area resurgence that began over twenty years ago. In the late […] Read more

Fire Island NY: Offseason Charms

WHY GO: No cars are allowed on Fire Island, the slip of land where Mel Brooks, Tina Fey and John Lennon summered and where Maurice Sendak wrote “Where the Wild Things Are.” Thirty one miles long and just 1,300 ft. wide, this barrier island helps to protect the South Shore of Long Island, NY from […] Read more

Flushing NY and Corona NY: As Close As You’re Going to Get to China (And Sachmo) in the USA

WHY GO: There are three reasons most people come to Queens, NY – the least glamorous of the five New York City boroughs. One for the jets – that fly in and out of LaGuardia and JFK Airports, two, for the Mets – who play at Citi Field, and three for the nets – as […] Read more

Downtown NYC: I’ll Take Lower Manhattan

WHY GO: A trip to Downtown NYC is an emotional journey, especially if you haven’t been here since before 9-11-01. While some iconic buildings remain (the Winter Garden, Trinity Church), everything you thought you knew about lower Manhattan is history. The whole landscape has been so transformed as to be unrecognizable. The new soaring World […] Read more

Conrad Hotel NYC: A Beacon of Cool in the Shadow of the World Trade Center

The Conrad Hotel, New York City There are several qualities that make a hotel great, and the Conrad Hotel NYC– a Hilton brand – has all of them.  First, aesthetics: the Conrad is a Modern-Art knockout. Second, service: hotel staff seem to be hired with the kind of proud, friendly and I’d go so far […] Read more

West Point NY: A Patriotic Getaway

WHY GO: Whose official motto remains “Duty, Honor, County”?  Hint: It’s the same institution that upholds its unofficial motto “Sink Navy” – our country’s preeminent military academy, West Point. And yes, you can tour this Revolutionary War stronghold and actually stay, in relative luxury, on base. This Getaway includes an often ignored, but incredible Hudson […] Read more

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