An hour, an afternoon, a whole day, a weekend, or a lifetime – you’ll never run out of things to do and places to explore!

Adventure and Discovery for EVERYONE!

In every direction, your journey takes you on a ride filled with adventure, riveting beauty, outdoor splendors, and some of the most delicious and unique dishes you’ve ever tasted.

Nature speaks in Upstate New York. Just stand still for a moment and let the rustling trees and birdsong take away your stress and worry. We are home to the breathtaking Adirondack Mountains, miles of hiking trails, cascading waterfalls, and glistening lakes as far as the eye can see. A paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, Upstate New York presents endless, seasonal activities for everyone.

Culture, art, sports, and cuisine flourish, matching the grandeur of the outdoors.  You’d think that you were in a much larger city by the impressive array of cultural events that our area brilliantly displays. We’re not kidding when we say there is an adventure for EVERYONE!



How do you spend your summers? Summertime in Upstate New York means warm weather, lots of sunshine, boating on the lake, backyard bar-b-ques with lawn games, golfing, camping, baseball games, strawberry picking, field days, and SO much more! Pack some popcorn and head to a drive-in movie theater, visit the Great NY State Fair, find your next vintage treasure at our seasonal Antique Shows, and slap on some sunscreen to travel to Old Forge for a day on the lake or at Enchanted Forest Water Safari. If watersports suit your fancy, Summer is the perfect season for swimming, canoeing, waterskiing, paddle boarding, fly fishing, or exploring waterfalls at some of our breathtaking state parks.

Carli Rightmier, Utica, NY

Hear about Carli’s
favorite place in our community

Are you a Craft Beer fan?

Enjoy live music every week at Saranac Thursdays while you sample Saranac’s seasonal, summer beer from the 4th oldest, family-owned brewery in the United States, or pay a visit to a handful of locally owned breweries in the area!
One of the most historic and notable events of the Summer season, is Utica’s famous Boilermaker Road Race!

Lace up your running shoes and run alongside somealongside of some of the greatest athletes in the world in the 15K, or volunteer to pass out popsicles, water and orange slices in one of the most inclusive, supportive, and diverse community events of the year!

Have we mentioned the Post-Race Party?


Pumpkin spice and everything nice! Our area is an Autumn paradise- prepare yourself for gorgeous Fall foliage as far as the eye can see- from deep chestnut to glistening golds, to ruby reds to burnt sienna and every shade in between. Whether hiking in the Adirondack Mountains or taking a scenic country drive, nothing can prepare you for the majestic beauty of Fall.

Fall activities are loved and enjoyed by all. Pumpkin farms, apple picking, corn mazes, and hayrides can be the perfect family fun day or a romantic date to take that special someone- travel to one of the many apple orchards Upstate has to offer, sign up for a spiked cider tasting and watch the sparks fly. If you haven’t sampled apple cider donuts, your life is about to change in a fantastic way that you never thought possible! Oh, and if Halloween is your thing, just wait and see how the locals celebrate!

Want the recipe for a perfect fall day in Upstate, NY?

Homemade cider donuts, hayrides, a quick brewery stop, and so much more.


Just because the temperature drops doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Wintertime in Upstate New York is one of the most ethereal, romantic, and beautiful sights you’ve ever seen. Gazing out your window at the yard blanketed with crisp, white snow as you sip your morning coffee while wearing your warm and cozy flannel pajamas is one of the most satisfying moments of the season. Winter becomes an outdoor playground for children and adults alike. From building a snowman to snowshoeing, downhill or cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, or tubing, winter offers so many opportunities to enjoy yourself.

Visit a Christmas tree farm where you can cut down your own tree. Then, buckle the kids in the car and take an evening drive to marvel at the holiday lights while the snow gently falls. Later, curl up with hot cocoa in front of a crackling fire while the kids recount their favorite light displays on their evening ride. Wintertime in Upstate offers ice sculptures, polar plunges, and a Winter Solstice community bonfire. Finally, don’t forget to wear your favorite matching pajamas and purchase your ticket to the Adirondack Railway’s annual Polar Express Train Ride, a lively rendition of the classic holiday movie.

