New York

    Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, New York: A Living Aviation Museum

    2/11/18 •

    Ever wonder what the colorful barnstorming days of early aviation were like? You can find out firsthand by taking a trip to the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome near Rhinebeck, New York. Nestled in the Hudson River Valley in the enchanting Catskills of southeastern New York, the Aerodrome is a living aviation museum featuring about 50 antique…

    International Mask and Puppet Museum in Syracuse, New York

    8/19/15 •

    When I saw the 6-foot mask outside the Victorian mansion that houses the International Mask and Puppet Museum in Syracuse, New York, I couldn’t help but grin. Open Hand Theater, which uses masks and puppets in its imaginative productions based on fables and folk tales, runs the museum and a gift shop. The diverse, vibrant…

    Join the Ice Harvest in Millers Mills, New York (1)

    10/07/13 •

    Carve out time to enjoy an old-fashioned ice harvest in rural New York. In Millers Mills, a farming hamlet in central New York, townsfolk honor a long-standing tradition every February — an Ice Harvest that looks like something out of a Currier and Ives print. Millers Mills residents established this much-anticipated social event around 1875,…

    Pratt Rocks Mountainside Carvings in the Catskill Mountains of New York

    1/27/18 •

    Whenever we travel near the Catskill Mountains in New York, we like to visit Pratt Rocks, a little-known collection of mountainside carvings just east of Prattsville. Mount Rushmore may be grander, but the Pratt Rocks relief carvings are older, some dating to the 1840s when local tannery owner and politician Zadock Pratt commissioned carvings to…

    Keste Pizzeria Review, Manhattan: Top 3 Pizzas in New York

    9/28/12 •

    …on Google, Keste rated 4.5 out of 5 stars. I was also intrigued by a comment that it wasn’t New York style pizza – for me that’s actually a bonus as I think a lot of NY pizza is actually crap. Really, really good pizza is not that easy to find in my opinion. My…

    Hanford Mills Museum, New York: A Glimpse of America's Industrial Past

    11/29/13 •

    Just 35 miles from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown and nestled in the foothills of New York’s Catskill Mountains, the Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith provides a fascinating glimpse of America’s industrial past. Established back in 1846 and owned for most of its commercial life by the David Josiah Hanford family,…

    Patzeria Perfect Pizza of New York

    1/01/17 •

    One of the joys of being in New York City is being able to enjoy delicious pizza by the slice at a low price. Patzeria Perfect Pizza is located at 231 W 46th St. between Broadway and 7th Avenue. I discovered this little pizzeria while visiting NYC; after stepping off the Greyhound at Port Authority…

    Lucy-Desi Museum in Lucille Ball's Hometown of Jamestown, New York

    3/03/14 •

    We recently enjoyed a visit to the Lucy-Desi Museum in Jamestown, New York — Lucille Ball’s hometown. The museum is filled with rotating exhibits of memorabilia from the careers and personal lives of Lucille Ball and her first husband, Desi Arnaz, who starred together in the 1950s in television’s beloved I Love Lucy. Be sure…

    Brooks' House of Bar-B-Que in Oneonta New York

    5/24/17 •

    I enjoy looking for unique restaurants while I travel. But my favorite eatery is here in my hometown of Oneonta, New York: Brook’s House of Bar-B-Que, a family business that began as a poultry farm. From there, it developed into a concession stand, and then grew into one of the largest open-pit barbecues in the…

    Kaleidoworld, New York: Home of The World's Largest Kaleidoscope (2)

    1/18/17 •

    It seems like just about anyone who’s looked into a kaleidoscope wishes they could climb into the cardboard tube and live in that fascinating, brightly colored world. At Kaleidoworld in New York’s scenic Catskill Mountains, I did just that. Kaleidoworld is part of the entertaining in Mount Emporium at Emerson Place, and it’s the home…

    Fort Stanwix National Monument in Rome, New York

    4/19/15 •

    If you’re driving through beautiful central New York, Fort Stanwix National Monument in Rome is definitely worth a stop. This reconstructed Revolutionary War fort, originally built in 1758, depicts what life was like on the frontier in the mid-1700s. In 1778, troops here withstood a 21-day siege, stopping an invasion by British forces. The fort…

    Camp Sagamore in New York: Built by Moguls in America's Gilded Age

    8/26/13 •

    Historic Great Camp Sagamore, built in upstate New York’s Adirondacks in the late 1800s for the well-to-do Alfred G. Vanderbilt family, redefined my notion of camping. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Sagamore is one of dozens of elegant so-called “great camps” that wealthy moguls built during America’s Gilded Age. Located in Adirondack…