EXPLORE: Road Trip 2017 – New York State

When most people think of ‘going to New York,’ they think of going to New York City. This past summer I went to New York State to enjoy time with various friends before heading out on Summer Road Trip 2017! I had an amazing time while in New York and saw various places. I had a lot of fun and adventures in Syracuse, Skaneateles, and Rochester alike! Traveling through New York State is completely different than going through the big city… but every place has its own charms! 

Tinypresence: Road Trip 2017 Day 1 - 3

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Day 1 – Major Travel Day

I started out my day at Love Field in my home city of Dallas, TX! After a quick breakfast and coffee break at the donut shop, I was in the air and ready for fun. Before arriving in New York, I had to make a quick stop in Baltimore. While at the airport I grabbed a beer at a pub and took a short break before heading out to Rochester.

I landed in Rochester and my best friend picked me up from the airport. We headed straight to Pittsford for a Greek lunch at Aladdin’s on the Erie Canal. I had an amazing lunch of hummus, meat, pita bread, and salad.

Aladdins Natural Eatery: Schoen Place

After lunch we took a stroll down the waterfront and enjoyed the view for awhile and caught up on how our summers were going.

Pittsford: Erie Canal

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We headed out for Syracuse and met up with great friends for an evening of fun. We spent the majority of the evening chit-chatting and enjoying flights of beer and food at Dinosaur BBQ. I enjoyed a Yuengling beer at the bar and then a flight of local New York beers and a plat of sausage and mac-n-cheese for dinner.

After dinner we went back to the house for some relaxation time.

Day 2 – Rochester and Skaneateles

Day 2 was insanely busy and completely awesome! Me and my friends started the day by meeting a huge group of their friends and colleagues for brunch at Empire Brewing. I started the day with a Bloody Mary and a delicious waffle spread.

After brunch, we headed over to Thornden Park to see Shakespeare in the Park. As You Like It was performed outside with amateurs and professionals alike. It was so incredibly nice to enjoy being outside for once! Temperatures in Dallas were triple digit this summer so this was a lovely change.

Shakespeare in the Park

Once Shakespeare in the Park wrapped up, we said our goodbyes to the large brunch crew and drove over to Skaneateles. I really do believe this is the most adorable place I’ve ever been! We walked around the town a little to see the architecture and took a stroll down the pier to see the lake and the boats.

Day 3 – Rochester to Syracuse

I woke up on Day 3 to a wonderful surprise: DONUTS! My friends surprised me with some sweet donut treats for breakfast on my last day with them. Look at these glorious bad boys from Regional Donut Authority

Regional Authority Donut

After breakfast, I had to get dressed and get packed for the next stop. The three of us headed out to Geneva, NY to meet up with more friends at Beef and Brew. We enjoyed a nice lunch and when it was time to head out, my Syracuse friends headed out and we ventured on to Rochester.

Once we were all settled in Rochester, we headed over to Mount Hope Cemetery for a tour. We met with a woman named Katy and she gave us a walking tour to see many famous resting spots, talked about the history of the area, and showed us some very rare trees.

After the tour, we went out for pizza and drinks. We headed home to catch some sleep before our next adventure: Canada!

NEXT STOP: My Day in Niagara Falls, Canada

I had such an amazing time in New York without ever stepping foot inside NYC. I hope next time you go to New York, you check out the smaller cities and towns, too! Save travels!

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