Fall Weekend Travel Destinations – Utica’s Top 5
New York is the birth place of many social, political and economic movements that have played a vital role in shaping our great nation. From the abolitionist, women's suffrage, workers rights, environmental and civil rights movements--the state of New York is rivaled by no other. New York State is also home to many historical, educational, beautiful and FUN destinations that we would like to highlight in this week's Top 5 list.
The drive from Utica to Old Forge is lovely. You feel nature's embrace through every windy, hilly road you take all the way to, and through Old Forge. And, the recreational options are endless. Old Forge is small, but it's the liveliest little place I've been to in the area. No where else but maybe Europe, can one be in bumper to bumper traffic along the main strip on a two-lane road in a picturesque town with happy people. The area is well known as a top-notch tourist attraction. The mountains and trails serve as a year-round playground for all ages and outdoor recreation lovers. View, the new state-of-the-art complete with green innovative technology is certainly something to see. The $4 million dollar structure was made possible thanks to a life long dedication to the Arts of its founder, Mernie Kashiwa. Kashiwa started displaying her art work many years ago using chicken wire in her front lawn for all to see. Kashiwa represents the epitome of Old Forge culture.
The International Boxing Hall of Fame in Canastota is a must see. It's a small museum, but rich in history and significance. The museum is located in the area to honor two local boxing champions; Carmen Basilio and his nephew, Billy Backus. The museum is relatively close to many who live in the greater Mohawk Valley. It also houses the historic Madison Square Boxing Ring where some of the most significant fights in boxing history were held. Although the museum is small, there is so much to see and learn. You can easily spend a couple of hours reading about boxing history. And, you don't have to be an avid boxing fan to enjoy and, or appreciate this lovely and well-kept museum. Did you know that archaeologist discovered that boxing took place as early as 3000 BC?
Here's another historical destination that will please not only your mind, but your taste buds as well. Fly Creek Cider Mill is minutes from Cooperstown. Fall is the season for sipping cider, eating apple donuts and just about anything made with this godly fruit. And of course, watching the magic of the tasty creations happen right in front of your eyes is a great experience too. The Mill Store has been in operation for more than 150 years. Another great aspect of this destination is the Farm Winery and its hard cider making tradition--another reason to love living in New York.
The Syracuse Carrier Dome is another great destination to visit this fall. Sports enthusiasts, especially those who bleed orange, regularly fill this unique dome to see there favorite teams play. The domed design structure allows for sporting events to take place despite inclement weather. So, rain or shine, you can catch a football, basketball or lacrosse game at the Syracuse Carrier Dome. The next football game is taking place on Tuesday, November 1st at 7PM--Syracuse Orange Vs. Cal St. Golden Eagles. Go Orange!
And, our number five fall destination spot ...(drum roll)... The Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester! This is a great place to visit with the entire family. It's educational, historical and her inspiring story is still relevant in the 21st century. The museum was Anthony's home during her political work and struggle to gain voting rights for women, as well as, equal rights for all. After casting her vote during the presidential elections in 1872, Anthony was arrested two weeks later at her home. Visitors will experience the rich history of a bygone era, and learn about one of the legendary American civil rights leader. Anthony died 14 years before the passage of the 19th amendment that gave women the right to vote. This is another must travel to destination this fall.