Britta & Devlin Hennessy, Old Forge, NY

Britta & Devlin loved the Upstate Winters so much, they opened up their own Resort in Old Forge!


As the last snowflakes begin to melt, purple crocuses and yellow daffodils emerge to let you know that the long cold winter is giving way to a colorful explosion of rebirth. And when you see the first robin on your lawn, Spring as arrived! This season is home to the CNY Maple Festival- offering over 80 maple syrup vendors, delicious maple-themed dishes, and a pancake eating contest- and Spring also marks the beginning of trout season- so break out your fishing pole, tall boots, and waders, as The State Department of Environmental Conservation will stock more than 2.3 million catchable-size brook, brown, and rainbow trout.

Ice cream fans delight when Spring appears – Upstate New York boasts over 100 local roadside ice cream stands that reopen after a winter hiatus. When their doors finally open, you can count on long lines, smiling faces, and lots of soft-serve cones of every flavor!

If you’re an animal lover, Spring is also the ideal time for horseback riding through the Adirondacks, before the summer months bring the heat.

Another popular Spring favorite is embarking upon the Easter Bunny Express- The Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society and the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad offer fun-filled train rides with the Easter Bunny himself.


Fun. Fusion. Flair.

The cuisine scene in the Upstate area is thrivin’ and jivin’ like nowhere else, and diversity of the name of the game. Utica and the surrounding areas are home to AMAZING food- known for its one-of-a-kind, specialty dishes that you won’t find anywhere else on the map- Half Moon cookies, Chicken Riggies, Utica Greens, Tomato Pie and Jelly Buns being some of the local favorites. You’ll also find homemade sausages and pastas, hand-formed pierogies, stuffed grape leaves, hand-rolled Pho noodles, house made marinades and wood-fired pizza crust recipes passed down from generation to generation, all proudly represented in the Upstate food arena.

Hanka Grabovica, Utica, NY

Slow down and enjoy a coffee with Hanka

Ethnic eateries, restaurants, and food trucks representing every culture proudly fill the neighborhoods and street corners. The history of cuisine in the Upstate area is quite fascinating. What was once an Italian American dominated scene in the early 20th century (attributed to Italian immigrants who settled in Utica to work in the factories and mills) has notably transitioned to an all-encompassing representation of worldly cultures thanks to a recent immigration of refugees from Bosnia and Southeast Asian regions.

The modern wave of newly welcomed inhabitants has served as an economic engine for the Upstate area, most remarkably in the form of cuisine, and some of our most iconic food attractions are hole in the wall cafes serving dishes that are guaranteed to make your mouth water.

Check out our latest food blog:

The Adventurous Eaters Trail


Let’s root, root, root for the home team!

Looking for some chills and thrills without braving the outdoor, frosty elements in Upstate New York during the wintery weather? Prepare to cheer loudly and FEEL the energy- stay warm and toasty in the stands watching the fastest team sport in the world: professional hockey!

Embrace the contagious energy of the fans, rushes of adrenaline, and nonstop entertainment as there is NEVER a dull moment! Upstate is home to the Utica Comets, an AHL affiliate of the New Jersey Devils.

Are you a professional soccer fan? Utica proudly hosts the Utica City FC at The Adirondack Bank Center at the Utica Memorial Auditorium (also home to the Utica Comets). Take our advice and be sure to check out The Miller Lite Biergarten when purchasing tickets for a game- where you can experience games “European style” from field level and enjoy all-you-can-eat German food while you cheer!

The Upstate area is also home to Syracuse University, which means you’re only a short drive away from watching the Syracuse Orange teams play at the Carrier Dome. Fan favorites include both Syracuse Basketball and Football.

