While it is often people’s natural instinct to envision The Big Apple when speaking about the state of New York, we’re here to prove that even our smallest towns have so much to offer! Whether you’re looking to get away in the mountains or spend a weekend in one of our wine countries, these small towns all have their own charming features. Check out some of New York’s 10 most charming small towns below.
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
Right on the shores of Cayuga Lake, this Western New York village is one to be noted. With a population count that wouldn't even be able to fill all the seats needed for the students at my high school graduation, this village is indeed small. One of the many charming features of this place? It's home base to the MacKenzie-Childs ceramic factory!
2. Cold Spring
Accessible by the Metro-North Railroad, this town is a favorite spot for many living in New York City. With a population of roughly 2,000, it is filled with endless places where you can eat and shop. With incredible views of the Hudson River and residents known for their infectious kindness, there's no way you won't fall in love with this town.
Primarily known for being home to the Baseball Hall of Fame, this small town is also completely free of chain stores! Yes you read that right, no chain stores. I apologize for the fact that you're most likely dramatically gasping. Let me help you recover, this town is the prefect place for anyone looking to soak up plenty of New York's historical and memorable sites.
4. Lake Placid
This incredible village tucked away in the Adirondack Mountains is famously known for being the host of the Olympics...twice! You know, you might've heard of that whole thing called the "Miracle on Ice." With a population of over 2,500 people, this village offers its residents and visitors an endless supply of activities to keep them happy! From skiing to hiking to just eating and shopping, you'll always find yourself leaving this unique village with an urge to come back soon.
Located on the North Fork of Long Island with a population of just over 2,000, this small town will ease your mind with its relaxing air filled with the smell of salt. Once a strong fishing village, Greenport restaurants and wineries are still known to serve it's customers fresh fish out of the nearby Peconic Bay!
One of New York State's most iconic towns, Woodstock is best known for its 1969 music festival. As soon as you arrive in this town you can quickly feel the strong artistic and musical roots that have long run through it. With friendly residents and often a celebrity sighting, this town is nothing short of intriguing and filled with charm. Population? Just under 6,000.
You may find yourself staring at the name of this town and heavily pondering how you should attempt to pronounce it. But have no fear, New Yorkers have an easy way of breaking down the pronunciation of Skaneateles. Two words, skinny-atlas, there you go! Loved and known for having one of the cleanest bodies of water in the state, the view of Skaneateles Lake is a favorite to many. Population of this year-round beauty? Just over 7,000.
8. Saranac Lake
If you're looking for the perfect laid-back getaway that surrounds you with beautiful views of a lake and one of a kind mountains, this is it. With a population of over 5,300 people, this make it one of the largest places on our list. Located inside the Adirondack Park, this village is popular to many looking to explore the high mountains of New York.
If you're looking to explore one of the many wine countries New York has to offer, Westfield is the place for you. A large producer of Concord Grape Juice, Westfield overs its 3,200 residents plenty of ways to quench their thirst.
With a population of over 10,000 people, Canandaigua comes in as the largest size town on our list. Located within the Finger Lakes wine county, this town offers anyone the perfect place to sit back and relax. With plenty of Food & Beverage tours, waterparks and historical sites, Canandaigua has a variety of sources to keep you entertained.
So what did you think? Is there a small down worthy of this list that you feel has been forgotten? Tell us which small towns in New York you find to be the most charming in the comments below.