For an important reminder about judging a book by its cover or size, consider Aurora NY. This lovely town proves some of New York’s smallest places are the destinations with the most to offer visitors. For trips out along the water surrounded by amazing views and shopping at such unique places as MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora, the small towns that make up the Finger Lakes Region are some of the most charming you’ll ever stumble upon. Let’s discover why you need to pack up and head out to Cayuga County!
New Paltz is one of New York's most charming historic towns near the beautiful Minnewaska State Park, another must-see destination. The rich history dates back to the 1600s when it was inhabited by the Esopus Indians. Seeking religious freedom, the French Huguenots arrived in 1677. Explore the local trails, take a scenic drive, or check out The State University of New York campus located here. You'll also find some fascinating local shops and delicious restaurants, such as Garvan's, which sits in a historic building constructed in 1759. Go for lunch, dinner, drinks, and wine, and some of the best sandwiches in the state. And if you pay attention, get in on a trip to Ireland. For more information, visit Garvan's website.
Chittenango is world-renowned for being the famous birthplace of L. Frank Baum, who wrote The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. And not surprisingly, it now offers the All Things Oz Museum, operated by volunteers who curate more than 15,000 pieces owned by the foundation of which usually 1,200-1,600 pieces are on exhibit, including Judy Garland's autograph. We also like the Chittenango Landing Canal Boat Museum, a restored drydock that was the building and repair site for cargo boats in the late 1800s. Oh yeah, this incredible small town town also has a beautiful waterfall.
North Creek is one town everyone should visit, especially in the fall. Up in the Adirondacks and situated along the Hudson River, it makes sense that it's one place you can board the North Creek Railway. Yes — if it's fall, book that autumn foliage excursion today by visiting the Saratoga & North Creek Railway website. The charming town is also known as the home place of Gore Mountain, a popular skiing destination.
Geneva: This town might be the king of phenomenal views as it is conveniently located along the Finger Lakes region, making it the perfect home for the Finger Lakes Welcome Center. And the pastoral countryside makes it a perfect setting for such places as Seneca Lake State Park, a lovely 151-acre preserve overlooking the lake. And don't miss out on the chance to visit Three Brothers Wineries and Estates, offering wine tastings and a cozy cottage to rent on the gorgeous property.
Mattituck is home to an annual strawberry festival and an enthusiastic Mattituck Historical Society. These folks offer two interesting tours of the 1799 Jesse Tuthill House and the 1841 Ira Tuthill House in addition to operating a museum. The site includes a 1760 schoolhouse, an outbuilding, a milk house, and the New Egypt Schoolhouse built in 1792. For more information, visit the Mattituck Laurel Historical Society website.