During the Spring and Summer, take the beautiful country drive to Cooperstown, the birthplace of baseball, and pay a visit to the Baseball Hall of Fame. The most magical moments of baseball live on in Cooperstown every day. You’re more than likely to catch an American Youth Baseball game at Dream Field while you’re there, as you watch nostalgia and the future of the sport combine into one fantastic time.

If you have a NEED for SPEED, drive slightly north and check out High Voltage MIX- an off-road motocross racetrack. The venue is home to the NYS Championship race weekend each year. Brace yourself for exhilaration, anticipation, and a grand ole good time!


Prepare to be Entertained

Concerts. Theater. Fine Arts. Museums. Casinos. Wineries. Racetracks. Outlets. The list goes on and on…. Prepare to be entertained because we’ve got it all in Upstate New York! Experience traveling Broadway plays and while you soak in the beauty and grandeur of the historic Stanley Theater and play your hand at blackjack or bet on the ponies at the Vernon Downs Casino and Racetrack! For a weekend getaway, drive the 90 minutes to Saratoga and spend the day at their world-famous racetrack watching some of the fastest Thoroughbreds in the world run, and take in a summer concert while you’re there at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC). Treat your palate to wine tastings and vineyard tours at our local Upstate wineries or travel a few hours West to the Finger Lakes region and immerse yourself in vino country.

Have the time of your life at the Turning Stone Resort Casino- experience 2,000 slot machines, 66 Vegas-style table games, one of the top three Bingo Halls in the world, the largest poker room in New York State, swanky dining and lodging, renowned indoor and outdoor golfing, entertainment tickets, VIP lounges, holiday displays, trendy nightclubs, and the most luxurious spa. Perfect for weddings, bachelor and bachelorette parties, romantic weekend getaways, golf excursions, a couples massage, a family dinner experience and everything in between.

Art enthusiasts are sure to love The Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute- a regional Fine Arts center founded in 1919 and located in Downtown Utica. The institute has three program divisions: Museum of Art, Performing Arts, and School of Art. Enjoy a substantial permanent collection of internationally recognized works, in addition to a breathtaking courtyard and awe-inspiring architecture and design of the museum itself.


The perfect place to plant your roots and raise a family.

This is most highlighted and exhibited in the abundant number of family-friendly activities our area has to offer. Lace up your sneakers, pack a picnic lunch, and load the dog in the car as you prepare for outdoor adventures with the family! Upstate is home to gorgeous Nature and walking trails, hiking trails, the Adirondack Mountains, campgrounds, glimmering lakes, and water sports galore- whether at Sylvan Beach or Enchanted Forest Water Safari (where the fun never stops).

Become an annual passholder at the Utica Zoo, and experience amazing events in every season- the animals and staff are always happy to see you! Your youngsters will get a kick out of mining for gemstones at the Herkimer Diamond Mines- where you can keep any diamonds you find, and we guarantee they will enjoy exploring Howe’s cavern as well.

Embrace history with the kids and visit our multitude of forts and battlefields in the Upstate area and combine family fun with education and an appreciation of the past. The Utica Children’s Museum also serves as a fantastic environment that support every child’s natural curiosity to learn through play-based exploration.

Otsego County is a treasure trove of family-friendly adventures, offering a wide array of activities that cater to all ages. For a taste of exhilarating fun, Barnyard Swing in Cooperstown provides a delightful mix of mini-golf and a Wild West laser tag arena, perfect for a day of family bonding. Equally enchanting is the Glimmerglass State Park, boasting sandy beaches, hiking trails, picnic areas, and camping facilities for families to explore and enjoy the outdoors. The Fly Creek Cider Mill, a historic water-powered cider mill just minutes from Cooperstown, offers a unique culinary experience, with tastings of locally produced ciders and delicious treats, plus a duck pond and farm animals that children adore.

Family Fun at Fort Ricky
Family Fun - Hiking
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Seasonal favorites such as Apple picking, sipping cider, finding your way out of the Corn Maze, driving to Star Hill to see the largest spectacle of Christmas Lights around, spectating at the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade, enjoying the annual Irish and Renaissance Festivals, and roasting S’mores on Hinkley Lake after a day of fun in the sun are always popular with families.




