I’ve said it before and you’ll most likely hear the majority of New York say it again, there’s more to our great state than just the Big Apple. There’s no denying the attraction that draws in visitors from all over the world, but there’s nothing quite like seeing an entirely different side of New York when you take the time to visit one of our lesser-known towns. Filled with charm, hidden attractions, and so much more, the real reason our small towns are so special is because of the amazing residents you’ll find within them. Here are just 10 things that prove these New Yorkers are the best kind of people:
1. Because we understand that there's no need to be in a rush.
Anxious cab drivers and residents walking so quickly that you'll swear their feet aren't even touching the ground are things you won't be finding in our small towns! Instead, you can expect to be greeted by people who are living life as they please, never feeling the need to be in a rush.
2. We'll wave and smile to anyone who comes in our path because we're a friendly bunch!
Small town residents all know the feeling, you visit a city for the first time and smile to a stranger only to die a little inside, receiving a look in return that would imply you're walking around with serpents coming out of your head. While other areas of our state may not be so welcoming, you can expect open arms and heartwarming smiles once you step foot into one of our small towns!
3. We know all of the best secret adventures to take and places to visit.
There's nothing like having your own small town tour guide to bring you to hidden gems of New York that you would've never guessed were here!
4. We're most certainly resourceful, we know how to make our own fun!
Living in a small New York town often means that you're secluded from popular entertainment, which means you'll have to come up with your own fun! Knowing how to take a little and turn it into a lot of fun is something every small town resident grows up doing!
5. We know where the best Mom & Pop shops are.
You won't find us shopping at your big name retailers, we enjoy our Mom & Pop shops much better! From places to shop to small town restaurants, we'll take you to best places.
6. We appreciate the simpler things in life.
All things considered, we're easy to please, we understand that there's a way of living life that doesn't require the luxuries of our big cities. From sitting on our favorite porches to relaxing outside with good friends and family, we appreciate all of the small things.
7. We're no stranger to hard work.
What others may consider hard work, we consider our every day lifestyle. We enjoy learning that a little dirt never hurt and that there's nothing like learning the power of hard work.
8. We value our historical roots.
We do our best to make sure our small town history lives on for future generations and that it's fully appreciated. We're proud of our historical roots and do our best to preserve what has stood the tests of time in New York.
9. We respect nature and all of our wildlife.
We understand the importance of preserving our wildlife and the beautiful nature that surrounds us, you won't find us disrespecting Mother Nature anytime soon.
10.We grow up on scenic drives.
If you ever need to just hop in the car and getaway from all of the chaos, our small town residents are the best people to show you what roads to take that will clear your mind. There's nothing like taking a drive through New York's beautiful scenery.
Do you have a reason why you think our small town residents are the best kind of people? To find out where you’ll find some of these amazing New Yorkers, check out
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