If there’s one thing to be known about New Yorkers, it’s that the majority of us will always pick our charming small towns in New York over our big cities any day. We can’t help it! We love seeing familiar friendly faces and enjoy not feeling like everyone’s in the biggest rush to get somewhere.
As sad as I am to say it, fall is only a moment away from being here. I’m heartbroken to be saying goodbye to summer, but in an attempt to stay positive I’ve been daydreaming about taking road trips to our small towns to see the upcoming foliage. Anyone else? To help get some of us more inspired, here are 10 best places to visit if you’re looking for nothing but peace and quiet.
After going back and looking through all of the small town posts I've previously done in an attempt to never repeat myself, I was surprised to discover that I somehow have gone without mentioning my favorite town, Keene. Fitting the description to a T, there's no better town to visit than this one if you're looking to find nothing but peace and quiet, truly. Up here in the Adirondack Park you'll find nothing but our highest mountains and breathtaking sights waiting for you.
Found on the southern shore of Long Island in Suffolk County, this considerable size village is incredibly scenic. Out here you'll be able to enjoy boat tours, fantastic areas for fishing, and small parks that are perfect for strolling through to see our wildlife.
Right on the Hudson River you'll find the tiny area of Garrison, one of our best kept secrets. Just across the river from West Point, here you can discover peaceful places like the Russel Wright Design Center (pictured above), Boscobel House & Gardens, and even the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary! With so many relaxing places to check out in this town, it's the perfect spot for this list.
4. Lily Dale
There's more than a good chance that you haven't heard of this small little gem in New York. Right near Cassadaga Lake, this area is great to visit during the summer and our warmer months. Known for being a spiritual community, there's plenty to see throughout the town like their own quirky Fairy Trail!
5. Cape Vincent
Right on the St. Lawrence River near all of our beautiful Thousand Islands, you'll find the small but breathtaking town of Cape Vincent. It's hard not to instantly feel peaceful once you're out near the water like this and one of our favorite places to visit while we're here is the Tibbetts Point Lighthouse seen pictured above.
6. East Aurora
Just outside of our big city of Buffalo you'll discover one of the many hidden treasures being kept out in Western New York. This peaceful village features historic museums, wildlife centers, and places for you to stay that look like they've just come out of a storybook.
Just west of Cayuga Lake you'll find the small village of Trumansburg. Here you'll find a slow paced lifestyle and old historic buildings, the perfect place to be if you're looking for something opposite of our big cities. One of the nearby attractions that draws in visitors to this place is the Taughannock Falls State Park, a beautiful place to get away from it all.
Found out in Wyoming County, all you'll discover in this small village is open spaces, farmland, and our scenic state park. A great place for a getaway if you're looking to enjoy the peace and quiet outdoors, take a trip here and spend the day exploring our amazing Letchworth State Park.
Another remote village worth visiting along the Hudson River, Nyack isn't
too far away from out big city but distant enough that you'll be able to find peace and quiet here. Our suggestion for your visit? Spend the day out near the water exploring the beautiful Nyack Beach State Park.
10. Watkins Glen
Generally speaking, almost all of our residents have a big sweet spot for this small town. From an adorable farm sanctuary that's perfect for all animal lovers to visit, to our famous state park filled with waterfalls, there's plenty to enjoy out here in the Finger Lakes.