Diner Cornhill Joey’s Diner
Mexican Cornhill Las Delicias Taqueria
Salvadoran Cornhill Los Paisanos Restaurant Inc
Haitian Cornhill May’s Kitchen
Italian Downtown Utica Ancora!
German Downtown Utica Bagg’s Square Brewing Company
Barbecue Downtown Utica Brooklyn brisket brothers
American Downtown Utica Gerber’s 1933 Tavern
Diner Downtown Utica Golden’s
Jamaican Downtown Utica Happy Feet Caribbean cuisine
Dominican Downtown Utica Herrera Sabor Latinos
Dominican Downtown Utica Joel’s Spanish Food
Cafe Downtown Utica Joseph Putrello Coffee Barista Bar
Cafe Downtown Utica Knead To Eat Bakery and Cafe
Asian Fusion Downtown Utica Lotus Garden
Dominican Downtown Utica Mi Casa Restaurant
Asian Fusion Downtown Utica Nanabi
Italian Downtown Utica Nostro Restobar and Lounge
Pizzeria Downtown Utica Palermo Pizzeria
Vietnamese Downtown Utica Pho Mekong House of Noodles
Soul Food Downtown Utica Soul One12 Restaurant & Catering
Bar/Pub Downtown Utica Swifty’s Restaurant & Pub
American Downtown Utica The Tailor and the Cook
Cafe Downtown Utica Utica Coffee Roasting Company
Italian Downtown Utica Ocean Blue Restaurant & Oyster Bar
Halal East Utica Al-Madina Halal Resturant
Italian East Utica Ambasador Restaurant
Soul Food East Utica ANT WINGZ & THINGZ
Italian East Utica Caruso’s Pastry Shop
Italian East Utica Daniele Imports
Dominican East Utica El Barajo Restaurant
Italian East Utica Florentine Pastry Shop
Italian East Utica Joe’s Restaurant
Italian East Utica Joey’s @307 Restaurant
Diner East Utica Marr-Logg House
Chinese East Utica No1 Chinese Restaurant
Pizzeria East Utica Pizza Box
Mexican East Utica Restaurante El Buen Gusto
Bosnian East Utica Ruznic Market
Italian East Utica Sammy and Annie Foods
Dominican East Utica Sazón Frank
Diner East Utica Sheri’s Eastside Diner
Jamaican East Utica Simma restaurant
Cambodian East Utica Sunny
Asian Fusion East Utica Sushi house
Italian East Utica Trattoria Calabria
Italian East Utica Ventura’s
Bosnian East Utica VIVID CAFE
Bosnian East Utica Yummilicious Cafe & Bakery
Italian New Hartford Aqua Vino Restaurant
Italian New Hartford Cafe CaNole Bakery & Restaurant
Cafe New Hartford Cafe Florentine
Diner New Hartford Debbie’s Cafe
Bar/Pub New Hartford Killabrew Saloon ️ ️
Mediterranean New Hartford Lafa Mediterranean by Zeina’s
Pizzeria New Hartford Mangia Macrina’s Wood Fired Pizza
Indian New Hartford Minar Fine Indian Cuisine
Greek New Hartford Mister Mike’s Gyros
Japanese New Hartford Mitsuba
Mexican New Hartford Pedro’s Kitchen
Vietnamese New Hartford Pho Vietnam
Lebanese New Hartford Phoenician
Barbecue New Hartford Piggy Pats Smoke & Ale House
Mexican New Hartford Rio Grande Tex Mex Grill
Japanese New Hartford Sumo Japanese Steakhouse
Indian New Hartford Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant
Mediterranean New Hartford The Grapevine
Japanese New Hartford The Red Samurai Steak House
Italian New Hartford Tom Cavallo’s Restaurant
Chinese New York Mills Peking Tokyo
Pizzeria New York Mills Pizza Boys
Chinese New York Mills WuKong Asian Restaurant
Italian North Utica Bella Regina
Italian North Utica Chesterfield’s Tavolo
Italian North Utica Delmonico’s Italian Steakhouse
Italian North Utica Desserts Beyond the Ordinary
Pizzeria North Utica Franco’s Pizza & Italian Deli
Italian North Utica It’s a Utica Thing! Kitchen & Bar
Asian Fusion North Utica Taichi Bubble Tea, Ramen and Poke Bowl – Utica
Diner North Utica Top of the Morning Cafe
Bagel Shop North Utica Willie’s Bagel Cafe
Italian North Utica Portofino Restaurant & Events
Sandwiches, Salads, & Soups
Air City Crust Kitchen & Bar
Mexican Air City El Jarocho Mexican Restaurant and Bar
Pizzeria Air City Grande’s
Mexican Downtown Rome Arizona Tacos
American Downtown Rome Teddy’s Restaurant
Bar/Pub Downtown Rome De Matteo’s
Diner Downtown Rome Iron Kettle Restaurant
Italian Downtown Rome Dicastro’s Brick Oven
Pizzeria Downtown Rome Boyz From Italy
Bar/Pub Oriskany Stockdale’s Bar and Grill
Japanese Ridge Mills Mitsuba
American Stanwix Country Kitchen
Bagel Shop South Utica Bagel Grove
Chinese South Utica China Wok
Chinese South Utica Grand Harmony
Italian South Utica Rosas Trattoria (Italian Bakery & Deli)
Pizzeria South Utica Slice
Greek South Utica Stathis Greek Restaurant & Gyro

