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New Year’s Resolutions


With the start of each new year brings new beginnings and I, like many people, take the opportunity to write down my goals for the coming year. Whether it be trying to learn something brand new, going on an adventure or continuously working toward my long-term dreams, I love the fresh start January brings.

If you are also looking to fulfill your resolutions, Upstate New York may be the perfect place to do so! Keep reading to see what you can accomplish in New York this new year.

Learn to Cook
Whether you’re just starting out on your own or are a seasoned cook in need of new inspiration, you just might find what you’re looking for at the New York Wine & Culinary Center. Situated on gorgeous Canandaigua Lake just 30 miles southeast of Rochester, this organization is designed to “educate, engage and excite” people about the wine and culinary scene of Upstate New York and the Finger Lakes region. Taste divine local wines and learn cooking techniques. Did we mention their bistro menu is delicious as well? Check out their events to find something that sparks your culinary interest!

Exercise More
Probably one of the most common resolutions I hear every year is to exercise more. It’s an important aspect of a healthy life, but it can be a daunting undertaking to start a new regime or to consistently keep up with your usual one. The best way to exercise and stick to it? Have fun! You don’t need to spend all winter inside the gym when you can head to New York and experience outdoor, winter adventure! We have tall slopes for snowboarding and downhill skiing, and tons of beautiful nature trails for cross country skiing and snowshoeing.

Explore and Discover
Learning or doing something new is a great way to start off a new year! The Winter Discovery Free Lecture Series in Livingston County, home to Letchworth State Park (or the Grand Canyon of the East, as they say) is an exceptional way to learn while exploring! Check out their list of lectures to plan your trip there today.

Or this year, you could head underground for a new adventure! Explore Howe Caverns, the second most popular natural attraction in New York State, trailing right behind Niagara Falls. You’ll be guided 156 feet below the Earth’s surface down into a cave that was millions of years in the making.

Try New Things
Speaking of trying new things, did you know that wine tasting events are not only reserved for summer around here? The Wine on Ice event in Watkins Glen lets you explore some of the best wine, food and entertainment that the Finger Lakes region has to offer.

New York State also has a plethora of distilleries and cideries. If this peaks your interest, then come experience why Central New York is America’s Craft Brew Destination. Brew Central is made up of over 65 breweries, distilleries, cideries and wineries, not to mention bars and pub with a local-focus. You can even create your own trail so you can try whatever sounds tastiest to you.

The Corning Museum of Glass is not just another museum, but an educational and hands-on experience all in one! Watch glass makers create one-of-a-kind works of arts, then make some yourself. The museum also offers tours and lectures. No wonder it’s a favorite for visitors of all ages!

Travel More
A personal favorite goal of mine is to travel more. Maybe yours is to see a cherished place again or explore a place you have never visited. A cross border trip into New York from Canada is an easy and affordable vacation. With countless attractions, culinary treasures, outdoor adventures and awesome deals, a trip to Upstate New York is perfect for anyone -- from the couple looking for a romantic getaway to the family that is ready for some fun!

Get deals when you stay here. Stay at Woodcliff Hotel & Spa and receive a Visa gift card and an Elan Spa gift card to use during your trip! You can also get discounted rates at the Radisson Hotel Rochester Riverside -- a beautiful hotel situated right downtown and close to many Rochester attractions!

Have you been to Ithaca yet? This charming city is full of unique shopping, farm-to-table restaurants and thrilling outdoor adventure in any season. Book your trip with exclusive packages that are designed to help you save while experiencing all Ithaca has to offer.

New York State is the perfect destination for your New Year’s resolutions! Explore our website to learn even more about the region and find deals and local events that work for you.