With more than 100 towns and villages in Adirondack Park, it can get a bit overwhelming to decide which hidden small towns in New York to visit. Covering over six million acres, small towns tucked away within the shadows of our tallest mountains and most remote spaces offer peace, quiet, and endless outdoor adventures. If New York’s winter weather has you feeling a bit stir-crazy, then perhaps it’s time you take a getaway to one of the hidden gems in New York — one of our best-kept secrets.

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Why This One Little Town Is New York's Best Kept Secret

Where is another one of the best hidden small towns in New York?

The scenic Canandaigua, New York, known as “The Chosen Spot,” is a Native American translation that with its historic, interesting beauty holds true. Its location on the north end of the peaceful, Canandaigua Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, offers a variety of recreational activities including boating, fishing, and swimming. And if you are a shopper, enjoy the quaint, locally-owned shops, restaurants, art galleries, and places to stay. Some cultural attractions include Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion State Historic Park and Granger Homestead & Carriage House Museum. The town is conveniently located 24 miles southeast of Rochester, 68 miles west of Syracuse, and 93 miles east of Buffalo.

What is another one of New York's best-kept secrets?

The Friend's Boat Launch at Allegany State Park in Salamanca, New York, makes it a perfect spot for boating enthusiasts. Enjoy the events offered at the Quaker amphitheater, hiking trails, and caves, or just relax with a picnic while enjoying the view of the vast wildlife. In addition, the old Quaker Store has been renovated and houses a museum with exhibits documenting "The Wilderness Playground of Western New York," and highlights the park's features. If you are planning to spend the night, the accommodations are many from campgrounds to cabins. And for you bird-watching fans, the Allegany Bird Conservation Area is 95 percent forested, and as a result, contains one of the largest tracts of interior forest within New York. This habitat is ideal for breeding and migratory stopover forest-interior species, such as the scarlet tanager, Swainson's thrush, and the blackburnian warbler.

Where is one of the best lakeside restaurants near me in New York?

The Lakeside Restaurant & Tavern in Hammondsport, New York, is the best casual dining destination on Keuka Lake. Enjoy a sunset cocktail on the deck, arrive by boat, and simmer in the ambiance of live music from the Tiki bar. This unique eatery offers two bars with two restaurants. Try a Harvest Salad, with mixed greens, shredded carrots, almonds, bacon, goat cheese, cucumbers, and Brussel sprouts drizzled with honey sriracha vinaigrette. An appetizer of Thai Curry Clams can be a full meal, and for something heartier, a classic filet might do the trick, with herb butter and onion straws.