Varick Street

When’s the last time you strolled down Varick Street? It is growing up from the party street of your college days to a fun-for-all entertainment district. You can feel the German influence at FX Matt Brewery and their new Biergarten on one end of Varick Street and the Irish influence at The Irish Cultural Center and Five Points Public House at the other end. In between, the street is lined with restaurants and pubs that offer something for EVERY taste! Lunch, brunch, dinner, dessert, music, art, happy hour, and more! Varick Street is a one-stop experience for all of your entertainment needs.

Brooklyn Pickle, Utica, NY
A Taste of Brooklyn Syracuse
In Utica!

Start Your Tour at Brooklyn Pickle!

Stop by a New York City-style deli and experience authentic, GIANT deli sandwiches, huge subs, award-winning homemade soups, and of course, their signature pickles!
Located at 600 State Street, you can find hours and menus at BrooklynPickle.com!
  • Who's ready
  • for something sweet?
Look no further than So Sweet Candy Shoppe! Walking into this locally-owned small business will transport you back to childhood where you will become, well, a kid in a candy shop!
Owner, Margaret, said, “We are an old-fashioned candy store with candies from your childhood as well as cotton candy, cinnamon roasted nuts, oversized cookies, and a full chocolate case!”
Confections for EVERY occasion and the perfect gift for housewarming parties, anniversaries, hospital visits, or just to treat yourself!

So Sweet Candy Shoppe

Make Life Sweeter!

Lukin’s Brick Oven Pizza, Utica, NY
Daily Happy Hours!

Pizza, Happy Hour, Live Music, and MORE!

Lukin’s Brick Oven pizza specializes in Brick Oven Specialty Pizzas, craft beers, and specialty cocktails. The menu offers specialty sandwiches, appetizers, seafood, and more! There is something to satisfy every palate.
Lukin’s is located on Varick St, Utica, NY also known as the brewery district. There’s plenty of space, and even an outdoor bar and patio. Give Lukin’s a try – it will soon become your favorite hangout!
  • Classy, But Not Fancy
A great place to sit down at a table with some good friends, great beer and just bullshit. Good music, fresh food, a HUGE selection of craft beer, and a relaxed and laid back atmosphere. 
Lunch, brunch, dinner or happy hour! Always a good time!

Nail Creek Pub

Bring a friend or make a new one!

Chinese West Utica Beijing House Restaurant
Diner West Utica Castlewood Cafe
Bar/Pub West Utica Five Points Public House and Events Center
Bar/Pub West Utica FX Matt – 1888 Biergarten
Caribbean West Utica Island Breeze Bar and Grill
Pizzeria West Utica Lukins Brick Oven Pizza
Yemeni West Utica Marib Restaurant (Yemeni Restaurant)
Bar/Pub West Utica Nail Creek Pub
Polish West Utica Polish Community Club
Irish West Utica The Celtic Harp Restaurant and Pub
Ecuadorian West Utica Tierras Tropicales
Soul Food West Utica Ty’s Kitchen
Bagel Shop West Utica Willie’s Gourmet Cafe
Middle Eastern West Utica Zeina’s Cafe and Catering
Fusion Whitesboro City Cafe
Pizzeria Whitesboro Franco’s Pizza
Pizzeria Whitesboro Joe’s Pizza
Asian Fusion Whitesboro Karma Asian Fusion Cuisine
Mediterranean Whitesboro Mariam
Mexican Yorkville Cantina Catrin
Greek Yorkville Greek Gyros Yorkville
Middle Eastern Yorkville Karam’s Middle East Bakery
Greek Yorkville Symeon’s Greek Restaurant
Pizzeria/Bar Yorkville VENICE PIZZERIA
Bar/Pub Yorkville The Village Pub
BBQ (Seasonal) Yorkville Voss BBQ


Bar/Pub East Herkimer Surfside Tavern
Japanese Herkimer Tokyo Sushi
Italian Herkimer Salvatore’s
Fusion Herkimer TokaBocca Restaurant
Italian Herkimer Caffe’ Maya
Cafe Ilion Copper Café
Chinese Ilion Main Moon Chinese Kitchen
Chinese Ilion China Gourmet
Bar/Pub Ilion Crossway’s Tavern
Mexican Little Falls La Take-Ria d’Ley Food Truck
Italian Little Falls Gigi’s Italian Feast
American Little Falls The Renaissance Pub
Italian Little Falls Ruggiero’s Trattoria
Pizzeria Little Falls Mangia Macrina’s Wood Fired Pizza at the Stonemill Building
French Little Falls Canal Side Inn
Chinese Little Falls Great Wall
Mexican Mohawk Tren De Villa Mexican Restaurant
Diner Mohawk The Mohawk Rooster
Chinese Mohawk Red Apple Chinese &Thai Restaurant


Pizzeria Colliersville Cabin Pizzeria
Indian Cooperstown Norbu Restaurant
Italian Cooperstown Bocca Osteria
American Cooperstown Doubleday Cafe
Bar/Pub Cooperstown Cooley’s Stone House Tavern
Barbecue Emmon’s Brooks’ House of Bar-B-Q
Bar/Pub Morris Brookside Tavern
Pizzeria Morris Scotty’s Pizzeria and Restaurant
Diner Morris Nicole’s Family Dining
Cafe Morris The Gatehouse
Barbecue Oneonta Big Al’s BBQ of New York
Cafe Oneonta Capresso Coffee Bar
Caribbean Oneonta THE SUGAR BEAT
Italian Oneonta Bella Michael’s Restaurant
Cafe Oneonta Social Eats Café – Project 607
Steakhouse West End Sloan’s New York Grill
Pizzeria West Oneonta Pizza 23 West
Barbecue Richfield Springs Phat Backs BBQ
Chinese Richfield Springs Foo Chow Restaurant
Pizzeria Richfield Springs Brickhouse Pizzeria
Diner Richfield Springs Cassidy’s Diner



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Let’s Go!

What’s our vibe? You’ll just have to experience it yourself! We have the best weekend getaways, road trips, family outings, spa days, cultural and sporting events, or just an evening with cocktails and fine dining.

Whatever your interests, we can point you in the right direction. We’ve tapped into some of our most enthusiastic Upstaters to help you plan your trip.

Don’t see something that interests you here?  Let us help build your perfect Upstate experience.  Send us a note and we’ll be in touch!

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